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Calling Home

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Today we phoned back over 1,800 miles of America to talk to our son and his family — just to see how they were doing and to keep in touch. Our 2 year old granddaughter, Allison, said she wanted to talk to us so they put her on the phone.

She piped up, "Hi Gram-ma! Hi Gram-pa!" I have to admit that it made my eyes light up and I smiled and so did my Melody. How sweet that was to hear her voice speaking to us. We had heard through my sister that Allison had bumped her nose and she told us that it was OK now. Our 8 year old grandson, Christopher, got on the phone and told us some things that were important to him right now. We shared a little of our life with him. The call left us with a warm feeling when we were done.

I believe that is how God feels about us! I think he longs to hear us call his name and tell him about how we are doing and how much we love him. Yes, I know he knows all that we do, but don't you think he wants to hear it from us personally at least as much as we want to hear it from our grandchildren?

We hear the words repeated so often that I think they sometime lose their impact on our heart:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NIV).

Most of us love our children or our grandchildren enough to give up the most precious thing in the world for them! That's how much God loves us!

How about taking some time to talk with our God! Paul gives us some insight into what we need to be doing as we talk with our Father in heaven:

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).

Some folks say, "I really don't know how to pray, I just don't know what to say." Notice again what Paul said, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Can it be any simpler than that? How about stopping right now and talking with your Father? I know that God is just waiting for you to call!

About the Author

Russ Lawson
Russ Lawson is a former missionary to Africa and minister in Ohio. He now works with World Christian Literature Outreach and writes a weekly email devotional, Messages from the Heart. For more information about Russ, click here.

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