Fist Pump Prayer



My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 42:2

Sundays start early at Casa della Milholland. Scott arrives at church by 7. The sorority follows for the 8:00 am service. We coax our kids and their friends with donuts since this is the only service accompanied by frosting-coated, sprinkle-encrusted goodness. Most Sundays we arrive with at least one extra girl. We girls blast down the stairs like a brood of hens toting water, a sugar high and cuteness.

My goal is to make it through the hour with minimal distractions for our fellow church-goers and maximum love and faith strengthening for us. A few weeks back Rufus, one of our teaching pastors, wrapped up his sermon with the typical, "Let us pray." 

Next to me chirped a sugar-infused "Yes!" complete with fist pumps. As a smile spread on my face, God's truth covered my heart. When was the last time I got fist-pump excited about the opportunity to pray? 

I imagine God getting way more enthused than that, when we come to meet with Him. As we bow the space of our heart, He prepares to move mountains with a whisper. But do I anticipate a Carole King moment? One where - 

I feel the earth move under my feet. 
I feel the sky tumblin' down.
I feel my heart start to tremblin' whenever you're around.

An encounter with God surpasses any romantic interlude...

A lover can move our hearts but not our obstacles.
A spouse can hold our hand but not our future.
A loved one can make our day but not our eternity.

When can I go and meet with God?

24 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for sharing a piece of your day girl! To think we have full access to God blows my mind and excites my soul! ~ Blessings out, Amy :)

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    1. It really is incredible. Such a privilege!

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  2. oh i love carole king! she is one of my all time favorites ever. it's wonderful to simply be moved by life and love and faith.

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    1. Isn't it? It's amazing the energy it gives us!

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  3. My goal is to make through an hour of church with minimal distractions from my kiddo! Thanks for the post!

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  4. I remember being excited like that to pray when I was younger. Unfortunately,I somehow lost that zeal. I'm hoping to get that back.

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    1. It helps me when I send up little bullets to God. Have you downloaded my 8 Life Transforming Prayers? You might like those, especially with the busy life of dad to a newborn!

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  5. Fist pump praying. I would have payed more attention in church when I was younger if we did that. Instead, I sat and played tic-tac-toe in the pews.

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    1. lol, me and siblings did the same. And of course we got cross looks from our mom when we'd get a giggle fit (which was often!)

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  6. Its amazing how open our children are to share their love for Christ--I know the loudest AMENS come from the kids at our church-ITS SWEET!

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  7. What an amazing opportunity we have to talk to Him and hear Him talk to us! It is truly exciting when we take the time to enjoy this amazing relationship.

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  8. We really should be more excited about the opportunity to talk to our loving Father in Heaven...good for that little girl!

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  9. Donuts work like a charm every time;)

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    1. If only they didn't wreck my fitness journal!

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  10. Your description of the fist-pumper brought everyone a smile who read it, I'm sure. Very cool post, Shannon.

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    1. That little fist-pumper is a cutie pie that's for sure!

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  11. That's really cute, Shannon!! I can see your smile too! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness. It was all I could do to keep from fist pumping with her. :)

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  12. A fist-pump prayer...how awesome is that!! So happy for you that your kids love the Lord! So exciting! This so blesses me today and just renews my spirit this morning!

    Blessings...Chelle

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    1. Awww, I'm so glad. Renewal is so needed for all of us!

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