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Enjoyed Zack & Gala's opening last night. I often don't feel like I quite "get" art, but their exhibition was very accessible, just as they are.

Busy day ahead with work and worship, a picnic with out-of-town friends, and a housewarming party for a couple of new homeowners (a major feat in Seattle). There's also an evening lecture I'm somewhat interested by, but it seems pretty darned unlikely that I'll have the energy to squeeze it in, and that's OK.

If God doesn't get to say "no" to you, you're probably mistaking Him for someone less than God.

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If God doesn't get to say "no" to you, you're probably mistaking Him for someone less than God.

That's a good one.

I like this: 'You can't worship a Disappointment.' --J.B. Phillips
That quote needs to get around more.
If God doesn't get to say "no" to you, you're probably mistaking Him for someone less than God.

yeah, but sometimes that "no", in whatever form? really really really sucks. or to be more specific, at least FEELS really sucky.
Absolutely agree. And? I don't think it feeling sucky makes us bad children of His, any more than when our (well, your) kids feel sucky about hearing a "no" makes them bad kids. What they do with that feeling (acting out, believing bad things about their parents, etc.) can be bad, but just having that feeling isn't necessarily an indicator that we don't trust His goodness.

I agree

Sometimes I really wonder what God is up to, but I know He is in control and know in my head His way is better. I just don't always tug to go the right way. No can be the sweetest word He says to me though at times because I am so unwise as to what is best.
right... however, for i think the first time ever i've let that exact thing affect me. feeling like i suck so badly so how can god use me or how can he even look at me. it's disconcerting. i know in my head that on the other side of this i will be grateful for the growth that comes from this, but right now it just all sucks. :D
It's good to know that God is good and that He's at work on us in the suck, but (no surprise) I tend to be suspect of the notion that having that knowledge makes the suck vanish. Sometimes it can, I suppose, but if it didn't do that for Jesus (and we know from Gethsemane it didn't), I don't need to feel like a failure when recognizing God's sovereignty and goodness isn't enough to make me happy-clappy.
i think, though, that sometimes having the head knowledge (and the history of relationship with him) can KEEP you even when you're not feeling it at all. i never thought the suck would vanish? but man i wish it would. :D

happy-clappy. this is a term my pastor/friend uses a lot. i think it's great.
Very much agreed. I think that's often what faith in action looks like.
If God doesn't get to say "no" to you, you're probably mistaking Him for someone less than God.

Sometimes I wish He'd just come right out and say it instead of beating around the bush. ;D
um, I just wanted to touch base with you on the refrigerator magnet thing, I haven't been able to turn this ...
If God doesn't get to say "no" to you, you're probably mistaking Him for someone less than God.
into anything near as good!