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Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart's fire, they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (16 June, Morning: "Fire of Prayer")

Spurgeon's words convict me about my prayer life (or lack thereof). What bits pass for prayer are little more than an inner dialogue, centered squarely on myself in such a way that it would make little difference if there were a God to hear (much less speak) or not. This is not to say there aren't prayers I pray in faith and times when I listen; it's just that this doesn't form the pattern in my life that it should. I tend to crave time alone more far more than time alone with Jesus.

Such conviction is a source of hope, not despair, because it is an indication of something God wants to change in me. His power to do so is no small thing.

Some of my friend soulardent's comments from my last entry cause me to consider how much place I allow gossip in my own life. While I can't undo another's experience or repent of another's sin (nor is anyone asking me to), I can look carefully to examine where my life needs guarding and change. There are probably even cultural implications to this—much of media culture is little more than widely proclaimed gossip (be it positive or negative). Entertainment often is gossip, and news is a largely lost art. What would it mean to turn it off?


I was really convicted by a lot of what she said. I want liscence to talk about people who are in the public life, but at the end of the day we don't have any real answers.

I appreciate you Susan. Thank you.
Unfortunately, I had to learn how painful and destructive gossip can be the hard way - on the gossipee's end. It is insidious in that I still have to watch myself and still catch myself on the verge of, or actually doing it. It's such a huge temptation. But one thing I never forget is the difference between how things look and how things are. In my case they were worlds apart. I had to learn to give the same leeway in regards to looking at the lives of others. At the very least, I haven't walked in their shoes. I think after receiving the blessing of that lesson, I should be the last person on earth that ever treads in those waters.

time "alone"

Time alone cannot be underestimated. Humans are social creatures, we require social interaction to function properly. When Christians are alone the "social gland" starts producing lots of loneliness and causes more prayer and generally centers your time more on God. this flow of events should happen as often as possible. i am reminded of a quote from the book "America's God and Country" an Encyclopedia of Quotations. In It george washington carver is quoted as saying: "Only alone can i draw close enough to God to discover His secrets." I believe that requires a WOOT! I am also reminded of someone i met in Alaska who is a general contractor that works mostly by himself. He did things that i don't think his muscles could achieve on their own. like lifting a 5 1/2"x13"x20', 8' off the ground, BY HIMSELF! All I know is that I would need the grace of God just to keep myself from nailing my foot to the floor.
Thanks for the thought provoking posts. keep 'em comin'

Re: time "alone"

Thanks for these great thoughts. I can often be selfish regarding time alone rather than putting solitude toward deepening my relationship with God. But knowing He's changing me is a source of great hope.

And I'd probably nail both of my feet to the floor.
as always, I appreciate and respect your honesty.