Chapter 2: Sing it Again
Being a Kindergarten teacher I read a lot of books to my students. There is one book that comes to mind about a honey bear that has a hand puppet inside the book. When I read this book I use a lot of inflection and the children love it! As soon as I close the book they all shout out, â€œRead it again! Read it again!â€ God wants our prayers to be like that. Although God already knows what we are going to say even before we say it He wants to hear our voice. He wants to â€œkeep companyâ€ with us. I feel sometimes that my prayers are very repetitive, but Iâ€™ve learned from reading this chapter that that is ok. God delights in hearing my voice whether it be in praise or requests. â€œNot only do I need to hear Godâ€™s voice, but also he wants to hear mine.â€
Chapter 3: How Long?
For those of you who know my husband know he loves the band U2. All I could think about as I read this chapter was the song U2 sings, 40.
Waiting is hard to do. We are a society that when we want something we just go out and get it. However, there are some things that we have to wait for like marriage, going off to college, starting a new job, having children, etc. There is an â€œin betweenâ€ period that goes along with waiting that Margaret Feinberg talks about in her book. â€œYou arenâ€™t fully here and you arenâ€™t fully there.â€ God loves what that in between time does to usâ€”â€œthe humility it creates within our hearts. The prayers that emerge from our spirits. The childlike cries from our innermost beings that acknowledge utmost dependence.â€ Although waiting is no fun and can sometimes take years or sometimes not even turn out how we want, you learn more about yourself and grow closer to God. â€œNot only does God listen to our heartâ€™s cries as we wait, but he blesses us, strengthens us, and renews us in the process.â€ Do you believe good things come to those who wait? I certainly do!