Calling Friends

30 09 2011

I picked him up from school on a sunny afternoon. We walked hand-in-hand to the car, talking about the day and all the fun we were going to have. Balls needed to be bounced, tackles needed to be executed, and cookies needed to be made. Our afternoons with our little friend are an oasis of joy.

He climbed into his car seat while I tossed his backpack into the van. I reached in to buckle him up and he was ready with his request. Can I call my big friends now? Two of his big friends (my two oldest children) are away at college. Being out of sight, however, does not mean that they are out of his mind. He loves to call them on the phone and tell them about his day. Today, he didn’t want to wait. He wanted to call, and he wanted to call now.

I got out my phone. It makes me smile that he loves to stay connected to his big friends. We called my son, and grins and giggles poured through the conversation. Our little friend had stories to tell about having a super day, eating grapes for lunch, counting bugs on the playground, and running faster than any girl in his class. He patiently explained the fun that we were planning for the afternoon, and got a little quiet when he realized again that college was very far away.

It is in his insistence about calling and calling now that God quietly spoke to my heart. Our little friend couldn’t wait to talk to the ones he loves. He needed to touch base, tell them about his day, and just hear those familiar voices. God wants me to be as excited about talking to Him as our little one was about talking on the phone. We don’t have to wait until there is a crisis. No need to make an appointment. No reason to be formal or wait for an invitation. Just pray, just because.

My Jesus Resolution is to touch base with God. Today I am going to be conversational in my prayer time with the Lord. I am going to tell Him about my day – the good, the bad, the silly, and the serious. I am going to listen as He speaks to my heart and enfolds me in His love. I am going to talk to God in the same way my little friend talked to his big friends – with anticipation, excitement, transparency, and joy.


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30 09 2011
Katy Penick

Love it and love you. Thanks for the example your life is!

30 09 2011
Barbara Bramlett

Thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts each day. I can hardly wait to get the next one.
It seems each one has a message for me. It helps me start my day with new purpose.
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Looking forward to another ladies retreat with you.

1 10 2011
Shirley Talley

You are awsome! I love your ability to communicate words of wisdom! It seems the life lesson is just what the Dr. ordered for the shortcomings in my life, making me want to really try to dig out of my hole of deep depression. Thank you for sharing your gift with me. I’m w/ Barbara, I look forward to your next post.

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