Heart Wide Open (Table Talk, Week 4/8)

A Special Phone Tree Heart-to-Heart Discussion Series

Heart Wide Open – Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus: (A Quote from the Book): “Having a quiet time shouldn’t be the end goal, but sometimes our routines suggest it is. We carve out a block of time and go through our checklist of reading and praying while the clock ticks away. If we’re “successful” – if we manage to stay with it until our time is up – we congratulate ourselves and get on with the real business of the day. And all the while we wonder why we don’t more intimately know the God who chose us, redeemed us, and promises to give us life in its fullest measure.

Heaven help us.

The One who holds our breath in His hand desires our company. If the mission of our quiet times is to know Him, I have a sweeping suggestion: instead of trying to find time in our day for God, let’s determine to find God throughout our day.

We can set aside routine times to read the Bible and pray, and we can stencil His words on our walls, but if we want to know the One who speaks them, we need to invite Him into what I fondly call the Marvelous Mundane.” 18373194

Table Talk: As I read through chapter four of Tomlinson’s book, I couldn’t help but think that everyone should read it at least two times over. What she said made so much sense. Getting lost in “priorities,” confining self in the straight jacket of routines, and inadvertently taking the wonders and majesty of God for granted – these were my thoughts. This is what we all tend to do. Isn’t it? As we live life, we often fluctuate between what we deem as important and what the LORD conveys as is important to Him.

What I’ve just said should cause us to pause and think. To reflect deeply. To inhale and exhale…to breath in our real truth. Tomlinson’s words, “…determine to find God throughout our day,” that is what we should do. But you know what it will require? It will require that we shift our mindsets. Actually, it will require us to be dependent on God to help us transform our way of thinking.

Table Talk Discussion Questions:

1) Do you ever find yourself trying to “schedule” God into your day?

2) If you have tended to time manage God, how does it make you feel when you cannot get it done or make it happen, in terms of spending time with Him, studying/reading His Word, praying, etc.?

3) Is there anything wrong with carving out quiet time with God? Discuss.

4) Do you think that there is a perfect formula that you should be following as it relates to how to be with God?

5) What do you think is the value of inviting God into your day?

6) Can you think of any person from the Bible who consistently invited God into his/her day on a regular basis? What can you learn from this?

7) Would you be willing to commit to spending at least one day this week tracking God and His majestic glory in the “Marvelous Mundane?”

Prayer: Oh Father, that we would see You and desire You above all else! That is our wish. That is our hope. That IS our joy. Isn’t it? Help us dear LORD. Help us not to get sidetracked or waylaid in the priority of priorities. Help us to witness You in the unremarkable just as much as in the remarkable. Blast our way of thinking out of the water, and grant us a holy transformation through Your Living Water. In the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

To Read an Excerpt From This Book and To Order Your Copy: Heart Wide Open – Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


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