Monday, January 21, 2008

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Series

I have a love relationship with a set of books I started readinga few years ago. The Yada Yada Prayer Group! They are incredibly uplifting and although Christian fiction, they tackle some very tough subjects. I'm reading the 5th book in the series now. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught. I love these books so much. I feel as though the Lord is speaking right to my heart through them. He's made me realize some things through the scriptures throughout the book and convicted me and touched my heart with situations in the books. It's been like this since the first time I opened the first book. These group of ladies - Jodi, Avis, Adele, Yo Yo, Ruth, Florida, Delores, Nony, Hoshi, Edesa, Chanda, and the newest addition Becky- relate to so much of myself. Their struggles, their thoughts. I feel as though they are part of me. Like they are my group of friends. I feel as though Netta Jackson reached in and took pieces of me (my personality) out and put them into these amazing women. I wonder how many others who have read the series feel this way.

One of the things that spoke to me throughout the entire series was the fact of on the spot prayer. In the moment. The Bible says (I'm paraphrasing here) that we should be in prayer constantly, never ceasing, and to not be anxious in anything but to take our worries to the Lord with thanksgiving. This hit me hard. I've been known to say I will pray and half the time I can honestly say that I do but not always. And I'm truly sad about that fact. But I need to keep myself in that constant conversation with the Lord and when I say I will pray I need to do it right then. Whether it be I feel I need to pray for something or if someone asks me to pray. I need to do it at that moment whether it's on the phone, in person, email, blog, myspace, or just walking through the grocery store and see a stressed out mom with a toddler screaming. I don't need to know what the need is or who the person is. That's what Our God is for. He's big enough for all of us. He's God All By Himself!

Last night while I was reading she brought up a verse in the first chapter of James. I had to look it up but it's James 1:5. It says "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him." What a reminder! I don't believe I ask God what to do in all of my areas of life. It hit me hard and I realized I lack wisdom in so much. That I should always be seeking Gods purpose, not my own. What an amazing verse! It's just a gentle reminder to bring it to God.

Another thing that spoke to me was this: "'s important to respect differences, that violence was never the way to solve problems, that "tolerance" didn't mean everybody had to agree about everything, that in fact "tolerance" was most important when you disagreed with someone."

WOW! Here she was talking about teachable moments and let me tell this was seriously one for me. This is something I've been struggling with for a while in my own life. Serious hurts can come from intolerance. And this sentence just spoke to me about a situation in heart right now. Someone I believe was a friend is no longer speaking to me because she disagreed with me. It's been very heavy on my heart. And this ONE sentence made me realize that it was simply intolerance and that BOTH of us was guilty of it. See what I mean about God speaking to me through these books. There are always teachable moments. God is definitely using anything HE can and wants to speak right to my heart. It's also a reminder of how very blessed we are to have such an amazing God.


..::Mrs. Staff Sergeant::.. said...

Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check these books out. I hadn't even heard of them until now. I've been searching for something new to read- and how wonderful that you're learning so much from them! It doesn't get much better than that does it?

(((((HUGS))))) sandi said...

Thanks for the heads up! Wonder if my library might have them~going to see! (((((HUGS))))) sandi