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In Other Words: Pressing Close to God

For at least when we express our anger to God, our wrestling keeps our skin pressing into His. God is still present. When we honestly expose our inflammation, express our soreness, we are still staking our commitment to our relationship with Him.” 

Ann Voscamp from her blog post,
Even if He doesn’t:  Learn to Lament


s a new mom, the first time I heard one of my little boys tell me he did not like me or even “I hate you” and run away into another room was so heart wrenching.  So, I’d go seek them out, and we’d try to talk about why he was angry at me.  It would usually end in apologies and both of us in tears.  Even now, teen kids can kind of get into those moods, and it sure can get frustrating trying to figure out what is going on now, being gentle, and making things right.  As parents, we want to keep our kids hearts.  God is the same way, understanding many times before we do why we are angry, why we aren’t speaking to HIm, and why we even say things we really do not mean to.

When I first read Ann’s post which this quote came from, I so appreciated the personalness.  Though I have questioned God hundreds of times, I believe I can honestly say, I’ve not been angry at Him.  Situations, oh yes!  I have certainly poured out sorenesses, not at Him, but I know He understands rejection, pain and sorrow and though there are times I don’t know what more to pour out, He does not give up:

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26, 27

This verse always given me chills – when times are so low – and we really do not know how to pray as we should, but instead have the quivering deep sighs, with long silence, tearful nights, and seemingly, loneliness.  We can keep pressing close to Him, listening for that still small voice, and know, He knows.  He really knows.

Despite the hard times of life, the sufferings we may go through, there is always hope.  He keeps pressing closer to us, never leaving or forsaking, I am thankful suffering is not forever, though the road can seem long at times.  One of my favorite verses is,

” . . . weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5 

Here is such hope, that we don’t have to go through sadness and suffering for a lifetime, but God wants us to have JOY again and what a testimony it can be as we share with joy how we were brought through a long night.

How has God stamped His personal claim on you, showing you without a doubt He loves you?  How have you known God’s presence, His pressing close to you?  Please join us in today’s In Other Words.  Just share about the above quote on your blog, then share your link by clicking the Mr. Linky below and feel free to leave a comment as well.  Be sure to visit the others listed with Mr. Linky for their thoughts on this quote as well.


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11 thoughts on “In Other Words: Pressing Close to God

  1. That’s Beautiful! I too have loved, found comfort in, and depended much on Romans 8:26-27.

    When I was pregnant with my first, I told my husband all the time, “I just want to hold her little face in my hands and feel her.” How much more must God want to know and hold and feel us? Do we want to know and hold and feel Him in the same way? Only the Holy Spirit can intercede for us in this life.

    What an awesome quote. And the story of the rain and the crop behind it is so tender and real!

  2. My oldest is 3 and going through a stage where he says, “I don’t like you.” On one level I remember he is 3,yet on another, it breaks my heart!! I can only imagine how hurt God must feel when we express anger at Him. I don’t think I’ve ever been really deeply angry at Him like others I have known, yet I know I have done things that hurt Him just like my son does to me.

    Great lesson in this quote. Great choice!

  3. Loni – thanks for sharing from your heart. Our children will often be angry with us, but I try to remind myself that it is not my job to make my children “like me,” but it is my task to show them the way to Jesus. The rest will come in time if we are devoted to Him. And just the same way, God is all about bringing us closer to Himself. Even when I’m being kind of grouchy! Thanks for hosting this week. Nina

  4. Loni,
    What a great quote you chose for today….it struck a chord in me…Oh the nights can be long…and the HOPE in the new day and JOY are gifts from the Almighty….

    Your words as always inspire with their honesty.

    Peace to you!

  5. Boy, that was really good Loni. I remember the feeling when my daughter yelled at me I hate you. I didn’t give up on her and God doesn’t give up on us when we hit that moment in our lives. PTL Thanks!

  6. Loni,

    I loved writing about this quote. Thanks for choosing such a thought provoking, inspiring subject for today’s post.

    Though I cannot say I have never been “angry with God.” I can say that realizing that is what was holding me back and confessing it before Him released so much pain and hurt in me. It set the course for freedom and healing and the avenue by which joy has returned unabated to my life.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and such beautiful Scriptures. Love this.


  7. I loved this question, it really brought out the blogger in me, lol. It’s a good thing I have a blog, or this would be the worlds longest post! 😉 I just had a lot of thoughts on this one because a lot has happened in my life that made me want to share my heart. Thanks for the great topic and I loved the Romans 8:26, 27 scripture, that’s one I’m putting down with my favorite scriptures!

  8. Oh, Loni, how I’ve grown learning from you. Thank you for your openness and wisdom.

    “He keeps pressing closer to us, never leaving or forsaking, I am thankful suffering is not forever, though the road can seem long at times.”

    This is the essence of His promise, Immanuel – God with us!

    Thanks for introducing me to Ann’s blog. Tuesdays and In Other Words have become so important to me. Like Proverbs 27:17 says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

  9. Thanks, Loni, for another great quote and post. The verse from Romans sends chills up my spine as well. I think most of us have been in that place where words fail. Knowing they’re not needed takes the pressure off and let’s us breath in God’s grace. Thanks


    Ava Semerau

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