Reality Check Wednesday #6

Reality Check Wednesday | Spiritual milk and solid food. And how babies just surprise us!

They have a mind of their own. Just when you think you have them figured out or have established some sort of routine, they surprise you. So this week's reality check is brought to you by.....Babies.

Example #1: My sister-in-law was pregnant with my first nephew a little over a week ago. And last Monday night she went into labor. She was only 25 weeks. Talk about scared to death! And shocked. Bless her heart. But y'all, God is so gracious. He allowed my nephew to live. And he's doing so well! My sister-in-law got to hold him yesterday for the first time at one week old! This whole ordeal was nothing short of a miracle. God is so good!

Example #2: My son stopped nursing a couple of weeks ago. Just flat out gave it up. I had planned to nurse him at least until he was a year old. But no, he had other plans. He doesn't like to be still and well, you have to be somewhat still to nurse. I think he was just bored. So he refused repeatedly. And sometimes the reality that I likely just nursed for the last time in my life hits me. And I have to think about something else quickly before the big ugly cry happens. Which it likely will at some point. I'm waiting on it. And prepared for it.

But there is also something promising about his refusal to nurse. He wants something more. Something more advanced. I'm reminded of when the apostle Paul told the Corinthians that they weren't ready for solid food yet because they were still living in the flesh.

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

I still feel like a babe in the faith sometimes, and I crave that milk. But then I also crave more. I want more of whatever God has to offer. When you are confident that you are ready to move from milk to solid food, there is peace in that. That's from Him.

So, I'm going to remind myself of this the next time I feel that big ugly cry coming on because my son is ready for more than just milk. God has so much more for us. But that milk, that precious spiritual milk, kept us alive and bonded us to Him when we were just babes in the faith. And we will never forget that time with Him.

Why do we pray in Jesus' name?

Guest post written by Adam Barringer (Michelle's hubby!)

Why do we pray in Jesus' name | When we pray we should be seeking to glorify God and not ourselves. THIS is why we pray in Jesus' name.

12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:12-14

When you pray do you always say "in Jesus' name" at the end?  Why do we do this?  Are we supposed to?  Is it a habit?  

As I was studying John 14 a couple of weeks ago I was convicted about how I was praying. 

I find myself saying it when I am praying out loud or in a group, not when I'm alone or praying silently. I've noticed that when I have to pray in front of a group of people I am so concerned with my words and if what I'm praying makes sense. Or what will these people think if I say such and such? And then I always say at the end, "in Jesus' name."  

He is so gracious to answer these prayers but I don't think this is what Jesus means.