Sometimes I Want to Ask, “God, Is This a Joke?”


I was about 20 when I learned to talk to God. I mean just talk. Genuine. Real.

I was pretty excited about a plan I had that was AWEsome…and then pretty disappointed when God apparently didn’t hold the same opinion. Actually, disappointed is the wrong word. Livid is more like it.

So I told Him so. After all, He knew my heart, right? So why pretend? I unloaded honestly (and respectfully because, well, He has a lot of lightning bolts at His disposal). So we talked, God and me. And it was good. Though I didn’t get over my anger right away, I knew immediately that I had moved into a better place in my relationship with Him.

While my heart-to-hearts with God began because I was kind of a brat, I learned how to communicate with Him in a real way that made Him even more real to me.

So now, with two daughters in the middle of adolescence, I have no problem asking, “Seriously, God. Didn’t you forget something kind of important?” Here’s why:

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. –Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

When I read that very familiar verse, I want to put my finger on the big, black comma and say, “Here. Right here, God. Did you forget something? You got child on one side of the comma. You got old on the other side of the comma. But what about the middle? You know, those years between child and old? Some of us call them the tumultuous teen years?”

Seriously, I’d feel more comfortable if a little of that “not-depart-from-it” promise were to go into effect a little sooner than old.

It would be especially helpful now since I’ve apparently grown an alien head that my girls can only stare at. And maybe my words of wisdom would sound like English to my girls instead of a version of the Charlie Brown teacher wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa.

Or maybe God is using these years between to video episodes of Heaven’s Funniest Home Videos. He does have a sense of humor, you know!

I say all of this in jest, of course! God didn’t forget the middle. He gave us Ephesians 6:1 “…obey your parents.” I don’t know about your kids, but mine have that one mastered!

Actually, God gives us a lot between Genesis and Revelations to help us get past the comma. And since we’re on The MOM Journey together, I’m excited to share with you two books that have had a permanent place on my nightstand for almost as many years as I’ve been a mom. I WOULD LOVE TO GIVE ONE OF THESE TO YOU FREE!

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Here’s why I LOVE the Praying the Scriptures books by Jodie Berndt. Jodie has used God’s words to write prayers where you insert your child’s name and pray God’s words back to Him. You’ll find prayers for every subject–from self-esteem to relationships with siblings, from teens in crisis to finding purpose in life. I cannot explain the power of praying scriptures for your children, but let me try by giving you an example.

About two years ago Randi had a lump in her neck, and a team of doctors prepared us for a diagnosis of a rare cancer that affects 15 in a million teens. The doctors at our nearest children’s hospital had never treated it, so we were going to seek treatment at a special center 14 hours from home. It was  a six week process, going from one doctor to the next, having one test and then another, before we could schedule the surgery. I was so distraught, I didn’t have the words to pray. “Please, God” was the best I could do, and although I knew He knew my anguish, I still needed words–for me. So I grabbed one of my books, turned to the chapter on health, and found my prayer:

Thank you that you have redeemed Randi and called her by name; she is yours. When she passes through the waters, be with her. When she passes through the rivers, do not let them sweep over her. When she walks through the fire, do not let her be burned. (Isaiah 43:1-2)

Even though Randi’s diagnosis was a misdiagnosis (or a miracle!), I still cannot describe the release I felt (and still feel) when I read that scripture.

And I cannot describe how excited I am to share these two invaluable books with you. I hope you love them as much as I do! Don’t forget to enter your email by March 31 for a chance to win one of these FREE!

Do you have a favorite book, website, or other resource that the rest of us on The MOM Journey should know about?

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  1. NT says:

    Loving the blog and this book! You gave me one of these as a gift when my first was born – I need to dig it out of the moving box and re-read it!

    • says:

      Thanks for signing up for The MOM Journey! Praying the Scriptures is one of my “go-to” gifts for new moms!

  2. Kelli Sargent says:

    Great read!

  3. Lisa Beck Evans (Johnson) says:

    What a blessing to read…..see a glimpse into your beautiful family!! Miss you and think of you often!

  4. Sandy Harris says:

    Love your blog. I ordered Praying the Scriptures for your Children as soon as I read it. I can’t wait to get it. I also ordered one for a friend. Even though my children are both grown, they are never to old to pray for. Thanks, Karen!

    • says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Sandy! I’m so excited you liked Praying the Scriptures enough to order it…and to give it as a gift! And you’re exactly right. Kids never outgrow a mama’s prayers!

  5. A-M says:

    I’m loving this and can’t wait to read more! Thankful to be on the MOM Journey with you!

  6. LM says:

    Awesome journey…thankful for you and the sharing of yourself and your beautiful family.

  7. Jayne Robart says:

    This is beautiful Karen. Thank you for sharing and helping us moms that have baggage!! You and your family are a great expression of Gods love!!

  8. Heather D says:

    So encouraging! Thank you Karen! I’m excited to take this journey with all of you wonderful ladies!

  9. Cathy says:

    Thanks for sharing this with me. It makes me smile!

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