I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. My husband was driving down a highway in northern Utah and I was on the other end of the line, sitting behind a desk in Columbia, South Carolina. Panicked.
As much as I love vacations and travel, I am a woman who thrives on routine. Take me out of my routine, and I get flustered. My husband was about to interview for a job over 2,000 miles away from the town where I’d spent my entire life. Twenty-seven years of memories. Twenty-seven years of relative sameness.
Everything about my routine was about to be rocked in every way, shape and form.
In a rushed, anxious tone, I explained to him that I had no place to work in Utah. How were we going to live on one income? Where were we going to live?
He seemed unfazed.
“Sweetheart, it will be okay. Have faith.”
His calmness had never been more irritating. But something told me he was right.
At that point in my life, my relationship with God was broken, at best. But in that moment I still prayed.
I prayed when I didn’t know what else to do.
And just like that, God answered.
Within an hour of the conversation with my husband, I had an interview in Salt Lake City. A job had just opened for the exact same position I currently filled.
Call it coincidence. I call it divine providence.
This was the one of the first times I remember thinking to myself, “My prayers make a difference. There is more to it than I realize.” And from that point on, my life was different. I saw, perhaps for the first time, that God cared about the unique, day-to-day details of my life.
Even when I used prayer as a last resort, he answered. He delivered. He orchestrated events and timelines in a way I never expected.
When we pray, we invite an invisible God to make himself visible through us.
This is exactly what Jeannie Blackmer’s new book, Talking to Jesus, is about. In that moment of deliverance ten years ago, I saw how limited my view of God was. What I love about Blackmer’s book is she takes prayer out of the confined box where we often place it and invites her reader to view it in a whole new way.
Using various encounters described in the gospel of Matthew, Blackmer shows how the conversations people have with him can be viewed as prayers. After all, isn’t prayer simply talking to Jesus? These everyday, ordinary interactions presented Jesus with a need, and he answered. In the same way I called out to him when I needed a job on the other side of the country, these men and women often came to him because they didn’t know where else to turn.
But you know what? He still met them where they were and showed compassion.
While the words of Jesus remain the same, the author uses fictional details, internal monologues and characters to make events come alive. As a reader, the stories drew me in and made me consider aspects of the conversations I’d never thought of before.
I will always be looking for ways to expand and build my prayer life. Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer did just that.
If you are looking for a new approach to talking to your Creator, I would highly recommend it. Blackmer’s words flow, her language is easy to understand, and although she invites her reader to change her life, it is not intimidating.
This book may be just what your prayer life needs this season. Approach it with open eyes and a willing heart, and watch God do the rest.
Talking to Jesus is available on Amazon. You can purchase it now by clicking on this link.
About the Author:
Jeannie Blackmer is the author of MomSense: A Common-Sense Guide to Confident Mothering and Boysterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons. She also coauthored Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women’s Perseverance and God’s Provision.
Her articles have been published in Guideposts, Today’s Christian Woman, Thriving Family, MomSense, and more. She is also a guest blogger for a variety of Christian sites.
Jeannie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
She’s married to Zane, and they have three adult sons who, for now, all reside in Boulder, Colorado.
You can learn more about Jeannie and this book at talkingtojesus.com.
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