Dear family and friends,
It is wonderful that you could be here with Heartstrings! I am happy to report that God is still on His throne and loving you with unchanging love.
Father, I invite you into my everyday life. Please fill my heart with a longing for more of You. May Your Word be the foundation of every decision I make today. Cause my mind to be alert to the many ways You want to speak to me. Help me Holy Spirit to respond with an obediant heart and mind. In Jesus name, amen.
1 John 3:1 says, "See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him."
This Love of God is our prize. It is through Jesus Christ that we are able to come to the Father. If you feel too dirty or inadequate to come to Him as you are, talk to the Lord right now. Confess your sins and turn your heart, soul, mind and strength to Him. You will find great peace!
Jeremiah 31:3 says, "The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you."
Now, go back and put your name in place of Israel. Make this personal. Do you see the promise? God reaches toward His people with lovinkindness. Kindness that is motivated by a deep love. He is eager to do the best for us if they will only let Him.
After the many warnings about the sins of God's chosen people, here we get to see we don't have to dread or fear, but if we look carefully we can see him lovingly drawing us toward Himself.
You know those circumstances that you have prayed about? Oh, the longing to have them changed! What if God hasn't changed them because they are working a good thing in changing us?
I had to think about this a long time. Yes, I want things to be different. But, God wants me to be different too. By changing my focus and consider what He would want to do instead of what I want, I find the peace and love I have been desiring.
Contented to be where He wants us, for as long as He wants us is a wonderful and freeing thing! Whether sitting alone in a room or out for an adventure, climbing a steep trail.
I had written down in my journal a thought from something I read. It said, "Contentment is satisfied with what God is doing but, much more. Being content to die while climbing! Wow!
Do you know how much God loves you right now? With an everlasting, never changing, rich and free gift through Jesus Christ. Pause and think about this today.
Be ready to be loved. Look for the unspoken messages God sends you. It might just surprise you. Always be ready to turn your eyes to Him. Pray to see clearly what Love really looks like.
You are counted worthy of His Love as you come into His presence. Humble with a sincere heart. He welcomes you. God bless you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...we are His children