Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Show some love...


Ok, I'm better! Ya'll know that Prov 3: 3-4 are my verses for this year - or maybe you didn't know that - but anyway the Lord has laid LOVE on my heart this year. Funny how my first big test of that love came with my momma!! Just a touch of history, but my mom and I have had a VERY rocky relationship all of my life. Enough said. Anyway, this year I'm trying to love not just Jimmy and my kids more, not just my brother and sisters and their families more, not just my "circle" of friends more but to really show God's love to every person I come into contact with! Even the person who takes my parking place - right Leigh?! hahaha

Today my "God Calling" was powerful, people, POWERFUL! (I'm gonna make an announcement on Friday so stay tuned....) It was speaking of dwelling in the Presence of God and, well, it'll be best if I just share it. "Think of the multitudes, who thronged Me, when I was on earth, all eager for something. Eager to be healed, or taught, or fed. Think as I supplied their many wants, and granted their manifold requests, what it meant to Me, to find amid the crowd, some one or two, who followed Me just to be near Me, just to dwell in My Presence. How some longing of the Eternal Heart was satisfied thereby." Do you get that? Notice that the "Eternal Heart" has caps. That means the Heart that was satisfied - meaning there's a longing there TO BE satisified - was God's. His Heart was satisfied - need to be satisfied - with the one or two who just wanted to be near Him for who He is!

I don't know if that hits you like it did me but I certainly never thought God NEEDED anything! Truth is - as we think of needing "things" He's got that one covered. What His heart's need - His heart desires is for us to be the one or two. For us to long to dwell in His Presence not just for something, healing, teaching, feeding but just to be there! WHOA! Do you get that? The Creator of the Universe - the Most High - the Alpha and Omega - God Almighty wants, needs, desires to have YOU in His Presence! Just to be near Him!

Listen to how today's devotion ends. "Comfort Me, awhile, by letting Me know that you would seek Me just to dwell in My Presence, to be near Me, not even for teaching, not for material gain, not even for a message - but for Me. The longing of the human heart to be loved for itself is a something caught from the Great Divine Heart. I bless you. Bow your heads." Ya'll that's really what God wants me to do. Love HIM more! Love Him for HIM!! Sure, I have the honor of taking my needs, my fears, my hopes and dreams to Him, but how often do I just be near Him?! It's time girls! Take some time today to just crawl up in our Abba Daddy's lap and be near Him. Feel His breath. Smell His sweet aroma. Comfort His heart. BE THE ONE OR TWO!!!

Addendum - I know I talk alot about this book and it is derived from Scripture but please know that it will NEVER take the place of Scripture in my life or in yours! It's a refreshing aspect into God communicating with us, but please don't make it your Bible! It certainly isn't mine!!!


Nicki said...

I'm so excited about your bible study starting! I can't wait to hear/read all the details! God is using you in BIG ways!! I loved this devotion today!! It's just awesome!!

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Hi, Val! I am visiting for the
1st time. Leigh sent me over! This book sounds great. Enjoyed reading your blog- love your heart.