He’s Got You on His Mind All the Time

 

 

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Wholehearted devotion.

These words define the love of my life, Jesus Christ. And you know what? I’m the love of His life too. So are you.

Do you know Him? Can you even wrap your mind around this kind of earth shaking love? I can’t and I’ve been following Him since I was 5.

It literally takes eternity to fully grasp His eternal love.

He loves us.  It doesn’t matter what you have done. Like my daughter, Grace, (aptly named nonetheless) said yesterday at lunch, “Jesus forgives all of us even if we make really bad mistakes.” He wants to embrace us all.

Jesus died for you to show you that you are loved beyond any shadow of a doubt. I can never understand this kind of sacrifice but I will spend my whole life fervently pursuing the author of this love.

I get to discover more about Him every single day. For the rest of my life. There is NO END to His amazing love. Try to wrap your head around that.

You can’t. Which is why it’s so amazing.

 

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The Process of Becoming

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Today I was reminded of the faithfulness of God through the seasons of waiting in my life. And a light bulb went off in my brain: All this time, I thought I was waiting on God but really God was waiting on me.

A wise friend once told me, “God is more interested in your heart than He is in your comfort.” Those words came back to me today as I realized that the past few years of my life have been SO DARN UNCOMFORTABLE. But the heart changes in me have been supernatural to say the least.

Sacrificing my comfort for a larger heart, a greater sense of purpose, and a closer walk with God has not been easy. But I can now see some beautiful embers aflame inside of me where there once was a mess of cold, dark coal. And when my flesh cringes and tries to turn away from a trying situation, I can now see that I am being invited into another opportunity for fiery heart change.

Why? More training in the uncomfortableness of life. We try so hard to avoid the messy and the nervous and the strange and the unfamiliar but God hasn’t called us to sit back and let life pass us by. He’s called us to move to the sound of His voice allowing the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow on our flickering heart flame when we’re not so sure. It’s called trust.

And I can honestly say that I’ve never felt so weightless and free in all my life. I don’t have to know how I’m gonna get from A to B or from this period of waiting to the time of doing. I just have to believe.

And the result?

Becoming who I am meant to be. 

 

 

On expectations

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People let you down. It’s unfortunate but it happens ALL THE TIME. I really wish it would stop happening to me.

I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of being caught up in a mess of emotions when it happens, too.

Like, even when I try not to put my faith in someone for the exact purpose of not getting let down, I still become a fumbled mess when they do. Because they inevitably do.

Even the best, most trustworthy person will let you down.

I think my lack of faith in the other person becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that they will not live up to my expectations of them. Because, really, if you think about it, we all have expectations of each other.

And many of them are unsaid expectations. So, that might be a problem. Just saying.

And don’t think for one second that I have removed my own faultiness from this equation. I accept full responsibility for letting you down, whoever you might be. Because even if I haven’t yet, I will. It’s just bound to happen.

This is where I’d like to say that there’s a special class you can take to help you let go of expectations and move forward with confidence that you will never let anyone down again.

But, I can’t. Because anyone that sells you that line is pulling one over on ya.

There is Someone who will never let you down, however. His name is Jesus.

And He constantly reassures and reminds me of His faithfulness. Even when I’m less than faithful to Him (which is daily).

The same holds true for you too. Feeling like you can’t seem to stay true to your word? Hurt because your friend let you down again? Turn your eyes to Jesus, friend.

Only He can comfort you in your pain and direct you towards a fulfilling life.

“For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so.”-1 Thess. 5:24

NaBloPoMo November 2015