So, for a number of years now, I’ve been journaling my quiet times/sessions with God.
Typically what happens is that I sit and quiet myself or I’ll start by reading scripture and then He pops in with a word or two. Literally. A single word. Or two. I ask what it means and then He responds. It’s quite an adventure!
Yes, Lord? I’m listening.
[I went to the Amplifed Bible and here’s what it says] “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your soul.] Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly in heart), and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For my yoke is wholesome (useful, good – not harsh, hard sharp or pressing, but comfortable, gracious and pleasant), and my burden is easy to be borne.”
Lord, there have been moments in my life when I have felt this, when I have known this. I want to see, feel and understand this all of the time!
Let Our Voice Encourage you. [Psst! See what He did there? He does stuff like that all the time!] There are so many meanings to this word…LOVE. It is the light for your path, it overshadows pain and hurt and shame. It gives victory over the enemy and all enemies, and it enables my people, my children, to walk confidently in who I have created them to be. That is why I say without it…you are nothing.
Satan would have you believe that I do not love you when you are removed from me – frankly, he does it even when you are close to me! He is a killer, stealer, and destroyer, and he prowls about trying all the doors and the windows of your spirit, heart. and mind, trying to ooze his black thoughts into the cracks and crevices.
Marjorie, I AM LOVE!!! I never change. That is who I am. Yes, it’s true that it breaks my heart when my sons and daughters do not acknowledge me or are so focused on other things that they make no time for me. It makes me sad, and it hurts me. But I don’t NOT love them because of it!
Think about it in the context of your daughter. When she “disses” you or does not pay attention to you, or does not communicate for long periods of time, it makes you sad. But you would never hate her for it. When she does something against your wishes or deliberately ignores or disobeys you, you guide her and teach her. You may get a little (or a lot) frustrated or even angry with her…but you never turn your back on her or HATE her.
If you, being human, love your child like that, how much more so do you think I love you? Again, I say, I AM LOVE!!
So, come to me. You are in need of rest…in ME. Do not do it in a spirit of legalism – ask me and I will give you the desire for me.
I will never leave you.
I will never leave you, NOR forsake you.
And so, my fellow travelers, the Father loves YOU!
Rest in His unending, unrelenting love for you!