Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's All About Love

This morning, while it was still dark, I lay in bed, praying, thinking about my day ahead, and spending some reflection time. I was thanking God for surprise answers to prayers over the past two weeks. And I was asking Him for guidance in my new ministry opportunities.

I thought about Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."


love, prayers, God, quiet time, Jesus, Psalm 5:3

And God spoke to me.  
He didn’t speak out loud, but simply whispered gentle words into my heart. He reminded me about love: His love for me, and my love for Him. He took me on a short little journey, showing me the importance of spending alone time with just Him. 

Not making graphics of faith about Him. Not writing a blog post about Him.  Not ministering to others. Not working through a Bible study I teach. But just one-on-one time. Our time. Alone.

Life has been crazy for me, I'm willing to admit to you. And the truth is, I got caught up in the drama of other people, Christmas celebrations, work, life, life and more life. And my alone times with the Lord weren’t as long as they had been, and not as fulfilling because of interruptions.

He reminded me of how I felt when I was in love with a man years ago. The joy of love, the wanting to be with that man all the time, the way I felt such contentment. The way our love grew . . . because we spent so much time together.

God reminded me how He can be that man.  How I can lean on Him all the time, depend on Him all the time, trust Him all the time. But we need a lot more alone time together, He whispered. He wants me to influence others, and the only way I can do that is to spend quality time with just Him.

And out of the time He was requesting of me came insight: My love for God keeps growing bigger and bigger because of the time I spend alone with Him. When I read His words in my Bible, they touch my mind and soul. They remind me of everything God is about. They make me a stronger woman spiritually, and one who has more to give to others as a result. So I agreed to God’s request.


Today, in the busyness of life, I turned off everything. No interruptions. Just us, spending love time alone. 

And I found the sweet joy of fellowship to be completely and overwhelmingly satisfying.

In His love,

Becky



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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Time for Everything!

Welcome to my brand new year*! 365 days to fill up with all kinds of exciting opportunities, happy occasions, and joy-filled celebrations. There will no doubt be some unexpected times of sadness, sorrow, and frustrations too. Life’s just that way: a great big mixture of everything jumbled together like an old watch drawer. There’s this mixture of smiles and tears, grins and frowns, laughs and shouts, that all somehow work together in ways that I hope glorify God. And that is what I seek more than anything: to glorify Him.



Solomon shares in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is a “time for everything and a time for every event under heaven.” And do you know what? I have a choice in the way I react to every event that comes my way.  I choose to accept them as learning opportunities.  After all, God isn’t going to allow anything to happen that He is not aware of.  God doesn’t take coffee breaks: He is never absent. He will always give me the wisdom I need when I ask for it (James 1:5). 

I’m going to embrace the New Year’s learning opportunities because I know God is in charge of every aspect of my life. Through the good and bad, He is there. Through the ups and downs, He is there.  Through everything, I am surrounded by His presence. I seek Him all day long and want to follow Him, not my own yearnings. This year, no matter what happens, good, bad, happy, sad, peaceful or turbulent, I will seek out scripture and the wisdom it offers me. I will seek to strengthen my prayer life. I will Seek Jesus.

A heart full of blessings to you,

Becky

*It’s your year too . . . how will you use it?




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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Seeking Jesus

The Daily TAP has a brand new name for a brand new year:  
Seeking Jesus!


When I first began blogging a few years ago, I posted every day for nine months. Then I changed to 6 days a week, and later, weekly. Then I nearly stopped all together because I ran out of time.

Since I'm finishing up my degree in Christian Ministries, I found my time is so much more limited, so the word 'daily' was frustrating me. So I mostly stopped writing, which frustrated you! So I found an easy solution: a new name!


For ten years I've prayed about, and then picked, one special word to concentrate on for the new year.  Past words include trust, wait, love, joy, commit and abide. For 2015, my selected word for the year is SEEK. I feel the word seek is applicable to my life right now as I seek God's perfect will, seek His plans for my life, and seek His wisdom in everyday life situations.

So . . . "Seeking Jesus" is the perfect name for my blog. Rather than starting new with a different blog address, and losing many readers, I kept it easy by just changing the title. I hope it's not confusing!

I also hope my blog posts will encourage you in your spiritual walk as you seek Jesus in your life.

My first encouragement blog will be on January 1, but I normally will not have a set schedule for them . . . you can simply be surprised!

Joyfully Seeking Jesus,

Becky





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