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,


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  1. Joh 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
    Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
    Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
    Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
    Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
    Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
    Joh 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
    Joh 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
    Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
    Joh 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
    Joh 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
    Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
    Joh 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
    Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
    Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
    Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
    Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
    Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
    Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
    Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
    Joh 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
    Joh 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
    Joh 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

  2. Thank you Becky. This was very special. I have been enjoying your graphics especially with hearts. I love hearts!!

  3. Thank you, Judith. I'm a heart lover myself. <3 Did you come here from Trust in the Lord on Facebook?

  4. Pappy, thank you for sharing chapter 17 of John.