I struggle. I always have. I struggle to prioritize the time to spend time in God’s word. I love Him. I am so incredibly aware of His grace and mercy in my life. I feel His presence. I see His blessings. But, finding the time each day to spend time in His word has always been a struggle.
But, clearly it’s me. I fail to prioritize like I should. I’m running behind. The baby is crying or needs to be fed. I could really use a nap. I need to make dinner. I deserve some quite time to myself. Playdates, school, homework, reading books, sports games, practice, bed time…whew…catch my drift?
Today must be confession day because I’m just being really honest. I think about Him all day. I often throw up prayers throughout my day asking for His guidance, presence, protection, and more. We listen to worship at home, morning and at night. I play worship on these little speakers in my children’s rooms while they sleep. This way their spirit is hearing God’s truth and imprinting His love on their hearts in the quiet still hours. But…spending time in His word. That’s hard.
I know I’m not alone. I know Satan easily distracts us and whispers that it’s okay not to spend time with our God and that it happens to many of us. I know the great deceiver isn’t even an excuse because it’s me who fails to spend time with Him and the deceiver is simply satisfied with that. I know habits are hard to break and form and we need motivation often to change our flawed character and turning our eyes to Jesus.
But, when I do spend time with Him; when I’m finally motivated enough by something or feel the need for His presence in my life more than usual, the result is something beautiful. His word is a beautiful love letter. Not only does it tell us He loves us, but it shows us what He has done to demonstrate His love.
From cover to cover God’s displays and extends His incredible love for us. He begins by giving us Life. Breathed from His mouth. He has created this magical place for us to live and tend and grow. And, even when we fail, which took about 5.2 seconds, He spends the rest of the OT extending His hand, providing provision, giving us a way to continue to be near Him and ultimately show us how desperately we need Him. He then does what most of us would consider unthinkable and send His only son to die on a wooden cross for us so that we might have fellowship with Him again and forever.
This…this is why we can Surrender to Him. This is why Surrender means we daily walk with Him. We tuck His word into our hearts. We KNOW Him deeply and intimately so we never doubt His love and His character. To know His faithfulness to His people, the sheep who know Him.
2016 is well under way, we’re already a month in. But, it’s never too late to pour yourself into His word and all that He has in store for your this year. SURRENDER to Him today and everyday this year.
GOD’S LOVE LETTER TO YOU
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
Love, Your Dad