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Upon reaching Him, before she even caught her breath, Carol began chatting with her Lord, “I'm glad to see you again! I have so much to tell You since the last time we talked …”
Mark 9:15 (NIV)
As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
What if you could run up to Jesus – and actually chat face-to-face?
What would you talk about? What do you think He would say to you?
This verse moved me so much, that I stopped reading about Jesus, and closed my Bible to spend a few minutes to talk with Him. It was so sweet. I could even "feel" His delight when I told Him how much I adored Him. Then I thanked Him for the sale I made the day before – and especially for my restored marriage. Now and then, I would pause to listen for His response.
I shared some of my hopes (to be an author and speaker, etc.) and important prayer requests (family members to be saved, friends to be healed, etc.) with Him. Before I had to go, I told Him again how much I loved and needed Him. All the while, I sensed He was pleased to be spending that time with me, too.
It was such an incredible time that throughout the day, I took more short breaks to chat with Jesus. Now I want to make running up to Jesus a habit.
This week's goal:
This week, I will develop the habit of running up to Jesus throughout the day to: share good news (or sad news), request His help (or thank Him when His help came through!), and to express my love for Him. In addition, I will take time to listen to what He says to me.
Father, help me to realize how much You delight in my running up to You. Thank You for loving me so much that You want to hear about my day and everything that matters to me. Most of all, Lord, give me ears to hear every word You speak to me.
What about you?
Envision running up to your closest Friend to share the latest news about how your job is going; or to your Shepherd, when needing protection; to your Counselor, when needing advice, your favorite Comforter, when you're hurting; or to your God, when you just want to take a minute to worship Him.
1 Peter 5:7Amplified Bible
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)