Saturday, October 26, 2013

What Would You Say?



Photo by Taston (Flickr)
Carol waved to her best Friend, then grabbed her three-year-old daughter, Shelby, and swung the little one onto her right hip. She could feel Shelby bumping up and down as she cut through the field to catch up with Jesus.

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 …” 
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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.

My prayer:
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.)

15 comments:

  1. I love how you capture and recapitulate the importance of walking with and communicating with our Lord into everyday activities. The just live by faith and without faith it is impossible to please Him. The Good Shepherd loves His sheep and gave His life for us. He is not a far a way God; but a God (The God) Who desire a relationship (fellowship) with His people. He is a God of reconciliation. He draws us to Him. he doesn't shove us away.
    Barbara

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  2. Yes, exactly!
    Isn't it great to have a God we can run up to (with joy!) rather than a god who we fear and run away from?
    I realize sometimes we tend to run away or hide from God (when we sin, for instance). However, it's amazing that it is not He Who is avoiding us during those times. Rather, He calls us to come to Him – especially when we're in need of His love, mercy and power.

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  3. Preach it sister!

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  4. I really appreciate this post - so timely and exactly what I needed to hear. This has greatly encouraged me. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, GodRunner. I pray we all take advantage of what a loving, personable God we serve. Isn't it wonderful how much He cares about us and everything we care about?

      Thank you for stopping by, GodRunner. Please keep in touch.

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    2. I was just thinking about you, GodRunner (at 4:00 a.m.!) If there is anyway we can be supportive for you - be praying with about anything, etc., please let us know. Okay?

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  5. Having a relationship with our Lord always breaks the ice in having a conversation with Him. I struggle to find the time and to take the time to spend with Jesus. I know prayer and bible study will help me overcome this.

    Keep up the good work Sheryl, see you at home. Bert

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    1. Hi, Hon. Busy schedules and distractions often tempts me to spend less time with God, too. Let's help each other do better. Okay?

      I love you, Bert. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I like that! You know, one other thing that came to mind as I read this (and which you very briefly touched on :)) is how, as we grow close to someone, we not only ache to share our heart with them, we also yearn to hear what their heart has to share. I want to nurture that same two-way depth in my friendship with my Creator and Redeemer!

    Passing this on.... :)

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    1. I so agree, Sheila! You're right, I only touched on it a few times, but having that two-way conversation is imperative to a strong relationship. Besides the fact, His words (what He says to me) when we "chat" is what brings me direction, peace, purpose - and definitely depth!

      Thank you for stopping by, Sheila.

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  7. Wow! . . . thinking of me at 4am on Sunday. Isn't God good that he would have someone think and pray for me in the "night season". These posts speak so much of acknowledging the Lord's presence and talking to Him about all of our concerns. Isn't this what God meant by intimacy and not the physical aspect always think of? I think God answered your 4am prayer for me in that He showed me how He is wanting His bride to love Him above all things and sharing every bit of our lives with Him. My request is that I would never forget this.
    Thank you for your love and concern and obedience.

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    1. You are most welcome!
      Let's pray for each other to never forget how much God wants to have true intimacy with us.

      And please continue let us know how you're doing. Okay, GodRunner?

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  8. I really liked your comment GodRunner, especially what you said about intimacy and someone caring enough to pray for you in the "night season." I pray that I learn to walk in true intimacy with Christ and recognize those around me who need God's kindness and love as well as Truth and correction. Because I have learned that real Love always has Truth and is prepared to correct when needed. By learning to walk in true intimacy with Jesus I can have Hope to be the vessel He created me to be. By the way...GodRunner is a cool name. Can I ask how you came by that?
    Barbara

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    1. I came up with GodRunner because of the Scripture Sheryl used at the beginning of this post. I had never seen that part of the Scripture that said people ran to Him. Years ago I was convicted by the Holy Spirit that I always ran to others to hear a word that God would have for me and the Lord showed me how that was putting others ahead of Him (idolatry). There should be no others gods before Him. Also, as I visualized Mark 9:15 and people running to Jesus, I kept thinking about the 'flash mobs' of today. For example, if Jesus was to be at a stadium at 1pm today, would be send out text msgs., twitters and the like to run and see Him? (I have a vivid imagination as you can tell!) And, I'm sure that this is just a temporary name as I usually key off something that speaks to me. Thanks for asking.

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    2. I love it!
      I thought you were a marathon runner (or something like that). But a runner to (and for) Jesus is way better.


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