Friday, July 3, 2015

I Just Had the Best Chat!

Carol waved to her best Friend from across the grassy field, then grabbed her three-year-old daughter and swung her onto her right hip. She could feel Shelby bumping up and down as she hurried to greet Jesus.

Upon reaching Him, Carol greeted Jesus and 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 …”

Photo by Ashraf Fekry (Flickr)
Using the above story, picture yourself as one of the people in this week’s verse:

Mark 9:15 (NIV)
As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 

During one of my quiet times, this verse moved me so much that I pictured myself face-to-face with Jesus. I could feel His delight when I told Him how much I adored and needed Him. Then I thanked Him for the sale I made the day before – and especially for all He’s done in my marriage. And I hung onto every word I imagined Him saying back to me.

During our chat, I also shared important prayer requests (for the salvation of family members, and for friends to be healed), and some of my dreams (to be an author and speaker). All the while, I sensed He was pleased to be spending time with me, too.

It was such an incredible time that I want to make running up to Jesus a regular habit.

Remember, we don’t have to wait until we’re in a crisis to talk to Him. Imagine running up to your closest Friend to share the latest news about how your job is going; or to your Shepherd, when you need protection; or to your Counselor, when you need advice. If you don’t necessarily need anything, take a moment just to worship your Creator.

Spend time imagining yourself actually chatting with Jesus face-to-face. What would you talk about? What do you think He would say to you?

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.

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified 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.

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