Sunday, March 29, 2009

You Define the Depth

Have you ever felt compelled to get all spiffied up, put on your best duds, or perhaps slide into a nice warm jacket, then realize you have no destination in mind, 'all dressed up and no where to go.'

Our relationship with God is like that at times, we read our Bibles, have our devotions, say our prayers, yet ... that is as far as we get. I am guilty of this. It is as if I am waiting for God to make the first move. James says clearly "Come near to God and He will come near to you." (4:8)

One of God's strongest attributes is that of His patience. He longs for us to come to Him, He is waiting. The principle is the same in all relationships, if you want it to be strong and deep, you have to cultivate it, put time and energy into it ... particupate IN it.

So today, enjoy your relationship with Jesus, YOU define the depth, call out to Him, seek Him, enter in, come close to Him. Don't merely stand out in the cold and allow just a few drops of God to fall on you, DIVE in and get Him all over you!

~ DeDe

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Oh to Learn

This week I was again reminded of the NEED to ... learn. Often I think, "O I have been at this long enough ... I SHOULD KNOW THIS!" Yet, at least for me, I keep coming up short every time. I felt God nudge me, (in doing so I am humbled, and must say to my relief) He showed me, that the things, the qualities that it takes to be strong in God, do not come natural to me, they are to be learned. Then, reviewed ~ worked ~ walked and learned AGAIN

These are a few, 'to learn' I gleaned from bible study this week, and found a couple extra on my own. (yep even MORE to learn)

Deut. 4:10 LEARN to revere the Lord
1 Chr. 28:9 LEARN to know God intimately (NLT)
Job 34:4 LEARN what is good
Psalm 51:6 LEARN wisdom
Psalm 119:73 LEARN His commands
Matt. 11:28-30 LEARN to rest
Luke 11:1 LEARN to pray
Heb. 5:8 LEARN obedience
Phil. 4:12 LEARN contentment
Col. 1:10 LEARN to know God better and better (NLT)

Learning is a process, and the Holy Spirit is an awesome Teacher ~ teach us, teach ME!

~ DeDe