Draw Near to God, He is already Near to You

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Recently I thought I had too much on my plate. I exercised my ability to say “no”, and took my day off seriously. Looking to the future: I tossed the idea of cutting down my hours at work. I wanted to work on future details of our family, make our house a home, and visit my family back home more.

None of that was the plan, for now.

In a recent turn of events I was asked to take on more of a leadership role at the Church, with more responsibility, with pay cuts and budget cuts all across the board for our church.

So. I dropped my plans and fell on my face before Jesus. He has been my Rock. I have peace. I have joy. I am brave.

I know God will make it possible for me to plan our future as a family, cook, clean, plan visits, have people over, take care of our pets, enjoy life… all while taking on this important calling. I just need to listen to His voice.

I’m ashamed to say in these times of turmoil… they are the sweetest times of worship for me.

Why can’t I seem to be this close to my Lord during the good times?

I realized today that I find the most peace and joy in the trials– not because God has changed, but because I have. Tweet this.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you {HE IS already close by}. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

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Psalm 119:9-11

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You: let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Guard every thought and action you have by checking it against what God says to do first.

Give God your everything: not your most tired, bored, half-distracted mind… He wants all or nothing because He is a Jealous God and worthy of it all.

M&M. Memorize & Meditate. Lock it away in your heart so there is no room for anything else in there but God’s grace for others, godly actions and desires!

All I want
All I need
More of You
Less of me
Take this life
Lord it’s Yours
Have my heart
Have it all