the calling….[day 19]..31 days to expecting Jesus

So, last night after an afternoon in the doc’s office (love her), a late afternoon steroid shot and a family member struggling with life in general, I asked my sweet friends on the Twitter (yes, I say THE Twitter) to pray.  The warriors rallied and are continuing to rally on our behalf.  I was moved to sobbing tears (I know it might have been the shot.. but I don’t think so.) by their authentic walk right alongside me.  To stop and intercede on our behalf, to write us on their hearts.  I tell you, there is no greater tangible gift in my life than to have brothers and sisters praying.  Then this morning He wakes me up to this:

Come to Me with your defenses down, ready to be blessed and filled with My Presence.  Relax, and feel the relief of being totally open and authentic with Me.  You have nothing to hide and nothing to disclose, because I know everything about you already.  You can have no other relationship like this one.  Take time to savor its richness, basking in My golden Light.

One of the worst consequences of the Fall is the elaborate barriers people erect between themselves and others.  Facades abound in the world, even in My Body, the church.  Sometimes, church is the last place where people feel free to be themselves.  They cover up with Sunday clothes and Sunday smiles.  They feel relief when they leave because of the strain of false fellowship.  The best antidote to this artificial atmosphere is practicing My Presence at church.  Let your primary focus be communing with Me, worshiping Me, glorifying Me.  Then you will be able to smile at others with My Joy and love them with My Love.

1 John 1:5-7; Exodus 33:14; Philippians 4:8-9 – Taken from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, October 19th

Shaking my head, I am continually amazed at the way He loves us.  I don’t ever want the sweet expectation of Him to go away.

What are you expecting of Him today?

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  1. His love is beyond what our heart and soul can grasp.
    It's unending love and He calls you, Dedra, His beloved.
    You'll find me righ there, staying in AWE with you.

  2. My mouth fell open when I read today's Jesus Calling – it was RIGHT where I was. You too. I'm not surprised at all. Thank you for your authenticity – you spur me on for Him!

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