Let Your God Love You!

Let Your God Love you.

Change Leads to Retreat

I was heading on a four day prayer retreat with one of my very good girlfriends.

We needed this time away from deadlines.
Away from phones and computers.
Away from reality.

We both have big change coming in our lives. Major change.

We were going on this prayer retreat to have time alone with God. We knew we needed to pray up for what would be ahead of us in our lives over the next few months.

We knew
if we deliberately took time to be with God,
if we were silent,
if we listened,
if we prayed,
if we anticipated his presence,
we knew he would show up in a mighty way.
We knew he would speak to us.
We knew he would guide us.
We knew he would love us.

We Knew We Had To Stop. God Had Something There For Us.

On the way to Pismo Beach for our retreat, we stopped at the San Miguel Mission. We needed to stop there. It has always been one of my favorite Missions. (I have been to all but one of the California Missions!) During our drive towards Pismo Beach, I kept thinking about stopping at this mission. Our timing would be close to closing time. I kept praying that the traffic wouldn’t be bad so we could make it to the mission before it closed. Prayers answered. We arrived ten minutes before the mission closed!

Listen to This!

The sweet lady in the gift shop told us to hurry to the church if we wanted to see it. My friend and I hurried to the church. We looked around and, of course, I began taking lots of pictures. I was in the back of the church when my friend said, “Listen to this.”

God Leaves Us A Message

She began to read the prayer that was written on a piece of paper on a little old wooden table by the big Mission doors.

The prayer was titled, “Let Your God Love You!”

Let your God love you!

Let your God love you!!!

The prayer said,

“Let your God love you.
Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty.
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
He knows and understands.
He loves you with an enormous love.
Wanting only to look upon you with love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.
Let your God love you.”

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Wow! Wow! Wow!

Those words were the reason we needed to stop at that church

I knew that when we stopped at the church that there would be something special there for my friend and I. I had no idea what it would be. I thought maybe we would be called to pray words that God would give us. I didn’t know he would give us the words written out on a piece of paper to read.

What was totally amazing about this prayer on this paper is my friend had to move many other papers to get to it. What made her move the other papers? She just felt like she had to look at all the papers on that table.

God Is Working On Us, With Us, In Us!

When my friend read that prayer, I began to tear up. God was already working on us, with us, in us. God already had our whole retreat completely laid out for us. God was in control. We were obedient by giving of our time, our heart, our minds, our love, and our willingness to do what God wanted. We were open to listen and learn from our Lord, our Saviour, our God, our Father. We knew the only way to get through the tribulations that would be ahead of us was to pray up and have God leading our way.

God is amazing!

Unbelievable!

God is amazingly, unbelievably, incredibly glorious!

This would be the theme of our retreat. “Let your God love you.”

We knew this message was for us from our God. He would be here over the next few days with us and he would speak with us, teach us, give us redemption, show his glory, and love us every step of the way.

Our God loves us!

Our God is with us!

All he ask, is that we be silent, be still, and empty our minds so that we may be close with him.

We were obedient children. We were taking our precious time to be with the Lord and oh how the Lord rejoiced with us.

Our retreat was full of blessings and God’s presence. It was a beautiful, remarkable, memorable time with our magnificent Lord.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

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On My Way to Calistoga | #161

I am on my way to Calistoga today for the weekend. That in itself is a great reason to be grateful but the reason for the trip is the ultimate reason to be grateful. You see one of my best girlfriend’s (Mrs. Beach Lover) daughter is getting married to the sweetest man. They are the sweetest couple! I am looking forward to being a part of them sharing their love together as they become Mr. and Mrs. Sweetheart!

365 Day Project: Gratitude Bucket | Day #161

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Put HIM First and Foremost…

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You will lose nothing of value by putting HIM first and formost in your life…

Luke 9:23-24 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.

For those who lose their life for MY sake will save it…
For those who lose their life for MY sake will save it…

Forget about your ways and put HIM first….

Live the life HE wants you to live…
You will then live in abundance.

How do you do this in a household where your partner does not live the word?

To live in HIS word…
…is to always think of the positive
…of the other person
…of what you can do for others
…of being truthful and trustworthy.

If you live in a household of–negative, criticism, judgment…

How do you mix the two?
I don’t think they mix!

So what are the options…
To bury who you really are (a child of Christ, positive, loving, not judging, wanting to help others)…
To continue to try to ignore the negtive, critical, judgmental comments…

BUT if you bury who you are
…as many have done
…you lose who you are.

You lose who you really are…

I lose who I am…

You lose who you are…

You can’t wear a smile…
Rather it is hard to wear a smile….
A genuine smile…

“To follow Christ, you must follow daily.”
Daily!

How do you do it daily when others around you are not?

Others very close to you are not…

How do you break away?

Is it possible to follow HIM with your whole heart and life completely, when in a relationship where the two don’t walk the same path?

Have you ever struggled in a relationship where you both don’t have the same beliefs? Do you think it is possible to have an intimate relationship with someone who doesn’t carry God in their heart when you do?
 
 
Thanks for stopping by as I continue discovering the meaning of having Faith in my life! I hope you will find it in your heart to comment if you feel the words are there…

What Were Your Childhood Memories of Easter?

 

Mine…

My sister and I would get a new outfit that would include white panton leather Mary Jane shoes, a pastel colored dress, white gloves and a hat. Oh, my how pretty and special I thought I was!

The day before Easter Mom would boil eggs then Sis and I would dye them.

Easter morning we woke up excited to look for our Easter baskets. it was a race to see who would find theirs first, of course, being the older sister, I always wanted (and mostly did) find my basket first!

We would exam our candy which would include yellow chick peeps, Helen Grace solid chocolate bunny, mild chocolate eggs and a larger peanut butter egg, jelly beans, two hard boiled eggs and robin eggs. I think they were all my favorite…and still are!

Mom would still be sleeping. Dad was usually already at work when we got up in the morning. My sister and I would then get ready for church. Mom sometimes drove us to church but we (sister and I) often walked the mile to the Methodist Church. I don’t remember much about church itself but I am sure God was watching me!

That afternoon we would have Easter dinner. Mom has always been a great cook! Dinner would be served around 2pm in the dining room and would include biscuits, ham, mashed potatoes, corn and peas.

Mom had special blue china that she stored in the cupboard above the refrigerator that she would get out on special occasions. I always loved the little crystal bowl of black olives Mom would put on the dining room table. I would find myself sneaking a few olives every time I walked by the table before dinner.

I will never forget one year after Easter.

We started smelling a terrible odor in the house.

We looked around for days trying to figure out where the rancid odor was coming from. We wondered if something died under the house…

Dad crawled under the house and didn’t see anything. Mom cleaned out the refrigerator and all the trash cans were emptied but still the smell did not go away but only got stronger.

My Sister was not the neatest person in the house. My Dad finally decided that he would dig into her room…

Long and behold he discovered Sister’s Easter basket including what once was hard boiled eggs! Needless to say, Sister was in a lot of trouble and I won’t share here what happened next! (Saving you that story, Sis!)

As a Mom, I tried to always make Easter special for my kids. I continued the tradition of hiding Easter baskets but my kids were not allowed to look for them until they got me up out of bed (if I wasn’t already up). They would wear their new outfits to church but we would all go to church as a family. We would have Easter dinner together that we all did our part in preparing. The Easter baskets would include a Helen Grace solid chocolate bunny but instead of all the other candy, it would include a toy, a book or a movie.

Today College Boy is not able to be with me. Sissy and New Hubby will be over later this afternoon.

This morning I will go to church…by myself.

It will be hard walking into that sanctuary…by myself.

It will be hard looking around the church seeing all the other families…together.

I will sit in the back today…by myself
I will be looking at the families…
wondering what their traditions are…
listening to the message…
singing the songs…
praying…

I am sure there will be a few tears…

Tears because I am now in a new chapter in my life.

A new chapter where I have not yet accepted the new title Middle Aged Empty Nest Mom.

I don’t quite know how to act or know what to do as a Middle Aged Empty Nest Mom.

I loved, loved, loved being a young Mom with young ones at home.

It is now time to make new Easter memories.
It is time to enjoy life as a Middle Aged Empty Nest Mom.

I know one day I will accept that title proudly but for today I shall drown myself in my memories of the past…

Happy Easter! What are your childhood memories of Easter?

Do You Know the Books of the Bible?

Do you know the order of the books in the Bible?

I have been going to church off and on, mostly on, since I was in Kindergarten but I don’t know the books of the Bible.

As I think about not knowing the books of the Bible, I think that is one thing I probably goofed on with my children. I took them to church. College Boy loved having stories read from his Children’s Bible but we never did anything to memorize the books of the Bible.

The kids memorized all the Presidents, all the cabinet people for the President in office, they knew all the Generals, there were so many other things that we had them memorize.

Why not the books of the Bible?

I think because it was always so intimidating to me….

No, I think when I was young it didn’t matter to me to have them memorized. When I was young it was important for me to memorize the alphabet–backwards, my multiplication tables, phone numbers to all my family and friends, the Lord’s Prayer, and the answers to all my tests.

As a young adult, the church I went to told you what page to turn to in the Bible so that made no need to memorize the books of the Bible. I was saved by the Minister giving the page number.

The other way I was saved by not needing to know the books of the Bible is we had to share Bible’s in church. I was always the nice one to tell the person sitting next to me that they could have the Bible.

I wasn’t really being nice…

I just didn’t want to be caught that I didn’t know the books of the Bible.

I didn’t know if Thessal or Colossians was in the New Testament or the Old Testament.

As the kids got older, I would give them the Bible in church to find the verse. Once again, I was avoiding my inadequacies.

Now when I am in church and they say open your Bibles, they have the verse on the big screen in front to read-along or I use the excuse I can’t see without my glasses!

Ok….

I have confessed….

Now what am I going to do about it?

I bought these great labels for my Bible!

Saves me the time of flipping trying to find the books and gives me another excuse to not have to remember the Bible verses.

Will I ever take the time to remember the books of the Bible?

Not sure….

My question to you is, “Is it important to have the Books of the Bible memorized?”

“Do you know the books of the Bible?”

“Did you help your children memorize the books of the Bible when they were young?”
 
 

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