August 22 is our 24th wedding anniversary. August is also the eighth month and in God’s world, eight represents new beginnings. As I reflect back over the years, I marvel at where God has brought us. This past year has been a very difficult year. We’ve dealt with death, loss, anxiety, depression, fear, lack, uncertainty of the future, and brokenness. But through it all, God has been pulling us ever so closely to Himself. The words that Jesus spoke in John 16:33 have been our life this past year.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
This world we live in can be cruel. No grace is given. I see it in my life. I see it in the lives of others as well. I have had moments of being very overwhelmed, very hurt and very scared. BUT THEN things changed. I had a personal encounter with God. This personal encounter turned into recurring personal encounters and I am led to share. Jesus CAN and WILL take the pain. He will take all the hurts. He will give you His love and peace. He will give you His grace to pray for those who hurt you. He does things in our lives that we are incapable of doing on our own.
I love you. These are words I heard from Jesus. He said, “I love you. I AM love. Let Me show you love. My love is different than the world’s love. My love is pure without strings. My love is unconditional. You don’t even have to love Me in return and I will still love you. Love is not a verb in my world. Love is a pronoun and it is Me. It is tangible. It is something you can touch and see with your eyes. I AM Love. Lean into My Love. Let it refresh your soul. Let it refresh your mind. Let it refresh your body. I want all of you – body, mind and soul. I want your total surrender. I won’t settle until I have it. You feel the pressure. You feel the pressing in on all sides. It is Me. I won’t settle until I have it all. Surrender body, mind and soul to Me. I want your heart too. It is where the life springs up in your being. It is where I dwell. In your heart. I AM the life in your heart. I AM the blood in your veins. Without blood, there is no life. Without Me there is no life. I AM life. I AM love.
I will never stop seeking you. I have been seeking you from the minute you were born. I know you always felt Me there. I seek everyone. I will never stop seeking my children. I do not wish for any of my children to perish. I AM life. Without Me there is no life, only death. Share ME with everyone. I am taking you deeper and giving you a clearer sense of who I AM so you can share me with others. I want everyone to experience what you are experiencing – and you haven’t seen anything yet! Just wait until I take you deeper and you see and hear things that are all around you. Things that you’ve been oblivious to in the past. I AM opening those doors even now. You are mine. Be vulnerable for ME as you share ME with others. Open up your heart and show them ME. I AM in your heart. You can’t stand back and share me. You must step up and open up. Some will scoff and some will mock. That’s okay. I will work on them. That is my job – not yours. Your job is to share ME. That’s it.
Share all that I’m doing in your life. Share these private moments. Share the way your heart feels right now as I AM speaking to you. Share the intensity of it. Live it for them. They need to see it to get hungry for it. You need to share to give them a thirst. I want all to come to me thirsty. I want to give them the same living water that flows through you. I AM the living water. You got it. You understand. Go and share. You can’t have me until You have a personal and intimate relationship with My Spirit. You can’t have the Father until you have ME. It’s that simple. The Spirit introduces ME and I introduce the Father. Share. Love. Live.”
If you have never had an experience where the God of the Universe, the Maker of all things, speaks personally to you, let me tell you that it is an overwhelming feeling. It is so overwhelming it’s hard to even share without being completely undone. But, I am sharing. I am sharing with you because my heart longs for you to have this same experience. Each person can experience this intimacy with God. God is not a respector of persons. He does not play favorites. What He gives to me, He will give to you. And I tell you that in all the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, I have experienced even more light, peace and joy in His presence than ever before. Even with uncertainty ahead of us, it’s all well. It is well with my soul. It is well because God promises to be there with us through all the fires and trials of life. We just need to open our eyes and our ears to see and hear Him. We need to keep our eyes on Him and Him alone. Not on the brokenness, the losses, the trials – just on Him. He is there right now. Can you see Him?
Today we come humbly before You. We ask You to open our eyes and our ears to see and hear You. We ask to show us, in mighty ways, Your Presence in our lives. Seek us and don’t stop seeking us. Teach us what we need to know. Give us all that You have for us. Show us Jesus. In His precious name we pray.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,