Passionate Pursuit {day 26}: The Surpassing Worth

DSC01950I know who she is… she works at the school and has 2 little boys.
I know her… she’s dependable.

We know the difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing the person.

For instance, we know about our child – hair color, height and weight, current abilities and activities. The facts. But to truly know her or him, spending time together is key. Intentional, focused time. This is the only way to experience who she is. To discover her character. To learn how to engage with her in every circumstance and conversation. Getting to know her takes from our time. Time whose purpose we determine daily. Yet our gain is incalculable really. How do we measure the value of intimacy? God-ordained, heart-enriching, relationship-transforming intimacy. The truth is we’ll be discovering who she is for all her life and ours. Well, that is, if we pursue this. To continue to know her.

DSC01951This series, Passionate Pursuit, points to the most important.  Knowing God.
Experiencing who He is, discovering His character, practicing engaging with Him in every circumstance and taking time to know Him through His Word.

Jesus said to God, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17.3)

…that they know you…

“Indeed, I (Paul) count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3.8a)

The worth of knowing God…
security, peace, wisdom, discernment, courage, encouragement,value, vision, hope, love… and guidance for how to have that beautifully intimate, God-ordained relationship with our child.

Holy God,
Give me the courage and grace to step in and draw near to You. Show me the way to know You more. Thank you that You remain near, always. Amen.

Passionate Pursuit {day 25}: Getting Answers

IMG_0617I.DON’T.KNOW.WHAT.TO.DO….

We whisper, whimper, cry or scream these words from time to time. Exasperated, discouraged, afraid, fretting, worn down, or stressed out.

IMG_0652We’re not supposed to have all the answers – or even a lot of the them.
Every answer we need, God has.

We’re not gonna know the best thing to do – in lots of circumstances.
God leads… and only asks that we follow.

Perfect words don’t reside on our lips for our countless conversations.
God knows every thought of every person before the first syllable is uttered.

Events will occur that we can’t anticipate.
God is never surprised.

Still, it’s easy for me to step back in to a familiar groove of rehashing or fretting over something. Wasting hours and losing sleep. Applying prayer like an ingredient to get what I want – an answer. Direction for my circumstance. A yes or no.

IMG_0685Often God’s answer is Himself. And we don’t know what to do with this.
He presents Himself. Already knowing the degree to which we know Him, He invites us to engage, abide and know Him more. This is most important to Him.
Worship. Praise. Thanks. Repentance. Surrender.
It’s hard to do because we want concrete answers, results, obvious forward movement.
He wants our heart – and to tend it. Pouring in love, comfort, healing and wisdom.

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” (Psalm 27.7-8)

Passionate Pursuit {day 14}: Our Constant

DSC01687When we tell You we’re sorry and ask for Your help, and then do the same wrong-thing within an hour…
When we ask for Your forgiveness, yet struggle to forgive someone…
When we stare temptation in the face, and don’t turn our heart away…

YOU REMAIN WITH US. YOU NEVER LEAVE US.

Every thought and feeling in our heart, including the ugly and the selfish, You know.

AND YOU LOVE US THE SAME.

You wait. Ready in every split second for us to think YOU, whisper YOU, choose YOU.

ALL THE WHILE, TENDERLY, YOU GIVE.

Encouragement, comfort, love, mercy, grace, peace, guidance, protection…

YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, YOU ARE THE SAME.
OUR TRUE CONSTANT.

Dear God,
Through the generations, this is mankind’s experience. The scriptures testify to Your awesome constancy. Strengthen us to study Your Word and know You. That as You faithfully walk with us, we’ll walk with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.