August 31st, 2011′ Journal Entry –
Holy Spirit – Good morning, Lara. Spend time with Me. (I had my calendar out first thing)
Jesus Calling, ” I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me, rather than on your understanding. Your natural preference is to plan out your day, knowing what will happen when. My preference is for you to depend on Me continually, trusting Me to guide you and strengthen you as needed. this is how you grow strong in your weakness.” inspired by James 4:13-15; Proverbs 3:5; Isaiah 40:28-31
James 4:13-15 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.”
Holy Spirit – I have shaped you and molded you in My image. Take one day at a time knowing I will guide you. Do not worry. Trust Me. Sing songs to Me; spiritual songs. They bless Me. Work on your craft, your piano; your writing; your singing. Lara, I am going to use you, but you need to be ready. You are not ready, but you’re close…’I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ I love you. I want your full attention. Walk with Me and I will give you peace. Now go love your children and be kind to your husband. Do not worry; trust Me.
September 1st –
Me – I really don’t know what to say God, so I will listen.
John 8:12 “…I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus Calling, “Seek Me with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind…My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise.” inspired by Deut 4:29; Hebrews 10:23; Psalm 145:20
Psalm 145:20 “The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.”
Deut 4:7 “You don’t have to swim oceans or ascend into heaven; you just have to understand, believe, and obey the word God has given.”
(I love that!) Plus, with Jesus, we are offered grace when we mess up or fall short, because we will fall short of doing this all the time. We are human. That is why it says in the bible that we are free. Why are we free? Because we have grace covering us. The heavy weight of the constant pressure of doing good and obeying is lifted off our shoulders. Jesus is walking with us daily to help us get through every and all situations we experience. Does this mean we can do anything we want and if we say sorry to God and get His forgiveness and grace we will be okay? No, not really. You see a heart that is humbled and that is grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice, wants to obey and wants to do good. It is an outpouring of gratitude for what God has done for us. He loved us even when we were still doing what we wanted; being selfish and striving for self gratification (sin). How did He do that? It is hard for me to feel love towards the people who have hurt me in my life sometimes. But God loved us still and gave us a chance to be with Him through Jesus’ blood on the cross. What an awesome selfless love. Jesus didn’t sin at all. He was the perfect sacrifice. He took on all of our sin when He died so that we can live without guilt.
Because of my “networking fast” I have realized how great His love is for me. I have learned how precious it is to spend time with God each morning. I don’t want to miss it. Now sometimes I get a wild hair and start whining, but it is me who misses out and I feel it for the rest of the day.
God loves you! I encourage you to let Him love you and show His love to you. When we give our lives to Him and believe in Jesus, we trade our selfishness, stressed out, guilty lives for a forgiven life; a do over. God begins to mold us as clay, shaping us into the people God intended us to be. He doesn’t ask us to strive to do this on our own; no. By walking in His Presence daily, We begin to shine like stars because of His work in and through us, not because of our goodness. When life starts to get difficult He offers us strength and the ability to get through it when we ask Him. I don’t know about you, but that is an awesome trade off. That is why I love following Jesus. I am humbled He would reach out to me. No day goes by when I do not feel loved for who I am. What a gift! And He offers it to you too! He doesn’t have any favorites. He loves. And those who receive His love, receive a wonderful blessing ~