God's Daily Promises email really got me thinking today. Here's the verse:
Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord— rejoice in his presence!
Do you realize there is nobody in this world who wants to listen to you as much as God does? It is extremely evident to me all the time.
There is nobody else in this world who is waiting as anxiously as God is... for time with you.
Can you fathom that?
Is quiet time with Him something to just check off your list ? Does including Him in your day and talking to Him throughout the day just feel like a chore?
IF ONLY we understood even 1/1,000th of what Jesus had to endure for us to be able to go to Him anytime, everytime, all day, every day. King David calls us to rejoice in His presence. Quiet time isn't about doing things a certain way, it's not a time to feel bad about ourselves with confession, it's not about getting a nugget of revelation to share with others...... those may be parts of it.... but it's so much more.
God isn't expecting anything from you. You don't have to come to Him a certain way, doing a certain thing, saying a certain thing.... He just wants you to come. Plain & simple. That's the start - just give Him time. As your relationship grows, you can worry about the details later.... the beginning is rejoicing in His presence and realizing how absolutely thankful we should be for the ability to be in His presence, whenever, wherever!!!!
Start showing gratitude, start praising Him and thanking Him for His time --- your time with Him will be blessed. Gratitude leaves room for blessings. Without gratitude, there is no room for more blessings.
Thank you God SOO much for the ability to be with you whenever I want, wherever. I don't have to wait until heaven! I can be with you right now, in this very moment. THANK YOU!!!! Thank you a million times over. I couldn't do this life without you. Please forgive me for all the times I put quiet time on my to do list and check you off like a chore. I want to be with you at ALL times. I never want you to feel like you are 2nd. YOU are my priority and I want to show you that with every part of my day and being!!! YOU are my priority! I am SO thankful God for all you've done, all you've blessed me with! PLEASE help me not take for granted Jesus' crucifixion and willingness to take the blame, shame, guilt and loneliness that I deserve!! He tore the curtain so that I could be with you --- please remind me of that throughout my day. I don't want to break your heart anymore! I will include you in my days and I look forward to spending quiet time with you! I LOVE YOU!
More thoughts on His love & the Curtain being torn: