Jody Lynne

Intersecting Life and Faith

Do You Know Him?

With three children out of the nest taking their own adventure into the big world, I have new reasons to worry trust God, giving me food for thought as to why I trust Him to take care of the children that are already His. Bottom line is I only trust whom I know and the only way to know Someone is to spend time with Him. To know my Lord and Savior is to love and trust Him with everything. Sounds so simple, but if you spend time in God's Word everyday not only reading the required chapters so the little box can be checked off, but instead read to absorb, meditate, and listen to God who wants to speak to us, who wants an intimate relationship with each of one of us. I ask the Lord everyday to give me a desire for himself and a longing to spend time in his presence reading His Word and praying. It really is very simple...
But everything that was gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything, everything Lord!, to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ...Philippians 3:7-8
I haven't always had time on my hands. As a busy college student taking 16 credits per semester, I read God's Word, as a young wife and mother taking care of three kids four and under I read God's Word, as a pastor's wife and teacher I read God's Word. It became a habit a long time ago which to this day can still be a discipline. I know every time I run to His Word He will speak personally. I turn to Him in the good and the not so good. In times of lonliness, fear, worry over the future, worry over the kids, in the loss of a loved one... I turn to His Word day in and day out. This post is not meant to 'toot' my own horn in what I have accomplished regarding spiritual disciplines but an encouragement to you my reader to turn off the daytime talk shows, to spend less time on facebook, read less christian fiction and get to know Jesus the lover of your soul purely through the infallible, inerrant, Word of God spoken to you today. Last week I read this verse God meant just for me...
Then the one with human likeness touched me again and strengthened me. He said, "Don't be afraid, you who are treasured by God. Peace to you; be very strong. Daniel 10:18-19 God, you have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to another generation, Your strength to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-18
  Strength, peace, treasured by God, never alone...what more could I ask for?      

1 Comment

  1. Great thoughts about being in God’s presence throughout the day, not just during quiet times. Adjust your time on the computer, TV, and such that you ARE filled with God all day long. Hard to do on some days. 🙂 I love to wake up my mind and eyes in God’s Word, being mindful that my devotions shouldn’t become empty works, something to again, check off, like reading the verses on the sheet.

    God has you where he needs to go grow. Someday I hope he plants you back in Iowa so we can be gravel-road neighbors. 🙂

    Picked up the excellent 100 Verses Every Christian Should Know…WOW! And the reasons why we need God’s Word in our hearts and minds.

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