So many things going on today! First thing—before you ever roll over to get up—I will be at Laced with Grace! (Treasure Finder!)
I did my devotions in my Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest”…for this week. I put a couple of them online. I cannot begin to tell you how the Lord has affected my life by what I have read!
One thing I want to share from the 7th of January. I have been chewing on this—it is speaking to place in my heart where I need it. “Intimate with Jesus” is the title of the day. Oswald makes a statement that really blew me away.
“Friendship is rare on earth. I means identity in thought and heart and spirit. The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ.”…then at the close he says, “The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having unhindered way, because the last abyss of his nature has been satisfied by Jesus. The only impression left by such a life is that of the strong calm sanity* that Our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.”
An unhindered way in each of our lives is exactly what Christ Jesus wants from each heart! By giving Him full control—we are allowing Him to fully show up and as Beth Moore frequently says, “show off” in our lives! Having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ—as His Bride reminds me of the way we were (Jeff and me) as newlyweds. Constantly thinking of things to delight the other. Wanting to spend every single minute together. Since he worked off-shore then, time was extremely valuable to us! (Still is!) Christ wants us to long for Him as we do the love of our lives! He is, in fact, the Only One who is the purest Love. He is “Love”.
Have you ever thought of the relationship with Jesus as His Bride? That is something I have thought of many times over the past few months. I desire a spotless gown! Pristine White! I am determined to do all I can—everything—and everywhere He leads!
One thing I discovered in my book vs. the book depicted in the picture. Mine is from the original text of Mr. Chambers. The old way of speaking. It takes a bit more chewing sometimes. The one I found on Christian Book Distributors, in case you are interested, is a more up-to-date language style. Same devotions, yet easier to understand. But you know, I think the Lord meant me to chew. I have told Him that I want to KNOW HIM MORE. Reading, meditating on His word, and conversing daily, even moment-by-moment is the only way to fully know Him more!
I hope and pray you have a blessed Friday—a gloriously peaceful weekend and thank you—for stopping by my place for a visit! You have no idea how much I appreciate my friends and sisters in Christ!
Be sure and head over to Laced with Grace (don’t forget the give-away) and Gina’s place! So much to do!
*After next week, I will share what this meant to me this week. Are you in suspense? Good. I am too!