Sunday, June 9, 2013

Finding Rest In Our Father's Arms

Yesterday we had the privilege of spending time with our three granddaughters, including our newest one who is a whopping two weeks old who we met for the first time. Two we only had time with for a couple of hours as we drove north, but it was so great to see them and their mother. And being able to go to a park and watch the oldest, now two, run and play and express herself was priceless.

Then arriving at our end destination for the weekend and being able to hold this tiny baby and have her look at me and even sleep in my arms was a wonderful experience, especially knowing that she was so comfortable that she could find that kind of rest while I held her. But an even greater joy is seeing her parents and the joy that their precious daughter has brought to them. This was a trip well worth the making if only for a short time.

As I reflect on this and what Sarah has to write about for today, seeking to live in God’s love and allowing His love to overwhelm me. To think that God’s love for me far exceeds mine or even here parents’ love for our new granddaughter is incredible. Our God calls us to Himself and wraps Himself around us and He has given us His Holy Spirit to indwell, guide, enable, empower, and even intercede in our communication with Him. This is absolutely true for all who are His children, those He has called as His own and those who have believed and placed their trust in His Only beloved Son, Jesus Christ. And it is Jesus who proved God’s great love for us when He willing emptied Himself of His equality with God to be born into this world of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit for the express purpose of shedding His blood for our redemption and then to rise again and bring us with Him in time to a newness of life without end.

Philippians 2:6-8 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

I can sit and imagine how great God’s love is and grasp it to some extend and be incredibly thankful, and then I can hold my children and my grandchildren and appreciate it even more.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (6/9)

Seek to live in My Love, which covers a multitude of sins: both yours and others’. Wear My Love like a cloak of Light, covering you from head to toe. Have no fear, for perfect Love decimates fear. Look at other people through lenses of Love, see them from My perspective. This is how you walk in the Light, and it pleases Me.

I want My Body of believers to be radiant with the Light of My Presence. How I grieve when of darkness increasingly dim the Love-Light. Return to Me, your First Love! Gaze at Me in the splendor of holiness, and My Love will once again envelop you in Light.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Revelation 2:4

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