The father of a tiny baby girl takes delight in every new little thing she does and can spend hours watching her — even when she’s sleeping. This is how God views us. He created the joy that comes from watching our children. He then put that same joy in our hearts. Just as when He finished creating the earth, He marveled at how excellent it was, He marvels at us now. (Genesis 1:31)
As a child grows up, she makes her own decisions and chooses her own way. She may choose to include her father in her life or not. She may choose to include God in her life or not. But when she does choose to include him, it brings him great joy. To have a child grow to be a friend and want to be with you is a great blessing.
But there’s a deeper intimacy that is rare. (more…)
What would you learn if you could listen to God’s heart? What would you hear if you could put your ear against the wall of the throne room? What would you see if you could peer into the Holy of Holies?
A few years ago, as part of my job responsibilities, I was handed a project that would temporarily dominate my life, requiring early mornings and late nights. One of the things that had to flex was my daily devotional time. I would barely have time for meals and a full night’s sleep.
Frustrated, I decided I would somehow at least spend a few minutes each day alone with Yeshua. Unfortunately, those few ended up being the very last minutes of the day as I got my first break just before falling asleep each night. With no energy left, I would close my eyes and with nothing to give and no requests, I would practically fall into Yeshua’s arms and soak in true rest until I fell asleep. (more…)