I find myself recently saying, “Lord, I’m longing for You.”
Longing for God, for more of Him in my life.
I have been trying to be very focused in my devotional time.
If I’m not careful, life will fly by completely full with no free moments for my personal time with God.
I’ve been setting my alarm for about 45 minutes before anyone else wakes up and using that precious time to read and focus on my relationship with God.
Some resources that I’m using right now are:
The Christian’s Daily Challenge – I bought the full app because I loved it so much.
Between the two and reading the verses that coincide with each devotion, I feel like I’m getting drinks of water during a desert season.
A seemingly dying season… yet amazingly very much alive. A season of hidden life much like fall.
And as I read during my devotional time, I have a journal close by… pages full of things I’ve learned, things I’ve prayed and things I’ve heard God speaking over the past few months.
Sometimes I blog things here and sometimes they stay secreted away in my journal. Things for my eyes and for my growth.
I love my journals. I’m thankful for the way they slowly record my journey with God.
They breathe, “Lord, I’m longing for you in my life, in my heart. More of you.”
But there are some specific things that God has been moving me in and challenging me in during this season.
And I’m longing for these things to be evident, growing and developing in my heart from one season to the next.
Longing for You
Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding… though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
2. Peace. Remember that I only need to be still. I long for peace of heart, of mind, and of life. Peace that only our mighty God can offer. Real, true peace that is only found in Him.
Leviticus 26:6 “I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid.”
3. Acceptance. Having clarity and peace assumes acceptance. It allows full servanthood, true obedience. Being able to accept the days as God brings them. Accept His help. Accept His direction. Accept His knowledge. Acceptance means letting the struggle, the fight, and the resistance to His plan come to a final end. Setting our troubles, our problems, our difficulties at His feet and walking away free. Acceptance, peace and clarity go hand in hand and I long for all three.
Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
4. A Willing Heart. Saying Yes to Him. Being willing and open and determined to have a heart that beats with His. Willing to be the feet in missions, in marriage, in parenting, in friendship and in life. Simply, willingly following Him.
I Kings 8:61 “And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands.”
5. Trust. This has been an overwhelming message in recent days. Trust. Trust. Trust. in ALL things. Trust that He sees and He knows and He cares. Trust. Knowing that He is worthy of my trust. He is worthy of my unwavering faith. He will not fail. He will not let me down. He will sustain and restore and make new and bless and protect and heal and guide and move and breath. Before us, behind us… all around us. He is there. He holds our lives safely in His mighty hand. I can trust Him for it all. in it all. always. Trust His heart and His plan for us.
2 Samuel 7:28 “Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.”
I don’t know what season you are in…
I know I’ve learned the benefits of winter. I’m learning the depth of fall. I’ve experienced the joy of spring and the fun of summer. Every season brings life and maturity and fullness to our relationship with God.
And we don’t walk through the seasons alone nor do we forever leave them behind us. The seasons come around and around. More lessons to learn. More faith to develop. More maturity to deepen.
More times of “Lord, I’m longing for you.”
And I’m ready. Ready for unplowed ground to be plowed fresh and new.
I’m longing for deeper and stronger.
I’m longing for clarity and peace and acceptance and willingness and trust.
Are you? What is God teaching you in your season of life?
Do you find yourself saying, “Lord, I’m longing for you?”