Today, I was ready for a day to myself. To worship, soak in the tub, do an online course and a bunch of writing.
God interrupted my plans with two kids unexpectedly home under foot, a phone prob, and updates to project work…not the day I had expected to have on my day off this week.
Yet somehow, as I intentionally made time to spend in the Word throughout the day as I could, I could sense God with me in a different way than usual.
By purposefully making space for Him to move in, He showed up with a calming peace I wasn’t expecting.
I am learning that His Presence with me all the time is awesome, but its more than just knowing I am not alone.
God thinks I am awesome, and continues to pour out the wild & passionate love of a fiance to me.
When my hubby and I were first dating, we spent our first summer apart. I was at sleepover camp up north, he was on a summer mission trip through the Maritimes. He wrote me every single day. (I wrote one long letter every week, coz I could only post once a week). Whether a post card, a mushy card, a cheesy card or a letter, he poured out his heart for me…and helped me fall even deeper in love despite the distance.
God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing.
~ Rick Warren
God has done the same for us.
Not only did He die for us, He wrote the best love letter in history for us to catch His heart for each one of us.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine
And that love, that amazingly astonishly awesome passionate breathtaking deep pure abandon He sends our way, is worth thanking Him for every moment of every day, and on into eternity!
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great LOVE with which he LOVED us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ; by grace you have been saved…
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his LOVE; he will exult over you with loud singing.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast LOVE and faithfulness.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast LOVE with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…
Psalm 136 repeats the chorus after every line of thanks or praise for who God is: “His love endures forever!”
I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Knowing the God of the universe loves ME? Back then, right now and for all eternity? Cares about me? Wants to bless me with good things? Is always with me?
Anytime now becomes the right time to give thanks!