Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don't starve yourself... Day 24 of 40

Lets be real... please? 
Most people aren't. 
But that's not the point I want to bring out... 

I'm gonna be real. 
Last week I was in Saskatchewan... I didn't have time, and didn't make time, to read The Purpose Driven Life, or even my Bible! 
Since being home I've been having a hard time cultivating the habit God has been calling me to form... a habit of pursuit. 
Pursuit of my relationship with Him. 
It's true He's always there... and when the Prodigal son decided to return home to father - even if just to be a slave in his father's house - his father RAN to meet him! 
But we must first decide. 
Who do you serve? 
You can't serve God and **insert-weakness-here** at the same time. 
That's not the way it works. 

So let me be real... 
Finally yesterday I picked up my Purpose Driven Life book and attempted to read where I'd left off - Day 24. 
And guess God is trying to get a point across cuz it's all about reading your bible. 
The truth of the Bible transforms us into who God wants us to be. 
It's like food. 
You wouldn't just skip a day without food, would you? Even if you didn't feel like eating? 
I know... it took me a long time to realize that the bible is my spiritual sustenance. 
I can't live without it... can't live without HIM. 
His words, His presence... Everything about Him penetrating my very core. 

The other night I cried out to God cuz I wasn't sure what was going on in my life anymore (this is just me being real... but the details are between me and Him.)... 
I cried out and He just simply asked: WHY are you starving yourself?? 

It's a pursuit... one that begins with me. 
Once I pursue His presence, He is faithful to show up in more ways than I can imagine. 
But it begins with a heart change. 
A heart that no matter what, I will pursue His presence daily. 

Let me encourage you to keep pursuing Him. 
It sometimes takes a little bit at a time, or even a REALLY good accountability partner to kick you in the rear once in a while  (God gave me an accountability friend. You can read her 40-day blog here: Made for a Mission ) 
But I hope you turn fully back to Him. And just like the Prodigal, find that Father-God has been running to meet you all this time. 

In conclusion I'd like to leave you with tonight's "song-on-repeat" that sums up my heart right now. 
And no matter where you are in the world, may it bring a new realization of His love for you... and how you (and I) truly can't live without His presence. 

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 
John 8:31-32 

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