Looking For Love
It’s important for me to feel loved and appreciated. When I don’t feel that I’m getting love and attention from my family and friends, I tend to feel sorry for myself. This causes me to be easily frustrated and not so pleasant to be around. I begin to focus on me and what my needs are. I focus on all the things not being done for me. I find myself depending on the love of others and not relying solely on the love of God. This is a dangerous place for me to be and I need to just stop and give God control of my heart.
I need to remember that God is my source of love. He is love. When my eyes begin to drift in other places for love and attention its during those times when I’m experiencing a dry spell in my walk with Him. I seem to allow the things of this world to distract me from where God is leading me. Even if I don’t feel it, God’s love is always there.
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART
Frustration can be overwhelming as I strive to be the spiritual leader in the home. My desire to someday be a wife to a man of God can at times consume me. This is when I have to seek the Lord and allow His presence to consume me. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with my desires. But when I let them consume me – it becomes a problem. And just so you know – it can be anything that consumes you or me. The desire to make more money, get a better job, a nicer car, having more children, and having more friends. This is the danger zone of making things and such an idol. And that is a whole nother (is that even a word) story.
JESUS IS MY FRIEND
My heart was overjoyed when I realized years ago that Jesus loved me for who I am. Wow – Jesus loves me! God created me to be me! So if God loves me and Jesus died for me then it must be okay for me to like me too. I have accepted Jesus’ friend request!
From time to time I need to redirect my heart towards Christ. It is so easy for my heart to run off course and I desperately want my heart to always belong to God first. There’s just no better way. There’s just no better place for my heart to be. It does me no good if my heart is in the wrong place. You know — Looking for Love in all the wrong places. Yeah, you knew that was coming!!
What’s really important to me – is having the love of God. It took me a long time to really believe that he could love someone such as me. Without the love of God – there’s really no love at all.
I wrote this article several years ago and republished it in August 2013. I enjoy reading it every time I come across it. I hope it speaks to your heart as it continues to speak to mine.
So! . . . Here we go . . . Enjoy.
Sometimes I forget that when I am waiting for God to answer my prayer or prayers – I need to breath. I need to continue to seek His face daily and remember that the Joy of the Lord is my strength. That’s what I need to remember and hold on to – The Joy of the Lord is my strength. It’s great when I get an answer from God as soon as I ask Him to help me, show me or let me know something. I’d be lying if I told you I enjoy the process of waiting. Sometimes the process of waiting is just unbearable yet necessary. When I come to the understanding of who it is I am waiting to hear from, I am strengthened and can stand tall with my sword of His Word drawn. And if I cry a lot, I know He holds my tears and I know that Joy comes in the morning. So, my friend, if you are waiting on God to answer a request, a desire or cry in your heart – remember the words of the psalmist:
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1,2 NIV
They That Wait Upon the Lord
Patience, a fruit of the Spirit
I feel that it is important to have patience while God is working in our lives. Understanding that there is a possibility of a waiting period between your request to God and His answer, you will have a peace and calm that allows you to move on from focussing on why you don’t have an answer. It’s not always easy for me to wait on God. I want answers NOW! I want to know if my answer is Yes or No! And if it’s a Maybe – I want to know WHEN my Yes or No will come! I sincerely ask for your prayers. Because waiting to hear from God isn’t one of my strong points. Especially if I feel I need to know something Now. If you’re waiting on God to answer your prayer, I want to encourage you to be patient with God. Don’t get discouraged! I would love to be able to know what God is doing in my life and what He has planned when things are dim, unclear and uncertain to me. It’s not always so easy to have that faith that God is working on my behalf. But in my heart of hearts I know that in His hands, I’ll be okay. You’ll be okay too.
I have often heard that praying for patience is not such a good thing to pray for. That if you pray for patience, you soon will regret it. Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is a precious gift from God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22,23
Because I have come to the conclusion that being impatient is a waste of energy and just is an annoying feeling, I have acquired a desire to obtain the gift of patience. I want to have the wisdom to know when to pause for a moment in the quietness of His presence and hear what He is saying to me in my heart. There’s a peace that comes with being patient.
Yes, I prayed for patience a few times. And before I understood how you get it, I found myself in situations where my patience was tried! I found myself, many, many times, in traffic behind that driver who feels the need to drive 20mph in a 35mph lane and I can’t go around him! I would get in the short grocery line only to find that there’s a price check for the person in front of me and even on one of my items! I will say this though. If you want a quick answer or a quick response to a prayer – pray for patience. It’s not in the Bible but I truly believe that the rule on answering the prayer for patience is an immediate one!
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25
Truth be told. I don’t pray for patience as much as I used to. I just pray that God gets me through what I’m going through – – with patience.
May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. May the blessings of our Lord Jesus fill your days with joy and may we see the light of our Lord in all that we do.
Continue to keep me and my family in your prayers as I keep you and yours in mine!