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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beloved

“His banner over me is love.”
(Song of Solomon 2:4)

MY PRAYER: What a difference a day makes, Father. With so much chaos in my life this past week, I found myself so far from you. I had a hard time waking up each morning to spend time with You, and an even more difficult time wanting to spend time with You. I confess that the reason I had no desire to talk to You is because I felt so condemned that my schedule was so overwhelming and I lacked Your peace. Each morning I awoke to feelings of guilt, shame and disappointment. Each day when I felt that way I added one more mile between us. I felt You were angry with me, God, and now I know it’s not true. This morning I woke up to hear You call me Your Beloved. What a difference that makes in knowing that despite my faults and errors, disappointments and distance, and even my sins, You never stop seeing me as Your Beloved.   

REMINDER FROM GOD: Beloved, there is no condemnation for those within whom I dwell, and who walk in My Spirit. My love is perfected in you because as I Am, so are you in this world.  You are My beloved, and I have saved you with My right hand. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for I give My beloved sleep. This is the time and place to rest. I give you rest for you are weary, so lay your burdens down at My feet. I will speak, “Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away with Me,” when the winter is past, the rain is over, and it will be a time of singing. I have come to tell you that you are greatly beloved. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong! For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.

{Romans 8:1; 1 John 4:17; Psalm 60:5; Psalm 127:2; Isaiah 28:10; Song of Solomon 2:10; Daniel 9:23; Isaiah 29:16; Daniel 10:19; Isaiah 54:10}

NOTE TO SELF: “You are loved more than you think,” was a post-it that was hung on the window in front of my balcony seat at church several months ago. When I touched it, it fell right into my hands and I couldn’t repost it because it wouldn’t stick again. Jared said, “Well, I guess God wanted you to have that because He wanted you to know just how much He loves you.” So I put it in my purse and took it home. That evening, without tape or glue, I was able to repost it again on my lamp in my prayer room. That post-it note, that couldn’t be stuck to anything after I touched it at church, has not budged since I brought it home. God doesn’t condemn me when I need my sleep because I’m so weary. He understands that I need rest and peace. He will move heaven and earth for me just because He loves me, and I know that’s true because my name is inscribed on the palm of His hands: Tristine.  

{Visualize—right now—your very name inscribed in Jesus’ palm! Do you see the nail hole? Do you see the blood that covers His hand? Do you dare look into His eyes and see His smile as He declares, “I did that for you, because you are My beloved.” Take His palm and place it on your cheek. Where do you find yourself now?}

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