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Day 4: Love is not a Chore


Confession time~

This is really hard.

Something that used to come so naturally to me, has now become a chore.

These blog/devotional entries

started as my quiet time with GOD, in the early hours of the morning.

I could't wait to get up to meet with

GOD

because when I showed up so did

HE

& HE would blow my socks off

as I asked HIM a question,

because HE would answer.

I would feel like Moses when he encountered

GOD on the mountain to receive the ten commandments.

But now this has become a chore,

because I have started to make it a

HAVE TO

instead of a

I WANT TO.

As my fingers & heart are typing, you are getting this first hand as so am I .

GOD can't be a chore.,

then HE will get the same reaction as to when I have to unload the dishwasher,

and by the way I hate doing that.

I have turned GOD into a HAVE TO

instead of

A WANT TO~

To just sit in HIS presence

just because

HE asks me & HE asks you to.

To seek GOD with our whole heart, not for what HE can do for us, but for who HE IS.

I bet GOD would say~

"Pull up a chair. Let's talk. Tell ME what is on your heart.

And by the way JESUS is with us too.

MY SON~

the ONE who you gave your life to, remember?

The ONE who changed your life.

The ONE who I so loved as I so love you too,

from the very beginning,

from the moment I knitted you together in your mother's womb.

I did that on purpose. Because I AM LOVE.

So will you come and just sit with ME & MY SON

& stop trying to make this into something more than it is.

I went to great lengths to have a relationship with you."

And then GOD would look at JESUS & JESUS would look at GOD

& then

we would see the nail marks on JESUS' hands & feet.

Now that was a chore to get on the Cross or was it Jesus doing HIS FATHER's will?

Hmm...And all

GOD asks of you and I is to

LOVE HIM~

"Love the LORD your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, and with all your might" Deuteronomy 6:5

All because

HE Loves us with all HIS Heart, HIS Soul and HIS Might.

As I look at JESUS and you look at JESUS,

HE looks into our eyes~

"JESUS replied, “‘Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, soul, & mind."~

but in simpler terms,

"Love the LORD your GOD with all your passion & prayer & intelligence."

(Matthew 22:34, The Message).

LOVE IS NOT A CHORE~

even though to receive it at times, it may feel like one, when we feel unloveable.

WOW,

GOD did it again

as I just confessed my heart to you and to HIM

& HE showed up because HE wants us to.

Just come & sit with HIM because HE wants to sit with us.

So if a Resolution is

"a firm decision to do or not to do something"

and the something is to

"Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might"

maybe

2019

will be more than just a year of broken resolutions

because

JESUS is so much more than a RESOLUTION~

HE IS LOVE!


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