And the Journey Began…

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Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

“…and if you don’t understand how much God loves you, you probably shouldn’t go too much further…”

Words to that effect were what I heard a few years ago when my sister was visiting and we were watching a Joyce Meyer teaching on TV.  She and I looked and each other and I remember saying that I wasn’t sure I really did know that and she had a similar response.  How was that possible?  I’d been a Christian almost all my life, read lots of the Bible, prayed, attended thousands of church services and even gone to hear amazing men and women of God speak.  When Joyce said that, how come that raised a question in me?  I don’t know that I have the answer to that question, but I do know that that is where my journey to discover how my Heavenly Father, whom I call Abba* sees me really began.  That said, it hasn’t been a, I’ve decided and now I get it process…by any means!  Instead, not only have I been looking at the Bible in a completely new light, but I’m learning that to really GET IT, I have to BELIEVE IT!  And maybe that’s the answer to my earlier question, I had read it, memorized it, but I wasn’t living like I believed it because I was still anxious, troubled and lost in many areas of my life.

When you ask yourself the questions, “How real is my understanding of the love my Heavenly Father has for me?  How does my life represent a confidence in that love?  If I truly understood and believed in what the Bible says about His care for me what would be different about the way I’m living my life?” what is your response to that?  Are you like me and have a realization that there’s a lot more joy, peace, love and comfort that would/could be yours if you really saw yourself the way your Heavenly Father sees you?  There’s a lot more confidence in who you are in Christ available to you because of what He’s done to have you as His daughter?  If so, that is the journey we are on.  I truly believe that as we discover Him and His love for us, we will also discover the daughter He created you and me to be and we will begin walking the path He designed for us based upon the thoughts our Heavenly Father has for you and for me, just as Jeremiah 29:11 promises!

*Note:  I started using the term Abba a while ago to create a closer communication connection when I’m praying with my Heavenly Father (the term Heavenly Father just seemed kind of distant to me).  Abba is an Aramaic word (the language of the Jews in Jesus’ time) for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy.   That is what I wanted to create, personal intimacy between myself and my Heavenly Father, so you will see me use the term Abba a lot, and you are welcome to too!!

A Daughter’s Prayer

Abba, we do not need to put our efforts into trying to figure out what our future is or our purpose.  You know what it is, You have it planned and mapped out for us.  My hope is in You.  As I continue to fix my eyes on Jesus, my hope in Him, my future will become my present and I will see Your glory for me, in me, and through me.  Great is Your faithfulness.

I open my mind (of Christ), my heart and my arms to receive You and all that You are are, which creates in me all I am in You and who I need to be.  I am Your workmanship, created in Christ for good works.

Thank You for this day, thank you for Your provisions, thank you for my family and I expect great and amazing things for our whole household!  In Jesus’ holy name.  Amen!

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