I’ve been challenged this past week. Challenged out of a place of apathy into a place of living life to the fullest. Exhaustion has set in. I don’t sleep well. I don’t go to bed early, nor do I sleep through the night. And then there’s the dog with her medical issues which keep me up at night.
I’m not sure why it’s hard for me to make myself a priority. Most days I feel like the energizer bunny — always on the go, but never really arriving anywhere. It’s hard for me to stop and rest. It’s hard for me to take a step back and allow myself some good soul care.
This morning in church we had a guest speaker. He’s a guy who was brought up in our youth group back when I was a youth leader. He’s passionate and on fire for Jesus. He spoke this morning about the relentless pursuit of God, and how He has been in pursuit of us long before we ever pursued Him.
It got me thinking. I think somewhere along the way, somewhere in the heartache and pain of life, I stopped pursuing Him. Don’t misunderstand me. I love God, with all of my heart and I try to surrender completely to His will every day. But I’ve become complacent and a little apathetic in my walk and I’ve settled into a place where I’m no longer reaching. This hit me this morning and it saddened me.
And then my beautiful daughter, at the end of her time of singing Oceans, sang out prophetically about how it’s time to dream again, to dream BIG dreams, and how we have to keep reaching for God. And I was undone. If you fast forward to about 51:24 you will here her sing out prophetically. The sound quality isn’t all that clear, but hopefully you’ll get what I’m talking about.
I allow my circumstances to overwhelm me to the point where I just want to crawl in a hole and hide until Jesus comes. But is that really living the victorious life? I hide and wait to be rescued and forget that He’s already rescued me. It’s up to me to put my faith shoes on and continue down the path of freedom.I'ts up to me to put my faith shoes on and continue down the path of freedom. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
I am thankful that God reminded me this morning that He is always in pursuit of me, even when my pursuit of Him is anything put persistent. I love the Message translation, how it talks about how the love of God chases us down.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life. (Psalm 23:6 The Message)
And I’m thankful that God desires for us to dream BIG dreams. I think I stopped dreaming a long time ago. I was never encouraged to dream as a child, so I think when I became an adult I just didn’t know how. But I want to learn to dream again, and I’m asking God to show me how.
We were left with an exhortation today to embrace the chase. God not only goes before us in this life, but He is our rear guard. He has our back. He encamps around us. He sees it all, beginning to end.
I need to stop running and allow God to catch me.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
51. Rejoicing with a friend in answered prayer.
52. More blog design business.
53. The last of my homeschool purchases made.
54. A son who is excited to homeschool this year.
55. Online lesson planners that are easy to change.
56. Long talks with friends.
58. Children who are serving the Lord.
59. God’s relentless pursuit of me.
60. A reminder to keep reaching for God and to keep dreaming.
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What picture comes to your mind when you think of the relentless love of God chasing you down?
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