I wrote a letter to my heart and as the night came, I found my heart wandering. Wide awake when it should have been fast asleep! I tried to lay in bed for a while, but I’m not one for laying idle. Granted, I’ll sometimes say the alphabet backwards (try it, it’s fun). But, before long, I turned back on my light to give into my sleeplessness. Admittedly, I ate a delicious snack and then settled in for a little reading.
One of the pictures in my pretty new bible (did I mention that I finally got an amplified bible and that I absolutely LOVE it–see below) had fallen out at church and I had just tucked it in the Old Testament thinking I’d put it back in place later. Pictures serve as my prayer reminders and well mostly to make me smile at love. But, they also are handy bookmarks. The one that had fallen out happened to go with a verse that’s been on my heart lately anyway….
So stand still and see this great thing the Lord will do before your eyes now. -(1 Samuel 12:16)
Being that I found myself STILL wide awake, I forayed to the beginning of 1 Samuel since I haven’t read it in far too long. God met me in such a clear, stark way.
And [Hannah] was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly…Hannah was speaking in her heart…I was pouring out my soul before the Lord…Then Eli said, Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition, which you have asked of Him.- (go ahead and read all of 1 Samuel 1)
That speaks volumes to my heart. So does this…
It has trained us…to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world. Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope…that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds. -(read Titus 2:11-15)
Then to top it all off and put a cherry on top for my heart, I went on a run through which God totally pursued me and loved on me. I left praying that maybe God would help this heart to hold onto hope. Holding onto the Titus 2:11-15 verse to memorize and listening to these lyrics started it out:
now i stand in the hope of new life and I’ve found a hope stronger and nothing compares -I’ve Found a Love by Jenn Johnson (Bethel Live)
Oh and then right as those lyrics hit, I look up to see a beautiful deer running alongside my dirt road (did I tell you that I LOVE running on dirt?). Beautiful. Plus, I got to watch the sunset and just as it faded into the distance I turned around to head back only to see an absolutely gorgeous full moon. Yep. God sure knows how to woo my heart!
So, there’s one of my little love stories for the week. How’s God been pursuing YOU? 🙂
p.s. here’s my bible…isn’t she pretty?