A week ago Thursday I sat with a group of women with different life experiences, but unified by chords of love for Jesus. As we sat there listening to our leader, time stood still for a moment and I could hear the cicadas singing in the background. I wish I had taken a photo of that moment because the sweetness of it is etched in my memory.
We met again yesterday and I have been so humbled by the testimonies of these women. Their love for Jesus and their excitement for what God has taught them is contagious! It stirs me deep in my soul to hunger more for quiet time with my Abba Father.
AWAKEN DRY BONES!
Lately, I have been battle weary – so these women have been used to stir up the flame within my belly.
Have you noticed that when things get really busy, the quiet time is often the first to go? In all actuality, that should be the one part of my day that is NEVER sacrificed on the altar of busyness.
I am humbled and a bit ashamed. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities on my shoulders. Sometimes my eyes are only on what I have to do next and honestly anything additional is just one more thing I have to do (even if it is something I desire). The leader of our group asked me a few weeks ago if I was excited about the study starting. Honestly, I hadn’t even considered being excited because I have been super busy with our seasonal business — however, just from the past two weeks, I see how much I NEED this group and I NEED these women.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
I honestly don’t feel like I have nearly as much to offer them. These sweet women have already been through several Bible studies before I joined their group and they are growing deeper roots and producing sweet fruit.
Yesterday we sat in a circle and praised God, thanked Him, then confessed our sins.
His presence was so evident.
I want to sit at Your feet.
Drink from the cup in Your hand.
Lay back against You and breathe and feel Your heartbeat.
This love is so deep, it is more than I can stand!
I melt in Your peace — it is overwhelming.
Yes, I am humbled beyond words and spurred to seek God even more.
I can never get enough of My Beloved! He is so beautiful, loving, accepting, kind, forgiving, and is ever present. How can I resist Him?
Song of Songs 1:1-4
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the young women love you!
Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
Hey, Jesus Girls – I love you and I am grateful that God allowed me to be in your lives!