I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going.This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!
(Psalm 139:5-6 The Message)
Gathering my Bible, my favorite bag and my stack of devotions and heading to a secret place to meet with Jesus, lover of my soul brings great delight and calm into my day.
I long for this time like my first cup of coffee in the morning.
Yesterday got away from me and I missed connecting and lingering with the triune God, who bids me to come away as often and as much as I want.
Oh how I need Thee . . . every moment.
This day, I unpack my bag to share what delights me, as I yield to the welcoming presence of Abba God.
A list of potentials ways to hear His love filled voice:
The Literary Study Bible (Crossway)
Prayers for a Woman’s Heart (Julie K. Gillies)
The Listening Heart (Judy Gordon Morrow)
The Language of Letting Go (Melody Beattie)
Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom (Kathleen Buswell Nielson)
Magazines for collage
A library book: The Sketchbook Challenge (Sue Bleiweiss)
I won’t necessarily use everything that I have gathered, but having these items in my bag or nearby invite me to settle my heart and cultivate the discipline and joy of listening.
What’s in your “bag” that settles your heart into God’s presence?