Monday, January 31, 2011

Pouring out His Love

 Love seems to be a theme in my life lately.

Not because February is just around the corner.

Not because my husband has done anything out of the ordinary to show his love for me (he shows me how much he loves me every. single. day. I'm so thankful for him and we have an amazing marriage.)

Not because of anything in particular.

God has been loving me in very tangible ways. He has made His love evident in my life lately. His love is real, palpable, and never ending.

This past Wednesday, Shane and I were at GriefShare. The meeting starts at 6:30. We had been sitting there for a few minutes already, and I all of a sudden felt this overwhelming sense of Love from God. I felt like at that exact moment God was holding me, giving me strength, and renewing my spirit with His love. I literally felt like I was going to jump out of my skin if I didn't share how much I know He loves me.

I looked at the clock and it was 6:40. I wanted to pick up my phone to send a quick tweet saying how much I know God loves me, but it would have been extremely noticeable. I didn't want to be rude by sending a text in the middle of our intimate meeting. So instead, I basked in the closeness of His love and let Him surround me and hold me.

When I got home that night, I got on my blog to read some comments that were left on that day's post. (which that post in itself, was from feeling the love and reassurance of God- I wrote it as I felt like The Spirit was stirring my heart). At 6:36pm- someone left a comment saying that they were praying for me- she asked God to somehow make her an encouragement to me. She asked God to make His peace evident to me. She ended the comment with God Loves You!

To me, God was making Himself seen and known in a tangible way. God answered her prayer in that exact moment.

There have also been random moments through out my days that I seem to stop what I'm doing for no apparent reason. But then the feeling comes. The feeling of an overwhelming love and peace. The feeling of being held, loved, and strengthened. I don't pray for these moments to happen- they just come.

I have no doubt in my mind that God is working. He is evident. He has and will continue to bring glory to Himself through our lives. We have suffered much, yet His love still remains.

As I was thinking about this post, I was reminded of Romans 5: 1-8:

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.
 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Beth W. said...

Well said Jill. Still praying... :0)

Jill said...

Love it!

I love you and miss you........a lot.

Peach said...

Good word!

Hugs and Prayers,
Peach and Drummer

Melinda said...

What a wonderful post! You are such an inspiration to me!

Heather said...

All I have is love!! Thank you!!

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