When I am in your Word, I feel you close to me. When I sit silently, I hear your sweet voice.
Please forgive me for taking a vacation from you this summer. Rattling off excuses will be of no use. The bottom line, I was selfish with my time. Apple got it right when they named their products iPhone and iPad as they are hand-held me-focused toys with a few business uses. I spent my time intertwined on the web commenting to friends on facebook and reading email after email in Yahoo all while my Bible sat on the end table in the front window getting a sunburn.
Please forgive me for taking you for granted. I feel like I wasted this beautiful season without you near. Recent days have not been good for me. My smile flipped into a frown. My aches turned into pains and when loneliness crept in, I realized I had not spoken with you in quite a while.
I am sincerely sorry for neglecting you. Thank you that you meet me where I am. You are the Father running to meet His prodigal child. I am going to end this blog to spend time with you.
In Jesus’s Name I Am Forever Yours,
I ♥ God
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
I’m the one with the tongue sharp as a dagger that stabs people in the back. I’m the one who does not have time to visit the sick. I’m the one who doesn’t donate to a food bank. I’m the one who led the rally to stone the adulteress. I’m the one who kills, steals and destroys. I’m the one who hasn’t tithed because I worked hard for my paycheck. I’m the bully. I’m the one…I’m the one…I’m the one… It’s all about me!!
I’m the one that said nothing in secret; I have spoken openly to the world. I’m the one who healed the lepers, the blind and the lame. I’m the one who fed thousands of people with a few fish and a few loaves of bread. I’m the one who kept the adulteress from being stoned. I’m the one who came to give life; life to the full. I’m the one who meets all of your needs. I’m the one that was flogged, scourged, spit upon, mocked, crowned with thorns, and crucified on a cross. I’m the one…I’m the one…I’m the one…I did it for you.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Have you committed a sin or two in your lifetime? You know, the kind of sin that brings you to your knees in repentance and you weep uncontrollably. The kind of sin that makes you look up to heaven with tear-filled eyes and you beg for forgiveness.
In Jesus’s name we are forgiven. Let’s drop all baggage full of guilt and shame and dance freely with this weight lifted off our shoulders. God gives us the gift of grace and mercy…new every day! If we keep looking back at who we were, we cannot see who we are supposed to be in His name.
We love you Jesus! We dedicate today and the days ahead to serving you, our Lord Jesus Christ.