Sunday, March 25, 2018

wide and long and high and deep...


I don’t know why this happens:

I’m completely and totally exhausted. I’ve taken either my melatonin or an Advil PM. I simply cannot stay awake to read even two pages of my current book. But the moment I put my book back on my nightstand, take my glasses off and turn off my light? I’m wide awake. And thinking some terrible/scary things. WHY?

This occurs at least once a week. Sometimes two to three times a week. Happened last night. I had to turn my light back on. Put my glasses back on. Pick up my book, again, for about five more minutes. Read two more pages and I was fading fast. Finally, sleep came.

This morning, this is what I opened and read... from Jesus Lives, by Sarah Young:

 

FEAR

I MYSELF GO BEFORE YOU—OPENING UP THE WAY. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Therefore, you need not be afraid or discouraged. I realize, though, that feelings often fail to submit to logic. So don’t be surprised when your emotions rebel against your will. David—who was both a mighty warrior and a gifted poet—expressed fearfulness, trembling, and even overwhelming horror in one of his psalms. Yet his trust in Me was genuine and deep. His life and his writing demonstrate that fear does not “trump” trust: They can coexist. This is why David could proclaim, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

Trust is a relationship word. It’s one of the prime ways you can draw near Me. When you are afraid, don’t blame yourself for having that very human emotion. Instead, acknowledge what you are feeling; then affirm your trust in Me—out loud or in a whisper. This affirmation protects you from the lie that feeling fearful means you don’t trust Me. Even better, it brings you consciously into My Presence, where you can find comfort and hope. The Light of My Presence illuminates the vast dimensions of My Love for you—empowering you to grasp how wide and long and high and deep My Love is, and to know this Love that surpasses knowledge.

 

[I pray that you] may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

EPHESIANS 3:18-19

 

Let's all whisper Christ’s name when we're afraid. I'm crossing my fingers this is the SWEETEST Sunday for each of you…Wherever in this World Y'all are!

Amen.

ELC

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