The Christian community is familiar with the terms “devotions” or “quiet times.” It implies time we set aside to connect with Jesus. Most Christians do this through prayer, worship, and Bible reading. Unfortunately for the majority of us after many years in this practice the goal of connecting fades away and becomes more of a to do list kind of thing. If we are wise we would reject obligation ever being included in these special times of connectedness. Devotion actually means love and loyalty. Obligation is nowhere to be found in the description. So while the next part of what you read may be a bit odd or different for you, I’d like to bring you in to my devotion experience I had with Jesus this morning as we were spending time loving on each other….
First, I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I silence all the noise around me and the noise and thoughts in my mind. I breathe deep again and in my imagination I immediately see myself chasing and running after Jesus. Both His smile and mine are radiant! We have so much fun together. The best thing about when I’m with Him is I don’t get tired. I can dance and run for hours on end and my bones and muscles are strong! When I catch up to Him He draws me in and kisses me. He and I walk so closely together, I am under his arm. He smells amazing and I feel powerful, free and whole! I draw great strength being in his presence. We walk together as He points out creation, which I need Him to since I normally don’t take the time to notice. He describes to me the intention and process of creation that He shared with Wisdom, Holy Spirit and the Father.
He then asks me to try.
I take a second to look deep in His eyes wondering if I really can do what He is asking of me. The second my eyes lock His, I know I can. Somehow I know it’s going to be fun too! I stare at the tree in front of me. And speak to it design and detail. The flowers that grow on the branches, the colors and textures. I command character and bark to be formed on the tree. Somehow, it reminds me of a magical Disney drawing!
He squeezes me as He tells me He liked what I did and that He can see my reflection in what I created! This IS fun. This is life-giving and exciting! My adrenaline is pumping and I feel like I need another opportunity to create! I need more time to dream with God! I love being with Him and I am reminded how He has wired me for change and transformation.
The vision in my mind fades, it makes me wonder, what fruit is coming out of my life as a mom, friend, and a daughter now that gives way for this kind of influence? How is the culture that I am creating at home echoing this call to influence change with others? Does the way I feel when conflict shows up at home, echo a heart that can see transformational hope and then pull it into every situation?
We, as women, are called to be the driving force of our families, communities and cities. We carry a fire in us that can shift the environment and dream great things into existence. What we do in family is transferable to the people around us. We can call things that aren’t a current reality into existence and see lasting change, lasting fruit. Do we dare believe this?? If we do….. what’s our response?
I am woman hear me roar!
This is what is on my heart today. Would you say these words below out loud with me and add more in the comments below so our team can partner with what is on your heart as well???
I am a daughter of the Most High God. I was born to dream and create. My words create worlds and today I declare:
Nations will surrender to Jesus and experience peace, justice and prosperity
Barren lands will produce again
Prodigal family members will be reconciled and restored
National governments will lead with integrity and honor
People from every land will dream again and find their destiny
Every heart will be satisfied by the love of God
Jesus is already and will continue to receive the reward of His suffering
The Kingdom of God will come and His will, will be done on all the earth as it is in heaven!
Redefined by Grace,