Jul 6, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Ecclesiastes 5

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls! How is your week going?

We are on Day 12 of our 40 Day Prayer Challenge! Are you just in AWE of the Lord as you intentionally pray to Him this week?

Yes, me too.

We are still on vacation this week, and thankfully, only by the Grace of the Lord, I have a really good internet signal this morning. Seriously, this is a complete miracle.

A few mornings ago, I woke up and my heart was still in prayer mode. I told Lem that I needed to go for a walk by myself because I needed to talk to the Lord.

This is not normal for me. I am not a "walk by myself" kind of girl. I always want company, always. Growing up with a sister, it is not normal for me to crave alone time, ever.

I headed out the door, and went for a walk near the beach. Pouring my heart out to the Lord and even out loud at times. I'm sure others noticed me, but I did not care one little bit.

My heart was heavy over a few people that He has been specifically laying on my heart this week. I prayed over and over for these people and for His will to be done in their lives as well as my own.

I thought about how even Jesus Himself had to get away from the crowd for a while to be alone with the Lord. At that very moment on my walk, I understood why He did that. It finally made sense to me.

God was showing me that if I was serious about communicating with Him, I needed some one-on- one face time with Him.

The clarity that comes when we can carve out this time with Him, is indescribable. Especially while we are intentionally praying through our days. He will draw you to a place where it is just you and Him. I guarantee you that He will.

Your Friday Challenge today is:

Find a few minutes of quiet in your day. Devote those few minutes to the Lord. I know that some days are really, really hard to do this. I am praying that the Lord will provide this time for you.

I believe He will.

He craves your heart. He craves your soul. He craves your time.

I get this!  A lot of days, I just crave some alone time with my Lem. I crave just he and I together talking. Sometimes, I just need he and I to go on a walk together and tune the world out for even just a few minutes.

I believe the Lord craves the same with us.

Heavenly Father,

Hallowed by Your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. 

Lord, I ask that you give these girls some time today to draw near to you. Not just in their hearts, but physically, draw near to You in a quiet place. I pray that You will give them this time to gaze deep into your sparkling eyes, and be transformed with Peace and Rest for their day.

Let them snuggle deep into Your strong arms, and lay their heart right into Your capable hands. Father, let the world go on for a few minutes, while we sneak some alone time with You. We crave Your presence. We crave Your comfort.

Father. bless these girls from the top of their heads to the soles of their pretty little feet. Let them be washed in Your favor, and Your protection. 

Like magnets, draw us all to Your heart and Your desires.

We ask this in the precious name of Jesus. 


One more thing. As I was walking by myself that morning, a HUGE blue bird, landed right next to me. I am NOT kidding. It landed next to me and just sat there. I was kind of afraid to move, because I did not want it to leave. My eyes filled with tears, because I knew that the Lord had sent that bluebird to me to show me that He loves me.

Girls, He loves you so much! He will show Himself to you today, believe it.

still craving Him,



Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

Jill, a great post for us on our prayer journey! I love to hear your stories of how He grows you and thank you for encouraging our own growth.

I love you, girlie. :)

Women Who Pray said...

I'm glad you are on today, Jill. Glad your internet access is working. I woke up this morning and had not house phones or computer connection. I was separated from womenwho pray fb page and from you. Thank God for my cell phone or I would not have been on this morning for prayer...1st time in more than 9 years. Thanking God for those items working...realizing what a precious time we live in. I love the bluebird...last Saturday, while in the mountains, we saw a cardinal very close as we were coming back from our ride to the top of Mt. Yonah, and we saw a deer actually sneaking across our front yard to the garden across the street...enjoying God's creation is such fun!!! Looking for some solace this weekend after so much people fun and grands the last 2 days. Headed for FLA Monday for a few days at beach and with bff...so I will have some time to just me and the LORD... tonight and tomorrow...woo hoo!! Funny, Jill, how we can be so alone in a crowd...when we really aren't about the conversation around us...whether it is because it's not our topic...or it is offensive...or for whatever reason makes us feel like an island...and then, again, we can be totally alone and yet so aware we are not alone as we walk and talk with our sweet Savior and LORD...our Shepherd...our Father...and on and on! We can hear creation all around us...and be aware of the fullness of His Almighty presence...and we are very much not alone! I get it! Alone and yet not lonely...in a crowd or small group...and lonely! Hope I make sense to we shine girls...:) <3

Terri Abbott said...

It soooo blesses my heart to hear about your journey with God, Jill. He is so faithful, listening to the faintest desire to get next to Him. It amazes me when I just sing the song my grandmother used to sing, (Tennessee Ernie Ford sang it best) 'Just a Close Walk With Thee', 'Grant it Jesus is my plea, I'll be satisfied as long, as I walk, precious Lord, close to Thee', and how I feel His presense surround me, the warmth and comfort of His loving arms. I am so grateful for a God that loves me so. When I fail Him, He so patiently waits and at the slightest signal, He is right there. Lord, give us ears to hear You and a heart that pants after You! I love you Lord.

Tiffany A said...

Jill and Shine Girls,
Whew! What a day I have had! I stole away in my room for a while just to pray and study (which unfortunately doesn't happen as often as it should) Ecclesiastes has certainly opened my eyes to what I've been chasing subconsciously for quite some time. The wind! Chasing the wind? Me? Yep I was. And I am saying all of this because even though I've heard and felt your prayers, my best interest were centered first and foremost on trusting and toiling within myself, and only reaping "vanity". It felt so good to finally and truly give myself over to Jesus and His plans for me. (Instead of asking Him what His thoughts or ideas are about the situation I chose to accept a simple "I Am".) I know there is deliverance in the future for us but I am so thankful for you girls and the active prayers I can feel with every fiber of my being. I am Blessed.