Wanting More of Him

Wanting More of Him

 

What on Earth Does That Mean?

 
You might say, how can we want more of God, when we, who are born again, already have ALL of Him.
As I pondered how I would answer this, I thought of relationships.
I remember when I dated my husband that he would drop me off, after a date and go home. I was so enamored by him that I wouldn’t even take off my coat, but wait for his expected call. Mind you, we had already spent an evening together, but it didn’t seem enough.
We became engaged. While II enjoyed the promise of commitment, I longed for the day when we would not have to part again. Waiting seemed to increase my anticipation of being exclusively together and alone.
After the Wedding, we moved into our first apartment. Having him all to myself was heavenly.
Throughout the years, by seeking and pursuing, we have come to learn a lot about each other. It is in the crucible of life that I learned more about my husband’s love and dedication for me. I have learned that he will be with me in good times and bad and in sickness and health. I learned that more than anyone here on earth, he knows me. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He has been my greatest cheerleader and friend. He has found it in his heart to forgive me…time and time again. He laughs at my silly jokes and has cheered me on with my various artistic endeavors… He sees the best of me as well as part of me that people outside never see. He and I keep our secrets. We know that whatever lies ahead…each of us will be there for one another…
So, even more so is our relationship with our Lord.
We can “taste and see” that the Lord is good. Our appetite is whetted, and then we want more.
We experience the kindness of God and it is so good that we want to experience it more.
We come to know the Lord’s protection…His mercy…His forgiving nature…His generosity…His acceptance and so much more.
Being loved in this way is so good, that we are satisfied in that moment but that satisfaction sets us up for wanting more.
Our relationship with the Lord develops and deepens over time. But it is not a one way relationship. It is Him along with me. I have to be a participant and well as a seeker of ‘”more”.
He has already given His all to us. But if we continue to seek MORE of this relationship with our Lord, will be given MORE and MORE and MORE viagra chine. And did I just say More?
The secret is that He wants to be found by us AND it is HE who puts that very desire and idea in our hearts.
So, if this is new to you, simply say “Lord, I want more of You…I want to know You better to find out your ways and your opinions. I even need to hear again and again just how special I am to You.”
As much as you want to find Him, He even more wants to be found by you
And you know what? As you pursue more of Him, it truly delights Him. He wants to give you His All.
I can see a smile on His face.
So don’t be shy.
Come to the only One who will truly satisfy you. And be filled again and again.
 
Linda Maynard
Hidden Away in Plain Sight

Hidden Away in Plain Sight

We think about a monastic life being like monks, hidden away, praying in caves.

For 10 days, in commemoration of Rosh Hashanah and in conjunction with the 40 Days of Worship in CT…there are people Worshipping and Praying…Day and Night…24/7…at the House of Good Hope in Hartford CT.

Well, you are probably saying that we are not hidden.

Well if you are looking at the House and us from an earthly perspective, I can see where you are coming from.

We’re in a Big Inner City. There is busy traffic all day long. It is close to gas stations and restaurants. It’s not too far from Hartford Hospital.

People pass a nondescript Cape Cod home, all day long. There is a sign on the façade and sometimes I have wondered how many have read the sign. Is anyone curious? Or in the hustle and bustle of life, is it just like passing a church on every corner.

But inside, hidden in plain sight, are men, women and even children who are giving honor to a King. Actually, it is no earthly King but Jesus who is the King of Kings.

Inside are many forms of expression…music…singing…out loud prayer…silent prayer…dancing…playing instruments…drawing, painting and creating…and a posture of love and adoration for King Jesus.

What goes on in that House supersedes any legislation…any marches for causes…any political lobbying…anything of self-effort.

The world and the people outside say things like “Thank you very much I CAN run my life on my own.”

Those praying inside are saying “Lord, there is not one thing I (we) can do without You.”

The atmosphere in the House is peaceful and focused, as well as urgent and life changing.

In the Bible, it says that we (Christians) are a peculiar people. I am sure that many in the world outside would say “Why would you want to pray so long and on such a lovely day?”

And we would say …” Come, stay and rest a while. Pray or sing or cry or sigh. Be silent and let Love speak to your heart. If you are hesitant and just want to observe…that’s OK too.

You will walk into this “ordinary” House and you will leave knowing you have visited HOME!

By Linda Kosinski Maynard

PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

“The son of a Connecticut kindergarten teacher stormed her Newtown school this morning, sources said, shooting and killing 20 children and six adults in the worst elementary school shooting in American history.  Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire first at the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s office, then in his mother’s kindergarten class, authorities told NBC News. The Associated Press has identified Adam’s mother as Nancy Lanza.  The shooter himself died as well, and one of his family members was found dead in a Newtown home.  State police have not confirmed the name during any news conference held on Friday. They said they will, but it is not appropriate to do so yet.

Evil visited this community today,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said during a news conference at 6 p.m.”

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/State-Police-Responding-to-Shooting-at-School-Police–183498401.html#ixzz2F4h1VGxK

 

My heart is so grieved at the tragedy one of our Connecticut schools has suffered!  I keep wondering what kind of lunacy would possess someone to do something as horrendously terrible as killing a classroom of innocent children and their teacher?   I also know that something like this can lead people, even Christians into a place of helpless bitterness.  “Where was God at a time like this?”  We will never know why, but this is a time for us to not question but to pray.

Tomorrow morning our Christmas worship celebration has been scheduled, but plans have been changed.  We will not be celebrating, instead we will be praying.  We will spend the morning interceding for our children, especially for those who had lost their children through tragedy such as this.

You are encouraged to join us in prayer and intercession.  We are meeting from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at House of Good Hope, 320 Brown Street, Hartford.

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