Wednesday, November 3, 2010
A little spiritual refreshment
Okay, back to my series of Scripture meditations from my personal spiritual retreat. This one is from Zephaniah 3:17, CEV: The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He clebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love.
1. He celebrates and sings because of me; with deep love, joy and appreciation especially and singularly because of ... me! Wow! How incredible!
2. He wins all the victories of my life that I'll allow him to fight. So why don't I give ALL of them over to Him?
3. He's always with us. Always. I think there are three levels of His presence:
Level 1: He surrounds us with evidence of His presence/love through nature and blessings.
Level 2: We have a personal audience with Him, His undivided attentioin.
Level 3: We're in Him and he in us, melded together, the vine and the branches. We're extensions of His heart, spirit, and thoughts. He resides in us.
I aspire to the third level, but in reality, I think I spend most of my everyday awareness moments on the first level with occasional toe-dips into the second level.
4. He will refresh my life with His love. Refresh: renew, reinvigorate, animate, exhilerate, rouse, stimulate, revive, new start, renovate, reawaken, rebuild, re-do, restore, replenish. Do I need this? YES!!!
5. I am special to Him - His beloved little girl. He loves me unconditionally, the way I love my beloved little girl.