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Monday, October 19, 2009

growing up monday-------------"do you know God?"

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today, i am joining joanne @ blessed..... with a "growing up monday" post. she has a great idea of bringing the message that God is speaking to all of us together, uniting our hearts, and growing up together. Please be sure to stop by and read her post and link up with the others who are joining in to unite us all while we grow up together.

"do you know God?"

i don't mean know about Him. i mean, "do you know Him?"

"do you know what makes Him laugh? do you know what makes Him sad? do you know what He thinks about most of the time? do you know what He is going to say before you hear Him say it in your spirit? do you hang out with Him and listen when He talks? does your heart hurt when His does? does your heat leap with joy when you know He is excited about something? do you know what He dreams about? do you really know His heart? do you know God?"

to know someone means more than knowing about them. knowing a person conveys a close, personal, intimate relationship. so many people can rattle off many characteristics about God. they can describe theologically everything that makes God Who He is. but, they do not know Him. they have never taken the time to allow Him to share Himself with them. they may know that God loves them because that is what the Bible says is true. but, they have never experienced the life changing revelation that takes place when they allow Him to whisper in their ear every day, "I love you so much. I love YOU! I think about you all the time! I created you for no other reason, other than, to love you! you make my heart leap for joy every time I see you grow and take one step closer to living in the completeness of my wonderful plan for your life. I want to share every moment of your life with you! I want to laugh when you laugh and hold you when you cry. you are everything that I have ever dreamed about! YOU are my heart!"

"do you know God?"


you can hear someone else tell you about God, you can read about Him, even in the Bible, you can listen to the preacher talk about Him, and you can study everything that has been written or spoken about Him. you can know God theologically but, it is the experience of Him sharing His Life with you personally that makes you "know" Him and love Him. we love Him, only, because He first loved us and, only, as we experience and "know" that.

this is what God has been showing me in the last week. He is calling me to Him. He is revealing Himself deeply to my heart, helping me to recognize His unimaginable intense love for me. He wants me to know Him. He wants me to share myself with Him. He wants me to experience Him in every aspect of my life.

What about you?

What is it you are studying? What is God telling you? What lessons did God want you to learn this week, and what did you take away from your pastor's lesson or church family today that you can apply to your lives now?

Let's share with one another what we are learning and how we are growing up in Christ. Be your hometown church representative and fill us all in!

17 comments:

wife.mom.nurse said...

i am just about to start a Beth Moore bible study.

I thirst for HIM!

He & Me + 3 said...

We are going back to the basics...our preacher has started a series on Christianity...why we believe what we believe. Very informative and great for this day when everyone is trying to push God out of everything.

~*Michelle*~ said...

I crave God all the time.....I want Him with me in every daily event, the good and the not so good.

I need/search for His wisdom and guidance and I need Him to laugh with me, cry with me and comfort me. I've tried living life without Him and it was one trainwreck after another.....so yeah...to say I need Him is an understatement.

This was a great thought provoking post.....I always enjoy my visits with you Christy. xox

Kristin said...

I love this post because it is so amazing when you really do FEEL the love God has for you....it is life-changing!

Darcie said...

Great post...I often think about our relationship with God as a friendship. Frienly is one-sided, but friendship is two-sided. God knows us completely...I need to learn more about Him everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Mich said...

The Lord is teaching me a lesson in faith this week. I can feel Him constantly saying "I love you, just TRUST me with this."

Angela said...

He is calling me to Him. He is revealing Himself deeply to my heart, helping me to recognize His unimaginable intense love for me. He wants me to know Him. He wants me to share myself with Him. He wants me to experience Him in every aspect of my life.

this is exactly what He has been speaking to my heart for over a year now,,and these last three weeks EVEN more so!!

KEE said...

I have just come to realize as I have gotten older that I can have a close personal relationship with God. I can talk to him just as I would a friend, it doesn't always have to be so scripted and holy. I hope that makes sense.

Thanks for your comment, all your comments I look forward to them.

I hope me never ceasing to amaze you is a good thing :)

Julie said...

Great post.... the more I know Him, the more I love Him. The more I love Him, the more I know Him.....

Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving such a great message for me!

RCUBEs said...

He is the most faithful friend we can ever have. To not know Him is a disaster...You inspire me to really know Him more, beyond those things that I already know...because I know that it is limitless...I want to always be on fire for Him. God bless you sister Christy and may you have a blessed week!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I confess, I didn't go to church this Sunday due visiting an out of town friend, but I think you've got a great post here. I feel really blessed to have always felt loved by God. I think that is because my earthly father has always made sure I know he loves me. So it is easy for me to believe my heavenly father feels the same. I know not everyone has had that experience. I feel very blessed.

Karen said...

This brought tears to my eyes, Christy Rose...I wasted so many years just knowing about Him...when I finally came to know Him, my life was changed forever....

LisaShaw said...

DEEPER--Deeper--deeper and deeper still is where HE has me. Revelation of MORE of HIM in all areas.

Still and quiet time with HIM. I love it because I LOVE HIM.

You shared your heart beautifully and passionately. A LOVE relationship with the LORD is so vital to knowing HIM.

Thanks for encouraging and sharing with us. Love you. Praying for you and your family -- all those beautiful children and all the incredible plans ABBA has for their lives!! Awesome.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh what a great post my friend! I do desire to know Him more and more. Thank you for this great inspiration today to really get to know him. May we hunger and thirst for our Mighty God!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Knowing God... this is what sets him apart from every other "god" in the universe. He can be known. Shame on us for not taking him up on his offer!

I want to know him more with everyday. He is faithful to reveal himself as we are faithful to come.

Great post, friend.

peace~elaine

septembermom said...

Awesome post! I'm trying to clear my mind and just "be" in prayer. I feel like I need that silence to help me grow spiritually.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Our small group just started a book by John Ortberg called the Life Changing power of Community. It is a back to basics book about relationships and prayer! I love your post today...AMEN SISTA!