Jill Jarrell Newsome
Soaking Up The Son
I was very excited about getting away from it all and being on a beach! I miss that "Son time" so much in the winter! January was a crazy, busy month with a women's retreat and revival at church. But this time is special being able to spend quality time with God! I am ready to sit and let it all soak in. Process all that I learned. I am not very good at that at home - I tend to stay busy. Even, just sitting outside helps me soak Him up, being in His creation. I guess, that is the real reason I walk in the morning. No better way to start the day! I find, sometimes even when I am doing "for" God, I am not spending time "with" God.
God wants me to do these things but He wants to be with me when I do things for Him. Micah 6: 8, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." He wants to walk with us! The Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, Our Lord and Savior wants to walk with us through life.
Why do I need to have time to just be with Him? When I seek God and spend time with Him, I am so blessed. He shows me new things, new possibilities. I am reminded that anything is possible with Him! Matthew 19: 26, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
I see new opportunities in my life that He has given me. I may not haven even looked at them as opportunities until I spent time with Him. Sometimes I look at things as a negative until I spend time with Him. He shows me ways I can help others or nudges me to reach out to others. Not only will He show me things that are possible but He will show me things that are possible that I recently knew were impossible! That makes my faith grow!
Jesus speaks about the importance of abiding in Him. He compares it to a branch attached to a vine. If the branch is removed from the vine, it will die. If it is attached to the vine it can bear fruit. John 15: 4, "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
If we truly want to bear fruit in the Christian life, we must abide in Christ. We must delight in the Lord and meditate on Him day and night! Then we will be like a tree planted by a river, bringing forth fruit! Psalm 1: 1-3, "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers."