“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
I long to know God. To share in the fellowship of His suffering and, being made like Him in death, somehow attain the resurrection of the dead.
I long to pursue the Lord, wholeheartedly;to run unhindered, following in total obedience.
I long for intimacy with Jesus- that He would be pleased to rest here, in my heart. That we’d sit in the cool of the day, and He’d reveal the secrets of His heart to me, because we’re friends.
I want to be a woman after God’s heart; setting aside time each day to fellowship, each week to fast, each day to pray, speaking boldly, giving generously, doing justly …and just enjoying God, loving Him and being loved by Him.
Oh, how I want to be faithful! Oh that I would be found faithful on the day of His appearance.
But, I keep falling short...
I hurt my beautiful Saviour daily and wound the precious Holy Spirit who indwells my spirit. Impatience, fear, pride, anger, unforgiveness, envy, lust, selfishness, worm their way into my heart and I let them. I allow them into the garden of my soul, made for my God, and I invite them to share the secret place with my King- inciting rebellion within, and competition for the throne of my heart.
The one thing I have to give, I so frequently withhold! Ohhh… wretched man that I am! Indeed, who can save me from me???
Thanks be unto Godwho delivers me from myself!!! Praises be to Him for His mercies! They are new every morning, because every morning I need them afresh. Oh for grace to trust You more, to lean more, to love more deeply!
Jesus…Son of David, have mercy on me…
Give me grace to keep returning, to keep pressing, to keep signing back up, one foot in front of the other.I must know God! Oh Lord, You are the chief purpose of my existence, and sole giver of life and joy.
Your light illuminates my path. Anything short of being full of You is insufficient. Oh for grace to hunger and thirst, and be hungrier and thirstier still. To be satisfied with the riches of You, and rest in the tension of longing and fulfilment.
This is the prayer of my life, and the song of my heart- to know God. I want to know Him. This is the itch of the soul that success, friendship, popularity, beauty, romance, wealth, pleasure, and importance, can’t scratch.
We were created for relationship with God! We were made to know and enjoy loving God and being loved by Him forever. As woman was made for man (a beautiful, complementary and perfect union), so man was fashioned for God. Our souls are restless until they find their rest in Him.
My heart urges, “Seek His face!”.Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Join me in the pursuit of God, the Lover of our souls and Giver of life. Let us be pleasantly surprised together when we discover that He is passionately pursuing us. He is excited about us walking in freedom with Him, and rejoices over us with singing. His leadership is gentle, and so very, very tender. Jesus is pursuing the fullness of you. He is pursuing our heart, and He is not discouraged by our frailty.
Love hopes all things, believes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. Jesus will not fail in His love for you. He is wooing us to Himself, and hasn’t grown tired of forgiving, and binding up our wounds. He’s in it for the long run.
The Father isn’t waiting - with a stick behind His back - forus to disappoint Him. The Father, Himself, loves us, and, through the Holy Spirit, is working beauty into the ugliness and brokenness manifest in our souls. Together we will be presented to Jesus as a radiant bride, shining like the stars, reflecting His brilliance.
Sign back up again, beloved. Jesus is worth it.
Francesca Tavares from the West Indies is a daughter, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.
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