For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 AMP
Ditches full to the brim
Will you ever be satisfied?
Perhaps you need a focus shift?
Let go of the outer
Breathe Jesus in
And the heart that was empty
Will overflow with desire for Him.
~Marcie Warner Bridges
A few weeks ago I attended a women’s luncheon. Although the theme of the luncheon was discipleship, God had another message for me.
I had spent the night before in a hotel room asking God to speak to me. Do you know what happens when you ask God to speak to you (and you take the time to listen)?
Hint: He speaks.
At the end of the luncheon I found myself pouring out my heart to our main speaker of the day. As we talked, she encouraged me to read the book of John. Slowly. Absorb its contents. See if it might spark some new joy within my soul and a fire in my heart.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14)
I couldn’t get enough of this second verse. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Because the Word became flesh and in becoming flesh, He became life to us.
When words become life, they breathe. And when they breathe, they move. In reading John, perhaps once again God’s Word would move within me again.
“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:33-35).
As I read these words, I had to ask myself, “If the Word—Jesus—is the bread of life” and with this Bread I will never hunger or thirst again, then why am I feasting on the world’s bread?” Suddenly, His Words began to move within me. I could feel Him.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Just breathe Jesus. It’s a motto I came up with a few years ago based on a poem I wrote. Inhale His name and His words, exhale the peace that settles into your bones.
Just breathe Jesus. Breathe in His Words. Breathe in His life. Shift your focus to the One who springs rivers of life to overflowing within the depths of your soul.
That’s what this is all about. I’m beginning to understand and see. I asked Jesus to speak to me and He is speaking in ways I had not thought He would. The real question is, am I listening?
Spring is coming. A time for new growth. I’m ready for the new flowers, smell of the grass, and spring rains. I’m ready to listen—to have new life within me. Or as someone recently said to me, “it’s time for you to start living again.”
How about you? Are you ready for His Word to become flesh and bring new growth into your life too?
From My Heart to Yours,