I love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength; because He first loved me...
My Savior, Jesus Christ, has captured my heart, has made a home in my soul, has become first in my mind, and is my ONLY source of strength. Without Him, I am nothing, and everything in me is empty. The intimate relationship we have can not fade away, because he holds me tightly. My Salvation is now secure in the hold of the Holy Spirit.
My relationship with God is Real because He has Saved me.
My relationship with God is Personal because He Loves me.
My relationship with God is Practical because He Created me.
I know these things because without Christ I'd be lost and dead. Without the love of my Heavenly Father I'd be in total darkness. Without knowing God made me and with a purpose, I'd feel worthless and empty. No man is without excuse that there is a God who loves us. My relationship with Him is this real because I accepted His Son, loved Him back, and am striving to live a life that glorifies His name.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38
My Letter of Praise to God (December 4th, 2016):
"My Almighty God and Loving Father,
I life my hands up to you now! Thank you for being who you are, and doing what you've done. Thank you for Loving me. You've saved me from myself, and have forgiven me for every wrong-doing. You are my Master and yet my Father; I am your servant but you call me your princess. You are my refuge when I am afraid, or when I must hide. You are jealous for me and you desire my heart.
Lord... I have weathered many storms; you have always been my shelter. Thank you for protecting me from everything that could have damaged me. You are my only source of strength and my one true stronghold. You are our eternal King, and You are sovereign. You are my Rock and my Salvation. You are of peace, grace, hope, glory, and love; You are an amazing God!
You are the Father of Truth, and God over all the Kingdoms of the earth. Your Will be done. Amen
My Lord, you are the only one who can keep me from falling. I stumble so many times :( Let me keep my eyes on you, let me want you, and help me to hold onto you first and foremost. So that I might stay standing in Your Name.
You are my ultimate comforter in sorrow. When my heart breaks... when I cry out in painful heartache... when I want to give up... YOU are always there, comforting me through the hurt, and pulling me safely past the destruction.
Heavenly God, you are my confidence. Without you I am nothing. If it weren't for You in me, I'd despise and hate myself. Thank you, Almighty Lord, for lifting me upon your shoulders!
You are my song. You give me peace and joy and Love. I sing praises to you from the bottom of my heart.
You are my deliverer. From my sins you have brought me up. From the enemies of this world you will keep me safe.
You are my judge. I'd rather be judged by the world than by you. Give me wisdom to follow your will above all else, and to stand against the temptations of this world. That I may do well in Your eyes.
Above all, you are the God who loves me. There is no one like you, Jesus. I love you more than anything in this world. Thank you for being the author of my story! Give me more peace and patience to see what you have in store for me in the next chapter of my life.
I praise Your Holy Name; I Magnify your awesome Splendor; I worship You Lord, with ALL of my heart. Amen. And again, I say:
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So how is your relationship with God? I know I've struggled with many ups and downs in mine!! But just remember... He LOVES you. With real love. Let that truth wash over you, and you'll soon want to love Him back. When you've reached the point of loving Him more than ANYTHING else, then you know you're on your way to a relationship with Christ that will last forever. You may believe God exists... and you may call yourself a Christian; but what our Heavenly Father really wants from us, is a relationship that is real and personal. One that is so intimate that we can call Him Father, Friend, and our greatest Love.
Love God, and build a relationship with Him!! Setting everything else aside for a while... including religion, doctrine, and tradition... and really think about and concentrate on falling in love with the man who died for you. It's the most precious and beautiful experience that could ever happen to anyone. I know from experience, and I'm still in the middle of working on that as well!!! I believe it will always and only get better. Not necessarily to make us happy... simply to make us His. And that alone is all we will need, or want.
Thank you for reading. Have lovely day in the Lord!! And let God pursue your heart; open up and be taken by the love of our Holy, Almighty King.