Early in the Morning shall I Rise to Thee Oh Lord

IMG_3362God speaks to me in the naked hours of the morning, in the afternoon mist, and in the quieting down among the evening shadows. It is He who continually speaks to me and it is I who must learn to develop an awareness of Him, during all the moments of my life.

When I still myself in a quiet place to be alone with God, it is He that warmly invites me to come into His presence and sit awhile.

During these times, I sense an underlying calm that resides, as a constant rippling of water flowing down a creek, soothing my spirit. It is in this recessed place of being, that I am lifted into another sphere, one that is foreign from this earth, one that is supernaturally experienced, and one where I feel comfortably completed.

I have an awareness of God’s voice speaking to me throughout my day, and it is I who must realize my need to not only hear Him, but listen and respond accordingly to His leading. It is I who must discipline myself to set apart quiet times in communing and fellow shipping in Him, where I know I will not be distracted or disturbed, where I can fully enter into all of who He is and All of what He has for me.

It in these sacred spaces I have created, I become aware of His breath upon my frame and His call upon my spirit. It is in this space of solitude, I discover an intimate and Holy union with the Living God. It is here I discover my desire to serve Him above all other entities.

In these periods, He becomes the focus in my heart. He becomes the object of my attention as my longing grows in connecting with Him in the most intimate of ways. I can identify with the psalmist who proclaims the following words of pining after God.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God, when can I come and stand before Him?”  (Psalm 42:1-2)

In these regions of my soul, I experience an awareness of God, and it is here I begin to learn the practice of identifying His voice. It is in the hidden places of my heart where I discover His Grace, His Faithfulness, and His Love.

Over the years, I have endured difficult trials, feeling burdened beyond what I thought I was capable of bearing, sustained long hours of suffering, entered into times of questioned wondering, where I have learned to place my confidence in Him, Trusting and Depending on His Grace to sustain me;  “My Grace is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

As I walk in Faith it is His Grace that is able to sustain me in every circumstance I might find myself experiencing throughout the seasons of my life. Thus, I have come to realize the impact of this verse in the experiential reality within my life.

It is not in myself I can do anything for God, it is when I find myself having total dependence on Him to work in and through me in manifesting Himself, that the Godly endeavors I am involved in are accomplished in and through His Power and nothing of my own.

I have learned to rely on His wisdom to lead, guide, comfort, provide strength, giving direction, and filling me with His ever, present, person of the Holy Spirit. The following words have become my prayer. “Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

I know without a doubt, He will always lead me in the ways of Truth, and as I listen, adhering to His ways, I also become Truth and am able to live as my authentic self. As I remain open and honest before my God, and myself, so am I able to be open and honest with others. There is not one who can hide from Him, although one might try, for God searches and Knows the deepest regions of man’s heart.

“But I, the Lord search all hearts and examine secret motives.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
In the midst of my journey in life, among the difficulties I have faced, I often heard God whisper to me; “Be still for I am God”. (Psalm 46:10)

I have learned it is He that draws me into His presence, ushering me intimately into His Hollies of Hollies, and It is I whose response is one of eager anticipation for all He has for me.

It is He who allows me entrance into all of who He is where I am allowed to touch the hem of His garments and where I am able to have a taste of the heavenly delights He has in store for me, His child.

I have noticed it is during these times when I quiet myself, He voice becomes clearer and His vision for me becomes stronger. It is in this precious space, I discover life is lived out of the overflow in His Fullness. I know without question that His Will for me is to live a life adopting and abiding in an inner attitude of servant Obedience to His Ways.

This Living God, reveals Himself in all His Glory, in all His Power, and in all His Majesty in every moment of my life. The little things become the big things God accomplishes in and through me.

It is in this contemplative environment where He also communes with me as His child. It is in this silencing of my own spirit that His Spirit is made known to me. It is in this heavenly space I am being all of whom I am in Him, reminding me, that I am to be so in all my waking hours, identified as a follower of Christ, in all measures and manners of being. My union in Him is to be manifested by my words, in my deeds, and through my behaviors, that He may be lifted up in me, in order to draw all to Him.

In centering my life in practicing the spiritual discipline of entering into communion in Him, I have come to know and Rest in His full provisions made available for me. I am in His deep reservoir of being in this place. It is here, I have learned the art of drawing from His well in living out my Faith in Trusting in All His promises written in the Truth of His Word.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

I have come to know, that in the daily giving of myself to Him; my time, my talents, and most of all, my heart, I discover He gives Himself to me, in overflowing measures. “Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing Love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.” (Psalm 42:8)

I can think of no other way to live my life than one of sincere devotion to this Living God, who fills me with Real Purpose and provides me with Meaning beyond what anything this world offers.

It is when I remain Obedient to His voice, there exist an internal contentment and joy that resides even in the midst of any turmoil I might be experiencing. Yes, we as humans are able to hold two contradictory emotions within us, and it is in the constant steadiness of His Peace underlying my core, that I am lifted up and provided strength in any circumstance I might find myself in. This is the victorious life I have in Christ, dwelling in the reservoirs of living waters that continually refresh me, sustaining me in this walk of faith.

God beckons at the door of our hearts daily. It is He that pursues us with an everlasting love, asking us to “Come, sit with me.” It is He who reaches His hand of Mercy towards us in increasing measures, for He desires fellowship with us and He desires a Holy union with us. Will we take the time necessary to return His Love to be in Him, with Him, for Him?

Let us set apart this sacred space on a daily basis, to allow God’s presence opportunity to center us in Him. Let us take the time necessary in developing a place wherein God’s Spirit is allowed access into the deep recesses of our hearts. Let us learn to sit still in Him so we can know Him intimately. Let us not only hear but respond in those actions He directs us to take.

This life of Faith leads us to develop attributes, putting on character traits, towards all Godliness, where we are beacons of His light, gifted in His Love to share with all we meet. Let us take the time needed to develop a spiritual maturity where we may Glorify Him through our words, actions, and behaviors. Let us daily be aware of His Presence that we become true vessels manifesting God Hearts of Love to everyone so that we may become the true disciples He has called, chosen and set us apart to become.  Let us prepare ourselves to be united with Him as His Heavenly Bride!

 
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister

 
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