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Its time for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer….Go!
How I wish I craved the right things….but many times I’m craving the wrong things. My mind and heart get wrapped around craving…..
Other people’s approval
The love of friends
My own glory
So instead, I find myself here empty and void of life when the gaze of my heart is outward and inward. Instead, I know I need to crave God more. The psalmist understood this craving….how my soul longs for You.
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” … Psalm 42
So I am sitting here, not a deer – but a rabbit. I feel like I want to sit still and feel His presence, but the pressures and “rabbit trails” of life have me jumping around. Jumping to work, work, work….or I sink down and get discouraged when other people disappoint. So really – my emotional roller coster is all about my cravings.
If I can crave Jesus, my peace will stay. It has in the past – why do I easily forget? If I can crave God’s Word deeper and fuller I know joy will find me here in this mess. So why do I get too busy to read my Bible?
If nothing is better than abiding in Christ – and I am commanded to do so – maybe my cravings need re-wiring. I may never automatically crave and naturally follow Jesus, but it doesn’t mean I give up. It means I pray for a change of craving. It means I pray for a change of heart. Letting God have my desires is sometimes recognize my desires first.
So here I am: being honest. I don’t alway crave God like I should. But I want to. I want to want Him more. I want to need Him and rely on Him like the saints of old. I want to abandon and live for eternity…..and that can start today.
O Lord I pray you will bring my heart closer to Your heart, even just for today. Let me feel Your presence and know You are near. Let my heart let go of the cravings of emptiness…..let me hold fast to the confession of my faith for in this is my anchor and foundation. Amen.
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