That was me to my daughter, Julie, this morning, as we started working on a project together. I’m embarrassed that my daughters are seeing a not too pretty side of their mom, but I explained to Julie that despite all my weaknesses, failures, and mistakes, God continually tells me that He is pleased with me despite how I may perform.
Fast forward about an hour later, I said to Julie that we should go up the street and get some coffee. We take a quick walk over, and we got our pick-up order as number 52. While waiting, I suggested to Julie that we read page 52 of our family’s website. Look what incredibly showed up in this old post from over a year and a half ago:
“YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY TO ME ALL DAY!!!”
I lost it with hubby yesterday! Of all days, the anniversary of our first meeting, nineteen years ago, he harshly criticized me, saying what a problematic CROSS I’ve been to him. I was furious! I came home and immediately went to my daughter’s room to continue my work for God, and right away, God had me to read the caption from a recent post: “GOD IS PLEASED WITH YOU.”
It went on to quote from my Jesus Calling, my appointment with Him: “I AM PLEASED WITH YOU, MY CHILD…You don’t have to perform well in order to receive My love.””
Wow! For me to have that conversation with my daughter telling her that God tells me that He is pleased with me despite my screw-ups, and for us to sit down there to have an appointment with Him on page 52, the same 52 as our order number, and for Him to confirm what I had just told Julie an hour before, shows how intimately God is involved in every moment of our lives. He is with us always!!
But God really blew me away this morning when I was out on my run with Him and decided to stop the Nike Running Club app prematurely. I looked at my phone, and it had tracked my cadence at 117. I then go to page 117 of our family’s website. As I’m reading page 117, I got a WhatsApp message on my phone from a friend that incredibly said:
“117 (Wink! Wink) !has been showing up extremely a lot for the last few days.”
It was as if that friend was there with me knowing I had stopped to read page 117! No coincidence, but God finding another way of letting me know that His Presence is with me wherever I go.
Are you feeling God’s sweet presence with you? I’m with David who wrote this:
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.” – Psalm 139:7-10
For me to have so much on my plate right now, and for God to find all these different and fun ways to let me know that I’m not handling life alone, gives me such peace, joy, and courage. Just tell Him that you want in, too, a closer walk with Him, and start making your relationship with Him a priority.