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Daily Renewal Routine


How to experience the comfort that comes from God.

This past year I've had the delight of enjoying cuddling with my grandson who just turned a year!  I can't believe how fast the time has gone!  There is just something about holding a little one so close that brings such comfort, let alone the comfort that we bring to a small child when we hold them close.  But do you experience that in your spiritual life - the comfort of holding fast to the Lord.   In today's post, we  will see that God has a daily renewal routine for our spiritual life; one that brings comfort.

Where is the comfort if my daily routine doesn't include God?


As I pondered holding my little grandson and how closely he clings to me, I thought to myself, isn't that how I am carried by my Heavenly Father?  He loves me with perfect tenderness and affection.

Yet, most days, I don't want to be carried by Him.  Maybe want isn't the proper word, but I certainly behave that way.  I am so busy either trying to figure things out for myself, I forget that I have a Heavenly Father who desires to lift me up and carry me.

It's like we are behaving as teenagers with the Lord.  Those of you who have raised children through teenage-hood know that phase when children no longer seem to want hugs and kisses.  If it wasn't for the fact that many of us go through this stage, we might feel hurt and unloved.   At the very least, we miss those times when our little ones needed us and craved our affection.

Even though the Lord is Sovereign and doesn't need anything, He desires our love, actually requires it of us...

what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 1
Deuteronomy 10:12

Yet, by nature, we do not love God due to original sin.  The carnal mind is at enmity with God.  

I confess, when I read the above verse, I was convicted.  Do I truly love God as I should?  Do my actions speak of great love for the Father?  Sadly, oftentimes not.  I routinely fall into self-centered focus.

The following devotion by Charles Spurgeon was an ahh haa moment for me

Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, “Forsake me not, O Lord.” “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer today, “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not thy plant, lest it wither and die. Forsake me not, O Lord,’ now; and forsake me not at any moment of my life. Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without thee I am weak, but with thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without thy guidance. The hen forsakes not her brood; do thou then evermore cover me with thy feathers, and permit me under thy wings to find my refuge. Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.’ Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!'”

As I've shared in previous posts, I have recently come out of quite a difficult winter dealing with health issues and severe anxiety.  It's been so nice to feel calm and not have too much going on in the health department.  And then I realized, I haven't been leaning into the Lord anywhere near as much as I was when I was in the thick of those trials.  When in reality, it is actually in times of plenty that I must pray and seek the Lord all the more!  

Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. 
For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”…
Matthew 26:41

Those times that are going well can be the most dangerous times in our Christian walk.  Times when we should be praying, "Forsake me not...", and holding fast to the Lord.

You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and  hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.  He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.
Deuteronomy 10:20-21

     Renewal - How to Make Feeling Comfort a Daily Routine 


When we continually hold fast to the Lord, He will daily conform us into His image.  How amazing is that?!  We are daily renewed by the Lord! 

I don't know why we, as children of God, make things so difficult for ourselves.  We get in our own way, and as a result allow the distractions and temptations of the world draw us away from cleaving to the Lord.

Wouldn't it be so much better to ALWAYS cleave to the Lord, to be enveloped by His strong and mighty arms, to lean into His chest and feel the heart that beats Amazing love.

Of course it would be!

{To read more about what it means to be a child of God, head over to my post, God's Only Child - Me! which you can read HERE.}


Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain:
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee.

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Eliza Flowers

May your daily renewal routine start with jumping into the arms of Jesus and holding fast.

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Comments

  1. Oh, what a precious post! I love the analogy about your little grandson and how we should be that way with the Lord. Lately, it has occurred to me that the dear Lord will HAVE to carry me right now because the trials are just too heavy for me to handle. I think that is the point He wants us all to get to - that we just finally release it all to Him and realize we cannot do this on our own. As we want our children to love and depend on us, so He feels, as you so eloquently said in this post. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I always get so much good from your posts, dear friend.

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    1. Hi Cheryl! You and your family have been close on my heart and in my prayers.

      Indeed. The Lord does just want us to depend on Him. And how amazing is that! He is our all and all.

      You are so welcome sweet friend. And thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement to me.

      Sending you much love and gratitude.

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  2. So glad the Lord will carry us and wait for us to grow in grace.

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  3. Congratulations on your grandson! I've never thought about us acting like teenagers with God but that's really true. I like that analogy. I'm raising two teens right now so this really resonates with me. LOL! Pray for us!!

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    1. Hi Melody, Thank you!

      Oh! I'm glad it resonated with you.

      Good luck with that! lol.

      Trusting that the Lord will give you all the grace that you need in this season of teenagehood. :-)

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  4. What beautiful words of encouragement! Praise God for his ever-present power to renew and refresh us in every season of life!

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    1. Hi Stacey, Praising God that you were encouraged here.

      Amen!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  5. When you mentioned how convicting you found the verse from Deuteronomy, I thought about David's words in the Psalms, "As the deer pants for the water ..." I always feel convicted by that verse and think how far I have to go.

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    1. Hi Donna, Oh yes! I feel the same way about that particular verse.

      Praising God for His grace and mercy even when we fall short.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  6. We do act like teenagers. What an amazing Father we have to love us in spite of ourselves. Great post. Found you at the Encouraging Hearts & Home 6-20-19

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    1. Hi Sylvia, Amen!

      Thank you.

      So glad you stopped by. :-)

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  7. Beautiful post. Having children, and then grandchildren, really provides so much more insight into our relationship with our heavenly father. TFS!

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you!

      Indeed!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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