He wants us to come to Him when we're happy, when we're sad, when we don't understand and when we're overcome with joy. He cares about the little things that make us anxious and the big worries that we have. He listens to our prayers for our children and their lives. He shows us He's here with us through His answered prayers. Our lives produce fruit - love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. goodness, kindness, gentleness, self-control - when we're living for Him.
He wants to guide each and every step we make and He wants us to be excited to spend time with Him. As I've grown older (and hopefully wiser), I realize more and more each and every day how important it is for me to be totally and completely plugged in and sold out to Christ.
He has my heart and my best interests in mind. Those things that concern me - the hopes for the future, both ours and our childrens, the worries, the insecurities, the joys - concern Him even more. We are His. We are His creation. He knows every single tiny little thing about me - and you - and He cares about them more than we can ever imagine!
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
If you don't know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to give Him a chance, learn about Him and see what He's all about. The Christian life is not something that is boring, unadventurous and full of all these rules and rites. It's a life of abundance, joy and overflowing love. It's a gift that we've been freely given through no work of our own.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
As Christians, we will sin. Sin won't stop, but the punishment of sin will. Sin will still have consequences, sin will still hurt and sin will still give us problems, but as Christians, we have the assurance that Christ will wipe away our sins and we will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
There's no formula to be had, no exact words to be said, no ritual to follow to get to know Christ. It all starts with admittance. It's about admitting that we're sinners and we can't do it on our own. It's believing that God sent His Son, Jesus, to the earth to live a sinless life as a man, be crucified and rise from the dead for us. And it's about confession - confessing that you can't do it on your own. Confessing that you need help, guidance and forgiveness.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
God's invitation is open to everyone. It doesn't matter your color, your race, your past mistakes and what you'll do in the future. It's your heart that matters.
For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
As Christians, we're not called to be perfect. We're called to be the light of the world. One of my favorite passages in the Bible comes from Matthew 5.
You are the salt of the world. If the salt loses it's saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I don't have it all together, I don't have all the answers, but I have a Savior who loves me, died for me and gives me grace abundantly.
My hope and prayer for you is that you experience this same all-encompassing love, this abundant life and the glorious grace and blessings of Jesus Christ!