photo by: Shirley/Missouri/July 2014
originally written 27 Jul 14 
& posted 30 Jul 14

Obedience has long been a serious challenge for me.  
I know what I am supposed to do...but have not been obedient.
I can't explain why because most of the time I don't honestly know.
Selfishness? Fear of the unknown?

I felt like I'd been distancing myself from the One who loves me most...
…and I couldn't wrap my mind around it.  
Like Paul said in Romans 7:15:
"I do not understand what I do. 
For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."

I KNOW God loves me. 
I KNOW He cares about what is best for me.
Why was it so difficult to obey?!

Today...words swirled as conversations were going on around me and suddenly came words clear as crystal and, though inaudible, it was as if someone were speaking directly into my ear.

"I don't want you to obey because you will get a reward.
I don't want you to obey because you are afraid of punishment.
I want you to obey because you love me."

BOOM...straight to the heart!

He loves me more than I could ever possibly know or imagine.
I need to trust His love for me...and love Him with my all.
He is my Abba Father.
He is my life.
I am His.
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