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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Loving the Lord

Love the Lord with all thy heart, all thy soul, and all thy mind.
What exactly does that mean? All? That's a pretty stiff word.
I definitely use my mind for at least 99% of my own thoughts. I'd venture a slim 1% of thinking that I dedicate to the Lord. It makes me feel slimy.
I've never known how to manipulate my soul...but heck, it belongs to the Lord. I don't know what it's doing.
And my heart.
I want to love the Lord, I really do. I feel lonely and I want to have him close to me. I feel confused and I want to have him comfort me. I want him to be that person that's there when I have no one else. But how?

The Lord recently showed me that I've got to think about him more, like I'm talking to him throughout the day. Just talk...have a conversation. Say something and have him say something back. I tried it today, and it definitely isn't a habit yet, but whilst I hung laundry and fried an egg, prepared a bible class and cleaned my room, I had some pretty good conversations with the Lord. I think that's the key to making him a part of my life.
In general, I'd like to know how to strive for it more--really falling in love with the Lord.

How did you do it?


Anonymous Babylove said...

Sounds like you have a good plan there. I would have to say it does take time, there is no quick fix way to deepening your relationship w/ Him. I, being of a more carnal nature & finding my mind wandering from subject to subject rather quickly have always found it hard to hold "conversations" with an invisable person. I always found it healthy to take more time to "meditate" (if you will) somewhere quiet & preferably with a good view (Something about being outside) where I can actually talk out loud to Him. I feel less of an idiot the more I do it & it helps curb the wandering brain syndrome I get when it's an in brain conversation.
And to be sure, the more I go to him in all my sad/bummer/pissed off/bent depressed times the more I feel like talking with Him about the good times too.

Flo I tried to PM you again at NLU but your box was full.

10/02/2005 10:00 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

Wow, that's a great idea.
I have that same problem, babylove...maybe it's a libra thing. Or maybe it's a terribly-attractive-female thing. But I can't seem to bring my thoughts into subjection. I have no objectivity with my mind. Must learn to harness the brain man.
But I SHOULD do that whole meditating thing. It sounds very zen. After all, I do have a beach. I'd prefer to do the whole talking to myself thing where no one could hear me...you know how it is.
SORRY ABOUT NLU, I just realized it's full and I deleted all my crummy messages. It keeps getting full on me. Junk.

10/03/2005 1:27 PM  
Blogger Elaina said...

It's true, it really does help to deepen my relationship with Jesus when I let Him into other areas of my life besides the requisite Word, prayer, and prophecy-times.
I have an uneasy feeling that I tend to subconsciously make a cutoff at the end of those times, like, "That was inspiring...now on to the real world." when what I need, and what makes the Word come alive in my life is striving to keep that connection with Him throughout the grimy day.
The amazing part is that the Lord loves us so much that He actually wants more of us, more of our hearts, souls and minds...I think that's unbelievably humbling.

10/03/2005 10:44 PM  
Blogger aiko said...

Elaina, you really make a good point there, about the cut off time. I do just that...must stop.

10/04/2005 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Flo, I suspect the wandering mind may be a libra thing, b/c I can testify to it, too. Usually, unless I'm asking Him a string of questions, or arguing w/ Him (lovers' quarrels, heh!), it's hard to focus on a conversation in my mind w/ Jesus.

And I can totally relate to what u said about the "subconscious cutoff" after QW, Elaina. TTL for the little checks to ask Him about things, pray, & praise thru'out the day, as w/o them, I'm disconnected until next QW time comes around!

I've tried so hard to remember to include the Lord in everything & just got frusterated b/c at the end of the day, I'd hardly remembered at all. So I just hv to put myself at His mercy by starting the day asking Him to remind me, as well as re-reading the Word on the subject to reinforce it in my mind.

Personally, I've found that using the TJWL bks & making them my own prayers, or writing out my own praise prayers to Jesus helps me focus on loving Him, both when I feel like it & when I don't.

Also, when I don't feel like it, it helps to read over some of my personal praises from b4, to "forget not all His benefits," b/c I know I wrote those myself, from my heart, & that's reality no matter how I feel at another time. B/c words are real things, reading over it later can hv a powerful effect when I'm feeling lethargic or negative, but want to stir myself up to praise & love Him.

10/04/2005 3:39 PM  

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