Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus. You have my heart!

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had a great Tuesday! Mine started out rather blah, but ended well.

I went to class and whatnot as usual, and then I went to The Living Room afterwards. I seriously love going, I look forward to it all week. If you have to chance to go, do it. It’s every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Calvary Chapel at 7. Do it, it will be worth your while.

Anyway, so I’ve been stuck in a rut spiritually lately. I just have been really dry in my quiet times, and I don’t really get anything out of what I am reading. It has been really bland and it’s been really discouraging. I keep coming back, hoping that maybe God will speak to me in that time, and I haven’t really heard much. Tonight I asked God to remove every obstacle that was blocking my connection with Him and I asked Him to reveal Himself to me. He did it more than I could possibly imagine. We were singing a song that goes:

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus. You have my heart.

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus. You have my heart.

Sons and daughters, I have heard your cry.

Something to that effect. I was praying for God to reveal Himself to me, and in the lyrics of the song we were singing right at that moment, He told me that He heard me. He told me to rise up and go forward. Such an amazing experience!

He also revealed Himself to me through a scripture that was read. As I mentioned a few times before, Isaiah 61 has been a chapter that really seems to go with me everywhere I go, it was prayed and spoken over my class repeatedly in high school, and it seems to pop up a ton in my life now. The chapter goes:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

That is verses 1-4. These verses have meant so much to me and I have really wanted them to be verses that I live by, because I feel like God has specifically sent out my high school class to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn, and to proclaim liberty to the captives. Not only that, but I can see countless times were God has used instrumental people in my life to do those exact things for me. These verses speak so deeply to me, and they were read last night by none other than, the beautiful and talented, Laura Colle (check her out here!). That was another way God sincerely spoke to me, directly.

I really felt God speaking directly to me last night, in the lyrics and in that passage. It was so real to me, I want to experience that intimacy with God regularly. He was telling me that He heard me and He was renewing my call, to go out and to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to give those who mourn a crown.

What is God teaching you lately?

Title Lyrics: Oh Jesus – I don’t know the artist

-LC

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