I said I would “never” return to social media. God did an amazing work in my heart in taking me out of that arena and I never ever longed to go back because I coveted my quiet time alone with Jesus. But never say never to Jesus!
Ever so sweetly, gently and kindly, He’s been whispering Instagram into my heart. And as I tried to box in this desire of His for me, telling Him “okay, I will open a private account just for me and my girls” to share what Jesus is teaching me with them, He kept prying open my selfish heart.
And today, as I sat there penning a prayer of comfort and encouragement for a dear friend, whose heart, just like my own, has been aching in the labor pain of faith, I felt Jesus say: but doesn’t your heart so long to share the comfort I have given you with more aching hearts? And oh! How He knows my heart! Because that heart carries HIS heart’s longings- and also His great expectations for us – His beloved Body and Bride.
The very expectations He wrote on my heart afresh this morning:
For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose.
Zephaniah 3:9 HCSB
The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or tell lies; a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. But they will pasture and lie down, with nothing to make them afraid.
Zephaniah 3:13 HCSB
Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”
Zephaniah 3:17 HCSB
Yes, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will save the lame and gather the scattered; I will make those who were disgraced throughout the earth receive praise and fame. At that time I will bring you back, yes, at the time I will gather you. I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes. Yahweh has spoken.
Zephaniah 3:19-20 HCSB
No! My past failings – when I bowed to fear and shame as trauma triggers shook my body and my own heart failed me – do not define my present nor my future! Nor do they define my past that has been washed in the blood of the pure and spotless Lamb of God. For when our own flesh and our own hearts fail us (as mine is now literally doing daily with my chronic heart condition), God’s strong and fearless heart arises FOR us. His heart begins to beat for us.
YES! Our God is in the business of redemption and He’s promised His pure speech to me and to us all. He’s promised to hide us all in the palm of His hand, as we each open the mouth wide He’s given us to speak His Word of hope, life and peace into this world that is aching to know Him, to love Him and to be FOUND in Him. YES!: “The Holy Spirit will give [us] the words to say at the moment when [we] need them.” (Luke 12:12).
May His holy Name be glorified through my – through your – through our surrender to His glory and His grace – His grace that is ALL-sufficient for us – as we speak the Name of Jesus into the darkness and watch it alight the night sky with HOPE, PEACE and JOY, as the many, many, many Sons of God are revealed in our midst, bowing our knees in awe and reverence before the King of Kings.
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