Thursday, July 10, 2008


***I'd like to say I wrote this myself, but I didn't. My quiet time devotion was so sweet this morning I wanted to share it with you. So, I am copying it exactly as it is written in the book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

July 10

RELAX IN MY PEACEFUL PRESENCE. Do not bring performance pressures into our sacred space of communion. When you are with someone you trust completely, you feel free to be yourself. This is one of the joys of true friendship. Though I am 'Lord of lords and King of kings', I also desire to be your intimate Friend. When you are tense or pretentious in our relationship, I feel hurt. I know the worst about you, but I also see the best in you. I long for you to trust Me enough to be fully yourself with Me. When you are real with Me, I am able to bring out the best in you: the very gifts that I have planted in your soul. Relax, and enjoy our friendship.

Revelation 17:14, "They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings---and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

John 15:13-15, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

Have a beautifully blessed day. Make some time to relax in the peaceful presence of your Best Friend!,



Joyful said...

Thanks for sharing this Melissa. More than performance, perfection and pretension, God desires perspicuity, peculiarity, praise, peace and passion! (Can you tell I'm having a little fun with some words?)

I've heard so much about that book - Jesus Calling. When I go into work at 3pm today, I'm going to look for it!

God is my BEST FRIEND and He and I have already enjoyed some wonderful One-on-one time today. So thankful He's with me every moment of every day!

You're a sweet, authentic friend too!
Love ya,

Amy L Brooke said...

Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear the word encouraging me to relax. I sometimes get caught in a cycle of doing.

My area director when I was on staff with IVCF said that God created us human beings and not human doings. Sometimes we get the two mixed up.

quilterpolly said...

It feels so good to be surrounded by true friends like you. Thank you for being so sincere. I do believe you have found your true calling.
Polly in Long Beach, ca

April said...

What a wonderful post Melissa! It is so great to know that with God we can always be ourselves because He does know EVERYTHING there is to know about us. We may try to put on a perfect face for others, but we can never fool God. Thank you for this reminder that we can just be real before our Lord and Saviour, and not have to put on any pretense.

Diane said...


Thank you soooooo much I needed that.

Joy in The Truth said...


The legacy of that God honoring, Word revealing devotional goes on!

Lingering in sweet quiet time with Him is so precious. And it seems to go so fast before the "quiet" in the home has become pitter patter of precious feet.

Hugging your beautiful neck,

Joyful said...

**PS** I was able to get that book transfered to the store - I'll have it by next weekend! Can't wait~