Abiding in Him

I had the opportunity to go on a great retreat this past weekend held by the Tarrant Baptist Association. It was called “Hearing God” and it was wonderful! I walked into this retreat feeling overwhelmed, tired, stressed, and just needing to have some questions and worries and fears addressed by Jesus. Preparing to head to Africa is a hard business…who would’ve thought! 🙂 Lately, my thoughts are constantly drawn to the to-do list, the countdown, the things I am trying to juggle on my own. I went in with great expectation and excitement to really hear from Him and spend time reflecting on His goodness.

The retreat was held at Riverbed Retreat Center which is gorgeous and beautiful! I sat for many hours on this huge porch looking out and WAY, WAY down to a stream. It was peaceful and refreshing.IMG_2522

As I said, I had many things I wanted to hear from God about. And, man, I really did on a lot of things. But, you know what I really walked away with? A greater love for Jesus. I fell more in love with Him this past weekend. And that one thing puts everything else into perspective. I was reminded of the beautiful hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus:”

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.IMG_2527

What a time of refocusing it was for me! When you are focused on Jesus, it truly puts all the other “stuff” into perspective. During my time alone, I really camped out in John 15:1-17 where Jesus calls us to abide in Him. I really looked at what that word “abide” means in our lives. When you look it up you get phrases like: to stay, remain, continue, to remain stable, fixed, patiently enduring and bearing.This is what Jesus calls us to do:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5 ESV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:9-11 ESV)

I want to ABIDE with Him and in His love each and every day. I want to connect with Him thru His Word daily. I want to keep His commandments. I want to consciously talk to Him in prayer and be so in tune with Him that I hear His voice among all the other “voices” of this world. In the calm and restful days I want to abide. In the confusing and stressful days I want to abide. In the exciting, unknown, and question-filled days I want to abide. For all the days of my life, I want to ABIDE in Him. Because when I am truly focused on Him…the things, stresses, worries of this world really do grow strangely dim.

Hope you are abiding in Him today,