for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. Romans 10:12**
I come poor, tired. Ragged. My flesh resists coming. What do I have to offer You? I reason. I have it all wrong.
Something still draws me in. Maybe habit, maybe Holy alluring. Praise God for muscle memory. I’ve been here before, when the ground feels hard, shallow and You sent me home a gardener. The ties that bind me to You don’t break in my brokenness.
So I come. I call. Cracked voice, uncertain plea: God? What might you say to the barren parts of me?
I tentatively speak Your word back to You and light floods the dusty corners of my heart like a spotlight.
Rich. Even today brings with it an offering from You. Even this moment, this humble moment, can be won.
You have everything I need. Every single thing. And more than meeting my needs, You are rich in Your response to me. Provision takes on new meaning. You move beyond my basic heart-gaps and speak abundance to the holes inside of me. I ask for more and I soon see that I have no idea of whom I’m asking when You respond with Your more.
Majesty is found in You. You are the source of all beauty and strength, and when I sit at Your feet I get deposits of security from the Man who formed me in my mother’s womb. You know Me and You speak to my flat-broke places in such a way that they are offered a second chance at prosperity. Your prosperity. You. You, oh God, offer a rich life because You are a rich God and it has nothing to do with what my hand holds and everything to do with what my heart contains.
You fill me up to overflowing because You are the God whose well is unending. I throw my bucket over the side, unsure if I’ll get a drop for my parched self, and it comes back up spilling and sloshing over with life. No coin has been exchanged and I walk away royalty.
**So what do I do with these posts, you ask, other than just read them? First, if you haven’t yet, read: Why I Adore to give you a context for this little space on my blog. (This post also gives context.)
If you are compelled, I invite you to participate. Set up a space and time in your own life to begin adoring. Over laundry or dinner dishes, on your commute to work, or in the wee morning hours — five or ten minutes is a great start. You can use the verse I list here every day or two as a launch pad for your own adoration.
Then practice praise.
Add to my adoration here, by posting a comment with your own words back to God about God …or hide it in your heart. Or wait until a Monday and link up to my adoration posts (beginning October 17th) with your own adoration.
I promise your weary soul won’t regret it.
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