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Intimacy Begins with Jesus

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

It’s hard sometimes to imagine that the Living Lord Jesus longs for an intimate relationship with us, that he would call to our hearts and invite us to come and talk with him. But he does! What does intimacy with Jesus look like?

I think David, the Psalmist, helps us here. A new level of intimacy with Jesus begins with Jesus! He is the one who initiates the relationship and wants to be with you and me. David’s heart is open and responsive to this incredible invitation as he declares: “LORD, I’m coming!” Is your heart open to hear God drawing you to spend time with Him? He longs to hear your heart and share His with you.

In her book, The Love Exchange: An Adventure in Prayer, Margaret Therkelesen shares how she entered into a deeper level of intimacy with Jesus as He led her to spend 3 minutes a day just loving Jesus and praising Him for who He is. Sometimes she would read a Psalm, sing a hymn, or just Him tell how much she loved Him. Then, she would spend 3 minutes receiving God’s love. She would read scripture verses that speak of His love (like Psalm 139) and would believe it! In the quietness of her heart, God began to speak.

Is your heart open to Jesus? As He calls you to come and talk to Him, what will your response be? I invite you in the next week to set aside 6 minutes a day to tell Jesus how much you love Him and to receive His love for you.

I’d love to hear about what He shows you in your time with Him.

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About Stephanie

Stephanie Hogan has had a love for Jesus and people since she began leading discipleship groups in high school. She has a master's degree in counseling and loves offering God's hope and healing through His Word as she speaks at women's retreats across the country. Stephanie serves as Director of Titus Women, a ministry of the Francis Asbury Society.

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