Overwhelmed by God!

Rod Shimabukuro

"May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
This prayer is simple, powerful, life changing and very much needed. I need this prayer this morning.

Paul writes of God's faithfulness and protection from the evil one for the church, while confident that they are following through, obeying his commands. As if Paul knows that for every believer, our hearts need direction - direction to know, understand and experience God's unconditional love and a Jesus kind of perseverance!
This morning, in the hustle and bustle of life, raising kids, working to be the best husband I can be, trying to keep up with household maintenance and chores, fulfilling the enormous responsibilities as a leader and pastor at New Hope - and everything in between...My Heart needs Direction!

My heart gets overwhelmed at times, but having my heart directed towards God's love and growing in understanding of how much He loves me, is for me, wants to bless me, is with me...that's more overwhelming!! I overwhelmed by His peace, His presence of love that has filled my heart as I meditate on Paul's prayer!

Now I choose again, to persevere, keeping Jesus in mind and heart. God is directing my heart to remember that Jesus gave all, went all out, endured and persevered so that I don't' have to live overwhelmed by life. He was overwhelmed and persevered that I might live overwhelmed by His love, understanding that I live on the heels of what Jesus already did for me - having persevered for me.

Ah-h-h-h-h-h....I sense His overwhelming love and peace!
Thanks God - for directing my heart and thoughts back to the simple, life changing truth of growing in understanding Your love!! Thanks Jesus, for persevering that I might rest and have peace in you. Forgive me for being overwhelmed with life at times. Help me to remember that I can live overwhelmed by Your presence of love!

Devotions for May 19

1 Kings 4,5
2 Chronicles 2
Psalms 101
2 Thessalonians 3

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