I have been involved in a Deeper Waters event yesterday and today and it continues on tonight and tomorrow. Deeper Waters is a ministry my husband and I stumbled into through Facebook of all places. It’s a ministry that brings hope to people, businesses, nations, etc. Hope? We all have hope if we are Christians, right? I thought so until I stumbled into Deeper Water’s very 1st meeting of “Champions of Hope” almost one year ago.
Hopelessness can creep up on you when you least expect it. And no one is exempt from it. No one. When you listen to those little suggestions about yourself that is demeaning and negative – hopelessness and despair can set in. Those things are all lies because God thinks so much more of you. He sees you in a totally different way – the way He made you to be. You are everything to Him.
Well, you may be surprised how hard that is to believe about yourself. Oh, we all believe that we should love our neighbors as ourselves – but most of us do not love ourselves. Therefore we do not love our neighbors. OH! Sorry. Ouch.
Well, today at one of the meetings, a nice man from Indiana (I think) wanted to pray with me when we were asked to pair up and pray and encourage each other. He told me a story of something that happened to him as a very young boy. He felt he should tell me this story and then related it to me and how God feels about me. Wow. It is so amazing how a simple childhood story that happened to someone else can have a wonderful impact on another! It did just that. Impacted me and put a big warm fuzzy smile on my face!
Get close to Jesus, listen to the heart of God. Take the time to really listen and know that what He longs for from you is to just love on you and spend time with you. He knows you best.
www.bobhartley.org for more info on Deeper Waters (and check out the team members – you’ll see me)