These two words make me want to just take a really deep breath and say, "Here we go!"
I know the topics I'll be covering this week and even the assignments that are required of me. It's going to be a very full week!
As I've been praying over this day - Monday - the Holy Spirit continued to send one word to my heart... STEADFAST.
I've been praying over the meaning of this word for a while. I love this word. It occurs throughout scripture in the ESV translation 193 times! I've even written a few blogs about this word and the verses that spoke to my heart.
Lately JP and I have started this little routine. And I think it's a picture of God's steadfast love for us.
At no specific time - it could be morning, evening, or smack dab in the middle of the day - JP & I will have this little dialogue,
JP: "Mommy, I love you."
Me: "JP, I love you too."
JP: "I love you all day & all night."
Me: "I love you even while I'm sleeping."
JP: "I love you even while I'm at recess."
Me: "I love you even while I'm at school."
JP: "I love you even while I'm riding my bike."
At this point, this usually reminds him he'd like to be riding his bike and off he runs. I love this time with him. I think about it throughout the day and it makes me smile.
I think it originated after reading "Guess How Much I Love You" - where the rabbits try to show just how much they love each other by increasing the size of things.
But as I was thinking about this word, STEADFAST, I got this picture in my head. God never sleeps or takes a nap. He can love me & care for me while He's doing something else - He NEVER stops loving me. No matter what!
Kind of like JP loving me while he's playing at recess or riding his bike... God's faithfulness NEVER ceases. I may not always feel the warm & fuzzies of His love in my day to day activities - but that doesn't mean it's not there! I must focus on His steadfast love and let it make me smile.
If I can remember a 4-year old's words in the middle of the day and let them encourage me - then how much more should I focus on God's words and let them sustain me!
Today, I must admit, it feels a little as if my foot may be slipping, but this verse assures me I'm going to be okay.
Psalm 94:18 (ESV)
When I thought, "My foot slips,"
Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.