This morning I woke to sunshine streaming in the window and a song on my heart. The voice sounded like me but it was deep within me. I am used to this and I think I take it for granted sometimes.

“*Draw Me Close to You. Never let me go. I lay it all down again, to hear You say that I’m Your friend…”.

As I puttered around the house, putting Silver Salve on a spot on my leg that wants to break out in cellulitis and wrapping it to help it not swell too much, boiling water for tea and cooking breakfast and ignoring the pile of dishes in the sink that are still waiting for my attention, I heard this song over and over and over. Sometimes I would smile because it makes me happy to hear it…even when I burnt myself and cursed out loud, I could hear this song.

“Draw me close to you. Never let me go. I’ll lay it all down again to hear you say that I’m Your friend…”

With my cup of tea and my plate I walked out to my work space and made myself comfortable so I could eat my meal while I checked in with Facebook and considered emails before I set into my work, I heard this song.

“Draw me close to you. Never let me go. I’ll lay it all down again to hear you say that I’m Your friend…”

My FB Friend, Maggie posted that she too woke up hearing praise songs, in fact she had heard them in her sleep all night. I commented with my song…then I scrolled down and interacted with other friends until I saw a video clip shared by someone I care about. I knew I should stay away from this one…

I avoid the talk of what is going on in the world with Isis and war because it makes me hurt in the deepest way, so that it is almost crippling, as someone with the gift of feeling what others feel might understand. I made the mistake of watching this clip and felt so desperate, but My God already knew I would need Him today and that is why I woke up with “Draw Me Close” on my heart.

“Draw me close to you. Never let me go. I’ll lay it all down again to hear you say that I’m Your friend…”.

And in my sadness that threatened to inhabit my morning I heard this song and realized I needed to continue reading Jonah, because my goal it so read the entire book and hear what God is telling me this week. There are only 3 chapters so I am almost done. This is the scripture that jumped out to me and although I felt it bring me joy while I read it, I didn’t realize how much it answered my sadness from only moments before I opened my bible and continued my study, until I read it again, after posting it on Facebook:

When my soul fainted within me,

I remember the Lord;

And my prayer went up to You,

Into Your holy temple.

Those who regard worthless idols

Forsake their own Mercy.

But I will sacrifice to You

With the voice of thanksgiving;

I will pay what I have vowed

Salvation is of the Lord.

Jonah 2:7-9

I am so thankful for My God. He has known me and saved me and He has planned my path and prepared my way. Even in the quiet He is saving me from myself and from darkness that would love to steal my light.

I pray you are blessed by this message. I also pray that you have an understanding of salvation. If you would like prayer or would like me to pray with you please Contact me.

If you would like to know Jesus as your friend, but want to make this amazing commitment by yourself please pray something like this:

Thank you Jesus that You are the Son of God, the God that created heaven and earth. Thank you Jesus that You came to earth in the form of a man so that You would be able to empathize with my humanity. Thank You that You did this in order to fulfill the promises You made at the foundation of the world.

I realize that I am a sinner and do things that hurt myself and keep myself away from you. Thank You that You died for my sins so that You could defeat death and bring me into Your life. Please forgive me.

I ask You to be Lord of my life. I ask you to heal my hurts and show me what my new life, empowered by You looks like. Thank You for Your mercy.

Amen

The Lord is with you always,

Summer

*Draw Me Close by Michael W. Smith

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