“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
I love this verse. The New Living Translation actually reads: My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.
From cradle to grave, there are so many things that we want to be. A dancer, a firefighter, a parent, a spouse. Some of those dreams come true, some remain dreams, and some morph into deeper and stronger realities.
There are so many things that find their way into our identities, that we never wanted to be. An addict, a sinner, ill, alone. We find ourselves facing circumstances that we had no plans for, that we could never feel prepared for.
Through all of these dreams and realities there is only one thing that Jesus has ever asked of us. He has never dictated our profession or our goals. Christ has never demanded that we follow a certain route, and there are sufferings He does not rescue us from.
But there is one thing He just won’t budge on. One thing on which He insists. No matter the clutter of the rest of our lives, there’s one thing we must be in order to satisfy God’s requirements.
That one thing is: Be Mine.
That’s it. Just “Be Mine.”
“All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before My Father and His angels that they are mine” (Revelation 3:5)
Isn’t the most romantic Valentine you’ve ever heard? He writes your name in the Book of Life. Mine looks something like this:
Shelly + Jesus = 4Ever <3
Do you belong to Him yet? If not, then the invitation is for you. He’s the Lover of your soul.
And He whispers, “Be Mine.”
Prayer: Valentine, You overwhelm us with Your acceptance. You pour Your unfailing love out to us so generously, so tenderly. We thank You, and we love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
Have you considered that the Lord wants to be your Valentine?
In this song, “O God of Mine” Rita Springer sings some precious words I am sure will touch you. Shelly thought you would be blessed by this song, as well as the video, that has some beautiful imagery of nature. -Lisa