Dear Jesus

What I search for in My children is an awakened soul that thrills to the Joy of My Presence! I created mankind to glorify and enjoy Me forever. I provide the Joy; your part is to glorify Me by living close to Me.

Dear Jesus, I long to have a fully awakened soul! I’ve discovered that nothing is more satisfying than the Joy of your Presence. However, I’m often subject to a slumbering soul: taking for granted my life with all its blessings, being overly focused on negative things, buying into the world’s version of the good life. Help me break free from these worldly weights, so my soul can soar in the heights with You.

Beloved, the fact that you yearn for an awakened soul is itself a source of pleasure to Me. Many of My children view devotion to Me as a duty, and they look elsewhere for their pleasures. They fail to understand that the Joy of My Presence outshines even the most delightful earthly joy. Of course, it is not an either/or situation. You don’t have to choose between enjoying Me or enjoying the many good gifts I provide. It is simply a matter of priorities: I want you to treasure Me above all else. Actually, the more fully you enjoy Me, the more capacity you have to appreciate the blessings I shower upon you. When you make Me your ultimate Pleasure, you glorify Me by desiring closeness with Me. As you delight in Me, I am free to bless you with many things that please you. If you keep Me first in your life, My good gifts will not become idols. Delight yourself in Me, and I will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
~ 2 Chronicles 16:9

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.    ~ Acts 2:28

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
~ James 1:17

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
~ Psalm 37:4

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