This One Thing I Ask, This Only Do I Seek…

(Psalm 27:4-6 TPT – “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face; filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. In His shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me, for He hides me there in His holiness. He has smuggled me into His secret place where I’m kept safe and secure.”)

Each morning as I sit with The Lord and just bask in His Presence, I find that I am continuously enamored by His love and His goodness. I’m always amazed by how sweetly Papa God lures me into His Presence as I worship Him and how tenderly He speaks to my heart as I just lie at His feet.

Verse four of the NIV of today’s focal verses say, “One thing I ask from The Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of The Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

This morning I had a moment with The Lord where I was just soaking in His Presence. As I was lying before Him, I closed my eyes, turned all of my affection towards Him, and simply waited for the sweetness of His voice. In doing that, I saw what appeared to be a candle lit chamber. It almost reminded me of a place where you would have an intimate dinner with someone, yet there were no actual candles only flickers and reflections of light. In this place, there was nothing but space; no walls, no ceiling, and no floor. And this is what Abba spoke to my heart, “Here, on the inside of you, is where I’ll meet you. This is the most intimate secret place there is. This is where you’ll experience and encounter the deepest depths of My love for you. For here, in this place, it will always be just Me and just you. This is where you’ll hear My voice. This is where the deep in Me will call out to the deep in you. This is our place of Spirit to spirit. This is where I will reveal to you wisdom, revelation, and the secret treasures of heaven. This is where you will sit with Me and you and I will dream, make plans, and beautifully create together. This is the place where My living water will gather and flow from within you. For it is this place, that the power of My Presence is ignited within you. Beloved, it is here, in this place, that you will be empowered to do the impossible. This is your place of rest, but it is also your source of power. For it is here, that I will renew your strength for you to soar like the eagles. And it is here, in this place, that when you seek Me, you will always find Me waiting to be with you every minute and every second of each day.”

If our bodies are temples that belong to The Lord— a place where His Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 6:19 VOICE)—  where His kingdom lies within us (Luke 17:20-22 AMPC), then I would like to propose to you that perhaps when Papa says you’ll seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13 AMP), it could simply mean that the deepest and most intimate place that you can find His Presence is actually within yourself. Perhaps, when He says, Arise, My darling, My beautiful one, come with Me” (Song Of Songs 2:10 NIV), it could be as simple as stilling yourself and your thoughts long enough to find Him within yourself and from that place you can start this beautiful journey of being led and taught by His Spirit. From this place you have the honor and pleasure of being able to intimately and continuously commune and converse with Him or to simply just be with Him.

I am a woman who fervently believes in having a secret place such as a prayer room or prayer closet where you can meet with The Lord daily. I’ve encountered and experienced Papa God in my own secret place in ways that I can’t even begin to describe to you, so I can tell you from personal experience that I know that The Lord will honor us seeking Him from those places.  However, I don’t think that it’s the space or rooms in the physical places that we create to meet with Him that mean the most to Him. I believe that it’s the room and the atmosphere that we prepare and set within our hearts—that sacred space that we create within ourselves as His temples that truly capture His heart.

That place on the inside of us is where He dwells waiting for us to still and silence everything else to meet Him there. That place is where our relationship with Him begins and is perpetually deepened. That place is sacred and it’s where we will always connect with and to Him in the deepest and most intimate of ways. It is there that He will reveal His heart to us and teach us the great and unsearchable things that we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV).

Today’s focal passage of Scripture says, “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face; filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. In His shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me, for He hides me there in His holiness. He has smuggled me into His secret place where I’m kept safe and secure.” 

We have this timeless invitation from The Lord to live in the truth of those verses every single day. Meaning there is never a moment where we can’t enter in and be with Him. It is my prayer that if you are reading this today, that you would accept Papa’s invitation daily and diligently seek His face from that sacred place within yourself where He is patiently waiting and longing to meet and be with you.

Abba, I just want to start by saying that we are deeply in love with You and eternally grateful for the beautiful gift of the veil being torn allowing us complete access to intimately be and commune with You. You are so loving and so merciful— truly a good, good Father and perfect in all of Your ways. We are lovers of Your Holy Presence and we surrender our will to Yours with the sweetest longing in our hearts and souls to have more of You every single second of our lives. Lord, we make a covenant with You to seek You daily from the secret and sacred place on the inside of us where You patiently await to meet with us each day. Papa, we trust You, we honor You, and we thank You for the precious and powerful treasure that is Your Holy Spirit in which You have so graciously gifted and entrusted to us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“He who dwells in the secret place of The Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of The Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” – (Psalm 91:1 AMPC)

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I actually have two books of the week for you guys this week from two lovely friends of mine who happen to be beautiful women of God. I pray that your hearts will be blessed by their words. I know that these books will be a great blessing to you all, but I have honor of giving away one signed copy of each. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be praying over each person who does and I’ll give the books away to the person(s) that I hear Holy Spirit saying could benefit from them the most. The winners will then be notified via email and social media.

Book 1: “Peace Of A Lifetime: Embracing A Life Of Hope, Wholeness, And Harmony Through Emotional Abundanceby Lisa Springer Murray

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Book 2: “Embracing The Race: 40 Devotions For The Runner’s Soul” by Lisa Preuett

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The Importance Of Prayer + (“Incense Rising” Giveaway)

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(Psalm 141:2 NLV- May my prayer be like special perfume before You. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship.)

Today’s focal verse holds such a special place in my heart. On January 10th of this year, I had a dream in which I saw the words of this verse come to life.

In this particular dream, I saw myself lie down and start to pray, yet there was this immediate cognizance that I was in Papa God’s Presence. The words of my prayers were leaving my lips and ascending before Him in what appeared to be hundreds of little folded journal pages.

I didn’t have revelation of what the dream actually meant until I woke up the next morning, sat before The Lord in worship, and began to write it down in my prayer journal. It was in that moment, that Holy Spirit revealed to me that God was giving me heaven’s view and His perspective of what it looks like when I pray. He was allowing me to see how sacred and dear my prayers were and still are to His heart.

I share this with you guys because if you’ve been a follower of “A.S.-K.S.” for any amount of time then you know that I’m avid prayer journaler. I keep record of my personal prayers, how Abba answers those prayers, and also how He speaks to me whether it be through His Word, dreams, visions, or simply just the sweetness of the inner voice of Holy Spirit whispering  truth to and within my heart and spirit.

You see, because God knows how much I treasure writing out my thoughts and prayers to Him, He designed the structure of my dream in a way that was special and personal to me and the intimate way that He and I converse in the secret place with one another.

How many of you know that what The Lord did for me, He’ll do the same for you? He will reveal things to us in a way that is sacred to our personal relationship with Him just to let us know that He’s listening, but we first have to be willing to speak.

I think sometimes in our humanness we may feel or think that our prayers aren’t heard or that they’ve simply gone unnoticed. But, I sit here writing you this morning as a living testimony that Papa not only hears, but sees our prayers as well. When we take the time to intimately commune with Him our words truly capture and ravish His heart. 

However, I believe the true treasure is found in His response to us. His answers to our prayers are always immersed within this profound love that is so pure, perfect, and true. His Words don’t just capture our hearts, but They cling to the soul and spirit radiantly providing light, love, hope, beauty, promise, life, and truth.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to converse with God, the only thing that matters is that we do. Our words are sacred to Him whether they’re spoken or written. He just simply loves when we make the choice to be with Him.

Just in casual conversation with other believers, I’ve found that praying doesn’t come natural to everyone.  And not that there’s this secret magic formula that you have to remember when it comes to prayer. I think the majority of my most precious moments in God’s Presence have been the times that I’ve just sat with Him, spoken very little, but listened very intently.

At the same time, I do believe that there are a few essential tools that help usher us into The Lord’s Presence and help us to connect with His heart a little more intimately.

One of those things being a good devotional. I say that because a lot of devotionals will not only aid you in becoming familiar with Scripture, but can also help you to commit and focus on setting time aside daily to be alone with God. A lot of them also end with a prayer that you can read through and speak over your life which I think can be helpful in developing a habit of praying everyday.

If I had to recommend a great devotional for you to read it would be “Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer” which was actually written by my lovely friend, Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Within the pages of “Incense Rising”, each day, you’ll find a different topic to focus on that will help inspire you to seek The Lord on a deeper level, a focal verse or passage of Scripture to read, an encouraging word from Carolyn, a verse to commit to memory, a recommended passage of Scripture that you’ll have to open your Bible to read, a different name of God that will help you to call out to Him more intimately, practical words from Carolyn to aid you in truly walking in your new found intimacy with The Lord, and then an ending prayer that all you have to do is read and receive.

I know that this book will be an incredible blessing to you all, but I have honor of giving away only one signed copy. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be praying over each person who does and I’ll give it away to the person that I hear Holy Spirit saying could benefit from it the most. The winner will then be notified via email and social media. If you would like to purchase a copy of “Incense Rising”, you’ll find the links to do so located below in the Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week.

In closing, this is my prayer for you: I pray that as you seek The Lord, He would fill and surround you with the precious gift that is His Presence. I pray that you would truly come to know Him intimately and that His pure and perfect love would overtake you drawing you deeper unto Him. I pray that your greatest joys would be found in the moments that you’ve simply said yes to being with Him. I speak life and love over you and I bless you in Jesus’ name— Amen and so be it!

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I Give You MY Heart

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(Ezekiel 36:26 NIV- I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.)

This evening as I was just soaking in The Presence of God, I had a vision that left me weeping with tears of joy and praising The Lord for Him allowing me to experience and encounter Him in such an intimate and profoundly beautiful way.

In this vision, I saw myself in a white flowing dress standing on what seemed to be a golden-paved pathway. The pathway was very long and on both sides of it there was this smoke arising that had a sweet-smelling aroma to it. I say smoke, but it was more like a vapor because there was a mist within it.

I knew that I was in The Presence of The Lord and I felt this gentle tug upon my heart and noticed that without me ever taking a step His love was drawing me closer to Him. I never actually moved to walk, but before I knew it I was standing right in front of Him.

I never saw The Lord Himself, but through this vapor-like cloud I saw His hand stretch out and begin to open as if He was going to place something within my hand. As I opened my hand He placed within it this beautiful, bright red, heart-shaped ruby.

I closed my hand and drew it to my heart as we naturally often do with the things that we cherish. As I placed my closed hand over my heart I felt the heart that He had placed in my hand begin beat. When I opened my hand, what I saw was that that little heart-shaped ruby had been transformed and it was now in a beautiful gold setting that was connected to a gold necklace that was somehow already around my neck. And within the gold setting, the heart was pulsating with Life.

When my hand let go of this little heart that now beating with The Life of our Lord, it fell to my chest and it was hanging perfectly positioned over my heart.

I closed my eyes to savor the moment— this precious, Life-giving, life-changing moment where I could physically feel The Father’s heartbeat drumming against my own. In doing that, I began to intently focus on the rhythm of His heart and the very second I did that, my heart began to beat in perfect tune with His.

Perhaps there was more that The Lord was going to show me tonight, but I was so undone by the river of His love that began to wash over me the very instance that our hearts started beat as one that tears of worship and adoration began to uncontrollably stream down my cheeks and there was this praise leaping within my soul that was longing to cry out to Him and couldn’t be contained any longer.

I’m sharing this with you guys because I want you to know and understand that when The Lord said that He would give us a new heart and a new Spirit, He truly and wholeheartedly meant those very words. I think we often have the understanding that it’s just a metaphor of the transformation that takes place on the inside us once we’ve accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but I’m here to tell you that it’s so much more than that.

If we’re willing, God will not just give us a new heart, but His heart; a heart that doesn’t just beat because of Him in the sense that He’s our source of life or for Him in the sense that that’s how we offer ourselves to Him in worship, but a heart that beats with Him and with His heart.

In receiving His heart, you’ll effortlessly feel His everlasting love for you. As your heart begins to beat in perfect rhythm with His you’ll begin to hear Him whispering to your heart His beloved thoughts towards you and all of the incredible plans that He has for your life.

Abba, as You give us Your heart and pour out Your Holy Spirit within and upon us, give us the understanding and knowing to receive, embrace, and cherish it as not just mere words or as this metaphoric Christian ritual, but as Your very Life that You are so freely gifting to us that we may intimately know You and commune with You every single day of our lives. Lord, You and You alone are worthy. We love You and our hearts beat with affection, adoration, and gratitude toward You as The One True Living God and The Lover of our souls. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.” ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 15 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me today and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

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