Happy Birthday ‘Merica!

I never want to take for granted that I live in a country, a young one at that, where liberty and freedom abounds.  I want to always be aware that it came with a cost – a high price – and that God was at the very center of it’s formation.  On this day, and always, I simply say, “God, continue to bless America.”


Something for You

2012-07-25 09.01.55I love writing in my journal.  There’s something crazy therapeutic about it.  I also love writing on my blog.  I love putting words to paper and stringing them together in sentences that paint pictures your mind can’t quickly erase.

But more than that, I love writing what He says to me.  I love hearing His voice, seeing pictures He puts in my mind’s eye and writing those down.  There’s something life-giving about Papa speaking words to me – me.  The King of the Universe talks to me.  And I love it.

So for my return to blogging after a month hiatus post, I thought I would journal and ask Him what He wanted to say to you, the readers.  If you have any questions about two-way journaling or hearing God’s voice or even what I’ve written below, feel free to email me (mary@maryhess.com) or leave a comment.

Father, what do You want to say to my readers today?  What’s on your heart for the readers of my blog?

I love you.  I want to be with you - every minute of every day.  We can talk about anything and everything – really.  I want to be a part of your life if you’ll allow Me.  There’s nothing too mundane, too small or too boring about you!  I just want to hang out, to laugh, to enjoy your company!  My heart is to show you love and have an intimate relationship with you.  It’s easy.  It’s fun.  It’s life-giving. When you cry, I want to cheer you up.  When you  receive a promotion, I want to celebrate with you.  When you have big decisions to make, I want to be involved.

But more than that, I just want to be with you.  Sometimes that may look like sitting on the couch and watching TV.  Sometimes it may look like taking a walk together in the evening through the neighborhood.  I care.  I care about everything.  I love knowing you want Me around – not just for church, not just for prayer time, not just during morning devotions – but that you actually want Me around all day, every day.

I have so much I want to say to you.  I have things to share – stories to tell.  I want to share it all with you.  All you have to do is just say that you want it too. You can practice being in My company just as much as you can practice being in My presence.  It’s true, you know.  You can be in My presence all day long because I promised to be with you always and never to leave you.  But you can totally miss being in My company if you don’t take a moment to say hello and engage with Me throughout the day.

I want to be in your company.  Because I love you.