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Montana: Day One

Each year, I have been so blessed to be able to come to Montana just to be with Jesus and hear from Him, be refreshed by Him, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of His creation. The whole earth is filled with His glory! (Is 6:3)

As I sat with the Lord and then went on a hike on East Rosebud, the Lord kept revealing things to me about His love:

There was this HUGE tree with hundreds of roots, and the Lord said that His love roots us so deeply, that we fear nothing, nor are we disturbed with what goes on around us.

Ephesians 3:16-19 says, "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

On the hike, we stopped at an opening, where I took this picture, and as I sat quietly with the Lord, here are some things that He brought to my mind:

The love of God is like a waterfall:

-Strong enough to wash all debris away

-Constant enough to never end

-Flowing enough to soak everything it touches

-Beautiful enough to overwhelm with wonder

-Loud enough to draw you in

Sit with the Lord and ponder these five things above for yourself.

What do they mean for you?

The love of God can absolutely wash everything away: sin, unforgiveness, shame, pain, hurt, and fear. The love of God never ends, no matter what. It is constant. The love of God, when allowed to, will penetrate every place it touches when it flows into your heart, as well as, when it flows from your heart to others. The way the Lord loves is so beautiful, so individualized, so sacred, so unfathomable, so rich, so gentle, so sweet, and so amazing that we are left with humble awe and wonder that we are it's object. And the Father's deep, abiding love draws us into His heart.

Psalm 42:7 says "Deep calls to deep in the roars of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers

have swept over me."

As I looked up to the rock formations, the mountains had ridges and crevices all in them, and I heard, "Where it runs, it leaves a mark to show where it has traveled. It runs down to the deepest depths and never stops til it reaches there."

When you truly experience and encounter God's love, it marks you deeply. His love never stops, as it is after those deep places that need His healing love.

May you both experience and encounter the love of God and be encouraged today. He loves you so!

How deep the Father's love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen One

Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross

My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there

Until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life

I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything

No gifts, no power, no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ

His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

Songwriter: Stuart Townend

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