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Laura, I want you to remember that I will NEVER leave you or forsake you. You will never be too heavy for me to carry. You think of me as a man who would easily tire of carrying someone around for thirty minutes but my arms are huge and strong, the arms that created the universe…. the hands that hold the Earth. Surely with this strength you do not think carrying you and your burdens would be too much for me. Do not feel guilty for leaving your burdens and pain with me. They are but the weight of a grain of sand in my hands… so give them to me and let me keep them.

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Lord, I cry out to you (sometimes literally) and feels like you aren’t listening, or that if you are listening, you don’t care.

I am listening, Laura, and I do care, but you can’t just ask. You’ve also got to receive. You get so uptight and you leave my gift setting on the shelf. You have to pick up the peace, healing, or wisdom you are crying out for.

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I love you so much Lord! I am so hungry for your presence! Come into this place, I pray.I need you Lord! I need your tangible presence!

Just stand and wait Laura. It’s just you and me here.

Lord, for some reason, when you spoke those words, I crumbled. For some reason, all the expectation of who I am and should be and how I would act, crumble. Thank you, Lord, for setting me free!

I love you Laura. If you will learn to see this as that place, that one oasis where it is just you and me, you won’t have any more trouble keeping these daily devotion times.Right now, you hold on so tightly to stay on the tightrope that you’re constantly tense, constantly under pressure. I want you to let that go in my presence and I will help you to let it go during the day as well. Lean on me Laura. Relax.

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Precious Lord, please reveal your heart to me.

My heart hurts when yours hurts. When that deep, gut-wrenching, breathtaking cry comes out, my hands are on your shoulders and the tears run down my cheeks as well. I am with you and I understand your pain.

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Lord, it’s been a long day. It’s good to finally spend time with you.

Laura, the only reason you should ever miss me is if you are not taking time to listen to me throughout the day. I am always with you and am always willing to speak if you will turn your ear toward me and listen.

Laura, you notice as you lean back and close your eyes how you feel my presence surround you; as you pray in the Spirit how close my presence seems? I want you to practice this throughout the day tomorrow. Each time you sit at a red light, just relax and pray in tongues. You will be surprised by how much this will change your attitude throughout the day.

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Laura,

Would you let me take this doubt from your mind? This is why praise is so important. When you declare my goodness, when you declare my faithfulness, when you declare my love, it dispels doubt and fear.

These years of pain, tears, and intercession are much like the labor pains of a woman. Though the pain and tears last for the night, my joy comes in the morning. The pain is worth it. New life will be born. The person you are praying for will come home to me.

I thank you, Lord, for every victory that was won through my prayers tonight. Thank you, Lord, for freedom.

Laura, don’t forget that I understand your weaknesses and I am not angry with you when you mess up. I love you. All that I ask is that you come to me and ask for forgiveness when you mess up. Seek me and you will find me true. Don’t cower in your sin and disgrace. Come to me so I can remove it. I have felt your pain. I have carried your weights. I am with you every minute of every day. It is up to you, though, to lean on me for strength and to give me those burdens that are too heavy to bear. Trust me Laura. I love you! I LOVE YOU! I love you!