"Our relationship with God and that time we spend with Him in secret is what should and WILL maintain our joy and peace. It is ultimately God's word and time we spend seeking HIM that defines us."
I so agree, Grace By The Lake, and I know that giving first place to Jesus is what I most need in my life. It is too easy to get caught up in self, and, as a result, try to give to others out of a need to satisfy my own ego. If I am not serving you and others out of a pure heart for Jesus and out of genuine love and grace, seeking nothing in return, I need more time with the Lord; for my "love tank" is not full, and none other than Christ Jesus can fill me. Reaching out to you or anyone else will only act as a siphon on us both unless I first go to the Lord to be nourished in His Perfect Love. For He pours out to us endlessly from His abundant storehouse of riches in Christ Jesus, and there is no end to His bounty. I need to look into the mirror of my soul, and if I do not see Jesus shining back at me, then I am not prepared to give out to others until I get fed. For I have to be able to give you Jesus in me, for without Him, I am nothing.
Thank you, Grace By The Lake. Truly, you could not have spoken truer words. Jesus alive in me is my Comforter! Amen! Alleluia!