Intimacy with the Lord
Even when Russ was a little boy in the Catholic church, his heart burned with passion to know God more. His greatest desire in life is to fall deeper in love with God and to see others fall deeply in love with Him as well.
Each one of us were purposefully created to have a daily, personal, and intimate relationship with God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. God loves you dearly and He has an amazing plan for your life. Open your heart, mind, and life to all that He wants to accomplish in you and through you!
Below are some excerpts from Russ' personal journal that we hope will encourage you to grow closer to God and become everything He's created you to be!
October 31, 2014
What else is there worth living for but 100% abandonment to all that you are God? You are the source of life, breath, health, joy, and all goodness. May my family and I always keep you at the #1 spot in our lives. Your plans are perfectly good and they are worth following with full attention and energy. Take everything. Take all of me and cause it to be aligned with who You are and what you're doing in my life; both now and forever. Have your way in me. Passion, hunger, thirst, desperation, longing. We're lost, empty, clueless, and starving without You, Lord. Align us with the Kingdom and Spiritual realm. May the fire in Your eyes burn within us too, oh God. Your fire ignites, cleanses, burns away the dry and the dead. It makes way for new growth. It intrigues, mesmerizes, and captivates. It burns off impurities. It softens which allows for molding and shaping. It protects from outside enemies and intruders.
January 10, 2014
God, help me to know You and Your word more than anything. May I be as close to You as a human possibly can this side of eternity. I want to fall in love with You again and again and see others fall in love with You as well.
October 9, 2013
Where to next? It may not be where you think and the way you get there may not be the way you expected either. God has an amazing plan for your life but His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His plan and His will are pleasing and perfect. Will you believe and trust that the path He leads you on will eventually get you to where He is calling you? Keep an open mind, a soft heart, and a sensitive spirit to what He is saying and doing. This will keep you from giving up, walking away, or losing sight of the journey and process it will take to get you to your God-given destiny.
August 28, 2009
I love you God. I want to see the world fall in love with you.
August 10, 2009
Help us Lord to walk in the path of life; to rest and trust in Your blessing over our lives. May we find ourselves in a constant state of relaxation because we position ourselves in Your wisdom. Cause us to always be in harmony with Who You are and what You're doing in our lives. Help us to trust You more and better.
July 31, 2009
God, I want to serve You, work for You, follow You, trust You. I need to get to the place where I am only moved by Your moving. I need to live in a place where the thoughts , opinions, praises, criticisms, acceptance, and rejection of others does not alter my mental, emotional, or spiritual state. To move only when You move and yet be unmovable when everything around me is swirling around at a million miles an hour and falling to pieces. Cause me to step when You step, stay still when You're still, speak when You speak, and be silent when You are silent.
December 28, 2007
May I rise above the storm and rest upon the clouds of your presence; living in the clear and unaltered brightness of your Sun.
February 6, 2006
Lord, help me to focus on Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness. Hold me against Your chest and help me rest. May my mind and my heart be unveiled to see Your beauty. May I be captivated by Your beauty. Keep my eyes focused on You.
February 5, 2006
May my life reflect You, look like You, smell like You, act like You, respond and react like You, submit to the Father like You, weep like You, laugh like You, pray like You, honor God like You, love my neighbor like You, take care of my family like You, walk like You through each moment of the day. Nothing I desire can compare with You. Better is one day in Your courts, than a thousand elsewhere. One thing I ask, Oh Lord, and this is what I seek; to dwell in Your house all the days of my life, and to gaze upon Your beauty in Your Temple. To know You, and to be known by You. To know You as I am known. What else is there? To know You and walk with You through each moment of each day. To honor You with even my thoughts and intentions; this is the high calling of discipleship.
February 4, 2006
To speak wholesome, obedient words that the Father has given me. This is what it means to no longer live, but to have Christ live through an individual. When one is empty, broken; with no thought or intention of his own stemming from past hurt and bitterness, or preconceived cleverness and opinionated ideas which are not submitted to God. To not speak, until the conversation warrants a response, and/or God prompts one to speak. This is meekness and humility. How can God, and why would God, use such a man until his spirit has been broken into submission and obedience, lest God be incorrectly and misleadingly represented. For if we say we are Christian, than we directly align ourselves with Christ, who He is; His character, nature, all He would say and do. God must be careful in who He chooses to represent His Son; lest the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven, God Himself, along with His intentions and purposes for mankind, be grossly misunderstood and misrepresented. For God does not change or move from His place of integrity - He is firm and can not be swayed by man, nor should the one whom has been chosen to represent Him. What a high and seemingly unattainable call He has placed on men. But God is faithful; for this is the authority structure He has established. We must simply and obediently align ourselves to what He is doing in our lives.
February 9, 2005
All that matters is that each individual person does what God asks of them at each moment in their life. Unless God has spoken, we should mind our business concerning others' lives. Otherwise, we may confuse the individual, cause them to stumble, to feel guilt or shame that is of man, and/or force them to carry burdens that only we were meant to follow at that time.
February 3, 2005
Help me Lord to speak of things I wish to be remembered for. May my body flourish with health as I align myself with Your Spirit's leading. May Your grace and will pour over us; drenching our being so all we know is to follow and obey You. I want to go deeper with You; know You more intimately, understand You more soundly. Draw me, lead me; help me to shed another layer and become more like You and less like me.
January 23, 2005
You love me more than I will ever know. Remind me of Your love and Fathering over me. To see Your gentle care; Your big, strong loving arms. Your sweet and gentle eyes of grace and kindness. May I fall into a deeper level of love with You.
January 22, 2005
Cause me to be soft, humble, respectful, a servant whose only desire is to obey and please his Master.
January 19, 2005
I feel a blazing fire in my bones, like a glowing furnace of red, orange, and white hot coals. Longing, pushing to become all God has for me. May everything be Your initiative, timing, grace, and will. I love You. I want to be partners with You, accountable to You, working for You. There is MORE to GOD than what we're experiencing on a Sunday morning. AMEN. May I live it and help others to do the same.
January 9, 2005
Cause us to quietly yet brightly shine - that men may be drawn to You.
January 6, 2005
I seek only God's direction for my life. May everything else be a brick wall, a closed door, a place of 0 grace, motivation, passion, and desire. Flush me of all the extras, Lord. Filter everything and may I see, hear, feel, smell, and know only what You have allowed to come to me.
December 29, 2004
Open my eyes, impassion my heart. May I be the warrior You've created me to be. To be fully alive - blind and fully dead to sin; unashamed, confident; eyes ablaze, with the Lord's glory reflecting off my face. Oh God, set Your people free. Free to run in the meadow, to climb the mountains. Oh yes, to run and leap like they're in their youth. May it be so in my life, Lord, and in the lives around me.
December 5, 2004
I long to float in Your engulfing and enveloping Presence; each day becoming closer to being one with You.
December 3, 2004
I want to be where You are, doing what You are doing. I love You, and I love Your ways. Increase my affection and hunger for You and what You're doing.
December 2, 2004
Flush me, core me, and may the waters of Your Spirit flow. To be empty, selfless, blind to the natural, and so wide-eyed to the things of You.
November 27, 2004
I long to devote 100% of me; my time, mind, strength, emotion, and will to Your will and predestined lot for my life. May I rest in You. Still my mind, rest my soul; may I smoothly glide in Your grace and will. I desire to function on Your terms and agenda; in Your strength, and in Your timing.
November 26, 2004
Flush me, till all that remains is You inside of me.
November 22, 2004
I desire to be obedient, opinion-less, motivation-less. I want my opinion to be Your opinion; my motivation to be the motivation You give me. Pour through me to others.
November 21, 2004
Lord, help me to see things how You see them. Turn me toward You; full eye contact. I am Your son, Your image, Your servant; live, breathe, walk, and talk through me. May I disappear that You may appear through me.
November 20, 2004
Settle me in Your lap. May my life be one with Yours.
November 19, 2004
My heart longs to beat with Yours; to walk in constant communion and fellowship with You. Pull out the stops and take me, I am Yours.
November 17, 2004
Uncover my true Christian self. May I shine because You shine.
November 16, 2004
I am Your son, and I love You dearly. You are so refreshing; so good to me. I love to be with You.
November 15, 2004
Renew my passion and devotion for You, Jesus. Give me an undivided heart. I am here, on this planet, to serve You and worship You; to discover You, develop our relationship, and to simply obey the instructions over my life.
November 13, 2004
Reveal Yourself to me on a deeper level; open the eyes of my heart to see You more clearly. I love You, and I want to know You better and understand You. I want to fall in love with You again. I am Yours, take me away to be alone with You; that life may be birthed as a result of intimacy.
November 12, 2004
Peel away my layers so that my core, You living in me, may shine forth.
November 9, 2004
May my character be always greater than the gifting upon my life and/or the gifts You are manifesting through me. May my love and devotion to You be greater and more intimate than any other person or thing in my life. Keep me focused, passionate, separated for You. May I stand firm to the end; always and forever may I fall deeper in love with You. Open my eyes, ears, and heart to know You better. I am Your son, I am Your servant. May I live this life to the best of my ability; hearing those breathtaking words, "Welcome home, my good and faithful servant. Come share in your Master's happiness."
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