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How to Get Super Close to Jesus: One Easy Step

Ready to get super close to Jesus in one easy step?

Okay.

Say, “Good morning Jesus!”

Done.

Also, you can say this anytime.  You aren’t mandated to do it at 4:30 am.  If you sleep through your alarm, you can still say it.  If you drive braless to drop kids at school, still okay.

This is the Good News.

Life abundant.

Forgiven.

Righteous.

Beloved.

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I found myself alone in my car for about 45 minutes the other day.  With no one to argue with about what to listen to I started scrolling through a list of podcasts.  In the silence, I was overcome with the need to just visit with Jesus.

I got totally busted.  I was telling Him all about a cheese-food debacle and found myself at a stop light with some kids piled into a pickup truck.  They were making fun of me.  Whatever.  For all they knew I had one of the space-aged ear-phones.  I was ranting and raving, so  I probably did look totally ridiculous.

But I don’t care.

And I have gotten some harsh emails lately, remarks about the “danger of grace,” and you know… I still don’t care.  I am curious what folks think I will do that makes the message so dangerous. Aside from an extra cookie and yelling at my kids that I will, “kick their lung out,” I am not all that “bad.”

But it is only recently that I learned He never counts me as “bad.”

And if He was counting my idea of bad and your idea of bad are equally bad to Him, so now what?

All the times I have believed He was far from me His power wasn’t decreased.  I have spent so much time fearing Him. This bipolar, crazed hippie like figure, with bad teeth and Americanized ideas about who gets blessed and who dies of brain cancer – was so far from the truth.

Yes, the truth has set me free.  And you cannot talk me out of it.  Seriously, you can’t talk me off this ledge.  If it is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Truly, for the first time in my knowledge of Jesus, I am in a relationship with Him.

Glory.

The walk of relationship if much more pleasant than the work of religion.

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The only time Jesus got disgusted with anyone is when he dealt with Pharisees. #solidatrity

I never claimed to be a theologian.  The truth is, I don’t want to study my God, I want to KNOW my God. I am more than happy to be a fool for the gospel.

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Indeed, it is a foolish mindset, utter freedom.

The easy step in knowing Jesus is believing Jesus.  The hardest work in knowing Jesus is undoing the years of learned behaviors that made me think He was keeping a list of my cookie consumption and temper tantrums.

He alone.

Jesus plus nothing.

Confession is simply agreeing with what He says about me.

Repentance is simply acknowledging, “Yup, that is not for me.”

And the first step of any good relationship begins with trust.   I fully trust the work of the cross.

The blood worked.

Grace is the consequence.

Eternity the prize.

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The work is done friends, welcome to knowing Him well.

One easy step.  

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained.  Love, Jami

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 

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11 Comments

  1. Donna on January 16, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Is there a way to make it so the edge of the article isn’t so cut off on the left side? I find it difficult to read.
    Can I make it bigger somehow?

    • jami_amerine on January 16, 2017 at 1:41 am

      Hmmmm. On your phone or computer?

  2. Rene on January 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Wow, I love, love, love this message, I fell more in love with JESUS by reading it. I’m also ever thankful for those who in sincere transparency, share their lives & sticky floors in CHRIST with us!

  3. TieceyKaye on January 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I want to know this Jesus. Not the one who only cares about how well I’m following the rules. I’ve been a Christian all my life, but not a very good Christian. I can never manage all the rules about what to wear and who to be friends with and how to talk and… I’ve been ready to give up entirely on Christianity, but people (like you) talk about a Jesus who likes them. I want to know that Jesus.

    • jami_amerine on January 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

      You’re perfected!! He not only loves you… HE LIKES YOU. Start right now believing Him. He came to heal not condemn. You can email me and I have resources to help… sacredground.stickyfloors@gmail.com

  4. Glenna McKelvie on January 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I can remember becoming a new Christian and wondering ‘how do I do this now that I am a Christian? How do I do that now I am a Christian?” Jesus BECAME humam– HE expects us to be human!!! Crazy, huh? Warts and all! I love to chat with Him like a good friend,.. because He is!

  5. Bethanna on January 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Grace is the consequence? I don’t understand whatever it is you are trying to say here.

  6. Joelle on January 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Excellent post! Beautifully said. Isn’t he so amazing? ..I’m so in love with Him. On hard days, easyish days, the crushing heartbreaks, kidneys stones, child spine surgeries, neurological issues, unfixables, and also in the milestones, successes, accomplishments that were “impossible”, the finish lines and the joys -Jesus gives me strength for one more step on the road and is sturdy to lean on. He is the most comfort imaginable. And when God “hugs” you (in his way) there is nothing like it on earth.

    Thank you God for your perfect grace and for leading Jami to talk wih us about it. Soothe all the worried places where theology differences or worries spark us and help us to rejoice a little more in you. You, God, are so worthy of our praise.

    Good stuff, friend❤️

    • jami_amerine on January 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  7. Regina Sullivan on January 17, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Grace Changes Everything

    • jami_amerine on January 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Yes.

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