“I want to hold you!” is the two year-old’s announcement, indicating that she wants me to pick her up and carry her.  And carry her, I do – in my arms to the store and in the yard, in my heart when we are apart, and in my prayers each day – I carry her.


It is not that she cannot walk, but that she loves the closeness.  She wants to go where I go and see what I see – she wants the relationship of being with me in all things – you know in all things!   All things – like going to the bathroom, playing with my jewelry as I get dressed and taking off with a clickety-clack in my shoes.


She wants to walk in my shoes – Because walking in the shoes of another brings a likeness.


Her love for me, and my love for her, it carries me.


Love does that – Love carries.


The Levites, with poles long, carried the Lord who resided among them in a box of Acacia wood.  Wood cut into pieces from a tree of origin and hammered together again.  Covered in Gold fit for The King.  They carried the God of Spirit around.  Why does a spirit need to be carried?


He wanted them to carry the place of His presence, so that they would know that it was God among them, who really carried them.


“Carry the Ark of Covenant into the rushing water” God instructs to Joshua, and then God carried those with whom He dwelt, safely across the river.



I asked Christ into my heart when I was young. I asked Him to come in, when I was young and the heart was new and unscathed by life.  He stays to this day, even though now my heart is storm-tattered, and war-ravaged – He stays.


I carry Christ around in my heart where ever I go – But it is He who really carries me. (tweet this)


He resides in me to carry me.


“I want to hold you”, I whisper to God, and then my heart is immediately lifted up and carried in His embrace.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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