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"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Month: December 2015

I’ll meet you there

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2 […]

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Out Of This World

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”  – C.S. Lewis

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities.  Seize common ocassions and make them great.” – Os Marden

The picture of the little girl, sitting in a field picking daisies apart singing, “He loves me, He loves me not.”  I used to enjoy playing this game with my friends.  We all had our childhood crushes, or at least the fantasy of what our future boyfriend or husband might be like.  It was a harsh reality down the road to realize, that sometimes the answer would be, “He loves me not.”  The dating world can be a horrible place.  In the movies, you see the man reject the woman, and then either the woman holds her head high and moves on, or you get the hopeless romantic who becomes love crazed, and does whatever she can, even to the point of utter humiliation, to try and get back into the good graces of the man she craves attention.

In God’s eyes, we are loved.  There is absolutely nothing we can do, or need to do to earn it.  And there is nothing we can do the lose it.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” – Romans 8:38

Israel is God’s beloved.  We all do things to upset the people we love, including God.  Israel consistently rebelled against God; however, God’s love never wavered.  Even when they wanted to desert God… (Hosea 11:1)

“Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?
    How can I let you go?
How can I destroy you like Admah
    or demolish you like Zeboiim?
My heart is torn within me,
    and my compassion overflows.” – Hosea 11:8

I can see the heart of God in this verse.  I can see Him crying tears for His people.  He is torn because of the Sin, but His Love is never a question.  So this tells me that there is nothing that can separate me from God’s love.  And nothing I can do to earn His grace.

“I am saved by God’s grace alone – period.” – Unknown

Sometimes we come across times in life where we know we have disappointed God in some way or another, or failed.  The thing is, when you ask God to forgive you He does . He doesn’t change His mind about you, or take it back, or cancel the plans He has for you.   (Jeremiah 29:11) The problem is that while we only see our situation, God sees the beginning to the end.

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

If God hasn’t visibly answered your prayer, you haven’t blown it, just know that He’s working on it.  The answer will come and it won’t be delayed.  No need to stir and wonder, or chant a magical passage while pulling petals off daisies. Just be still and know that He is God, and that He loves you beyond measure.  (Psalm 46:10; Ephesians 3:19)

“This vision is for a future time.
    It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
    for it will surely take place.
    It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3

 

 

 

 

Life is like….

My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump  I think Forest really had something in, “that there,” statement.  You really don’t know what life is going to throw at you, or hand […]

Do you hear what I hear?

Sometimes I walk, just for the sake of walking.  I like the smell and the feel of the fresh air, the ability to clear my mind as I gaze among the greener things of life.  I take in the sights and sounds around me, and […]

What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?

Tina turner said, what’s love got to do with it? Well Tina, Everything! Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 

A little boy went to his mother with a list.  He wrote of all the things he had done that day, and for each thing he did he requested payment. It went something like this:

  • I cleaned my room, so you owe me $1.00
  • I got excellent grades on my report card so you owe me $2.00
  • I helped wash the dishes so you owe me $1.00

In total you owe me $4.00

The mother smiled, turned around the list and wrote something like this:

  • I carried you in my womb for 9 months, you owe me nothing
  • I feed you every day and care for you, you owe me nothing
  • I have loved you all the days of your life you owe me nothing

In total you owe me nothing.

I was watching Joyce Meyer and she preached on something like this, and it really stuck with me. Because isn’t that the way of the world? We love on condition. Basically saying, if you do this for me, I will love you. It is the biggest difference between worldly love, and Godly love.

All the world really needs is love but should it come as a cost? No. Love is unconditional there is no other type of love. This little boy had in him the worldly type of love, because that’s what we are born into and conditioned to.  This is the nature of sin, so it takes God to turn it around and show us what Love really means.  Some Christians even think that in order to receive God’s love, we must do something for Him first.

Jesus died on the cross because He loved us first.  He didn’t say do something for me first and then I will save you, and love you. He died, not because we did everything right. He died for us, because He loved us PERIOD. (1 John 4:19)

When you come up against something like this, the best response is to show that person love.  Sometime we teach people how to treat us. So it’s best not beat them down or hurt them.

1 Corinthians 13 talks of what Love is in God’s eyes. Too many divorces happen because we expect something in return for Love, and when we don’t get what we want, we go looking for someone that will give it to us.  Love is not a business exchange, it’s a freely given thing.

“Marriage is like an empty box, it remains empty unless you put in more than you take out” – Unknown

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Go Tell It On The Mountain

When a baby is born, there is so much joy that you want to tell everyone.  You want to shout it from the rooftops!  A new life has begun, and it’s such an exciting time. When Jesus was born, Mary literally was holding the gospel […]

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” – Psalm 1:3  Every Christmas people put up trees to decorate their […]