Posted in Love

Beloved, Just Come Home

I apologize that I haven’t posted anything for several weeks.  It isn’t that I haven’t sat down to do so, but everything I started to write just didn’t seem to go anywhere, or it just didn’t seem to matter for lack of a better way of putting it. I really don’t know what to “chalk it up as” to be honest.  I have found myself spending a good deal of time reflecting and reviewing many things in my own life, and just sitting and letting the Lord show me things and letting Him answer so many questions in my heart.  Perhaps I’ll be released to talk about that in another post.

What’s really been on my heart today is the love of our Father God for us all, and His desire for all people to come to Him.  He really and truly does love us! And He gave us Jesus to prove it.

One of the things I’ve been reflecting on is where He brought me from.  I grew up in a Christian home. I went to Christian schools until I started high school. My parents saw to it that I was as sheltered (protected) from the world and its ways the best they knew how. And God bless them for doing so, and I am so very thankful for my parents. I love them and miss them, and look forward to seeing them in Heaven very soon.

But at the age of 14, I chose to go the opposite way.  I went completely rogue and rebel on my parents.  I won’t go into details now, but I stayed on that path until the age of 26. That’s when my life, and my way of doing things, completely caved in around me.  And I got a little taste of what hell would be like. No I didn’t die, but I sure wanted to and even tried to. But God stepped in and said, “I love you. Just come home.”  No, I didn’t realize that in the moment, but I saw it later after I gave my life to Him.

See, back then I thought it was too late for me.  I had sinned too much, and had done too much evil for God to ever take me back or accept me. In my mind it was over. Life as I knew it was over! But God said, “No, it’s not too late. This is the very reason I sent My Son, Jesus.”

And I have been reminded recently of the story of the prodigal son that Jesus told in the gospels.  The father did not care where that son had been, or what that son had done. He was just happy that he came home. And not only was he happy, he treated that wayward son as if he had never done anything wrong. It wasn’t too late for him.  That is how our amazing and awesome Heavenly Father sees us! He is eagerly and expectantly waiting for us to come home. And He is waiting with open arms to receive us! It does not matter what we’ve done.  All we have to do is humble ourselves before Him.  He is gracious, loving and kind! He is good and His mercy endures forever!

It took me a very long time to really let this settle into my heart and believe it.  But three different accounts in Scripture helped me to lay ahold of this.  One was King David after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then had her husband killed to try to cover it up.  But he was convicted in his heart through the prophet Nathan, then humbled himself and repented before the Lord. The second was the story of the prodigal son which I already spoke of. And the third account was the woman mentioned in John chapter 8 who had been caught in adultery, but Jesus released her even though He was the only one without sin and had full and legal right to throw that first stone.

Beloved, If you have wandered away from God, or even if you have never known God at all, it is NOT too late!  Just come home.  He is eagerly waiting to receive you,and call you His own. He won’t make you or force you. You have to choose. Choose love….God is love! He has already chosen you!

I will be praying for you, and I want to meet and see you in Heaven. Will you be there?

 

Posted in Love, Revelation

God Really IS Love!

Many years ago, back in 1995, the very first revelation I received from studying the Bible was that God not only has love for us, but that He is love.  I was a new believer, just a few months into my new journey with the Lord.

I had already come across 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 where Paul talks about what love is and what love does and doesn’t do.  I loved that passage of Scripture (and still do very much). I don’t recall how much time had passed by, a few months perhaps, but one day I found myself reading the 1st Epistle of John.  As I was going through it, I noticed that John wrote more than once that God is love.  I began to meditate on those words.  And as I did, I began thinking that if God is love, then love is God.  I can’t separate the two….they are one in the same.  Then the Lord started showing me that anywhere I saw the word “God,” I could also use the word “Love.”  And vice versa, anywhere I saw the word “love,” I could also use the word “God.”

Then 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 came back up in me.  So I went over there and read it again. I was using the older version of the NIV at the time.  And then I read it again using the word “God” in the place of love.  It totally transformed me and how I viewed God!  See, I used to be afraid of Him, as in scared.  Afraid that if I messed up in any way at all, He was going to condemn me to hell forever.  I didn’t know or understand the love He has for us at the first part of my salvation.  But when I read His Word in the light of this new revelation, I wasn’t scared or afraid of Him anymore.  I realized He wasn’t going to condemn me to hell or beat me over the head. No!  Love doesn’t condemn, love gives!

Here is how 1 Cor. 13:4-8 in the older NIV translation says it, with my line-by-line breakdown:

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, love does not boast. Love is not proud, love does not dishonor others. Love is not rude, love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, love always trusts, love always hopes, love always perserveres. Love never fails!

And here it is with “God” inserted every where the word “love” is:

God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast. God is not proud, God does not dishonor others. God is not rude, God is not self-seeking.  God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil, God rejoices with the truth. God always protects, God always trusts, God always hopes, God always perserveres. God never fails!

Isn’t that awesome?!  He really does love us as children.  He didn’t approve or like what I had been doing before I got saved, but that didn’t change His love for me. And the same is true for all people.  He loves you as a father whether you believe it or not, know it or not, and even want it or not.  Maybe you have children. All of us have been children. As a parent, you may not like some things your children do, but you don’t stop loving them because of it.  And as a child or former child, maybe you messed up (and maybe more than once like me), but your parents didn’t cast you away.  And if they did, you have a Father in Heaven who will never cast you away if you go to Him.

He really IS LOVE!  He really IS GOOD!  And His mercy really DOES endure forever! Believe His love for you, and receive His love today! If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, please go to my  Prayers page. And if you would like prayer for anything, please feel free to contact me here: Contact Us

You are greatly and dearly loved!  Be blessed today!

Posted in Love

True Friendship

I came across something I wrote back in March of 2018.  I wrote it in a style that would be good in a custom greeting or birthday card.  But I didn’t ever use it for that.  I just wrote it, and saved it on my computer, and forgot about it.

I looked at the date stamp on it this evening, and remembered that I had written it on a day when a friend was supposed to come and visit me. It was their idea, not mine. This person ended up not coming over, which normally wouldn’t have bothered me one bit.  I called that day (because they asked me to) to let them know when was a good time since i work from home.  When I called, they didn’t answer.  A few moments later, I received a text saying they were laying down in bed with a bad headache, and to please pray.  So I did.  Later on in the afternoon, they called me and sounded great.  Real chipper, happy and feeling good.  They never apologized for not coming, nor tried to re-schedule. Just nothing.  Nothing but a lot of fast talking.  It appeared to me that they never intended on coming, and I don’t know why.  This was hurtful because I thought this person was a friend. I wasn’t expecting to be lied to and deceived like that.  I mean if you can’t make it, just say you can’t make it. Right?  Why all the deception and excuses?

I chose to forgive as the Bible commands us, but Jesus really had to help me with this one.  It hit me right in the heart.  And so that evening, I sat down at the computer and the following is what came out:

True Friendship

What is a true friend?

A true friend never leaves you or forsakes you

Even when you are at your worst.

A true friend never lets you go

Even when you deserve to be let go.

A true friend will not yell at you

Even when they are upset with you.

A true friend will not tell you one thing,

And then do another.

A true friend can be summed up in the following Scripture:

Love is patient

Love is kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not prideful

Love does not dishonor

Love is not rude

Love is not self-seeking

Love is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil

Love rejoices with the truth

Love always protects

Love always hopes

Love always perseveres

Love never fails

Love never stops loving.

(Reference: 1 Cor. 13:4-8 NIV & TPT)

I have a friend just like this.

His name is Jesus.

He really is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

He is always there when I need Him no matter the hour.

He is always there when I want Him. And He is even there when I don’t.

He is never too busy for me…..ever!

He loves me with all that He is and all that He has!

I am by no means perfect in any way.  I have many flaws and shortcomings. I’ve let people down, and people have let me down.  Even though we as humans fall short, we have One in Heaven who never falls short. His Name is Jesus!  He never leaves us or forsakes us….ever!  He is always there to help us when we call on Him.  He IS my very BEST FRIEND!  He loves me when all is well, and when all is chaos.  When I’m in a good mood or a bad one.  When I’m angry, sad, hurt, happy….He’s always right there to help me….every time.

If you are struggling with a friendship, or any kind of relationship, just go to Jesus with it. He will hear you, and He will help you with it because He loves you.  And He will heal your heart, too, and show you how to love people just as He loves people.  How do I know?  Because my heart isn’t hurt anymore, and I still love this person, and we are still friends.

 

Posted in Gratefulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m really excited to be spending this Thanksgiving with my family once again.  God has blessed our small family over the years, and He continues to do so.  He’s even giving us sunny skies, 60 degree weather AND a full moon this year. Perfection – He is perfect!

While all of that is wonderful and exciting, I cannot and will not forget the true reason we even have this holiday.  We the people of the United States of America have been given a land where we are free to worship and praise our God freely and without restriction.  All praise be unto God, our Father!

I believe it is fitting that Veteran’s Day is also celebrated in November.  Many fine soldiers fought and even sacrificed their lives to defend and keep the freedom we all enjoy in this country today.

I would like to encourage those who read this, to just take a moment or two, to  remember God and give a heartfelt thanks to Him for all He has done for us, and for this country.  Then go enjoy your family, friends, football and the Macy’s parade, and be thankful for all of them, too. God wants you to have fun and enjoy yourself! ♥

Psalm 118:1 (NIV) Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever.

He really IS good!  Be blessed in Jesus’ Name!