Radical Love

Do you know how far the east ๐ŸŒ is from the west ๐ŸŒŽ? I’ll give you โฐ to think about it… ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ Infinite. They never meet. Don’t over think it! We aren’t doing science. We are doing faith! All of your mistakes are removed from you. 

God’s forgiveness is radical! It is complete ๐Ÿ’ and total. Most importantly-it is for everyone๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง, no matter what you have done. 

God’s interest in salvation ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ is not that we are worthy, it is in His โค๏ธ for us. His โค๏ธ and forgiveness is radical. Radical๐Ÿ˜Ž love says that even while you are hating God through your actions, He loves you. He loves you so much that He sacrificed the only P.E.R.F.E.C.T. ๐Ÿ‘Œ man on earth… Jesus… so that you could know God and He could know you. 

To God, through the cross and resurrection, you are free and clear. When you make Jesus your Lord, your old๐Ÿ‘ด life is gone, your new๐Ÿ‘ถ life has come. You are worthy. ๐Ÿ™

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Child of God

Our final destination on Romans Road. You’re now a child of God! Romans 8 is the declaration of our adoption as sons and daughters! You are a son or daughter of the most High God. We are in God’s forever family. 

Because we are sons (or daughters) we are heirs. What do we inherit? The blessings and the sufferings of Jesus. Paul says that our blessings will outweigh our sufferings. This is truth friends, we will suffer as Christ suffered. But the glory in blessing will be greater!

A song of declaration I love is “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. It is the summary of Romans 8 in song. Sing it loud, sing it proud. 

I AM A CHILD OF GOD! 

Abide

Knowing God as love, as our love, is knowing God for who he is. God’s love is transforming knowledge when it is received in our hearts. I have found that when I pray in gratitude for His love for me, I am better able to love others.

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No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1 John 4:12โ€ญ-โ€ฌ13 NASB

Working with the Lord

Tomorrow was on the horizon. Another disruption to what I really wanted to do. I knew I had no choice. There were children and obligations. If I chose not to, our lives wouldn’t be covered. I questioned God. I considered calling in sick. None of it produced good. I took a deep breath, put on my determined face and drove to the warehouse. I thought, “I can do this, if He does it with me.”

I believed it was true. I believed Jesus was sitting in the passenger seat as I delivered groceries, door to door, for a year. My body groaned and ached. There were rainy days and icy roads. Long hours and rush hour traffic. But I had Jesus and that is what brought a seemingly unimportant job to life. Working with Jesus gave me a new perspective on work.

In the past, it seemed like my jobs were ill-fitting. I often hated going to work. In that state, I under performed. Comments regarding my accomplishments were that I lacked effort, organization and consistency. Not surprising since I didn’t want to be there in the first place. Now, I have a new life in Christ. The position of my heart is toward Him. Because my heart is changed, my perspective has to change. 

Inviting Jesus into my work helped me understand that everything I put my hand to has meaning. Work is purpose. I was able to connect work with helping others. This fulfilled my desire to have meaning associated with the function of my job. Showing up for work became worth while. In addition, my job was helping me! Jesus showed me that my work is a provision.  If I chose not to have an occupation, provision would cease at some point. God grew me through the work I did when I included Him in it.

Do you think I made a mistake with the title? You might be remembering Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” From cleaning our own home without pay to working a job for another with pay, all of it is supposed to be done for the Lord. What happens when we work without Him? The complaining “why?” starts to manifest in our soul, leaving us powerless. Where does our strength and help come from? Psalms 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” If our only conclusion about work is that we have a job to get a paycheck, it is lifeless. The key to seeing all of life’s activities as purpose is to not only do it for Him but to do it with Him. It is in this place where work comes alive. 

Jesus the Light of Lifeย 

Have you ever heard that Jesus is life? He is! His life is the example we follow. His teaching is the Way we follow. His voice is the Word we follow. His resurrection gave us life so that we could bring Him into the world. Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 8:12 AMP

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Scripture Picture 8/25/17

I am tired of mediocrity, how about you? We were created for something! Father, thank you that you chose me and created me for a purpose only I can bring to this world. God show me what I was created to do! I say yes! Thank you for your Amen! 

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Scripture Picture 8/22/17

I’m loving a song by Elevation Worship called Evidence. It begins with a cry for our mountains to MOVE! NOW! I believe for my mountain to MOVE! I also believe your mountain will MOVE! NOW! All it takes is a mustard seed. Declare it, yell it, command it, whisper it but by your mustard seed of faith, that mountain has to move!

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Scripture Picture 8/17/17

Father God has good gifts for us! Sometimes they coming in a big reveal and other times they are revealed as each side of the wrapping is carefully opened. All good things come from God! He’s a good Dad who never changes!

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Scripture Picture 8/10/17

Is responsibility overwhelming you? Remember, God sees you as a child entrusted with His Spirit not an adult loaded down with responsibilities. His burden is light. Let Him love you and love Him back. Rest and know. He takes care of the rest. Just listen and follow.

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You Have Value

Today a student at our local high school took his life. It happened at a park just off of school grounds. The school went on lock down. As a parent of two students in the district, I got a notice via text that the school was on lock down. Even though my children do not attend that school, in the back of my mind I was thinking back to Columbine, Sandy Hook: guns, angry children looking to relieve their pain by causing it. We have had a lot of teenage suicide in the region where I live. It feels isolated, though I know it isn’t. Suicide is like an infectious disease and I hate it. I hate it because I know the voices and the feelings. My heart breaks and my soul cries out when I hear someone has taken their life.

I am not a psychologist or counselor, just a person with experience. I truly believe that bullying, depression, and suicide is caused by a lack of value that makes it’s place in our minds and in our hearts. I want to yell over a loud speaker to bullies and the bullied, to the depressed and suicidal…”YOU HAVE VALUE!” It is my battle cry. We have value in good circumstances and bad circumstances. We have value that is not exchangeable, meaning no life is more valuable than another. We cannot lose value based on what others think or perceive about us. Just like security, personal value cannot be taken away. It is ours to keep for eternity. This is true because value comes from God. A God who knows us intimately. Who designed us intentionally.ย  Who knows the number of hairs on our very head. A God who is loving, gentle, and kind. A God who is good.

Knowing my value has come through experiencing God’s love for me. It is a love that transforms. It changes you from the inside out. No human being can offer this kind of love. I often think of God’s love for me like a corset. The likeness is that His love is always there supporting me. I can feel it because it is tight, like a hug around me. It is always there whether I am near or far from him. Everlasting, no matter how I feel or what I do. Everlasting love is only divine, only from Father God.

God establishes our value through His Word. These words I hold dear to my heart. I hope they bless you as they have me.

  • I am more precious than rubies (Proverbs 31:10).
  • I am precious to Him, I am honored, and He loves me (Isaiah 43:4).
  • He rejoices over me with gladness, he quiets me with His love, He exults over me with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
  • He cares more about me than the grasses of the field and the birds of the air (Luke 12:6-7).
  • He loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

As I finish this, I realize that one may read this and question why God would allow someone to take their own life. Why is there death? Why is there pain? I don’t have answers to those questions. I know God is always good. There is no darkness in him. Jesus lived life on Earth as God and man so that he could experience what we experience. He died for us so that we could know God (who is Jesus) and love Him. By knowing God and loving Him, we love in return because we experienced real love. Love is kind and gentle. Love is God. You are loved. You have value.