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Tonight You Are LOVED.

Child of God, if you feel you’re at the end of your rope, ask The Lord to tie a knot. If you’re torn apart and overflowing with tears, look in the mirror. You’re alive and still here. God saw you through countless other nights that you despised. God is ALL you need. GOD has to be ALL you need.

NOBODY ELSE can save you! NOBODY else WILL save you! NOBODY CAN complete you.

Like Brother Marcus Rogers is preaching, your mate should compliment you.

Nobody and nothing else can have that Sacred place in your heart. That’s for God. There’s places for others, but He is our TRUE and ONLY Rock and our first Love! The Son Of God is our Everything!

Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”

Hold onto The Lord tonight and every night.

He’s the only one that will ALWAYS be there.

He said He’d never leave us nor forsake us. He means it.

Jesus/Yeshua is The only MAN (The God Man) that will Forever catch EVERY tear you EVER cry.

He’s Perfect.

Don’t set your affections on the things of this world. We’re not here to stay anyways.

No matter how heavy your pain or even how dark the night, it’s temporary!

These light afflictions cannot compare to the glory that awaits us! Heaven is our Home!

Don’t look at what is seen! Be faith-driven, not fear driven. The Righteous are as bold as a lion.

Tonight He’s enough.

In every trial, Jesus/Yeshua is IT for us ❤️

Not just because He has to be or He should be.

He’s enough because we love Him.

He’s enough because He’s proven Himself Faithful and True! He holds the keys to death, Hell, and the grave and because of HIM and what He did for you, there is ABSOLUTE, Complete FREEDOM!

Nobody can love you like The Son Of God.

Hold onto Him.

He’s holding onto you.

He’s holding onto all of us far more than we’ll ever know this side of Heaven.

Amen. Rest well in The Lord, Precious Ones.

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Relationships and Jesus.

Brother Marcus is sharing some amazing Holy Spirit Wisdom and advice throughout these few videos.

Love. Life. Focus on Jesus. God has you.

Watch all three and be blessed in The Name of The Lord Jesus! ♥

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Listen to This Song right now… you WILL be moved for sure! ♥

Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys Lyrics

From the album Hills and Valleys

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
And I have held Your blessings
God You give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In You I hope again
No matter what
I know I’m safe inside Your hands

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

Father You give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all You will remain over it all

On the mountains I will bow my life
In the valley I will lift my eyes

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

And I will choose to say
Blessed be Your name
And I am not alone

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Writer(s): Tauren Wells, Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith

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“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For…”

Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? C.S. Lewis, Bono and the Argument from Desire via crossexamined.org

by Ted Wright

For better or worse I was a child of the 80’s, and during that time a new rock band came on the scene that changed pop music, both in Britain, America and eventually the world. I immediately loved their sound as soon as I heard it. Their style was unique, and the lyrics had a real message. Their songs resonated much deeper than the typical pop tunes being played on the radio. That band was U2 from Dublin Ireland.

In May of 1987 the band released their 5th studio album titled “The Joshua Tree.” The second track on that album is a “gospel-esque” song that producer Danny Lanois encouraged Bono to write.[1] The song is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The song has been acclaimed by many critics and publications as one of the greatest songs of all time.[2]

What makes this song so unique and timeless? Sure it’s Bono’s excellent vocals, Adam Clayton’s chilled-out bass, and the Edge’s astral guitar licks, but I believe that it is also something more, something much deeper. The song touches on a truth that is embedded in all people – a deep sense of longing and desire for something that this present world cannot fully satisfy. Here is the second refrain.
“I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing in her finger tips

It burned like fire

(I was) burning inside her.
I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.”
The song is written in the style of a gospel-lament which has it roots in the Psalms, the Lamentations of Jeremiah and later, African-American Spirituals. So, what is the singer lamenting?

He is lamenting that no matter what he tries or what he does, ultimate satisfaction isn’t found in this world. His satisfaction must come from somewhere else. He was made for something else, for somewhere else, or perhaps for someone else. He is a pilgrim and a sojourner on this earth, “just a passing through.”

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis articulates an argument for the existence of God based on our dissatisfactions as well as our deepest desire, which sounds a lot like the lyrics of U2’s song. I would even argue that the core idea is the virtually the same.

Lewis’s argument goes like this:

…A baby feels hunger; well there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world[3]

Philosopher Peter Kreeft has done us a great service and re-formulated Lewis’s argument from desire into a syllogism that might be a little easier to follow.

Every natural innate desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire
But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.
Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.
This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”[4]

Premise 1 – Every natural desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire

The key here is that every natural desire has a corresponding reality. The implication is that there is a distinction between two kinds of desires – natural desires and artificial desires. Everyone has natural desires, like the desire for water, food, sleep, friendship (companionship), etc…, but we also have desires for things that are artificial, or conditioned by society – like the desire to be famous, or the desire to possess superpowers (like one of the Avengers), or the desire to own a Ferrari.

However, with the artificial desires we don’t recognize a condition called “Ferrari-lessness” which corresponds to, say a natural desire like the desire for water (thirst), or for food (hunger).

Premise 2 – But there exists a desire in us which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.

This premise is existentially true, and either one senses it or not. It can’t be forced. It may be pointed out, however, that even though one might not sense a desire for God, it doesn’t mean that the desire is non-existent, just buried under the concerns, the worries and the busyness of life.

The Southern novelist Walker Percy commenting on “the search” in his classic novel The Moviegoer (1961) touches on this idea:

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Something is missing, so we despair. Indeed, as Thoreau writes, “…most men live lives of quiet desperation” (Civil Disobedience & other Essays), or like mythical, Greek Sisyphus, we “feel” the futility and the endless drudgery of work & life and deeply sense that there must be “something more.”

If God is the ultimate source of joy and fellowship, then nothing but Him and Him alone (& life with Him forever) will satisfy the heart of every person.

This truth has been articulated by many different voices throughout history.

“For He [God] has set eternity in the hearts of men…” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“Thou, O Lord hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee” – St. Augustine (The Confessions)

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal (Pensees)

“Not to be onto something is to be in despair” – Walker Percy (The Moviegoer)

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – U2 (Bono)

Peter Kreeft brilliantly summarizes premise 2 this way:

The second premise requires only honest introspection. If someone defies it and says, “I am perfectly happy playing with mud pies, sports cars, or money, or sex, or power,” we can only ask, “Are you really?” But we can only appeal, we cannot compel… Even the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre admitted that “there comes a time when one asks, even of Shakespeare, even of Beethoven, ‘Is that all there is?’”[5]

Premise 3 – Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.

Premise 4 – This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”

Admittedly, the conclusion of this argument is not an “air-tight” case for the God of the Bible, but it is certainly a stepping stone. When the argument from desire is placed alongside of other arguments for God’s existence, such as the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument, then I think it makes a pretty compelling case worthy of serious consideration.

Kreeft says, “What it proves is an unknown X, but an unknown whose direction, so to speak, is known. This X is more: more beauty, more desirability, more awesomeness, more joy.”[6]

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. ~ C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, pg. 42)

Truth, Goodness & Beauty

It may be that beauty, and our desire for infinite beauty and truth and goodness is where we feel the unfulfilled longing[7] the most, as Kreeft brilliantly explains:

There are three things that will never die: truth, goodness and beauty. These are three things that we all need, and need absolutely, and know we need absolutely. Our minds want not only some truth and some falsehood, but all truth, without limit. Our wills want not only some good and some evil, but all good, without limit. Our desires, imaginations, feelings or hearts just want not just some beauty and some ugliness, but all beauty without limit.

For these are three things that we will never get bored with, and never will, for all eternity, because they are three attributes of God, and therefore all God’s creation: three transcendental or absolutely universal principles of all reality. …Truth, goodness and beauty are ‘patches of Godlight’ here in the ‘Shadowlands.’ Their home is Yonder.[8]

Christianity teaches that the only way to truly KNOW God is through Jesus Christ who came to reveal Him for Who He truly is.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3)

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It’s Personal.

What makes it different when your heart aches for a loved one or friend that’s having surgery for some type of medical/health complication? …When you see a featured article online about a terminally ill child who lives life simply and has only one wish, and a Go Fund Me?

What makes it different when the evening news reports a rising death toll of 5,000 in a nation oceans away from your cozy piece of home? …When you read the Obituaries in the paper and see a familiar name(s)?

When you see a homeless man in a movie on television? When your eyes meet with a homeless man on the street beside you?

When you see a LOST Dog Poster taped to a street light? …When your dog is lost?

What’s the difference?

It’s personal.

But the thing is, It’s totally personal. BECAUSE EVERY HUMAN BEING (every person on earth) MATTERS.

You may never have your name on the Walk of Fame and in lights. You may never win a trophy or receive any honors or rewards. You may never be told “I love you.” Maybe you don’t think anyone has ever loved you or you don’t feel loved. You could be in a crowded room and all alone inside. Scared.

However, somebody does love you. He’s pretty awesome and quite intriguing. He loves to send you special things along the way, when you least expect them. He’s ever so generous and wants to experience this journey called life with you at your side as long as you live. It gets even better…

He wants you to come and live with Him forever. Where He is there are no more tears.

Jesus loves you just as you were the only one.

And It’s Personal.

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…And You Alone.

Inside of everyone is a song. Whether we sing it out or not, it’s there, on the edge of our tongues just waiting to be belted out for all to hear. There is something lurking inside of you, and you alone, that this world needs to hear.

Think about it. Open the box of your mind. You are priceless, precious one!

God bless

 

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Things I’ve Learned About Life From My Parakeet, Rocky

Things I've Learned About Life From My Parakeet, Rocky

He may be small, but much can be learned from this little guy. I mean, look! He really knows how to shine in a photograph and make things extra special!

This past winter in my deep depression, I didn’t get my birdy out as much as I should have. However, he remained happy, and sang anyway, bobbed his head, and looked forward to breakfast and dinner every day.
-There is purpose to be found in each day of existence. Joy is something that’s possible all of the time, even when we are “caged.”

As we’ve heard before “Big things come in little packages.”
-No matter how ‘small’ you are, you are still so very able to change the world with your smile, and make your mark while you are here with the work you are called to do. No matter how little your resources may be, or how big your obstacles…it can happen, and if you want it badly enough, with the work required, it will!

Rocky is green. His look is of the ‘Standard Parakeet.’ Though he’s not exactly the most handsome or rare birdy of the world, he is amazingly beautiful, and perfect because he is what he is-what God made him to be.
– We can apply this to ourselves. God makes no mistakes. Look at all of these exotic birds, and marine fish as well, for example! They are so different from what we’re used to up here where I’m at! We are all beautiful, very unique, and given distinct features about us, tasks to carry out, and our own types of obstacles on the earth which lead us to our very own individual destinations.

Finally, I feel that along with the fact that God gave us animals to have for companionship and to enjoy. I also believe that there is much to be learned from every creature on this earth. They are all amazing! I’ve given you 3 of the many things I’ve learned from my Parakeet, Rocky, aka Rock-Man. I hope you find this inspiring in some way or that it may bring a smile to your face!

Blessings,
Amanda

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Tapioca Pudding & Strawberry Kool Aid at 5:30 a.m.

I woke up around 30 minutes ago. I think I got around 4 hours of sleep last night, which beats yesterday’s 3…

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I was even wide awake enough to take this pic with my phone because of some strong joint pain in my left arm/elbow. I thought I hurt my muscle by sleeping on it, but this has been 2 days now of pain. This type of thing has never bothered me for more than one day. I’ve used muscle soothing ointment with Menthol for one of the days, and it seems worse this morning. Its making life more difficult. Simple tasks require a wee bit more effort, and now I see just how much I depend on both of my arms, and not just one.

So, I am having an early breakfast: Tapioca pudding and a huge glass of Strawberry Kool Aid to drink. Boy am I thirsty this morning.I am going to go make another large glass in a few minutes. It took me less than 20 minutes to down the first one! 😛

Brr… I am cold now. I woke up rather warm. I think I am going to put on my hot pink fuzzy pajama pants and a gray over-sized college basketball sweatshirt for an extra layer as well.

I hope everyone has a great day today. Don’t take your days that are pain-free for granted if you are blessed in such a way. I know that I normally am.

God bless,

Amanda ❤

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Your Very Existence is Changing This World, Right Now, In This Moment!

Your Very Existence is Changing This World, Right Now, In This Moment!

Read this poster, my dear friend, and know just how amazing you really are! I just wanted to give you a little reminder this Tuesday afternoon. There is something inside of you, that may not exactly be visible to the outside world. There’s a spark about your spirit. There’s the force of God at work within you…All good things come from above, as did you!

Whenever you get down and out, lose your faith, or hope…Just know this:

Your life is a dear, fragile thing. God sent you to this earth with a mission in mind for you to carry out. A mission that only YOU can complete! We must embrace our individuality in this crazy world that tells us we aren’t good enough! Happiness begins with you. Make up your mind, and tell yourself that you are going to try to fly, even if your wings have been clipped at, or if one is broken. Take off my friend! The possibilities are endless! 🙂

Sending love to all of you today!

-Amanda

*Image source, Facebook News Feed.

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Interesting ;)

Interesting ;)

Happy Weekend, Guys! I’m starting off mine with a nice Saturday morning breakfast of french toast with a glass of water infused with grape stuff to make a kool aid type drink. Tomorrow marks 1 week since I came down with this horrible sinus infection. I think this is the tail end of it though.

I really need to get back on the treadmill very soon. What do you all think about me doing that? I mean, I am just now overcoming a respiratory problem, but I need to get back into the swing of things to reach my goal asap. Any ideas or comments? I would love any input! I don’t want to make the wrong move and cause a setback or anything. I just don’t know how this works! 🙂

So…
Everybody, make the most of this weekend! Do something relaxing if you are stressed or need a break-Maybe some yoga, stretches, exercise, incense, candles, soft, relaxation music, outings with friends or a significant other…do something to bring happiness to your life. Take a breather.
That’s what I need. Literally…lol!

-God bless,
Amanda

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