The depth of God’s Love and Mercy is too much to keep to myself. My heart is overwhelmed at how The Creator and God of all could forgive me, even me..how He pursues me!!! When we are faithless He abides faithful because He cannot deny Himself! How can it be! Praise God it is so! The Creator of This Universe and all LOVES YOU!!! The one reading this! He wants a relationship with you which can and will come only through His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. The Sacred Blood that was shed 2,000 years ago still atones today. Come ye, all who thirst! There’s room at His table, no matter who you are or what the world considers you to be.You are loved in such a way you can never imagine. I love you too. Be blessed in Jesus Name.
This life will always be full of heartache and tears. Band-Aids and bruises. Concrete falls and scrapes. Broken hearts. Boys that are taken and have no interest in taking you to the dance. Getting your hopes up only to have your dreams shattered. Wearing yourself down to just be accepted. You fall short of the mark. And all you want is him to hold you. All you want is to forget the heart-wrenching things he said. And the songs that haunt you, the soundtrack of your life. Years of disappointments and let downs, but yet surprises, breakthroughs and unexpected miracles. So if there’s one thing I could share with you…
I found my worth hanging on the Tree at Calvary when The Son of God was slain for me. The Blood that atones yet forever more and saved my soul from eternal hell…the Blood of the One Who pleads my cause when the accuser comes. Jesus, The Christ, The Son of The Living God. I didn’t know love until I met Him. In the arms of every man I never felt this. I never felt pure love. I never felt unconditional love. I never felt that I meant everything to any of them. You see in the Arms of my Savior, I am everything to Him. I am the joy and the reason why He went to the Cross and endured the shame, the unthinkable that I cannot fathom. How could He love me like this? One Verse in His Precious Word sings such great volumes of kindness and love with a passion that no one will ever be able to fully grasp this side of Eternity. The reason I live is found in those Red Letters. Oh Jesus, I love you. Have mercy on me.
This isn’t my story, this is His. Now my life will never be the same. I have a purpose and it’s forever. Forever in The Arms of a King, my Bridegroom. My Saving Grace. You have a place there too, precious one! There’s a fountain of living water for all who thirst…one drink and you’ll never be the same. All of your pain, every tear, the worst memories will all fade into the background when you stare into His Eyes… Jesus is real and He wants your heart. He wants you to give your life to Him and to walk with you and make you His Son or Daughter. God became a man and died for you as the sacrifice that was needed to restore mankind unto Himself (after the fall in the Garden of Eden when sin entered). The wages of sin is death. Father God and all of Heaven paid the Greatest Price for you. For me. Leave it all behind and lay your load at the foot of The Cross. Release and freedom await you. There’s a peace that surpasses understanding. No matter what life throws at you on the road ahead, you will never ever be the same once you meet Jesus. There is joy for strength. The Joy of The Lord. We don’t have to hurt anymore. We matter. Jesus loves you, cry out to Him today and begin the journey of true love, into forever.
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“One of the fastest ways of discouraging yourself and getting trapped by the sin of envy is when you compare yourself to others. God has a specific plan for you and you won’t accomplish that plan by looking at others.
Count your blessings and not the blessings of someone else. Let God control your life and give Satan no opportunity to discourage you from the purpose God has for you. Know that all you need is Christ. Set your mind at peace by focusing on the Lord.”
What does the Bible say?
(All in The King James Version)
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
2 Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Corinthians 10:17
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
|“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a (NLT)
Standing on the risers in my grade school auditorium, the girl next to me scanned the audience, desperately looking for her father. Her parents were divorced and her dad had let her down more than once. He said he’d show up this time. But as the director’s hands signaled our final note, and there was no father in sight, my friend’s face revealed her pain.
My dad wasn’t in the audience, but I didn’t expect him. My mom was there. And my dad? Well … he was home, probably reading a book. But compared to my friend’s sadness, my disappointment was minor, I thought.
For so many years, I compared my growing up experience to others’, and thought, I’ve got nothing to complain about. Surely, I must be “fine.” Others had it so much worse than I did.
Sure, my dad never attended any of my choir concerts or saw me sing (from third grade through high school), but my mom never missed one.
Although my dad wasn’t involved in my day-to-day life, my mom was my number-one problem solver.
And even though my dad never said he loved me, I didn’t think I needed to hear those words. After all, my mother’s love more than made up for it.
Other friends had missing or cruel fathers. They’d been openly rejected. Their parents divorced. Their house was chaotic. Not mine. I’d just had a quiet overlooking. One that I accepted as normal.
And I really did believe my father loved me in his own way. I held no bitterness. His own father had died in an accident before he was born. Even as a child, I knew he didn’t have any father examples.
I was fine.
Yet over time, an independent streak took root. A hardness grew that kept me isolated from needing or wanting help. I developed a “pull yourself up by your boot straps” mentality that impacted my opinion of others who needed help, and my own weaknesses.
I never connected it with my father’s passivity. I genuinely thought I was doing fine. Until someone challenged me to consider the impact my human father had on my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Only then did I consider the impact of all I had missed. No tender moments, no champion, no confiding of worries or requests for help. No father-daughter dates or advice on a boyfriend.
The honesty caused a pain that surprised me. And I struggled with that same feeling of guilt as I compared myself to others and the truly hard lives they had. I didn’t want to dishonor my father. But I’d opened a door I knew God wanted open. So I pressed in to the honesty.
My little-girl heart had tried to heal itself by developing an inner strength. Only that “strength” built a wall, instead of a bridge, to God’s heart.
My independence had kept me from a deeper relationship with God. I loved God, but I didn’t really trust Him with my heart or my problems. He was a distant Father to me, more like a king on a throne than a Daddy holding my hand.
Yet once I allowed the door of my heart to open, it started to soften as I forced myself to admit that in reality, I wasn’t fine. I did need help, and in a way my independence simply couldn’t provide. I confessed the hurt and pain that I had covered up in fierce self-sufficiency.
And God whispered words of truth. He reminded me …
… I never missed a choir performance.
… You can come to Me for help; I’ll be there before you finish your request.
… I started saying “I love you” thousands of years ago.
Today’s key verse tells us God loves us as His children. So as an adult, I had to learn what it was like to have a Daddy who loved me perfectly.
As God continues to prove Himself faithful, I’ve admitted this truth: Sometimes the pain from what didn’t happen is as real as the pain from what did.
The healing I initially didn’t know I needed has made me a better person. But it’s still a work in progress. I still struggle to admit any weakness. And yet every time I do, I experience the realness of God’s love anew. My heart is becoming more merciful, gracious and kind … to others and myself.
If you’ve dismissed your pain as insignificant compared to others, I invite you to experience the same healing I’ve received. God wants to fill in all those missing pieces and be your perfect Father.
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so perfectly and seeing that my heart needed Your tender healing. And thank You for being the perfect Father for me for eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 John 4:16, “So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” (NRSV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Present that pain to your Heavenly Father, and allow Him to fill in all the missing pieces.
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This truth is beyond beautiful… ❤
Something to think about.
Good morning, my friends!
It’s another awesome, great day to be alive! I just opened every blind and pulled back every curtain in this house, because I want every bit of light to come inside. I am full of joy even though I have nothing going on or planned for today. No excitement. But…because of God above I have a reason to be happy every time my eyes open before I rise out of bed.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day! 🙂
Today is another chance for us to get up from being knocked down, to say yes to happiness, to decide to be happy no matter what.
Lyrics from one of the most awesome Christian anthems ever!
It doesn’t matter what other human beings think of you. What matters is how we are seen in the eyes of our Creator. The greatest love we could ever know is already ours. We simply must reach back out to Him. I’m so grateful for Him, and I always come home to open arms with all my pain.