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WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

This is going to be my shortest blog post yet. Something has been on my mind today and I want to share it with you all. I know what the word PROMISE means in the dictionary and in the Strong’s Concordance. What I want to know is what does it mean to YOU? When you hear the word PROMISE, what does that say to YOU?

I would love to hear some discussion on this. Would you please click below where it says LEAVE A COMMENT and tell me what the word PROMISE means to YOU? This could be very interesting.

Love y’all =)

NEW YEAR OR NEW DAY?

So long 2011. You were not very good to me. I’m glad to see you gone.

I believe 2012 is going to be a better year!

2011 was no friend of mine! I’m glad to see it gone.

The above statements are just some I’ve heard the last few days and yesterday, when I woke up, all the negative statements I’d been hearing were absolutely swirling around in my head! Along with part of a song – and I just didn’t know what to do with it all. It was in the back of my mind all day. I tried to sit down last night and put it into a post; but, still it just wasn’t coming together. I finally gave up and went to bed with this prayer: “Lord, I know You have these thoughts in my head for a reason. Please show me what You want me to do with them.”

This morning He let me know. It was as if He whispered to me “Who or what are you trusting in? Are you trusting in Me or the days on a calendar?” How fitting (and confirming) when I looked at my Promise Calendar today and saw one of the promises on it:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”

Maybe you had an awful year and are ready for it to be over or maybe you had a great year and are hoping to have another just like it – No matter which category you fit in, would you take a minute to consider something?

Lamentations 3:23
Great is His faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each morning

It doesn’t matter if we’ve had a good year or a bad year. Why? Because His mercies are new EVERY MORNING! Every time the Lord is gracious enough to allow you to wake up from your sleep, you have a fresh, clean slate to start with. You don’t have to wait an entire year to make a new start. In fact, I am going to do my best to start every morning from now on as a new beginning. After all, that’s what it is.  I am going to put my trust in HIM and not a year on the calendar.

Oh – and the song that was on my mind along with everything else? The part that kept playing over and over in my head was this:

Seek justice,
Love mercy,
Walk humbly with your God.

And, I have to add, that I find it very fitting that as I was sitting here working on this post, I saw a young friend post this as her status on Facebook:

the only way we’ll ever stand is on our KNEES with LIFTED hands …make us courageous

That is another part of the exact same song. The song is COURAGEOUS and is sung by Casting Crowns. If you’ve never heard it, take a minute to not only listen, but REALLY pay attention to the words (which will be on the screen) and let them soak in.

What about you? Don’t you think it would be much better to start new every morning instead of waiting an entire year? Would love to read your thoughts about this in the comments.

WHEN HE SAYS HE LOVES ME

The words that every female (I believe from birth right on up to old age) longs to hear – I LOVE YOU! Those three words seem to hold so much power over our lives. When we are little, we long to hear our Daddy say it to us and it can drastically change our lives depending on whether or not we hear it from him. If we don’t hear it from him, as we get older, it can cause us to go in search of it from anyone and everyone thinking, if we can just find the one that will say it to us, it will make us feel so much better. If we do hear it from our Daddy, it can help us to realize that we are valuable, we do have worth and we are special. That is why, for a little girl, it is so important to know her Daddy loves her. Whether he says it in words or in actions, a little girl needs to know and feel her Daddy loves and cares for her and that he is there to protect her. It will help her, as she gets older, to be better able to accept God’s love for her.

However, sometimes, even though we were blessed with having a Daddy we know loved and cared for us, other things happen still making it hard for us to believe anyone, especially God, could ever, truly love us. If you read My Story, you know why I had trouble with this. However, in reading My Testimony you get to see how wonderful it was when God revealed to me that He does indeed love me and I actually GOT it!

Since that time, I have come to realize He shows me in so many ways every day just how much He truly loves me, if only I take the time to pay attention and be aware. Some days it may be something as simple as my cats snuggling close and loving on me or seeing a beautiful sunrise in the sky or having a friend give a compliment that seems to make the day brighter. But then, every once in a while, He tells me in a really big, huge, GOD kind of way. A way that leaves absolutely NO misunderstanding that it is Him saying very loudly and clearly to me – I LOVE YOU!

In fact, this happened very recently and I wanted to share this on my blog last Monday but, to be honest, I was still in such awe and wonderment from it that I truly could not even put two words together. Even remembering and thinking about it as I’m trying to write this has me overcome once again with the enormity of His love for ME making it still hard to write, so please be patient as I try to tell you how it came about.

My sister is the music minister at her church about 35 miles away from  where I live but only about 10 miles from where I work. They are a very small church with a very small choir. A few months ago she was telling me about having the choir over to her house so they could select the Christmas Cantata they wanted to do at their church this year. Once they had selected their cantata, she asked if I would like to help them out. Since they were going to practice on Wednesday nights and our church doesn’t have service on Wednesday nights, and since they were going to have the cantata on a Sunday night and our church doesn’t have Sunday night service, I told her I would.

Then, I became a part of a new Life Group that was starting at my church. I wish I had time to tell you all the things that have happened to bring all this together in such a GOD way, but you will just have to trust me when I tell you I know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, God Himself ordained this group and He knew exactly who He wanted to be a part of it. Our group consists of six married couples, one lady (who is married but her husband can’t attend church due to disability) and two women who have recently been through divorce through no choosing of their own.

We meet on the second and fourth Sunday evenings each month. When we met on Nov. 27, I was planning to suggest that we have our next meeting at my sister’s church – in other words, I was going to invite them to come hear the cantata since it would be our night to get together. However, before I had a chance to do that, our group leader announced that for our next meeting we would be caroling and handing out the flyers to gather information from people that needed Christmas dinner delivered to them. After caroling, they would be going to fellowship at Don and Phyllis’ home. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed – but mostly because I couldn’t be there to help out and take part in the caroling. I told them I wouldn’t be able to help and told them why and I thought no more about it.

Little did I know what God had planted in their hearts and minds! I truly wish that someone could have taken a picture of my face when I saw it because I KNOW it was full of surprise! I was at my sister’s church and we were getting ready for the cantata to start. It was still a few minutes til time to begin and people were still coming in. I looked up and I know my chin must have almost hit the floor as my mouth opened wide in amazement! Every person in our Life Group was walking in the door!!! I guess it’s a good thing I was so surprised or I would have been crying my eyes out! Never in my life did I expect that to happen. Seems they all got together (behind my back) and decided to surprise me. They came up with a new plan to head straight for the cantata as soon as they finished caroling. They will never know how much it touched my heart to know they would drive that distance. Not one person stayed behind. They ALL came to show their love and support for me.

While I know they did this because we all truly love and care for each other in this group, I know it was also God’s way of showing me yet again how much HE truly loves me. I believe that is one of THE biggest “I love you”s that He has ever given me and I just had to share it.

What are some ways that God tells or shows you that He loves you? Do you take time to notice the small things He does to try and show you? Would you share it here in a comment? Maybe He told you in a special way, even as recently as today, that He loves you? I hope you will take a minute to share what He’s been doing in your life. I’d love to hear about it.

TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE

I’ve been ‘pondering’ about tears for quite a while. Why do we shed tears? What purpose do they serve? I’m quite sure there are scientific reasons; but, I’m speaking more about what is in our heart when we shed tears? Obviously, I can only speak for myself and I can tell you there are many reasons that I shed tears.

I am a frequent tear shedder. It doesn’t take much to get them started in me. I shed tears when I’m happy, excited, upset, angry, overwhelmed, hurt or sad for myself or for someone else. I can even shed tears and not even know why! As I was thinking about trying to post something about this, a song kept coming to my mind – it’s an oldie, so I don’t know how many of you reading this may have heard it. If you have never heard Tears Are A Language God Understands click on the song title and it will take you to the lyrics. Tears are definitely a language and not just one that God understands but one that I’m sure all of us in this “group” can understand. Whether you are one that sheds a lot of tears outwardly or whether you shed your tears inwardly, you still understand and know what they speak for you and I’m sure you have a pretty good idea what they speak for others that are drawn here.

I believe tears are a way of cleansing your soul.While texting with a friend today, I mentioned I was wanting to do a study of Tears. Before I could tell her the direction I was thinking in (cleansing), this is what she wrote back: tears are beautifu l– cleansing to the soul — funny how Mary’s tears cleansed her own soul more than Jesus’ feet. (Luke 7:38)  Coincidence? No – I don’t believe in that. I do believe in GODincidences though. I told her that I took her word as confirmation that I was to write this.

I believe that our tears cleanse our very soul and allow God to pour more love straight into our heart. That is why the picture I used for this post just jumped out at me when I saw it. Did you notice that the pupil of the eye is in the shape of a heart? That was the first thing I saw. As we are pouring our tears out to Him, He bottles them up and records every one and pours more of His love straight into our heart. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. ~Psalm 56:8 (NLT) And I also love how it is written in The Message~”You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in Your ledger, each ache written in Your book.”

So, the next time you find yourself shedding tears – whether on the outside or the inside – just remember that they are never wasted. Your Father knows of and saves every one and He knows every situation that caused each individual, single tear. He loves you with an everlasting love and will never leave you or forsake you.

Do you agree? Do you feel your tears serve a different purpose than what I mentioned here? I would love to hear your thoughts on  the subject in a comment here.