Years ago my younger, uneducated self used to look for my worth in all of the wrong things. Most of us walk around craving the sense that we matter, that we are loved and valued. It's take me a long time to realize that the Love of God is never ending.
You don't have to earn it each day, it doesn't change, it's freely given to you. How amazing is it to know that EVEN when we are the hot messes we are HE STILL LOVES US REGARDLESS. Can you say you love those around you that way?? Think about it 😉! “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV
1 Corinthians 13. Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary. So of course this had me thinking of the most well known passage in the Bible about love. Here there are 16 characteristics of love given, along with examples of other God given gifts that are useless without having love. Many people know at least parts of this passage. LOVE IS: patient, kind, does not envy, is not proud, does not dishonor, does not boast, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps NO record of wrong, does not delight in evil, rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and never fails. Sounds amazing. And for years these are the standards against which I have measured love. But it wasn't until recently that I really looked at this verse and realized that it is written to ME!
It is written in the first person, so as the reader, all of these characteristics, all of the examples, are directed to me. So I thought about that...rather than measuring how someone else's love measures up to these standards, I should be looking at my own love. Am I displaying the 16 characteristics of love to others? Especially in my marriage, which is the most important love relationship in my life, second only to my love for God. Some of them are easier than others, I admit. It isn't that difficult for me to not boast and not delight in evil. But being patient, always being kind, not easily angered...and how about NOT SELF-SEEKING. To have the fullness of love, you have to personally show and share the fullness of love. How do we do that? We seek God first. Because we are human and very much imperfect, we have to draw the ability to love from God. He is PURE LOVE. My desire is to be more like Christ, and with that, it means I need to do a better job at loving the way God intends for us to love. There are 10 weeks left in this year, so I am going to take 10 of the characteristics...the 10 I struggle with the most, and devote a week to each, striving to do a better job at that characteristic. Who would like to join me? #love , #Godslove , #purelove , #life , #scripture
>Everything happens for a reason. We may not know what God's purpose is due to our limitations but it surely is for our own good and according to his plan. >In every situation, the Lord is speaking to us (through the Holy Spirit). May we find it in our hearts by listening to it and by not letting it be covered by any negativities (anger, doubt, guilt, etc) but instead let God move into our lives (and let him take over it) to give us the comfort and peace that we need. Our constant prayer and devotion to him will aid us to understand his plan for us and will give us the strength, courage and faith to believe and love him more no matter what the situations we are facing now.
Yes my friends, that is a Castle behind me in Ireland. As beautiful as it is, there is something even more wonderful behind me - and - in front of me, each day of my life: 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever....' (Psalm 23:6)
This promise belongs to all who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ Our Lord! #godsloveneverfails
>Let us be reminded that all the trials that we are going through are just temporary.
Joseph, who have been through different challenges in life of which started by his brothers who sold him while he was young. He believed in God's faithfulness all throughout that 22 years until he became a vice chancellor of Egypt. >All of us I believe have already encountered (or still going through) the toughest storms in life; it may also have involved person(s) whom have caused us deep pain. As we let God be in control of our situation, he is molding us to be a better, stronger and to have a heart that forgives. Time heals all wounds. It is true.. and it can only happen if we let go and let God. Let us learn to forgive and ask for forgiveness as well. >Eventhough we are on those "stormy" seasons, focus on one thing: the Lord is Forever Faithful and he will be with you all throughout so continue to glorify and praise him..There are alot of things that we should thank God for. Believe in him, entrust everything unto him and the rest will follow. "Patience is a virtue.."
Repost from @kloveradio
This is a very long and vulnerable post, but I feel it's time to open up ❤
I heard a sermon a few weeks ago talking exclusively about when life gets tough and how Christ followers are supposed to act and for some reason SO many things clicked!
Here is my somewhat painful backstory... I was unofficially diagnosed with endometriosis in September 2015. After finding an amazing gyn I was officially diagnosed in June 2016 at which time I was told I would probably never conceive 😳 Opinions have slightly changed since then, but the truth is my doctors, even my fertility specialist, have no idea. Needless to say I feel the past two years of my life have a 'time of waiting.' But my God has ALWAYS known! Over the past two years I have cursed, questioned, and not trusted God because 'what kind of God would allow me to go through this?' But the truth is I was never guaranteed life wouldn't cause me pain. This life, even though magnificent at times, has no guarantee of 'smooth sailing.' I now see God working in my life and body because the truth is He has a plan for us and no matter how painful He is going to make us complete in His image! This 'time of waiting' will only end when He sees me as a finished product.
I honestly have no idea how our sorry will end or when/if/how we will start a family, but I do know my God has not forsaken me! He has always been beside me and will continue to provide the strength I need. #praisebetogod#hisplanisperfect#votd#ttccommunity#ttcjourney#endometriosis#ourjourney#christfollower#vulnerabilityisstrength#faith#hope#love#mystory#thywillbedone#klove#encouragement#histimingnotmine#histimingisperfect#strengthwillrise#godsloveneverfails