What Kind Of Love?


Hebrews 12: 2.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12: 1, 2.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down. Especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne….

Jesus is our supreme example of faithful endurance and all the brutal, lonely way to the cross He proved it. Not that He had to prove it, but rather it gave Him joy to die for the sinner’s hope of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.

What kind of love is that? What kind of love endures the hard, lonely, struggle and scorns the shame of it? Only one who has his eyes fixed on His heavenly Father and His will. Christ did it for us, let’s run our own personal race for Him. Let’s face our brutal, lonely challenges for His glory. Life gets tough and quickly weighs us down. If we focus on the problem, we’ll quickly lose heart, fall from the race and succumb to the struggle, but if we focus on the Lord, we’ll find renewed strength. He blesses the life of faith in the believer, so let faith arise! Throw off the doubt, fear, worry, failures, discouragement and strongholds so that you can run freely and smoothly, without entanglement, with your eyes focused clearly on Christ, who runs beside you or carries you but also sits today at the right hand of the throne of God, interceding for you and praying for your endurance to make it to the finish line. You can do it with Him! Focus, focus, focus!

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Doing This Day With God

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So we need to do this day with God ~ You and I. Yeah, even when it’s a tough one. So even when it seems difficult to move forward because of so much stuff behind and before that hinders the journey, remember Paul’s words in Philippians 3: 13, ” Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.…”
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Oh we aren’t there yet, but we have a heavenly goal through this earthly journey of hard places and as Christ ones we press on through the hard and the difficult towards the mark and the prize of our heavenly home and eternity with our heavenly Father, the creator and sustainer of this world and us. He’s our reason for getting through this day and the next and the next and the next. So when you feel anxious, afraid, lost, let down, remorseful, hopeless, and just plain overwhelmed, you can know that you know, that God has you and your stuff in the palm of His nail scarred hands and His faithfulness won’t let you go not even for a second. If He’s brought you to it, He’ll bring you through it. Every sweet minute of your life, every difficult decision, Every bump in the road, and every twist in the turn ~ He has ~ and he holds close and He graces with His sweet love, so compassionate, so unconditional and so merciful! Our part is to release the weight of the stuff into His tender care and move ahead freely in the name of Jesus, the winner and the victorious One
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So doing the day with God? Yeah, let’s do it!

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Steadfast And Faithful

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So every day is the same beautiful story day after day, time after time and moment by moment isn’t it? The same, beautiful, story of God’s faithfulness to His own! Oh yeah, it’s stories go beyond the impossible to miracles small and great and are etched into every run down and beaten corner of our homes, inscribed upon every weary step of our journey and in scripted into the tattered pages of our lives. God’s faithfulness? It’s been with us through thick and thin hasn’t it and so graciously serenaded us since we met Christ how ever many years ago? Our life story manifests it and over and over and over again ~ He is so faithful to the thankful heart and the lonely heart, and the pained and beautiful soul of the weary and the weak. Ahh yes, His faithfulness to us ~ so far-reaching ~ so unique and customized and so perfectly designed for our needs and it comes through wrapped in His sweet grace every single time!

So when the day ahead looks daunting and the hours appear as mountains on the horizon, Look for that gift of faithfulness and know that His mercies are new every morning. Yeah you, right where you are, know that God is there in your present moment and in the overwhelming hour of struggle. Remember when He led you out of the wilderness, parted the sea, and provided your manna? Be thankful for those times and you, beautiful soul, let your faith arise and propel you through the next hour where He can gather you up in His mercy and show you once again, His forever faithfulness and unconditional love!

So faithful through all seasons of life.
So faithful through all seasons of life.

Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalms 36:5 Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds
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Time Out

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So when the voice of confusion does its rant against your mind and steals your peace, and leaves you feeling on the brink of nothing but chaos and failure, you need to call a “time out” while you wait on the Lord for His divine direction. His voice won’t compete with the noise of your chaotic surroundings or the noise levels of your panic, fear or worry. He wants your trust! Your complete and honest trust for your problem. Yeah, He works in that calmness of total surrender when noisy confusion dissipates and melts into tranquil moments with Him and His sovereignty. He’s all-knowing and all-powerful. All authority is His and lies in His capable hands. He saves, He keeps, He sustains. He heals, He cleanses and He forgives. Who more could mentor you through the tough decisions and choices that lie ahead? He’s promised to guide and lead the way for His children. Psalm 32:8-9 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.” So ~ beautiful soul, don’t hide behind confusion and stubborn will. Do not let one more thing weight you down! Not one thing! Go to your maker! Get with Him for counsel and help in your time of need. You’ll find unconditional love there! You’ll find Him a God of mercy, grace and compassion. He waits to hear from you. He waits to quiet the noise of your confusion, and heal your wounds and mend your brokenness. He waits to open new doors of opportunity and the grace to rise to the challenge. Trust Him!

Complete Trust
Complete Trust

“Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation, and my hope is in You all day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5

“You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.”
Nehemiah 9:19

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