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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The Worry ~ Fear Spin


So, there’s a whole lot of world spinning around you and a whole lot of noise and the good ole’ days have jollied along South and left you to fend for yourself in that heap of spinning debris whirling in your mind. Yeah, the good ole’ days ~ the days when life just seemed a whole lot simpler and much more enjoyable. It was smooth sailing then wasn’t it and life was carefree? Today it seems that fears lurk in the corners and nip at your heels. The kids grow up and want their space! They show their colors as personalities take shape. They demand, they want, they fuss and tantrum and parenting is hard! The money wanes! Pressures mount! The work-a-day world is a joke and worry is gut – wrenching and real and cruel and taunts and teases and distracts and if we give it a place it destroys us from the inside out. It sideswipes! Runs us off- track and if we’re not careful, ~ “Out of the race.”

There’s a bunch of us that know it and know it well and know it’s grip and know how it grabs us and snatches us into it’s vices, tossing us about in the wind, yet it’s relentless to free us and let us go.


Oh yeah, have you been there, or are you right now, right there? Right smack dab in the middle of the worry spin? Beautiful you, when it’s caught you in it’s grip, look to the LORD for help and say with confidence the song of the Psalmist in Psalm 121: 1-2:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Psalm 56:3
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Worry and trust do not live together in the same mind or the same heart, so beautiful soul, it’s one or the other. Why not snatch the trust, Grab it! hang on to it! Stand firm on it and believe God’s promises are true. Refuse the enemy’s take charge ability to break through your defense line ~ your beautiful mind! Your beautiful soul.
God’s got this! Let Him have all of it!

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In His Hands

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So beautiful you ~ embrace today with all of it’s chaotic stuff happening in the big world and in yours! There’s much to ponder and so much on our plates to wonder about, but still let’s embrace the sweet moment and moments that we have, while we have them. Yeah, those moments of life and breath itself that we collect and tuck inside our souls. They won’t come again but they can bless us while they’re here if we only take the time to be grateful even for the hard stuff.

So that mind of yours ~ Is it weary with worry and weakened by fear with concerns over things you have no control over? And is it like, “Who cares anyway”? Alone and aching and so much at stake? “Why this”? “Why now”? “What now”? “What’s the next turn or twist”? Well beautiful soul ~ the enemy preys on weakened thinking and fear and worry but oh, he runs from a thankful heart and a heart full of praise. Yeah, thankful hearts, even for the hard stuff. Our greatest blessings hide out in the difficult places and a grateful heart brings them to the surface all wrapped up in a grace so amazing and a love so sweet and so unconditional. All Gracious gifts from the Father of Light, our Sovereign God who rules over the big world and over yours! Take your cares to Jesus ‘cuz the world is His and your world is His. His to order and heal and restore and make new. His to take to the Father and intercede for on your behalf. Oh yeah, we are blessed and you are blessed if you know Him and have a personal relationship with the Christ who gave up His own life in His own divine world unto death and yet, defied it, to redeem a lost and dying earth world. On His team, abundant life is our gift for living here ~ so toss the worry aside and release the fear and the concern for it all. It’s in God’s hands anyway and you can know He won’t let you down ~ not even for one beautiful second of your beautiful day in your beautiful life. Trust Him!

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“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Psalm 55: 2

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.…”
1 Peter 5: 6, 7, 8

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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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