Tag Archives: Relationship with Jesus

…for rest…for peace…for joy…for love…
…for hope….for security…for contentment…

It desires a place that when examined nothing intangible is lacking.

Paradise.

Yes, our soul longs for paradise.  It longs to be in that place where God resides in all His glory.  Where there is no sorrow, no strife.  No tears are shed in paradise. No worries there either.  Joy and praise are at the very top of the list of ‘things to experience and do’.

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Ohhh…but here comes the ‘worm in the apple’, the ‘fox in the henhouse’, the ‘bitter in the sweet’.  We are not there yet!

Life has a funny way of showing up and destroying any or all of the things our soul desires at one point or another if we allow it.

One of my favorite Psalms is number 42.  The first two verses I really love:

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?

But as you read down through the verses there are three references to the soul being downcast, being disturbed.  Ring any bells in your day – your life.  It does in mine.

We all have ‘issues’ at one point or another in our life.  There are always going to be moments where we wonder if we are going nuts or if it is the world around us.  What we have to do to when our soul cries out is make sure we turn to our Lord.

Psalm 42 also says in verses 5 and 11 –

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.

Sometimes it’s not easy, sometimes it’s not what we want to do, sometimes it goes against everything we feel ~ BUT it is always the right thing to do.  No doubt about it.  Praising our God will help our souls to rest in Him, to love Him more, and to be more content in whatever place we are in the moment.

God is an awesome God!  He loves each one of us more than we can imagine or know!  He is the lover of our soul!  Only He can quiet all the negative ‘stuff’ we can be bombarded with.  He is our ABSOLUTE!

Radical Love…

I’ve been talking to the Lord and trying to hear just what He wanted me to write.  As I was reading my Bible I came across some verses that absolutely changed the way I look at how God loves me.  It’s not something I have never read before or never heard preached but I think God decided I just needed to see them in a different light.

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Here goes: Romans 8:35 and 38-39 (NLT); “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Wow…is that some awesome kind of love or what? The creator of the universe has let us know that the only thing that can keep us from His love is ourselves.  It means that just because we may be going through a bad time, or maybe we don’t have any one we can depend on, or we’re not in the place we thought we would be; God loves us more than we can even imagine.  And He loves us with a love that is eternal.  He sacrificed His own Son for you and me.

The question He kept placing in my heart was—’Are you trying to love others…the way I love you?’ I must admit that sometimes this can be difficult for me.  I try really hard but whether it’s impatience, busy schedule, being tired, or just not having a good day—I can sometimes not love people the way I should.  And something else Jesus has let me know; not only is it to love the people close to me but it is also to love people who my flesh might not want to love.

How difficult is that? Very. Just ask yourself about someone you have had issues with. They may have hurt you in some way…is it easy to love them?  I didn’t say—like.  You don’t have to go to lunch with them…but have you spent time in prayer for them?  Do they know Jesus as their Savior?  If not, are you asking Him to touch their heart so that they won’t die lost?  If their saved, are you praying that they can come to a better understanding of what God’s love is?

Doing that sounds difficult doesn’t it? Without Christ—it is.  But for us to emulate Him, we have to try.  Our focus in this day and age should be people, not who they are, where they’ve come from or what they’ve done…but on where they are in Christ.  What is their focus on…who do they look to when things aren’t exactly right?  Yet how can we show them Jesus if we don’t love them?  If we treat them differently because of the way they’re dressed, the places in life they’ve been, or the amount of money they may or may not have.  That’s not they way that God loves us.  Let’s take a closer look at how we ‘see’ others.  Let’s try a little harder to love more and judge less.  Let’s let nothing come between us and showing others the kind of love God shows us.

My prayer is that each time I look in the mirror I see more of Jesus and less of me. I want to love the way He does.  I want to see people through the eyes of Christ.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord!  Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” ~ Psalm 105:1 (NKJV)

I want to get just a little personal today.

Several weeks ago I remarked to my husband that I would need new undies soon.  Mine had begun to get threadbare and some of the elastic was wearing out.  Not a very big thing but one I believe rather important. ☺

Little thingsFast forward to this week…

I had a dear friend text me and say she had some things to give me.  Guess what they were?  YES, you got it! Undies!  16 pair of them!  I was so excited.  It was the answer to a need!

You can laugh all you want but I believe that it was God providing a need that I had.

You see, we definitely give Him credit for the big things.  New car, new house, healing our bodies, financial assistance when things are tough but I think the little things get lost most of the time.

He is a God that wants to be included in our every day things…in the smallest of details in our lives.  He is our Father!  He desires to be included in all we do and all we are.  We’re the ones who limit His hand.  Don’t you think it’s time we stop putting limits on who Jesus is in our lives?

My prayer is that I not limit my Lord in my life…that I allow Him to be involved in all areas and every aspect of my being…that I encourage others to praise Him for ’16 pair of undies’How about you?