Epic Love Story

Is life about Christ, or is Christ life itself?  It seems we can be consumed with making our lives about Christ, and still miss Christ himself.  He refuses to become one of our science projects or artistic masterpieces.  He demands to be our life.  That is – if we belong to him and claim to live in him.

So, how do we find Christ himself? Where does he hide?  What does he do with himself?  Where do we go to walk and talk with him?

Maybe, when we forget about ourselves and really seek God for God’s sake, we are on the path.

Maybe, when we help someone just because they need help, we are learning his ways.  And, maybe, when our hearts seek his company in the quiet hours, we will discover him waiting patiently in the wings ready to share his heart with us.

When we discover that we are his life, it becomes a little easier to make him our life.  When we get to the end of our rope and find him there, we start to trust in him.  When we are weak and sick, and he gently comforts us, we feel his love.  When we are strong and triumphant, and he joyfully shares our victory dance, we become friends.  

Like the marriage vows, we find him “in sickness and in health, and in the good times and bad.”  The beauty of it is that, unlike wedding vows, there is no “till death do us part.”  This short life is just the preamble to an epic love story where we truly “live happily ever after.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

Love Extravagantly

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant.

When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13:3,8,11-13

Message Translation

The Way Of Love

Total Abandonment

After a bout with food poisoning I was so sick and I was asking God, What do you want to be for me that you couldn’t be before this happened?

(Something I am learning in my study of Brilliant Thinking by Graham Cooke)

I had asked over and over and not really got the answer. It started Sunday night and rolled on into Tuesday before I was getting any better.

Tuesday this song “Come In” shuffled and I put it on repeat as the words “Total Abandonment” kept resonating with me.

So I looked up the definition.

This is the definition of Abandonment-

The self-surrender to an outside influence.

Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one’s emotions.

Wow! God was getting my attention. As I laid so weak I could barely move with my head in a bucket for hours upon hours to the point of almost dehydration… I was powerless. I could not help but be surrendered to whatever was causing me so much sickness.

I then started thinking about how many times we surrender to our emotions? How many times do we surrender to pressures or to outside influences that harm us instead of uplift us? How many times do we fuss and fume when mishaps or disappointments come our way?

I know for me, far too many.

Our Total Abandonment, like the definition says; self-surrender, but instead of to outside influences, we always need to make sure it is to the Inside Influence.

Total Abandonment to The Holy Spirit.

Thankfully we simply just have to “Come In” to His presence. When we do Come In, we …

Read more of Come In Here and listen to the song

Radiate Hope

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

~ Romans 15:13 TPT

May you radiate Hope!

Image is my first try with oil pastels.

Forever His

Tear-stained cheeks

And worn-out knees.

White-knuckled hands

And a heart that seeks.

A silent cry that speaks volumes

And a whimper that surrenders.

A shout that brings silence

And His promise she remembers….

Click Here to read the rest of this piece from our archives by Stephanie Gable.

Scarcely Saved

If the righteous are scarcely saved, what is to become of the ungodly and the sinner?” – 1 Pt. 4:18.

Sometimes we think that life should get easier as we grow in our faith and become mature adults.

However, there is something about walking by faith that is intrinsically difficult, no matter how long we have been doing it.  

The same old doubts and fears never tire of appearing out of nowhere to trouble our spirits.  

Like Jesus, we often must pray in our distress with “fervent cries and tears.” He prayed “to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – Hebrews 5:7.

Through it all, day by day, moment by moment, we overcome by our faith. It is not easy or pain free, but in the end it bears sweet fruit.

We become like Our Savior.  

We develop Our Father’s heart.  

We love more deeply with greater wisdom and understanding.  

We develop patience and perseverance—proven character.  

We become kind and compassionate, faithful and true.

Our Father is greatly pleased when he sees his image in us. He is proud of us. He delights in us. And not just for a few moments – his pleasure is eternal. He is shaping us to enjoy his company forever.

That is why it hurts sometimes. He is pruning away every branch of our lives that doesn’t look like Jesus – all self centeredness, all childish behaviors, all traces of evil. And then he grafts in nobility, generosity, and true goodness. Almost without our noticing how, we become more and more like Jesus.  

May we continually behold the glory of The Lord and be increasingly glorified with him!

~ Brad Heilhecker

He Works ALL THINGS For Good

Yesterday I wasn’t very confident or convinced.

Things didn’t feel good or look good.

Today, they still don’t.

Tomorrow may not either.

But what I do know is God is good.

His Promises are Yes & Amen.

He is not a God that would lie.

He is no respecter of persons.

What He does for one –

He can do for me!

I shall prophecy this Promise and keep believing that even “this” is not beyond His reach and He will work ALL THINGS out for my good.

We press on peeps and keep pursuing

His Promises!

~ XXOO Michelle

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.

-Romans 8:28 TPT

We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.

-Romans 8:28 VOICE

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

-Romans 8:28 AMP

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