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Daily Devo- Good Investments

Don’t worry this is not a post telling you to put all your money into a pyramid scheme or invest in stocks- this is much deeper than that. The type of investment I am referring to is one into God’s kingdom- an investment in the future of our children.

Parents have a great influence over their children weather it be good or bad, we are the ones who teach them majority of what they know about life, love, freedom, and religion. From the time a child is very young they look to their parents for guidance and direction. It is our responsibility to point them in the right direction- that will lead them to happy, heathy, and fulfilling life.

Part of our job as parents is to teach our children what is and is not acceptable in the eyes of the Lord. Teaching them to have a strong moral and spiritual compass is extremely important for them to have success through-out life.

Choosing not to discipline, correct, and guide our children in the way they should go leads to conflict within the family and the child’s life. Failure to teach our children when they are young leads our children to a number of failures and sins as they navigate through life.

The Bible gives us this example in 1 Kings 1:5-6 David was ill and one of his sons (Adonijah) set up a scheme to take over the kingdom. Scripture tells us that David had never rebuked (express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.) his son Adonijah at any time.

One of David’s obvious weaknesses expressed in the scripture is his inability to discipline his children. Due to David’s lack of guidance and discipline it led his children to a number of sins and failures.

Parents are always a huge influence on our children’s lives- for the good and the bad. There is nothing that compares to a child being raised by invested, loving, caring parents who discipline and guide their children.

Children are defenseless and know nothing when they enter this world. It is our responsibility as their parents to invest our time, efforts, love, and compassion into them. Preparing them to be productive, positive influences in the world as they grow.

Investing in our children and their well-being is one of the greatest investments anyone could make.

Raising children with the love of God and investing our time and efforts into them- is sowing good seeds into their future, the world’s future, and God’s kingdom.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for giving us Your word so that we may study it and get to know you more. Thank you for investing Your time, love, and mercy into my life. God I pray that each person that reads this can see Your message. That You would teach us how to make healthy investments into our children’s lives. Guide each one of us in our parenting and teach us to discipline our children when needed. God I raise up our children and dedicate them to Your kingdom. Teach me better ways to invest in my children’s lives in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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Daily Devo: Self-Worth

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31 NKJV

This parable illustrates a few different characteristics of God. In the scripture it talks about how sparrows are sold cheap and God protects them and keeps them safe within His will. This shows that God cares and loves each and every one of us.

It further explains that God knows the amount of hairs on our head. This may seem trivial or like ‘small potatoes’ in the big picture. However, it shows God’s great power and knowledge. God knows every hair on our head but He also knows every want, need, desire, fear, worry, etc. and He cares for each of them in our lives.

Scripture also explains that we are far more valuable than the sparrows. So if God is interested in protecting and caring for the sparrows and we are more valuable then they- than we should have peace in knowing God cares and finds us valuable no matter what our circumstances may look like.

In God’s eyes we are worth more than gold. Do not let what others think or say about you determine your self-worth.

Your worth was determined upon conception.

God says you are worthy- You are loved- You are protected under His wings

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being a Father who loves, care, and protects His children. Thank you for showing me in Your word that I am more valuable than gold in Your eyes. God forgive me for believing what the world says is my worth. God help me to remember every day that I am Yours and that I find my worth in You alone. In Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Discovering God in Israel’s Crossing of the Jordan River

First read the story of Israel’s crossing of the Jordan River and take notes of how you see God in the story and how you see yourself in the story.

The account is documented in Joshua 3-4 and took place during the settlement period (1440-1050 BC)

Seeing God in Israel’s crossing of the Jordan River.

  • God keeps His promises!
  • He guides and directs His people.
  • Promises and proves He will be with those who move forward in faith in Him.
  • If God appoints you to do something-such as lead- He will see you through.
  • God is powerful and can turn obstacles into a safe path.
  • God makes His presence known and undeniable.
  • God has the power to control nature.
  • God wants His mighty works and miracles taught to our children.
  • God wants every person and every nation to know His might.
  • God calls us to ‘take a step’- we must be obedient to His direction.

Did you note something during your reading that isn’t on the list?

Share your list in the comments below.

Reading Reflection

Is there an obstacle in your life that God is leading you to overcome?

Do you think He is calling you to step out in faith and allow Him to lead you into ‘unknown territory’? If so, take note of what you feel God is telling you to do.

Why have you been reluctant to listen to Him? What is stopping you from following His lead?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being a God of promises kept! Thank you for always guiding our steps and leading us to Your will. God forgive us for hesitating to step out and follow you in faith. Lord we know you are almighty and powerful and can make a way when there seems to be none. Lord, fill us up with Your Holy Spirit- give us discernment in Your word and help us to remember if You call us to it- You will see us through it. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Just Be Held

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, I felt it would be a great time to talk about loneliness and inadequacy. God reminds His people that in their times of loneliness- they should not fear or worry.

Why? Because God is near to the broken hearted and He is with each of us every step of the way, ‘holding us up in His righteous right hand’.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Loneliness is something that everyone experiences at some time or another. However, extreme cases can lead to being fearful- causing us to take our eyes off of God. When we are going through periods of loneliness we must remember what God tells us in His word, ‘I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

Those that are feeling lonely need to remember that God is our friend- our comforter, and our peace. We are never truly alone- Jesus is always with us. Loneliness, inadequacy, fear, and worry can all be helped through the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26 NKJV)

It is hard to keep our eyes focused on Jesus when we feel like He is not listening, but we must remember that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) and God has our best interest at heart.

So when it seems like your world is falling apart- just allow God to hold you- you are not falling apart- you are falling into place. We need to release the control we are trying to keep over our life and our feelings and hand each over to God.

Allow God to just ‘hold you’ while you are struggling. Let Him do the work while you focus on trusting in Him and holding on to His promises.

Check out this Christian song- it has helped me a lot through times of struggle- when wondering ‘God where are you?!’

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being near to us- for never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank you for Your promises of helping us in our weakest moments. Lord I pray that each person who reads this would feel your love, comfort, and peace. Touch their hearts- open their eyes and ears- to see You. Lord, I pray that anyone who is feeling lonely and fearful that You would be near to them- lift them up Lord. I pray that any feelings of loneliness, fear, worry, or uncertainty be removed- Lord our trust and faith is in You. Protect us, help us, and lift each of us up in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Godly Parenting

As parents we have many responsibilities pertaining to raising our children. We literally have to teach our children everything- from eating- to walking/talking- to how to interact in the world as they grow. Our children rely on us to teach them life’s most basic needs and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to survive and have a fulfilling, happy life.

When you ask parents what they feel is their responsibility to teach their children- you get answers like: Feed them- Protect them- Prepare them for life. These things are all necessary but we also need to further break it down and think about what we are teaching our children.

Is it positive? Is it helpful? Will the things they are learning from us, help them or hurt them, in their futures?

How do we know what we should and should not teach our children?

This world has been grossly misinformed on how our children should be raised. They are confused by ‘lovely-sounding’ misconceptions that ultimately lead to destruction at some point in their lives.

One example is the rose theory. It alleges that children are like rose buds- if no one bothers them or interferes with them- they will naturally unfold into gorgeous roses.

Sounds nice! The problem is- children are not born with the same needs as a plant. Children need strong, loving parents- not a friend or an observer- to watch them ‘naturally unfold’.

I have heard many times in my life that having a child does not come with a how-to or instruction book on raising them. However, as I grew and had my own child- I realized this is not entirely true.

Although, when I gave birth and was ready to leave the hospital with my new little bundle of joy- no one handed me a book and said read this and you will have perfect children. The thought of thinking you can raise a perfect child without any outside interference is a bit laughable for me at this point in life. There is no way to control or predict and prevent negative life experience’s for our children- it is guaranteed going to happen- we live in a sinful, fallen world.

But we do need to be teaching our children how to be prepared and how to respond, when unexpected things happen.

The Bible is God’s handbook on life. It has a lot to say about how to raise our children and how we should and should not live our lives- furthermore it also explains why we should raise our children in a specific manner- as it leads to joy, fulfillment, love, peace, and eternal life- just to name a few.

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

Let us take a look at seven functions of great parenting according to God’s Word.

  1. Nurturing-
    Besides the obvious nurturing in healthy foods- As parents we should be feeding them spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and socially. We teach them how to handle emotions like anger and sadness correctly. We teach them how to play and share- how to recover from grief or loss- how to laugh and how to pray. We should be teaching them how to think, listen, and learn and how to communicate effectively. Above all we should be teaching our children about God.
  2. Protection-
    All infants need protection from a loving parent to survive. Good parents seek to find a balance between protection and overprotection- especially in a world that is becoming increasingly violent.

    But we also need to provide protection over their mind and soul in an eternal sense. We should be leading by example and teaching our children about God. Protecting their minds against agnosticism (the belief that there is not enough proof to say that God does or does not exist), prejudice, hatred, and injustice.

    We must counter cultural trends that encourage superficiality (lack of thoroughness, depth of character, or serious thought) and materialism (a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values) to be the basis of their thinking. We need to equip our children with the truth and train them in the way they are to live, according to God’s will, in order to protect them from these ways of thinking.

    They may temporarily rebel but they are likely to return to those good teachings they learned early in life.
  3. Creativity
    Good parents are creative with how they teach their children- correct them- play with them- spend their money- prepare them for the future- and even on teaching their children about God.

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV- “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
  4. Education:
    Many parents seek out the best preschool for their toddlers in hopes the child will receive the best education and prep for elementary school. However, children need far more than just the text book basic academics. Children need to learn the foundation of trust.

    Trust comes from a consistent response to your child’s needs. Weather the response is tender love or tough love-likely a mixture of both, but either way the child knows you are there, you care, and will take charge for their well being.

    Preschoolers who learn how to respect boundaries and obey rules are more likely to be safer and more responsible teens. Proverbs 29:15,17 makes it clear that children respond to the rod of correction.

    One example I have seen is picturing the rod of correction as a shepherds hook- designed to prod wayward sheep away from danger. And at times, the hook is needed to rescue a sheep who has fell into real danger.

    Children can learn to know right from wrong- we simply must teach them. We need to teach them the qualities that later become the fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

    By teaching our children these values we are preparing them for a future in eternity.
  5. Motivation
    You set the tone of your child’s inner voice. We should be teaching our children that their life is no accident- that God has a plan and purpose for them- their only job is to seek it- find it- and follow it.

    Motivation to make one’s life count for God is taught at a young age. Parents who bless their children with this truth and help them to discover God’s best for them live a happier, more fulfilling life.

    Unfortunately, some parents choose a different route of motivation in their parenting- they declare things over their children that are negative predictions- usually done in bits of anger. These statements are detrimental to a child’s mental health and become the very curse that causes some children to fail. They believe the lies and curses their parents have said over them to be true and it robs them of the healthy motivation it takes to accomplish what they are called to do in life.

    Paul wrote in Colossians 3:20-21
    Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

    When parents bless their children- it is easier for children to be obedient. We as parents can not ignore, neglect, or abuse our children physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally and think that they would or even should be obedient to us.

    God calls children to be obedient to their parents and show respect but He also tells parents NOT to provoke (stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them.) their children.

    Bless your children with the love of Christ and they will grow to do the same.
  6. Relinquishment
    The goal of Godly parenting and training our children up in the way they should go is to raise happy, healthy, and God-fearing adults whose lives will make a positive impact in the world.

    Teaching our children responsibility through giving them chores or tasks to complete- showing them how to complete them well- and than expressing approval and appreciation will prepare them to become independent, motivated adults.

    Letting our children go out on their own into the world is a scary process. However, this process can be easier when parents have the reassurance that they are transferring them from the shelter of their parental wings to the perfect care of God.
  7. A place to return
    Teaching our children the foundational truths in God’s word will prepare them for times of struggle in life. Having a solid foundation is important for our children to successfully navigate through life’s storms.

    Sometimes children stray away from God, but they almost always find their way back. This is because they have the solid foundation in which their childhood formative years were built upon.

    This will also help bring comfort as we grow older and eventually pass away. Our children will know they are never alone- that they are a child of God and can fully rely on Him for every need.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being a Father of love- for being patient with each of us- and for giving us Your Word so we may study it and learn more about who You are and who we are in You. Lord, I thank you for giving us this message and showing us through scripture how we should be parenting our children. I pray parents all across the nation will open their hearts to You and seek Your guidance. Lord, the world is so lost and many are chasing what they desire without giving any thought to their eternal destiny and they are falling into the traps of Satan and choosing the ways of the world. Lord, many do not even know who You really are and have never tried to know You. Many were never taught about Your love, mercy, and power and Lord I pray they would have an undeniable encounter with You. That they would feel Your love and presence and be moved to seek You more. I pray parents everywhere, including myself, would remember to teach our children about You and to live by example. I pray for Your protection over each of us and our nation as a whole. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings Part 2

In part one of Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings we discussed fairly broadly about the Old Testament and its role in the Bible. We discovered there are three types of knowledge- factual, personal, and practical. All of which are important and take us to a new level of understanding.

In the second part of the study we are going to further breakdown the Old Testament into more specific time periods and develop a new understanding on what is happening over time through-out the Old Testament. Giving us a deeper experience and new level of knowledge as we read the books contained in the Old Testament part of the Bible.

The Old Testament begins at creation and ends at approximately 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The events take place at a variety of different places, but the primary setting is Palestine.

There are many small, yet very important stories through-out the Bible. Some tell of migration- military campaigns and political intrigue- while others are romance. The stories have hero’s, villain’s, queen’s, king’s, prophet’s, poets, judges and more. These stories are in some ways like any other story you may read containing characters, plots, main ideas, and so on. Yet they are very different in huge ways.

Bible stories are true stories- from real people- like you and I from many many years ago. They are historic accounts of what happened on earth decades before we entered the world. They are powerful, educational, and life changing.

The Bible is our sword and we are to know it- so in pressing times we are equipped to defeat our enemy.

The Old Testament was written over a period of 1000 years (1400-400bc) and has over 30 different authors. Covering creation to the return of the Jews from exile in Babylon. It’s made up of 39 books- which could further be broken down into 3 major categories- history, prophecy, and poetry.

When reading the Old Testament it’s important to understand the culture as it was then and what was happening around them when a particular scripture was written. This will ensure you understand the scripture as it was written and aren’t misunderstanding and/or misleading yourself.

When taking a walk through the Old Testament history there are four major phases:

  1. Beginnings (? – 1440 BC)
  2. Settlement (1440 BC – 1050 BC)
  3. Kings (1050 BC – 586 BC)
  4. Exile (586 BC – 400 BC)

Discover how God is made known in each of the phases above by looking at specific incidents in each phase. Make note of how you can see yourself in each phase of the Old Testament.

Contrary to what some may think or say- the Old Testament and Bible in general are NOT outdated or old fashioned.

It’s a powerful book packed with truth, love, and knowledge. A book of promises that has a lot to say about God and still applies in today’s world of contemporary people.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for Your message and truth- for being a God of promises and love. Lord, I pray for those who are reading this message. That they would see what You are trying to show them about the Bible and the power it holds. I pray that you open up each of their hearts to truth and love. Give them clarity, discernment, and understanding as they study Your word. Guide them in their study and show yourself to them. I pray that each would have a life changing experience with You and would desire to seek to know You more. I want to thank You Lord for using me as a vessel to share Your word and spread the truth of Your love. I pray Your blessings and safety over each of us in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Share the Good News of God’s Love

God’s love does not stand in comparison to human or worldly love. God’s love is perfect and unchanging. Pouring out daily into our hearts, enriching our lives, and giving us peace and purpose in His kingdom.

Paul wrote this in Ephesians 3:17-19 about the love of God.

 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

When putting our hope in Jesus and trusting God with our lives, we begin to experience a new type of love- Agape. A love that pours into our hearts daily. A love that can’t be determined, changed, or earned by what we do or do not do.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5 NKJV

A love that is patient, kind, understanding and unfailing- A love that does not disappoint. A love that can only be received from God- that fills the void- and gives us the fulfillment we long to have.

We were created by Him- for Him. Which means the void we feel and often try to fill with worldly things can ONLY be filled by Him- through the outpouring of love by the Holy Spirit.

God wants us to share this good news with those He places in our lives- so that ALL of His children will know Him and experience His love that surpasses all understanding and to live their best life fulfilling their purpose in His kingdom.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for loving me so deeply and for pouring out Your love through the Holy Spirit. I confess that I should be sharing the good news of Your love more often then I am. Lord, sometimes I am so wrapped up in my own feelings that I fail to share Your unchanging and never failing love. Lord, I am thankful that Your grace is new every morning and nothing will change Your love for me. I pray that You would give me the courage and the words to effectively share what Your love has done in my life. I pray You would give me wisdom and knowledge to know when You have sent someone into my life that You want me to share Your love with. Thank you Lord for Your many blessings and for working on my behalf in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Building a Relationship with God

I have written about the importance of understanding religion vs. relationship. God wants to know us intimately and build a strong, trusting, and lasting relationship with Him. God loves each one of us– we are His creation– all children of God.

When two people are in love they are intentional about spending time together. Both making sacrifices and showing discipline and love to one another. The couple needs to work together to achieve the ultimate goal of building their relationship.

This is a great example on how we should be seeking and longing for a relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father, always near, always reliable, and knows each of us before we were in our mothers womb. (Psalm 139:13)

Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

God loves us long before we choose Him. He longs for the relationship with us and I believe that we need to exercise self-control and learn to discipline ourselves to give God the priority we so easily give to everything else in our life.

In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul uses the imagery of an athlete to illustrate spiritual discipline.

When an athlete says yes to the Olympics they say no to everything else. Rigorous control of diet and exercise is the only way to win. Dedicating each moment leading up to the ultimate goal.

This is similar to making your devotional time a priority. We should be dedicating a set amount of devotional time each day to growing in our relationship with God. When we are giving God our time and prioritizing our relationship with Him– a host of positive habits follow and we begin to see the transformation from the inside out.

A few tips to setting up an effective devotional time.

  • Reserve a time to connect with God daily.
  • Find a quiet, comfortable place.
  • Determine how much time you will spend
  • Set realistic expectations, this will help to encourage you instead of feeling like you have failed to reach an unrealistic expectation set for yourself.
  • Acknowledge there is no wrong way to spend time with God. Everyone’s quiet time will look different based on other factors in life and how we prioritize the time we have.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for choosing me and creating me carefully in my mothers womb. Thank you for calling me to a higher purpose and blessing me with the resources to learn about You. Lord I pray that each individual that reads this article will have a fire in their heart to seek to know You and build the intimate relationship with You that ultimately sets us free. God I pray that each person would dedicate themselves to a daily quiet, devotional time with you– to grow in our faith and our relationship with You, in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Spread Love

Last week in my post Love Defined I explained how the word love is perceived one way in society– an emotion or attachment and another in God’s eyes–an attitude or behavior. Further I explained that God is the creator of the concept of love and without God love simply doesn’t exist. We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Society has become extremely hateful and negative as a whole. God created us and instructed us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) The intolerance, discrimination, and anger/bitterness that people hold against one another is out of control. It has got to the point for some, that those who are different or think differently than oneself is immediate grounds for hatefulness, slander, and down right bigotry.

God never intended for our world to be full of so much hatred– however by choices made by each person in society– here we are in 2020– God is not allowed to be talked about in school, prayer is frowned upon– yet sex, violence, and other sinful nature runs rampad and no one blinks an eye. I think this year needs to be the year we choose change–choose to spread love–healthy, Godly, unconditional love. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:8 that love covers a multitude of sin.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

We are called to walk in love, to share the love of Christ with others, and to be the example of Christ’s love to the world. You have everything you need to walk in love. You already have compassion, empathy, patience to love– you only have to accept Jesus and access it through the Holy Spirit. Love is believing the best in people and not the worst.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

I want to be clear that when I refer to society being hateful and negative as a whole–this INCLUDES many self proclaimed Christians. In fact if I am being honest–I have had some experiences that the Christian folk was far more rude, hateful, and unpleasant than the unsaved folk who had never heard about the love of Jesus. This is disheartening and exactly why Christians get a bad stigma. When people see someone whom is claiming to be a Christian and love God acting in such a way– it detours the lost– why would they want to live for Jesus and act like that? We have to be very careful and be sure that if we are talking the talk– we need to be walking the walk. This doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t mess up because you will– we aren’t perfect. Being aware of your talk and actions during your day to day interactions will help you recognize when your fleshly emotions are starting to take over.

In the Bible God gives us instruction on how to behave like a Christian.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor (Hate) what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

God wants us to love like He loves– not like the world loves. God designed the concept of love and wants us to understand how perfect His love is. When we spread love in the way God tells us too– It pleases Him. God even went as far to say in Matthew 25:33-40 that when you help others you are helping Him. I have often heard people say why doesn’t God stop all the terrible things in the world or why does He allow people to go hungry and without a home. I usually respond with something along the lines of “God created us and called us to do His work– often times we see these things because God is calling one of His children to help those in the world around them and unfortunately we don’t always make the move when we are called into action.” One person alone can’t fix all the “problems” in the world today BUT if we all did our part and acted when called upon to help and show love like Jesus–society as a whole would be much, much better.

Matthew 25:33-40

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

5 ways to spread love everywhere you go

Smile at people
Hold the door open for someone
Compliment a stranger
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The Ultimate Valentine

It’s the time of year where “love is in the air”. Couples showering each other with flowers and gifts in an effort to show the other how much they love them. For others it’s a time of sadness, loneliness, and depression. Often feeling unlovable because they are “alone” and have no one to spend the day with. Feeling as if somehow they aren’t “good enough” to have someone show them love on this specific day.

My hopes in writing this is to bring hope, joy, and the surrounding presence of God’s love to those whom feel “alone”. I am excited to share with you– you are NOT alone. Not on Valentine’s day or any other day for that matter. Let me share with you a love that is unconditional, unfailing, and unchanging!

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

The love of Jesus– there is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ– who was tortured and killed for you– yes YOU– so that your sins would be forgiven so you may live eternally– so you would know His love. Perfect- Unconditional- Never Failing Love!

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There are many people that have the wrong idea of who God is– Thinking that He just wants to take the fun out of life or give you a list of rules that is impossible to follow perfectly. Some think He is mad at them–that He is to blame for the bad things in their life– some even believe that God hates them. As Joyce Meyer says and wrote a book on God is NOT Mad at you!! I read the book and if you believe God is mad at you–you should read it too.

God doesn’t correct us or give us rules because He is mad or wants to be a party pooper. God corrects us through His word because He loves us! Just as a good parent loves their child– God loves us even more!

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

The Bible is there to instruct, convict, and replenish your soul– not to chastise, condemn, and break you down. God instructs us in Matthew that love is the greatest commandment. This is because God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and lack of capability to uphold each commandment in the law. When Jesus was crucified He was sinless His death represented the love of God to all of us.

Matthew 22:34-40

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

God never stops loving us even on the days or years we do not choose Him. God authored the concept of love–God is love. God wants us to love Him, love ourselves, and love everyone as He loved us. We love because He first loved us.

You see no one is truly alone– that is a lie the enemy wants you to believe– so that you will remain in bondage to loneliness, sadness, and depression. God is always with us–He goes before us and prepares the way.

If you are feeling alone and vulnerable this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to seek out the Ultimate Valentine– God. He showers you with the perfect love all of the days of your life. He has many gifts (blessings) for you– you only have to receive Him and accept them. God is near to the broken hearted and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. What better valentine to have than the one who authored the concept of love.