4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
Remember this verse as we go into the next year!
May God bless all of you, as we embrace Him and each other.
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31 (ESV)
Praying for all
who embrace love in every aspect,
Praying that we all
come back to the basics
of seeking God first
and loving each other!
If there was ever a time when we are called to show an extraordinary display of love for God and each other, it is now. I’ve been questioning what we as Christians are doing to show love during these hectic times.
Reading the following scripture, I tried to put a filter in place to determine whether modern-day Christianity actually survives the test of Jesus’ definition of love. Let’s read this together and ask the Holy Spirit to help us answer that question.
The Great Commandment
Matthew 22 (English Standard Version)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
8 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Along with these scriptures, we would be remiss not to read and understand God’s further definition of love.
1 John 4:20 (English Standard Version)
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
So, let’s ask ourselves:
- Do we treat everyone with this kind of love? Does it matter whether they have the same color of skin as ours, speak with the same language that we use?
2. Are we prejudiced in any way?
3. Do we encourage hate of any person?
4. Do we support bullying?
5. Do we reach out and pick up the peaceful person that was just beaten down–by fists or guns–or words? Or do we join in?
6. Do we judge a person by whether they are poor, or not?
7. Do we act out, in any way, with disdain, judgmental thoughts or actions, or do we try to understand a person who is different from us? who may have a different religious affiliation? a different way in describing their belief system? Or do we think that we are the only people who have all the answers?
8. Do we agree that requiring servitude by anyone is ok? is loving? is the way Jesus would treat people?
I think this is a somber time in all of our lives when we should quietly sit and reflect on these questions. If we fall short of the definition of love as Jesus describes it, we have an imperative to go to Him and ask forgiveness, turn away from that wrongful attitude, and humble ourselves as we seek God’s guidance in remedying our actions. That way He will be glorified rather than being ashamed of us.
Are we really Christians?
If we don’t display the love and light from our Lord, then we should stop using His name–in vain!
Your sister in Christ,
Hebrews 13:5 KJV
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I was so blessed today to have the opportunity to speak to a very beautiful person who helped me through a business situation. I want to just lift her up and thank God for her and all of the people that have that beautiful, loving, caring attitude. It really helps during this time. All of us are going through so much stress. To be met with someone who is so compassionate brings such joy to our very soul.
Thank you Chandra for giving me a feeling of peace and hope.
I admonish all of us to give the customer service agents that we deal with kindness in return. Understanding, love, sharing, and prayer will encourage us as we go through all this together.
Let’s freely share the love that we have been given.
Let’s light up the world with that love!
When I was thinking about writing today the words of this song really resonated with my heart.
We need to be filled with God’s love and with his message, and we need to share this message with the whole world as we are always searching and seeking for things that will satisfy when all around us there’s greed and seeking power.
So I wanted to share this with you today. I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.
Have a blessed day, everyone!
All our love to all of you in, Jesus name. We pray this prayer as we sing this song together.
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
139 “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.”
A wise man fears and departs from evil,
But a fool rages and is self-confident. Proverbs 14:16 NKJ
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.”
All we need to do in time of sorrow and loneliness is to stay our minds upon God, to trust Him, to rest in Him, to nestle in His love. We remember where John was found the night of the Lord’s last supper with His disciples, – the darkest night the world ever saw, in the deepest sorrow men ever knew, – he was leaning on Jesus’ breast. He crept into that holy shelter to find quiet.
John was kept in perfect peace during all those terrible hours. Everything appeared to have slipped away and there was nothing that seemed abiding. But John crept into the shelter of love and simply trusted, and was kept in holy peace.
A beautiful story is told of Rudyard Kipling during a serious illness a few years since. The trained nurse was sitting at his bedside on one of the anxious nights when the sick man’s condition was most critical. She was watching him intently and noticed that his lips began to move. She bent over him, and heard him whisper the words of the old familiar prayer of childhood, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” The nurse, realizing that her patient did not require her services, and that he was praying, said in apology for having intruded upon him, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Kipling; I thought you wanted something.” “I do,” faintly replied the sick man: “I want my heavenly Father. He only can care for me now.”
In his great weakness there was nothing that human help could do, and he turned to God and crept into His bosom, seeking the blessing and the care which none but God can give. That is what we need to do in every time of trial, of sorrow, – when the gentlest human love can do nothing, – creep into our heavenly Father’s bosom, saying, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” That is the way to peace. Earth has no shelter in which it can be found, but in God the feeblest may find it. —JR Miller
by Hazel Straub Worshiping God, with our whole hearts (mind, will and emotions), is a great way to start, live and end our day. He hears our prayers and answers. We do not trust in possessions, the latest electronics or the best house but in the name of our God, who loves and saves us. […]
Friends, a champion is not one who has beaten all the rest, but rather the soul who has achieved oneness with God’s purpose for life! – Martha L Shaw
Feathers of angel wings Often float down From on high And sometimes if you’re lucky You may see them fly by, Watching over those who need them Caring for lost souls, They are beauty and they are magical They’re born from the ancient and the old.
This site deals with sharing our unique paths through mental illness. I just started this site, so it’s a work in progress. I’m very excited about people contacting me already with an interest in these subjects. So come on over! We’ll sort these things out together. (Note: Back in the early 2000’s I was an assistant manager for a 1200 member bipolar disorder website. I’ve dealt with a lot of different people, so hopefully that will comfort you some. lol)
Well, this is just my fun little site that mostly just has my oil paintings that I do to support my daughter’s African Wildlife Sanctuaries that provide education for the children of the wildlife workers. I’m not such a great artist, but my heart is in the right place!
This may not be interesting to many people, but it is especially interesting to me since I’ve been searching this topic since I was 12 years old. Hey, it may not be terribly exciting, but it certainly relates to what’s going on in our world today.
We created this site in an effort to share with people who need a little extra love and encouragement. We all need that, huh? Started in 2006, this site has reached many people around the world from really unexpected places. Over 289,000 visits confirms that the encouragement and inspiration that we generate and share really is helping. We hope you will join and share your thoughts with us.
If so, let’s figure out how we can deal with this together. Action will help us combat our initial reaction of anger.
1. We have to admit that we are angry.
2. Define our anger.
3. Ask ourselves the questions, “Is the anger harming us?” and “Is there something we can do about it?”
4. If there is something we can do about it, find resources to use so that we positively channel the anger rather than letting it drive us.
5. While addressing the issues, be sure to take care of ourselves first.
6. Balance our lives with: relaxation, fun, and/or anything that distracts us from the feelings of anger.
7. If the issues making us angry affect others, contact them, and then join with them to resolve those issues. Encourage and thank them for their efforts.
8. Never give up.
9. Keep going forward.
~ Sharon Rule