I am still reeling over the loss of a friend. This friend was close to me and I invested a lot of time and resources into the relationship. I find it difficult to still love a person who suddenly disowns you. I guess I do not understand that mentality because I am am faithful friend and friends are adopted family to me. Maybe some people only see others as what they can get out of them and never really see friends as I do. Maybe people think differently because of hurts in their lives or upbringing or false beliefs they accept to believe that blinds them to the truth. And maybe people just choose to be mean and selfish because they want to be. Regardless, it still hurts deeply and I again will choose to cling to the Lord for help and hope. He is my comfort and strength and the best friend I will ever have. God loves me so much and will never abandon me. Thank you, God!❤
This year, I am a different creature than last year. Last year, I was mourning the loss of my daddy, a band brother, and a dear friend. I was sad. I tried to be happy, but it was beyond me. Now, with the help of God and walk with Him- physically, mentally and spiritually- I am remade and happy again. I survived that difficulty by God’s grace and the peace and deep joy He kept giving me and comfort as I cried. Now, I am remade, new, loving life differently. Things matter more. People matter more. Family matters more. And this Christmas with my little family I am focusing on planting presents rather than flippant giving them. I want them to be encouraging and helpful, useful and fun but something to use and grow with. So, different eyes and different focus and I am liking the change. It feels more like purposeful love. That is always the right choice.❤
Our greatest and sometimes only supportive love has always and will always come from God, our loving Heavenly Father. People are supportive often when it suits them or things are going well or if they are first supported in general. Of course there are exceptions, but enough has happened in my 43 years that I do not expect to be lovingly supported by anyone consistently except God. He made me, knows me inside and out, has been with me since before I was even a consideration, and is my future. Same for you, my friend. Lean on God who loves and supports you. Trust Him and go to Him for all your needs. God will not let you down and even in tests or at the dimented butt of an evil one’s jokes and whims, He gives peace and joy and nd nd justice will follow. Make no mistake. God has your back. ❤
God is present with us. He is not far off on some other dimension far off cloud, He is here. He is in the room with us, if saved He is living in us, even if unsaved His fingerprints are all over us because He made us all. He has a vested interest in us. He loves us. He is taking His time for Jesus’ return because of His great love and mercy, not wanting us to be punished eternally. He wants us to be close to Him and trust Jesus as Savior. God is with us, here for us. Heisman reminds us of how humble He became on our behalf as Jesus was God born a man, the Son of God, the Son of Man, Immanuel, God with us. Here. Now. Do not believe the lie that He is busy or unreachable or small enough not to be able to handle everything at once. Those are untrue. He is here, so capable of everything simultaneously and reachable by holding out your hand and/or bowing in prayer. God is here. He loves you. Love Him back.❤
The darkest hours in history always preceded the dawn. That is still true. It will be true tomorrow. In many ways, light is gaining ground and yet darkness digs in, refusing to be extinguished without a valiant effort. However, darkness knows full well that it’s time is short. Those benefitting from the darkness will do so for only a short time and then will be imprisoned by it forever. Now is the time to choose light, the winner and champion. For the dawn comes. It always does. It always will. And one day soon it will do so forever. Do not doubt the light of dawn or its power. For darkness runs from it with its tail between its legs. Never doubt it. God is the light and Jesus ushers in the dawn.❤
2 Chronicles 16:9. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
King Asa, in this chapter, counted on human help to save him. While it happened to work this time, God was displeased and sent a messenger to tell Asa he should have counted on God. Then this amazing verse as our assurance today. God is for us. Everyone committed to Him, He will strengthen. Do it ourselves or count on someone else, and it doesn’t go so well often and never pleases God. God says to rely on Him and stay committed and close to Him.❤
God is good. Only in staying close to God do I resemble goodness.
God is love. Only in staying close to God do I stay loving.
God is light. Only in staying close to God do I shine.
God is wise. Only in staying close to God can I convey wisdom.
Relationship to God is my priority. God, keep me close to You.❤❤❤