When I drive now more than ever I am very defensive. People seem to be making irresponsible choices to text or stare at their phones now… a lot. It is their choice to do so, as it is my choice to make responsible choices and drive carefully with the phone down and on silent. That is one example.
I am not responsible for anyone else’s choices but my own and I am fully responsible for my own. I own them. What I do, I am responsible for. How I treat others, I am responsible for. What I say, I am fully responsible for. And the thing is, this is true of every single soul God created.
When we meet God soon in heaven, we will each account for our words and actions and choices. There will be no one to blame, no getting out of it, no reasoning it away or excusing it for emotional or hormonal drives. No, it is yes or no. Even now, as distracted as we are it is yes or no. Responsible choice? “Yes” or “no”. And anything added to “no” does not make it less of a “no”. ❤
The church is being hammered. It has become quite often corrupted and polluted and mixed with other views than the Bible or with other emphasis than praise and worship of and service to and for God through Jesus Christ our Savior/Messiah and Redeemer. But this was our fault, not the enemy who wished it to become so. It is we who have allowed and encouraged this church problem. And as such, it is we who can fix it. How? Every Christian who humbles themselves and prays and fasts in earnest and confesses their part in it and repents from continuing down that road and starts to praise and worship our triune God and serves Him directly in the church or to people for Him, changes everything. That is all we have to do. We each do our part right where we are and encourage others who are and bam!! The Holy Spirit is allowed to flow and work in and through us and revival is here. People are waiting for someone else to do all the work. God detests this pampered laziness, I am convinced of it. I am pretty tired of it too. Put down the idols (every time else you have devoted your precious spiritual (and often physical) time and energy to except for God) and change. It is a choice. Free will is powerful, which is why God gave it to us. Just decide to change and humbly pray and do it. Get reading the Bible, pray all day long, praise and worship God, love Him and people. Just do it. Revival is our choice. It is my choice. I accept and own it.❤
As I gain, ahem, maturity, I am not sure which comforts me more. Either it is that nothing surprises God ever at all OR it is that everything He does is motivated by His unfathomable reckless love.❤❤❤
My best friend Shawny (I miss her!) and I used to encourage each other in truth and talent and help and praise. It was awesome. We both needed it, having somewhat particular (in her case) and critical (in my case) parents. So we met that need for encouragement for each other growing up. Perfect, right? Well, we ended up in other parts of the country and we don’t get that all the time. So when I hear encouraging morsels from the Bible, good books, blogs, audience members, church family members, band family members, etc., it is invaluably emcouraging. Validation is encouraging, not to hear how great I am doing or be puffed up like a peacock, but to know I am on the right track and helped someone or encouraged them. So never be afraid to encourage in truth someone. It is not about their ego but may just give them a burst of light in their day and help them know if they are doing ok. Feedback is important and precious. Intelligent people actually want to get/do better. Love them that way, it’s good.❤
Adopting a dog from the SPCA with heartworm has affected my empathy and mothering skills. After 2 days, I love our furry friend and he is one of the family. We have to exercise him a little but without stress or strain, have to give him medicine twice a day before his first shot Thursday and keep him very calm after that for a month. It is deliberate care, intentional love. We knew going in he was sick. And we love him all the more for it. We know it is up to God through thr medicine to heal him or not. We love him and he is very loved until we know for certain if it is forever or not.
And I think that is how it is with God. I understand that better. He really loves us and adopts everyone who humbly asks Him to. He knows we are iffy. He knows we may screw up, knows we may reject treatment or choose to run away. He loves us all the more when we really try to please Him, as when Blue tries to please us. It is endearing. We accept him as He is, hoping to nurse him to health, and God must feel that way with us, accepting us as we are and hoping to nurse us and love us to greater health and joy wanting the best life for us. I get it now. And I praise God and love Him all the more for it.❤❤❤
True love remains.
If “love” left, it was never truly love.
True love remains.
If “love” cheated, it was not love.
True love remains faithful.
If “love” hurt deeply, it was not love.
True love remains protective.
If “love” lied to you, it was not love.
True love remains honest.
If “love” involved secrets, it was not love.
True love remains open.
If “love” was selfish, it was not love.
True love remains sacrificial.
Jesus loves you. This I know. The Bible tells me so. We humble ones belong to Him. We are all weak but He is so strong. And Jesus actually did die for you then rose for your option to live with Him forever in heaven. That is what true love looks like.❤
When you take a step in the fog, it is an act of faith based on the security of pavement underneath you that will hold you up. You can’t always see it or doubt its ability to support your weight. The fog is just too thick at that moment. That is what faith is… trusting what you cannot see at that moment. And in the spiritual realm, that is the way of it. When we are secure in our salvation through Jesus Christ by accepting His security under us, we have faith that we are secure in Him even when we are blinded by a myriad of distractions around us. We are never insecure, never ever without God or His eternal security, no matter what other noise surrounds us. Faith is the key. Believe it no matter what we are seeing. Say it out loud. Believe it. Know it. We may not see our spiritual eternal security but it is there and will always be there. That empowers us to rest in God’s security and do our love work in appreciation and obedience. That is so cool!😄❤