Today we shared our day with loving family, our Great Aunts Evelyne and Ellen down in Sebring, Fl. Yes, it is a bit of a drive, but always worth our monthly visits. We usually help them with odd jobs or big jobs they are no longer able to do themselves, but just visiting with someone who loves you and is family lifts and encourages and energizes me greatly. I love family. Family comes in various flavors too. I have dear friends I consider family. I have my band family. I have my church family. I have my blood family of course. But these people are valuable to me and time with them is my lifeblood. Having a family is having love. And if the family you are.born with is not as they should be, in life and in Christ, we adopt family!! Woo hoo!😄❤
We are given everything we need by a living Father God, salvation through Jesus Christ and thr indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, alongside the written Word of God, the Bible as our guide. So here is your love encouragement truth for the day… humbly ask God and talk to Him for life and whatever you need and He will provide what you really need. God has this for you. How loving and beautiful is that?!😄❤
On the topic of “giving up”,
Don’t do it. Ever. Never give up.
On why not to give up,…
Because you are loved by God and never out of His reach. You are held tight as soon as you choose to be.
You are loved. Always. Forever.
So, to recap,…
Never give up. You are loved dearly by God. Reach to Him. Always. Forever.❤
John 15:12. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” ❤
– Bible Offline
Jesus loved us unconditionally and sacrificially. This is how He said to love each other. If we did this, we would change the world in no time flat.❤
From April 19:
“I love you regardless of how well you are performing. Sometimes you feel uneasy, wondering if you are doing enough to be worthy of my love. No matter how exemplary your behavior, the answer to that question will always be no. Your performance and my love are totally different issues, which you need to sort out. I live you with an everlasting love that flows out from eternity without limits or conditions. I have clothes you in my robe of righteousness, and this is an eternal transaction : Nothing and no one can reverse it. Therefore, your accomplishment as a Christian has no bearing on my live for you. Even your ability to assess how well you are doing on a given day is flawed. Your limited human perspective and the condition of your body, with its mercurial variations, distort your evaluations.
“Bring your performance anxiety to me, and receive in its place my unfailing love. Try to stay conscious of my loving presence with you in all that you do, and I will direct your steps.” (from Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 61:10; Psalm 31:16; Psalm 107:8)❤
So, confession time. I have not cleaned out my refrigerator for a year. I have cleaned spills, gotten rid of bad food, but not cleaned it all out for a year. Deplorable to some, yes, others I am quite sure would wonder why ever do it. Lol But today, I clean the refrigerator. In fact I am halfway finished and am taking a break to let it cool down again. But let me tell you, my husband’s love languages are acts of service primarily and then gifts secondly. So to him, my cleaning out the fridge is amazing and proves my love to him. I grew up doing all the cleaning inside and out so I can clean. Not my favorite thing to do, I heartily confess, but here is where my new talent of humbleness comes in. I am doing it for my husband, for my family that it matters to. That is love. Love someone their way today.❤
Our time here on earth for all of us should be time spent waiting for heaven. But it is not a passive wait. We are not sitting around on our butts waiting for time to pass, we are worshipping God and thanking Him for Jesus’ work to assure us a place. We are thankful, friends! And while we worship and live thankfully, we are growing closer in our relationship with God. Wow, what a magnificent thought! We are loved by Almighty God our Creator who is rich in love and kindness, goodness and gentleness, joy and peace, holiness and self-control. He who created the stars knows and loves and wants to be close to us. Wow! In such deep thankfulness and worship, we cannot help but radiate His love and good things and humbly serve others also. What better show of our gratitude? And this is our waiting room experience on earth, awaiting heaven with our precious Savior! How blessed we all are!❤❤❤