Love of God

‎Nothing in all the world can separate you from the love of God which is found in Christ Jesus!”Romans 8:35-39

So many times we feel like God does not love us. But no matter what we are going through; what the world is throwing at us and trying to destroy us, God does loves us. He wraps his arms around us and carries us through. Just trust and believe he will do this. Release your control over it and allow him to carry you.

Blessings!

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Grasping the Thread

I was recently trying to sew a backing to a curtain and my sewing machine stopped working. The needle was not grasping the material and putting the thread through it. Sometimes I feel life can be this way as well. Are we grasping what God is trying to tell us in the Bible or in our minds? Even the disciples did not understand what Christ was telling them when he predicted his death. “They didn’t understand a thing he said. Its significance was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about” Luke 18:34. Even though Jesus spoke plainly to them, they did not grasp the significance of his words. They did not fully understand until they saw the resurrected Christ. We can be just like the disciples. We can read God’s Word and not grasp what we read. Even though we may be a Christ follower, we must still pray for understanding in what God is telling us.

Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13

We may become a little frustrated when we do not understand what God is telling us through his word; we are not fully grasping what he is saying. But do not fret, God helps us understand. His Word is our guidebook to living a godly life; it is our instruction manual. At times when looking at an instruction manual whether it is for a car, putting something together, or for a new job, it can be a little confusing. A lot of times when I am putting something together, I stop looking at the instruction manual and feel like I know what is next and do it my way until I get to the end and have an extra piece that shouldn’t be there. Do we go about life doing it our way or do we follow God’s instruction manual? Understanding may take time and practice but it is important to continue to read his Word for guidance.

Pray for wisdom and understanding so you may grasp what God is telling you today.

May God bless you this week! Lynda

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Pressing Forward

As I sat here this morning reading my devotion as I do most mornings, I am reminded to keep pressing forward. Life has a habit of making me focus on my mistakes, my current situation, things that weigh me down and hold me back from doing what was planned for my life. I do not know what the future holds for me so it is difficult focusing on what has not happened. I know many can relate to this. We plug along life hoping for the best, striving our hardest to accomplish something meaningful. Sometimes, we may feel like a flopping fish that is out of water, trying it’s hardest to get back in the water to follow the path that was meant for it.

Focusing on the past and our present may weigh us down and blind us from future. Life tends to make us weary and want to give up. Each of us has a path that was already planned. We must focus our eyes on God to live the life we were meant to live. We will stumble and not move forward if we look at ourselves and not Him. God has an amazing plan for our lives, we just need to focus on Him. He will guide us if we only trust in His plan.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

“So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.” Hebrews 12:12, 13

Many blessings to you today!!

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Hidden Happiness

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. John 10:10

The thief takes life and he tries to destroy every aspect of our lives; emotionally, physically and spiritually. In John 10:10, Jesus is saying his purpose is to give life. In the Message Bible, it says Jesus came so we can have real and eternal life, a better life than we have ever dreamed of. He gives us an abundantly full and rich life. This does not mean rich as in money but rich in happiness and enjoyment. Life is not a big party but Jesus wants us to have a life that far exceeds our expectations. This life he gives us starts immediately but it must be a life in Christ. Walking with him daily and accepting his ways. A life in Christ is lived completely different from a life of the world.  We should live and act differently than those that do not know Christ. This life is overflowing with forgiveness, love and guidance from Christ. Most Christians forget this is the type of life Christ wanted for us. They may be waiting for the day Christ returns so they can be happy and free of this world. Eternity starts now. Christ wants us to be happy and free of this world now not when he returns. Our lives need to reflect and glorify Christ every day.

Where is our happiness? Happiness is missing from many lives and it is especially missing from some Christians lives. We go around with fake smiles just to make it through the day. God desires us to have life to the full; to be happy but the world gets in the way. From debt, excess work, unable to forgive, boredom, depression; just fill in the blank______ I know there is something in our lives that is robbing us of our happiness.

God gives us fruit of happiness but we seem to gather this fruit from the low-lying branches or the fruit that has fallen. We don’t reach high enough and grab the abundant and rich fruit he provides at the top. We have low expectations of what God provides us. We feel God and everyone is against us and we are living half filled lives. The thief is against us and he wants to rob us of every ounce of happiness from our lives but God is never against us. He puts the abundant life in front of us but we fail to reach for it and grab it. He loves us because we are his children.

See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! 1 John 3:1a

We need to remember daily we are God’s children and live as that way. Do not wait for happiness in the future. God gives it to us now and we must reach out and grab it today. When was the last time you really smiled? Are you frowning today because you feel life is not going the way you think it should go? Raise your expectations and live as Christ wants you to live.

Blessings to you! Lynda

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