Tag: Christ

Every Mommy Has Her Favorite Perfume

Do you have a favorite perfume? I think everyone has a favorite. I like Channel – any of them. Yes, every Mommy has her favorite perfume.

It’s funny how a simple fragrance can remind you of someone. The other day I sprayed some Channel on me and instantly remembered my mom’s perfume collection. She liked it too. I was transported back to her walk in closet with the perfumes, all her matching outfits, scarves, shoes, and jewelry. My mom used to Broker a Real Estate office so she always dressed up for work.  I miss her, she passed away a few years ago. But that perfume brought me right back there.

What about you?

Do you have a favorite perfume?

What does it remind you of?

I found that the Holy Spirit has a fragrance as well. There are times that the presence of God will come upon you and you can smell it. It’s wonderful. You feel instantly protected and safe. God brings healing and hope in those moments as well.

“Live with love as Christ loved you. He gave Himself for us, a gift on the altar to God which was as a sweet smell to God.” – Ephesians 5:2 NLV

“We thank God for the power Christ has given us. He leads us and makes us win in everything. He speaks through us wherever we go. The Good News is like a sweet smell to those who hear it.  We are a sweet smell of Christ that reaches up to God. It reaches out to those who are being saved from the punishment of sin and to those who are still lost in sin.  It is the smell of death to those who are lost in sin. It is the smell of life to those who are being saved from the punishment of sin. Who is able for such a work?  We are not like others. They preach God’s Word to make money. We are men of truth and have been sent by God. We speak God’s Word with Christ’s power. All the time God sees us.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 NLV

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I See You As God Sees You

One of the hardest things to do is look beyond our faults and the faults of others. Our human nature is to judge our behavior and others behaviors. This is not our job. God gave us the Holy Spirit to renew our minds. Let us see ourselves and each other as God does – forgiven, loved, chosen, and free! I see you as God sees you today – NEW!

We are all created new after being born again. Not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. His righteousness covers us and renews our hearts and minds.

Let go of the judgement my friends – and see each other as Christ sees us! Now that is freedom!

 

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 KJV

 

 

ALL THINGS NEW by Elevation Worship

 

Hear the sound of our chains
They come crashing down
There’s freedom in your name
The cross erased our guilt and shame
The past can’t condemn the ones
Who bear your name

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed

Hear the shout of your church
The rescued and redeemed Lord we are yours
Saved by grace by grace we live
Nothing separates the love you give

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed
You leave healing in your wake and we are changed
There is healing in your name for us to change

Preceded by Chaos

The Body of Christ is so weary, including me.  Yes, it’s Monday. And I fall down at the feet of my Savior and cry out, “How long Lord, how long?” We desperately need a new breath of God. Everything we thought we knew has come to naught. The new wind of the Spirit will revive us. So we sit and search and wait. Just like those folks did in the Upper Room. I’m sure those Disciple guys felt like their world was falling apart into complete chaos. But the best was yet to come!

Let’s pray and sing psalms together and wait for what God promised.

Come to Me

What promise are you waiting on?

Here are 3 Promises I am holding onto these days:

 

  1. I am waiting on the promise that, “Not by might, not by strength, but by My Spirit.” We are so blessed to have a congregation of worshippers. Praise and worship brings in the presence of God like a breath of fresh air. God knows what we need, and when we need it to. He promised to provide – not only in the physical world, but in the spiritual realm as well. He knows his kiddos are tired and He has the oil of joy that will break the yokes of bondage. The anointing of GOD is in the oil – the Holy Spirit. Thank you Holy Spirit –  lead us, comfort us, guide us into all truth, in Jesus Name.
  2. And I am waiting on “Everything your hand touches will prosper.” I have seen it happen in my children’s lives. They are so blessed beyond belief the don’t even know it.  I am grateful that God has shown them all tremendous favor.  And I am grateful for the new season He is bringing me and my husband into. I don’t want to camp in the valley. I don’t even really like camping. And I know what the valley looks like. I’m ready for a new view. How about you?
  3. And, “I will restore the years the locust have eaten. ”  I have to believe that God can make some use out of my messed up life. I didn’t think all that junk would happen. Maybe you didn’t either. Sometimes the best intentions end up going haywire. Sometimes covenants are not kept due to no fault of your own. Sometimes junk just happens. We live in a fallen world.

“Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.”

~Rossi on Criminal Minds

But I survived, and so did you.  In fact, God can make good come out of whatever the enemy used to try to destroy you. Look at Joseph. Look at Job. Don’t give up yet – your story isn’t over yet my friends. And neither is mine. Let’s see where God takes us. I hear He is a really good driver. He knows the way. And I  don’t even think He needs Google Maps!

STAND

STAND

Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen, Dedicated to Bob

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When the money’s gone and the bills come in

When the sky turns black lightning, thundering

When our friends or family betray

We’re gonna forgive them anyway

 

We’re gonna get through this

We’ve been through a whole lot worse

We’re gonna get through this

Dig down deep and take my hand

Together we stand

 

When the work is long and the pay is slow

When our hair turns gray cause we’re getting old

When the kids move out to find their way

We’re gonna love our life anyway

 

We’re gonna get through this

We’ve been through a whole lot worse

We’re gonna get through this

Dig down deep and take my hand

Together we stand

 

 

They may kick they may bite

They may slander and they may fight but

 

We’re gonna get through this

We’ve been through a whole lot worse

We’re gonna get through this

Dig down deep and take my hand

Together we stand

 

 

Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.

 After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever. (1 Peter 5:8-10 TLB)

Salvation is Here – NaPoWriMo

Salvation is Here

~Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen~

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He is not here

He is Risen

The tomb is empty

No longer bound to this world

He lives again in you and me

Resurrection Sunday

New life and new hope

Salvation is here!

Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2 NIV)

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Why Dance with Death?

I recently started a new book from my Pastor. It’s written by a Pastor Tim Baker, and it’s called DEWITCHED – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DANGERS OF WICCA & WITCHCRAFT. It’s written from a Christian Perspective and compares Christianity, Wicca, and Satanism.

dewitched

I have teenagers. And I have worked in the school district. Have you been to a Scholastic Book Fair lately? How about the Young Adult Section at the library? Wicca and Witchcraft books abound. They are enticing our children, and this is one mom who says NO! So, I am arming myself – and preparing for battle. Our children’s lives are at sake, and their salvation. I admit, I used to be ignorant. No more. Our children are reading about it at school. Yeah, really. It’s time we wake up.

Here is an excerpt from GoodReads:

Wicca is the fastest-growing religion on today’s college campuses, and is even featured on the covers of popular teen magazines. Christian teens need to know what to believe when it comes to witchcraft. Dewitched equips teens to carry on intelligent conversation with someone from a Wiccan background, know how to defend their faith to a Wiccan, and notice signs of Wicca or witchcraft in their culture.

Dewitched is the must-have resource for any teen, youth pastor, or parent who wants good solid information and advice from a Christian perspective about this popular but dangerous religion.

(Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1957993.Dewitched#other_reviews0

We all worship something. Some of us worship God, some worship Mother Earth and other gods/godesses, some worship Satan – but we all worship. We all follow something/someone. We all have a ‘code’ we live by. And we all get to choose.  I am not here to dishonor your choice. Your choice is your choice. And my choice is my choice. I would ask you to honor that as well.

After my post about How To Recognize a Witch That Comes to Church I had a very good conversation with a member of Wicca. She was kind and helped me understand their beliefs. I am not her Holy Spirit, and she is not mine. Thank you Cat for your comments. But today, more than ever we need to know what we believe an why we believe it.

According to DEWITCHED,  in Wicca they believe there is more fight for joythan one God. They believe there may be many gods or goddesses.  This may be based in old Celtic religion. Wiccans do talk to dead spirits/family members. I don’t understand why someone would want to talk to a dead spirit. They are dead! To me that is dancing with death.

Also from the book, Wiccans usually meet outside and worship there with circles and pentagrams. There is a ceremony. They honor and worship the earth. They will use objects for their magic and create personal spell books.  They may take objects from someone who they are trying to convert. In the book there was a ceremony using a lock of hair, an object from another person,  and then they sealed it with their blood claiming that this person join their coven. Wiccans believe in magic (or magik) and harness this power/energy when they perform their rituals. This energy may be used for good, or for evil, it is up to the Witch.

In the book, Wiccans  may go to church, and then make friends with other teens there. Even attend youth group. But then they will ask their new friends to come to one of their services. Or maybe they will ask your teen if they could do a tarot card reading, read an ‘aura’, or practice exiting your body and going into another plane of existence. It may start as simply as giving your teen a pentagram necklace to peak their curiosity. But I am only on Chapter 11, so I’ll have to fill you in on the ending…

It’s real, and it’s time we talk about it church. Because our kids are.

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Yes, we all get to make our own choice. And again, it is up to each of us. As a parent I want to train my child in the way to go so when he/she is older they will not depart from it.  It’s not about who goes to church on Sunday; it’s about who has a relationship with Jesus Christ, the ONE and only true God. He is the Author of LIFE and lives in them and through them. I want my kids to know Him, to love Him and follow Him. Let them be a witness and a prayer warrior/warrioress. Let  them to be the one their friends come to when they need prayer because they know that God hears their prayers and answers.

Children of the King, who have received the deposit on their inheritance already; children who have been adopted into the family of God, no longer orphans, no longer comfortless – but comforted and secure in who they are in Christ. Children who know that they have been redeemed and forgiven by the blood of Jesus; children who know that Jesus died on the Cross for their sins. That His death was a substitute for theirs – yes, the Passover Lamb. And now, there is no need to be afraid. The price was paid for our disobedience.

Children who have been baptized in the NAME OF JESUS, and who hold within them the Power of the Living God with the Holy Spirit. Children who talk in tongues and bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the Kingdom of Earth. Children who are led by Jesus Himself! And greater is the One who is in us that he who is in the world!

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The Blood of Jesus Changes You

I was listening to a sermon today and the Pastor said:

It doesn’t matter what we see.

It doesn’t matter if we feel spiritual or not.

It doesn’t matter if we feel worthy or not.

What matters is what God sees.

AND GOD SEES THE BLOOD!

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You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver and gold,

But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot. (1Peter 1:18-19 AMP)

REDEEMED 

By Big Daddy Weave

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, ’cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed

A Verse in my Head

I woke up this morning and Holy Spirit gave me some breakfast.

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Guess He knew I would need that today. Especially after:

  • The coffee pot wouldn’t brew. I am really cranky without my morning coffee – just ask my husband. But my response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • The light burns out in the bathroom and you try to pee using your phone for a light. P.S. not a great idea! My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My son got hit in the head and had to come home early from school. I was an hour away. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My husband finished his job early and was able to pick up my son from school. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • The transmission died on our old van. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • We got to go pay $121 for new spark plugs on a van that doesn’t work. And just got an oil change and new wipers too. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My bank screwed up my insurance payment and I had to switch banks. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My stepmom and dad helped us find and buy a car for our family. Hallelujah! My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My husband and I stress about money and jobs. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • I acknowledge my fear about a job interview tomorrow after not working for 3 years. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • My daughter finally got to drive after a month off as we were borrowing cars. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
  • I break down into tears from the stress of it all. Life is hard sometimes, but God is good. I know that He has a plan and He promised He would help me and give me strength. My response, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 

 

Good or bad, God knew I would need that Word today. No matter what happened I reminded myself of that verse. It gave me strength when I had none. Thank you Holy Spirit. And thank you for listening. You all give me such hope to pick myself up and carry on. I know that the Word of God is living. I ate it all day. And thank you Jesus for my manna from Heaven!

 

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God Sings Over You

“The Lord your God in your midst,

The Mighty One, will save;

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)

 

Earlier this week God lead me to this verse. Can I tell you that every day this week I have woken up with a snippet of a praise song in my head. Right when I woke up. I had to sit for a minute at the edge of the bed to let it sink in. It is true. God does sing over us – I heard it! Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!

Ask God to show you this. And He will. He is faithful to His Word. Hold onto it. Cherish it. HIs love quiets us, brings us peace. He is singing love songs over you right now!

 

Here are some of the snippets I have heard God sing to me this week:

 

This is Amazing Grace” ~ THIS IS AMAZING GRACE by Phil Wickham

 

“There will be days I lose the battle,

Grace says it doesn’t matter,

‘Cause the Cross already won the war.” ~GREATER by Mercy Me

 

“Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful” ~ GRATEFUL by Hezekiah Walker

 

“Start a fire in my soul,

fan the flame and make it grow.” ~ START A FIRE by Unspoken

 

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The Perfect Gift

Secret Santa

You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom?

 

Come with  me to Bethlehem. Do you see the star? Something amazing is happening over there. I see the Shepherds. I see the Angels. Let us follow the 3 Wise Men and go see for ourselves.  That would be my present. Let’s go see for ourselves, the Savior born in Bethlehem, Emmanuel – God is with us!

The Gift of His Presence

©2013 Diana Rasmussen

My prayer for you this Christmas
Is to receive what Christ has done
A baby born in a manger
Has come to save everyone

Let your sorrow be turned to joy
Let your ashes be turned to beauty
When Christ is born inside your heart
Even the Angels in Heaven sing

Open your heart to receive Him
Let the Love of God rush in
Unwrap the Gift of His Presence
Receive comfort, joy, and peace

 

An Event for EveryoneMatthew 1_23

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told! (Luke 2:8-20 MSG)

Let These Dead Bones Live- Part 1

Here is a life changing sermon THRIVING IN A MOMENT CALLED NOW by Pastor Derek Smith from Bolton, England. I admit it. I am in the valley of dry bones. God gave me the Word for 2014 was “My Cup Overflows.” And since then, things have dried up.  My ex still isn’t paying child support. I still have not found a job after this broken leg. And this Thanksgiving we were served Foreclosure papers. Yeah. Yippee!  So, I am listening to the Word – for hope, for peace, and to build my faith.

I really don’t know what God is up to. I have been here in the valley before. But I do know that God is faithful – and He is still on the throne and He has a plan for me and my family.  He has opened up new doors for me and my music – I have started playing out in the community lately. And He has provided us a new home to rent that is $150 less a month than the mortgage was. And this house is not falling down around us like the other one. We are blessed – even though our bank account doesn’t show it.  God has blessed my husband abundantly with many big jobs. He even has enough work to hire a very good friend of ours. Things are changing. God is good.  But it is a journey.

 

THRIVING IN A MOMENT CALLED NOW is based upon Ezekiel 37. Remember this story? Hey Zeke – lets go for a walk – to the place of death…where nothing grows and there is no life. Sound like fun?

beholdSERMON NOTES:

Do you miss what God is doing by waiting for something to happen to thrive?

Do you have dry places, dead places in your life?

Is the hand of the Lord upon you and has He brought you to the valley of dry bones?

Has God allowed you to travel to a place where only God can get you out?

Every problem that the non-Christian faces still comes to us. We still have problems, but we have Jesus to help us cope with them.

There is often a journey that is going to cost you. There is a journey to thriving. It could be a journey to:

  • breakthrough
  • great marriage
  • great business

We can’t take shortcuts. We have to embrace the journey that God wants to take us on.

God teaches us in Ezekiel 37. The Hand of the Lord was upon Ezekiel. It brought him to the valley of dry bones – not to a really cool place like Hawaii, or England – it did not bring him there. Very dry bones in the valley – a place of death. Surrounded by death God asks Ezekiel to walk over dead bodies thinking “Why have you brought me here? What are you doing God?” (I can relate to this!!!)

Some of us are trying to get OUT of a place God has put us IN.  God is NOT trying to punish us – never. That is not His character. Sometimes He allows us to go into places to bring us through so that we can pick up all the incredible testimonies, revelation, and truths that God can’t always get to us.There are diamonds there for us to pick up.There are diamonds in our brokenness. If you are going through Hell – keep going.If you can pick up those diamonds the journey will be shorter. If we learn what to do in the place of death, you can take those diamonds and it will be a shorter trip.

God is not making us a child – He is making us a Warrior.

The Church is not a Hospital – it is a Battleship.

The church is not here to make us comfortable. It is to equip us to go out and be a radical follower of Jesus so you can bring life and light and hope into the dead valleys that people don’t know how to get out of. But you do!breath

Do you feel barren?

Are you done?

Maybe it’s your finances, or your health?

Does life feels like you are being surrounded by death?

Do you open the front door to your house and feel death?

Do people not get you?

Are you in the valley of dry bones? Good News – We are not staying in this valley!

Things to do in the Valley:

 

1. Stop arguing with God – you are here. Accept it. (ok, it’s taken me 12 months to do this – but today I accept it. I am in the valley, I guess God has a few more things to teach me. It’s not because I was a ‘bad little girl’ either. I have been serving Jesus. I have been seeking, and praying, and reading my Bible uh, oh – I better get on to Reason #2, I’m “spiritualizing”.)

2. God will ask you ridiculous stuff. Put away the Bible College answer. God knows we are there. Its our lack of revelation that keeps us in the valley. Don’t spiritualize about where you are. Don’t make a theology about it. (I don’t know why I am here. I am going to stop arguing and start hunting for my diamonds. Oh yeah – to all those gossipers who are laughing at me here – I heard what you said. Yes, when Spirit filled people gossip and slander – Spirit filled believers will hear it.  You can laugh or accuse or point fingers all you want – I don’t care. God is not mad at me. I am not in the valley because He is punishing me for my sins. I am forgiven and free and I am still going diamond hunting with or without you!)

3.  Don’t make your home in the valley. Don’t put out the porch swing. We are travelling through the valley.  We are not making home in lack, we are not making home in sickness, debt, or disease. We are passing through this valley. We are making home in THRIVE. (I am NOT staying here. I will get through this and I will THRIVE!)

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!

Love Wins

Love Wins

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

Stock with love

Always gonna be the haters
those who point and laugh
Bullies want to put you down
to get you to doubt
Who I am on the inside
Is more than you see on the outside
Even when I fall,
I’ll rise 7 times stronger
You can’t keep me down, I’ll last longer
Hate may fight in the night
But in the end, love wins
They have hearts of stone, cold as ice
They beat you down with
Angry words that cut like knives
they are all just lies
Who I am on the inside
Is more than you see on the outside
Even when I fall,
I’ll rise 7 times stronger
You can’t keep me down, I’ll last longer
Hate may fight in the night
But in the end, love wins
I am perfect in God’s eyes
Chosen, marked, and loved
That’s all that I need
it’s good enough for me
Love wins

 

 

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

The Way of Love

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-7 The Message (MSG))

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for reminding us today that Love Wins!  Despite all the trials, tribulations, and sandpaper people we run into – love wins.  Thank you Lord that your love is the greatest force ever created in the universe.  Help us to walk in love towards You. Let us love our neighbors as we love ourselves. And let us love ourselves as You love us, in Jesus Name.