Thursday, April 2, 2009

You Are For Me

So faithful, so constant and so true
So powerful in all You do
You fill me, You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to You


I know that You are for me, I know that You are for me
I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness
And I know that You have come now even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who You are


So patient, so gracious, so merciful and true
So wonderful in all You do
You fill me, You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to You


Lord, I know that You are for me, I know that You are for me
I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness
And I know that You have come now even if to write upon my heart
To remind me


Lord, I know that You are for me, I now that You are for me
I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness
And I know that You have come now even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who You are
To remind me


- Kari Jobe

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mother Teresa: In her words

"There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them."

"Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness."

"I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery."

"Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing."

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."

"Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well."

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them. "

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

"Peace begins with a smile."

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."

"The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done."

"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do."

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I remember you today, the beauty you radiate...

" The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man, it searches out his inmost being."
Proverbs 20:27










Blessings and Peace.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Don't Forget What Really Matters


Carl was driving to work one morning when he bumped fenders with another motorist. Both cars stopped, and the woman driving the other car got out to survey the damage.
She was distraught. It was her fault, she admitted, and hers was a new car, less than two days from the showroom. She dreaded facing her husband.
Carl was sympathetic; but he had to pursue the exchange of license and registration data.
She reached into her glove compartment to retrieve the documents in an envelope.
On the first paper to tumble out, written in her husband's distinctive hand, were these words:
"In case of an accident, remember, Honey, it's you I love, not the car."

~~~

What a beautiful story...

Let that be His voice to you.

In case you have forgotten... just a little reminder:
It's you He loves.

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love..." Ephesians 5:1


~~~


Somehow that story reminds me of another that shows the same unconditional love...


At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them, The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus,

"Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"

They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,

"If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her,

"Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"


"No one, sir," she said.


"Then neither do I condemn you,"
Jesus declared. "Now go and leave your life of sin." John 8:2-11


"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:17

~~~

"He was nothing special to look at. He could walk down this street today and not one of you would even notice him. In fact he had the kind of face you would shy away from, certain he wouldn't fit in with your crowd. But he was as gentle a man as one would ever know. He could silence detractors without ever raising his voice. He never bullied his way; never drew attention to himself nor did he ever pretend to like what vexed his soul. He was real, to the very core of his being. And at the core of that being was love."

The stranger paused and shook his head.

"Wow! Did he love!" His eyes looked far past the crowd now, seeming to peer across the depths of time not space.

"We didn't even know what love was, until we saw it in him. It was everyone, too, even those who hated him, who wouldn't extend to him the simplest of courtesies. He still cared for them, hoping somehow they would find a way out of their self-inflicted souls to recognize who stood among them."

"And with all that love, he was completely honest. Yet even when his actions or words exposed people's darkest motives, they didn't feel shamed. They felt safe with him. His words conveyed not even a hint of judgment, simply an entreaty to come to God and be freed by him. There was no one you would trust more quickly with your deepest secrets. If someone were going to catch you at your worst moments you'd want it to be him."

"He wasted no time mocking others, nor their religious trappings." He glanced at those who had just done so.

"If he had something to say to them, he'd say it and move on and you would know you'd been loved more than anyone had ever loved you before."

Here the man stopped, his eyes closed and mouth clenched as if choking back tears that would melt him in an instant if he gave in to them.

"I'm not talking about mamby-pamby sentimentalism either. He loved, really loved. It didn't matter if you were Pharisee or prostitute, disciple or blind beggar, Jew, Samaritan or Gentile. His love held itself out for any to embrace. Most did, too, when they saw him. Though so few ended up following him for those few moments his presence passed through their life, they tasted something they could never deny even years later. Somehow he seemed to know everything about you, but loved deeply all that was true about who he made you to be."

He paused and scanned the crowd. In the last couple of moments perhaps as many as 30 people had stopped to listen, their gaze firmly on the man and their mouths suspended open in bewilderment. I can record his words here, but am bereft of an adequate description of their impact. No one within earshot could deny their power or their authenticity. They rang from the very depths of this man's soul.

"And when he hung there from that filthy cross," the man's eyes looked up into the trees that towered over us, "that love still poured down--on mocker and disillusioned friend alike. As he approached the dark chamber of death, wearied by his battle with sin, there was no finer moment in all the world. His anguish became the conduit for his life to be given to you. This was no madman. This was God's Son, poured out to the last breath, so that we could live free."

- Jake Colsen

LIVE IN LOVE.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Trust

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6


Trust and rest when all around thee
puts thy faith to sorest test;


Let no fear or foe confound thee,
wait for God and trust and rest.


Trust and rest with heart abiding,
like a birling in its nest,


Underneath His feathers hiding,
fold thy wings and trust and rest.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Rock that is Higher than I



O sometimes how long seems the day,
and someetimes how weary my feet;
But toiling in life's dusty way,
the Rock's blessed shadow how sweet!


O then to the Rock let me fly, to the Rock that is higher than I.




O near to the Rock let me keep
if blessings or sorrows prevail,
or climbing the mountain way steep,
or walking the shadowy vail.



O then to the Rock let me fly, to the Rock that is higher than I.

- Erastus Johnson