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Are you a reckless type of person? Just this past week, if you asked my husband he would say “Yes!’ I was driving kind of reckless. I drove across 5 lanes of traffic. I did look to see if there was anyone there first, so in my mind it wasn’t reckless. It did make it hard for my husband to breathe for a second, as I kept repeating, “I looked, there was nothing coming.” We did arrive at our destination in one piece and no one was harmed by my driving.

I had never thought of God’s love for us as being reckless, but in Cory Asbury’s song “Reckless Love”, it has given me something to think about. Have a listen.

He tells us we can’t earn it, don’t deserve it, still God gives himself away. We have all been enemies of God. When we are trying to do things on our own and are positive we know best and need no one, we are enemies of God. We have all sinned making us enemies of God.

God is relentless and reckless in his love for us. He finds us seeking everything but him. Alcohol, fame, money, you name it we run after it. There is nothing that God won’t climb up, stoop down, break through to come after us with his Reckless love.

Jesus went to the cross to die for you and me. Now that is a reckless kind of love.

He loves us that much. If you don’t know him, he is breaking down walls, tearing down lies, even leaves the ninety-nine to get to you and share his never ending reckless love with you.

Don’t turn him away. Be reckless!

TERRIFIED

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As I am going through this study called “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst I am learning so very much. I just can’t keep it to myself. (if you can’t do the study now consider getting the book, you won’t regret it!)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I read a word I think I know the meaning of until someone gives you the meaning in Greek or Latin. Then the light bulb turns on.

The first word that Lysa clarified for me was “hardened heart”. Well, I knew that the Pharaoh had a hardened heart. In Exodus 4:21 it says that the LORD hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. Now that didn’t seem right, until Lysa explained the word HARDEN. It means unresponsive. Ah, not what I had thought that God made his heart hard, but the Pharaoh was unresponsive! Now it was making sense to my brain.

This wasn’t the only word that she gave us the meaning. The word terrified. Now I was under the impression that was scared. But the way she shared it makes a whole lot more sense than just being scared. Terrified means to set into motion things that need to remain still!

We have God’s truths. The Bible is filled with them. Isaiah 41:10 tells us to “do not fear, for I am with you.”  Or John 16:33, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So if we become terrified of being alone, we have set into motion something that needs to remain still. We are to know and remember that God is with us. He has overcome the world! We need to keep these truths in mind so that we don’t set into motion those things that need to be still.

Do you question God’s love for  you? Do you feel like you need to DO something so that he will love you? Maybe you think he couldn’t possibly love you with all you have done!

Here is God’s truth. Ephesians 1:4, “Even before he made the world God chose you and loved you” Don’t put into motion something that needs to remain still. Even before you were, God loved you, you hadn’t done a thing nor do you need to do something now.

He loves you!

Loving you gives him GREAT PLEASURE!

Its the truth. It’s in the Bible. Check it out, Ephesians 1:4-5.

Don’t harden your heart, be unresponsive, to what God’s truth is saying.

All you need do is accept that great love and grace.

He adores you!

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UNINVITED!

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I am doing an online Bible study UNINVITED  

When a friend sent me the invitation the title intrigued me. So I went online and watched a short clip about this study by Lysa TerKeurst. She is so very open and she has a sense of humor I enjoyed,so I signed up and bought the book and study guide.

As I started to read I felt like she had peeked into my life. Yep, there were times others words or actions made me feel left out and unwanted-UNINVITED!

The part that has had such a profound affect on me so far (just the first week) was when she asked us to put Ephesians 1:4-5 in a personal context. Putting “Me” instead of “you”. So the passage would read:

Even before he made the world God loved ME  and chose ME in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt ME into his own family by bringing ME to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure!

The first time I read it that way it took my breath away. I had missed so many important parts when I read those two verses before. Like:

BEFORE he created the world

He LOVED me

He CHOSE me

To be WITHOUT FAULT in His eyes

God decided in ADVANCE

He WANTED to do this

it gave him GREAT PLEASURE

I don’t know if you got all that when you read Ephesians 1:4-5 but some how I had missed it. Perhaps I scurried to get to the next verse instead of letting God’s word soak in.

I can’t get over the BEFORE he made the world he loved me and chose me. Like the world and all its greatness was an after thought. I was on his mind before such beauty and splendor and complexity. Each time I read the verse, ( I put it on my phone with a reminder) I have to stop there, I don’t know that I have ever felt such love..

When I got to the part that says, “I am holy and WITHOUT FAULT”, I feel such freedom and acceptance from God. It restores the hope in me that can seemingly be snatched away with unkind words or actions. Just to know that in Christ, God sees me Holy and without fault puts things in a whole new perspective.

Then just the last two words made me pause for a long time. GREAT PLEASURE! It gives God great pleasure to see me holy, without fault, loved and chosen, and added to his family. Me? Me!!

This verse is not just for me, even though it seems so very personal. No, this verse is for you also!

Put it on your phone.

Tape it to your fridge.

Copy it to your journal.

Memorize it.

Whatever you need to do to have it deep in your heart-so you never feel left out or uninvited again.

YOU give God GREAT PLEASURE!

 

No Way!

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When you hear or see the word PEACE, what comes to mind? World Peace? Peace of Mind? Peace from the chaos of daily living?

This has been such a stress filled time in my life, leaving family, moving to a new state, the elections, leaving church family, trying to do a blog for 31 days straight, health issues. Just too much to take! I wanted to find a quiet place to just be. Have you ever felt like this?

Kids running around demanding something from you. Deadlines at work. Budget problems. Family problems. I think most of us can relate.

I was doing my devotions yesterday and came on the verse above. It stood out in neon letters in my minds eye.

The part where it says, I (you) can have the peace of God!

Stop right there and just think about that.

What kind of peace does God have?

He doesn’t worry about who thinks they are in charge-He created them and knows EVERYTHING about them.

He doesn’t worry about earthquakes, tornadoes, rain, hail, or snow. He holds the world in his hands.

He doesn’t worry about what to wear, how his face has aged in the last few years, or where he will live. He has been, is, and always will be. No need to worry about this.

What else is there to worry about when you are the Creator and in total control? Nothing! His peace is complete.

So, that means we can have that kind of peace also if we are in Christ Jesus!

God is going to GUARD my (your) heart!

What an eye opener! We need to believe that Jesus Christ came for us and turn our lives over to him and that sweet peace can be ours.

The God of ALL guarding our hearts!

What could possibly cause us to worry?

Hand it all over to him and feel His peace wash over you.