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The Love of the Lord ~ Inspired by Morning and Evening written by Spurgeon

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the loving kindness of the LORD is from everlasting
To everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
~ Psalm 103:15-18 ~

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Throughout your life, it is easy to look back and ponder all the experiences you have been through–The good times and the bad. The joyful times and the sorrow filled times. The times you had an abundance of blessings and the times where life seemed void of any necessity. No matter the experiences, God has always been there, gently speaking His life into your heart and soul, surrounding you with His never-ending love and guiding you through every walk of life, be it the wilderness moments or those in green pastures.

Take comfort in knowing that God’s grace has been sufficient throughout your life. Look back in remembrance of His love for you and all that He has done to make the you beautiful, strong, and courageous person you are today.

As Spurgeon stated so eloquently:

” ‘For I am persuaded, that neither death;
nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed?
Does not this make thee love Jesus?
Doth not a flight through illimitable plains
of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee
to delight thyself in the Lord thy God?
Surely as we meditate on ‘the love of the Lord,’
our hearts burn within us,
and we long to love him more.”

May you feel the Love of God from now into eternity, knowing that he holds you always in the palm of his hand! All my love ❤

Seek and You Will Find!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
~ Jeremiah 29:13

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But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
~ Matthew 6:33-34

IF….

If you seek Me, you will find Me
If you ask, I will give to you freely
If you knock, the door will be opened to you
If you desire, I will be in all that you do
If you examine, My truth you will find
If you trust, know that you will be refined
If you follow, my abundant blessings will flow
If you listen, you will hear Me wherever you go
If you challenge, you will rise above
If you pursue, you will feel My love
If you pray, My answer you will receive
If you claim, My freedom I will give
If you serve, in life you will rejoice
If you rest, you will hear My quiet voice
If you praise, a cheerful heart you will possess
If you love, you will find true happiness
If you hope, deep joy you will develop
If you surrender, My peace will envelop

All my love and may you seek God first in all that you do, for when He is the center of your life, all else falls into place.  May the God of peace, mercy, and grace hold you in His arms now and always!  ❤

Inspired Every Day!

I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound.
In everything and in all things I have learned the secret
both to be filled and to be hungry,
both to abound and to be in need.
I can do all things through Christ,
who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:12-13 ~

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end.
~ Lamentations 3:22 ~

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Glory Abounds

Life has ups and downs
Yet the glory of God abounds
No matter the storms that rage
Peace can be found in any stage
Sorrow may come and tears may flow
Hope remains with a new tomorrow
Depression and disappointment may thrive
But through grace I can survive
Life has its ups and downs
But God’s love always surrounds

Are YoU LivInG?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
~ John 10:10 ~

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YOLO! Yep, that’s right You Only Live ONCE!!  What are you doing with the life that God has so richly blessed you with? Are you looking at all the bad in life and letting it bring you down, or are you choosing to see the rainbow midst the storms? Do you let the world drown you with its waves of chaos and despair, or do you call upon the One True God that can cause you to walk on the water? Do you sit on the throne of selfishness and greed, or do you humble yourself in the joy of giving and loving?

Life indeed throws us turbulence and turmoil frequently, and we often have exceedingly difficult choices to make, but we as Christians know that there is more than the insanity this world offers us, and we assuredly know that all the choices we make have lingering consequences both here and now that echo into the eternity to come! When the Lord leads your life, there is hope, there is freedom, there is mercy, there is light, and there is overwhelming love!

Yes, there will be sad times, times of anger and pain, and times where the mind is downcast, but Psalm 126:5 states, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” God is true, just, and holy, and all that he allows to occur while we walk the face of this fragile world are to mold and shape us into the righteousness of Christ! He fulfills his promises of joy, peace and comfort daily….all you need do is trust and lean on him!

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
~ Proverbs 3:1-8 ~

No matter what you face, no matter how big the storm, no matter how hindering the mountain…God has you! He is in control and he will bring joy each and every day!  Choose to praise despite the chaos.  Choose to see the beauty and blessings of life instead of dwelling on the disparity and ugliness.  What you choose will bring you life or it will destroy your life!

Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To You, O LORD, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
“Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me;
O LORD, be my helper.”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
~ Psalm 30:4-12 ~

Be the light of God’s love and the beacon of eternal hope to a desperate and hurting people! Choose to LIVE and live FULLY. Choose to LOVE and love DEEPLY. Choose to HOPE and hope ENDLESSLY. Choose to REJOICE and rejoice with SINGING. Choose to SERVE and serve HUMBLY.

May God grant you joy every morning and hope each day! May he bring you peace beyond measure and shower you with love overflowing! May your heart and mind always be set in eternity and not the here and now, and may you find the strength and courage of Christ to help you through the trials and persecution.

All my love!

Love from Above

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But God demonstrated his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

What does your love look like?  Don’t just say, “I love well!” or “Those around me know how much I love them.”  How do they know?  How do you show it?  How well does your love measure up to the love God has so freely and deeply given to you?

Really ask yourself; dig deep and look within your heart, look at your life and examine how you love.  Is it selfish, demanding, and prideful? Do you love with the expectation of love in return? Do you give and whine when you get nothing in return, not even a thank you? Do you anger and keep track of all the wrongs done to you? Is your love foolish, does it give up easily, or walk away when things get tough? Does it doubt, cast blame, and live in fear?

God’s definition of love is beyond your capabilities!!! It is only when you understand the depth of his love for you, a lowly sinner, broken and torn, that you truly know what love is! It is only when you see the beauty of his grace, mercy, and forgiveness that you can freely and deeply love others.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

Tied to the Ground ~ Charmaine

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

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Let Go!!

Consumed with worry
Holding tight to the past
Fearing the future

Let go
Let God

Stuck in the pain
A victim in the game of life
Harboring anger and bitterness

Let go
Let God

Crying out in misery
Actions guided by heartbreak
Words are daggers to the soul

Let go
Let God

Release the burdens
Lighten the millstone that weighs down
Surrender to something bigger

Let go
Let God

Be touched by never-ending grace
Caressed by overflowing love
Filled with constant peace

Let go
Let God

New Year, New Creation–let go and let God!

Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
The old things have passed away.
Behold, all things have become new.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ~

With a New Year comes the promise of a fresh start, and for that matter with the dawning of each new morning comes the chance to start with a clean slate! What better time to cast off the past and cling to a hope filled future. Put away the bitterness, anger, and strife, exchanging it for forgiveness, joy and peace. Let go of the grievous sins that hold you back from fulfilling your God created destiny, and jump into God’s plan for your life. Today, with the promise of a New Year ahead of you…..let go and let God.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and future.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined
according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will
~ Ephesians 1:11 ~

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
and these whom He predestined, He also called;
and these whom He called, He also justified;
and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
~ Romans 8:28-30

Don’t fret or fear the unknown, which lies ahead when you surrender and take the leap of faith to fulfill God’s plan for your life this year. Instead rest in the promise that he will never leave you nor forsake you! The path may not be easy, as a matter of fact I can guarantee it will be filled with trials and tribulations, but know with unwavering faith that God is with you through it all and can provide the strength you need to make it through. The past can hold you down, bury your heart in darkness and shame, even keep you mentally locked into depression and suicidal thoughts, but take heart….God will be there when you open the door to let him in. All you need do is let go and let God.

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the LORD your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel,
“Be strong and courageous,
for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them,
and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:6-8 ~

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,
knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character;
and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
~ Romans 5:3-4 ~

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not despairing;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed
~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ~

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:20-21 ~

There truly is no better time to cast off the old burdensome ways, and press on toward hope, renewal, grace, joy, peace, and blessings beyond imagination. No matter what your choice this year (keep the old ways or adopt something new in Christ) you will always have trials and persecution. What better way to go through them than with the power of God! After all he did sacrifice all he had to reconnect with you, and provide you a future filled with hope and promise. Ask, seek, and knock at the door of your heart and soul, and I can guarantee God will answer and fill you with all he has to offer if you simply…..let go and let God.

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world should be saved through him.
~ John 3:16-17

All my love and may you drink deeply of the promises of God this year, finding hope and grace beyond measure, and resting in the one true love that will keep you going for years to come, no matter the stormy trials you encounter. Blessings my friends ❤

Related Readings:

The “What If” Factor – Dangerous Mind 
Trust the Lord! – The Christian Gazette
Beautiful Forever – Flourish
Faith Child, You won’t Escape Adversity – ChristianBlessings
Is Your Cup Filled with Hope – My Spiritual Breakfast