Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”

Romans Road & What Is Real Grace

The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans.  The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is.  Does the cross provide grace?  Yes.  Of course it does.  But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.

Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it?  Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?

Sin = pain, does it not?

We simply cannot claim to be Continue reading “Romans Road & What Is Real Grace”

If God Can Call Paul…

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 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 NKJV

Paul the apostle, who wrote most of the New Testament.  Who was imprisoned for his faith, died because he was a follower of Christ.  This man would not be silent about the redemption He had found in Christ, and the simple fact that all need Jesus.

But Paul wasn’t always “Paul the Apostle”.  In fact, he wasn’t even always Paul.  Before the road to Damascus, he was called Saul.  As mentioned in 1 Timothy, quoted above, Saul (later to be called Paul) was formerly a blasphemer (to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred: to utter blaspheme blaspheming against God), a persecutor (to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief), and an insolent (insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct; overbearingContinue reading “If God Can Call Paul…”

Am I Okay?

Do you ever wonder if you’re really okay?

Are you actually spiritually unbelievably passionate for the Lord or are you just a bit more than others?

My husband and I listened to a message by Francis Chan this week where he shared about this and I think we are both still rocked by it.

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Am I actually okay?  How willing am I?  We live pretty simply, at least to me, but I do like my home.  I like our new (to us) vehicle.  I like our Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee we have every morning (had to go there).

Do you ever catch yourself wanting more?

Wanting that new vehicle?  Wanting that Continue reading “Am I Okay?”

Worry is Not Faith

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Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”

Think about it.  All the cares that are on your shoulders.  Now read Matthew 6:34 again.

Of course, we need to prepare for things.  My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away.  Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us.  Routine helps all three of us.

I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what?  We did it.  I don’t know how.  Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.

And choices.  Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  And no excuses…  except Continue reading “Worry is Not Faith”

If You Are Called, You Can Do It

God will never give you more than you can handle… or at least He will never give you more than you can handle with Him on your side.

But what about when we  take things on that we are not called to?  And then there are other times when we walk right on past the things we are called to.  We need to seek the Lord, know His heart, and make it our own.

You have a calling, reader.  So do I.  Are we doing what we are called to do?  Are we busy with the right things?  Or are we just busy?

But it’s so hard.

But I’m so busy.

But I’m so tired and worn out.

I get it.  I’ve been there.  Seriously, Monday I was there.  I had to remind myself to rely on the Lord – and that He does not Continue reading “If You Are Called, You Can Do It”

The Garden

 

I hope you have had a wonderful week, readers!  We sure have!  Since you heard from me last, we have welcomed another niece!  My sister and her husband have a new addition: baby Lexi.  We couldn’t be more thrilled for them… she is so beautiful I can’t wait to get some more baby snuggles in this afternoon ❤  I love watching my sons with her, they love their new cousin already.  It’s a very special way to gear up for Passover weekend – a new life.

Yesterday was good Friday.  The day that Christians all over the world remember the price that Jesus paid for us on the cross.  That’s a neat thought, isn’t it?  Celebrating and remembering at the same time all over the world.

I love the Garden of Gethsemane.   In my early twenties I went to Israel, and the Garden was one of my favourite places we visited.  Before going I was volunteering at the church I was to be traveling with, and they asked me to do up a booklet researching each major location that we were to be visiting.

As I read about Jesus asking the Father to take this cup from Him – to change the already destined series of events leading up to and including the cross – as He struggled knowing to what degree His torture and suffering would be…

And His own disciples couldn’t stay awake long enough to pray for Him.  They didn’t get it.  If they could have seen into the next day, would Continue reading “The Garden”