God’s Love Letter to Us

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)

His love is everlasting. It doesn’t change, ever. How He feels about me is the same today as it was yesterday and won’t change tomorrow. Because of the everlastingness of His love, he draws me into Himself with His lovingkindness. He loves me enough to give me the greatest thing in the entire universe – Himself.

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Putting into Practice What God’s Given Us

I want to be a good, devoted example to those around me by the way I speak, how I act, the way I love, my faith, and my integrity. And I’m guessing that you do, too.

When Jesus shows us even a glimpse of Himself, it’s enough to want to shout it from the rooftops and tell the world of His love. But, how do we live it out in the day-to-day; in the moments between the rooftops?

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Because of His Love

What’s the story you tell yourself about God?

A.W. Tozer says that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I think the reason he believes this is because how we view God – what we believe about Him – shapes who we are, how we live, and how we see the world – so basically everything about us. And I’d say that’s pretty important.

So, is the story we’re telling ourselves about God right? How can we know? Well, by checking our story against the one Jesus tells in Scripture. If what we believe about God isn’t in line with the God Jesus shares, then we need to erase the story we’re telling and replace it with the one of Jesus; because if what we believe about God is really the most important thing about us we want to get it right.

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Focusing on Hope

“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (Romans 8:24)

Hope requires faith because it calls us to something, someplace, we’ve never seen, touched, or fully felt with our physical senses. Uncertainty is at play. The unknown is eminent, obvious. But God’s given us enough of a glimpse into what’s to come, even better, into Who He is, to trust Him and hope in the future.

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Looking Back to Move Forward Remebering God's faithfulness in the midst of anxiety & fear

This past week’s been a tough one. My anxiety has flared it’s ugly head and I’ve found myself trapped in a vicious cycle of negative mind-talk and overall feelings of inadequacy and burden.

There isn’t a specific reason this started, (I’m sure it’s a cluster of reasons) but I’m done trying to over-analyze this beast. It’s here, I hate it, but I know it’s not here to stay. This time, instead of dwelling on why it’s here, I’m going to work on how to get rid of it; all the while praying that if it be beneficial for me to know the why (to hopefully prevent future “visits”) that God would make it clear. I’m done wasting my energy on the wrong question.

So how am I getting rid of it this time? I’m taking that adage “Don’t look back, you’re not going there” and doing the opposite. (Leave it to me to do the opposite…) Granted, I’m not going back to where I was, but I’m allowing myself to go back, to remember, the times God has brought be through before – so many times before (Psalm 77:11).

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Our No Doesn’t Change God’s Yes God's sovereignty doesn't rest on me

God is in control. Like complete and total control. He is sovereign. He can do (and does) anything He pleases (Psalm 115:3), and it pleases Him to use us for the good of others and His glory (Philippians 2:13). The fact that He chooses us, beckons us even, to be a part of His greater plan is amazing (and that word doesn’t seem sufficient).

When taken wrongly, to think that He uses us for His great purpose can feel like a burden, a huge pressure. It’s a big deal to follow Him! The things He asks of us not only affect ourselves but the lives of those closest to us, of the world, and even future generations. It’s heavy stuff. But, Jesus says that His way isn’t heavy, He specifically says that His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). But, how can that be? I mean, it’s such a big deal!

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Watch Your Gratitude. Why and how we can be grateful for the hard stuff too.

It’s easy to be thankful for the things we enjoy – good health, great friends, a roof over our head, clean water, a tasty meal, [insert the thing you love here].

But, what about the other stuff? The stuff we’re not particularly happy about? The things we don’t like to think about and, when we do, we ask God to remove them – the bad doctor’s report, the hole in the roof, the lingering anxiety and fear.

At first glance it may seem smart, even right, to shift our eyes away from the bad, but is it right to shift our gratitude away from it too?

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Am I Enough?

e·nough

/iˈnəf/

  1. as much or as many as required.

    “too much work and not enough people to do it”
    synonyms: sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary

For clarity’s sake, let’s rephrase the question “Am I enough?”, using the above definition: “Am I sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary?”

Though the (original) question is but three words, it’s a heavy one and multifaceted. (It makes my brain hurt thinking of all the avenues it takes me down – granted, I’m a classic “over-thinker”). And I think the answer is paradoxical – we have enough to get by in this life with what God has given us (so yes, I am enough), but we don’t have enough to do all that God calls us to, to thrive, and to live the life of eternity (so no, I am not enough).

Think of it as if we are a drinking glass. God pours enough of Himself into us when He creates us so we may live, but leaves room for more. Though the water He gave may be “enough” for life, the world taints it and we have lack causing us to thirst for more. So we may be “sufficient”, but we’re not all-sufficient. Our glass has enough, but there’s still emptiness; our glass has water, but the world has tainted it. It’s what we do with this that determines our future. Do we give our emptiness and filth to Him or to the things of this world, hoping it will cleanse us and fulfill us?

Though we may be enough, we are beckoned by the God who is More than Enough (El Shaddai) so we can live our lives beyond “just enough.”

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