A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Our salvation has nothing to do with us – Christ died for everyone on the planet – not because we are good enough or worth dying for in any way – but because HE loved us!  We did not love Him – which is obvious as we explore God’s Word.  God knows we are unworthy sinners and He knows there’s nothing we can do to earn forgiveness from Him.  It’s about HIS LOVE for fallen man – and it’s about HIS unending mercy and grace toward us.

The word love is thrown around in unbelievable ways these days.  I would go so far as to say if you don’t know God’s love and the extent of it in your personal life, you really don’t know what true love is.   It’s more than feelings or emotions – which are nice, but they don’t last for the long haul.  God’s love will sustain and satisfy.  His love will never disappoint you.

God’s pure eternal love is like a warm hug – wrapped in hope, peace, joy, and truth.  If I was to define love, I’d say God’s love is the genuine article.  God always has your back because He cares deeply for you and wants the very best for you always.  He gives love with no hidden agenda and He just wants us to love Him in return.  Can you love Christ, whom you have not seen?  Do you know when the wind is blowing?  You can’t see it.

I will trust when I cannot see

When I’m faced with adversity

And believe His will is always best for me

I will trust when I cannot see.

Know that no matter what’s going on in your life, God loves you and He’s working in your circumstance to help your situation.  God loves you with the kind of love that can be trusted and you can rely on Him to keep His Word.  He loved us first – will you love Him in return?  Have a wonderful Sunday.  🙂

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THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

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The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  – Acts 17:24-25

MERRY CHRIST-MAS!!!  I know what you’re thinking…  what a strange Christmas song to talk about on Christmas Day.  Well, I haven’t gone off the deep end…  yet.  Wait, let me double-check.  Nope…  I’ve still got it together!

This is my favorite Christmas carol – and let me tell you why.

The little drummer boy is completely fictional and not biblically based, as we all know; however, that little boy represents us as Christians.  He loves the baby Jesus and wants to give his very BEST to Him.  Why?  The passage in Acts makes it perfectly clear that Jesus doesn’t NEED anything from us, but we NEED everything from Him.  Well, he wanted to give his best because he knew to Whom he played.  We give because we love.  It’s as simple as that.  He loved us first – but we give because of love.

Today I wonder if we give our very best to Him?  In our daily lives, do others see our relationship with Christ?  Do we do for others because they are God’s children and we have a desire to be representatives of Christ to them?

I pray that every day I strive to do something good for someone – EVEN if that something good is praying for a friend.

If you had been in Bethlehem, what would you do?  Would you give Him the very best you have to give?  Just something to think about today – on Jesus’ birthday.

if-i-were-thereMy will, my life, my heart.  ❤

This song reminds me that I need to give my best to Him.  Pa Rum pa pum pum…  🙂

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

I’m going to take a little break from writing, but I will be back for the new year, refreshed and focused.  I want to give my BEST to Him…  pa rum pa pum pum.  meerkat-459171__340

This is me when I’m taking a break from writing – except I’ll have a TV remote.

May God richly bless you in the coming year.  I believe 2017 will be the best year yet!  I’m going to rest my brain and my fingers this week, but I’m looking forward to doors of opportunity opening as God leads me to exciting new writing challenges!

Let’s end 2016 with a prayer…  asking our Heavenly Father to prepare our hearts to give the best we have to offer today and in the future.

drummer-boy-prayerOne final note – but it’s important.  Thank you SO MUCH for following this blog and reading it every day.  I hope and pray that something along the way has encouraged and inspired you in some way.  I appreciate those who have followed me on Twitter and facebook.  I pray for you every day.  There are so many needs, but we serve a BIG God – He’s bigger than any problem we encounter here.  Have a wonderful week.  Look for me again on January 1st.  🙂

COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY

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As you begin your day, look in your full-length mirror (go ahead, it won’t break – trust me).  Can you look at the one and only body God gave you with an attitude of gratitude?  Give it a shot today because it is COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY.

We’re all under construction – constantly.  I like the term “reinventing” because that is what we do throughout our lives.  While we are striving for a better body with diet and exercise, let’s be grateful for some things that we may now be taking for granted.

  • If you are standing in front of your mirror, that means your legs work.  Even if you have thunder thighs like me – be grateful to God that your legs hold you up and you’re able to stand.
  • Your hair may be a mess, but hey – you still have hair to get messy, right?  A little TLC will take care of those wild tresses – it’s nothing to get all freaked out about.
  • Is your skin looking dry?  Moisturize.  Does it look oily?  Wash thoroughly and hydrate.  In this heat – don’t forget the SPF to protect it from sunburn.
  • Did you mess up yesterday?  Are you still reeling over it?  If you gave it to God and asked for His help to do better, then it’s really time to let it go.  Brand new mercies are set aside for this day.  Today will be a better day because God will help you through it.
  • Maybe you’re like me – you’ve used food in the past to comfort yourself, only to discover it caused a whole host of new health problems.  God knows all about it.  Hand it to Him and He will help you overcome your addiction to food!  Learn what triggers your binges and you can stop the addictive behavior in its tracks.  God will help you find a more healthy way to deal with the rough patches in life.  Overdosing on Twinkies is not the answer.

As Christians, what were we taught from the time we were little?  It’s what’s inside a person that matters the most!  God looks on the heart and we should do the same – to others and ourselves.  The prep talk you give yourself in front of the full-length mirror each morning can either build you up or break you down.  It’s the first decision you have to make every morning.  Will you be your own best friend, or your own worst enemy?

See the good in you – love the person in the mirror.  God does!  🙂