Nothing Compares to knowing Him

 

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There is nothing in our lives we should not be willing to let go of in order to be closer to Him.

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My King, He is everything to me

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There is something about Third Day that makes me feel like I am home.

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No matter what you are going through, things change, seasons change, people change…

But, He is ONE constant…

Who is this King of Glory that persues me with his love
And haunts me with each hearing of His softly spoken words
My conscience, a reminder of forgiveness that I need
Who is this King of Glory who offers it to me
Who is this King of angels, O blessed Prince of Peace
Revealing things of Heaven and all its mysteries
My spirit?s ever longing for His grace in which to stand
Who’s this King of glory, Son of God and son of man
His name is Jesus, precious Jesus
The Lord Almighty, the King of my heart
The King of glory
Who is this King of Glory with strength and majesty
And wisdom beyond measure, the graceous King of kings
the Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
Who is this King of Glory, He’s everything to me
The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
He is the King of glory, He’s everything to me

Nothing deep… just human

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Have you ever just wanted to write something so profound, so very deep, it would be like a light bulb to the minds and hearts of the reader,  and it would bring instant healing and understanding? But, instead you stare at the pc and your mind goes blank? Because truth is, the deepness you are feeling right now is like the edge of the abyss?

Yea? Me too.

In fact, I am in somewhat of  pensive mood this evening. Maybe it’s because I am tired? Maybe it’s because I kind of have a lot on my plate right now? Maybe it’s because I just want a hug and a nap?

I am feeling like the woman who weaved her way through the crowd just to touch Jesus. I am sure she was tired, too. I bet when she heard He was in town she gathered herself up and said “This is it! If I am ever going to be healed now is the time.”

Or the woman who wept at His feet? Oh,  the peace and security to just feel the coolness of the floor and the warmth of His presence. He wouldn’t even have to verbally speak. There would not be enough words in all the languages combined to  express His touch.

I am a little tired and I am feeling the weight of “aloneness.” I know that doesn’t sound very “spiritual” or much like faith, but I am human, you know.  I just want to lay myself at His feet and just rest.

Hunger for Fathers Love

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It doesn’t matter how old we are, we still want the love of a father.

There is something about a fathers love, his acceptance, his stamp of approval, we crave. There is a feeling of safety in the love and acceptance of a father. You know, it is like having a safety net. It gives us courage and boldness. We can venture out and not be afraid of failing, because even if we don’t succeed, the father is still there.

A father provides, loves unconditionally, and is proud.

Maybe this is why we settle for relationships that aren’t beneficial to us? Because the temporary feeling of being loved and accepted is a warm shower, a comforting blanket, a gentle kiss on the forehead. But we aren’t fooled, we know it is just temporary. That is why we hold on and struggle to let it go.

A fathers love is not to be found in a lover, a spouse. This is a different kind of love. But when we are so starving for the attention and affection of a man we regard as “strong,” we will put up with all kinds of nonsense. Dysfunctional “love” is ingrained in us from birth when we do not know the love of a father.

We have wild imaginations of what love is suppose to look like and we play our part hoping the lead character will play his part too. And he does,but it is not the love story you hoped for.

Why?

Because the heart of a father can’t be found in any other man. You can’t create what you never had. But the heart of THE FATHER can only be found in One and He says we can call Him Abba.

Abba is the Daddy who meets the boys at the door and determines if he is good enough for His daughter. Abba is the Daddy who protects us and provides for us. Abba is the One who sits us on His knee and talks with us and listens to us.

Are you tired yet? Tired of waiting for someone else to tell you how valuable you are? Tired of waiting for the promise made by someone else that will never come? Is there a little voice of truth whispering in your ear, deep into your heart, telling you to turn back?

When we consider our time here is but a vapor and that we do have a purpose, there is really no more time to be wasted with someone who is just wasting your time.

I am not crying any more. Sure I miss him. But if I am honest with myself, it may not be him that I am missing, but the “feeling” of being loved and accepted. And if I am even more real, I never even truly felt that.

So, where do we find this kind of love? This kind of protection and safety? Only through Jesus. He is the only One to lay His life down for us. He is our Father, our Redeemer, our Salvation.

 

Right from the beginning, He has called you by name. You are His. Do not be afraid when He removes someone from your life. He is Abba Daddy, He has something better for you.

You can not find yourself in another person. It is not the attention of another that defines who you are.

If you carry His Name, the Name of God, then you are someone to be cherished and loved.

He/she who finds a wife/husband, finds a good thing. Because God can and will love you through the marriage relationship. But, until that time, let Him love you right where you are. Because only when you know who you are in Him, and Who He is, will you be able to recognize and not destroy, the one He has for you.

Oh, God, may we feel You, may we feel Your hug and Your protection. May we hear You tell us how very much You love us and are proud of us. May we fully understand that through Jesus we ARE accepted by You. Anything or anyone that is not of You, please remove them and give us the strength to let go.

Let It Go

I found this meme on facebook, from a site called changing lives. It is a simple sentence, most would think a no-brainer, but let me tell ya…

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Even when you know it is time to go, there is always a sting when it ends. Because when they walk away you question everything,

  • Was it me?
  • What did I do wrong?
  • Did they really love me?

Then you get stuck, re-play every conversation in your head, every word they spoke and how true it sounded,

  • Surely it can’t be over because I trusted them
  • They will come back when they remember how much they loved me
  • They always came back before

Then you wait, every time the cell bings you jump because it might be them. You even begin to rationalize and role play in your mind what you will say when they call, only the scenario you play out in your mind is the one where you are the leaver and you are strong. Because let’s face it; in your imagination you believe they love you.

The worse is when the end came without a good-bye. No explanation. No blow out argument. Just a ghosting. It’s as if they fell off the face of the earth. All of a sudden they do not answer your calls or text. It’s confusing, should you be angry or concerned? Do you move on? But, what if…

  • They got hit by a bus and are in a coma and they need you?
  • What if they were just diagnosed with a terminal illness and they are sparing you the grief of watching them die, they want you to continue to live and be happy; so they are sacrificing themselves for you
  • What if there is some freak disconnection between your phones and they have been trying to contact you and you didn’t even know it?

What if? What if? What if?

JUST STOP IT!

You want the truth? Here is the truth and you may want to write this down and keep it in your pocket for when you need the reminder. Re-read it until you are strong enough to just move on…

They are not the one!

Remember when you prayed for God to send you the right one? Remember the vision God gave you and the purpose He has for you? Well, that person was not the one.

And that’s OK. Really, it is OK and you will be OK.

Please stop wasting your time and energy on asking why. In the grand picture it really doesn’t matter why.

This is what matters…

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Proverbs 3:5-6

Because…

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity];
I have called you by name; you are Mine! Isaiah 43 (click here)

Knowing how precious you are to God, do you not also know He will protect you? He will remove every obstacle, every derailment, and every hindrance? You have a purpose and your purpose is to glorify Him. So, when you live an obedient life to Christ, when you ask Him to remove all that is not of Him, when you truly want to fulfill your divine destiny ordained by Him Who called you, then you must let go.

If someone wants to walk away from you, then let them!

It doesn’t mean you did something wrong or could have done something different. It doesn’t even mean there is something wrong with them. It just means God has a plan for your life and that person is just not a part of it.

 

 

 

A Perfect Love, Acceptance

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When I think about how great God is, I am left with no words. There are no words to describe His love, mercy, grace, and compassion.

When I think about how many times I have failed Him, retreated in fear, been selfish, juvenile, and unfaithful, I am humbled.

With all of my failures I am reminded I am in good company with Paul, Peter, David, Abraham, Sarah, and Thomas, just to name a few. So many times in my impatience I tried to manipulate, bring forth His promise to me before it’s time, grew weary and doubted Him. Oh yea, sometimes I got my way, but you know, my way was never as good as it could have been had I just waited on Him.

You see, this is the beauty of His love for us. His love is perfect! When He looks at us, it is not us He sees, but His Son. His blood shed for us also covers us. Because of His sacrifice for us, we are a sweet scent of love. Nothing we do catches Him by surprise. He knows us so intimately, yet He loves us. We pout and throw our tantrums, and being the good Father He is He waits and then quietly asks, “Are you finished now?”

Oh, God, that I have come to the end of myself only to find in You there is no end.

I am in awe of His love and acceptance of me. The love of a Father with no bounds, no end, eternal and unconditional.

Pause for a moment, my friend, let this sink in… He loves you. Nothing will separate you from His love.  For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

We fall down, but we get back up. In our weakness He is strong. He is mighty to save. He is faithful.

Be Strengthened and Be Encouraged.

Be Free & Stay Free