True Love

We are led to believe that love is easy. But is it? To truly love is more than saying the right words and doing the right things. It isn’t all warm cuddles and hugs. Sometimes loving means saying and doing things that are hard and hurt in the present but lead to better tomorrows. Loving isn’t always saying yes sometimes it is saying no.

Children can say the word no powerfully and loudly when they don’t want to do something but they don’t like to hear the word no. Parents know that the word no is needed to protect children and to teach them right from wrong. Often as adults, we act the same when God says no to us. Like children, we need protection, direction and discipline to mature and become the people He created us to be.

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Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Eph 3:17 nlt

Like children, we crawl spiritually before we walk straight and steady. The deeper our relationship with God becomes the more we understand true love, His love. The reality of His love is so great it takes a lifetime to know it fully or as fully as we can while living in this world.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of
life and power that comes from God.

Eph 3:18-19 nlt

God is patient with us. What a blessing! All He asks of us is to stay on the path with Him.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Mi 6:8 niv

My prayer for all;

May the Lord lead your hearts
into a full understanding and expression of the love of God
and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thes 3:5 nlt 

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Yield, part 1

My word for 2017 is yield.  I don’t choose the word on my own. Usually, in October I start thinking about what the word will be and sometime in December a word just jumps out at me. It comes to me from what I read, conversations, and prayer. Most often the word that comes is not one that I am happy about. They are always a challenge and yield is no different. The words for 2015 and 2016 were patience and change. I wasn’t happy with those words either but I see now how they were preparing me for yield.

The definition of yield is:
to give up or surrender to a superior power or authority, to give as due or required, to mural-1347673_640relinquish or resign to, submit to

When it became apparent that yield is the word for this year I talked to Jesus about it. Truthfully, I argued and debated with Him against the word. And I complained about it. As always He listened patiently but then He sent me to 1 Samuel 15:22-23.

What is more pleasing to the LORD:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

I am a stubborn person. I like to have and do things my way. I want to be solely in charge of my life. See the difficulty I have with yield? One word for me is proud. I am not happy (or proud) to write that word to describe me but when I see what yield means and what I am the only conclusion is proud. This is what Jesus had to say about it sending me to Micah 6:8

…the LORD has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

See that word humbly?  I have some work to do!

I know Jesus will be patient and compassionate (as He always is) when I talk to Him about this yield thing. And I do understand why I have been given this particular word. Still not happy about it, though.

There is a definition of yield other than the one I have shared here that I believe I will realize once I get the first working in my head and heart. I will tell you about it Thursday.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Scripture from NLT

Micah 6:8 hcs

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We do not have an unreasonable God,
He simply asks that we live right and fair, be loyal and trustworthy,
and to be respectful and unpretentious as we live our lives with Him.
We are not left wandering in the dark without instructions
the Lord is clear about what is expected of us. 
When we don’t pay attention to the Guide and His directions,
wanting to do things as we see fit, we find life’s journey
to be difficult and often unpleasant.
Let’s follow the Lord and listen to His words, do as He says,
and enjoy our travels with Him.

Where are you and the Lord going today?
Are you paying attention or just wandering around?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Micah 7:8 niv

anonymous-376540_640We don’t always get it right.
The world can be a dark place.
But we always have the Lord.to light our way.

Do you feel like you are sitting in the dark?
Sometimes we just need to open our hearts to see the Light.

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

Image: pixabay 

What does God ask of us?

When I began my journey with the Lord over thirty years ago I was truly lost.  My prayer was simple:  “I have been doing things my way and it is not working. So, Lord, I will do it Your way.  But I do not know what that is or how to do it.  Teach me, show me the way.”  I prayed, read the bible and Christian books, went to church and bible study.

Sometimes it all was a bit confusing.  Though there is no error in scripture, there is often error in what is taught about it. God is ever faithful and by His grace I was given the gift of discernment.  I learned to respond to the music of His truth and turn away from the clang of false teachings.

I learned about the greatest commandment; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37,39.  It was like rain in the desert to my soul.  Still, I wondered, how does one do this, follow these commands?

I asked many people, and received as many answers as people I asked.  I was told to give money and to serve, pray and have quiet time with the Lord, go to church and bible study, and spend most of my time with other believers.  Within these answers there were formulas.  How much money and time to give to the church, visit and take meals to the sick and grieving. Pray and have a daily morning quiet time of one hour.  Be at church every time the doors opened. And study the bible in a group, with one other person, or alone.  Socialize only with believers.  And my favorite, just do what you think you should do.

All fine suggestions and worthy of commitment. (Except maybe “the do what you think you should do,” that sometimes leads to trouble.) But none of what I heard really answered my question.  Anyone can do all these things and not be pleasing to the Lord.  After all, the Israelites did all these things and offered burnt sacrifices to Him and He was often angry with them. Why is the work, the doing of these things not completely pleasing to Him?  Could it be because we are working and doing without godly thought?  Are we busy working and doing just to do it and get it checked off our to-do list?

God asks more of us than robot like obedience. 

We are to be active with fairness and determination and discretion.  Our faith is of little value if lived without intelligent thought and understanding.  There is to be kindness in our hearts, mercy, a covenant love; a love that is committed, within the boundaries of God’s word and will.  He wants us to surrender ourselves to Him and be utterly dependent on Him. He wants us to follow Him, to grow and mature, to be in fellowship with Him.

He has shown you, O man, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 nasb

He tells us what to do; to act and to love.  He tells us how;  by giving ourselves to Him without reservation.  And He tells us why; because He is our God.

Man’s formula is rather cumbersome, God’s is short and sweet.

I wonder why we make so many rules and regulations?

I wonder if we think the more complicated something is the more important it is, and then we are more important?

Just wondering…