Remember His Love

Never forget who loves you more than anyone in the world. When times get tough and you don’t know where to go or what to do, get back to God. Remember, He is real. He is faithful. He is always here with you and for you.

If you feel lost, finding yourself is as easy as bringing Him back into your heart. Call upon His name and soon you will be swept up into the arms of His good and soothing comfort.

Remember, in John 14:14 Jesus said:

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 14:14

Today’s Video:

Take me Back — TRIBL featuring Dante Bowe from Bethel Music

Surround Yourself With Goodness

Surround yourself with goodness!

I enjoy fresh vegetables and fresh herbs for cooking, so I have a vegetable garden that provides me with fresh produce every year.

Mesclun growing in my garden!

But, there are always pesky animals that have a tendency to steal and destroy the vegetation if I don’t keep them out. I must take measures to discourage them because, not only will some of them snag the veggies, animals such as skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats carry deadly viruses that can be left behind to harm the vegetation or me, if I come in contact with them.

I put up fences to keep these animals out of my garden. I don’t want them taking away my harvest or depositing disease-ridden waste into and onto the precious vegetables I intend to eat.

I take care to keep harmful insects out of the garden because I want my produce to be healthy and delicious. Today, I started thinking about how much I do to protect my garden, which then led me to wonder whether or not I take the same level of precautions when dealing with my general welfare. Fortunately, most of the people I hang out with are truly righteous people. I think that is because I learned a long time ago, a very important biblical lesson.

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

Proverbs 22:24-25

We all make mistakes

Friends, I am not perfect and I certainly don’t expect anyone to be perfect. But, I know what is right and I know what is wrong.

We all make mistakes. There is no doubt about that. However, the positive side of mistakes comes from the times we learn from our mistakes and we don’t let mistakes hamper us down. Friends, where I’m going with today’s message is to say that the people we allow into our life, be they good or bad, are the people who are going to help shape our life.

I don’t let critters into my garden because I don’t want them to soil the garden. I don’t want them to pull up, chew up, or mess up the hearty growth in my garden.

Likewise, I no longer (knowingly) let “bad” people into my life. I don’t want them bringing me down, messing up my life, and steering me in the wrong direction.

Bad begets bad

I am generally an even-tempered person. But, at one time in my life I hung out with someone who had a really bad temper. We went shopping at the mall for new outfits for a New Year celebration. The store we chose to enter was a high-end store that had advertised 60% to 70% discounts. I was anxious to see what they had to offer. Upon entering, I was very happy with the selection of clothes and the prices were very affordable. But, my friend could not find anything she liked so she became boisterous and angry. She started yelling at the sales lady who was helping us… yelling about why they didn’t have a certain dress in her color and her size. Swear words were coming out of her mouth and whatnot. All I could figure doing was to pay for my outfit and then sit and wait for her outside the dressing room. While I was sitting, I kept thinking about how there were other stores in the mall and how, in any event, there was no need to be THAT upset over clothes. This person is actually a really kind-hearted person (so long as things are going her way). However, as I spent more time with her, I began to notice that I, too, started becoming a little short-tempered over the littlest of things. Thank the Lord that I finally realized it was time to cut ties with her. Friends, once we make a good decision, it is amazing how the Lord has a way of making things like this easy. As it were, I got married and moved out of the area. This made it difficult to continue our association. Thank goodness for the distance that was placed between us because I learned that my demeanor was better. I went back to putting life situations into perspective, realizing that I don’t have to be upset at everything that does not go my way.

Cutting this person out of my life was a good thing. Had I kept her in my life, who knows, today I might be living as an angry person like her.

Surround yourself with goodness!

Friends, don’t let bad people stay in your life, otherwise, like you read in Proverbs  22:24-25 you might end up becoming like them.

Psychologists say we become like the five people we hang out with the most. I urge you to choose your friends wisely. Look at them. See how they act. See how they make you feel. If they make you feel bad, delete them! On the other hand, if they fit into the righteous lifestyle you try to live, keep them! Learn from them! Strive to be like them!

Surround yourself with goodness so goodness surrounds you.

He Rose on Sunday

His love saved us!

In my blog post about Good Friday, I shared how Jesus died for our sins.

However, the story continues on the Sunday following his death when Jesus was resurrected. In other words, Jesus rose from death and walked among the living again.

The importance of the resurrection is in the fact that the Messiah, Jesus Christ taught much truth about life and made many promises that if we live a wholesome life, we would one day get to live in the Kingdom of God. One of the promises that Jesus made is that after he was crucified, he would be brought back to life. And, when he was brought back to life he would then be the avenue in which we could have a direct line of communication with God.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

Video: Resurrection Sunday – The Anthem Praise Dance

The recital and dance interpretation seen in this video present a deep and dynamic rendition of Jesus’ resurrection. Death could not hold him down. He came back to life and now we are redeemed because of his sacrifice.

It’s a Good Friday!

Happy Good Friday!

In spite of the fact that the greatest person in history died on Good Friday, this is a day that many people celebrate.

Why? On this day, a most precious man took up a cross and carried it on His back to the place where He would die for our sins. In the days when living sacrifices (unblemished and pure) had to be offered to atone for our sins, a man, Jesus Christ (being the only living human who was sinless and pure) was chosen and lovingly agreed to suffer to death so that the sins of sinners could be forgiven.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:15

After his death on Good Friday, Jesus rose to life on Easter Sunday. This is good news for us because after that day, we were no longer required to offer a living sacrifice to be forgiven of our sins. No, my friends, on that day, whenever we want to be forgiven, we only need to look to Jesus, our Savior, to forgive us.

Jesus has always been the way to our Father’s house.

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

Today’s Video is About a Story of Love

Jesus loved us so much that he gave His life for us. He suffered. He died on that cross so that we may be forgiven of our sins and have salvation and be worthy of entering into the Kingdom of God.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13
He laid down His life for us.

Video Credits

Title: Mighty Cross
Copyrights: Music by Elevation Worship Publishing, Open Hands Music, So Essential Tunes

Who Do You Love?

Who do you love?

If you knew your life on earth was coming to an end and if you only had one thing you were allowed to share to one person on earth, who would that person be and what would you share?

I don’t often think of this question because it is somewhat morbid, but recent events in my life have made me aware that there might come a time in my life when I may only have a moment to share my final words with the one I very deeply care about.

I thought about it a lot today and decided that to the love of my life I would say, “I love you. I love you like I have never loved before.”

Friends, this person who I love so deeply has shown me what true love is.

I love how this person looks at me with admiration, as if I am the most important person in the world, without judgment, without condemnation. I want to spend the rest of my life with this person. Forever could never come too soon. I do not even know if it makes sense, forever never coming too soon. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am in love with someone who I want to spend eternity with. Today, tomorrow, forever!

Our love is undeniable, unquenchable, and it cannot be undone.

Friends, what I have described here is a love that I have with someone on earth, and the truth of the matter is that this is the same kind of love that I have for my Heavenly Father and it is the same kind of love that our Heavenly Father has for us.

The Love of Our Father

Scripture is the word, and the word is truth. My friends, I hope that the following scriptures bring forth the knowledge of the love our Father has for you. I hope as you read these scriptures that you come to understand how much you are loved by God in heaven and by the brothers and sisters in Christ that He has placed in your life to love you on earth.

We are saved from our sins. Jesus loves us so much He suffered and died on the cross for us.

Ephesians 2:4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Romans 5:2-5
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

We do not have to earn God’s love. God demonstrated His love by His sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross for us. We do not have to work toward being loved by God. He gives it to us freely.

God’s love is steadfast and unchanging. It comforts us. It is revealed to us through Jesus Christ, It is poured into us through the Holy Spirit. It compels us to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

There is no end to this kind of love. When you have it, you know it, and there is no way you will ever let it end.

Who Do You Love?

As I have asked myself this question, I ask you the same: Who do you love, and what would you say to that person if you had only a moment in time to say it to them?

Well then… go say it to them now while you have the chance.

The Gift of Love

Our Father gives us a gift of love that we can share with someone until we meet Him in Heaven. This kind of love is indescribable. It is a kind of love that is only a smidgen of the measure of the love waiting for us in heaven. You will know it when you receive it and when you receive it you will never want to let it go.

My hope to you, friends, is that you find this kind of love with someone. And when you do find this kind of love, my hope is that you would share this love with others so that they too may feel, through you, an amazingly beautiful kind of unending love.

Today’s Video: Only You Can Love Me This Way

While not a worship song, per se, today’s video speaks to the kind of love we receive from our Heavenly Father. Friends, no one loves us like our Father. His love is deep and lasts for an eternity. May you be loved by the Father in Heaven and may you also have someone on earth who loves you in a way that is worthy of your love in return.

Song Title: Only You Can Love Me This Way
Copyrights: 2009 Capitol Records Nashville
Written by: Steve McEwan and John Reid
Performed by: Keith Urban

Love can be never-ending.

Soulmate Connection — Dating

I discovered this blog post last week and felt so moved by it that I wanted to share it with my readers. It is found on the blog called “Soulmate Connection — Dating.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

Soulmate Connection We know there are magical signs once we meet our soulmates face to face. Expect it to be not ordinary. Imagine a fairy-tale coming alive. Most certainly, there would be sparks flying, butterflies in the stomach, stuttered sentences, ease of communication, physical attractions, love-at-first-sights, answered prayers, love remembered from dreams; in other words, […]

Soulmate Connection — Dating

Leave Your Past Behind

Forgiven and made white as snow

Scriptures continually remind us that if we are faithful to God and confess our sins, we are forgiven and cleansed. Our souls are made as white as snow. Our past is no longer relevant. But, sometimes, even when we know the Lord has forgiven us and has told us we are a new being, we (in our inability to put the past behind us) live as if we are still unworthy of the grace the Lord has given us.

I have a young friend who would not go to church because she said she was not good enough to go to such a Holy place. She felt that her sins were too grand for her to simply ask for forgiveness and God would suddenly forgive her without her doing anything for it.

We talked about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us so that if we believe in Him and if we ask Him for forgiveness, He forgives us with no questions asked, no condemnation, and nothing to do but to believe in Him.

When we go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness, He forgives us. It truly is as simple as that. He wipes the slate clean and we are free to go forth in our life as a new person, fresh and clean as if our past did not ever exist.

Still, knowing the truth in Jesus’ love and sacrifice, sometimes we have a tendency to hold on to the past and live with our transgressions as if they still exist.

It is my hope that the following verses will help you to see that when you are forgiven, you no longer have a past. What you have is a new life to live.

Through prayer, you can grow spiritually and do the great things that God has planned for you.

Scriptures About Leaving the Past Behind

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

I hope you enjoy today’s video which showcases a song about hope. Leave your past behind. Tell your heart to beat again for the new life you have been given.

Today’s Video

Song: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
Performed by: Danny Gokey
Song Writers: Matthew West / Bernie Herms / Randy Phillips
Copyrights: 2012 Awakening Media Group, One77 Songs, G650 Music, Pure Note Music, Songs of Universal, Inc., Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

Lyrics: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

So tell your heart to beat again
And close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday is a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
‘Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun

So tell your heart to beat again
And close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday is a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven’s working
Everything for your good

So tell your heart to beat again
And close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday is a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again
Beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

What Are Friends For?

Friends are for love.

My journey in love continues and each day I learn more about love than ever before. First, the realization that God loves me through anything and everything I do. Whether I am good or bad, He still loves me. That kind of unconditional love astounds me, yet it comforts me to know that no matter what I do in life, I will be loved forever. As stated in Romans 8:38-39, no one or nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1Corinthians 13:13

Out of everything we can hope for in life, God says that the greatest gift is love.

I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.

John 15:12-15

As I get closer to God, I discover the love my Father has for me and the importance of love to be found in friendship. I discover that God considers me His friend. How cool is that? God is my friend and I am a friend of God!

What are friends for?

As I search in the bible for verses that explain what it means to have friends, I have come to the realization that we are designed to have friends and we are ordered to be good friends to others.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.

Proverbs 18:24
A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:5-6
Better an open reprimand than concealed love. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

Blessed by Friendship
My dear guests, I must share that I have been blessed with God’s greatest gift of all… the gift of love and not just any kind of love, but the love of a true friend who is someone I cherish, someone I can say that I would go to the ends of the earth with, someone I can share my life with, someone who doesn’t judge me, someone who sees me and all my flaws and loves me just the same.

This friend of mine is a confidant, for sure. At the same time, I trust my friend to offer counsel when it is needed.   

I can run to my friend in all things –  to share joyous times, as well as to cry in times of sorrow and know that my friend will lift me up and carry me though whatever I am suffering.

The greatest gift you will ever receive in life is the love of our most High and Gracious God. His love is undeniable and His love lasts a lifetime and beyond. And, in His love for us, He grants us with the love that can be found in friendship, a valuable gift to be shared with others during our lifetime on earth.

It is my hope and prayer that you would be blessed this day in God’s love and that you would find a friend on earth to love and to be loved into eternity.

Today’s Video
That’s What Friends Are For, performed by Dionne Warwick and friends Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder.

This song captured my heart, particularly the chorus which speaks to a basic component of friendship.

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Make Life Easy on Yourself

Grace gives us the freedom to soar with wings of laughter.

Life doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. When we ask the Lord into our hearts, we are immediately given the tools we need to live a life of grace.

Grace gives us freedom to be whole again.

When we allow the Heavenly Father to take the reins of our life and guide us through our life, we live a life that offers love and forgiveness to unimaginable degrees.

All God asks of us is that we love Him and obey what he commands. When we do that, He will send to us the Holy spirit to guide us through a life where we no longer have to guess what to do and when to do it.

If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 14:15-17

When we love God, when we obey His commands, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, lives in us, and guides us — providing answers, providing assurances, providing solutions to all that we see as challenges to a fulfilling life on earth.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:25-27

My friends, I do hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Song: You Set Me Free
Copyrights: 2005 World Records
Artist: Sandi Patty

How Much Are You Loved?

Imagine how much God loves you!

As we come to the end of the year, many of us are taking a look at the things we have accomplished, relationships past and present, the good times, the bad times, the highs, and the lows. And, while reflecting, we bring out what I like to call our life calculators, determining in one moment how successful we have been all year. We are needlessly hard on ourselves, judging ourselves for no reason.

Honestly, sometimes, no matter what we do, life just happens! Some of it will be good and some of it will be challenging. Sometimes we will come out ahead and sometimes we will fall behind. In the end, with the Lord’s help we endure.

Whatever is happening in our life, no matter how we are feeling at any moment, when we need a pick-me-up, we need to call upon the Lord. He will be there for us. There is no greater feeling than the love that comes from our Father. And, when we feel lonely, when we feel unloved, and when we call upon the Lord, He will meet us wherever we are, wrapping His majestic arms around us, showing us His mighty and never ending love.

This year, as you contemplate how much you matter in this world; remember you are loved to no end.

With the Lord, there is always hope for a future filled with love.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

Song: How Much
Released: 2009
Video Performance by: Mandisa