The first time I had contact with this foreign word (forgiveness) was about 20 years ago. We were brand new christians and our daughter Amber’s bus had rolled down the mountainside and Amber was helicoptered to the nearest hospital with head wounds. Continue Reading
God was just having fun with me.
Today’s story is going to be a little different than most, but I had such an exciting day yesterday, I had to share. Continue Reading
Once again we have come to a screeching halt and realized, wow this “getting away” thing is pretty darn good. What is it that keeps us from going here often? There is nothing on this earth more important than time away with God and my husband, but there are many things that would tell me that is not true…until we get here. Continue Reading
Along with the beautiful sunshine and budding trees there seems to be a calling for justice in the air. Some of you may not be in this swirl, but Mike and I seem to be in 3 different situations right now that are calling for truth and for someone to stand up and say they are not going away. Continue Reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to study about love this week…and then I got the flu:( But here’s what I found out so far:
New Living Translation
18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’
Deuteronomy 5: 10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Exodus 15:13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
So, what we have here is a God who is filled with love, who lavishes unfailing love on us and on a thousand generations of those who love Him and His commands, abounding in love, maintaining love, forgiving to thousands of generations. That sounds like the best deal ever. All we have to do is obey His commands, and love Him. And we get all of that love back!
Hmm, what happened? Why did I not know of this love of God as a child and in my adult life? I read further and found that the Israelites didn’t want to go near God because they were afraid. So they sent Moses and so set the trend for not talking to God but through a priest. God said ok, I’ll give you a priest. Just put all of My word on your doorposts, on your gates, and even on your forehead, so you don’t forget. But I wonder what happens when we start only listening to what someone else says about God. When we don’t read it for ourselves. I wonder if it gets a little watered down, and we don’t even know about some parts. I don’t think my mom and dad ever read God’s word, although they were in church all the time when they grew up. I wonder what would have happened if they had read the word about how much God loved them? Maybe they would have taught me about it and I would have taught it to my kids.
Never too late to start. So I’m doing what I can now. I’m hoping to start the “thousand generations that will be loved by God”. I know that my mom and dad were very kingdom minded. They raised us to be kind, do not lie, definitely don’t kill anyone, don’t covet…you get the idea, but I had no idea that all came from God and that He loved me with abundant love.
Even though I began changing my life to line up with God’s word 20 years ago when I gave my life to Jesus, I never knew about His love.
But now I do. I can share it with everyone I know and I can receive it for myself and walk in it. So that everyone who meets me gets splashed with that. I love Kim Walker’s song “How He Loves”, on the album We Cry Out. (If you are reading this in an email and can’t see the video click here)
Wow, that’s the kind of love I want to carry around. There’s one part in the song where she says “If you’ve ever received His love you’d know it because you’d never be the same!” Isn’t that what we all want? To be so loved that we are never the same? I think you’re gonna have to watch this video and feel the love of God and never be the same.
Love you all this week. So thankful for my family, so thankful for the people of God, so thankful I know God. Today Mike is in charge of the marketplace prayer at Frank Consulting at noon. It’s been a rough week with his pain so I hope you’ll come and not only pray with him for the marketplace but also to love on Him and help to bring healing to his body.
When faced with grief
The most horrible thing we can imagine is the loss of a child. As a matter of fact, we would never say it out loud or let it come to the surface of our minds, but it’s there in all of us as parents. This week we learned of the tragedy of a young girl who lost her life while skiing with friends. It shocked everyone out of that place of peace that nothing bad will happen if I follow Christ. Maybe some of you don’t ever get there, but being saved late in my life at age 38, I thought that was the magic formula. The grief that comes with the loss of life is many days unbearable and my heart goes out to this family that will have to walk this road. There is no making sense of this, I pray for peace for this family and friends as they walk through this storm, and that God will sustain them through this tragedy. When in that place of pain, the only thing that can comfort is friends surrounding them and speaking God’s word of His promises and allowing the people to grieve.
When we gave birth to Lexie (who many of you know was born with trisomy 13) the next day our pastor came and was visiting with me in the hospital and I was crying and said “Why would this happen?” He gently told me that I would be able to comfort others with the comfort I’d received. I was stunned! That’s it? I was a new believer and hadn’t heard that scripture and I was furious. I was already a nice person. Did I need a child who was going to die to be a better comforter? It wasn’t until years later after Lexie had gone to heaven that I finally understood this scripture:
2 Corinthians 1
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God…But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God…”
As I found myself comforting this family friend yesterday, I knew this scripture to be so true. I knew that they would indeed become more reliant on God, but that it would take a while to get there. All I was to do was to comfort. I’m so grateful for our little Lexie who came to this earth to teach me so many things and for God who never left my side. Walking through that storm with my family, I got to the truth of God’s word. And now I know He will never leave me and that He is there to bring hope.
This week a friend came into the office who had shared last week’s post with some friends. He told these business people that we were going to pray at noon on Friday and how could we pray for them. Thinking they would need prayer for their businesses because we pray for the marketplace, several sent back a response within minutes and some within a few hours and all of them were going through personal difficulties that they needed prayer for. Evidence that there are a lot of people going through pain right now that has nothing to do with their business. I want to be aware and sensitive to people that are hurting out there. I don’t want to be so focused on jobs, marketplace, the city, etc., that I don’t see the pain around me in individual lives and I want to come alongside them and ask God to intervene in their lives. After all, I get by with a little help from my friends.
Hope you’ll join us Friday, as we pray at noon at Frank Consulting.