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Looking for Perfection? God’s Love is It.

Still looking? *sigh*  Some people never stop.

God's love is perfect.
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1 John 4:18 In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out that fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love.

Love, we all crave it, look for it, and often find it, in our journey, in the wrong places.  We have loved those who have disrespected us, been dishonest to us, and have chosen others during our relationships with them.  I found myself, more than once, looking in the mirror for some sign on my forehead or back that said I that I loved to be treated less than I deserved.  Love, in the searching of it, often leaves us frustrated, or in my case, giving up completely.  (It wasn’t until I stopped looking that God blessed me with my second husband.)  In looking for love, we very much forget to look toward God, the one who loves us always, and the one who loves us despite our faults and failures. His love is perfect, never-ending, and nonjudgmental. 

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Finish What You Started…

God did, and look at how you turned out… 😉

We all have work to do.
Sticking to the task is
sometimes daunting.
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John 17:4 I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.
John is beseeching to God that he has finished the work that He has given John to fulfill.  We all have a purpose in life, a task that God has given to us from the day we were born.  Some of us realize this early in life, others take a while longer to come to the epiphany that God has loftier goals for us than just to exist day to day.  The Heavenly Father has put each of us on this earth with a task to perform, a calling if you will, but how do we find what that calling is?  How do we know that what we are doing is what God intended us to do?  He gives us hints, little road signs called blessings, some call it good favor or luck.  Whatever the name for them, He lets us know that what we are doing is either on the right track or if we are veering off course.  He is our pilot, our rudder, or port in the storm, and He will never steer us wrong.  If we stop doing what He intended us to do, or if we are still trying to find it, He gives us hints and little pushes away from the path we are headed.  How?  Did you ever get the feeling that something isn’t right, a foreboding, shivers, or the small hairs standing on end on the back of your neck?  All these are God trying to tell you that you aren’t headed in the right direction.

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Go ahead, Look at yourself in the Mirror…

…what do you see?

You are your own
worst critic.
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Philippians 3:10 …that I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection, and partake of his sufferings by being moulded to the pattern of his death,…

Here we have Timothy, striving to be like Christ in such a way that he doesn’t see himself for who God made him to be.  He loved Christ so much that he wants to be like Christ in every way, not live as Christ taught him.  He sees in himself imperfections, and strives to fix them in order to be more like Christ.  

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It’s an easy word, “no”.

Then why do I have a hard time saying it?

God wants you to be happy.
Do what he intended you to do.
It's okay to say no.
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Numbers 11:12 Was it I who conceived all these people, was I their father, for you to say to me, “Carry them in your arms, like a foster-father carrying an unweaned child, to the country which I swore to give their fathers?”

When Moses said “Yes” to the task of taking the chosen of God to the land He had promised, it was only supposed to be a short trip.  However, through trials, complaints, and a major down slide of faith from the masses, it turned into a forty year affair, and though Moses was committed to the task, this was not what he had agreed to, and he was finding it all a bit overwhelming.  Complaints, and there were many, poured in everyday. There were people wondering if Moses knew what he was doing, or if he had lead them all to die in the wilderness. Moses was overwhelmed with a task that was too much for one man to carryout.  Instead of complaining to God, he asked Him to help in this task because Moses had reached his limit and felt he could no longer do it himself. 

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Hey YOU! Yeah, You! Take it easy, okay?

Or, learning to listen when you need to slow down.

Just chill out,
lye down, have some tea.
Rest, you deserve it.
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Psalms 23:2-3  2 In grassy meadows he lets me lie.  By tranquil streams He leads me 3 to restore my spirit…

You get up, make breakfast, get the kids off to school, go to work, do the groceries, make dinner, do dishes, laundry, chores, pay bills, and make sure you get everything done five minutes ago.  SLOW DOWN.  That twinge in your neck, that nagging yawn, that feeling in your body that something just isn’t right?  That’s God, through your body, telling you that you need to take a breather.  Sit down, lay down, take a bath, read a book, listen to music, and R-E-L-A-X.  This is the one time that spoiling yourself, just a little, isn’t a sin at all.

He blesses us with able bodies, and makes us capable of great things, but He also gives us hints when we have gone too far with our everyday toils, and when we are abusing our bodies.  Stop.  For at least 30-45 minutes each day, just sit back, and do something you like to do.  Rest.  Take a break from the rat race.  If you continue going at a break-neck speed, you’ll only hurt yourself in the end.  Your health and well-being are important to the Heavenly Father, not to mention the loved ones around you.  

So, the next time you feel that you can’t keep up the pace much longer, don’t.  Take a detour from the rat race that is life, and just stop and smell the roses.

Until next time, God Bless.

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Are You Living on the Edge?

You’d better move.  God doesn’t want you there.

If your living on the edge,
you have no room to make mistakes.
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Proverbs 3:5-6  5 Trust in wholeheartedly in Yahweh, put no faith in your own perception;  

6 acknowledge Him in every course you take, and he will see that your paths are smooth.

Trust, a word that only has five letters, but in this world is a precious commodity.  With all the violence, crime, and false representation that we face while we walk our path, it’s a wonder that we don’t lock ourselves up in our homes and try to make the world go away.  Trust, it is easy to loose, and it hurts when lost.  It is also a long hard road to gain it back once lost.

God wants us to trust Him in look to Him for answers and acknowledge Him through the good and the bad of our journey through life.  Though He only speaks through us directly through the Bible, He lets us know, in our everyday lives whether we have gone astray or if steady is the course.   

Living on the edge, throwing caution to the wind, not think things through, are the traits of someone who has no room to make mistakes.  This is a person who doesn’t heed the word of others or God.  God does not wish us to live our lives on the edge.  He is our safety net, our road signs as we journey through our lives.  God is the one we know will always be there for us, the one to whom we can give all of our trust.

Until next time, God Bless.

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Hang in There…

…the best is yet to come.

Galatians 6:7 Don’t delude yourself: God is not to be fooled; whatever someone sows, that is what he will reap.

A time-honored an often quoted passage that is filled with much meaning and guidance. Live your life being kind to others, never wavering in the love you have for God, and blessings and good tidings will come your way. Do honest, kind, loving works in God’s name that lifts up your fellow man, and God will lift you up in turn.

Galatians 6:9 And let us never slacken in doing good; for if we do not give up, we shall have our harvest in due time.

Patience and good deeds will give us God’s greatest gift, eternal life. That is what I call a harvest worthy of hanging in there to receive!

Until next time, God Bless.