Who Will Love Me For Me?

girls-are-like-apples-on-treesI have been seeing this tree on various social websites. At first glance the statement seems harmless, at the same time there is something about it that breaks my heart.

Surely, as parents we want our daughters to be the apples at the top of the tree; the one’s worth waiting for; the one’s who respect themselves knowing they are worth waiting for. By the same token we want our sons to respect all the young ladies and women in their life, even when those same young ladies or women don’t know how to respect themselves. We want our sons to recognize that the girls and women who reside at the top of the tree are worth working for. When our son was younger we use to tell him AND all his friends that one of their main jobs as young men is to respect the young women in their life, not only because it is the right thing to do but because they may be the only example of what respect looks like.

But, what about the so-called rotten apples on the ground and the boys who go after them? Perhaps the apples on the ground don’t have a positive male voice in their life. Encouraging them, telling them how beautiful they are and that they are the apple of their eye. Maybe the young boys don’t have a positive male influence teaching them to respect ANY young girl or woman regardless of how she see’s herself. This is why my heart breaks while reading the tree.  And, what if your son or daughter were friends with the apples on the ground and the boys who go after them? What would your response be? Would you demand that your son or daughter stop being friends with them? Or, would you trust God that he has chosen your child for such a time as this to be a positive role model in the life of one who seems so desperately to need a friend who resides at the top of the tree?

I heard a song today with these words:

“He cries in the corner where nobody sees
He’s the kid with the story no one would believe
He prays every night, “Dear God won’t you please…
Could you send someone here who will love me?”

“Who will love me for me
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means.”

You see, everyone just wants to feel loved, even the apples on the ground and the boys who go after them.

You can listen to “Love Me” in its entirety here

Photo credit -richgrad.com. Song credit JJ Heller “Love Me”.

How’s Your Heart?

_ml_p2p_pc_carousel_badgeWhen my son was a young boy, he use to pretend he had on a cape and held a huge sword. He would run from one to point to the next yelling, “Leviticus charge!” It use to make me laugh deeply. Even now, as I remember those times I smile and my heart soars. I don’t have to wonder at the prophetic meaning; I know in my heart God is creating within my son a very powerful warrior. And, that is why, I believe, the enemy’s attacks against him have been hard and consistent. Being one who perceives visually, I am so thankful that God continues to give me hope through that one tangible scene.

It came as no surp…., okay, maybe I was caught off guard a tiny bit when I found this nugget of treasure today. I’ve been working on a cross-reference study on healing……for a long time. My point Scripture is 1 Samuel 6:3. One of the cross references is Leviticus 5:15; “When anyone is unfaithful to the LORD by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the LORD’s holy things, they are to bring to the LORD as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering.”

This verse is from the Old Testament and during that period of time the instructions in Leviticus 5:15 were some of the things the Israelites had to do to become right with God. Today, we no longer have to follow these rules because Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins ONCE and for ALL. The only thing needed today is to choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior and commit to a life of following Him.

I asked the Holy Spirit what he wanted me to know about this verse and how it relates to healing. Immediately I began to understand that even though we no longer have to make guilt offerings we still need to make amends to those we’ve hurt and ask for forgiveness and to forgive those who we feel have hurt us.

Here’s the nugget; many times an issue of unforgiveness in our heart leads to spiritual unhealthiness, and sometimes I believe spiritual unhealthiness can also manifest as a physical ailment.

My dear friends, I encourage you to look deep within your heart and ask God to show you any area(s) where unforgiveness lives. Choose to allow Him to begin the healing process, no matter how hard it hurts and even if it’s a small chunk a day. The freedom will amaze you and I know your joy will increase.

And, soon, you to will be saying, “Leviticus charge!” Sorry, you’ll have to get your own cape and sword.

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That’s Just Crazy!

Not long ago, a friend and I were talking about how we are crazy…..crazy with the Holy Spirit! This beloved friend of mine and I try to meet at least once a month to share a meal and share what God has been doing in our lives. We are always laughing and experiencing a joint connection with the Holy Spirit. I can picture Jesus sitting at the table with us enjoying a good laugh himself. And, as I think about this I realize that we are fulfilling our ambassadorship to the kingdom by displaying our love for one another and the joy we feel by being in each other’s presence, proving to those around us that we are disciples of Christ.

One day after such a time together, I was at a particular grocery store. The man in line in front of me was playfully giving the checker a hard time. He looked at me and said something to the effect of, “Don’t mind me I’m just crazy!” I laughed and replied back, “Me too, crazy with the Holy Spirit!” He turned serious and asked me, “You’re a believer?” I replied, “Yes, and you?” “Yes, ma’am”, he replied.

Well, praise the Lord! Two earthly strangers but heavenly family proving to others we are followers of Christ with that brief encounter!

While others around us may indeed wonder if we are crazy, we know the truth about such things; If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God. 2 Corinthians 5:13a.

She Believes

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This morning’s post is dedicated to someone very special to me. She may not realize that I know she is watching and reading, silently, not commenting, simply processing. Ironically, it is her silence that has given her away!

Earlier, I was thinking about what the two of us believe, which isn’t much different from one another. Years and years ago, well, at least is seems that long, she asked me if I thought Creation and evolution could exist together. I’m sure I gave a glib answer that I halfway believed myself. Today I would answer her unequivocally, “no”.

She believes that He is the Son of God. Born of the Virgin Mary, in a barn with no place to lay his head. Matthew 3:17; Luke 1:26-38Luke 2:7.

She believes He was crucified, died, was buried and rose again. Matthew 27:31; Matthew 27:50; Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 16:6.

She believes He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Mark 16:19.

She believes He was and is and is yet to come. Revelation 1:8.

She believes. But, does she believe He is the Only One?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

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What If….

What if God didn’t exist?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.

What if the world wasn’t created?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1.

What if the sun and the moon didn’t exist?

crossYou established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place. Psalm 74:16.

And what about the seasons…winter, spring, summer and fall?

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22.

What if you were never thought of?

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13.

What if His Son was never freely given?

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 3:16.

What if?……..

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if  there isn’t and die to find out there is.” Albert Camus.

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Captured By Love

A quick nugget for today! What do these verses have in common?

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a.

God loves you so much. Absolutely NOTHING can separate you from his great love for you. (See Romans 8:35-39). God’s love is ALWAYS with you; God’s love is NEVER ending; God’s love is a part of your IDENTITY!

My Friends, may you feel His love poured out and lavished upon you. May you allow it to seep into your very being and know it is Christ in you…..always.

Happy, Sad, Mad, Glad

EmotionsRecently, I had the opportunity to share a message on behavior and emotions with our weekly Women’s Bible study. We looked at several stories in the Bible that deal with how we can allow our emotions to drive our behavior. Some of the stories we looked at were about negative emotions; fear, anger, resentment and how these emotions can affect our behavior is disastrous ways.  It seems easier to understand how we can allow negative emotions to affect our behavior, but what about good emotions? Emotions such has happiness, joy, elation? Can these feelings lead us to behavior that can also be disastrous?

Come along with me and let’s take a peak at just such a story.

There was a man named Jephthah (pronounced Jeff-the) and he was a mighty warrior. He was fighting against a people group called the Ammonites. Jephthah made a vow to God; “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” Judges 11: 30-31. God did as Jephthah asked and gave him victory over the Ammonites. When Jephthah returned home, the “whatever” that came out of his house emotions-poster-7038-pto meet him was his daughter; his only child. There was no way he could have known his only child would be the first to greet him. At the same time, I sense he was so confident at the prospect of a victory over the Ammonites that he allowed, perhaps, feelings of elation, joy even giddiness to compel him to make his hasty vow to the Lord.

Scripture doesn’t tell us exactly what happened to Jephthah’s daughter. Some theorize she was offered literally as a burnt offering, others believe she was set apart never to marry thus squashing the hope of Jephthah of having any descendants to carry on the family line.

loveEmotions, they’re not a bad thing. God created us to have emotions and feelings, good and bad. It is how we choose to use them that matters.

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Eureka Infinity and Beyond!

This morning I was looking for a nugget; a golden nugget to be exact. Not the type of gold that has monetary value, although, that would be nice as well! No, this morning I was looking for spiritual gold. That certain something that I could reflect upon throughout my day; giving me hope and making me, well, smile.

I began traipsing through the Bible, I like to traipse, and I came upon Psalm 103:17

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.

As I began to ponder this verse, I felt the Holy Spirit speak its truth to my heart. This verse is a very BIG promise! Everlasting is forever. Never ending; forever to forever; infinity and beyond! To fear Him is to revere and respect him; to be in AWE of him! His righteousness is his standard, his ultimate best, which is better than anything we can begin to imagine!

IMAG0986I found my spiritual gold. God love’s me forever and forever because I revere Him. Not only that, because of my relationship with Him, he extends his ultimate best to my children and grandchildren. That, my dear friends, is definitely something to smile about!