THE CANDLE

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The candle was simple and plain,
In a holder made of glass;
But oh what radiance when given a flame
It had a purpose at last.

It stood with its soft, gentle light
That warmed and inspired all;
With a fragrance and glow that brought great delight
To those in the banquet hall.

The gift that it offered was great,
Though it didn’t seem like much.
But the candle carried its flame with such weight,
No one could miss its warm touch.

Whatever my talents and gifts,
I will ever serve God my Lord;
So that in my actions all worship I lift
To Jesus the Living Word.

AGREEMENT

Do you agree with God?
Recently, I heard God telling me that He loves and likes me.  Any way that I don’t love or like myself is not in agreement with Him.  This has been a call to deep repentance for me.  In response, my Lenten discipline has been to meditate on God’s regard for me.
The first verse that came to mind is 1 John 3:1:  “Behold how great is the love that God lavishes on us, that we are called His children, and that is what we are…”
The next was Hebrews 2:11,”..Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters.”
Then, “He put his mark on us to show that we are his, and he put his Spirit in our hearts to be a guarantee for all he has promised.” 2 Cor 1:22  NCV
“I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:18 GNT,

Here is just a little bit more of what HE says about you:
Psalm 103:4; Isaiah 61:2  You are crowned with love, compassion and beauty.
Jer. 31:3  Papa God loves you with an everlasting love; you have never not been loved by Him.
Romans 15:14  You are full of goodness.
Romans 15:14  You are complete in knowledge and competant to instruct others.
1 Corinthians 6:19  You are the temple of the Holy spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:3  You are a living epistle.
2 Corinthians 3:18  You are a reflection of God’s glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18  You are being transformed into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 5:17  You are a new creation.  (The word for “new” means something that has never existed before.)
Galatians 4:6  You are God’s son or daughter.  (That means you’re a prince or princess.)
Galatians 4:7  You are an heir in God’s Kingdom.
Galatians 4:28  You are a child of promise.
Ephesians 2:10  You are God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 2:19  You are a fellow citizen with God.
Ephesians 2:19  You are a member of God’s household.
Ephesians 2:22  You are a dwelling in which God lives.
Ephesians 5:8  You are a child of light; light in the Lord.
Colossians 3:1  You are raised with Christ.
Colossians 3:12  You are one of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved
Colossians 3:15  The peace of Christ rules in your heart.
Colossians 3:15  You are called to peace as part of the body of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7  You have a spirit of love, power and a sound mind.
1 Peter 2:5,9  You are part of the holy, royal priesthood.
1 Peter 3:14  You are blessed.
1 Peter 5:10  You are Called to His eternal glory in Christ
2 Peter 1:3  You have everything You need for life and godliness through your knowledge of Him who called you by His own glory and goodness.

“We were made to be loved and to love.  This is God’s purpose for us.”  Danny Randall, “Glimpses Into a Love Beyond Words”

Lord God, we come to You, asking that You work in our hearts until we completely agree with who You say You are and we are.  Let all inner wounds be healed so that we experience ourselves as Your blessed, most beloved children.  By Your grace, we lay down all lies to which we have held.  We agree that we are made in Your image, loved and lovable.  Amen.

A LOVE SONG

Take time to listen;
What will you hear?
A gentle love song,
Sung softly and clear.

New every morning,
Echoed at night
As it fills your heart
With peace and delight.

Take time to notice;
What will you see?
Evidence of love,
Signs of God’s glory.

All of creation
Tells of his ways;
His mercy and love;
To him be all praise!

WHAT IS IT

What is it about you that God loves?

Is it your quick wit or great creativity?
Perhaps it’s your work ethic and attention to detail.
Truthfully, it’s probably none of the above.
Yes, He gave you those talents and strengths; He is pleased when you invest in them and use them for Him…
But that isn’t what He loves about you.

Is it your ability to relate to children?
Your service at Church and in your community?

No. Those are good, but they aren’t what He loves about you.

The answer?
He loves you. He loves that you are one of His precious people, personally conceived and created by Him.
He loves that you are one for whom Jesus died and rose;
He looks at you and says that you are a spitting image of Himself.
Papa God loves you in the same way that we love babies: They don’t do much; they eat, drink, poop, cry and sleep; yet we coo over them and adore them. We admire their soft hair, little hands and feet; we remark at how they look like Mama or Papa; we take turns holding them.
God loves you, just because…
You’re you.

GUARD YOUR HEART

The wellspring of life is your heart;
Guard it as a great treasure.
From God’s ways never depart
So that you know His pleasure.

 

As you follow Him each day,
Know that your heart is secure.
Because you trust and obey,
His prosperity is sure.

 

Such love has no one for you
That is constant day and night;
Love so unfailing and true
AS to fill you with delight.

 

Guard this place where love resides;
It’s the center of your soul.
Look for blessings which God hides
That nourish and help you grow.

 

Jesus is the only source
Of good gifts sent from above.
There is no power or force
That can ever block His love.

 

(Based on Proverbs 4:23)

 

SATISFIED

My soul is satisfied
With the Spirit’s wonderful food
That fills and nourishes every cell
And proves that God is good.

 

His love is rich and sweet;
His sparkling joy is divine;
The fruit called peace brings life and wholeness;
Into this heart of mine.

 

I feast on His patience
Kindness and goodness fill my soul.
Because of His faithful gentleness,
I can have self control.

 

There is nothing like hope
To strengthen me and cheer me on.
As I delight in all of God’s fruit,
I sing this happy song.

HOW

How do you look like the Father?
How do you look like His Son?
How do you reflect
The light of the Holy One?

How does your life in the Spirit
Carry and guide you each day?
What do you expect
As you trust God when you pray?

May you see the way Papa does;
With loving mercy and grace;
Until He perfects
Your reflection of His face.

I PUT MY TRUST IN YOU

When I come to crossroads
And don’t know what to do,
I can only turn
And put my trust in You.

When my wisdom fails me;
I need to know what’s true,
I will always turn
And put my trust in You.

I only see in part;
I’m weak in what I do;
So once again I turn
And put my trust in You.

My life is hidden in
Jesus who makes me new;
For this reason I turn
And put my trust in You.

RENEWABLE RESOURCES

“This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses
indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore
I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:21-25).

God’s love, faithfulness and goodness are the most renewable resources around!  Do you need peace?  It’s immediately available.  Are you short on joy or hope?  Just ask; a fresh supply is yours.  Protection?  Provision?  Name it, God has it for you.  His gifts are not stale old things that have been in storage for years; they’re new every morning, just like the manna He supplied to His people when they walked through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Even greater and deeper, do you want to know Him better and feel His presence more intimately?  He is as close as your heart and breath.  If you ask Him and pay attention, you’ll notice Him:  Some thought or impression might come to mind; perhaps you will feel heat on your face or body; a picture might pop into your head…He loves to talk to us, show us things and touch us.
Because HE is so consistently good and loving, we have hope – confident expectancy.

WATCHING THEY SAW

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Simeon held to a promise
That he would see God’s Son;
That he would not die but live
To hold the Holy One.

Simeon watched for Him each day,
In prayerful meditation,
Until in his arms there lay
The Savior of nations.

Anna watched and waited too;
She served God day and night,
Till she saw Messiah who
Would set the world right.

When we watch and pray, we know
We will see Jesus too;
He opens our hearts to show
Himself to me and you.

Seek the Lord who makes you whole
And you will surely see
Him the Lover of your soul,
King through Eternity.

THE FLOWER

The flower started as a seed,
Hidden in a secret place
That cradled and nurtured it
Providing a growing place.

The seed had everything needed
To germinate, sprout and grow
Into the lovely flower
That would be admired so.

The rain and sun brought nourishment;
That helped to make the plant strong;
Fresh air boosted the fragrance;
The roots grew deeper and long.

Then at last the flower blossomed
With petals so soft and fair
Standing in glorious splendor,
Its beauty beyond compare.

Then the blossom turned back to seed;
It faded, withered and died;
But the seeds will live and grow,
Becoming the flower’s pride.

And so it goes every season:
Reminders of life and death;
Starting in secret places;
Emerging to light and breath.

All things in nature around us
Tell about Heaven above,
Pointing to God’s provision;
Expressing His endless love.

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