Monthly Archives: January 2015

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.