A Four-Letter Word

Are you guilty of saying this four-letter word?  We have all said it.  The next question is have you acted it out?  I will admit that I have, but thankfully over the years, as I’ve grown in Christ, He has begun a work in me that allows me to walk in love, His love.  I don’t succeed all the time; however, He is constantly and meticulously working on me just as an artist works on his masterpiece.  So, what is this four-letter word?  It is HATE.

Considering the upcoming events this weekend in Murfreesboro, this four-letter word has been heavy on my heart.  On Saturday, hate is going to try and take over our town.  I am praying along with countless others that in hate’s place another four-letter word prevails…LOVE!  Not just any love but the love of Christ.  No one life matters more than another.  No skin color is more important than another.  Jesus died on the cross to pay the wages of sin and death for every life, every nationality, and every skin color.  He rose again on the third day because He conquered death and hell for each one of us, no matter where we come from and no matter what we look like.    

At our church this past Sunday, our Pastor spoke on relationships.  He discussed the world’s view compared to God’s view.  One of the things he said and had us repeat after each reference of God’s commitment to us was, “HE did, so I can!”  I want to remind myself and everyone else of this fact.  The following are just a few of His wonderful attributes that come to mind:

He loves everyone, so I can love everyone.

He forgives, so I can forgive others and myself.

He is merciful, so I can show mercy to others.

He is full of grace, so I can give grace to others.

He is full of compassion, so I can be compassionate to others.

He is generous, so I can be generous.

He is good, so I can show goodness to others.

He is just, so I can be fair and just to others.

He is wise, so I can draw from His wisdom.

He is strong, so I can find strength through Him.

lightThe list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  Since we are each created in His image, then each one of us is capable of being like Him if we allow Him to work through us.  My prayer is to be the light that cast out darkness, destroys hate, and instead brings glory to God.  I hope you will make this your prayer as well.  Much love!

 

Who Loves You More?

ChildOne day, my Mom shared with me that God had spoken to her when she was praying for me during my wayward years.  She described how God told her as much as she loved me, He loved me so much more.  I am sure God’s purpose for sharing that with my mother was to give her peace about the circumstances she could not control at that time. 

I am very thankful my mom shared that story with me because it has been a great help to me after I became a mother.  Especially in the beginning, when we first brought the boys home from their long stay in the hospital’s NICU, there were many times I was overwhelmed with anxiety and fear.  They seemed so fragile and helpless.  I did not have the nurses and monitors to alert me if something was wrong.  The only choice I had was to trust God with it all.

I began to meditate on what my mom had shared with me.  I thought to myself, if I love them anymore, my heart will burst!  And, God loves them more than that.  I could not even fathom how great His love for them must be. 

When we are filled with fear or anxiety about our children, we must stop and remember the limitless love our Heavenly Father has for them.  As much as we want to protect them and care for them, how much more does He?  I know it is almost impossible to never worry or have concern when our babies are involved – no matter how old they are, but let this knowledge bring you peace.  He has His arms around our children, just like He has his arms around us.  As much as we love them, He loves them an unfathomable amount more.

Dear Lord,

 Thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your only Son to die on the cross.  It is amazing how great Your love for us is!

 Help us to realize the depth of Your love, not only for us but for our precious children.  Remind us of this when we experience fear or anxiety over those we care for.  Give us the wisdom to leave our uncertainties and concerns in Your hands and not be overtaken by fear of the unknown.

 Thank you, Lord, for Your never-ending, unfailing, unmatchable love!

 In Jesus’ name ~ Amen