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1Jo 4:15-21 "Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that as He is, so also we are in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And we have this commandment from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also. "
There is just sooo much in these verses that continually encourage, challenge and speak to me. Today He is gently reminding me that it all begins with His love for us! We love, because He first loved us.
My love for others should come as a direct result from daily receiving, meditating and resting in His amazing love for me. I am going to stop there and just dwell on that for today.
14 February 2009
I just finished reading such an amazing book written by Gary Witherall called "Total Abandon". Him and his wife Bonnie served Jesus so fully and faithfully in Lebanon up until the moment she was gunned down in the clinic where she served as a missionary. She was martyred for the sake of the gospel - working in a clinic, shining the love of Jesus to all the women who came through those doors. His book is so honest and real about their journey - and his journey since her death in 2002. It has given me so much to think about regarding my own walk with Jesus and what it means to live with total abandon.
The journey that God has me on is the discovery of what "Love in Action" looks like. Bonnie has taught me so much about what that phrase means. She served the women who came to the clinic ... showed warmth and care in the way she dealt with them ... they devoted many hours of their time to learn to speak their language and showed such an honest love for the people.
I have been checking my own heart. Why is it that after being a Christian for so many years, it is possible to loose our compassion and zeal for the lost. Above all - that is what I note most in Jesus' ministry - He was MOVED WITH COMPASSION for people. Bonnie and Gary have taught me this again ... a love for the lost that goes against reason.
From one Christian to another - I highly recommend this book.
12 February 2009
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09 February 2009
My precious Tianna turned 8 this weekend! What a priveledge to watch her growing up in so many wonderful ways. I find it so humbling at times. She teaches me so much about God and myself - without even knowing it (ok - maybe sometimes she likes to think she knows way more than mommy!!).
06 February 2009
03 February 2009
Today I am singing God's praises at the top of my voice. I just LOVE the suprises of my Heavenly Daddy! I got a call from my sis with the remarkable news that she is pregnant!!! She has the most gorgeous daughters - Janique (almost 10) and Ashlynn (8) and now God is entrusting them with another blessing. I feel like such a proud aunty! I am now going to be aunty to 7!!!
Congrats Niqui and Ian!!
Ian, Janique, Ashlynn and my Tianna & Leelee