Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Story of the day:  Love is found in many ways

In Rhythms of the Heart, Phil Hook writes:

My mother and I did not “mix.”  I chose a typical teenage solution to the problem–silence.

I would leave for school in the morning, come home to eat, then leave again.  When I was finally home late at night, I read books.

Invariable, my mother would come downstairs and ask me if I wanted a sandwich.  I grunted my assent.  She cooked egg ad bacon sandwiches for me night after night until I left home for good.

Years later, when our relationship was mended, she told me why she had made all those sandwiches.  “If you would ever talk to me, it was while I made that sandwich,” she said.

Hook writes, “I’ve learned love is found in a consistent display of interest, commitment, sacrifice, and attention.” [As abridged in The Christian Reader, May/June 1995, 34.]

Quote of the day:  Mother Teresa

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, but only more love.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 13:7

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for love, especially Your Love.  Father may I wake each day and live the days to their fullest, sharing love with all those around me.  May You rain down on me with Your love, Grace, and Mercy, that I in turn will spill over into this world with the same love, grace, and mercy that You have given to me.  May I make each day, each moment count in all that I do.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Are you Sodium, Chloride, or both?

Chemicals by themselves can be dangerous by themselves.  But when mixed with other chemicals, can be used for our common every day living.  Take Sodium for instance,

Sodium is an extremely active element found naturally only in combined form; it always links itself to another element.  Chlorine, on the other hand, is the poisonous gas that gives bleach its offensive odor.  When sodium and chlorine are combined, the result is sodium chloride–common table salt–the substance we use to preserve meat and bring out its flavor.

Love and truth can be like sodium and chlorine.  Love without truth is flighty, sometimes blind, willing to combine with various doctrines.  On the other hand, truth by itself can be offensive, sometimes even poisonous.  Spoken without love, it can turn people away from the gospel.

When truth and love are combined in an individual or a church, however, then we have what Jesus called, “the salt of the earth,” and we’re able to preserve and bring out the beauty of our faith. [Larson, Craig.  2007.  750 Engaging Illustration for preachers, teachers, and writers.  Baker Books Publishing. p.593.]

Quote of the day:  Martin Luther

“Peace, if possible, but the truth at any rate.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 5:13a (NKJV)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses flavor, how shall it be seasoned?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to always use Your truth and love that is dwelling deep within to be the salt of the earth, reaching those that don’t know You as their Lord and Saviour.  Father bless this day as I meet people who I don’t know and witness to those around me, through Your Grace, Love, and Mercy.  Provide me with Your Words of Wisdom that anything that comes from my mouth, honors and blesses Your Holy Name.  Today I pray for those that are needing rest, those that are needing to be lifted because of things that may be happening in their life, and I pray for lives to be saved, changed, and restored all for Your Glory!  I thank You for this blessed day. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

Story of the day:  You will meet many people

In Guideposts Joann C. Jones writes:

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  “What is the name of the woman who cleans the school?” 

Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.  “Absolutely,” the professor said.  “In your careers you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.                                                          [Joann C. Jones, Guideposts; as seen in Reader’s Digest, August 1996, 147-148.]

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson
“We have not begun to show the love of Christ to others until we have treated them with respect.”

Bible verse of the day:  Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I head out into my day, may I come across people who I may serve.  Humble my spirit Father that I may become more like You.  May my words be used to glorify Your name and to share You with the world.  I thank You for people and for their gifts that You have blessed them with.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I  pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God loves us now!

In his book Enjoying God, Lloyd Ogilvie writes:

My formative years ingrained the quid pro quo into my attitude toward myself:  do and you’ll receive; perform and you’ll be loved.  When I got good grades, achieved, and was a success, I felt acceptance from my parents.  My dad taught me to fish and hunt and worked hard to provide for us, but I rarely heard him say, “Lloyd, I love you.”  He tried to show it in actions, and sometimes I caught a twinkle of affirmation in his eyes.  But I still felt empty.

When I became a Christian, I immediately became so involved in discipleship activities that I did not experience the profound healing of the grace I talked about theoretically….

I’ll never forget as long as I live the first time I really experienced healing grace.  I was a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh.  Because of financial pressures I had to accordion my studies into a shorter than usual period.  Carrying a double load of classes was very demanding, and I was exhausted by the constant feeling of never quite measuring up.  No matter how good my grads were, I thought they could be better.  Sadly, I was not living the very truths I was studying.  Although I could have told you that the Greek words for grace and joy are charis and chara, I was not experiencing them.

My beloved professor, Dr. James Steward, that slightly built dynamo of a saint, saw into my soul with x-ray vision.  One day in the corridor of New College he stopped me.  He looked me in the eye intensely.  Then he smiled warmly, took my coat lapels in his hands, drew me down to a few inches from his face, and said, “Dear boy, you are loved now!”

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“God loves us now, not when we get better.  God loves us now, as we are.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:9

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me as I am.  It has been Your Love that has stirred my soul and opened my heart to a world that is in need.  Father, I pray for those that may feel as Lloyd does, loved only when they accomplish things.  I pray that they stop what they are doing right now and see how You love them just as they are and right now.  Father, may they feel Your unwavering Love fill their souls.  I ask that my heart continues to grow for people and that it is filled with the love that You continue to give each and every day.  Let me see others through the heart of Your eyes leading me compassionately and guiding me down Your Gracious path.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God’s Guidance + Our Obedience = Fruit of the Spirit

Author Gary Thomas, founder for Evangelical Spirituality, writes in Discipleship Journal:

When my wife and I prayed extensively about buying a house, we gave God many opportunities to close the door.  God appeared to bless the move.  Five years later, our house is worth considerably less than what we paid for it.

“Why didn’t God stop us?” my wife and I kept wondering.  After all, we had given Him plenty of opportunities.  But one day as my wife was praying, she sensed God asking her, “Have you ever considered the possibility that I wanted you in that neighborhood to minister there rather than to bolster your financial equity?”

We thought of the people we have been able to reach, and then asked ourselves, are we willing to surrender to a God who would lead us to make a decision that turned out to be undesirable financially but profitable spiritually?  Does obedience obligate God to bless us, or can obedience call us to sacrifice?  Think about the cross before you answer that one.

Quote of the day:  Terry Fullam

“The fruit of the Spirit grows only in the garden of obedience.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Our time here in Dallas is winding down and as sad as I always seem to get at moving and missing the people that I have gotten to know, I get even more excited at what is to come in New Mexico.  These next few weeks of the move are a little challenging for writing, as we are not in one area that long.  I ask for Grace through this transition and I pray that we hear and watch for opportunities to witness, evangelize, and love others as You do.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  How do we love the unlovable?

     It is easy to love those we like.  As a matter of fact, it hardly takes any work at all to be kind to those that we have befriended.  But, how do we open our hearts and love the unlovable?  There is a story in the Bible about a wee little man named Zacchaeus.  He was a very rich tax collector who became very wealthy by overcharging the people in his town.  Needless to say. Zacchaeus wasn’t liked by many, in fact Herb Vander Lugt wrote in Loving the Unlovable, “Zacchaeus was easy to dislike.  Yet, to the dismay of the crowd, Jesus honored him by going to his house and eating with him.  Jesus saw Zacchaeus as a sinner with an empty hole that only He could fill, and through His kindness Zacchaeus was transformed.”  Jesus saw in Zacchaeus what He saw in each of us, sin that needed His Love, Grace, and Mercy. 

    I encourage you today, to ask God to see others through His eyes, love them the way that He loves you, for “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5 NIV)     

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“True compassion will put love into action.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 15:12 (NKJV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to have my heart and soul opened by Your Love.  Father, may I see others through Your eyes and always have a compassionate heart ready and willing to serve.    I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Look at your gauge

In a boiler room, it is impossible to look into the boiler to see how much water it contains.  But running up beside it is a tiny glass tube, that serves as a gauge.  As the water stands in the little tube, so it stands in the great boiler.  When the tube is half full, the boiler is half full; if empty, so is the boiler.  How do you know you love God?  You believe you love Him, but you want to know.  Look at the gauge.  Your love for your brother is the measure of your love for God. Michael P. Green

Quote of the day:  Patrick Morley

“The height of our love for God will never exceed the depth of our love for one another.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:11

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much.  I pray that Your love for me and the love that I have for You can be shared with those around me and that they will know it comes from You.  Father, my heart seeks to know You better and I pray that the eyes of my heart continue to open and the love spills out!  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen