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Monday, February 16 2015


I LOVE God's heart because....

 

HE loved me before I could ever even think about loving Him.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

HIS love is without conditions. I don’t have to do anything to earn it.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

HE is compassionate. It was HIS compassion for people that moved HIM.

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
And he began to teach them many things” Mark 6:34

HE loves to give me good gifts.

So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32

HE cares, HE sees and knows me intimately. Personally. I am not just a number to HIM.

But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows
”. Matthew 10:29-31

HE does see all and promises that justice will be done on my behalf. Nothing that happens to me gets past HIM.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,” says the Lord
.” Romans 12:19

HE is so patient with me! HE allows me to learn and grow without getting impatient or frustrated!

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

HE heals.

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” Psalm 30:2

HE runs towards me when I’ve messed up.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son,
threw his arms around him and kissed him
”. Luke 15:20

If I had all the time in the world, I couldn’t list all the reasons why I love God’s heart!

Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! ” Romans 11:33-36

 

Posted by: Angel H Davis AT 08:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, February 13 2015

With Valentine’s Day approaching lots of folks have their minds on affairs of the heart. We ARE created by God for adventure, love and happily ever after.  The problem lies in the many books, songs and movies that have painted a distorted picture of what real love is. The upcoming movie release of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is an example of unhealthy fantasy and misconceptions of what real love looks like.  It is far from harmless and very inaccurate. These books and the movie are not a good handbook on how to build a healthy relationship.

 

Posted by: Angel H Davis AT 07:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

Benefits of Weariness

 

WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.

 

However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.

 

Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 

 

It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.

 

It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.

 

“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”

 

And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 

 

BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.

 

And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.

 

“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”

 

That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.

 

Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!

 

We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.

 

The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.


Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?


NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.

 

As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.

 

Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.

 

In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.

 

Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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