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Make No Mistake Vulnerable Love Hurts

Make no mistake, vulnerable love hurts. To love with complete abandon will cost you. It has cost many their very lives.

Have you ever loved so deeply that it hurts when you think about never seeing that person again? So many writers describe this feeling…

“If you were my last breath I’d just want to hold you.” ~Kip Moore

“Vulnerable love doesn’t just hope to see. It longs.” ~Beth Moore

The Apostle Paul loved his Christian brothers and sisters so much he hurt. He was willing to die alone and in prison (and eventually was martyred) to further the good news and testimony that he himself had met Jesus Christ, the living God! Before his conversion, Paul, (known as Saul of Tarsus) was a Roman citizen who was also a Pharisee and zealot. He actually went out killing and persecuting those who were the disciples of Jesus.

As a Pharisee he once took great pride in keeping God’s laws. One day as he rode on his horse to the city of Tarsus, to hunt down and murder Christians, his entire perspective changed in one instant. You might say, “He was knocked off his high horse.”

He was blinded by a light and knocked off his horse. A voice from heaven asked him this question, “Saul, why do you persecute me?”

When you have an encounter with God, it will change the way you stand.

Rev. C. Pettis

Paul, once a murderer and terrorist had been eternally transformed through the power of a resurrected Jesus. Read Acts 9.

Paul would become one of the greatest authors, evangelists, missionary and apostles the world has ever known.

After his conversion and now, years later Paul finds himself being led by the Holy Spirit knowing his future looks bleak. There are those who seek to destroy him. Those he once stood beside, now stand to judge, imprison and persecute, beat and kill him.

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24

Love hurts
Love scars
Love wounds and marks
Any heart not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain

Songwriters: Boudleaux Bryant

Near the end of his life, Paul had grown so very close to those he had once persecuted because of Jesus. His hardened heart was now soft and vulnerable. He writes near his death (most agree it was Timothy) “I remember your tears.” (2 Tim. 1:4)

Because of Paul’s conversion and the grace, love & scars Paul endured we see what Beth Moore calls Vulnerable Love.

Make no mistake there is a God who loves and treasures you. He wept, He suffered, He was crucified, for one and only one reason: His Love For The World (John 3:16).

Divine Love Does Not Spare Itself. ~ Beth Moore

He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

John Mark McMillian

You are one of God’s Treasures,

Marlene

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Angel in the Dryer – Warning!

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Warning** Do Not Do the following or allow your children to do this!

Frazzled, shaken, unstable, wobbly and obviously fluffed!  This is what my poodle Angel looked like after coming out of the dryer. Not the blow dryer either! When I was a young girl I had two brothers Doug and Keith. Keith decided one day that he was going to give Angel a little ride in the dryer. He did have mercy and put the dryer on fluff. It wasn’t long, but long enough that when she came out after her ride, that she stumbled around like a wobbly newborn deer. All she wanted was  to get her balance back!

Have you ever felt like that? I know I have!

Maybe it was the trauma or she was just a little strange but she never seemed to ever get  her nerve back. Every time she would see Keith or get near the dryer she would start to shake. Obviously Keith felt bad, and so I had to forgive him and show him mercy.

It’s been a while since I’ve thought about Angel. but, As I listened to the message in church this morning I realized like Keith, we all do things that sometimes we regret.  Like Israel we get caught in situations where we either lose our way or we stumble and shake and lose our nerve. In this case Micah was called to share with the people how they had forgotten all the wonderful things He had done and they got caught up in their own delights, or as in Angel’s case, her own bad experience.

“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
    let the hills hear what you have to say.

 “Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;
    listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case against his people;
    he is lodging a charge against Israel.”
Micah 6:1-2

The religious priests were  the worst!  Instead of pointing them to the only one who could save, deliver and heal them, they were telling the people what they wanted to hear in order to increase the offerings in the temple. Does this sound familiar in our pluralistic, self-centered and abusive society?

Justice – Hebrew word MishpatThe way prescribed, rightful action.”

Mercy – Hebrew word Chesed “Kindness, goodness, loyal deeds, compassion.”

God is so relentless in His pursuit of us. He sent Micah to tell the people the truth. They had taken the wrong road and were pursuing things other than things that were unrighteous and deceitful. They had become cold, uncaring for the less fortunate, mean and arrogant.

There are times when I find myself in situations where if I’m not careful I begin to do and say the wrong things. I don’t set a good example of justice and mercy.  In my mind, I can put people in the dryer and intenionally turn the temperature to high heat.

God wants us to be humble and upright before Him. He wants us to exhibit His character and to help those in need, the widows, the orphans, the backslidden and distressed. He wants us to love our enemies and not expect anything in return. The amazing thing about God is that He knows we can’t do this on our own. So when we come to Him and ask Him for help, He is faithful to supply and empower us with His love. This is what Micah was trying to get through to the people.

God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

I’m sure some of us can say,  can’t believe this happened to me!  Our world gets rocked and shaken. We are trembling, fearful, and weary. We are out of balance and maybe we can’t even think straight. We need to help one another to get back on God’s track. We need each other.

God has got us! He is pursuing us relentlessly, no matter what. The enemy is defeated and there is no way he can overcome us if we abide in Jesus.

Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago.

The song from Bethel below is a good way to start.
Click Here to listen

“Jesus We Love You”

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Alice Me and Carol – Helping and Loving One Another at the Challenge Farm in Kenya

 

Old things have passed away

Your love has stayed the same
Your constant grace remains the cornerstone
Things that we thought were dead
Are breathing in life again
You cause your Son to shine on darkest nights
For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song
Jesus we love you
Oh how we love you
You are the one our hearts adore
The hopeless have found their hope
The orphans now have a home
All that was lost has found its place in you
You lift our weary head
You make us strong instead
You took these rags and made us beautiful
Our affection, our devotion
poured out on the feet of Jesus
Searching for God’s Treasure,
Marlene
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God Created You Not Out of Need, but because of love!

At the core of who God is: He is love (see 1 John 4: 16). And this God kind of love is impossible outside of relationship. Father, Son and Holy Spirit have all the relational Image

fulfillment they will ever need within themselves. But their love is so big, so good, so compelling that they are not content to keep it to themselves. God created the world not out of need, but out of love. 

Perry, Michele (2012-07-01). Invitation to the Supernatural Life, An (Kindle Locations 342-345). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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You Are Beautiful And Who You Are Is Quite Enough

I’ve been studying to become a Crisis Counselor and also a trainer to teach TRE – Trauma Release Exercises.  Little did I realize two years ago that I would be putting these skills to personal use.  Over the past two and a half years I have been to three funerals, married and annulled, assaulted and abandoned, moved four times and have reoccurring bouts of chronic fatigue, and lymph system shut-downs! 

Statistically, I should be in a mental hospital or the grave!  Can I just say that I am so thankful that I serve  a risen Savior who has pulled me out of the darkness into the light.

For any of you out there that are depressed, sick and tired of being sick and tired, I can relate.  But, I have found in my 57 years of living on this planet that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. He will take the past hurts, traumas and trials and turn them into beautiful times.

Tonight, He reminded me who I was in Him and how beautiful I am to Him.  The words to a Song, Beautiful I read once is “Beautiful is who you are and who you are is quite enough!”  Isn’t it awesome that whether we are in a mansion on the highest hill or in a shack in the valley filled with dung, that the Creator of the universe thinks about us and cares what happens to us!

I watched a beautiful family pitch in to give a young man and his beautiful bride a beautiful barn wedding in the country. Her daddy spent several sleepless nights at the location to insure his “beautiful” daughter’s dream wedding would come true. Here she is taking that last walk as a single woman with her daddy! Isn’t she beautiful?Image“Beautiful”
Bethany Dillon

I was so unique
Now I feel skin deep
I count on the make-up to cover it all
Crying myself to sleep cause I cannot keep their attention
I thought I could be strong
But it’s killing me

Does someone hear my cry?
I’m dying for new life

[Chorus]
I want to be beautiful
Make you stand in awe
Look inside my heart,
and be amazed
I want to hear you say
Who I am is quite enough
Just want to be worthy of love
And beautiful

Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me
Fighting to make the mirror happy
Trying to find whatever is missing
Won’t you help me back to glory

[Chorus]

You make me beautiful
You make me stand in awe
You step inside my heart, and I am amazed
I love to hear You say
Who I am is quite enough
You make me worthy of love and beautiful

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Jesus makes all things beautiful in HIS time.