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HAVE IT YOUR WAY

I have recently had the wonderful privilege of speaking at a women’s luncheon at my niece’s church. The entire week before I tried to prepare what I was going to say, what songs I was going to sing and what extra video I was going to play. I had it all planned out in my head but I really wanted something down on paper. I wanted it planned so I would have a comfortability factor. Well, it just would not come together the entire week. I finally was able to sit down on Friday night, the night before the event, and write out quite a few pages of “my life” and what I wanted to say. The theme was Love. I had decided not to sing a solo, instead I wanted everyone to join in praise and worship songs about how we love the Lord. I made a list of several that I thought everyone would know. I then began to pray over the list and ask God which ones He wanted me to include. He clearly directed me to three that I have always loved.2lbet0g

Also, there was a video that I felt led to share with the ladies. It was one I found some time last year. It is a video of a concert of David Phelps and the one song on the video that captured my attention was “That’s What Love Is”. This particular song spoke to my heart and at the time I was viewing the song for the first time, it brought me to tears. Mainly because it was talking about how you stick it out and hang in there in relationships no matter what. Well, I related to the song in various ways. Two of the ways was a belief of mine and that is that if you commit to a relationship you need to fully commit and work it out when problems come. However, on the other hand, if that relationship becomes abusive then loving yourself enough is to get free from the abuse. Both are what Love is… to me. I have lived in an abusive relationships and know the warning signs. I know now that I should have left many years before I did. So this song … “That’s What Love Is” struck a chord with me and my heart. I had to share it and the dual message I felt led to tell.what-is-love

So… this video … the original You Tube video was not available any longer. I did find the cut of the video that someone had done. It was the song I wanted and it had been done with Spanish lyrics on it though. I really didn’t want the video with Spanish lyrics… I wanted the clean version so I did however, order the DVD from David’s website. I was in communication with one of the ladies at the organization and she sadly informed me that the DVD was not going to make it to me before Saturday due to ice and snow in the Northeast. UGH! She suggested I look around on the internet to see if I could locate one. I did and I found a DVD of the concert and just assumed that the song I was wanting was on this DVD. When it came in on Thursday, I quickly opened the package and popped it into my laptop and searched the DVD and lo and behold… THE SONG … THE ONE SONG I WANTED was not there!! Nope. It was the entire concert… but not the song I wanted.

I was at a standstill. With the original DVD not being able to be shipped and the one I had in my hand not having the song on it, I was so disappointed. It was at that moment that I realized that God may have had a very good reason to show the video with Spanish lyrics… so I succumbed to the idea. OK, God, have it Your way. I will play the video with the Spanish lyrics. Yes, I repeated the words that I have repeated many times in the last 4 years. OK, God, have it Your way! I cannot tell you how many times there have been in my recent past that when I quit trying so hard and accept God’s direction, it works. Funny how that happens, huh? Well, if I would just remember that every time.dependongod3

Nonetheless, the Women’s Luncheon went off wonderfully! The ladies were most gracious and kind. The video went off wonderfully as well. I was able to explain the reason I wanted to share this song and expressed my concern about anyone staying in an abusive relationship. I do hope it fell on open hearts and ears. My passion is for abused and mistreated women. I can so relate to them and understand the confusion and anger they feel.

I would say that the speaking engagement was a success in that God led the way. I had written 8 pages to speak about and never once looked at the pages. I prayed God would show me the direction He wanted me to go in and He did – BIG TIME. He is such a good God. He loves us so much and wants us to be happy and fulfilled. That is His desire for us. He has a perfect plan for each of our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

The years of pain and misery that I have experienced were such learning experiences for me. God’s Word promises us that …

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Please do not miss the 2nd half of that scripture. All things work together for good…. Don’t stop there… “to those who are called according to His purpose” is key! You must learn and say the entire scripture. He will make all things work together for good if you are called according to His purpose. If you are a Christ follower… you are called. He can take the worst parts of your life and make them beautiful. He will restore … as He promised.

Joel 2:25-32

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,[a]
My great army which I sent among you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.

God promises to restore and He will. He is waiting to hear from you today. After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Song – That’s What Love Is – David Phelps

The Video – That’s What Love Is – David Phelps (No More Night Concert, Birmingham, AL)

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PRAYER – PREPARING FOR GOD’S APPEARANCE

In my last post in the Prayer series, “PRAYER – ARRIVE AT MT. SINAI”, I wrote about how important prayer is in a believer’s life and it certainly was in Moses’ life. He was very in tune with God. So much so that the scripture says that Moses began the ascent of Mt. Sinai before God summoned him. In the next scriptures, you will see the instructions God gives Moses for the Israelites before His appearance on the mountain. God chose to reveal Himself to the people in the smoke and fire and allowed them to hear His voice as He talked to Moses so the people would “believe” Moses forever. Here is the scripture.

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So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”

To begin with, I want to make mention of the obvious in the first sentence. “So Moses came and called for the elders of the people…” You may remember when Jethro, Moses Father-In-Law, told Moses that he needed to choose for himself “able men”. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 18:17-21

17 So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

These were men that Moses trusted and obviously the people trusted. So it is important that he call these leaders together and lay it all out for them. They represented “their own group” or “tribe” and could speak for them.

Moses laid it all out as to what God had told him to tell them. Let’s refresh our memories as to what God had told Moses to tell the people.

Exodus 19:3-6

“…Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children soartopof Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

When Moses tells the elders, they all agree 100% that they will heed the words of the Lord. Actually they agreed before they knew the full extent of what God had to say to them. When Moses went back to God to tell Him what the people said, God told him more.

How many times do we receive “the Word of The Lord”, either from a sermon we hear or from music that we listen to or from a friend that has something to share with us and are 100% in agreement with it? Maybe it is just the first lesson in a series of lessons and we agree 100% with everything that is taught that first lesson and agree 100% ahead of time on the upcoming lessons? I can’t say that I have ever done that… but the people agreed with whatever the Lord was going to tell them. Maybe we need to trust that the messages that we hear are from the Lord and not just “another person”. However, with that said, nowadays, we have to make sure the person saying these things to us is really of God. If you are connected to God and walk with Him daily, you will know in your spirit though. You can be assured by the Holy Spirit if it is truth being spoken to you or just someone’s “opinion”, but you have to have that “relationship” with God for that.

This ongoing conversation with God and Moses proves that they definitely had a relationship and it was a close one. The next time Moses treks up the mountain, God tells him to go down and consecrate the people… in other words, prepare the people for the presence of God! God gave specific instructions about how the people should prepare or “consecrate” themselves before His appearance.83f658b0f0a46f221ae5afe1a0269bd2

Do you ever make sure you are really ready to “meet with God?” Today, we really don’t have to go through all the rituals that the Israelites went through to be in God’s presence because of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our “High Priest” and He consecrates us by His death and resurrection. However, the Israelites did not have that provision for themselves. We may not have to go through all the rituals that the Israelites had to but we do need to prepare in other ways to meet God. If we walk with Jesus daily, we can be assured that our spirit will soak in some of that precious goodness of His and hopefully it will sink deep into our being and change us. If we know Jesus, we are changed from the inside out and that helps prepare us to meet God at any given moment. He is always there and loves for us to reach out and talk to Him and rely on Him in all of our daily life situations.

I remember one time I was attending another church and was singing in the choir. I had become single due to a divorce and began dating again. I began to allow the “world” a foothold in my life and before I knew it I was living as the world lives. I recognized this and removed myself from the choir. Why? Because, as a choir member, I believe that I was called to a higher standard of living and I was not living that “higher standard”. I believe if you are a “worship leader” of any capacity – choir member, praise team or worship pastor, you are called to live a life that is “pleasing” to the Father. I wasn’t. So, I left the choir. I know that sounds a bit backwards… why didn’t I just start living right instead of leaving the choir? That is a good question and the only answer I have is … I was selfish and wanted what I wanted. Not a good attitude of a Christ follower, I know. However, God and I have talked long and deep about that time in my life, among other times, and I know my God forgives and still loves me greatly! I said all that to say this … yes, there are times that we do need to “consecrate” ourselves to be in His presence, even though we have Jesus in our lives. So, let’s get back on track…

For the people to be consecrated they were instructed to do several things to purify themselves. Then the Lord would descend onto the mountain to talk to Moses. When God does descend on the mountain it is a display of His power and majesty. The people witnessed the mountain being totally covered in smoke and God descending on the mountain in the fire. This must have been an awesome sight and one that the Israelites should not forget for quite some time. From the smoke, God calls to Moses to come up onto the mountain. Moses does so and God tells him to go back and make sure the people DO NOT come near the mountain and not so much as to touch the mountain.Mt_Sinai_on_fire_1208OT-51

Now, the next thing out of Moses mouth is a reassurance to God that the people will not be coming too close. Then, the response from God seems a bit agitated.

Exodus 19:24

Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”

The commentaries I have read on this particular scripture mention nothing of the seemingly agitated comment of God, so I will just deduce that God apparently was a bit agitated by Moses’ reluctance to go back down to tell the people something that he had already told them and they had made the boundaries around the base of the mountain as was instructed earlier. Maybe Moses was quite tired and didn’t want to make that trek yet, or maybe he didn’t want to leave the presence of God just yet. I do not know for sure… just speculation and that’s as good as I can do for now.

One commentator did say that because God told Moses to bring Aaron with him but no one else that Their leadership was thereby confirmed.Moses_and_Aaron_1046-237

That brings us to the end of chapter 19. We can see that God and Moses have quite a relationship at this point. One that continues to strengthen with each encounter. The next chapter is when the “Law” is given – The Ten Commandments. Again, this promises to be a challenge for me and I covet your prayers as I study and seek God’s guidance in what He wants me to share with you. God is such an awesome and wonderful God. Loving, long-suffering, patient and kind. The more I study and learn, the more I want to know. I am so blessed to have the scriptures … the Bible … to learn from. God’s Word is precious to me and I pray that I will always be able to have a copy and read and learn from. God wants all of His children to learn what He has to say in His Word. Mostly that He loves you so much! He calls you His beloved!

The Song – God Amazing – Charles Billingsley

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PRAYER – PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER AND MOSES

Yesterday’s post ended with Pharaoh’s daughter finding Jochebed’s baby floating in the Nile River. When she opened the basket that was brought to her,  the baby was crying.  She had compassion on him and recognized that this was one of the Hebrew’s children. The daughter of Jochebed, Miriam, had been close by watching and ran to her and asked if she could go and call a nurse from the Hebrew women. 200px-Miriam-nursePharaoh’s daughter agreed and Miriam ran and got Jochebed, the baby’s mother. Oh what a wonderful reunion it was. Pharaoh’s daughter told her to take the child and care for him. So Jochebed took the child and cared for him until he was weaned and then brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter. It was at that time that Pharaoh’s daughter named the baby Moses, saying “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Now there are varied ideas and opinions about Pharaoh’s daughter’s name which I think are very interesting. They do not have any bearing, really, on the story and have nothing to do with prayer, which is what this series is about. However, I think it is interesting and want to include a little of that information. I have not consulted either of my “sources” for their opinion though. I will do that in the days to come and revisit with the information I found out.6_princess-spoke-kindly-to-the-baby

One article (Wikipedia) I read says that Pharaoh’s daughter’s name was Bithiah. Here is an excerpt from that article.

“According to Hebrew beliefs; Bithiah or in Modern Hebrew Bityah (בִּתְיָה, literally “daughter of God”) was an Egyptian princess, and a daughter of Pharaoh. The name of her father is not in the Bible, but Rabbinic Midrash makes her the daughter of one of the Pharaohs of the Exodus, (see Pharaoh of the Exodus). The Bible and Midrash assert that she was the foster mother of Moses, having drawn him from the Nile and bestowed upon him his name (Exodus 2:10).

In Jewish tradition, she was exiled by the Pharaoh for bringing Moses the Levite into the house of Pharaoh and claiming him as her own child. Bithiah left Egypt with Moses during the mass Exodus of the children of Israel. She married Mered the Judahite. Her children were Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah (the father of Eshtemoa).”

Bible Gateway – which I use almost exclusively for scripture – has this to say… this is only an excerpt from the entire article. The entire article is of interest and you might want to read it here. Following is the excerpt.

“For 40 years Moses was cared for and educated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, having all the privileges of a son of the royal court. Stephen declared that “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22). Surrounded with all the wealth and luxury of Pharaoh’s court, Moses was taught to speak and write the Egyptian language correctly. Attention would be given to the grace of style which was limage.axdater to guide Moses as the writer of the first five books of the Bible. His education would also include arithmetic and geometry, something in which the Egyptians even in that far-off age were most proficient. Moses also acquired a knowledge of Egyptian law, which he put to good use when he came to write the Mosaic law. From the priests of religion, he learned much about religious morality. Thus, in the education the princess gave her adopted son, we have an evidence of God’s overruling providence in the shaping of the future of Israel’s great leader.”

Then there is another website (Religiousreading.com) that has much more to say. This is an excerpt from there.

“… in Chronicles, we find the name “Bithiah” (meaning “daughter of God”) in this verse: “These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married.”

This pious name suggested a story to the rabbinic commentators in the Midrash, who explain that this name was an honor bestowed upon her by God: “God said to her, You have called Moses your son, although he was not your son, therefore I will call you my daughter [“Bithiah” = “bat,” daughter; “Yah,” God], although you are not my daughter.””

1 Chronicles 4:18

18 (His wife Jehudijah[e] bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Sochoh, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) And these were the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took.

The rest of the article can be read here. There are a lot of “legends” surrounding this woman that had compassion on this baby drawn out of the Nile.

If you Google “what was Pharaoh’s daughter’s name” you can find a myriad of things to read about opinions and ideas. I will stick with the scriptures until I consult with a couple of folks that might know. Anyway, that is an example of the “rabbit trails” I go down and get side-tracked on, when researching for my blog posts. I love finding this kind of information out but it does tend to get in the way of writing the post. However, sometimes it is simply a knowledge mission. Trying to find the truth and not feeling settled until I know the truth. So now you know…

OK, back to the story line…

Moses grows up with all the knowledge of himself being Hebrew but growing up and being educated in the court of royalty. Knowing how “his” people are treated and not liking it one bit. In fact in the book of Hebrews in the Bible, the author has this to say about Moses.

Hebrews 11:23-27

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Now that brings another question to mind. When did Moses refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter? I do not know that answer yet. The scriptures clearly state in Acts 7:22, in Stephen’s address to the High Priest, that Moses was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians as stated above in Bible Gateway’s article.

Acts 7:22

22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.

Nonetheless, when he was 40 years old, he witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and when he approached the scene Moses became so angry that he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Here is the scripture.Moses kills an Egyptian

Exodus 2:11-13

11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”

14 Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”

So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

Moses being afraid for his life, ran away into the wilderness, in the land of Midian. How many times have you read in my series something like the last part of that scripture verse? “… and he sat down by a well.” Maybe not the same verbiage, but similar.

Moses was confused, scared and tired. He needed a drink of cool water, probably, and so he sat down by a well. I imagine he did some praying too. Of course the scriptures do not say this, but being the man that scriptures lead us to believe that he was, he had to have a relationship with the Almighty God. He knew the history of the Israelites – Hebrews. He knew something in his spirit, I believe. Maybe not in his conscious self yet, but it was there.

How many times in your lifea-child-of-the-king-2 have you had a gnawing feeling that there is something special God has for you. Something that you keep saying “Nah… God couldn’t use me.” “Not me.” Don’t be so quick to say that. God is a Good and Great God! God can use any ordinary person for extraordinary things! Unless you are a king, queen, or some other royalty you are just an ordinary person… come to think of it… In God’s eyes, they really are just ordinary people too, they just don’t know it… lol… sorry. Had to throw that in there.  Actually, no one is just “ordinary” to God.  We are all children of the Most High God!   If we have accepted Jesus – God’s Son – as our personal Savior.  We are children of the King!AChildOfTheKing

For many years, I kept pushing God aside. I would take just a little of Him and then not do anything with it. He kept calling me and pursuing me, and never gave up on me. Thank Goodness! When I finally humbled myself to be available to be used of God, He has begun to open new doors for me that I never thought would happen. No, I am not an evangelist or missionary, but I pray that what I write for God, helps someone along the way. That is what I pray each day. God can use anything and make it great big for His glory! That is all I ask, is that it brings Glory to God.glory

So, don’t sell yourself too short too quickly! God has a wonderful plan for your life! God created you to be such an individual and wants you to be who He created you to be! There is no one else like you! His fingerprints are all over you! And He has a perfect plan for you, his beloved child.

In Jeremiah 29:11 He tells us so…

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Picture2

I challenge you to pray to God and ask Him to use you in any way He sees fit. He has a plan for you. You just have to be humbled enough to ask and be used by God. He will help you, call out to Him today. He loves you so much and He is waiting, after all, He calls you His beloved!

I will close for now and yet, tomorrow, we will see who Moses meets at that well he sat down by.

The Song – Fingerprints of God – Steven Curtis Chapman

The Video– Fingerprints of God – Steven Curtis Chapman

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PRAYER – ABRAHAM AND SACRIFICE

One of the most well-known stories in the Bible is the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. There is so much good “stuff” and symbolism in this scripture that it may take me more than one post. I really think I need to allow myself another day to delve in deep into the scripture. Two nights in a row coming home late just doesn’t allow the time needed to give you a quality post and this is a story replete with prayer initiated by God. There is a lot to talk about in that this is a foreshadowing of another sacrifice that a Father did. God always provides and He didn’t fail to provide for Abraham’s sacrifice, that saved Isaac, nor did He fail to provide a sacrifice that saved our souls as well.

I am going to just post the scripture tonight and discuss tomorrow. I simply have to spend time in prayer with God on this topic. It is a very important story in the life of Abraham and Isaac and one that I will not short change because of the late hour. The gut wrenching account of God’s request to Abraham requires more time spent on it than I have already done, either yesterday or tonight. Oh to be able to study and research more than just a couple of hours a day.

So with that said, here is the scripture that I will be talking about in the next day or two. Thank you for understanding. I understand that this account takes place about 20 years after the last account in Genesis 21. So that would make Isaac around 21 years old, or so.

Genesis 22:1-19

The Sacrifice of Isaac

22 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy[a] will go over there and worship and come again to you.” Abraham-e-Isaac-sacrificanAnd Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, G.Lazzarini, Abraham opfert Isaak - G.Lazzarini / Abraham Sacrifices Isaac - G. Lazzarini / Le sacrifice d'Abraham“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”;[b] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”[c]

15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his[d] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.

The Song – Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus – Sovereign Grace Music

The Video – Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus – Selah (with lyrics)

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LIMITLESS LOVE

The scene is set, all the players are in place.  The church is full of guests and the pastor is ready to perform the ceremony.  All goes as planned and the Bride walks down the aisle to meet the Groom.  The pastor begins the normal scripture reading and then stops and says“Do you plan to love and cherish limitlessly?  Or are you going to limit your love to your spouse?  If you are going to limit your love then you need to just go home and not get married.  Because marriage is a sacred act before God and needs to have the limitless love of the Father in the midst of this union.”   Now, that probably would never really happen like that but that is what God expects, right?  I think so anyway.  I know I have not thought of that before I ever entered into a marriage relationship and if I had … or if we had had that conversation before we walked into the church I might not have divorce(s) in my past.  Life is hard and the world is made for the fast and expendable.  Nothing seems to last like it used to and certainly the divorce rate is higher than ever before.  This limitless love also should be in any true friendship.  OK, you say… that is really a tall order.  Yes, it is with our limited brain and body.  But… God offers His love, His strength and His endurance for us to use in our life.  We, as humans, cannot attain this on our own but with God all things are possible as Jesus says in Matthew 19:26 – “26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE 1

My mom and dad celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year, 2014!  WOW!  That is a long time with one person!  Dad always says it has been by the Grace of God that they made it this far!  I agree.  I have watched my mom and dad over the years and they have had their problems, but they always seem to come back to what is the most important thing!  GOD!  Remember the scripture Philippians 4:12-13 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.  Paul could not do it on his own strength and neither can we.  But with Christ being the center of our lives, we can do all things!  1368477902379

In searching for more “Limitless Love of God” online, I ran across some information about an old Jewish poem which Frederick M. Lehman added 2 versus to it and it became the beautiful old hymn “The Love Of God”. The whole story is here. It is well worth the read. The following is the whole song but the 3rd verse is one that was found written on a wall in an insane asylum.   If you read the entire short story you will understand a little more.

The Love Of God

  1. The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measuimagesreless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  2. When hoary time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
  3. Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.

God’s love is  limitless! He loves you so much! He calls you His psalm-103-1112beloved! Keep Him in the center of your life and love and you can experience that limitless love!  It will change your life forever!

The Song – The Love of God – Mercy Me

The Video – The Love of God – Mercy Me

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