Madly inlove.

What is love?

Have you any clue? Can you really describe it, explain it in a way that a child would understand?

Do you really know love?

This here *pointing to the chapter below* that is love.

    O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
        you discern my thoughts from afar.
    You search out my path and my lying down
        and are acquainted with all my ways.
    Even before a word is on my tongue,
        behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
    You hem me in, behind and before,
        and lay your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
        it is high; I cannot attain it.
    Where shall I go from your Spirit?
        Or where shall I flee from your presence?
    If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
        If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
    If I take the wings of the morning
        and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    even there your hand shall lead me,
        and your right hand shall hold me.
    If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
        and the light about me be night,”
    even the darkness is not dark to you;
        the night is bright as the day,
        for darkness is as light with you.
    For you formed my inward parts;
        you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
        my soul knows it very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
    when I was being made in secret,
        intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    in your book were written, every one of them,
        the days that were formed for me,
        when as yet there was none of them.
    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
        How vast is the sum of them!
    If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
        I awake, and I am still with you.
    Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
        O men of blood, depart from me!
    They speak against you with malicious intent;
        your enemies take your name in vain.
    Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
        And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
    I hate them with complete hatred;
        I count them my enemies.
    Search me, O God, and know my heart!
        Try me and know my thoughts!
    And see if there be any grievous way in me,
        and lead me in the way everlasting!
(Psalm 139 ESV)

Reading that just made me smile.

All other relationships may be mucky and dirty.

Boyfriends/girlfriends may be unfaithful.

The world may fail us, they may lie and cheat and tear our hearts out of our chests.

but His relationship with us, His love for us. It’s unconditional.

He will always remain faithful, He has never and will never break His vows/covenant with us.

His love is like nothing we have experienced here on earth.

It jaw dropping.

It’s breathtaking.

It’s beautiful.

and I am so madly in love with Him.

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If like me you need a pick me up.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 

Genesis 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

 

Deuteronomy 4:31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

 

Psalm 37:25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

 

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Unforgivable.. huh!

Can you lose your salvation?  I constantly hear stories of Christians backsliding losing their faith..  A lot of time it’s characterized by falling into  sin once or twice or even completely leaving the church. I dunno, maybe it’s just me and my interpretation of the bible that’s flawed. but, I don’t think a person can lose their salvation. I imagine that when He says my grace is sufficient He means it’s sufficient in every single circumstance. People act crazy, when a person has done some sin they consider grand and unforgivable. But, there really is no unforgivable sin(well, there is. And it’s only one – ask me for the verse and I’ll give it to you). Anyway, God has grace that can’t be measured. It’s incredibly vast, yet we always seem to want to quantify it into some human amount which, remembering that we are like a drop in an ocean to God is just completely ridiculous.

So can you lose your salvation? If you’ve gone really far down and out. According to my understanding, No. You cannot go too far that God can’t reach you. But, if you claim to know Him you must live like He did. So we can’t claim to know salvation and live a life opposite of the way Christ lived now can we?

In terms of losing our salvation, I guess that one is for discussion. What do you think?

His amazing love.

This weeks scripture is one of my favorite scriptures. It’s all about His love this week. If you are like me, then you need some reminding once in awhile about how much He actually loves you. This great big God has His great big love directed towards us. That’s the best thing to think about this week. His amazing love.

    The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
(Psalm 103:6-13 ESV)

He loves Us!

Kim Kardashian inspired me

I’ve written about Kim before, I think it was last year or early this year when she had done something(can’t remember what) and everyone had an opinion about it/her. So again I have something to say, not that I’ve heard or seen anything about her that I feel I need to defend or anything, I just thought of her and felt very inspired. I know a lot of you read that and were really puzzled. Well, keep reading. People have this opinion of her that is nothing close to inspiring. But, as much as I may not exactly follow her shows or her life, I am online a lot and I cannot prevent myself from seeing aspects of her life that are always being publicized(mostly negative sadly).
In spite of all that negative talk about her though, this lady keeps on living her life the way she wants to live it. You can say whatever you want about about Kim Kardashian, but you cannot deny that she’s focused. Every new story, every negative, she picks it and spins it to her advantage. The girl works hard. Her whole life is a job and she knows it, showing us what we want to see. I may not want to live her life -mostly because that publicity is ridiculous- but honestly, I think it takes way too much energy and I wasn’t born to work that hard.. *Smiley face* but I would love if I had that much passion towards my dreams and goals. The ability to take the negative and use it to my advantage. That’s inspiring.If we could all live our live with that tenacity towards our faith, our passions, our lives. It would be incredible.

We all need to be a little bit stubborn when it comes to living the life we dream of. Refuse to bend to public opinion. Choose to be ourselves. No imitation. When it comes to her personal life, I really have no clue. I don’t know how she truly is on the inside, I don’t know what she believes, and it’s not my job to know. It’s not my job to judge her either. Her life choices are her own, guided by her thoughts, her heart and whoever advises her and I will not judge her choices. It’s very easy to sit on my couch watching some entertainment news nonsense and form an opinion based on someone else’s imagined summary of a celebrity’s life. But, I am not here to live the easy life. I’m here to represent Christ and Christ sees the heart, and He shows love, and grace. Plus, I’ve mucked my life up pretty good with some choices I’ve made and it would be extremely ridiculous to judge someone when my own faults are staring at me. So I will only speak about her public life, what I see. What she shows us, and that is bravery and a whole lot of crazy hard work. She is always selling something, it may not be obvious, but she is always marketing, making money, achieving some goal. Be it online or when she’s out and about. And that is something to admire.

So the motivation for today, and the week ahead. Don’t lose focus on the dream. Push forward, have faith and mute all the negative talk. You’ll get there.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 ESV)

The A21 Campaign

Human trafficking, slavery and any form of ill treatment towards humanity sucks! Yet there is so much of it out there. It’s sad to find out that slavery and trafficking has actually been increasing.  That’s why the A21 campaign was created, they do an amazing job of publicizing this atrocities and helping the victims out those horrible situations. Here’s a  short video explaining a bit of what they do but after you watch click through to their website and see how you can help. It’s not just about  giving money.

The website is here. Please support.

Scripture for the week

Be loving to one another, stay faithful. Be sober minded and be alert, do not let yourself forget what side you’re on. This is all for a season and when it all ends, the moments we thought we couldn’t live without will be pointless. Our whole life will be like a drop in an ocean. We must therefore stay focused. Show grace, show mercy, love with everything you are, for that is His will for us.

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

(1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 ESV)

The morning after chic fil a by mike patz

Mike Patz

It’s the morning after the Chick-fil-A drama and I’m still chewing.

I remember the day I was sitting next to an incredibly nice gay guy, enjoying a really good conversation when he dropped the ultimate conversation-killer.

“What do you do for a living?”

I hate that question.  I hate that question because people can’t help but size you up when they hear the answer.  I hate that question because we’re already prone to think of ourselves as human doings instead of human beings.  I hate that question because of what it does to people when they find out what I do.

I’ve often tried to find ways around the question. I’ve told people I work with non-profit organizations (this is true). I’ve told people that I write (this is true). I’ve even told people that I am a spiritual guru that assists people in opening their third eye (I really…

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