Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Love Came Down: Two


The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6

A picture of God’s love from Mike Mason’s The Gospel According to Job:

“Love is not bait for the gospel; love is the gospel. Love is not a means towards some end; love is means and end together. . . In the Kingdom of God nothing moves, nothing happens, without love. In churches many things happen because of human goals, programs, bureaucratic necessity, idealism, private fantasy, or neurosis. But it is not so with God. God has no plan, no program, no agenda except love. That is why He had no other recourse but to send us His only Son Jesus Christ, who on the one hand loved God His Father with a perfect love, and who on the other hand loved mankind no less. These were the two hands that were stretched wide on Calvary. . .This is the dreadful, fearsome love of God, the love that will never let us go.”  Mike Mason

Experience God’s love this Christmas. 

In a town of David, not so near to spring,
At the heart of love, there came a lovely thing.
Straw Against the Chill, Bob Franke

Hearing the Whispers of God: Three

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Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

In contemporary society our Adversary majors in these things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness” he will rest satisfied. . .

 In the midst of an exceedingly busy ministry Jesus made a habit of withdrawing to “a lonely place apart.” He did this not just to be away from people, but so he could be with God. What did Jesus do time after time in those deserted hills? He sought out his heavenly Father; he listened to him. And he beckons us to do the same. Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

Can we take time to get away to a lonely place? Why is it so difficult?

Hearing the Whispers of God: Two

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Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

God wants to be heard–but what is our role? 

See, my children, the knocking rests upon no merit of yours—though it is in response to the longing of your heart for Me.

Keep, keep that listening ear. “If any man will hear my voice.” Again no merit of yours. Only the ear bent to catch my tones, and to hear the sound of my gentle knocking. —God Calling

How do we keep “the listening ear?”

Hearing the Whispers of God

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Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson

How do you hear from God? Fenelon writes that God speaks in whispers. Can we be silent long enough to hear from Him?

Don’t listen to your self-nature. Self-love whispers in one ear and God whispers in the other. The first is restless, bold, eager, and reckless; the other is simple, peaceful, and speaks but a few words in a mild, gentle voice. As soon as you listen to the loud voice of self you will not hear the soft tones of holy love. Each speaks only of one thing. Self-love speaks only of self—it never gets enough attention . . .

God’s love, on the other hand, whispers that self should be forgotten—counted as nothing so that God might be all. God wants to completely fill you and unite himself to you. Let the vain, complaining babble of self-love be silenced so that in the stillness of the heart you may listen to the love of God.  Fenelon, The Seeking Heart

What do you think?  Does God speak to us?

Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. Hosea 2:14



5 Valentine Promises From God: Five


Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20

God is crazy about you.

There are many reasons God saves you; to bring glory to himself, to appease his justice, to demonstrate his sovereignty.  But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because he is fond of you.  He likes having you around.  He thinks you are the best thing that came down the pike in quite a while. . .

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  If he had a wallet, you photo would be in it.  He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen.  He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. . . Face it, friend.  He’s crazy about you.   Max Lucado,  A Gentle Thunder

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You are loved!

Betsy and Laurie

5 Valentine Promises From God: Four


I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

We are children, perhaps, at the very moment when we know that it is as children that God loves us – not because we have deserved his love and not in spite of our undeserving; not because we try, and not because we recognize the futility of our trying; but simply because he has chosen to love us. We are children because he is our father; and all of our efforts, fruitful and fruitless, to do good, to speak truth, to understand, are the efforts of children who, for all their precocity, are children still in that before we loved him, he loved us, as children, through Jesus Christ our lord.

― Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

5 Valentine Promises From God: Three


Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

On your journey to God’s heart, it is critical that you know you are loved.  You have the assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  You need never feel “unloved” because His love is everlasting. . .  He has chosen to love you, and nothing can separate you from His love.  His love heals, comforts, and corrects.  His love draws you on the journey toward His heart.

Lord, Your immeasurable love is enough for me.  Thank You that Your love is not dependent on my performance or my physical characteristics.  Your love encompasses all of my life, and this gives me great security.  I would not choose any other destination.  I know I am looking in the right place for love—Your heart.  Amen

Cynthia Heald,  A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of God

5 Valentine Promises From God: Two


Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.  Isaiah 54:10

God is quite astounding.  This Divine Being is a limitless lover, always filling the small hands of my life with grace and goodness, always enriching my life with all that I need for my spiritual path. . . Nothing I could ever do would “earn” all of these gifts that are freely and lavishly given.  I marvel at the gift of my inner and outer life.  I am astounded at the daily guidance I receive.  I am in awe at the way the world works and at how the intricate human body restores and renews itself.  I look at the universe and wonder who this Creating Power is to be so generous with colors, shapes, patterns and designs.  I remember the wonderful people who have come into my life, each with a unique gift to share with me, and I know without a doubt that through them I have been touched by Divine Love.

Joyce Rupp,  The Cup of Life

5 Valentine Promises From God: One


I have called you by name and you are mine.  Isaiah 43:1

Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center words that say: “I have called you by name, from the very beginning.  You are mine and I am yours.  You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests.  I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace.  I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.  I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step.”

Henry Nouwen


Heem Still Life with a Basket of Fruit

The fruit of the Spirit is Love – Galatians 5:22

Sometimes I come to my work with determination.  After all is it called work for a reason.  There is a lot to do. I make a list:

Finish Chapter Two.
Write 1500 words.
Rewrite yesterday’s work.

I stay in the chair. I set a timer. I give myself a talking to. I churn out my words.

Other days are different. I take time with God to center and feel my place as his instrument for the work. His love for me begins to overflow.  The words come. I connect with God and He connects me to the reader. The writing is a work of Love.

Here’s my new “To Do” list:

Love God.
Love the Reader.
Love the Work.

Both days are productive but the results are so different. On those days Love keeps me in the chair.

What keeps you in the chair?

Betsy and Laurie

“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”— E.B. White

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