Love Notes Series: Love Leads to Peace

Love Notes Series: Love Leads to Peace
Did you know that before Jesus was betrayed, he said a prayer for all believers to come?

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
-John 17:20-23
That’s right, he prayed for us here today, in 2016, that all the people who confess Jesus Christ as Lord, fully God and fully Man would be united in their faith, loving God and loving others, for the sake of the people who still might come to Christ?
We may clash from time to time, disagree about theology and about when, where and how to worship. But love between believers causes harmony. Harmony is peace. Love – Harmony – Peace. This is what Jesus brings.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
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~The PD Team

Love Notes Series: Inseparable

Love Notes Series: Inseparable
Our acceptance of Jesus invites the acceptance of our broken selves to God.  Once covered in the righteousness of Jesus, we are inseparable from God’s protection from that moment forward.
“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?” -Romans 8:33.
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Love Notes Series: The Silliest Question

Love Notes Series: The Silliest Question
I ask my husband the same maddening question at least once or twice a week.
“Do you love me?”
“Yes,” he replies.
“How much?”
“A lot.” He is absorbed in his computer screen.
Hmph, I think to myself, He should say yes, but that didn’t do it for me. I’m still craving something stronger.
Sometimes I feel insecure, unpretty and in need of reassurance, and I want someone to convince me of my loved-ness. When I ask this mindless question I am really asking for something that he cannot give me with a word.
I used to think this was because we overused the word, causing its true guttural meaning to fade little by little. We say, “I love those shoes!” or “I love her hair cut” or “Tell me you love me”. But really, I think it is because love lives in an action, not in the verbal word. Anyone can say anything. But to act it out is real and tangible and measurable.
In 1 Corinthians, of course, Paul is describing how love ought to look between one another. It is always patient and gracious. never rough, arrogant or boastful.
Instead of asking my husband this silly question which really means nothing, I should see what he is doing. Because on that computer screen, he has been updating our budget, paying the bills, and making sure we have enough to make ends meet by the end of the month. He is purchasing my vitamins on amazon and answering emails for work. It’s not moonlit-gondolas-in-Venice-candle-lit-dinner “love” – That kind is just for show. It’s practical, unglamourous, love, that works for the good of another. That’s fulfilling and good for the soul.
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[Free Printable Guide] Love Notes From God

[Free Printable Guide] Love Notes From God

Dear friends,

Before we get too deep into our study series on the Love of God, I wanted to you to have this free printable study guide. Now you can follow along in our 14-day study to prepare our hearts for Valentine’s Day. YAY!

Each day from now until Valentine’s Day, there will be a new reflection up on the blog related to the verses down below. I sincerely hope and pray that God would be near to you in this time.

Whether you’re currently attached or a part of the lonely hearts club band, there is a good, patient and unchanging lover of your soul just WAITING for the chance to charm you. His name is good and wonderful counsellor, the Word of God, Emmanuel, Jesus.

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Click here to download the guide!

 

The One Thing God Can’t Do

The One Thing God Can’t Do

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

Do you believe this?

I had never given it much thought before today, until reading this quote from today’s homily from Pope Francis.

“The gift is God’s love, a God who can’t sever himself from us. That is the impotence of God.  We say: ‘God is all powerful, He can do everything!” Except for one thing: Sever Himself from us! In the gospel, that image of Jesus who weeps over Jerusalem, helps us understand something about that love. Jesus wept! He wept over Jerusalem and that weeping is all about God’s impotence: his inability to not love (us) and not sever himself from us.” [source]

There is one thing God can’t do: not love us.

Startling but true! That intense love is extended to every single person that ever was. It is up to each person to decide for him or herself whether to accept or reject that love.

Think about the times you may have deliberately run from God. There was something you saw, thought, and immediately decided in your heart to do or say, purposely ignoring the little voice of truth within. Realize that in those times we are actively choosing to reject God’s wisdom and therefore His love for us.

However, thanks to that amazing love, we have a new opportunity to accept every moment. Nothing from our past is so bad that we cannot reach out and accept His gift.

A Sweet Answer To Miscarriage: My Decision to Sponsor a Child

A Sweet Answer To Miscarriage: My Decision to Sponsor a Child

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

James 1:26-27

My first time sponsoring a child in poverty

I truly believe that God works out everything for the good of those who love him. I love God. Therefore, I trust that he will not allow my miscarriage to be for nothing.

You see, when I first believed that Jesus died for me, He poured the Holy Spirit into me, refreshing, remaking, and revitalizing my heart. No longer was I the same crusty selfish person… I was and am now free to let go of all the striving and effort the world requires of me. The shackles came off and the sleeves went up. 

Instead of striving and struggling for my own salvation, I have all the time in the world to throw myself, heart and soul, into the hard and sticky business of loving people.
My heart now points to true north. With divine guidance it knows exactly where it should be heading at any moment. I am not perfect yet! And my journey towards sanctification sometimes takes a sour turn. But it’s opportunities like sponsoring a child through ministries like Compassion International, that help me to remember again how much I need to be growing, giving, and point others to God.

The Bible says that everything that we do flows from the heart. My heart beats in health and clarity. My heart knows what will glorify God when it crosses my path.

I still long for a child of my own, but in the dog days of waiting patiently and expectantly on the Lord, I can take up the cause of “the least of one of these” and practice being a mother with the most powerful superpower ever given to me: Prayer. I am going to pray diligently as if this little girl was all mine, with overflowing, sacrificial, unconditional love.

And then if or when He decides to make me a physical mama, I’ll only have that much more love to give.


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