Monday, February 27, 2012
Every new day that we are given by God is a pure and blessed gift! Another new chance to rise... and shine... and give God all the glory He so deserves! God Loves us so very much, has created us and chosen us to be His very own, and even calls us, His beloved, by name... to give our hearts, souls, and lives to Him...and as we live our lives for Him. We are blessed in more ways that we could ever even say!
God truly wants us to surrender our lives to Him, to live for Him and He most certainly wants to bless us in every way imaginable! He also wants our lives to glorify Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in all ways! And so, just how do we do that... and how does that happen?
We give glory to God and glorify Him with our very lives when we live lives that are committed and dedicated to loving, serving, honoring and glorifying Him. God has created us for glory... to shine with all the glory of Heaven... and let all the Earth see that He is God... that He has created us, Loves us and lives in us... and that all the good that we do and accomplish in our lives flows from and through Him into our lives... and into the world!
Every morning when you rise... always remember to thank God for the precious gift of another, beautiful and blessed day! For, with God, as the center of our lives, we can't even begin to imagine all of the Hope, Love, and amazing potential that each new day that He blesses us with holds!
Remember too, to re-dedicate and commit your heart, soul, and life to God... and let Him know that you plan to give Him all the glory for all that you do that day! Know that He Loves you endlessly, that He lives within you, and that He intends to bless you this day in the most abundant ways... be open to His wonderful blessings... let His Light shine in you... you will glorify Him! :)
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Here's just a little reminder that each and every day is a brand new, beautiful and blessed gift from God! Every day is a new beginning, and a new chance to surrender our heats, souls, and lives to God, our Heavenly Father, more deeply and truly... and to trust Him more. Every day is a brand new opportunity to trust that, truly, our lives are in His loving hands, and that He has prepared a beautiful and bright future full of Hope for us... and if we place all of our trust in Him... He will continue to lead us, guide us and direct us on His Way of everlasting Goodness, of Faith, Hope and Love!
Be blessed today... because by God, you truly are, in countless ways! Remember to thank God for the precious gift of today... and dedicate it to Him.... so that you may give Him all the glory He deserves! Remember also to once again, or even for the very first time, give your heart, soul and life to Him... for that is when the true blessings really begin to flow in our lives from His generous, Grace-filled heart!
And most of all.... remember to thank God for the gift of this day, the gift of His Love and Grace and all the endless blessings in your life! He loves to hear from you!!! :)
God Loves you with an everlasting Love!!! :)
Monday, February 13, 2012
"God is Love!" (1 John 4:8) Indeed He is! And because God is Love... so are we... His beautiful and beloved children, created by Him so carefully in His image and likeness of Love! How blessed we are to be His children and to inherit the Gift of eternal Life through the most holy sacrifice on the cross for our sins, of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, Best Friend, Teacher and Beloved One.
Love is the very nature of God, and because it's the nature of God, it is our own very nature as well. We need to contemplate it more and dwell in it more and in the Holy Presence of our Heavenly Father, Who's Love for us knows no end.
Many people, both Christians, and non-Christians alike spend way too much of their time thinking inaccurately that God is mad at them. This may have come from when they where children and formed their view of God, relating God to a parent, which He is, but unlike all parents who no matter how loving, are still capable of making mistakes and will never be able to Love as unconditionally as God, God however Is pure Love and truly Loves all of His children unconditionally, unfailingly, with an everlasting Love!
Some people might find it hard to believe but God delights in all of His children! Yes, God delights in you and me, just as parents delight in their children. I have come to realize this more and more being a mother of my beautiful 22 month old daughter, Audrey and my second daughter, growing in my womb due to be born this April.
As a parent, God blesses us with a special revelation of His Love... as we continue to see the similarities of the ever-growing Love and delight we have for our children, and the ever-growing, never-ending Love and delight God has for all of His children, you and me! No matter how much I Love and delight in my precious daughters, (and it's quite a lot!), I know that it's still just a glimpse of the Love and delight God has for all of His children... and just thinking about that is pretty amazing!
With Valentine's Day being tomorrow... my heart's prayer is that more and more people, all of God's children, really, will come to discover more fully and deeply the amazing gift of God's precious, unending Love for us all! I pray every child of God will re-commit their heart to God, or give it to Him for the very first time and ask Him to fill it with His everlasting Love, so much, that it overflows and overflows again and again, out into the world to be shared with others.
I am reminded of that 1970's Dianna Ross song.... "What the world needs now, is Love... sweet Love... it's the only thing that there's just too little of!" Agreed!
I wish you a very Happy and Blessed Valentine's Day filled with all the many blessings of God's Love and the true realization of just how much He Loves you and always will!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
When we feel lost in our Faith journey, when we feel like we don't know where to go, and all our energy is spent... we are not alone... God is certainly with us, and so is the beautiful gift of His Grace, which gives us to strength to persevere through any given situation, no matter how difficult or trying it may be. His Grace gives us true Hope and let's us know that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us!
I really Love this verse from Sacred Scripture...And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9). I believe it really speaks about what the heart of a true Christian, follower of Jesus looks like.
Many people both Christian and non-Christian a like may think that if you are a Christian and follow Jesus and God rules in your life that you will never ever face any kind of difficulties, hardship, tragedies or sorrow, though, nothing could be further from the Truth!
There's a saying I've heard several times now, that I just Love that really depicts the Truth of Christian life and it is this... "I never said that it would be easy, I just said that it would be worth it!" This quote is meant to be said by God or Jesus, and it really speaks to my heart!
Life, (whether you are a Christian or not), certainly is not always easy, and most especially not if you truly want to live it as Jesus calls us to, Loving God, our neighbor and our self and all times, living our lives, not by the standards of, "the world," but by the standards of God and following all the teachings that Jesus came to teach us, so that we could truly have Life and have it more abundantly!
The Good News... (and with Jesus... there is always Good News!), is that, we can truly live the most beautiful and blessed Life of abundant Joy that Jesus came into this world to give us... and we can do that by following, Loving and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, Best Friend, Healer, Teacher, and Beloved... and live our lives with Him, for Him, through Him and in Him!
When we do this... He truly gives us ALL we need to overcome any obstacle that prevents us from living the most beautiful, blessed abundant Life has for us, because as we journey through hard, challenging, difficult and even sorrowful times, He gives us His Grace, again and again and again... it it truly is sufficient for us, it really is more than enough for us!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
God Loves you and me... yes, He most certainly does. Did you know that He truly wants us to Love ourselves the way that He Loves us? It's true... He really does, though, at times, this might be very difficult for us, perhaps one of the most difficult things we will ever have to do.
Learning to truly Love ourselves as God Loves us is so important and one of the most essential things we will ever have to do to live the most beautiful and blessed life as God's child, for if we are not able to truly Love ourselves, how will we ever be able to truly Love others as God calls us to do?
"And you shall Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30).
What a beautiful message from Jesus, and teaching that He tells us is the most important of all, yet, if we are not able to truly and unconditionally Love ourselves as God Loves us... how will we ever follow through with this amazing teaching and truly Love others as we Love ourselves, as God Loves them?
I believe that many Christians might have the wrong idea about Loving ourselves, and think that it's either vain or self-centered to Love ourselves, but, nothing could be further from the Truth!
We must remember... that "God is Love!" and we are Love too... because He is our Heavenly Father, our beautiful Creator and has so lovingly created us in His image and likeness of Love! So to know Love, we must not only know God, but know ourselves. And to Love as Jesus teaches us and calls us to is to Love and take delight in all that God has created, just as He does... and that means YOU! :)
We really need to learn to Love ourselves more deeply and truly as God Loves us, to know ourselves as well as God does, and to be as compassionate and forgiving and patient with ourselves as God is. This is what He truly wants!
We all have wounds on our hearts and souls that we have received throughout our lives. Some have healed and some haven't. My prayer is that we, as God's beloved children will begin, (if we haven't already), to Love ourselves whole-heatedly, as God Loves us... as that we can truly Love others as God Loves them. That we will allow ourselves to accept the Gift of Healing that Jesus' Love gives... and by doing so, we will be able to offer that special Gift of healing to others.
We can also heal, by Loving ourselves as God Loves us, for sometimes, without ever meaning to, we can be the ones who inflict upon ourselves the greatest amount of pain and sorrow, and this is not what God wants. God truly wants us to be Loving and kind and gentle and compassionate and forgiving and patient with ourselves.... so I hope and pray that you will give yourself that gift of God! It's perhaps the greatest Gift you could ever give yourself! :)
Sunday, February 5, 2012
"Life is what you make it!" I have heard this saying a lot and do believe that it's really true! Although, our lives do not really belong to us, totally, but to God, still, God has given us the precious gift of Life and each, new day to make the very best of it and ourselves!
God has given us all that we need to truly fulfill our life's purpose and reach our deepest dreams! He gives us the unending gift of His Love, His Grace, His Light, and the gift of our Faith. With Faith in God... all things are possible, (according to God's perfect will for our lives). God also gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us, lead us and even pray for us, when we don't know what to pray for.
It may seem quite easy to make the best of our lives when things are going wonderfully and smoothly for us, though, when times are difficult, challenging and even painful and frustrating... how do we go about making the best of our lives, when we may feel overcome by the unfortunate circumstances in our lives?
I believe that it's then when we have to rely on God and trust in Him all the more. We need His Grace and strength in these times, more than ever, to truly grow through our circumstances and deepen our Faith and Christian character. In these times we need to remember this amazingly powerful verse from Sacred Scripture: "I Can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me!" (Philippians 4:13).
Jesus Christ came into this world so that we might have Life and have it more abundantly! How often do we forget this? Christ wants us to truly lives blessed, happy, healthy, good, beautiful abundant lives... and He is truly with us and within us to help us do so!
So, to make the very best of our lives and ourselves... we must simply, at all times, rely on and trust in God and in Christ to give us His Grace to help make this possible! We can create our lives to be a beautiful masterpiece for God, (with His help and the help of Christ), and what a perfect, "Thank You gift," to God... to say, "Thank you, for giving me the precious gift of Life... here's my offering of gratitude to you in return!"
May we always live our live for God, always aiming to please Him in all we do... and may we always rely deeply on the Grace of God and Christ to help see us through to our brightest days... truly making our lives and ourselves the most beautiful masterpieces possible! :)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
God's miracles happen each and every day, this is a sure fact! All we have to do is open our eyes and hearts each morning and take in the brand, new beautiful sun rising in a picture perfect painted sky, created anew by God each and every morning and we are hopefully moved to realize and remember God's miraculous power and glory!
And we can continue to find all kinds of miracles in God's beautiful creation, from beautiful flowers that grow and bloom to baby animals being born, and of course the most amazing of all God's miracles... the miracle and gift of human life!
To even begin to ponder the mystery, wonder and true miracle of how a human being is miraculously conceived, how a precious little child of God, (even at it's earliest stage), is nestled in its mother's womb for nine months, to grow and be nurtured safely there by its mother and of course by God is truly one of the most profound miracles we will ever experience, next to the miracle of Jesus' conception, birth, life, death and Resurrection from the dead.
Our God is truly a God of the miraculous... He is truly a God of miracles, (both great and small!), and I have come to believe from my own personal experience that God is very generous in giving miracles of all kinds to His children, both when we pray for them, and when we really need them, and may not have even prayed for them, yet, God knew how much we needed them and what a blessing they would be to us and our Faith!
Miracles are happening all the time, all around us, (even if we are completely unaware of it!). A miracle is an event that happened through divine intervention, in other words, through God's gracious and loving intervention. A miracle is a precious gift given only by God, and when we are so blessed to receive one, we should be eternally thankful to God for blessing us in this most gracious way! This thankfulness of heart, will inspire us and we will grow in our Faith and devotion, even closer to God and we will really benefit from this gift in endless ways that will continue our whole life through.
May our hearts always be open, and ready to accept the many, beautiful miracles that God sends our way, both big and small! For He Loves us so much and longs to bless us in endless ways! :)