Unfailing Love

My morning reminder of God’s Unfailing Love…”Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad in ALL our days.” Psalm 90:14

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In my bible study this past week, the focus was on God’s unfailing love. In one of the lessons, the question was asked what is the difference between God’s love and human love. My response was we as humans tend to put conditions on our love for others. God loves us no matter what we do. There are no conditions to God’s love. We will stumble and there are consequences but God still loves us.

This morning I had another reminder of God’s unfailing love. I took our shih tzu, Smokey out to take care of his morning business. He began to pick up leaves, sticks and play instead of getting the job done. This is quite common with Smokey. He sometimes will slip a stick of wood or a leaf into the house on his return to indoors. Smokey eventually took care of business and as he returned inside, he was given his treat for doing what he was supposed to do. He took his little treat to the foyer and began to eat it or at least that is what I thought he was doing. As I passed by him, I saw  what I thought were two treats. At first, I took one treat away seeing one was in his mouth and said ‘you don’t need two treats, we will save this one for later.’  When taking the treat from Smokey, he spit out what I thought was the other treat. Needless to say, it was not what I thought because from his mouth came out a rock  he had picked up outside. Smokey began to nudge the rock over to my direction as if to say; “this is for you.”  The irony was that this rock was the shape of a heart. “Wow!” I thought to myself. This week I have been learning more about God’s unfailing love and Smokey has just given me a heart that no one could have made. It was a morning reminder to me that God’s love was with me.

Later in the day, I encountered a problem regarding my blog site. I had gone on my site to add some articles to some of my posts and to make some minor changes. In the process of working on one of the post, the comment section was closed without my intending it to be closed. It was brought to my attention by another writer/reader. Oh, how bad I felt for this happening! In my “About April” section of my site, I encourage my readers to leave their thoughts and here the comments had been closed. I sunk in my chair with embarrassment and prayed for God’s grace to intervene. Most of all, I prayed that I would be forgiven by this reader. Of course, I immediately went in and addressed the problem. I want my readers to be able to leave a comment because it is all a part of learning and growing more in my faith journey. Though this mistake was unintentional, I still felt bad and did my best to rectify the situation. As I worked on fixing the mistake and begging for forgiveness, I was reminded of that heart that Smokey brought in this morning.  The words God’s unfailing love came to my mind and heart. God made me know that He was ever so present and loving me through remedying the situation.

The people of Israel are God’s have always been God’s chosen people. He gave them the Promise Land, fed them manna from heaven, and provided water from a rock when they were thirsty. Yet, God’s  chosen people  made mistakes and strayed from God from time to time.  They had consequences due to their straying but God still loved them.

The best of the best Christians are going to stumble and fall at times. We are all human and we do make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are intentionally and other times unintentional. No matter the mistake, God loves us just as much as the day as the day he created us. Though there may be consequences for our mistakes at times, God is still there walking  and loving us through it all. His love is unfailing!

Isaiah 54:10 reminds us; “Though to 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, says the LORD, what has compassion on you.” 

May you feel God’s love and compassion in the days ahead.

Blessings

God Heals All Wounds

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“Wounds do heal, but there are times to allow the Great Physician to perform surgery so that they will heal right.”

Nancie Carmichael

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Over time, many of us encounter being hurt and wounded. Sometimes, the hurt comes from another person possibly someone we admire or even love. Other times the hurt may be from something tragic that happens in life. No matter how the wound occurs, it does cut through the heart like a knife. Thus, leaving questions to God and sometimes even questioning God. We may even feel like God has moved away from us.

During my lifetime, I have encountered such hurts. In the past, I have questioned God about why certain hurts took place.  I have also felt like God moved so very far away from me. But, in the end, I came to realize that God is there in the midst of all the hurt and questions. As a result, my faith grows stronger. My relationship with God grows stronger. Plus, I learn some things about myself that I needed to know.

Some people are walking around at this moment with a heart full of hurt. You may be one of them. But, we don’t have to carry that burden. God sent us His Son, Jesus to heal the wounded and broken heart.  In order for the Great Physician to heal our brokenness, we have to surrender  it ALL to Him. It takes a big step of faith and trust to surrender it all to Him. But, when we surrender  the hurt to Christ, the healing begins and our relationship with Him grows stronger. Realize that sometimes the healing doesn’t happen instantly. The healing process may take days, weeks, months and sometimes years of fervent prayer giving it all to Christ before we see the healing. From personal experience, I can tell you no matter the wait, whether it be a day or a year or more, it is worth the wait. It is in the healing process that we see God’s blessings, feel and experience God’s grace. The time of healing is a teaching tool to remind us that God is in control and all things do work out for His good and glory.

As I was opening my bible this morning, it opened up to the book of Jude. At the top of the page is the quote that you see at the beginning of this devotional. Then, at the bottom of the page is a prayer that I had written during a time of giving hurts over to God.

Dear Lord,

Perform your surgery on my wounds. You are my GREAT PHYSICIAN. 

It is my faith in You that heals All my wounds and dries All my tears. 

In YOUR time You will  make ALL things new.

It is in your time that ALL  things become beautiful.

Love,

Your daughter, April

“And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to His purpose.”   Romans 8:28

Are you hurting today? Surrender ALL of your hurts to the hands of Christ. Please know that God didn’t move but He is wanting to move closer to you.

The Perfect Gift

Drew @ Nativity @ Wesleyan Heights UMC

Tis’ the Christmas Season has arrived! Ready or not, it is time to pull out those favorite Christmas tunes, decorations, and make our list for gifts.  Thoughts are going through your mind like: ” I don’t know what to give him/her this year!” or “I don’t know what they need or want!”.

Well, worry no more! I have the perfect gift for you to give this year.  This gift comes with no need for batteries, no assembly is required and there is no need for a box because it will not fit into a box.   There is no worry about anyone standing in an after Christmas return line.  Also, money is no object because this gift has been paid in full.   The perfect gift will bring joy, hope, peace, grace  and love year round.

Over two thousand years ago, God knew that the world  needed a gift from him.  A gift that would bring us all peace, hope, love, joy and grace. God wrapped this gift in swaddling clothes where He laid in a manager the night He was born.  The first Christmas carols were sung by the angels announcing the birth of the Messiah; King of Kings; and Ruler of All Nations! God even sent the  first decoration  with the bright star that  announced the Christ Child’s birth.  This star led shepherds, wise men and others to the stable to see the gift God had sent the world.  It is no doubt that for those who experienced receiving this gift first hand were  nothing but in awe and joy seeing the Christ Child.

God loves us so much that he wanted to give you and me a gift. He sent his ONLY Son. His  Son Jesus was sent to show all of the world  love, hope, peace, joy and grace.  In His lifetime He was a walking example of what it meant to love one another, to care for others, to experience joy, He brought peace and taught  how to forgive. For this gift, we owe nothing to God.  The price was paid in full on a cross on Calvary.   Through the blood of God’s lamb, our sins are forgiven and the doors to Paradise are opened for you and me.

When the thoughts of “I don’t know what to give him/her!” or “I don’t know what they need or want!”, how about giving them the gift of Jesus Christ and His love for them.  Maybe it is someone who does not know Him and now is the time for you to introduce them to Christ. Or, maybe there is someone who is seeking your forgiveness. There is no better season than this one to go to  them and reconcile and demonstrate that wonderful grace of Christ.  On the other hand, could  you be  needing  to ask someone for forgiveness?  Now is a wonderful time to demonstrate  Christlike humility and seek their forgiveness.  Do you need to ask God for forgiveness or forgive yourself? When you go to God for forgiveness, you receive the most precious gift of peace, joy and grace.

The  love of Jesus Christ is a gift that is open to all, it is one size fits all and no assembly required.   How indescribable God’s love is for us.  God sent  His only Son to you and me. He died for our sins so  you and I are able to have eternal life. ( John 3:16) Each time we offer the gift of Christ, the angels sing just as they did on that first Christmas night.

HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!

Christmas Blessings!