“I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,”

said a woman I met at a friend’s church. This is God talking to you & me.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Jeremiah 31:3

 We love Him because He first loved us.”                1 John 4:19

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

John 3:15

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O Lord, Will You Rend The Heavens?

Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your presence—”

Isaiah 64:1

Will You provide the Bibles for the thirsty souls requesting them?

  • The Study Bible like mine?
  • The KJV?
  • The one to fit in her purse?
  • The NKJV?
  • The large print one?
  • All?

How many people are hungry & thirsty for Your Word? To hold Your Book in their hands, to read whenever they can or need to?

Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the Lord, have created it.”

Isaiah 45:8

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Disappointment

“I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

  • Church plant failure? It took a lot of money and people’s resources, the Pastor said.
  • Business disaster?
  • Divorce?
  • Child loss? Hillary Scott’s song: ‘How is my pain part of Your plan?’

We’re not immune from these, but we get up again. Haven’t you all heard people say: I was following You, God, obeying You, then ‘the bottom drops out’?

Oswald Chambers, October 13, https://utmost.org/individual-discouragement-and-personal-growth/

“We may have the vision of God and a very clear understanding of what God wants, and yet when we start to do it, there comes to us something equivalent to Moses’ forty years in the wilderness.”

Expect A Miracle

Proverbs 23

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;
18 For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.”  verses 17-18

Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” verse 23

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” Luke 3:5-6 (Isaiah 40:4 and 52:10)

And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.’ ”     Luke 1:35-37

John 5

In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” verses 3-4

Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.  And that day was the Sabbath.”  verses 8-9

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Lone Seagull

Flying alone, miles and miles from any ocean. Is he lost?  Beautiful, white and lovely, doing what God created him for.

Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

“Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:8 (KJV)

Bumper sticker: “Not all who wander are lost”

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Satisfied and Content

“And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”  Jesus in Luke 16:11 (NLV)

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

The words, satisfied and content, kept coming up in my heart one day, maybe reading Psalm 119, 125 and 138 encouraged me.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9 (KJV)

“Watch the Weight”

Thanks, Guys, for all the referrals, likes and love. You’re in my prayers!

A friend would whisper this at our work’s salad bar, it’s easy to go beyond a pound with all those delicious salad creations.

“Here is what I have seen:

It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.”                 Solomon teaches in Ecclesiastes 5:18

After coming off the Daniel Fast several years ago, I clung to whole foods without a lot of preservatives and healthy fats: olive oil, nuts, fish, cheese, milk, yogurt, meats, fruits and dried dates. Whenever I remove sugar from my diet, other foods seem to taste a lot better.  Always check with your nutritionist when making a change.

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Do You Like Yourself?

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“You are the temple of the Holy Spirit” 1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you treat yourself well? Would you speak with a friend similarly? Are you your own worst enemy?

My friend advises:

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Give yourself a big hug…from Jesus
  • Don’t listen to those peripheral people who are jealous. God created you for several reasons.

Another woman testifies:

  • I like myself straight, being able to make someone laugh, to encourage someone…without the drugs.

“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.”   James 3:9

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”  Genesis 1:26

 

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Deceptive Food

“Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.” Proverbs 23:3

“And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.”  Daniel 1:15

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

Thank God in prayer for every meal. Remove stress in your life.  May the Lord give you wisdom in eating healthy foods in peace and with good friends and family. Check with your doctor when changing your diet.

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