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Liquid Love

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

Lamentation 3:22 (NIV)

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 U r the best!!!!!!

Thnx nana!!!!! Ur the best!!!!!!

My sweet Kate sent me these love lines this week. Nothing warms this Nana’s heart more than receiving words of affirmation from my grandgirlies.

Texting is the way to go these days. I remember the typed letters my granddad would send to me. He had a big typewriter set up in a little alcove in the hallway of his home and spent many an hour writing to family and friends. Now we hold that typewriter in one hand. I still hunt and peck with one finger but the results are so much better and I even have spell check. The best part is that they arrive immediately at their destination.

But if your life is like mine, there may be days or weeks when giving and receiving love may get sidetracked or blocked due to illness, distance, or heartache. Busy schedules and careers, family commitments, and church activities fill up our lives, often leaving little room or margins in our emotional tank and it runs dry. We rationalize that we can do one more thing and then life will settle down to normal. How’s that working out for you?

Last Sunday, our pastor prayed for the liquid love of Jesus to fill all the dark places and crevices of our hearts. That word picture of liquid love spoke to me as I thought of the heavy hearts of some of the people that I love. It permeates through the darkness and pain, the weariness, the anger and frustration, the search for purpose and fills in the spaces with the warmth and love of Jesus.

We are not alone.

We will not be consumed.

We are loved.

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Resolve

I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. 

1 Chronicles 29:17 (NLT)

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Endurance. Perseverance. Integrity.

These words really test our mettle—what we are made of. Hard words. Often abandoned or ignored words. I know because I have been there, done that.

A little over six years ago, I participated in my first Beth Moore study on Daniel. As the lion roared at the end of each lesson, I often found myself in tears and finished that study with the lingering feeling that it was so good but not many of the details. Now, I’m doing it again with our local ladies.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read my earlier workbook but my curiosity got the better of me and I pulled it out. I don’t look at it until I’m completed the week’s lesson but it’s interesting for me to note a few things:

  •  I, obviously, didn’t get the routine because the first few lessons, all the blanks were still blank. I finally figured out how to catch that missing word from a woman with a southern accent that speaks a mile a minute.
  •  Some answers have the very same words both times.
  •  Some answers reflect the happenings of period of time.
  •  Some answers show that God has been working and is changing me in ways to complete His purpose for me.

The book of Daniel challenges us to live with integrity in a world filled with the Babylonian motto, “I am, and there is none besides me.” Sound familiar? Everywhere we look or read or watch today, it’s all about me. What can I get out of it? Who is going to give it to me? How do I look? What can I buy? Me. Me. Me.

But that’s not what God is looking for when He talks about integrity. As Beth describes it, “The lifeblood of integrity is becoming the same person no matter where we are—no matter who’s around.” My version, “What you see, is what you get.”

Integrity requires consistency so that I can live each day with a clean conscience in a world of temptation, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit for direction. I don’t have to rack my brain for whatever cover story I might have used the last time because the truth is easier to remember than a lie.

One last word to add to the list — resolve.

I challenge you to look at your life and assess where you are on the integrity scale. If it needs work, get to it. If it looks pretty good today, beware. Satan’s goal is to trip us up.

Remember that integrity doesn’t just happen. We must purpose or resolve to live a life of godliness and integrity. Dare to be different.

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His Purpose

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Psalm 33:10-11 (NIV)

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The countdown to Election Day is less than a week away. If you are like me, the cessation of political phone calls, emails, mail, and TV ads will be a wonderful relief.

I heard a prominent radio commentator ask the question this morning, “How will we feel on the day after the election if our guy doesn’t win?” Been there, done that when I was in the political trenches in California. It’s not fun—often both disappointing and a little scary.

However, the most important concept that I have learned over the years is that it’s not all about me; it’s all about God. If I didn’t firmly believe in the sovereignty of God, I’d be a mess. God is not going to be surprised the day after the election.

Each election is touted as the most important we will ever have. Personally, I think this is it, which means we can’t sit at home and do nothing. The one thing God has called us to do is to be faithful. To my dismay, when I was working in this arena, when church rolls were overlaid with voter rolls, the disparity was amazing.

As citizens of the United States of America, our responsibility is to vote. One vote can make the difference and we must never shirk our duty.

As I peer into the future for my grandgirlies, I’m so thankful that I can trust God’s plans for them. His purpose will be accomplished.

10/31/12

 

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