Showing posts with label #God's love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #God's love. Show all posts

Saturday, April 23, 2016

God Loves Diversity. God Loves Me

     My husband and I love to travel, often taking our travel trailer to sites of beauty. I would rather see God’s creation than all the shows or nightlife available. It’s not that the other is wrong, but nature is my preference. My travels demonstrate insights into God's personality.



Utah's crazy colored rock formations
1.     God loves color in all things.

 

A couple of years ago, we drove through Canyonlands and Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Even the rocks here come in red, green, and purple. A writer’s mind asks the question what if. If aliens did come from other planets, would they be chartreuse or turquoise?

 

2.     God loves different elevations.
 

Grand Tetons
 
from my back yard

 







On that same trip, the Grand Tetons wowed us with their stark climb to heaven, while in my hometown of Wichita Falls, the North Texas plain stretches for miles without much up and down. That makes for God’s use of color in sunsets to be enjoyed.

 








3.     God loves multiple flowers and trees.


Willow Loop between Johnson City and Fredericksburg
 

Earlier this month, our RV headed to the hill country of Central Texas, known for bluebonnets in the spring. My heart rejoiced at the beauty of many varieties of wildflowers. How God must love them! Central Texas abounds with more trees than we have at home, but it was on the coast at Goose Island State Park that God used a tree to impress me with the shortness of our lives. The Big Tree is a live oak known to be over a thousand years old. Wow! 

The 1000 year old big tree

4.     God loves water.



To me, watching water brings peace and tranquility unlike anything else on earth. Rivers, lakes, and creeks ripple along with continued precision despite my troubles or anxiety. My recent trip to Corpus Christi, Texas reminded me of God’s love of water. Never-ending ocean waves demonstrated God’s power and majesty. My heart pounded with the need for worship.
 
  5. God loves me.

 
Have you ever people-watched? Sit at a mall or on a beach and notice the different shapes, features, and colors. God created Adam and Eve much like any human on earth. We have two legs that stand upright, two arms, a mouth, and two eyes and ears, but isn’t it amazing how that basic outline can look so different? God loves diversity. He loved me at two hundred fifty pounds. He loves me now at one hundred forty-seven and seventy-three years old with more wrinkles than curls. Blessed is the name of the Lord.

 
 

For God so loved the world (people) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                        John 3:16

 

God gave His only Son to die on the cross for whosoever (anyone). That means me! How tiny a speck I am among the vast creations of the Lord. What amazing grace and love does He show me every day.

 
God love me, and God loves you.

Let that thought wander through your mind this weekend. Let it settle in your heart and stabilize your life.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Visit with Cherie Burbach

I wish to introduce you to my new online writing friend, Cherie Burbach. I first met her on the loop for American Christian Fiction Writers. She started an excellent blog site intended to give readers a devotion each day. I joined the group of writers taking part in this. If you're looking for a good daily devotion, I highly recommend the blog called Putting on the New.

Go to http://puttingonthenew.com/
or click on the square to the left of this blog just under the e-mail subscribing slot.

I asked Cherie to visit us today and let us know about her book. She agreed and even shared one of her wonderful devotions. Thank you, Cherie.

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


I found God very early and have always been glad for that. My life could have been so much different, so much darker, if I didn’t have God. He came to me around the age of three, before I even knew what was happening. We didn’t go to church, we didn’t pray as a family, and yet, even at that young age, I felt His presence and His love.

The verse from 1 John 4:19 I shared above brings home the gift of God’s love. He loved me first so I didn’t have to think and wonder about what real love was like. I could experience it through Him. And once I had that love, I had an example I could follow in loving others and accepting their love in return.

This wasn’t so easy. My dad was an alcoholic and I was told I was worthless a lot. And yet, despite his verbal attacks, my dad couldn’t break me. No matter how bleak it was, there was always a part of me that was safe, separate from his abuse, because God loved me. My spirit was whole.

My upbringing formed me into a young woman who didn’t quite know how to love. I couldn’t accept goodness from people, but welcomed bad thoughts and actions. Even then, my spirit belonged to Him, and God didn’t let go. I didn’t always know that then. It’s only with time that I can look back and see how prominent His influence was in my life.

God’s love covers us, calls to us, and fills us with all we need. I am grateful of this as I live my life now, years of distance between me and my alcoholic dad. Now, I have a happy marriage, good friends, and relationships that buoy me. I have Jesus’ example on how to love others and accept their love. I have all I need, all because He loved me first.

He loves all of us that way, and to have Him all we need to do is open our heart to Him, believe in Jesus, and embrace this gift.

Think on these words today:

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

Dear God, thank you for coming to us first, always, and showing us the way to truth and love. Thank you for holding on to us no matter what.

 
Oh, that is beautiful, Cherie. What an inspiration to young people who struggle with low self esteem. Thank you for that.
 

Cherie Burbach's book is titled Art and Faith.

In Art and Faith, Cherie Burbach shares original mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. There are times when a Bible verse you’ve read many times suddenly becomes clearer to you with a meaning and message you haven’t realized before. Many of the paintings in Art and Faith are inspired by a particular verse that stood out for a variety of reasons. Celebrate your faith with this collection of verses and art that represent hope and encourage belief.

 

BUYING LINK:   http://amzn.to/1WNXckX

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. Visit her website for more info, cherieburbach.com.

 
Thank you so much, Cherie, for visiting Writing with God's Hope blog today. The book sounds fascinating, and I love the devotion.

Any questions or comments for Cherie?
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

God's Amazing Love

God's love never ceases. God's love can not be understood.

My husband and I sat in our back yard last night ant watched four grackles fly up into a live oak tree that leaned over our back fence. The noise level exacerbated, more screeching, less song.



mockingbird
"There's a mockingbird nest in that tree," Charles said. "I'll bet those grackles are eating the eggs."

I was horrified at the thought.

Ear-splitting sounds continued from the direction of the tree. It stopped when four grackles flew from that tree to another.

"How sad for the mama mockingbird," I said. We mamas internalize that kind of pain.

Charles enlightened me. "The instinct of the mockingbird will be to nurture those eggs, and when they crack, to feed those babies."

My heart was saddened. "Why would God allow such cruelty and yet, not give the mockingbird thoughts of revenge?"

At that moment, I knew. God uses His creations to teach us. What an example of God's love!

grackle
I was like that grackle, thoughtless and hateful, envious and resentful. I trampled God's gift of love. Yet, even before I was alive, God poured out His love nature to me by sending His Son to die on the cross.

Amazing love.

Unfailing love.

Unimaginable love.

Today is my birthday, so I'm a bit reflective, but last night with the story of the grackle and the mockingbird, God gave me a picture of His love.

And, today, on my birthday, I want to say, "Thank you, Lord, for that unspeakable love that saves me and turns my life into something beautiful for You, despite my age."