Friday, September 28, 2007

An Unearthly Love

Praise God for His unearthly love towards us.

An Unearthly Love by Max Lucado
Your goodness can’t win God’s love. Nor can your badness lose it. But you can resist it. We tend to do so honestly. Having been rejected so often, we fear God may reject us as well. Rejections have left us skittish and jumpy. Like my dog Salty. He sleeps next to me on the couch as I write. He’s a cranky cuss, but I like him. We’ve aged together over the last fifteen years, and he seems worse for the wear. He’s a wiry canine by nature; shave his salt-and-pepper mop, and he’d pass for a bulimic Chihuahua. He didn’t have much to start with; now the seasons have taken his energy, teeth, hearing, and all but eighteen inches’ worth of eyesight.

Toss him a dog treat, and he just stares at the floor through cloudy cataracts. (Or, in his case, dogaracts?) He’s nervous and edgy, quick to growl and slow to trust. As I reach out to pet him, he yanks back. Still, I pet the old coot. I know he can’t see, and I can only wonder how dark his world has become.

We are a lot like Salty. I have a feeling that most people who defy and deny God do so more out of fear than conviction. For all our chest pumping and braggadocio, we are anxious folk—can’t see a step into the future, can’t hear the one who owns us. No wonder we try to gum the hand that feeds us.

But God reaches and touches. He speaks through the immensity of the Russian plain and the density of the Amazon rain forest. Through a physician’s touch in Africa, a bowl of rice in India. Through a Japanese bow or a South American abra├žo. He’s even been known to touch people through paragraphs like the ones you are reading. If he is touching you, let him.

Mark it down: God loves you with an unearthly love. You can’t win it by being winsome. You can’t lose it by being a loser. But you can be blind enough to resist it.

Don’t. For heaven’s sake, don’t. For your sake, don’t.

“Take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18–19 MSG).

From 3:16, The Numbers of Hope Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2007) Max Lucado
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Why the funk?

I have asked myself many times today why I'm in such a funk. I just don't get it. Nothing is wrong. All is well. So why do I feel so empty? Why do I feel so ill equipped? Stupid? Unintelligent? Satan - it's got to be him. Grrrrrrrr

I found this when I bee bopped over to living proof ministries blog:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Quick Word On My Way to the Mountains

Hey, You Darling Siestas! I'm packing up and heading to the mountains to write for the next four days but wanted to share a quick word with you that has really spoken to me this week. On Monday, my Scripture in my quiet time was Hebrews 10:35-36 out of the New English Translation and I've been saying it all week over myself, my loved ones and anybody who would listen. Maybe you could use it, too. Here goes:

"So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. For you need endurance in order to do God's will and so receive what is promised."

Don't pass over it quickly or lightly...even if you heard it years ago. Absorb what it's saying. God has made us certain promises that we will only see fulfilled on the other side of a demanding climb. We're going to have to sweat this one out and feel the burn in our limbs but the reward is going to be "great." There is something God wants to give you, Beloved, but He's purposely requiring tremendous perseverance from you in order for you to have what it takes to receive it rightly. Humbly. You will need ENDURANCE to do His will in this particular situation. It will not come easy because it's too good to come cheap.

In order to try to stop you, Satan is attacking your confidence. Making you feel stupid. Ill-equipped. Or just plain ill. DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE. Without Christ you can do nothing but, with Him, you are capable of things you've never dreamed. All surpassing power abides in your jar of clay. Do not shrink back. The God of the Universe looked the world over and found you.

"But you, keep your head...endure hardship, do the work...discharge all the duties of your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:5

Yes, you have one.

I love you so dearly. AJ will keep an eye on you till I get back!

Posted by Beth at

*Sigh* I want to be her when I grow up.
Monday, September 10, 2007

Beautiful Art

In my blog hopping, I found this beautiful picture. Since I'm relatively new to blogger, I hope I give the appropriate links and credits.

The picture was found here