I also wonder what it was like to carry the presence of the Lord in such a tangible way. I wonder what it felt like to feel the Messiah’s first kick, his heartbeat next to yours, to feel His life within you. I wonder if there were times when Mary couldn’t imagined NOT being chosen?
It was in realizing I was loved unconditionally that I could truly obey. My obedience is a response to His love not a fight for His love.
She thought she had nothing to give. By most standards, she didn’t. In fact, all she had was an obedient heart and a little oil and flour. But God used her little to feed her, her son, and the man of God.
Daniel stayed on brand. Knowing his decision could end his life, he continued to worship the Lord, His God. Their threats did not change his freedom. Their deception did not alter his devotion. Their plans did not deter his purpose. Daniel continued to pray and worship. Daniel stayed on brand.
He rescues me from every trap and protects me from every disease.
He covers me with His feathers, shields me with his wings.
His promises are my armor and my protection.
Therefore I will not fear disease, terrorist, nor disaster.
No matter what disaster surrounds me, I will not fear. I will trust in Him.
I do not live in regret but hope. I will see your redemption and your restoration in the land of the living.
Jesus commanded us to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves.” Charity starts with being charitable towards ourselves.
“Never be motivated by fear or guilt.”
Flee from anything that is trying to manipulate you to do something if their tactic involves fear or guilt. It is not from God. God motivates with love and mercy. Remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear. Therefore, He doesn’t motivate by fear. He died on the cross to remove our guilt. Therefore it would be counterproductive to motivate by guilt.
our all-powerful Father who has the ability to quickly take away our sorrow, sometimes allows us to walk through the pain. Why would a good Father do that?
I’m learning to see discomfort, setbacks, and disappointments as opportunities for God to provide protection; as opportunities for God to do more than I can ask, think, or imagine.