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I know that it has been a while since I have last written. A lot has
occurred since my last post. A lot has changed in me as well. Through it all
Gods love and grace have carried me through!
Most recently I have been learning what it means to truly know who I am in
Christ. I have also been learning what it means to be content with those who do
not know me for me.
This can be exceptionally difficult when others are bent on their one idea
of whom you are without actually getting to know you. I understand that much of
our perspectives of each other are bent towards what we have heard from others.
This can be either beneficial or more of a hindrance depending on whether the
words spoken about you were formed from truthful or lying lips. Most of those
who spend time with you, know you, and they are going to be able to decipher between a truth and
a lie about you.
I have experienced both as have the rest of us. What is most interesting to
me is how often we do this towards God as well. We hear this or that happening.
God did this. God did that. Depending on how often we spend time with Him will
determine greatly how we perceive what we believe about what others are saying
about Him. If we are rarely praying, rarely reading the Bible, and only
spending time with Him at church, I can guarantee you that doubts can set in
about His character because you do not know Him that well. I also guarantee you that when you have a shallow
relationship with God, the Truth and Love from God dwindles out of your life
slowly, and one does not even realize that instead of swimming in an ocean of
His Love and Truth, you are only stepping in puddles of what is left.
Many years ago, I remember standing in puddles. I did not like what I saw. I
felt lonely, sad, and weak. The reason for the way that I felt came from the
fact that I did not know God on an intimate level. Instead of talking to Him
everyday, sacrificing my time to spend with only Him, and giving up my own life
to obey Him, I was being selfish and stubborn (I was also believing lies about
Him and lies about myself). In that selfish, stubborn, confused state, I did
not realize how I was robbing myself of the joy, freedom, peace, and love that
God wanted me to live in every day.
Now that I am swimming in this ocean, I have found that living life is worth
every second. There is no time to lose and no talent that should be left hidden
for the Lord. He is ready and willing to take you in. He wants to show you His
heart full of Love for you. There is no depth, nor height that can separate you
from His Love!
Romans 8:38-39 states:
38 For I am sure that neither death
nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
powers, 39 nor
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So... even if you believe lies about God or someone else, or
live stubbornly in puddles rather than in the ocean of His love, He is pursuing
you. You cannot run fast enough, hide in a dark enough hole, or do anything so
bad that He would ever stop loving you. No, whenever you are ready to jump into
the ocean out of the puddles He is waiting, arms and heart open just for you.