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loveFebruary 25, 2018 – Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

There isn’t a whole lot more you can say about love. These verses pretty well describe what love really is. Unfortunately, many parents don’t explain this to their children. They think as long as they tell their children they love them, give them hugs, play with them and buy them things, the child will learn what love is.

This is great, as we should always show everyone love, but, I for one, believe when a child is old enough to understand, love should be explained completely to them. They need to know everything this verse explains and then also need to learn about the different types of love.

For example: the love you feel for a parent, grandparent or sibling is different from the love you feel for a pet. The love you feel for a partner, perhaps a future mate is different than the love you feel for family members, friends or pets.

As I was growing up, love was not explained to me, not once that I can remember. Even in the Christian foster home I was in for a year, nothing was said to me about love. My mother didn’t seem to know how to express her love for us.

There weren’t many hugs or “I love you’s” unless in was instigated on the part of us children. Don’t get me wrong, I deeply loved my mother, and I know she loved me, but she didn’t know how to show it, and neither did I. I knew how to say it, but I didn’t know how to show it.

It wasn’t until after Jesus called to me, that I realized exactly what love was. I felt his love first and that enabled me to show others that I loved them. Today there are many that I love, relatives, friends, family and even animals and there are many that I know love me, they show it. Today I am thankful for the love of Jesus that allowed me to give and receive love from others.

shoppingFebruary 26, 2018 – Enough

I’ve gone through many levels in my life. I’ve been homeless, destitute, poor and, abused. There were times when I didn’t know where my next meal was going to come from or where I would lay my head to sleep that night. There were times when I had more than enough and didn’t have to worry about what the next day would bring.

There levels where of famine when it came to being content or happy and times when I felt like I was on top of the mountain. There were times, when I had enough, that I still walked through deep valleys dealing with grief and loss of people I loved, and there were times when I stood on level ground and knew I had enough for whatever would come my way.

Today I am not rich in the monetary aspect, but I have enough. I am not lacking in the area of being cared about or loved, I have enough. I don’t have to worry about where my next meal comes from, I don’t need to worry about where I will lay my head to sleep and I am not abused, I have enough.

When I look at my situation and compare it to the past levels I have gone through, I am content because I have enough of everything I could want or need. I am not wanting in any one area, I am satisfied. Today I am thankful that I have enough.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ

Hands holding the worldFebruary 27, 2018 – Purpose

When I look around at the things God created, I sometimes have to wonder what they were created for. But if I think on it for awhile, the dots start to connect and I can see there is a purpose for everything. Animals were created, some as food like fish or cattle and some fowl. Some were created to help us with or labor, like mules and donkeys and horses. Others were created for us to enjoy, to love us and calm us like cats, dogs, pet birds etc.

The earth gave forth fruits and vegetables to feed us, grass and seed to feed the cattle and birds, and gave the animals instinct to provide for their care and well being. The seasons give us a time of planting, a time of growing, a time of harvesting and a time of rest.

The weather changes give us sun to warm us and the earth, rain to feed the crops, and snow to cover the ground when it needs to rest for a season. Lakes and rivers and ponds supply the water we and the animals need. Trees and shrubs give us shade and a place for animals to live or hide while the grass and flowers give us places to relax and enjoy.

God created everything for a purpose. There is not one thing he created that doesn’t serve one purpose or another. He created each of us for a purpose also. There are tasks that he wants us to preform while we are on this earth. Some of us were created to show others love, to give support to some and uplift others. Some of us were created to teach, to preach, mother or to labor.

In each of us he instilled certain gifts, certain talents to help us achieve the purpose he has for us. It may be as simple as saying the right thing at the right time to a person he has chosen for some great deed. It could be as simple as doing an act of kindness or saying a kind word to someone who needed their spirits lifted.

He doesn’t always tell us what our purpose is, but he coordinates everything in our lives to see that this purpose is fulfilled. Today, even though I am not sure what it is, I am thankful that he has a purpose for me.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

oldman prayingFebruary 28, 2018 – Prayers

The only times I went to church when I was a child was with the first foster home and then with a friend of mine in 8th grade. As I child, I didn’t understand exactly what was going, but found myself kneeling at the alter crying during a revival, and being told later I was saved. The other church was of the Catholic denomination and it was someones 50th anniversary. They didn’t have air condition and the place was packed. I passed out while we were kneeling for prayer and had to be carried out.

During these times I didn’t know much about prayer. Sure, my foster father prayed over the meals and there were prayers said in church, but it was never discussed with the children on how or when we should pray. When I went to Catechism with my friend, the priest teaching us got irritated because I asked questions about praying to the Saints and praying. Needless to say, I quit going.

I went through a lot of my life believing you had to get on your knees to pray. You were supposed to pray at meals and before you went to bed. I remember saying the “Now I lay me down to sleep” every night at the foster home. But until I gave my life over to Jesus in 1993, I didn’t fully understand about prayer.

For instance, I didn’t understand that you could ask others to pray for you. I didn’t understand that besides asking Jesus to forgive you, you could ask him to take care of things for you, that you could ask him to watch over people, that you could ask him for deliverance.

I was told by the associate pastor at the church that I grew rapidly as a Christian, but even today I don’t feel like a “seasoned” Christian. But, today I do know how to pray. I know that Jesus is with me everywhere I go. I know that he is beside me as I sleep and as I am awake, and I know that I can pray to him at any time.

I have a lot of “prayer warrior” friends today and I don’t hesitate to ask them to pray for me, my family members or others that are in need. I can’t even count the times my prayers have been answered, some of them before I was even finished praying. Today I am thankful we can go to the lord in prayer at any time.

Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

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