A truth I often try to deny…

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“If your Bible is closed, then you will feel distant from God. His word and truth are written there. It’s a gateway, not just a book, a two-way highway to heaven.”    ~Carl Webber

This quote was written by my closest friend and confidant, and every time I see it, I feel convicted to pick up my Bible and read it. I love this quote so much, that I printed it out and have it framed on a shelf in my office. It’s a constant reminder to me of a truth that I often try to deny. I’ve really been struggling in recent days. It’s very hard to believe and have faith in God when he isn’t here in the flesh. And even though I still feel his presence every single day, I just wish he’d reveal more of himself to me. I think anyone who believes in God feels like this from time to time. I guess I’m just feeling very discouraged at the moment. My life isn’t how I want it to be, and deep down, I think I often try to blame God for my unhappiness. But I’ve got to remember that he didn’t promise me a perfect life, and I really should be grateful to him that I have any life at all. Anyway, these are the thoughts swirling around my head on this beautiful Monday afternoon. Hope all of you are having a good start to your week. ~M xo

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Our Desperate Search for Superiority

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Topic of interest:
When we bow to Christ’s true superiority we no longer need to seek our own.
Speaking about the passages found in John 4:1-45.

My teenage daughter’s response:
Sure, we are not superior, but as humans created in the image of God, we are always going to search for it. To create, to live, to know… it comes from a small wanting inside all of us to be like God.

Is it terrible to want to be like God? No, because we as humans strive to be like the people we think of as great. It is not terrible to strive for greatness. It is only when that greatness consumes us that we forget why we wanted it in the first place.

Great and terrible people throughout history have strived for this unreachable greatness to the point of madness. To be like God and to be God, are two different points. Though they both sound equally good, one is always available and one never is.

~Brianna Cook (Age 16)


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#MidnightMadness – 5/6/2017

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When there’s nothing left to say, God’s words are the best way.  ~M

 

In loving memory of Wayne Scheppele… ❤️

He was a man who radiated compassion, and when he spoke, everyone listened intently to his every word.  He was the person who taught me the importance of God’s word and the key to life’s success (Joshua 1:8).  He exuded more wisdom than anyone else I have ever met.  He was the kind of person I wanted to emulate because he knew how to genuinely love people and he loved God with his whole heart.  He was a man who I always suspected was really an angel, living out his life as a human. 

“Mercies are new every day”  ~Wayne Scheppele

From our last phone conversation, here are the passages of scripture he asked me to read.  I invite you to read them too!

Lamentations 3:21-26
Psalm 1:1-3
Matthew 11:28-30
Proverbs 31
2 Corinthians 1-24
The book of Daniel – The prophecy book!

 

The Way of Love

1 Corinthians 13 – The Message (MSG)

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.


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#MidnightMadness – 4/16/2017

I love the way a song can create a story in one’s mind as it plays.  Is there a song that describes you?  Which song pulls your heart straight out of your chest, and unleashes your soul? There’s only ever been one song like this for me. It frees my spirit and touches my heart every time I listen to it. The first time I heard it, I was at a piano concert and it brought a flood of tears to my eyes. It’s so beautiful, and one day I hope to learn to play it on the piano.  Here it is…

Clair De Lune (Which means Moonlight in French)  Please, as you listen, close your eyes and just feel it…  truly magical… ❤️  xo