God Digs Math

God digs math:

He blesses and doesn’t add sorrow along with it (Proverbs 10:22) and adds everything you need (Philippians 4:19)

He takes away sin (John 1:29) (subtraction 😉)

He divides with His word (Hebrews 4:12) but abhors division (Galatians 5:20)

He is all about multiplication (Genesis 1:22, Genesis 9:72 Corinthians 9:10)

He is greater than > everything (1 John 4:4) and gives abundant grace & forgiveness to those who know they are less than < (James 4:6, Luke 18:10-14)

He even invented new math, lol, because with God, 3 = 1 and 2 = 1 (Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, Matthew 19:5, Genesis 2:24)

God’s knowledge is infinite (Romans 11:33), His faithfulness endures forever (Psalm 117:2) and His love not equal ≠ to what you can imagine.
It’s to infinity & beyond !

In fact, we only see a fraction of Who He is, but He wants to reveal Himself to you more fully (Acts 17:26-27).

You don’t even have to be good with numbers!

 

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In the Presence of my Love

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 New Living Translation

When I come into His Presence and fix my gaze on Him, all of my troubles fade in the light on His love.

All tension leaves my body as I picture His beautiful smile. I reach out my hand to take hold of His outstretched arm, accepting His invitation to come near.

I am His and He is mine. Why was I anxious and afraid?

The Bridegroom beckons,

“Draw near my love. There is nothing to fear. I will protect and care for you always.”

I am in love and I am at peace.

Thank you Lord for your perfect gift. I can never thank You enough, but I will gladly try ❤

Song of Solomon 2

Love Makes Everything Beautiful

She Speaks:

2 I am merely a rose
from the land of Sharon,
a lily from the valley.

He Speaks:

2 My darling, when compared
with other young women,
you are a lily among thorns.

She Speaks:

3 And you, my love,
are an apple tree
among trees of the forest.
Your shade brought me pleasure;your fruit was sweet.

4 You led me to your banquet room and showered me with love.

5 Refresh and strengthen me
with raisins and apples.
I am hungry for love!

6 Put your left hand under my head and embrace me with your right arm.

Don’t Shy Away from Difficulty

Our son is currently in basic training for military service to our country. We are incredibly proud of him and want him to succeed in all of his training areas.

This week he starts training in the field.

It’s spring in Texas and that means storms and flooding usually. Last week was particularly active with thunderstorms, flooding and a few tornadoes. On the lighter end of the weather spectrum is oppressive humidity & heat. I hate trying to sleep outside in a tent when it’s hot, muggy & buggy, so I started to pray for him.

I was going to ask the Lord to bless he and his fellow recruits with beautiful, mild weather, so they would have an easier time of it, but I stopped without uttering the words.

These young men and women need to be prepared to function in adverse conditions. Fair weather is not a fair challenge of their endurance & ability to adapt. Almost anyone can do their best when conditions are favorable, but our world is not set up that way. We do our children (and ourselves) a disservice when we want the world to change to make our life easier.

One of my favorite lines from The Princess Bride is spoken by Wesley to Princess Buttercup, when he is facing her as his alter-ego, The Dread Pirate Roberts:

“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” 

Do I want my son safe & unharmed? Absolutely. Do I want he or other recruits to suffer abuse from superiors or fellow enlistees? Absolutely not! But there is a difference between difficulty and abuse. Those who survive and thrive are those who don’t give up when times get tough. For Christians, we have the assurance that God will pour out as much grace as we need to meet whatever challenge we face:

James 4:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).

The Apostle Paul was like any one of us. He got tired and he got fed up.

God had blessed Paul with incredible revelation of Jesus, in all of His many facets of glory. God gave Paul gifts of miracles & healings through the power of the Holy Spirit, as confirmation of Paul’s preaching. Many people came to Christ through the ministry of this mighty man of God.

And Satan didn’t like it. So he came up with a plan to try to stop Paul’s work. Paul describes what he was dealing with in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8:

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.”

Almost everywhere Paul preached, riots broke out. People threatened him, had him arrested, or tried to kill him. If it were me, I would be pleading with God, too: HELP! MAKE IT STOP!

But the Lord didn’t take this particular thorn in the flesh away. He simply answered Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 a

Paul came to a place of rest in Christ where he simply trusted God to provide what he needed, when he needed it, as his words attest:

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 b – 10

Perhaps what you need right now is not a perfect life, but God’s perfect grace. He is for you and longs to show Himself strong through you, and on your behalf. All you have to do is ask & believe.

Blessings ❤

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Love Notes from God

For a good portion of my life I have battled anxious thoughts and fearful forebodings. I know the fear is not from God. He has given me victory in so many areas, many dealing with fear and anxiety…and yet, the thoughts persist.

I bring them before God whenever I become aware of them. As my mind starts to race or my body becomes tense, I start to pay attention to what is rolling around in my brain. Am I worrying over my children or other family members? Over bills? Are my thoughts centered on work issues? Sometimes it’s just an undefinable feeling of unease or anxiety.

When I need extra support I ask my husband to pray with me and cover me, or I text friends asking for prayer and help. God is always faithful to come to my rescue and bless me with His peace…it just takes me a while to receive it at times.

I have also battled feelings of hopelessness, which I think are some of the hardest thoughts to overcome. Without hope, we are lost. It steals all joy and purpose to life. I can become overwhelmed thinking that things will never change…that I will remain in my state of barely-staying-on-top-of-life for the rest of my days…

That’s what I’ve been dealing with on & off for the past year. Then this morning I saw a delivery truck drive past me for a company I interviewed with 3-4 years ago. I am so thankful that I did not get that job! That caused me to remember another company I interviewed with around the same time, and I again was thankful that God didn’t open that door either. I ended up working for a temp agency that lead me to the very good job I have now.

That little reminder, just at the right time, helped snap me out of the funk that was threatening to overtake my thoughts.

I spoke out, “Thank you Father, for keeping me from those jobs. Thank you for blessing me with the job I have now. Forgive me for losing hope because I have been putting my hope in the wrong things…in worldly pursuits and accomplishments. My hope is in YOU!”

For the rest of my drive to work I thanked Him for everything I am grateful for, with the greatest thanks reserved for Jesus, who died for me.

When I got settled at my desk, I turned the page on the daily encouragement calendar I have there, and saw this:

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God is so wonderful to confirm His leading. I so needed this today ❤ My hope is in you Father!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23

See what’s really happening

That person who is causing you trouble or grief is not your enemy. The enemy is the enemy.

Stand strong in love. But not in your own strength…in God’s. Ask the Lord to love that person (or persons) through you. Pray for the other person’s health, welfare and spiritual walk. Satan lives to stir up strife and division among people, especially brothers and sisters in Christ. The only way he succeeds is if we give into the anger.

Let love rule. It is the only way to overcome the enemy of your soul.

Blessings today & everyday.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

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.

8 Love never fails.