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Longing to be Loved

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“Countless women curl up on their couches to watch the same chick flicks over and over, especially the ones in which the hero gives everything to save the girl. Like the one rescued in movies, we want to be desired, fought for — pursued. And we are.  Our Creator and King is pursuing us, but it’s so much better than the movies. He gave up His life and paid a great price to come and rescue us.” – Lynn Cowell in “Longing to be Pursued

 

How about you?  Even men often have that need to have someone want them, really want them and pursue them wholeheartedly.  We all want to be needed, to make a difference in someone’s life, to feel like we matter.  This need is often at the base of so many things we do, including “looking for love in all the wrong places.”  We spend much energy seeking that indefinable thing that lets us know we are special.

 

As the rest of this article points out, we already have someone who pursues us, loves us, thinks we’re special above all others.  This one is Jesus.  He gave His life for us and pursues us to the end, loving us through it all.

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

 

That, my friends, is a lot of love!  Have you ever doubted God’s love for you?  {If you’re human, you must say yes.}  Do you really comprehend; can you wrap your mind around, the kind of love this is?  What kind of God cares so much about a bunch of spoiled brats who seldom appreciate what He has done, is doing, will do for us?  What kind of God allows His beloved Son to go through what He did, just so that we could have a way to Him?

 

Image from Morguefile.comJesus is that white night, that hero that gave His life to protect and restore us.  When you think of yourself as the bride of Christ, try to be the kind of bride that recognizes the value of the Groom and what He did to redeem you.

Pride and the Cross

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Why are we so full of pride?  Why do we care what others think?  Why do we need to be in control (an illusion at best)?   The answer to that is our sin nature.

♦It makes us think more of ourselves than we ought.

♦It makes us think we’re the center of the universe.

♦It causes us to justify our own faults (often while judging others’).

♦It makes life a lot harder than it has to be.

♦It causes us to have to learn our lessons the hard way, and often repeatedly.

♦It interrupts our ability to communicate honestly and effectively with others.

♦It drags us down to the depths, causing us to have to claw our way out (when we try to do it ourselves).

♦It brings so much hurt into the lives of others!

What’s the remedy?   That would be: drugs, food, sex, alcohol,…  JESUS!

We are to ‘take up our cross daily’.   The reason we do it daily is that we cannot do it for more than that; we would be overwhelmed.  Our sin nature and spiritual nature fight every day and leave us exhausted at the end of the day.

♦We rest if we can.

♦We surrender ourselves anew to Him;

♦We meet God in a new morning for a time of refreshing.

♦We put on our armor.

♦We pick up our cross.

BUT — we do not carry our cross alone!  We do nothing alone when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  He takes the greater burden, but He does it silently.  We often whine and cry that it’s too heavy, when we only feel a portion of the load.  Ahhhhhhhh!  Thank you God that your mercies are new every morning.  Each day, we pick up that cross and walk together through the day.  Each night, we rest while you watch.  How awesome is that!

The above rumination, came out of the fun I’ve had this week with my dad, the funeral, etc.  If you want to read the story, it is at my writing blog.  It is called WARNING:  TMI!  And yes, it is! 🙂

When I say, “I am a Christian”

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WHEN I SAY, “I AM A CHRISTIAN”

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”

I’m whispering, “I get lost!

That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I don’t speak with human pride

I’m confessing that I stumble—

Needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not trying to be strong

I’m professing that I’m weak

And pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success

I’m admitting that I’ve failed

And cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I don’t think I know it all

I submit to my confusion

Asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect

My flaws are all too visible

But God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain

I have my share of heartache,

Which is why I seek His name

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I do not wish to judge

I have no authority…

I only know I’m loved

Used by Permission

Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:62

This poem was sent to me via e-mail, and I loved it.  It did not state the author’s name, however.  A simple search later I found her and requested her permission to share the poem, which she graciously granted.  As an aside, I hate when people take other’s work and send it around like that without giving credit, especially when the author was so easy to find.  I do not necessesarily endorse her website, but I loved this poem and wanted to share it with you.  Have a great, God-kissed day!

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