“Love Don’t Run”

“Love don’t run, love don’t hide. It won’t turn away or back down from a fight”. I love these song lyrics. It was written about the love between two people. But as I thought about them today, I thought about how God’s love doesn’t run either. It is always there, even when we choose to run from it or don’t see it, it is always, always there. He promised us of this. The bible tells us ‘the greatest of these is love”. I believe it whole heartedly. It is truly the greatest gift God can give us. Not just from Him but the gift of giving and receiving love from people in our lives as well.

If you are fortunate enough to have been loved or given love in this way, then you have been blessed. When someone sees you at your worst, your breaking point and still opens their arms and says I love you, no matter what, that is love in it’s greatest form. Unconditional. How God meant for it to be. Maya Angelou once said “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” This is true. How can a man love a woman in the way God intended if he doesnt believe in God himself? I truly believe that you have to have God in your life and heart to experience the same kind of love that He has for all of us. The kind that doesn’t run.

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“Let It Go”

As  children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God, because he was my friend.

Then instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone,

I hung around and tried to help in the ways that were my own.

Then I took them back and cried God, why are you so slow?

He said My Child, what could I do? You never let it go.

Let it go and let God take control. Let it go and he’ll bear your heavy load.

If you think that there’s no hope there’s something you should know.

He can mend your broken heart, but you gotta let it go.

A few days ago I was searching lyrics for a song on YouTube. I accidentally stumbled upon the song above. (Yes, God, thank you. That was what I needed even if I didn’t know it at the time) I immediately searched for the song on iTunes and downloaded it. I listen to it every day and when I’m not listening to it, the lyrics run through my mind. It’s hard to let it go and let God take control. I admit it. Some days I can do it and some days, I can’t. (Even though I feel much better when I do.) Patience has never been my virtue. Ask anyone who knows me! Yet there have been many times in my life where I have turned decisions and worries over to God COMPLETELY and he has answered in His own way and in His own time. I try to remember those times when I am doubting His plan and my faith.  So I ask, God grant me patience. Thy will be done, not mine.

“Pray It Forward”

We’ve all heard of “paying it forward”, doing something kind for someone in return for something kind that was done for you. But have you ever thought of PRAYING IT FORWARD? God gave me those words this morning.
I like looking at other blogs, as I’m sure most people do, for inspiration and insight into things I may not see otherwise. I commented on someone’s blog and told her that it was very inspiring for me as my own faith had been tested recently. She immediately wrote back and said “I’ll pray for you! If you want me to pray for something specific, let me know and I will.” What a kind gesture. A total stranger wanting to pray for me! I told her vaguely what was going on. She replied with prayer. She even went so far as to talk to a friend of hers with the same issues and sent me verses that her friend relies on.
So a few days later, a post on Facebook caught my eye. The post was by a Christian-based organization and they were asking for prayer requests. As I scanned through them, there was someone asking for prayer for the very same problem I have been having. I immediately “friended” her so I could message her. I wanted her to know she was not alone and that prayer was her best weapon. She wrote back to thank me and said it made her day.
We live in a world where social media, gadgets and sometimes TMI (too much information) abound. But what if we took those things and used them to praise God, to help someone or spread the word about prayer and hope and faith? I encourage everyone to PRAY IT FORWARD when you get the chance. If you feel the need to do it, that’s God encouraging you to help someone. It may help that person and I promise it will help you as well.




“God’s GPS”

I have been reading a book this weekend called “Right People, Right Place, Right Plan”. I picked it up at a church rummage sale a couple years ago and put it on my bookshelf. Yesterday I took it off the shelf and started flipping through it and was amazed by how much of it I could relate to. God puts us in a place, a situation, a person’s life because it is His will for us. God’s plan for us is already laid out. I know that I would have never met the man in my life if I had not been in a certain place on a certain day. He put me in a place that led to a conversation with a friend that led me to him. I was driving with God’s GPS. Taking every turn he was calling out. I was having an absolutely horrible day that day. God knew that. He knew I would be having that kind of day and He knew what to do. His plan was in motion long before I thought I could ever open my heart to love again. Read this book if you get the opportunity. Its very inspiring : )

“Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely..think about these things” Philippians 4:8

“Surround yourself with beautiful things”. I read this the other day and it made me smile…and think. We really should surround ourselves with things that make us happy. Photos of people we love, quotes that might help us get through the day, flowers, a candle with a scent that reminds us of something we love, colors that scream HAPPINESS, just anything that makes you look at it and smile. And when you are outside or out and about, look around and see all the beautiful things that God surrounds us with. Like the sunshine, snowflakes, water flowing, flowers blooming, trees…I could go on and on. Surround yourself or just be surrounded wherever you are…with beautiful things.

“Connections”

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The picture I picked for today was taken at the zoo last year. It’s meaning, was that all things in nature are connected. But it could also be read another way. All things are connected…by and through God. Everything we do, everything we know and everything we face in life is all connected by God’s plan for us. My friend who helped me with some things I was going through ( I wrote about her earlier) was put into my life for a reason. Over the weekend, I tried to use what I have learned from her, and from my situation, to help another friend who is going through the same thing. I just found out about this recently. I have been asking God why I am going through this? There must be a reason, what is it? Maybe it is to help other people. I would like to think that’s what it is anyway. It may be something else, that will be revealed to me later on or I may never know. But it all seems more than a coincedence. I want to believe it is God at work and that all things are connected for a reason, and happen for the good of those who love God.

“Bend with the wind or you’ll break in the storm”

Willow trees are very flexible. Have you ever noticed how their branches bend and sway but they don’t break? I have always loved willow trees since I was little. Our neighbors had a huge one in their yard when I was little and I loved playing under it. It was like a magical place. Today I see them differently. I see them as a symbol of strength. Life throws us lots of storms. Some are worse than others. But we have to “bend in the wind”. We can’t let it break us. Ride it out with God. Have faith. Pray.