Because Love Covers

Today is Valentine’s Day.

My husband bought me three rose bushes, two bags of candy and a card.

I will save the card, eat the candy, and plant the  bushes in the yard.

Each bush yields a different color rose.

We will be able to see these bushes as they grow and mature, able to produce many blooms.

Marriage is like that.

We have grown and matured through happy times and sad ones.

Even now, our love is maturing and growing as we get closer to our Heavenly Father.

I am thankful for a husband who loves God and lives his life from that starting place.

Who are you thankful for today?

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”

—1 Peter 4:8

 

 

 

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All Your Need

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:19
Philippians 4:19 was perhaps the first verse I can remember memorizing. 

I was in college, and newly married, I believe. 

It was a very good verse to know, because it is true that God will provide. 

Today I am thankful for the great blessings God has given me. 

They are too many to list. 

Now, at the end of the day, as I sit in a quiet house with my cat lying on the chair with me, I am thoughtful. 

Is there anything that I have ever needed or that I will ever need that God cannot provide according to His riches in glory?

If I need a car, He’s able to provide one. 

If I need a home, He’s able to provide that, too. 

But it’s much more than that. 

He is able to provide salvation for me. 

He is able to provide healing in my relationships. 

He is able to provide guidance and strength. 

He is able to provide a peaceful heart. 

All my need—supplied. 

Through His riches in glory. 

By Christ Jesus. 

By This

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

—John 13:35

 

Yesterday, a friend came by my house to deliver a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a lavender colored vase.

Tonight, another friend loaned us their van so our entire family could travel together to a funeral out of state.

There are cards sitting on my piano from friends who are comforting and encouraging me and my family.

Another friend brought a wreath and placed it on my door.

It has been four days since we lost a loved one.

We have had four days of kindness.

Four days of love and consideration.

Four days of caring and consolation.

Four days of provision.

These things and many more are but a testimony of God’s love and the faithfulness and generosity of His people.

By these acts and those even before this time, our friends are showing that we love one another.

By these acts, also, others will know that they are followers of Jesus as they demonstrate His love.

 

 

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A Full Life

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

–Proverbs 13:7  The Message

 

What does it mean to be pretentious?

The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary states that the definition of pretentious is as follows:

“Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are.”

If we want to be regarded as more impressive than we really are, how much time and energy would it take to hopefully bring that about?

If we want to be regarded as more successful than we really are, how much would we have to work to constantly support that facade?

If we want to be regarded as more important than we really are, how many worthwhile opportunities would be lost while our attention was focused on maintaining the illusion of importance?

After awhile, if we were to look back, a great portion of our time (and our lives) would have been lost to deception.

Our lives might be characterized as empty.

Proverbs 13:7 in The Message reads,

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.”

If we live as who we are, and if our identity is in Christ as His follower, we have no need to be known as something that we are not.

We simply seek to be known as who we are–children of God, forgiven and free.

Now, that’s a full life….

 

 

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No Condemnation

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

–Romans 8:1

While visiting a family member in a hospice house, I noticed a vase of crimson and cream colored flowers on the counter of the nurses station.

Delicate petals, bright with a glowing hue, giving a silent testimony of life and beauty.

For those who are in Christ Jesus, there is hope, because there is no longer any condemnation.

 

 

 

 

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Promises

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For all of

God’s promises

have been fulfilled

in Christ

with a resounding “Yes!”

And through Christ,

our “Amen”

(which means “Yes”)

ascends to

God for His glory.

–2 Corinthians 1:20

 

 

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Let Your Hope Keep You

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How should I love?

What should I hate?

What should I hold on to?

How should I love someone?

How should I show respect?

How should I work?

How should I serve the Lord?

What can keep me joyful?

How should I respond during times of trouble?

When should I pray?

Should I share my belongings?

Should I open my home to people I don’t know?

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Love must be completely sincere.

Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good.

Love one another warmly as Christians,

and be eager to show respect for one another.

Work hard and do not be lazy.

Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. 

Let your hope keep you joyful,

be patient in your troubles,

and pray at all times.

Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians,

and open your homes to strangers.

–Romans 12:9-13

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