Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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People of influence

Last night I was watching "World's Strictest Parents" - and the promotions came on for next week's episode and to my delight a familiar face appeared!

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15 years ago 2 very special people - Grace and Mark - were placed in my life by a God who loves me and wanted me for Himself. I consider these people to be the bravest and most influential people in my life. They met me when I was in a very bad place. They met me when I was spewing venom from my mouth, abusive, rude, nasty, vindictive, utterly horrible. My heart was so wounded it was infected and it affected every part of my life. I was hurting so much that I just wanted to die and later on I would seriously consider this option.

Grace and Mark did not back away from me when everyone else did. They never condemned me or told me what I should be doing or acting. They loved me and accepted me as I was, taking me into their home on school holidays and weekends. They let me be part of their family and let me run around their property having a wonderful time! "Work" at that place was really good fun to me! Chasing sheep around, rounding up goats, checking dam levels - because there was plenty of opportunity to play!

The best thing they ever did was share their love of God - whom, at that time, I hated and resented. They never backed away from me or put me in the "too hard basket", but stood by me and loved me. They showed me, through their love and acceptance of me, that God loved me, right where I was, just the way I was. Hurt, venom, anger and all! 8 months after meeting them they introduced me to Jesus.

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They gave me an excellent foundation of my faith by teaching me how to read the Bible and how important it was to hear from God through His Word. They taught me how to worship, how to build a relationship with God. Nothing was too hard for them. They drove 860kms to Youth concerts (we all lived in the Aussie Bush) and conferences to expose me to so much more.

I made some pretty dodgy decisions at this time - I engaged myself to someone I barely knew. I was never told I was stupid, silly and such a immature girl (which I think was the case here!!) - they just tried their best to influence me in their lovely way. Grace once told me that she felt I was going to marry someone tall, dark and handsome. She was right you know!! The man I married is tall, dark and very handsome!! :)

Life was terrible at this point - I still had such a terrible hurt in my heart, and it was effecting every aspect of my life. I was desperate to live the life Jesus intended for me, but I couldn't with this big sceptic wound inside me. When I couldn't bear it anymore and seriously considered ending my life to put an end to my pain - God intervened - and I was back with Grace and Mark, in their home. I don't know if they know this, but it was during this time that God began a transformational work in me. I was given space to grieve, cry, and release all those tears I had held in all those years. They still loved me, and ministered to me while God ripped out the terrible pain that had taken possession of my heart.

They will be one of the families that take in some troubled teens on the program "World's Strictest Parents"T They are such godly and loving people, and I can tell you right now, they are more than qualified to help the teens that come to stay with them. I hope this program shows their good heart, their love towards all who come to them in need, and their love of a God that they have ultimate faith in.

World's Strictest Parents airs on Channel 7, 7:30pm - Australia.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Consume me from the inside out.....

This morning my spirit has been crying out "consume me" - then God directed me to this music clip on you-tube which articulates MUCH better what my heart is desiring.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Love like that...

Ephesians 5:1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Message Version)

In the past when I think of imitating God in this way - I go to the Bible and try and learn from there. But this is saying "Watch what God DOES". It's great to look back in the Bible - the inspired Word of God - and learn from there. But it's also good to look at what God is doing today and what he will do. God is not dead, his actions have not ceased and we are not limited to the Bible in imitating God. We have our whole lives to watch what God does and imitate it.

"Keep company with Him and learn a life of love". This has impacted me so much today - I've always known that "by their fruits you shall know them" - and the first fruit of the spirit is love. By keeping company with God - by staying close, by having a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, I will learn this life of love. Pure and true love is a product of our relationship with God. Love in us is a response of God's love toward us. I love because I have been loved. 1 John 4:19 We love each other[a] because he loved us first.

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His love is unselfish - the most pure form of love. And we are called to love this way - extravagantly! When I look at myself, my first thought is "I can never love that greatly, I'm not capable, I am too flawed..." - but as I continue to walk in Him, I will learn. Each day my love for others will deepen and extend, because of God within me. My love for others is a product of the love I receive. My love for others indicates if I am keeping company with God and learning a life of love.

MY PRAYER
Lord, thank you for speaking your Word deep into my spirit. I want to grow from this. This has encouraged me to pursue you more and walk closer with you. I pray that you will keep revealing yourself and your love to me and I will develop a deeper knowledge of that love as I learn from you. I want to be more aware of what you are doing today so I can learn more and more about you. Thank you for your unselfish and beautiful love that is shown to me every single moment.
Amen.

Monday, July 5, 2010

He calls me Friend.

Do you have a special friend? A best friend? A friend that you enjoy hanging with? A friend you enjoy chatting with? Friends are great! They are a beautiful reminder that we are created to relate to one another and love one another. When God created man, he recognized that it was not good for man to be alone. He knew we needed more than just Him. He knew we were created for companionship and a desire to be with people. Some people are geared more that way than others, but all of us need other people.

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But not only can we appreciate and love the human friends around us, but we can embrace and enjoy the friendship that Jesus has to offer us.

John 15:9-17 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.

I love how The Message version puts the first part: "I've loved you the way my Father has loved me." Oh wow! OH WOW! It's so amazing to be reminded of just how much we are loved. There are no conditions placed on this love - we are given it freely - it is not with-held from us unless we bring 50 people to Jesus and give 10 grand to the church. It's given to us.

We are encouraged to remain in his love by obeying his commands - which was to love one another. Why is loving each other so important? I believer our love of each other is a response to the love that we receive from Christ. We love because we are loved. When we fully understand the love of Christ we can't help but love one another.

Jesus expressed his love for our enjoyment. He wanted us to be filled with joy over the fact that we are loved. I don't know about you, but when I remember all Christ has done for me. When I remember the goodness of God as I have been through the most difficult parts of my life. When I remember that Jesus loved me BEFORE I loved Him, even at my very worst, I can't help but be thrilled to bits. This love-fest makes me want to love everyone.

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We didn't choose Jesus - he had already chosen us! This excites me! This really does! So even before I fell on my face before God, repenting, accepting Christ into my life, Jesus was already there, waiting for me. I wasn't the one waiting for Him! You were chosen by Christ! You were chosen to be his friend. :) TOTALLY COOL!

Now you are my friends....
I have a friend that I feel very at ease with. When I am in her home, I can go get myself a drink, give my kids something to drink, cook in her kitchen, borrow her kids clothes if my kids mess themselves, rummage around in her cupboards for whatever I need. I've often joked that one day I'll turn up at their house in my PJ's. They've responded with "We don't care. Come in your PJ's." Friends are people you can relax with, be comfortable with, share with, laugh with and enjoy. Jesus calls us his friends. So we can relax! Chill out! We don't need to come to him with pious sounding prayers and Christianese. We don't have to be stiff and uncomfortable in his presence - he's our friend! He's called you friend! He's called me friend!

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What is your response to this?

MY PRAYER
Lord Jesus, friend and love! Thank you for your love! Thank you that I don't have to deserve it or earn it, I have it. Thank you for calling me your friend. You are my friend - the very best friend I have. I pray that your Word will speak into someone's life today - and help them realise just how treasured and wonderful they are in your eyes. Help me to love other's with the same love you gave, unselfish and sacrificing.

Amen.

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