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Unlikely Hero

PhilippiansMarci AnthonyComment

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:2-3

More than ever women are making headlines all over the world. Some women are standing up for themselves when no one else would. Some are making history running in the political arena. Others may be marrying into a famous family across the pond. There are those who celebrate their differences and continue to fight for equality. Whatever the news story, it’s a great time to be a woman.

While most discussions and coffee talk tend to lean toward current events, it's more important than ever to teach our next generation of women leaders about the women who helped shape Christianity in the Bible. What touches my heart is the special emphasis God has placed on females throughout the Bible. In story after story you read about brave female individuals willing to risk everything for the sake of their heritage or beliefs. These women, many of whom came from simple origins, God used for His glory. 

One woman named Lydia, was instrumental in helping the early ministry of Paul, one of the greatest missionaries of the early church. We first read about Lydia in Acts 16:14-15. In Acts we read about her conversion and how, as a successful businesswoman, she showed hospitality by opening her home to all believers of the faith. Lydia’s house may have been the meeting place that started the first Church of Philippi.

Lydia was one of the first women CEO’s of her time. She was a successful seller of purple cloth. What’s even more impressive is that she realized where her success came from and used that success as a springboard to support Paul’s ministry. She willingly supported Paul’s ministry and sent money and gifts to help him as he traveled to different cities spreading the message of Christ.

Throughout Paul’s letters to the church of Philippi in Philippians, we read about his references to females as sisters as well as referencing two females by name. Although Lydia is not mentioned by name, I believe that throughout the book of Philippians, many times Paul made secret references in his letters to individuals like Lydia who supported his ministry. Christianity was not a popular topic. In many cities Paul visited along his missionary journey, he had to depend on loyal supporters to help him by providing him a place to stay and by assisting him financially. Like Lydia many supporters risked their own reputation and life by supporting those spreading the message of Jesus Christ.

Having two daughters I feel a huge responsibility to my girls to help them understand how important their female heritage is. Even more important is the need to teach the girls about biblical examples of women breaking boundaries for the sake of Christ.

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Acts 16:14-15; Acts 16:40

Action Item |

Take some time to look through the Bible and read about the fascinating women God used for His glory.

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Lydia and her willingness to step out in faith by showing kindness and hospitality to Paul. Help me to bring this example to life in my daily walk this week.

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Treasure God's Word--Philippians 2:10-11

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Do You Shine Like the Stars?

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16 NIV 

While vacationing in Hawaii, I visited the Mauna Kea Observatory on the big island of Hilo. Upon reaching the summit, the view of Hilo was amazing and the expanse of the sky was breathtaking. The darkened sky was filled with an immeasurable amount of stars. Some of the stars shone brightly, while others were just a speck of light. There were stars from one horizon to the other. I have never seen so many. It was awesome! 

Just like the stars in the heavens at night, we are to sparkle, too. We are to shine like stars, as children of Jesus in a world that is “warped and crooked.” As stars, we should glow every day and glisten through the darkness in our lives. The light of Jesus should radiate to everyone we encounter just as His life radiated light when He lived as a man. 

So, how can we twinkle to others? 

We can start by praying for them and their needs. Given the opportunity, we can share Jesus by telling of our experiences with Him or by sharing verses from the Bible, the Word of life. We can take the time to listen to those we may meet for a few minutes or those who we know deeply and personally. Or, maybe it is time to volunteer at church or other organizations that meet the needs of others. Whatever we do, our actions should be intentional.  

We should glow like stars of Jesus! 

Dig Deeper |

Matthew 5:14-16 

Action Item |

Gaze at the stars tonight and remember you too are a star of Jesus.  Spend a few minutes and sing the children’s rhyme, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” 

Prayer |

Dear Creator, Thank You for the stars at night. Help me to dazzle so that others may see You in me. My desire is to shine brilliantly with Your love. I love You. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Philippians 2:14-16

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Success Comes from Christ

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Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has not worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

Do you have a fear of failure? It’s hard to admit, but the older I get the more I realize how much of my life has been ruled by a fear of failure. Growing up, it wasn’t as if I was ruled by parents, who only recognized success. My life just evolved from the pressures of everyday life into an unhealthy drive for success. I became obsessed with making sure that everything I did was perfect. Failure was not an option. I did not like, nor would I accept, the word “no”. It just wasn’t in my vocabulary.  

The problem with this ideology is that no one is perfect.  At some point, the perfect little glass house you’ve built begins to crack and shatter around you.  You eventually find yourself surrounded by imperfect broken pieces and it’s impossible to put them back together.  

How do you respond in times of trouble or failure? Well, there are two options:  the first is to try to force the pieces to fit back together, but more often than not we find that we aren’t equipped with the skills to accomplish this since we are unaccustomed to having to deal with failure. So we begin to wallow in our own self-pity, blaming our situation and those around us instead of admitting that we need help.  This would be admitting that we had failed. The second option is to seek out answers. The answers you are searching  are not worldly answers but a search for the truth from the One who knows us best.  Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” When we strive for perfection, we are only setting ourselves up for failure. Who are we trying to impress? Who is going to receive the glory for our efforts? Those are the questions we should be asking anytime we set out to accomplish anything.  

Are we like the tree planted by the water, sending out our roots to be nourished by God or are our roots stunted from growth because of our own stubbornness and fear of failure? Do we seek success for selfish ambition or are we looking to God to grow our character? When we seek success for ourselves we are destined for a life lived in worry and fear. What motivates us is an unhealthy fear of failure. This is no way to live. We need to drop the act, shatter that glass house and allow God to plant our roots by the streams of life. We need to allow him to nourish and fulfill us and stop seeking a life that is filled with an idea of perfection that can never be attained. 

It’s taken me a long time to realize this, but success only comes from failure.  It’s instinctual. We didn’t talk the first time we opened our mouths. We didn’t pick up a spoon the first time we tried to eat. And, we didn’t learn to crawl or walk the first time we tried. We failed, over and over again. As babies, we didn’t care. We didn’t lean on our own understanding; we trusted in those around us to guide us. Do you fear failure? Are you seeking perfection in every aspect of your life, or are you placing your trust in the One who wants to help guide you in your journey. 

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Deuteronomy 28:38-42; Romans 4:18-22

Action Item |

Examine your life and determine if you are ruled by a fear of failure. If you are, recognizing that fact is a good first step. The second is to work towards being ok with failing and ask God to help you overcome your fear. 

Prayer |

Dear God, it is so hard to accept when things don’t go as we want. Help me to accept help from You in my life and not try and do everything on my own. Help me to stop putting pressure on myself and instead allow You to take on the burdens I bear. Help me to recognize that failure is only a stepping stone to building my character. AMEN. 

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Treasure God's Word--Matthew 28:6

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Extending An Olive Branch

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Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane and he told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36 NIV

One of the things I love to do in spring is to plant new flowers and mow the grass. As I mow, I watch as the mower clips away the dead thatch from winter and allows the new sprigs of green grass to break through. Being outdoors gives me a sense of being close to my Creator. As I look around and take in the new greenery that emerges in spring, I am reminded how our lives ebb and flow with the seasons. Thousands of years ago one man named Jesus sensed a change coming with the emergence of spring. He knew that His time on earth was coming to an end.  

The city of Jerusalem where Jesus spent his final days was full of scenery. If you’ve ever visited Jerusalem or the areas around the city, they are seemingly impassible with rocky terrain and buildings crowded together. But if we go back and picture the scene thousands of years ago, the landscape would have looked differently. The walls around the city were present at that time, but there would have been more areas of green lush landscaping amidst the harsh mountainous terrain. As Jesus prepared to be taken into custody before his crucifixion, he chose not to run and hide, (as most of us would have done), but instead went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Previously, when I pictured the Garden of Gethsemane, I pictured something that looked like the Garden of Eden because that’s the kind of Garden I pictured the Son of God praying in. As I studied the pictures and read about the type of garden the Garden of Gethsemane was, I realized it wasn’t like the typical garden I had always pictured. 

The Garden of Gethsemane was rocky like the surrounding terrain. There were probably areas of grass to lie on and I’m sure there were bunches of flowers scattered throughout the garden. What is unique about this particular garden is the outcropping of olive trees. Olive trees are certainly not unique to the area, but what I find special about the place where Jesus chose to talk to God, is the symbolic nature of the garden. Jesus chose this garden, I believe, because of the olive trees and because an olive branch symbolizes Peace. In the book of Genesis, Noah sent a dove to find land after being in the ark for 40 days. The dove brought back an olive branch as a sign that the flood was over and peace was coming. God sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to earth as a sign that peace was coming. He is our olive branch. The gift God gives through His Son Jesus is the gift of eternal life.  

What better place for Jesus to choose to pray and feel the peace and presence of God than to be surrounded by a grove of olive trees? You or I might have chosen tulips or daisies to be surrounded by in our final days, but Jesus knew that His purpose was to bring about peace, so He prayed in the place where He might be reminded of His purpose. I know Jesus was probably in complete and total agony over what was about to happen. He even asked God if there was another way. But in the end, we know that Jesus was obedient and submitted to God’s will, He became our olive branch and because of that, we have the promise of hope in eternity with God. 

Dig Deeper |

Read the prayers of Jesus in the three Gospels; Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:39-46 

Action Item |

I don’t know if you enjoy gardening as I do. But if you have a moment this spring, go and look around you at the wonder that is our world. Marvel at God’s creation and thank Him for the Prince of Peace who came to save us. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, I am at awe of Your creation and the changing seasons. I am overwhelmed by the generous gift of Your Son Jesus. Thank You God for Your Grace by extending your Son to us as Your promise of hope that we might live eternally with You forever. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Matthew 21:9

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Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”  Matthew 21:9

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Do I Turn Away?

EasterMarci AnthonyComment
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They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again…Then they led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27: 30, 31b

I really do not like scary movies or movies with lots of blood and guts.  I watch NCIS on Tuesday nights, ready to close my eyes at any time.  I even have trouble watching Funniest Home Videos.  That show almost always involves falling, crashing, breaking and getting hurt.  It just makes me feel bad.  That’s just me. 

Knowing that about me, it’s reasonable that I struggle with the physical pain and suffering Jesus endured during crucifixion.  You’ve read the scriptures and then, of course, seen the movies.  I can hear the powerful pounding of the mallet against the spikes as they cut through muscle and wood.  Then there is the sound of the cross, heavy with the body of Christ, being dropped into the hole.  Thud.  Jesus had no way to physically brace Himself against the tearing of His skin and muscle with that jolt from horizontal to vertical.  Excruciating.   I turn off the TV, close my eyes or walk out of the room with fingers in my ears saying, “lalala” to drown out the sound.  I scan over the scripture as I read.  It’s far too painful to think about.  

However, sometimes I need to stop and remember why Jesus endured this terrible physical and spiritual pain.  Sin.  My sin and the sin of all mankind that came with a cost. There are no freebies.   

I heard a person very precious to me say, “God is so big and powerful that He knows we can’t obey him.  God’s not going to put us in time out.”  My sweet friend left out the part about the Perfect, Holy and Righteous God who cannot look on sin.  Jesus was the sacrifice for my sin…my “time out” that separated me from God. 

Looking through the eyes of God, not my frail, physical eyes, the external pain of the cross looks different.  I can see the total love and sacrifice of a Savior…for me, for you.  I can stop covering my eyes and turning away.  I can confess with deep sorrow the sins in my life.  Then I can delight in the joyful truth of the Resurrection and life everlasting with Jesus, who paid it all on the cross…for me, for you. 

Action Items |

Do I gloss over my own sin in my time with the Lord?  Do I remember that God takes sin seriously?  Ask Jesus to be your personal Savior. 

Dig Deeper |

Matthew 27:27-44; Philippians 2:6-11  

Prayer |

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the Cross and the Resurrection.  Your love for me, revealed though You allowing Your son, Jesus, to die a painful death, is beyond my understanding.  Help me Father to continue to confess my sin and seek You in all that I do.  Thank you for loving me.  Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Matthew 27:30-31

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Jesus--The Resurrection and the Life. Do You Believe This?

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NIV 

One of my favorite activities with my dad is coloring Easter eggs. Every year my mom boils the eggs while my dad and I gather the vinegar, water, cups, spoons and, of course, the egg color kit. We spend time marking the eggs with the wax crayon, dropping the eggs into the contrasting colors, and then adding stickers after they are dry. And if you are like us, someone in your family always mixes all the colors together and produces that “ugly, brown” egg. We all remark how ugly it truly is and then …smile and laughter occurs. 

But during this activity, conversation is flowing not only about the eggs and the funky colors but about Jesus. The reason we even color those eggs is because of Jesus and what He did. It is time to remember that Jesus died on the cross for us for all those evil deeds we have participated in throughout our life. He was then buried in a dark tomb for three days. But thank goodness, on the third day or Easter, Jesus arose!!! And, because of His resurrection we are alive!  

But let’s pause a moment to ponder His resurrection. As Jesus said, “Do you believe this?” For me the answer is, "Yes." I have faith and have placed my life in Him. So in order to have life with Jesus, you must accept Him as your Lord and have faith in Him only. When you believe in His resurrection, you will have victory with Him! You will have victory over death! You will have life and will never die! This is great, good news. Hallelujah! 

Dig Deeper |

I Corinthians 15:3-6, Matthew 28:1-10

Action Item |

As you color eggs this Easter, ponder Jesus and His resurrection. 

Prayer |

Dear Risen Savior, You love me. You died for me and You arose for me to have life. Thank you. I praise you. Hallelujah you have risen. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--John 11:25

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Love Covers All

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Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins1 Peter 4:8 NIV

Have you ever listened to the beat of your own heart? The constant thumping rhythm lets us know that the heart is doing its job. As one of the most important organs of the body, it makes sense that it is located in the center of our body. Its critical function makes it essential to our survival. Your body cannot function without a heart.  

Different daily events elicit different rhythmic heart beats. During a normal day our heart beats at a cadence that is strong and steady. When we are exercising or rushing through the day, our heart begins to flutter and beat more rapidly. When we are resting our heart beat slows to a deliberate resting dub, dub…. 

Just as our physical activity makes our heart beat a certain way, spiritual or emotional matters of the heart can cause our heart to beat in similar cadence. When we experience feelings of joy or excitement, our heart beats more rapidly. When we suffer emotional pain and suffering, our heart feels that pain. With the heart being such an integral part of who we are, it’s appropriate that God places so much importance on matters of the heart throughout the Bible.  

One of the most important emotions both physical and spiritual is love. Love covers so many different areas of our lives. One can never underestimate the power this one seemingly simple word can invoke.  The word “heart” is used over 791 times in the NIV. The word “love” is used over 551 times. Together they are listed a total of over 1,342 times-- that’s a lot of love!  So, why all this emphasis on matters of the heart? Having walked beside Jesus during His time on earth, Peter saw first-hand how Jesus loved everyone. Peter experienced Jesus’ grace and forgiveness even after he had denied Him 3 times. Peter knew that the only way for people to truly understand the gift Jesus had given them was to love others. If you don’t have love in your heart, you are not able to grasp forgiveness.  

Jesus knew that we couldn’t be close to God if we carried hatred in our hearts. God only accepts love. Because of love, He sent His Son to die for us.  When we choose to love those around us, we cannot harbor that burden of hatred anymore. When we choose to love, we allow forgiveness to enter our hearts, thereby allowing God to wipe our sins clean with the blanket of forgiveness. Love covers all! 

Key Verses |

Romans 5:81 John 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 16:14 

Action Item |

So, as you read this, you are probably more aware of your own heart beat. If you get really still you can begin to rest in the peace of your own heart beat.  Allow God to speak to you today. If you are carrying any unforgiveness in your heart, listen to what God has to say to you.  If you pray for forgiveness, did you feel your heart beat a little faster in anticipation of God lifting that burden? Maybe your heart beats a little faster knowing that God is now in control and you no longer have to worry about the struggle you’re facing. Or, maybe your heart is beating strong and steady because you are resting in God’s promises.  Whatever your journey, love is a matter of the heart. 

Prayer |

Dear God, sometimes life gets so busy I forget to focus on loving others. Help me to listen more with my heart and stop trying to manipulate my situation. Help me to allow forgiveness to enter into my heart so that I can draw closer to You. Help me to show Your love to others. 

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Treasure God's Word--I Peter 4:8

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How Do You Demonstrate Love To Your Kids?

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Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11
 
My first pregnancy was full of surprises as I ventured into territory that was completely new. Words of encouragement and counsel poured in from friends and family and, yet, all of the preparation did not hinder the bountiful moments of astonishment. Everyone told me I would have cravings, yet that late night moment of desperation for ice cream took me by unexpected surprise. The unwarranted tears should not have shocked me, yet they did. My complete and utter disappointment in the lack of flattering clothing should have been a no brainer.  

Again, the image in the mirror threw me a real curveball. None was more surprising than the moment my first born was placed in my arms. Every important person in my life had prepared me for the emotions that I would feel for this little human; however, the flood of love and devotion took my breath away.  This love for my child was the most natural, innate emotion I had ever experienced. That same wonderment was present with the birth of the other two of my children as well.   

It truly should be no surprise that God never has to command us to love our children. God knew we would need the encouragement to love husbands, friends, and enemies; yet, he understood we would by our very nature love these little beings with which he gifts us. 

While this love is so very easy, so very intuitive, demonstrating that love has posed its challenges for me along the way.  Hugs, words of encouragement, smiles, gifts, and superficial acts have come easy, yet determining what actions prove to my children that I so deeply love them and desire God’s greatest plans for them has stumped me at times.   

My oldest recently married. As I was preparing for the moment I let go of the hand that has grasped mine so many times, reflection has encompassed many a moment. That reflection has led me to understand more clearly those actions that truly demonstrated unconditional love to my children.    

Teaching my children about the Jesus of the Bible was a win. In my reflection, I do recognize that there were times that I taught of a Jesus that is not reflected in his written love letter to us. In regret, I know that so many times I taught of a Jesus that condemns, rejects, and only accepts those who are good and righteous.  But, oh those moments, those grace moments, when I partnered with Jesus to share of his grace, mercy, lovingkindness, holiness and, yes, even his judgment all wrapped into one God. Those were the teachable moments of sharing God's word, the real slam dunks. Love demonstrated the gifts of God to my three children through the teaching of this Savior…..AH, what a blessed memory! 

During this love month, I do not encourage you to love your children, as I recognize that the love a mother has for her children is completely innate. I do, however, encourage you to evaluate your demonstration of love. I implore you, as one who has loved superficially at times, to teach them about this Savior, Jesus.  Teach them about his love and grace. Teach them of his plans and his righteousness. Teach them all of Jesus. And yes, at twenty-two years old, they will look to those moments and know you deeply love them. 

Dig Deeper |

Deuteronomy 6

Action Items |

Ask yourself how you are demonstrating love to your children. Make a list of ways that you can teach your children about the Jesus of the Bible. 

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, thank you so much for gifting me with my children. Loving them is so very easy. Thank you for creating in me a natural, innate love for them. Help me as I seek to demonstrate my love for them.  Give me wisdom as I seek to teach them all about you. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 34:11

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The Love of a Friend

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Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 

I recently lost one of my best friends. She was an amazing friend.  She was an example to me of what faithfulness and grace means in the midst of fighting her own battle with cancer. As one of her friends who walked along side her during her journey, I witnessed firsthand the outpouring of love and support from all of those who loved her.

Friends are one of the most precious gifts God gives us. Human interaction and relationships are at the very core of who we are. Throughout his life, Jesus surrounded himself with people. When you read John 15, you see the picture Jesus is trying to paint for the disciples of a vine and branches. He tells the disciples that they are an integral part of his ministry on earth. He states that they are growing in spiritual maturity and character by continuing to do the work that He started. In John 15:12 Jesus tells His disciples that He loves them.  Then He moves on to say  He loves them so much He is preparing to die for them. As usual,  this information goes right over the disciples’ heads, but Jesus needed to lay the foundation of what the disciples were to continue doing and their responsibility to carry out His ministry.

Though Jesus seemed to constantly be surrounded by people there are times that he needed to be alone. In those times He wasn’t really alone, but talking with God the Father. Jesus is the ultimate best friend, He was loyal, forgiving (think of the way He treated Judas!), loving (we just established that), compassionate, and giving, just to name a few. Jesus was constantly surprising His disciples with acts of kindness and service. When is the last time you did something for your friend?  Not out of obligation, but just to surprise them to let them know you love them. Have you ever sent a hand written note in the mail just because you cared? Jesus did nothing out of obligation; He genuinely cared for everyone and loved everyone so much He was willing to “lay down his life.” 

My friend was a precious gift. I feel blessed to have known her and call her my friend.  She was selfless and joyful. No matter what she was going through she would always ask how I was doing. She listened, she laughed, and her smile could light up a room. Can you think of someone in your life you feel God has gifted to you as a friend?  What traits would you use to describe yourself as a friend? When you think of your close friends what is it that draws you to them? What do you value the most about them? Friends are one of God’s precious gifts. Don’t wait until it’s too late to let them know how much they mean to you.

Key Verses |

John 15

Action Item |

As you read John 15 take an inward look at your spiritual journey and relationships and see where God has planted you. Are you blooming or are you stuck in the weeds?

Prayer |

Thank God for friends. Thank you for all of the women you have placed in my life to encourage me and lift me up. Help me to be a better friend to those you have placed in my path. AMEN

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 36:5

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All You Need Is Love

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Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 NIV 

Love songs, we hear them everywhere. They are found in every genre of music from country western to rap and even contemporary Christian. One of the more familiar songs by the Beatles has a chorus which sounds like this, “All you need is love (dum, da, da, da dum). All you need is love (pause), love (pause), love is all you need.”  

This chorus is true. We all need, want, and desire to be loved. Therefore, we look for love everywhere in things, activities, and people. And our love is fleeting. We may love one thing today but tomorrow not so much. 

When God created us, He desired a loving, personal relationship with us and wanted all our love. (Genesis 1-2) After disobedience and evil came into the world, He continued to love us. And this time He gave His son, Jesus, to die for us and our disobedience so we could live with Him forever. (John 3:16) He gave Jesus’ life for ours all because He loves us. He wants us! 

And every day we can experience this love. It appears through His presence in our life, the blessings He gives, and His strength as we struggle through life’s challenges. And the best thing about God’s love is that it is eternal. It lives forever. It is not like the wind ever moving but is steady and strong. We can be confident God loves us and it will not change. 

So, here is a trustworthy statement: Jesus loves you!! 

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Psalm 136John 3Ephesians 3:16-19

Action Item |

Listen to a love song and think how much Jesus loves you. 

Prayer |

Dear God, Thank you for loving and wanting me. Help me to know that you always love me. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 136:1

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