August 18, 2017

You Don’t Need to Learn How to ‘Love Yourself’

Last week was Valentine's Day, and I couldn't believe how many times I saw the phrase love yourself. The world of greeting cards, inspirational books, and social media posts is filled to overflowing with this idea that we must love ourselves better (or more) before we can love others. But I'm pretty sure that's not what my Bible says . . . What did Christ call the two greatest commandments? Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Notice He didn't say to love yourself first so that you can love others or God. He said to love others as you already love yourself. Nobody needs to be told to love themselves! We spend so many [...Read More]


A Plea for Christian Americans

Christian Americans, the world is watching us. Our countrymen --  our neighbors -- are watching to see how we will respond to the unprecedented election of such a controversial figure and the fear and hatred that is running rampant throughout our nation right now. Whether you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or someone else -- now is the time to prove our Christian values to those around us. Now is the time when we must show our obedience to God's command to love our neighbors and do good to all. Now is the time for us to reach out with respect and humility, with kindness and grace, toward all men and women -- no matter what our political beliefs or backgrounds. I am a [...Read More]


Love Tells the Truth

The word love gets thrown around a lot these days -- whether it's the most recent catchphrase ("love wins"), or the admonishment to "love the sinner and hate the sin," or simply the world's attempt to conquer hatred and injustice ("love conquers all"). But in the words of Inigo Montoya, I don't think that word means what most people think it means. True love does not blindly accept every new thing that comes along. True love does not look the other way when people are walking themselves into ruin. True love does not stay silent when there is truth to be shared. Yet that is exactly what the world wants us to do. It clamors for us to quietly succumb to the waning morality of [...Read More]


Love-worthy Links for Valentines Day

Just in time for Valentine's Day... a round-up of links to help you show love to God, your family, your spouse, and even your favorite bloggers {ahem}. And also a chocolate cake recipe, just for fun.Because what's a holiday without some form of chocolate? Send God a Valentine. Have you ever thought about sending God a valentine? After all, He is truly THE greatest Lover to ever exist! He sacrificed Himself for you, while you were His enemy. So take a few moments today to send God a valentine... because He loved you first.   Learn More of God's Word. Memorizing Scripture can be a real challenge for some of us, but it is a crucial element of glorifying God as His child! We [...Read More]


Love is Not Irritable

Confession: sometimes I find myself getting irritated at my husband.  And I know it's wrong! I know it's not loving, or thankful. I know it's not kind, or Christlike, or humble. But I still get irritated. And sometimes, I let myself stay irritated. I don't think I need to share specifics here -- I'm pretty sure you all can relate somehow. Maybe it's your kids, your parents, your siblings, your spouse, your closest pal. You've been irritated at someone you love, right? It happened to me again last week. Actually, it didn't really "happen" -- I jumped in with my own two feet. I chose to get irritated. But thankfully, God has been working in my heart on that very thing, and I [...Read More]


Send God a Valentine

You know how you do nice things for your closest friend, just because they mean the world to you? You treat them to coffee, send them a funny card, bring them flowers, or something else that will put a smile on their face. Why don't we do that for God? Instead of merely doing things because we're "supposed" to, instead of simply doing what we've always done, instead of doing things in front of others to edify them... Why not do something for God's eyes only, just because you love Him? {--> click here to tweet that!} Things like: -- singing a love-song-of-praise to Him -- writing Him a love-letter-prayer for His eyes only -- promising your life to Him all over again -- [...Read More]


Love loves unto purity.

George MacDonald was a pastor and author in the late 1800s. He penned a volume called Unspoken Sermons in 1867. This is an excerpt from one of those sermons, "The Consuming Fire" {emphasis mine}: "Nothing is inexorable but love. Love which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it then the love that yields, but its alloy. For if at the voice of entreaty love conquers displeasure, it is love asserting itself, not love yielding its claims. It is not love that grants a boon unwillingly; still less is it love that answers a prayer to the wrong and hurt of him who prays. Love is one, and love is changeless. For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of [...Read More]


Love is not all we need.

We hear a lot today about how "love is all we need." We're supposed to have this great feeling of acceptance for everyone in the world - whether we believe the same things or not. In fact, what we believe shouldn't matter. We need to accept and promote the beliefs and opinions of others, instead of our own standards. Because we might be wrong. And that would make someone feel like they're being judged or criticized, and make them depressed. But true love is more than that. True love requires hard work, and sacrifice. And true love is not the ultimate goal of true Christianity (contrary to public opinion). And in fact, this is not just a modern-day issue. I think it's been around for a [...Read More]