I learned something about God’s love a while ago, when I was having a difficult time at work. He said to me that I couldn’t do my job any better, because I was dedicated and I meant well. I was doing my best, so that’s all I could do. It was as if God was smiling at me, and proud of me.
A wave of love washed over me. I realized that God’s love for me is personal — he cares about me as an individual. He doesn’t love me because he has to. He loves me like a loving parent would — is proud of me when I’m trying, and is moved when I truly say sorry. His love is not neutral, as if he sees all people the same way. He sees every aspect of my life, right down to the last detail.
I usually think God is ashamed of me and can’t look at me because I’m a “bad Christian.” But God cares about me and what I do. He’s sad when I’m upset. Just because I don’t hear him straight away when I cry out, doesn’t mean he’s not upset and feeling for me. He’s truly loving, and there are no rules or laws that can ever separate us.
I’m not alone anymore, and fighting the world on my own. I finally have someone who loves me. And he always will, no matter what I do, even if I don’t understand him. He gave up his life for me. Personally.
God holds onto me, and will bring me where I need to be. He’ll heal my heart, far beyond my attempts to heal myself. It’s alright when I’m hurting. He’s holding me, even if I’m not looking at him and can’t see it.
God asks so little of us. We only need to accept Jesus as our savior, ask him to be with us, and make small steps to slowly include God in our lives. What he gives us will always far outweigh what we could ever give him. God’s love is personal, for everyone. He cares deeply about every single person, not based on how good they are, or what they’ve done — but because God is love. Just ask him to be with you. It’s all he wants.
~ Mona Hanna ~
There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be.
That's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.
There are times when people disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.
Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you.
It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.
So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be. Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.
Most importantly, let God be God. He is constantly in control!
You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near.
– Jas 5:8 NET
The last word in the Canticle of love is, “Make haste, my beloved,” and among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come”; to which the heavenly Bridegroom answers, “Surely I come quickly.” Love longs for the glorious appearing of the Lord and enjoys this sweet promise – “The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” This stays our minds as to the future. We look out with hope through this window.
This sacred “window of agate” lets in a flood of light upon the present and puts us into fine condition for immediate work or suffering. Are we tired? Then the nearness of our joy whispers patience. Are we growing weary because we do not see the harvest of our seed-sowing? Again this glorious truth cries to us, “Be patient.” Do our multiplied temptations cause us in the least to waver? Then the assurance that before long the Lord will be here preaches to us from this text, “Stablish your hearts.” Be firm, be stable, be constant, “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Soon will you hear the silver trumpet which announces the coming of your King. Be not in the least afraid. Hold the fort, for He is coming; yea, He may appear this very day.