You matter to God

You matter to God

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What's Up In Our Frontyard?


This is our frontyard.  Christmas lights still hugging the bushes in March.  It still snowed a couple of weeks ago when I took this picture, thus the snow covering the ground.  But what's up with the yard sign:
Love everyone, always.?

We were on a series at Willowcreek Community Church on "Love Everyone Always" and it had such a great impact on people's lives, the phrase resonated so loud, it was unstoppable! The leaders of the church decided to give out yard signs to the congregation to spread the message of love.

Personally, the phrase is like a light permeating my spirit and soul each and every day, guiding me to look at each person God sends my way through the lens of love.  There are times I struggle and wrestle with my own flesh as my own conscious and unconscious biases arise.  When feelings and emotions fight against the heart of love, it seems easier to succumb.  But I thank God that through the help of the Holy Spirit, His love always overcomes.  As long as we go back and intentionally stay in the place of His unconditional love, He empowers us to truly and genuinely love everyone always.  We can't do it on our own.  It is the Holy Spirit who lives inside those who received the wonderful grace of God's love through the Lord Jesus Christ that enables us to give the same powerful love. It is like a raging river, rushing,yet refreshing and reviving, lifting up both the giver and receiver!

For such a time as this, the message of God's love is the answer.  With all the things that are happening in the world, all we need is love (reminds me of Beatles' song).  In conflict, love reconciles. In sickness, love heals. In sorrow, love comforts.  In anger, love calms.  In bitterness, love sweetens.  In jealousy, love rejoices with.  In betrayal, love forgives.  In rejection, love welcomes. In depression, love uplifts.  In desperation, love inspires.  In divisions, love unites.  In darkness, love lights.  In love is life. That is the heart of God.

"For God so loved the world 
that He gave His one and only Son, 
that whosover believes in Him should not perish 
but have everlasting life." 
John 3:16



This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.


Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

Love everyone always!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Standing On Holy Ground



 

The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. Joshua 5:15 (NLT)





Joshua was facing a new season of his leadership when he encountered the Commander of the Lord's army.  He was told to take off his sandals as he was standing on holy ground.  It was holy because God was there.  That was the time when God gave Joshua new instructions for the conquest of the Promised Land.


Are you in a new season of your life?

Is there something that God is prompting you to take off as you enter into His presence and lead you to the next level He wants you to do?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

7-Day Reflections Before Christmas (Day Seven)

Where is your "Flock"? 
What is Your Calling?




The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. Luke 2:20 (NLT)


Just as the shepherds had their own place of assignment two thousand years ago, God has put each one of us in a place where He called us in this generation.  For us followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are given gifts where He wants us to use for His people to help each other. Do you know what gift He has given you through the Holy Spirit? If you don't know yet, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you and go use it as He leads.


Romans 12:4-8

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.


1 Corinthians 12:4-11



There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.


Dear friends,

Today is the last day of this time of reflections before Christmas. I pray that those who joined me in this journey will keep on seeking and longing for more of God.  The Savior has been born to us. He loves us and reaches out to us, every single day. You are Oh-sO-lOved! 

Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas! Let's make the Celebrant, the Lord Jesus Christ be the center of our celebration!

With lOve,

Odette