If I pinch off the conduit of love for myself, then I can’t be a vessel of delivery to bring it to another. I am called to love myself and to love others.
For years of my Christian life I carried shame like a cloak and it hid my light under a bushel. Not only did it obscured my view of myself in Christ but it also colored others view of me.
A friend of mine asked if he was listening to the instruction of man too closely. So I asked the Father, "When is close too close?"
What if the presence of difficulty and hardship were just the Lord’s plea for us to embrace our dependence and pursue relationship with Him?
Life events make up my story—the good, the bad & the ugly. Life can be painful, we were never promised a pain-free existence but avoidance of pain makes more.
Troubled with this world? I just might be looking at the wrong thing. If I'm experiencing despair and discouragement, the problem might be my vision and not my circumstance.
Our world is steeped in the pursuit of romance. We long for it desperately. We want romance because we were made in the image of a romantic God.
I heard a message delivered by a dear friend of mine. At the time it skewered me. Someone put to words with a visual picture a message I had resisted all my life.
I met with an old general of the faith, I received an impartation of the Holy Spirit that communicated something far beyond words.
When life hurts us, there's a temptation to make a pact with the devil to survive it. This play for power over the pain in our lives is deadly and devastating.