My Love is Jesus

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Our hearts will never be satisfied to know about Jesus with a head-knowledge and never a heart-knowledge.  Here are two verses I love:

  1. My love is contrary to all you know of “love.” I Love you “even though” and “deeper still.” My love reaches, pursues, remains. (Ps. 36:5)
    1. I understand your pain and heartbreak. And my heart breaks with you. (Is. 53:3)

Jesus loves you. It’s one thing to know that or believe that—but it’s another thing to feel that. Today I pray that everyone reading this will feel His love in a new way.

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Reflect

From Psalm 63 MSG:

It’s time to shout praises! If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.

God stands up for us. We live in freedom because He holds us steady. It is because of this radical grace that we can reflect these same qualities to others.

Like it says in 1 Corinthians 13 MSG:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

We can’t see everything exactly as God sees it since we are only human, but we should strive to share the love and freedom and grace that God first gave us.

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Psalm 5:11-12 MSG

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But you’ll welcome us with open arms
    when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
    Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
    for decking us out in delight.

God is good and He is worthy to be praised. We can dance and party in church knowing that God is alive and lives in us. I think sometime’s Christians can get caught up in what counts as ‘acceptable’ worship music. I think there is a time to reflect in quieter songs, a time to have your heart and pain be healed in a slower ballad, and a time to jump around because we are free. We are allowed to be excited that God is alive and rescued us. Our worship is allowed to reflect different seasons and experiences in life: happiness, grief, confusion, etc. All of these feelings can be handled by God. And all of these feelings can cause us to remember different aspects of God’s goodness.

No matter what God is alive. and we’re allowed to be excited about what Jesus did for us on the cross and what He will continue to do.

Tuesday Inspiration 1.20.15

From Job 9 MSG: God’s wisdom is so deep, God’s power so immense, who could take him on and come out in one piece? He moves mountains before they know what’s happened, flips them on their heads on a whim. He gives the earth a good shaking up, rocks it down to its very foundations. He tells the sun, ‘Don’t shine,’ and it doesn’t; he pulls the blinds on the stars. All by himself he stretches out the heavens and strides on the waves of the sea. He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha Centauri. We’ll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can’t be counted.

Psalm 36 MSG:

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

When I saw this video last night I was blown away. I watched it again a moment ago and it gives me chills. This is just a portion of the total image of Andromeda. According to Space Telescope: “This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.”

As the video pans deeper and deeper you see tons and tons of stars. It reminds me that there are so many of us humans in the world, and God formed each one of us. Just as this galaxy is breath-taking, in God’s eye’s we too are breathtaking. He keeps track of all of us.

If God can make things in His image, I like to imagine that this enormous galaxy is reflective of Him. Just like it says in Psalm 36 His love, loyalty, purpose, verdicts are just as vast as this image. You would need much more than we can see to display the whole image of who He is.

Our God is amazing.

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Friday Inspiration 1.9.15

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I was inspired after reading “Miracle for Jen”. It’s a great book and I’m trying to put into practice what Linda Barrick does in her own life regarding prayer. She literally gets on her knees in the morning and night each day to pray to God. My personal prayer posture is to talk to God throughout the day. I think that is a good thing, but I want to be more intentional about my prayer time and set aside time to be physically submitted to Him.

Psalm 95: 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

I think this is a good habit to form and I’m expectant that this will make an impact on my life in 2015.

When I was on Instagram earlier today I saw this post and it made me happy and affirmed what I’m trying to do in my prayer time. This scripture reminds us that the Lord knows if we love Him or not. So this promise is great because it encourages us that the Lord acknowledges that we love Him. I don’t have to wonder if He knows because His word says that He does. Not only that but because of my love, He promises to rescue me and protect me. I like that.

The Bible App’s verse of the day tied in perfectly as well:

Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG

10 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. 11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 12 This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 13 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. 14 Truth, righteousness, 15 peace, 16 faith, 17 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Prayer is important. I’m glad that I am always talking to God but there is something to be said for having a posture of prayer and being subservient to God. God cares about my prayers and He was always do what’s best to protect me and rescue me. The same applies to you.

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Friday Inspiration 12.19.14

Psalm 136 MSG

1-3 Thank God! He deserves your thanks.
    His love never quits.
Thank the God of all gods,
    His love never quits.
Thank the Lord of all lords.
    His love never quits.

4-22 Thank the miracle-working God,
    His love never quits.
The God whose skill formed the cosmos,
    His love never quits.
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations,
    His love never quits.
The God who filled the skies with light,
    His love never quits.
The sun to watch over the day,
    His love never quits.
Moon and stars as guardians of the night,
    His love never quits.
The God who struck down the Egyptian firstborn,
    His love never quits.
And rescued Israel from Egypt’s oppression,
    His love never quits.
Took Israel in hand with his powerful hand,
    His love never quits.
Split the Red Sea right in half,
    His love never quits.
Led Israel right through the middle,
    His love never quits.
Dumped Pharaoh and his army in the sea,
    His love never quits.
The God who marched his people through the desert,
    His love never quits.
Smashed huge kingdoms right and left,
    His love never quits.
Struck down the famous kings,
    His love never quits.
Struck Sihon the Amorite king,
    His love never quits.
Struck Og the Bashanite king,
    His love never quits.
Then distributed their land as booty,
    His love never quits.
Handed the land over to Israel.
    His love never quits.

23-26 God remembered us when we were down,
    His love never quits.
Rescued us from the trampling boot,
    His love never quits.
Takes care of everyone in time of need.
    His love never quits.
Thank God, who did it all!
    His love never quits!

God doesn’t do temporary love–His love never quits. If it did–the psalmist would not repeat this every other line, right? We need to let this sink in. Just as He formed the cosmos and laid the foundations of Earth, He formed my brain and heart and laid the foundation of my body; my bones, my muscles, my organs, and so on. If this God didn’t care about humanity and was distant, why would He have taken the time to form each and every one of us? In times of despair and doubt and also in times of happiness and plenty we need to thank God for who He is and remember that He first loved us. He could create anything He wanted and chose to create mankind. No human love could ever match His love. While we are fickle God is faithful. While we are unsatisfied He is well pleased. God is faithful, His love never quits. If this is one simple thing you can remember, repeat it over your situations today. Speak it to your reflection in the mirror. Encourage your soul.

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Thursday Inspiration 10.30.14

I think I’m getting sick. I had an overall feeling of malaise right before bed last night. My head feels full of cotton, and my stomach just feels unsettled. I went into today with the posture of my head down so to speak. I’m ready for the day to be over and to crawl back into bed to sleep it off.

But it’s funny how in the midst of it all, when you aren’t feeling your best, how God shows up.

On the bus ride to work I was feeling kind of nauseous which was making me anxious..I actually think I might have emetophobia but anyway. As I was closing my eyes I started to sing a song. This only happened to me once before (refer to my last post: https://jesscbnyc.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/let-it-rain-lyric)but I know it was straight from God and Heaven. I jotted it down in my phone:

I inhale Your presence

I exhale Your praise

I know I’m created 

To exalt Your name

All worries behind me

I call out for You

No matter my problem

You’ll always come through

I finally got to the office and while I’m getting work done I don’t feel 100% myself. But again unexpectedly I was asked to work on a side project coming up with marketing terms/copy writing for use on our website. It just feels good, which I’m feeling sick, to be creative and to come up with new, fresh, words. Similar to my “song” from this morning.

Lastly I got a random text message from someone at church with a lovely scripture:

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An excerpt from Psalm 96 MSG:

1-2 Sing God a brand-new song!
Earth and everyone in it, sing!
Sing to Godworship God!

2-3 Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea,
Take the news of his glory to the lost,
News of his wonders to one and all!

4-5 For God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs.
His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap;
Pagan gods are mere tatters and rags.

All I can say today is God is good!

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Wednesday Inspiration 10.8.14

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Last night I had a series of disturbing dreams–one of which involved me getting fired from my current job. I didn’t wake up afraid but it made me think about this quote I wrote and put up on my Instagram. I’m doing very well at my job. Yes, there are still occasional mistakes or things I can improve on but the CEO and my co-workers are very happy with me which is a great feeling. However, the enemy will never sleep. He will ALWAYS look for an opportunity to sneak into your thoughts, dreams, or attempt to plant a seed of doubt and worry. Think about it this way–if God is allowing you to succeed, the enemy is threatened. He wants nothing more than to make you question yourself.

Instead of allowing these worries or dreams or whatever it might be to take up residence in your mind and heart–see it as an opportunity to notice where you are doing well and where you are thriving. Sounds strange right? But really if the Enemy is dogging your tail on this–chances are it’s something He sees as a threat and doesn’t want you to be enjoying your success or feeling confident.

Psalm 91:1-16 (MSG)

91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
    not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
    not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
    drop like flies right and left,
    no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
    watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
    and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
    I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
    give you a long drink of salvation!”

Tuesday Inspiration 9.30.14

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Tonight I am tired. Exhausted. I don’t feel well. I feel frustrated with someone at work. I’m just all in all in a bad mood. It’s easy to let one bad emotion give way to a flood of other emotions. Tonight this simple quote reminds me that no matter how I feel–luckily God knows where it all leads. There is good ahead. In spite of the frustrations and exhaustion there is good ahead.

Psalm 56 MSG

1-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
    stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
    but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
    to beat me up.
When I get really afraid
    I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
    fearless now, I trust in God.
    What can mere mortals do?

5-6 They don’t let up—
    they smear my reputation
    and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
    sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
    wait their chance to get me.

Pay them back in evil!
    Get angry, God!
    Down with these people!

You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
    through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
    each ache written in your book.

If my enemies run away,
    turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
    that God is on my side.

10-11 I’m proud to praise God,
    proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
    what can mere mortals do to me?

12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.

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