Simply Love!

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Love is in the NIV Bible 686 times. What is God telling His people?

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part. and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

When God Speaks

Jonah Chapters 1-4 (CSB)

This is a story about Jonah and God. God had instructed Jonah to give a message to Nineveh because the people’s evilness had come before Him. However, Jonah fled instead and took a ship to Tarshish where he was thrown off because of a great windstorm had threatened a possible shipwreck, the men on the boat were aware that Jonah was fleeing from God and figured that was why there was a terrible storm, they really wanted the storm to end. Jonah told them to throw him into the sea and the storm would stop. However, being thoughtful or reluctant to do such a drastic thing that might anger God they prayed to God not to let them perish because of Jonah, before throwing him overboard. Afterwards for fear of God they made a sacrificial offering and made vows. In the meantime the great fish had a divine appointment to swallow Jonah which he did, and Jonah was detained for three days and nights. Jonah finally cried out and prayed to God and God raised him from the pit. As God as done for many of His children. God gave the great fish the command to vomit Jonah on dry land. Jonah was called by God a second time, God instructed Jonah to preach the message He told him. This time he arose and went to Nineveh and preached the message God had given him and the people repented. So God saved them which angered Jonah because he figured that was God’s original intention that is why he didn’t want to deliver the message the first time. In addition he was angry because the message blessed them, now does that make sense?

Moral of Story: When God speaks and gives you a message to give, do not run lest you be swallowed up by a great fish, who knows what will happen after that.

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Leader or King

This story begins in chapter 12 of Samuel, Samuel is presenting Israel with a king that they requested, and God granted, Samuel was leading them without a title that a leader may receive such as king. The people were very adamant, they wanted a king, although Samuel did not mistreat or wronged anyone and did not accept bribes. In which the people agreed but yet they wanted a king even though God was a witness and performed many righteous acts for them and their ancestors, such as when He sent Moses and Aaron to bring the people out of Egypt. The people still wanted a king. One could say some people are like their biblical ancestors, all that God has done for them such as giving them King Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In addition to feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for them, the people are wanting and choosing leaders who do not measure up to Jesus, the perfect king and leader. A leader who serves the people. Jesus made it clear about service in John 13:4-5, picture this, He laid aside His outer garments, took a towel, and tied it around his waist,then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and finally, wiping them with the towel that He had wrapped around him. This is what the followers of Jesus ought to do in addition to becoming leaders like Jesus.

Moral of Story: Why ask for a king when you already have the perfect Leader and King

Just For A Smile

God has written a book about you and me He signed it saying, ‘I am the Author and Perfecter

of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).” Here are a few things He wrote about you and me.

We are beautifully and wonderfully made

His children, His sons and daughters, His Friends

The apples of His eye

His luscious and sweet melons

The branches on His vine

His precious sheep in the green pasture

Oh! here is another excerpt in His book

 We have given Him much laughter

When we act like pistachio nuts!

Reading: Psalm 126:2

We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, 

“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

Be Comforted

Here I am to comfort you with these words.

Come snuggle with me, lay your head on my lap.

Grab that white furry blanket that’s the one I like best.

Come here, curl up, and get comfortable, that’s it.

Tell me what is laying heavy on your chest.   

 Give your burdens to Jesus, He will give you rest.

Come snuggle close to me, lay your head on my lap.

Let me comfort you with these words.

No-one or nothing can snatch you out of God’s hands.

His love is everlasting, better than a pot of gold.

Your life is His, He will always cherish and care for you.

So, close your eyes and lay here on my lap while I comfort you.   

Reading: Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

A thought

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.

 I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go.

for to you I entrust my life  (Psalm 143:8).

Everyday I pray in order for you to guide my way.

I will pray for your faithful children that they do not stray.

Deeply in love with you they can walk on heaven’s clouds.

All power is in your hand as we walk together side by side.

All broken hearts healed, no hatred, no suffering, and no pain.

Only your covenant love, your precious dove, and the latter rain.

My Testimony

God has always been with me, I felt His aura over me when I was baptized at 12 years old, at that time I did not understand that it was His presence. God granted me my vocation of nursing, where I was able to minister to patients, families, and staff. I am most grateful that Jesus heard my cries and brought me out of the miry waters of sin and alcohol. I have been through many trials and God has brought me through and protected me from all harm, He has provided me with mental, physical, and spiritual healing. I can truthfully say I have not lacked for anything. I am thankful for my intimate relationship with Jesus for because of Him I have a personal relationship with God and His indwelling Spirit. I am thankful for the  spiritual gifts of  giving, love for all people, and the ability to write poetry and other biblical inspirations. He has also given me the gift of spiritual leadership and the ministry of reconciliation with the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God and preparing God’s people for the return of Jesus through the truth of His Word. I now understand the fullness of His presence. All I can say is thank you Father and continue to help me fulfill your will and good purpose (Philippians 2:13, NIV).

Wisdom

Words of truth and instruction- the beginning of knowledge.

Increases with learning knowledge of God.

Submitting to His will.

Discerning good and evil.

Opens the gates of heaven and preserves the way for the saints.

Magnifies and glorifies our Lord.

Wisdom— For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).

Lost in a Dream

On 10/15/2021, I dreamed I lost my direction in my hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I’ve had that dream in the past. I am not going to describe the whole dream. In the dream, I met various groups of people who either hindered me or helped me along the way. When passing by a row of houses, a woman opened her screen door and asked me “are you coming in” I said yes and went in, there were two young children and the woman’s mother in the brightly lighted house. The young woman commenced to show me around the house, directing me to look out a screened window where there were three dogs, two black and one white with a brown spot. After looking at the dogs, I went and sat on a couch across from her mother. One of the children began to talk about a dove and I told her that I had a dove on a staff (like Moses) at home. Then I looked up at the ceiling and a flock of birds were flying which I thought were doves. I started yelling, happily, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, and turned to the mother who was looking at me as if I were crazy. I said something to her and left the house. However that was not the end of the dream. I was in a car with a man, I did not see his face, I thought he was my deceased husband, I was not paying attention and he crashed into a mountain. We got out of the car unharmed and went into the house. I saw someone leaving the house and looked out the window. The dream ended with a woman and someone else telling me “We will see you again.” After I woke- up, I read Isaiah 35:8.

Isaiah 35:8  “And a highway will be there; it will be called, the Way of Holiness;
 it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it;
 wicked fools will not go about on it.”

Commentary: “This way, being made by divine power, is appointed by divine authority to be the King’s highway for all. Whoever travels by this road is under the protection of the King of kings. Be sure it leads to the right end and runs in the best direction, for the Lord never made an error and never failed in what he attempted. This is no roundabout way, or broken route, or blind alley. Let your faith abide in it, and it will receive its reward. To quit this road for another is to despise the wisdom and grace of God in Christ Jesus, and to prefer the idle inventions of man; this cannot lead to any good, either in this life or the next (CSB).”

Lets Walk

Let’s walk in love, wisdom, and in the light.

Smelling the sweet aroma of Jesus.

Let’s walk without snide remarks, cursing, or foolish talk.

Let’s walk sharing God’s wisdom and speaking wise words that edify,

Let’s walk stepping away from what is evil. Take my hand.

 Let’s walk together in unity filled with the Spirit singing in harmony.

Let’s walk together in the light as blessed children of God.

In sharing His love and wisdom in His Kingdom. 

Readings

Ephesians 5:1-19