Sep 27, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 5

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls!

Okay, our week of Love is coming to an end. However, it is really just the beginning.

I pray that God has been speaking to all of us, and He is showing us some areas that could use a little Love scrub. ;)

One day this week, I woke up just feeling really heavy. I needed some refreshment from His Word immediately. My heart was not in the right place about something happening in my little world.

He led me straight to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

 Yep. Sound familiar?

Our memory verse is tucked inside those verses. What a surprise. :)

Here is what He showed me:

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. 
 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

The Lord made me see these verses in a new way.

In a personal way. Once again.

About a year ago, we all inserted our names in every sentence that begins with "Love". It was powerful.

The Lord was telling me to do this again. Right in that moment.

I obeyed.

A small note card was tucked in my bible, so I pulled it out, grabbed a pen, and started writing. 

Jill is patient, Jill is kind. Jill does not envy, Jill does not boast, and is not proud. Jill does not dishonor others, or she is not self-seeking, she is not easily angered, and she keeps no record of wrongs. Jill does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Jill always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Jill never fails.


See what I mean? The verse kind of pops into life when I read it like this!

I want to be this way. I want to overflow this kind of Love every single day.

How is this possible?

Filling ourselves with His Word, His Love, His Truth....daily. Not just when our love tank is way empty, and has been for months, years, and even decades.

Do you hear me? Daily.

I challenged my Wednesday night small group this week to make this verse personal in their lives as well. I gave them a note card and told them to go home, and fill in their names in the scripture, just as I had done.

Guess what? 

I want you to do the same.

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Grab a note card, or small piece of paper. Grab a pen. 

Write your precious little name in this scripture, just as I have done above.

Read it after you write it.

Powerful, huh?

Now, hang onto it. Put it somewhere you can easily find it. 

When your love tank is getting low, when your flesh is screaming in agony....go to this verse. Actually, say it before it gets close to being empty. Just go ahead and keep that pretty little tank all filled up.

Say it out loud until the Peace comes. Oh, and it will.

You cannot recite God's Word, and not be changed. It is impossible.

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
 Colossians 3:14

Do you see what it says? Yes, I highlighted it. "Put on love".

This is an action.

Not a feeling.

Let's be clear on this.

Father, change our hearts. Let us not be controlled by fickle feelings. We are strong in Christ. Daughters of the Most High King. We will put on Love. Every day. Turning only to You to be filled. The world cannot fill us, oh, but you can. Let us be known for our Love. In Jesus name, amen.

putting on love,


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