This Is No Ordinary Love


We perform for love. Period. We work hard at it even to the point of insanity. Why? Because the world’s definition of love is not free. It has to be earned. It can be taken away in an instant if we no longer please “it”. The world’s love is actually no love at all. Deep down we know for a fact that this is true but are often too ashamed to admit it. So, what happens when we try to bring this same mindset into our relationship with God?

  We protect ourselves from going too deep by becoming rule followers. Rule followers make one- sided deals with God. It feels safer that way. In a sense they tell Him, If I do this then You owe me to love and care for me. Right??? Wrong. If we are to be honest, that is not how he desires to relate to us. He wants us to be open and vulnerable to him. He wants us to trust him. God went so far as to write a book that spans thousands of years to show us that he loves us and he is trustworthy. Our relationship with him is not business as usual. As hard as it is to believe, God really, truly adores us. There are no games, tricks, or hoops to jump. Simply, love. It gets better. He is not a man so as to be convinced by anyone that we are unworthy of his affections. Romans 8:39 says,

“No power in the sky above or the earth below-indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we allow ourselves to understand what this means and how this is no ordinary love story then we are set free and we are able to experience the life changing relationship with God that he has always intended for us.

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We Walk By Faith Not By Sight


IMG_2299Exodus 15: 22-26

All true servants of God realize that it isn’t always easy to follow Him. Not only does God take us through lush meadows, but he leads us through the deepest valleys and the hottest deserts. At Exodus 15:22, the Israelites walked between two walls of water smack- dab in the middle of the Red Sea. Shortly afterwards they sang soulful songs of the greatness of their God. But within 72 hours, they were slogging for three days through a dusty, bone-dry desert. Oh, how they must have longed for water! I don’t know about you but I can’t go three hours without my tongue feeling a little dry.

 When the Israelites finally found water, it was bitter and undrinkable. From a human viewpoint, the situation looked hopeless. They began to complain to Moses. Who was this God who led them in the desert with no water? Could He be trusted?

Thankfully, Moses remembered that he served a Heavenly Father with whom all things are possible. So he prayed for guidance and God told him what to do. When Moses obeyed, God was faithful to sweeten the bitter water for his thirsty children.

Through all this, The LORD teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight. Let’s face it, We don’t know what challenges are coming around the corner. Or maybe we don’t know how we are going to get out of this latest mess. But one thing is for sure, Our Father is always faithful to help us, if only we would listen to His voice and obey.

Questions to journal:

What is the one trial that highlighted God’s faithfulness in your life? When challenges come, how many people do you ask for advice before consulting God? What steps can you take daily to trust God more fully?

Scriptures to meditate on:

Exodus 15:26 “If you will listen closely to My voice-the voice of your God- and do what is right in My eyes, pay attention to My instructions, and keep all of My laws; then I will not bring on you any of the plagues that I did on the Egyptians, for I am Eternal, your Healer.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”

Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”


Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. -Rabindranath Tagore


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