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WE ARE NOT FINISHED

4 Sep

#2 in the series “Punch-Packing
Not my words but these echo 100% where I feel the Church is at in this day and age and what I am called to as a devoted, adoring follower of Jesus Christ.
The world so desperately needs us to ‘stand up and be counted’…
So – listen up!

I am deeply concerned that those who inherited freedom have lost sight of its high cost! I grieve over a gospel that is cloaked in benefits but requires no responsibility. Some bask in His victory while the nations continue to live in oppression, poverty, and despair.

I don’t doubt our victory nor do I question our great calling…but I wonder at lack of resolve that many Believers have to engage society at the level of their greatest pain and carve out a path through the snake invested jungle, carrying the weak to a place of safety.

We are not called to polish our armor or hold a Body-building contest! We have been left behind to transform the world. Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus said He was finished, He didn’t say we were!

When Paul spoke of his apostolic credentials he unleashed a list of beatings that would have scared Arnold Schwarzenegger. The very man that taught us about great grace was entrenched in a battle that scared his body and troubled his soul. Yet many Believers are convinced that we will tip toe through the tulips, or win the nations through some garden party.

Where are the women and men with radical faith and outrageous courage? When will the righteous reign and the demoniacs flee at the very sight of a child of the King? How long must we stumble through this darkness before we rise with wisdom that stuns the kings of this world? Who will step out from the crowd and dare to leave the cesspool of unrighteous living to embrace a life of purity?

These are the questions that plague my very soul. As for me, I wasn’t born to live near the sound of church bells…I was created to destroy the gates of hell! Are you ready to incite a revolution?

(K. Vallotton, senior associate leader at Bethel Church, Redding, CA)

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He loves me well

16 Feb

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Thank you my darling 🙂

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Love Birds

3 Jan

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I love the adorable, godly man God gave me 15 years ago.
How blessed I am!
Thankful, content, and hopeful.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise…

Remembering Claire (15.07.76 – 09.01.01)

8 Jan

My baby sister…
A very cute, bubbly little butter-ball, with a head full of goldilocks (they didn’t stay blonde, incidentally, as you can see in subsequent pictures) – and a very headstrong child; this was a distinctive feature throughout her life, as she oozed character, assertiveness, and confidence…

She was an absolute hoot, and in true French fashion, loved her food and wine…! (photo taken one very hot week end in June ’97, in Strasbourg. We had a blast together that week end, as we cycled round this beautiful university city, where she was studying theology at the time.)

…Taken late December ’00…
The baby is Sam – nearly 3 months old.She was crazy about him! And would have made an amazing godmother for him. We were about to ask her – and then she left us!

I miss her every day.
It’ll be 8 years tomorrow – and the pain of her loss is still overwhelming at times. Why God took her, only He fully knows…
But it is enough to know that it was part of His plan. Even though it hurts unbearably.
His ways are not our ways.
Thank you Lord for 24 years of Claire, it was blessed beyond words to have her in my life
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8-Year-Old Love

16 Nov

This arrived on my bed one evening not so long ago…

It made me cry!

It was from my Sam; he has the most delightful sense of humour and an incredibly tender heart. But to my shame I often forget and fail to look deeper than the surface. So ‘small’ touches like these humble me, rebuke me, and reassure me that beneath the often indifferent exterior, there is indeed an abundance of feeling.

Oh how I love being a mum…

All things love

14 Feb

As it is Valentine’s Day, it seems no blog site is complete without a little reflection on the ‘alternative four letter-word’…And I find myself, at the end of this day, wanting to leave my own thoughts for this year, on the meanings of Love for me, here and now. My lovely friend Emma has written a really inspiring piece on this which it is well worth going over to Russell Ruminations for!! (sorry Em. It’s for your own good, really…)

  1. God: raw, messy, painful, sacrificial love – passionate, all-encompassing, ultimate, perfect love – beautiful, awesome, intimate love. What more can I say? “God, I love you; my God, I worship you; forever thankful, I am yours, forever”
  2. Marriage: real love=forgiveness when it least suits me; submission, respect, obedience; serving him when I feel like serving only ‘self’. Real love=love which is alive and grows, and gets better and deeper the longer we are married. Real love=intimacy in ways which go far beyond the world’s understanding of the word… Real love=unity, harmony, being ‘one’. Real love is, a lot of the time, a CHOICE!
  3. Kids: loving Samuel, Thomas, Benjamin is completely overwhelming, and unconditional. This is a reality for me: nothing any of them has done, does, or will ever do, will make me love them more or less… (Sound familiar?!?!) Loving my kids is sometimes (most of the time if I’m truly honest) a sacrificial act of worship.
  4. Wider family and friends: love here is about giving as much of myself away as I feel God would ask me to. Transparency, honesty, integrity, and servanthood are again prime ingredients necessary for loving well.
  5. My ‘Neighbour’: physical neighbours, as well as others around me, those who I know but not well, those who do not know God, and whose understanding of Jesus is limited. To love my neighbour=to give, serve, to welcome into my home, to accept…and much more
  6. My ‘Enemies’: …I’m still working on that one – no-one is perfect! I’m not sure how to do this… Who are my enemies? I mean, I’m not being asked to love Satan, obviously. So I presume this means loving people who I find unpleasant, difficult, unlovable. Loving those who hate me, dislike me or simply don’t get me, those who hurt me, and give me nothing. In which case, love here must be first and foremost about forgiveness, surely?
  7. The World: “in the World but not of it” – I love God’s creation, and feel increasingly challenged to make sure that is reflected in the way I live my life, by respecting the environment, eco-systems, natural food-chains, etc… But also, I have a growing desire to see God’s Kingdom come, his Will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. And I’m sure that is God’s transforming, redeeming love in me!
  8. Myself: I am realising that, the more I know myself, the more I love myself, and that “we love (…)because He first loved us” also applies to me loving myself. This is not me being narcissic and vain, but just living in the revelation that God cherishes my whole being, and the freedom that this revelation in turn brings. He sings over me. I am His child. I am Loved!!!! Whatever others think of me, it is a fact that I AM LOVED. And that I am not my own, I have been bought at a price, and I belong to the most loving One of all.
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