Meg, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80, is the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” and “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” She writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. Meg earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters, which led her to pursue her passion to write. She has led a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. Meg, a Cleveland native and lifelong Browns fan, lives by the shore of Lake Erie in Northern Ohio with her husband, two daughters, and golden doodle.
When we seek Him with all of our hearts, even when the steering malfunctions, He makes sure we somehow grip the last beam of the dock before we slip aimlessly down the channel. If we seek Him with all of our hearts, He is there. Even when do lose our way, He waits, ready to receive us when we turn to Him.
Sincere love is the Father sending His one and only Son Jesus to die for us – for the world – which we are all a part of until we are set a part through salvation. Sincere love is sacrificial. No one comes to the Father except through Christ Jesus.
God not only sees, knows and hears us, He listens. It reminds me of the prodigal son, and the father who ran to his wayward son with open arms before he reached home. God sees, from the edges of our hearts’ horizon, when we turn to Him for encouragement, healing, hope, forgiveness, and grace.
As we grow in our faith, there will be seasons when we’re comfortable in our own skin, only to be met with another grow spurt. On and on, in a process called sanctification, from the day we accept Christ as our Savior until the day we arrive home in heaven for eternity, we are growing and maturing.
Jacob and his brother Esau, sons of Isaac and grandsons of Abraham, were said to have come out of the womb fighting. The story of the manipulative way Jacob convinced Esau to forgo his inheritance undoubtedly fueled the fire of adversity between them. Generation after generation, though the Lord had given them both land, these two sides of the same family fought each other. Eventually, the Edomites were destroyed to such an extent they are seemingly untraceable to this day.
God has not only purposefully placed people in our lives to pour wisdom into our hearts and minds, but He surrounds us with connecting moments when we seek to see Him in His word and throughout our days.
When we are searching for the words and ways in which to pray to God, we can look to Jesus Christ. He is our living example, in all things, as we walk through our lives on this earth. As we faithfully look to Him, these verses Luke recorded in His Gospel show us to follow His lead as we pray.
The Real Deal …is Love. God is Love. We are called to love others as He has loved us. The real deal is praying for and loving our enemies; forgiving without apology; seeking others to serve instead of looking to fulfill our own needs. Jireh will make sure we have what we need, as we faithfully follow His call on our lives to love the people He has purposefully placed in them.
Each day, we wake with a schedule, a calendar, and a plan. But only God knows what each day will bring. When the bottom falls out of our day, our plan, our schedule, and our calendar …who do we run to? How do we react? The way we daily prepare and care for our hearts, minds and souls matters in moments of distress.
Freedom is a product of the cross. Jesus chose to die on our behalf, breaking chains and forgiving our sins before we set foot on the earth. Free is freedom from sin, not from ignorance (NIV Study). It’s important to know, for example, that where there is a high pollen count, allergies to pollen will be aggravated. We can take antihistamines to calm the reaction, but the underlying truth doesn’t disappear, no matter how much we want to convince ourselves of it. The same is true in this life.