Posts Tagged ‘Love

11
Jul
11

Loved

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17)

For those of you that have ever experienced rejection, defeat, words of discouragement, verbal or physical abuse, depression, fear…today’s blog is for you. I have experienced all of these at different times in my life. What I learned about love from my earthly father distorted my view of a father’s love for years. I spent years trying to prove to those around me that I was good enough, but no matter how hard I tried, I always came to the conclusion that I wasn’t good enough. Sound familiar? This root of rejection went so deep.

When I gave my life to Christ in 1996, it was the beginning of me realizing that God, my Heavenly Father, had adopted me and paid a great price for me. My worth was enough that He gave His son to die for me. I was created in Christ Jesus to do great works, I was fearfully and wonderfully made, and the biggest realization was…I was LOVED no matter what I did. I could not do anything to change the love God had for me. This love that never changed was now changing me. As I look at my relationships now, I am reminded everyday that I don’t have to prove my self worth, I don’t have to be afraid of rejection because I have been accepted, I can love without fear because I am LOVED fearlessly.

You are LOVED and there is nothing you can ever do to change How much God loves you.

Here is a free download and video “LOVED”

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13
Jan
11

BROKEN RESTORED LOVED – What will be your greatest thing in 2011?

It’s the start of a new year and resolutions are underway. The gym is full, no more tamales, and people are making mental notes of what they want to see happen in 2011.
I was thinking of all the great things that happened in 2010. We found out we were having a baby, one of the highlights for sure. I experienced great things in my career and ministry – like finishing a live worship CD that had been a dream for years, and the list goes on and on. Sure, I had challenges. But looking back, if it wasn’t for those challenges, I would not appreciate the victories. In going into this year I had a thought….”keep it simple and focus on the greatest thing.” What is your greatest thing this year? What is that thing that is consuming your mind and time? We all have things in our lives that represent “the greatest thing,” but what is truly the thing that if we had, we could take on any challenge, accomplish any dream, live a victorious life?

 

Let me share a few passages with you that talks about the greatest thing – Matthew 22:37 reads, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The truth is when we do this, we love people and experience life the way it should be. Life is full of faith and hope when we are truly loving those around us. 1 Corinthians 13:13 reads, “Three things will last forever-faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
So even though fitness is important, successful businesses are needed, personal dreams lived out are great…the greatest accomplishment, the greatest success, the greatest thing we can do this year is to Love God and Love people more. If we do that, we can enjoy all the accomplishments to the fullest and take on any challenges. I hope this year is the greatest year for you! YOU ARE LOVED.

11
Jan
11

Empowering the Young

Recently, my husband Bryan and I were asked to speak to an elevate group of high school students on “true love.” Because we have a unique “fairy tale” story, I thought this would be an easy task for both of us. As we were talking to those high school kids and I was looking around at their faces, I remembered the hardship that being a young teenager brings. As adults, we often feel more secure in ourselves and ready to take on the world. In contrast, teenagers aren’t even sure of who they are and they definitely are not ready to face the world and everything in it.

I know that the only way I survived those glorious teenage years was through the love and support of my Savior, my parents, and my church. As a church, we need to create secure walls for these students and an opportunity for them to be real and to seek what their soul truly desires. We need to be empowering teenagers to live the full life that God intended.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set and example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12

This verse indicates that teenagers are fully capable of setting an example to us adults. We are so blessed here at CBC to be surrounded by so many spiritually active teenagers. Whenever one of the students leads a devotional in Puresound, I am blown away at the way they touch my life and the truth in their worship. Let’s not only learn from the young, but empower them to teach us along the way.

26
Oct
10

Thankful for Brokenness

Have you ever wondered what your life would be without all the brokenness you have experienced? The truth is that it makes us who we are. I had an opportunity to reflect on that this past weekend. Thousands of people gathered at Community Bible Church to hear a message of hope. There was a theme throughout each service and it had so much to do with how God wants to take the broken pieces of our lives to create a masterpiece. We also released our new album and I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I watched people stand in lines to buy their own copy. I spoke with beautiful families and they shared how they had been touched by the songs and stories on the Broken Restored Loved project. It was so encouraging. As I sat with my little son on Sunday night taking it all in, feeling very blessed, I realized none of this project would have been a reality if it wasn’t for those broken pieces that everyone who was a part of this project shared. The truth is this – great stories are written from broken pieces; great songs are written from broken places. God continues to show me that broken is beautiful in his hands! If you are broken today, picture this…God has a plan with your life and your brokenness – and it’s much more beautiful than it looks right now. I’m thankful for brokenness today.




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