If we are honest with ourselves, love is what we all want. Love is what we all are looking for. Love is what fulfills our deepest longings.
This holy week, the week leading up to the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, is all about love. Love that is so deep, so unconditional, so sacrificial, so undeserving, that He was willing to suffer deeply and die. Love that is so strong that death cannot hold it….He burst forth into new forever life on the third day. Love that is always, always there, listening, answering, caring, loving, ready to save.
If you have never had that kind of love before, I encourage you to read about it. Turn to the book of John in the Bible, read about the Lord Jesus. Reading His words is so much better than listening to me talk about it. He is waiting for you. He loves you so much. His love never leaves, no matter what.
He is my hope, my strength, my present and my future. Please write to me if you have any questions or prayer requests or anything.
Never give up hope. Love, Lisa
I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.”
“I am certain in my heart that all that I am, I have received from God.”
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.“
-St. Patrick, missionary to Ireland
Love is like waves…..endless, beautiful, eternal, deep.
Waves can sooth because of their eternal nature.
Waves can carry you because of their properties.
Waves can be calm, playful, or stormy.
Waves can leave you breathless because of their great power.
Waves drown out all else because of their beauty and sound and being.
Waves can fill you up with God’s love, God’s voice, God’s power.
Love, true love, real love is like waves.
Lord, let me love like waves…..endlessly, relentlessly, unconditionally, eternally.
Christ in me, Christ before me, Christ behind me.
Christ to my left, Christ to my right.
Like the waves.
Which is stronger? The mighty ocean, crashing upon the immovable rocks?
Or the humble sheep, trusting in his shepherd to lead him to pasture and water?
I would argue both are strong. Trust and faith take great strength. Strength only comes from the power of the only truly strong One. The Lord Jesus Christ.
My dad once told me, “You’re being strong. Keep being strong.” I can tell you that I do not feel like a strong person. I have many anxieties, physical weaknesses and chronic disability. But his faith in my strength helps me to remember that true strength resides within. It comes from relying, moment by moment, on Christ.
” ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me….For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“Finally, be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” – Ephesians 6:10-11
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:29, 31
Keep being strong. Love, Lisa