The Need To Be Loved

switzerland-4290226__480What is our deepest longing, as people?  I would suggest that it is to be loved.  I have listened to numerous testimonies by people who at one time lived lives that made it appear as though they gave absolutely no thought to the need to be loved, when in reality, they were yearning for it on the inside.  They wanted someone to love them enough to show them a better way of living…someone who had their best interests at heart.  Someone who would be a compassionate listener when they needed to vent their deepest frustrations, allowing them to be as honest and flawed as they truly are, and yet still offer love and acceptance.  Someone who would allow them to put the weight of their discouragement, fear, anxiety, abandoned hopes, feelings of worthlessness, and all of their other struggles onto them and give them the wisdom to navigate through them.  Someone to hold them when they were feeling…done…tired…burnt out…shame…at the end of their rope…and who would whisper, “I love you,”…”I…loveyou.”  We all long for this, and this is the kind of relationship God offers us through His Son, Jesus.

“What is the price of five sparrows?  A couple of pennies?  Yet God does not forget a single one of them.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.” – Luke 12:6-7

When Crawl Became Climb

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When Crawl Became Climb

I thought it just me
weeping aloud
filling the room
with water and cloud

‘Til His voice, I felt
echoing mine
gave strength to my soul
and crawl became climb

-kb

 

“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings
like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Better Land

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Better Land

I see Him in the rays of sun
that cast a warm, pink glow
I find Him in the crispy cold
that chills my face and toes

I see Him in the melty blues
in lakes below the trees
Where mountains shoot from land to sky
and gift us snowy peaks

He formed the creatures, and the moon
He put the stars in place
He grows the seedling from the earth
moves wind across my face

He’s here, and knows your every thought
the things you’ve always kept
safe, away from diggers deep
where, with folded wings you wept

To restless hearts, He gives new hope
and reaches out a Hand
As we leave our burdens there
and move to better land

– kb

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” – Psalm 95:4

 

Heaven

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Heaven

The horizon seemed to speak
to tell me that the line
I saw drawn at it’s edge
was only to remind

That as sea continues on
stretching from that spot
and places teem with life
that eye would claim, did not

So, life continues still
for those we can’t behold
and take our place, we will
among that bless-ed fold

Something meant for all
when turn to Him, we do
An all-inclusive call
not for a chosen few

He said that he did send
His Son not to condemn
but save through Him, He would
an estranged world of men

So call to Him at night
need Him in the dark
tell Him where you stand
with faint or solid heart

He hears each voice that sounds
the whisper and the scream
the shout that fills the air
the fright that fills our dreams

So, know that there is peace
and life beyond this shore
We take His hand, and with each step
renew our hope once more

-kb

 

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” – John 3:17

The Daily Evidence of God

Every day we are able to see evidence of God around us.  We see the work of His hands in what He has created: our friends, our family, our pets.  We see His power when we witness people suffering, yet who find their strength in Him.  How have I seen Him this week?  I was reminded of His faithfulness as I listened to a wounded friend confide that God would be The One – the only One she would lean on through her pain.  I was reminded of what happens when God’s love captures someone’s heart, as I watched one of His faithful followers spend time and energy aligning each chair in our church sanctuary perfectly, in order to glorify Him.  And I heard about Him in a song this morning called, “Reckless Love,” by Cory Asbury (see below).  It conveys so well the kind of love God has for us.  As the song says, “Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me…You have been so, so kind to me.”

“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins…We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us.” – 1 John 4:9-10, 16

 

 

Truths for Those Times

railway-2562643__480In the past, I have gone to God with anxieties and did not come away from the experience with the peace that I was hoping for.  Instead, my tears seemed to be met with silence.  I was confused and frustrated as to why it seemed God was not responding.  I realize now that in those situations, although it is always a good thing to want to hear from God, it is just as important to turn and hold fast to the truths He has already spoken (and is speaking), through the Bible.  Those truths are just for those times.

“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ ” – Isaiah 41:13

At The Quieting of the Day

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Lately, I’ve been finding myself sitting at my computer in front of the window at just the right time of day to enjoy twilight.  Glowing patterns are created across the sky, and the sounds of the day lessen until I can hear the water fountain running, from across the street.  The muffled sound of a plane flying in the distance reminds me of how big the world is, and at the same time I notice how easily palm branches move in the wind…they don’t fight it.  Then, a single bird chirps, as if he is the last of his fleet to find out that the day is coming to a close.  Twilight is a gift, when the quieting of the day draws my attention not only to the wonderful things that have been made, but to the One Who so kindly made them.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You
created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

Love Is

sunset-815270__480What is love?  To me, love is Jesus forgiving Peter for denying that he knew Him.  Love is Jesus inviting Matthew, an unpopular tax collector, to follow Him, learn from Him, and to be His friend.  Love is Jesus washing His friends’ feet.  Love is Jesus multiplying loaves of bread for the hungry masses.  Love is Jesus asking His Father to forgive His persecutors at the same time that He was suffering.  Love is Jesus assuring a humbled, dying thief that he would, that day, be with Him in paradise.  Jesus gave us the perfect example of how to love.  He forgave.  He invited.  He washed.  He multiplied.  He interceded.  He accepted.  Thank you, Jesus.

“And now these three remain: faith hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Being Still and Knowing

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Have you ever woken up feeling anxious about the state of the world?  If so, Psalm 46 is a good one to read.  It reaffirms God’s sovereignty and His continual presence.  It also includes a truth that is helpful in countering every worry…

“Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.”- Psalm 46:10