365: Barbara Thurston

Attributes of God's love

12.8.15 Well let's see what God says about love
*God's love is absolutely unconditional-His love is not based on what we have, what we do, or what we achieve. God's love is not determined by our behavior or our conduct. There is nothing you can do to win more of God's love. In fact there is absolutely no way that you can get God to love you anymore than he does right this very second. It is God's nature and character to love each and everyone of us. 
*God's love is perfect-There is nothing that can be added to or taken away from God's love. It is complete. He cannot love you anymore than he does right now and his love for you yesterday was the same as it is today, and it will be the same tomorrow. And there is absolutely nothing that you can do to cause God to love you any less.
*God's love is eternal-God's love for us will never cease nor will it ever end. It is unchanging and unalterable, and it will never run out. There is no way that you can use up, exhaust, or consume God's love.
*God's love is personal-God loves each and every one of us. He desires a personal and intimate loving relationship with you. He longs for the time when you simply talk to him, when you think about him, when you ask for his help or guidance, when you ask him to speak to your heart about some matter. His love for you is so great that you walk surrounded and bathed in his love. He wants you to know that he is concerned about every single aspect of your life.
*God's love is beyond our understanding-Not one of us knows why God loves us and has saved us. Yes, we know that God is love, and that we are his creation, that we are his children, but it is still mysterious to realize that even as we continue to sin, as we continue to fail him, as we continue to break the promises that we make to him, as we continue to be disobedient to him, he still loves us as much as he ever did. 
*God's love is measureless and limitless-There is no way that we can exhaust the love of God. There are no limitations or boundaries on God's capacity to love, and that is why God deeply loves the most unrepentant sinner and waits anxiously for the day that he asks to be forgiven.
*God's love has no favorites-God does not have favorites and he loves the sinner as much as he loves the saint. God doesn't have favorites but he does have intimates, and these intimates are the people who spend time with him, who talk to him, who listen to him, who obey him, who seek his guidance, who love his word, who want to learn how to love him. These intimates are the ones who want to find God's best for their lives. And God makes this intimacy available to each and every one of us. So this all powerful, all mighty God of love wants you as one of his close personal intimates.
*God's love is a very generous love-He pours out his love on each one of us every second of the day. Think of all the wonderful, happy, and amazing things that have happened in your life. How great his gifts have been. You have no idea how many times he has saved you from catastrophe, or how many times he has instilled in you that innovative and creative idea at just that right time. Or those times that he enhanced your ability to communicate with another person in just that perfect way. The times that he gave you that added abundance of strength, energy or physical vitality when you so desperately needed it. If you look closely at all those many very wonderful and unexpected things that have occurred in your life, you will see the very hand of God written on many of them.
Wow God's love is like no one else's, come back tomorrow and we are going to look @ how God expresses His love to us. 
Wow God's love is like no one else's, come back tomorrow and we are going to look @ how God expresses His love to us. I yearn to love and worship You each and every day. Lord be with my facebook family and friends, if there's even 1 of them who doesn't know You as their Lord and Savior let today be the day that they let You into their life. Know I love You, I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.


Obey man's law

12.7.15 You know where I work @ I see a lot of people who don't obey the law. We have a lot of people who get seat belt tickets, speeding tickets, no insurance tickets...etc... If you are a Christian what does God say about obeying man's law? 
Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
God created government to establish order, punish evil, and promote justice (Genesis 9:6; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Romans 12:8). We are to obey the government in everything—paying taxes, obeying rules and laws, and showing respect. If we do not, we are ultimately showing disrespect towards God, for He is the One who placed that government over us. 
Obey God
(Acts 5:29)--"But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men."
Obey Man
(Romans 13:1)--"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God."
(1 Peter 2:13)--"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,"
The simple answer is that Christians are to obey human law except where that human law violates God's Law. Our supreme duty is to obey God. Since God tells us to also obey human laws, we should. But, when they come in conflict, we are to "obey God rather than men."
So the next time you get in your car and don't put your seat belt on, or your going over the speed limit remember what God says. 
Lord I come to You thanking You for the laws because I know they are there to make us safer. Lord I want to ask that if there's 1 of my facebook family or friends that disobey the law that You speak to them because we are suppose to be a witness for You God. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Children are a Blessing from God

12.6.15 I know last night I said I was going to talk more about God's love but I decided to change the topic. Last night Ernest and I watched 2 little cuties and I was thinking about how so many people abuse children. There are too many people out there who want kids for people to go around killing them. Kids can't take up for them selves so I guess people feel their easy targets. Do people realize that children are blessings from God.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

If your heart's desire has been to experience the joy of childbirth, but you have not been able to do so thus far, you may feel that God doesn't want you to have children. You may feel that something is wrong with you and you don't deserve children. This simply isn't the truth! The truth is that God wants to give you the desires of your heart and he doesn't want to withhold any good thing from you.

There are abundant examples in the Bible of couples who were barren, sought God, and then later conceived and birthed incredible and influential children. In fact, there isn't a case in the Bible where someone struggled with infertility and sought God and didn't eventually conceive and birth a child! So, why wouldn't God do the same for you?

Here are a few ways that children can be a blessing to you:
* Enjoyment and entertainment-last night we played with legos and watched Ninja Turtles with the girls last night. 
* Teaching us love, self-sacrifice, discipline, self-control, gentleness, and patience-children show you love no matter what, if your children make you mad walk away before you do something you will regret and then come back and let the children know you love them.
*The blessing of the love and trust of a child. The love and trust of a small child is so precious and can have such an effect in softening and keeping our hearts softened.
* Assistance with our work-If you teach your children they will help you with the small stuff around the house. 
* Assistance in later life-When we get old we can only hope and pray that when we are unable to care for ourselves our children will step up and take care of us.

So let me say please don't abuse your children but love them. There are too many people out there that would love to have a kid but may not be able to. I know sometimes children can get on your nerves but that's just God showing us how to have patience. Remember God is in everything.

God I want to thank you for giving us our 3 children. I want to thank you for Stormy and Skyler and I want to pray for this family, and I want to thank you for letting us be a part of this families life. Stormy and Skyler have great parents that love them very much. So as I say these things God please Bless this family. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

God's love

12.5.15 I was just sitting here thinking about something. How many of you have kids? Most of the time you love your kids right? I love my kids very much, but have you ever really thought about how much God loves us? God loved us so much He sacrificed His only Son so that we may live. Wow, how many of you could say you would do that for someone? I know I couldn't say it. 
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19
"And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the Lord's holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." Ephesians 3:18*. 
God loves you. Maybe that’s hard for you to believe when you stop and think about it. Or maybe you’ve heard it so many times it doesn’t have much effect on you anymore. But God’s love is unlike anything this world can offer. When we begin to understand how big God is, how small we are, and how much he loves, our lives are radically transformed.
I Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
God’s love is intentional and active, not based on feelings or circumstances. He loves us completely, eternally, and relentlessly.
One of the greatest mistakes that we make is that we measure God's love for us by our present circumstances. We reason that if things are going bad for us, then God must really hate us. But if the birds are singing, and the sun is shining, and we are happy, then God must really love us. We also usually assume that God works only through the successes we have, and not through our weaknesses. The truth is that our circumstances are constantly changing but God's love is always with us. His love for you does not ride the waves of your feelings. We also bring many unwanted circumstances on ourselves, and because of pride and sinfulness, we are the ones usually responsible for many of those terrible problems that we often find ourselves in.
At the same time it is hard for us to understand that if God really loved us, then what exactly is his purpose for allowing so many bad things to come into our lives. But faith in God does not mean trusting God to stop the bad storms in our life. Faith and trust in God are things which enable us to walk through those periods of hurt and sorrow and come out victorious. We must trust God and believe that when trouble occurs, he is going to give us the ability to cope with it. We are wrong if we expect belief and faith to be an exemption from suffering. If anyone should doubt this then just look at what the world did to Jesus. Instead, the storms of life should become workshops where we can practice our faith in God's greatness.
We also wonder why if God loved us then why doesn't he answer our prayers immediately. But please remember that only God is able to see the total picture. We can only see a small fraction of what is happening right now. We have no idea what effect the things happening today will have on our lives and the lives of others in 10, 20, even 50 years from now.
That's it for tonight come back tomorrow night and we will read some more about God's great love for us. 
Lord I come to You thinking You for loving me. I think You for allowing the bad times so I can look up to the Heaven's and know You are in control. Lord I ask that You be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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