My devotion this day this sentence posted 5/20: “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil. 4:9. Wow thank you Lord.
First off I want to tell everyone that I respect you and love you with all my heart. No one deserved what had just happened. I have been going through grief with personal things but what happened has effected so many lives and I want to tell all the families that it was wrong that those people died. I know that God cares for you too.
I have had a lot of troubles with dealing with grief. I know now that while it is tough I know (and YOU should know) that no one ever goes through it alone. Strike that. No one should go through it alone.
I have seen from complicated emotions losing my appetite, forgetting what day it is or hour (doesn’t matter that I have a job, grief doesn’t give a break or let people off!), and have even thought of death.
Regret was a word as big as an ocean. “Why didn’t I say this….? I would have been a better friend and he’d still be here.” 😦
(I admit just writing that statement got me teary-eyed because it’s so true).
No one should lose a close friend to suicide, but all grief journeys are like a walk through life: there is no grief journey that is the same but yet in a way they are not much different either.
A lot of lives were lost today… so many victims killed in what sounds like an action out of hate. There was nothing right in the act, I hope the survivors know this.
That within all this tragic loss there is still a god who loves them. God still loved those people that died. He is probably heart-broken at this.
No matter what a person goes through God still loves us. It’s just sometimes we might refuse to listen.
I have testimony regarding certain things. Know that no matter what you struggle with you are still loved by Christ Jesus. No one is ever outside of His Father’s will. Nobody and I can attest to this..!
This is a trying moment, a terrible thing that has happened which the press heartlessly jumps all over and wants as much attention as possible. I hope they leave the families alone because if they didn’t, they are almost as bad as some heartless people.
But within all this sin that is the press sometimes there is still hope. It’s just where you might not realize it.
If you think you are too far gone, God and Jesus are just around the corner. There is love that is revealed in the midst of pain. Sometimes it takes the worst situation to bring us to the God of Love. But it doesn’t have to always take that step.
Did you know that Jesus loves you know matter what you go through? It is true and Amen.
Did you know that God wants something simple from you? Just to receive love. That love is as simple as a present without a ribbon.
We must take every day as a gift from God. I love to see the sunrise or the day seemingly waking up in my part of the world.
It’s so beautiful! I don’t know what it is but to me there is just something about it.
So what moves you?
Is it early days, mornings where you are with loved ones? What keeps you going? I hope you strive for that every moment when you get the chance.
When you cry know that God keeps every tear in His hand. One day on this earth He will wipe away every tear! It might not happen right now but it will one day. Isn’t this news just wonderful? And it is true.
Did you know that God loves you. I am surprised He ever loved or loves me! His mercy amazes me, His forgiveness of my sin is new every morning and every day.
My sin is every moment however short those times in between are but His love is available always. It is available always. Amen!!
I so wish people got to know my church more often. It is full of people with such love I can’t even get it, understand it sometimes. Their love is reflective to my life. It has made me know to love them every time I see them because I don’t deserve theirs.
I only say this as me, an individual, I don’t think people should see their selves that way towards the church in general.
But in the church’s dwelling place is hearts transformed by Christ. He can invade any heart by pouring it out on the broken, the people who realize they cannot do anything without Him.
I have been broken before. In fact I was so deep in sin, I struggled with something that was not much different than what the people in that club were like as well. This is not good to admit, in fact I am ashamed so bear with me here…
I was hurt because I was toiling endlessly like I was in that world but no one, not even my own family knew about it. I was a person that was grown up “in” the church and I struggled with this sin. I judged myself about it and thought I in my heart was unchangeable.
But God revealed His love to me in a special way. There was a musician that I read about and I think God wanted me to read about him. The guy said he was that way too but was transformed by the blood of Jesus! Wait…. what he was like, I was like that too…. you mean, I could also be changed?
I thought out of everyone I was one of the “unchangeable.” It was a thought, a judgement I had put on myself. But according to a one who was saved I found out as a young teen I could be changed as well!
Wow. So God really can change anyone!
He can and that is a part of my testimony, Amen. I only tell it to the ones who want to hear because they need to hear this news.
You must know this wondrous news of the love of Jesus Christ because if He died for me He died for all people like me as well!
Jesus went through so much; he was tortured, humiliated, stripped naked, and He was hung on a cross for all to see. The people all laughed and shamed Him, mocked Him too.
They could not understand that this was not just the son of God but the King of the Jews! Because they were full of sin (like the world’s sin) they in turn spit on Him and made fun of the one who loved them so much.
He was hurt, beaten, whipped, and He bled so much! He was hurt for our transgressions the world’s sins. And He died even for You.
Did you know that if you were the only one who lived on this earth Christ would die for you too? It is true!
That is how impactful God’s love is. He loves us all so much!
He also showed that He had power over the grave as God had authority over even death! Christ died but He didn’t rot away in the tomb just to be no more.
He didn’t come back only as a spirit, not true! He rose from the grave bodily, walked out and returned to the heavenly Father.
And one day He is coming again.
So like a gift we must all realize how much He loves us. All He wants is not an agenda or a place to go to to hang out and chill (the church, hahaha) but is true love to be revealed and given for You. Love that pierces hearts that are hurting.
Are you hurting today? Do you need to know the love of Jesus?
Pray with me something like this:
“God I hear that You sent Your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I know that I cannot go to heaven without your gift of eternal life. I accept that gift of life because Your son died for me and I thank you during this time. I know that You love me and I want to have a relationship with You.”
I will pray anyone who reads it will have their broken hearts heal today. It is a time to heal and so much things that might and will probably be tough, but it is so worth it to know His love. Amen.
~~~~~<@ White rose