Receiving God’s Love By Sheri Rose Shepherd

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Receiving God’s Love
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
Bestselling Author and Bible Life Coach
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Think how powerful it would be if we spoke the truth about how God feels about us at least as often as we silently said negative things about ourselves or replayed in our minds all the hurtful things that have been said about us. The truth is, we are not what others say about us, and if the men we love speak hurtful words to us that make us feel unworthy, we don’t need to repeat them any longer. Instead we can learn to rest in God’s unchanging love for us.

Even if no one has ever said anything kind to you, your Prince Jesus longs for you to breathe in the tender love, compassion, and kindness He feels for you. If you’re ready to have Jesus, the lover of your soul, become reality to you, I invite you to do the following . . .

Breathe In His Love . . .

For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

You know that feeling of exhilaration that sticks with you after you’ve spent time with a guy you know you’re falling in love with? As you part, you take a deep breath and feel waves of delight washing over you. Or you know the joy that wells up inside when your man unexpectedly says something so sweet that you feel treasured? You replay those words over and over in your mind because doing so gives you a lift.

Breathe His truth in; allow the words of your true prince Jesus to echo in your heart and soul.

After you consider God’s words to you—”I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)—whisper toward heaven, “I love You, Lord.”

Sing about His Love . . .

Each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:8)

When I was learning to let myself receive God’s love, I would actually sing love songs to Him. Though they had been written for a woman to sing to a man here on earth, I began to understand that if I would crave God’s love first, He would meet my needs. Only then would I be able to give and receive love.

Today I love worship songs that sing of God’s love for us. I blare them throughout my house in the mornings so Satan will not be able to whisper lies to me any longer. Consider doing the same.

Write Love Letters to Him in a Journal . . .

Connect your heart to heaven by writing love letters to your Lord. It is amazing what happens to your heart as you begin to express your love in writing to the only One who will never walk away from or reject you. Hang on to this treasure of truth: how you feel about yourself will never change God’s love for you.

Let Us Pray . . .

Dear God,
I confess I do not feel worthy of your love. It is hard for me to believe that You even love me. Help me, Lord, to look to You for my worth. Forgive me for not allowing myself to receive Your love. Forgive me for looking to others to make me feel like I have value when You are the only one who can validate me and love me the way I long to be loved. From this day forward, I choose to let You love me so I can love others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD. (Psalm 104:33-34)

For more teaching from the Your Heart’s Desire book and Bible study, visitwww.biblelifecoaching.com.

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Desiring a “Happily Ever After”

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Desiring a “Happily Ever After”
Fighting the Temptation to Give Up on Love and Marriage
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I don’t know where you stand today with the man you love or loved—or if you are single, divorced, separated, or widowed. I can tell you, though, that if you’ve been hurt, you can be sure Your heavenly Father knows how hard it is to love and forgive the one who caused you pain. Yet regardless of the relational devastation you face, no one can keep you from finishing strong for God’s glory!I was raised in a non-Christian home. My parents have each been married and divorced to three different people. As part of several blended families, all I understood about marriage when I was growing up was “unhappily ever after.” But then I became a Christian at twenty-four and married my husband, Steve, just a few years later. Because of my love for God and my husband, I honestly didn’t think anything could shake my own marriage or faith.In the summer of 2007, however, my happily ever after was wiped out and my faith was tested. The family foundation I had worked so hard to build and protect was almost destroyed, along with my ministry, in that season of my life. I truly believed that God had forsaken me.

I had just finished writing my book for mothers about raising sons to become godly husbands. As I excitedly ran upstairs to e-mail the manuscript to the publisher, I suddenly felt as if something dark hovered over me. My passion for the book’s message was drowned out by the fear of an attack from the enemy that could come against me and my family if I stepped on his territory . . . young men and their future marriages.

I called the publisher and said I’d need to wait and pray for courage before submitting the manuscript. I went to my son, Jake, who was eighteen years old and a senior in high school at the time, and asked him if he had any plans of rebelling against his faith once he graduated from high school. I told him I was willing to give him freedom to find his own faith in Christ, but I didn’t want to put out a book about raising boys if my own son was going to walk away from the Lord. He reassured me that he was strong in his faith and that he felt I should publish the book. I decided to take the chance to make a difference and sent in the manuscript.

The book began climbing the charts, and everything seemed to be going well. I even began speaking with my son at conferences for mothers of boys. Then three months into my book tour, my fear of attack hit. My husband had taken a job that we had both prayed for. This job appeared to be a blessing; however, his new position required him to violate some of the boundaries we had put in place to protect our marriage, and we ended up separated.

There I was in the public eye of ministry, fighting to save future marriages, and somehow my own marriage was falling apart. My son was devastated by the division between me and his dad. It was too hard for him to deal with all his confusion, pain, and anger, so he took a break from his faith and began using drugs and alcohol to comfort himself. I had always known to run to God for cover when there was a great attack, but now I felt like He had left me alone on the battlefield to fight for myself. It appeared that all I had believed about God and all my effort to build a strong foundation for my own family had been shattered. My pain, my shame, and my life were an embarrassment. I felt as if I were battling an out-of-control fire that would burn up everything I loved and lived for. Every night I would cry myself to sleep as I struggled to understand why God had not protected me while I was attempting to accomplish something for His glory.

One night I could not take it anymore, so I fell to my knees and told God I either wanted Him to fix my family or I wanted to quit the ministry. Then I felt the Lord asking me a bigger question: Was My life, given on a cross for you, not enough for you to finish strong even if it means surrendering the life you wanted? For the first time I realized that my heart’s true desire was to feel loved and secure, and yet no man on earth could love me the way my Lord does. In that moment of crisis I found the true meaning of following Christ. God had not forsaken me, but He did want to free me from depending on others to give me my happily ever after.

That night I gave my heart’s deepest desire to God and chose to follow Him at any cost. In exchange, He gave me something so much better; He gave me peace that was more powerful than my circumstances. My faith was no longer in people; it was in Christ alone. Although nothing outwardly had changed yet, I had been changed. Today, Steve and I have celebrated twenty-five years of marriage, and our son serves God with His whole heart. He and his bride have given us our first grandbaby girl. However, to be honest, restoring our marriage was excruciatingly painful and more difficult than either of us expected. As hard as this trial was, it taught me a valuable lesson: our Lord is the God of comfort and the author of a new beginning. He can and will rebuild a beautiful life out of any broken heart willing to make a change. He will use one sacrificial choice; one act of forgiveness; one sincere, repentant heart; and one woman who is willing to step out in faith and start rebuilding with His love for His glory.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

For more teaching from the Your Heart’s Desire book and Bible study, visitwww.biblelifecoaching.com.

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Being Content in Singleness

A close friend and I were discussing being single and content today and I really loved his perspective

“…Until I learned that God wants me to be content and satisfied no matter what. I.E Even in singleness. Now when I’m tempted to feel unhappy/discontent, I start praying. I thank the Lord for the beautiful (handsome) and amazing wife (husband) He has for me, and then I tell Him that no matter what, with His help, I’m going to be content. I tell Him that I’m happy NOW, and that I’m not going to have ANYTHING be an idol in my life. Not even something I don’t have yet”

 

-Elle

 

Interesting Article

For the Gals: 8 Principles for Dating  – This website also has a lot of great, interesting articles.

52 Weeks 52 Verses: I Run to You

“I run to you, God; I run for dear life. Don’t let me down! Take me seriously this time! Get down on my level and listen, and please—no procrastination!”

-Psalm 31:1, The Message

I love this verse. I often feel like I am running after God, sometimes I am not sure what path to take which way to turn, but as long as He is my goal than everything is going to be alright. He is my focus, the one I look to for comfort, support, love, answers. At every turn, He is there, no matter how quickly I think I’ve made a decision He is still there watching over me, guiding my steps, picking me up when I stumble and ultimately fall flat on my face.

The fact of the matter is, although I see myself always running towards Him, I don’t have too. God is not someone who is trying to evade me, He is not trying to get away from me, in all actuality most of the time He is running after me, when I make choices without asking Him, when I take turns that I know are not the best and that He would not want me to take, He doesn’t go and hide, or wait until I find my path again, He chases after me, holds on to me and never lets me go, no matter how hard I may try to push Him away.

The best times though aren’t the days He is running after me, or the times I feel I am running after Him, but the days we are running with each other. When just like a little kid I am jumping into each of His footsteps staying with Him and following Him. In those moments when my life can shine His love through me, when people can tell there is something different about me just by the way I act and respond. Those are the best days. The ones where I am following Him to the path that He has set before me, when I can show people what the love of our Father truly means.

God will never run away from you. No matter what. No matter what you think you have done that would not deserve His love, there is nothing that can chase Him away. Accept His love, embrace it, and start down that path alongside Him to the life He has prepared you for that will lead you into eternity. Remember, God will never let you down.

-Elle

Hanging out in a holding pattern

“Waiting can paralyze us. It can cause us to do nothing until our hopes are realized, or until it’s clear that it won’t be. But I want to be like Abraham, who was actually strengthened as he waited, because he chose to believe God’s promises. He and Sarah waited 100 years for a son. But they trusted God’s plan, because His plan is trustworthy.”

I went to e-mail this article to a friend this morning, since we have a habit of sharing articles about being Christian and Single only to remember she is no longer single, so instead I am going to share it with all of you.

Singleness and Contentment

“So don’t fight against waiting. It’s a tool God uses to grow our character.”

Sometimes I hate waiting…ok Most of the time I hate waiting, we are so spoiled (at least I am) in getting what we want immediately. I want to watch my favorite show when I can’t sleep at 3 am No problem that’s what DVR’s are for! (Not that I would even know how to use one) Hungry and not in the mood to cook? Fast food here I come? Microwaves meals? Text Messages? E-mail? Everything is so easy for us especially in the United States, everything is given to us in a form to have it on the go, we want immediacy so when the time comes to wait and wait and wait we get antsy we don’t know what to do and don’t care  to learn anything during the process.

I spent my last two years applying to a new job, and applying and applying and every few months I would get an interview and go back to applying. It frustrated me beyond belief, I got to the where I felt stuck that maybe the job I was in was the only thing I would get, that I would be the one to fail, stuck in the dead-end job instead of taking the time like I should have and learned and listened for what God was teaching me during that time.

There’s still other things I wait for and in those moments I want to also be strengthened like Abraham during the wait. I need to look past how long it’s been since I started waiting, and embrace this time and season. Ok so waiting might mean I’m the only single bridesmaid…again, but right now I am alright with that. God knows my hearts desires, He knows and has plans beyond what I could even imagine.

So for now I wait. And I learn. And I share and connect with others. I know I am not the only one that feels I am constantly waiting, but maybe I can use what I learn as part as my ministry as a way to connect with others and build stronger relationships.

-Elle

Not Another Dating Book By: Renee Johnson Fisher

Just like the title says, this is not another dating book. Fisher has created a devotional that reminds us that having a relationship with God should be our goal and focus, not the relationship with another person. Fisher shares stories from her own past, as well as comments from others regarding their relationships and how when we develop a crush, or like someone our focus shifts off of God and we began to idolize the person whose attention we are attempting to capture.

Fisher reminds us that our sole purpose should be a relationship with God, and to remember that He is and always will be our first love and that He will always be there to guide us and in His timing not in ours we will find the person who will become our spouse. Throughout Not Another Dating Book you will come across topics of idolatry, jealousy, and forgiveness.

This book is a must read for teen girls who find themselves caught up in the idea of relationships and boyfriends. You will be reminded of the one true relationship we should be seeking and to glorify God with our thoughts and focus.

This book was provided complimentary from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle