Love is a Battlefield

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In thinking about Sunday’s post, I am reminded of the freedom of praying a prayer of blessing upon our enemies. It’s so tempting to want the worst for them. You want them to feel just as much pain as they have given you, but all that does is begin a never ending cycle. It reminds me of that movie about the missionary who died in the Amazon rain forest.

They showed the tribes seeking bloody revenge on another tribe, nearly wiping out whole family lines in a kind of genocide. It reminded me of why revenge is for the Lord. Only He knows what can CHANGE the person. Anger changes us if we hold on to it too long.

Our enemies don’t care if we hurt. When we withhold emotion or something else from them, we are only punishing ourselves. I recalled this when I finally got to the end of myself and really, genuinely prayed a prayer of blessing upon people who had hurt me badly.  It’s not uncommon to begin the process of forgiving all over again when a new situation arises.

They aren’t going to change.

So why not use this situation as an opportunity to grow?

That is why I am resting at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to take this situation, and help me grow from it; help me see any spiritual blindness on my part; and help me be a better person. Love is a choice. It’s a battlefield.

222 Sundays: To Enemy and Friend Alike

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 212 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

The best way to push away anger and embrace love? Pray a prayer a blessing, not just on your friends, but on your enemy, too. Eventually, you’ll mean it.

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222 Sundays: Repent

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 214 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

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Book Tour: Martyr’s Fire

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I am not quite done with the novel, but the review will post by Tuesday. Meanwhile, take a look at these other participants to read their reviews of Martyr’s Fire:

*Martyr’s Fire –   http://www.amazon.com/Martyrs-Fire-Book-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071569/
Author Website- http://www.coolreading.com/
*Participants’ links:
Red Bissell
Beckie Burnham
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson
Rachel Wyant

 

222 Sundays: Holding to His Promises

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 215 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

Even in the desert, Lord, You will keep your promises!

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So You Want Transformation…

From The Higher Calling

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Most people who put down blogging are people who don’t blog. Blogging is part-journaling and part-networking. It has purpose, and not just selling points.

I invite you to take the time to read my blog from when I began three years ago. If you want a picture of Jesus transforming a life, take your proverbial magnifying glass on my life. I invite you.

Jesus changed my life both physically and spiritually.

But I am not perfect.

Sometimes, I annoy people.

Sometimes, I care too much.

Sometimes, I am way too OCD about things.

But God is my Daddy. He is my Savior, my friend. Jesus is the reason I breathe, laugh, cry, and live. He is the reason for my change, but remember my humanity. I am not Jesus. Therefore, I cannot be Him. So if you are looking for perfection, it is not here. If you are looking for love, He loves perfectly. I may judge you or get annoyed at you, but I still love you.

Because Jesus loves you.

And you can learn a lot from re-reading your own blogs as well as see the transformation Jesus has done in a person’s life by reading someone else’s blog or journal.