Where Do You Live?

Do you live in the house of fear or the house of love?  Christ calls us to unbridled love for all those around us.  Love of not only the people that are easy but the people that are hard.   Do you have love in your heart for the terrorist you see on the news?  Do you have love for the person that persecutes you? Christ did!  Do you pray blessings on the very people that threaten your way of life?  Your Savior does!  Every Soul – Good or Bad – Rich or Poor – Black or White – is a soul made in Gods image and loved deeply by him.  Each one created with purpose.  If we live in a house of fear then we see differences and we foster hatred.  We allow satan to sit with us and cloud our judgement.  If we live in the house of love… with the Lord as our father… we will come to dwell in compassion for all mankind.  I struggle sometimes but our Savior has answered many of my prayers and brought me into the entryway of his house.  He puts me in the path of people and allows me to minister to them and show them compassion.  My prayer, for all of us, is that we strive to become the human family instead of the human race.  With Jesus as our father it can be done.  But it has to start with each of us.  

Luke 6:24 – 42

I Love you!

Perry

God Is Not Religious!

As he met God for the first time it took him by surprise.  God was not what he imagined and certainly not what he spent his life thinking.  As God hugged him he couldn’t help but proclaim.  “You’re not what I expected”  To which God replied “What were you looking for?”  He said “Someone more religious, someone older and with a long beard!”  The answer from God was very surprising.  “Religious?  I’m not religious!  I never wanted all this division.  Certainly not among my children.  Catholic, Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist,  how could you ever know what to do and where to go? What matters is being my child.  Loving me with all your heart… your soul… your mind….   Oh and make sure you love everyone else just like you love me!  It’s that simple.  Don’t get caught up on rules… on ceremonies… on who’s right and who’s wrong.  It’s not about that.  You can’t earn your way to my arms by following rules.  You can’t come into my kingdom by belonging to a certain religion.  It’s much simpler than that.  Love me so much that nothing else in your life can come between us.  Then love others,  and I mean everyone,  that much as well.  Do that… teach that…  and the rest will follow.  I love you more than you know.  Now give me another hug my good and faithful servant!” 

1 John 4:20

I Love You!

Perry

My Hearts Prayer!

My eyes have not beheld what my heart so clearly sees.  Daily I reach for you… knowing that your hand will be there to guide me.  To welcome me.  I rest in the comfort that your light will shine… to lead… where my life must follow.  That your love will bring freedom to my soul, as it longs to soar to your waiting arms.  My life… given in service to you… and all your children… as I desire to mirror your love.  To be the hands… and feet… of your glory to all those I encounter.  I fall prostrate to the ground as I behold your grace… your majesty…  I try, with all my strength, to follow your truth… your life… your way.  I ask for wisdom, for guidance, to love all your children without forethought or motive.  To allow you to guide me in your ways and in your plan for me.  That my life may be nothing more than a tribute to you.  That the breath you have given me will not be in vain but will be in service and dedication to you.  Come… Father come… and fill my soul with your presence.  That others may see the glory of you… through me. 

Colossians 3:15

I Love You!

Perry

Jesus Is Weeping!

Jesus wept!  

It’s hard to think of Jesus crying.  

We cry…  We cry over loved ones lost.  We cry because our lack of faith brings doubt about if we all see them again.   But Jesus wept!  Jesus knew the outcome.  Jesus knew the power he had.  Jesus knew he would bring his friend Lazarus back to life.  So weeping?  Why?   Disappointment!  Frustration!  After all the miracles his friends had seen him do.  After all the times they witnessed his power, they still had doubt.  They still did not believe he could bring his friend out of the tomb.  I truly believe his friends… the people he loved the most… and their lack of faith brought deep sadness to our Savior.  That gives me pause!  How many times do I bring tears to my Saviors eyes when I doubt his power.  How many times do I cause him to cry because my faith is weak.  As I try to deal with life, instead of trusting him to care for me, does it cause a tear to stream down his cheek?  Do you struggle daily with your faith?  Do you fear or worry instead of trusting his love… his power?  You… I… and those around us bring sadness to our Savior as we struggle with our faith.  Jesus Wept!  Might be better to say Jesus is weeping.  I am going to pray for strength to stop those tears.  I hope you will join me. 

John 11

I Love You!

Perry

The Heart Of Jesus!

Do you ever feel burdened by something you know burdens Christ? Does your heart hurt for things you know hurt Jesus’ heart? 

We had stopped in an ice cream store to celebrate a blessing God had given.  He came in the front door.  A young man… attractive… but with ragged clothes, and a look that comes from the streets.  I watched as he wondered around the store, talking to himself.  As always God put on my heart to visit with him.  Didn’t take long to realize his mind was lost… as he was.  I bought him a couple of sodas and some popcorn.  I then told Joel about Christ and asked if I could pray with him.  Even now the tears come as I think of the lost future, the lost potential, the lost life.  Do you find yourself weeping over the misplaced soul?  Do you find yourself troubled at the one who has lost his way?  Does sadness overcome you as you witness those that look for guidance in a bottle or pill.  As the Holy Spirit becomes more a part of who you are then it is only natural you will feel the same burdens Christ feels. As children of the living God we should have heavy hearts for the things our Lord has a heavy heart for.  It is through those burdens we will see the heart of Jesus!

Philippians 2:4 

I Love You!

Perry