Each Friday will be a surprise!
Sometimes it will be a
meaningful quote, sometimes a link to a blog post that has moved me,
sometimes a Scripture verse, sometimes a favorite song or whatever else
may inspire me!
I'm calling it 'Friday's Thought'
This past year I choose 'Love' as my ONE word and as I focused on the Love of God, I found this verse coming alive for me.
"We love Him, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
What a powerful verse. He has always loved us. Even before we loved Him.
There has never been a time when God hasn't loved us.
I recently read this powerful prayer from A.W. Tozer to the Lord about His love:
"Our Father which art in heaven, we your children are often troubled in mind, hearing within us at once the affirmations of faith and the accusations of conscience.
We are sure that there is in us nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for us in Christ Jesus.
If nothing in us can win Your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving us.
Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith we are loved.
Help us to believe the intensity, the eternity of the love that has found us.
Then love will cast out fear; and our troubled hearts will be at peace, trusting not in what we are but in what You have declared Yourself to be. Amen"
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18
I admit I've read and heard this verse a million times but until I read this quote from Tozer, I never really thought about it deeply.
He says here:
"Fear is the painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. This fear persists while we are subject to the will of someone who does not desire our well-being. The moment we come under the protection of one of good will, fear is cast out."
Our Father in heaven only has good-will towards us. He loves us. And when we trust in Him, fear is cast out.
Such great thoughts to dwell on at the start of this new year. : )
* My new ONE word for 2014 is: Purposeful
I want to be more purposeful in all that I do. More kind with my words, more giving with my time and more patient with my family.