What Does the Human Heart Crave?

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The human heart craves…

 

…peace

…a Savior

…forgiveness

 

…strength to cope

…a leader to follow

…shelter in the storm

 

…security for the day

…protection from evil

…joy in spite of turmoil

 

…provision for all needs

…power to fight the enemy

…recognition of achievement

 

…fulfillment for its emptiness

…to be loved, unconditionally

…safety from all that would harm

 

…soothing for the frustrations of life

…to be accepted, without reservation

…refreshment in those parched times

 

…courage to step out when fainthearted

…tenderness when the world is unlovely

…confidence and calm when fear attacks

 

…to be understood, without condemnation

…the right spouse, job, school, friendships

…comfort in times of stress, grief, and affliction

 

…a guidance counselor to find the designed path

…encouragement for those days filled with woes

…to be welcomed Home into the Everlasting Arms

 

…an intimate relationship with the Love of the universe!

 

And yes, there are times when the human heart is contrary and desires the wrong things, seeking in confusion. A right heart craves to beat in perfect harmony with the Heartbeat of the Beloved.

 

Crave the Love that is offered in that intimate relationship. Crave that oneness. Crave the Love that is above all others. Crave the Love that loves you beyond belief.

 

Don’t feel like it? I hear some souls sinking. But I don’t feel loved.

 

Perhaps you’ve been grieving over some loss in your life. Perhaps you’ve been wrongfully accused of something or hurt in some way. Perhaps you’re feeling very discouraged right now. Perhaps you have negative feelings about yourself or negative thoughts bombarding your mind.

 

Perhaps…well, whatever your perhaps may be, your heart is wounded. Your eyes spill over with stress-induced tears from a broken heart.

 

Well, I’m here to tell you that feelings change but the truth of God’s love does not. The truth is…God loves you with a love that can still any storm, win any battle, override any tension or discomfort, soothe any pain, comfort any hurt, calm any fear, encourage any heartache, and will always uphold you and share peace and joy with you.

 

You, the one He loves truly. You, the one for whom He died. You, the one to whom He yearns to be close. You, the Lord’s espoused, His intended, His precious companion for all eternity. You are His precious heart’s desire.

 

He rejoices over you with mirth and pleasure. He spins around in excitement over you with shouts of joy and songs of praise! (Zeph. 3:17)

 

This is the Love your heart is craving!

 

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:16-17a NLT)

 

No matter what circumstance is swirling around you, you are loved and you will be okay. If your life is falling apart right now, you’ll be okay. Even if all looks dark and dreary, you’ll be okay.

 

Let me encourage you… YOU. ARE. LOVED. Each. And. EVERY. Day. No matter what!

 

The only one you truly need to make you feel loved is the Lord. He will never leave you, nor abandon you. And that, my sweet friend, should fill your love tank to overflowing!

 

May your craving be filled with that special, tender fulfilling Love!

 

Blessings, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

 

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Because You Are Loved, You’ll be Okay

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We welcome back one of our regular guests. Lynn Mosher has today’s post and it is very timely in that it talks about love in February, which is the love month. Thank you Lynn for your inspiring post.

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Because You Are Loved, You’ll Be Okay

Valentine’s Day is coming. I can hear some of you sighing. What’s the point of Valentine’s Day? Just another holiday for the cash register.

Maybe. But this month is considered the month of love. So, focusing on love is always good. Especially when it’s on God’s love. And God’s love for His heart’s beloved ones.

And you, dear heart, are one of those beloved ones.

I hear some souls sinking. But I don’t feel beloved. I don’t feel okay.

Perhaps you’ve been grieving, even in the solitude of your closet, grieving over some loss in your life. Perhaps the loss of a loved one. Perhaps over a broken marriage. Perhaps a friend has hurt you.

Perhaps you’ve been wrongfully accused of something in your workplace. Perhaps you’re feeling very discouraged right now. Perhaps you have negative feelings about yourself or negative thoughts bombard your mind.

Perhaps…well, whatever your perhaps may be, your heart is wounded. Your eyes spill over with stress-induced tears from a broken heart.

Well, I’m here to tell you that feelings change but the truth of God’s love does not. The truth is…God loves you with a love that can still any storm, win any battle, override any tension or discomfort, soothe any pain, comfort any hurt, calm any fear, and will always uphold you, always share peace and joy with you.

You, the one He loves truly. You, the one for whom He died. You, the one to whom He yearns to be close. You, the Lord’s espoused, His intended, His precious companion for all eternity. You are His precious heart’s desire.

He rejoices over you with mirth and pleasure. He spins around in excitement over you with shouts of joy and songs of praise! (Zeph. 3:17)

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:16-17a NLT)

No matter what circumstance is swirling around you, you are loved and you will be okay. If your life is falling apart right now, you’ll be okay. Even if all looks dark and dreary, you’ll be okay.

Let me encourage you, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, you are loved. Each. And. EVERY. Day. No matter what!

The only one you truly need to make you feel loved is the Lord, the God of Love. He will never leave you, nor abandon you. And that, my sweet friend, should fill your love tank to overflowing!

You’ll be okay…because you are loved!

lynnmosher.com

 

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Pain Came to Visit Like a long Lost Relative

Try Telling Jokes While you are Being Operated on

As I am typing this I am having trouble concentrating. I had surgery on my eyelids a couple days ago, and I am in recovery. No need to feel sorry for me, I will be fine. It has just taken a longer time than predicted. That is my nature. I seem to choose the long path to recovery each time I have been under the knife. I guess I want to get my monies worth of suffering and pain.

I have had pain and suffering come to visit my home and stay like long lost relatives. It is always much longer than I first thought, and longer than I wanted.

What about you? Do you feel like life has given you a bowl of lemons and everything is bitter? Do you face far too many trials when others seem to go through life floating on a cloud? When you look outside during the day doesn’t it seem dark and dreary? Do you feel that God doesn’t care?

I have certainly had my days when I have thought that. I sometimes wondered what I had done wrong to be so blessed with the many afflictions I had.

I now know that I have not even come close to the suffering that my Lord Jesus Christ went through just for me. He only lived 33 years on this earth as a human, and a lot of it at the end was much pain, and suffering.

 He was whipped with a whip that had nail like tips on it. He was spit upon. He had a crown of thorns pushed down hard on his head.  Then He had nails pounded into each of His hands, and His two feet. He was hung on a cross, and had a very painful and lonely death.

 I now think of that when I have a little pain in my life. It is nothing compared to what my Savior went through.

BUT! There is a happy ending to this sad story. Jesus rose from the dead and was seen by hundreds of people. He still had the scars of the nails in His hands and feet. He still had the scar from the sword wound that was in His side.

So what does this mean to you and me? Well, of course, it means that because He went through all of that we have eternal life if we believe in Him.

Think a little more….

It means that He knows about each of our battles with suffering.  He knows the pain. He knows the suffering. He has been there and done that. He didn’t have to, but He did for you and me.

He is with each of us as we go through our own pain and suffering, and is there to help us calm the storm. That is why I am so upbeat each time I face another trial of pain and suffering. I have had six major surgeries that I will not bore you with now, but each time I am told that the doctors and nurses were amazed how happy and upbeat I was. I even had one doctor tell me that I was telling jokes while he was placing a pacemaker in my chest!

How am I able to be so upbeat, and ready to take on each trial? Because I know that God is with me holding my hand. Wouldn’t you be happy if your father was holding your hand during some of your scariest times?

I had quadruple by-pass surgery, and in the prep room there were over twenty members of my family praying, and having looks of sadness in their eyes. Then there was me, laughing and cheering them up! Kind of backwards don’t you think?

I am not saying that I am jolly old Doug every minute of each day. I still have my down times. I still ask God to help me through a dark moment, but now I know that he is listening. At one time I felt so alone and fearful.

I will never go through that again knowing that I am not alone. Not only have I got a loving family, but I have a heavenly family as well holding my hand and directing my life.

So be strong with each stressful situation that comes your way. God is there with you. It is a tremendous witness to be strong through the storms. Others will be blessed from it.

 

 

 

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