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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What Will Your Legacy be?

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The Day After
Yesterday was the service for my brother-in-law. It was a beautiful service, and there were many memories shared. People stood up, (including myself) and shared stories about something we did with him.
Mt story was about traveling to Spain with him, and when we were in Toledo, Spain, I was having serious trouble walking the route the guide was taking us. It was up and down hills, and she was moving at a brisk pace. I fell behind the group and was laboring.
Another member of the group was hanging back with me to keep me company, but he was an avid photographer and I told him he was missing out on some of the things the guide was sharing.
He went on ahead. I struggled more. I had ear phones so I could hear what the guide was saying. But her voice got fainter, and fainter. It started breaking up. I knew I was far behind.
I was struggling so much I had to lean with one arm on the walls as I walked the street. I was out of breath, and sweating heavily. I thought I wasn’t going to make it since I have congestive heart failure.
Just about then as I came around a slowing curve in the street I could see my brother-in-law in the distance hurrying towards me. He had come back for me. He asked, “Are you all right buddy?” I told him I wasn’t doing too well. He put his arm on the inside of my arm and held me up. He missed some of the route because of helping me.
He stayed with me until we caught up with the group. He was a Marine, and I am a veteran myself. It was as if he was thinking, “No soldier left behind.” I will never forget that. It is a very fond memory of compassion from a loved one.
Other people stood up at the service, and they sounded similar in their stories.
Words that came out that described him, were:
  • Encouraging
  • Fun loving
  • Positive attitude
  • Love of music
  • Compassionate
  • Family first
  • Laughter
  • Traveler
  • Love for his wife

There were more, but I wondered if when I pass, people will be saying such wonderful things about me. Will I have such a great impact that he had on others?

How about you? What will your legacy be? Will it be one that makes other people proud of you, or it be one many will want to forget?

Either way, you still have time to build on your legacy. As my brother-in-law found out, you never know when you last breath will be. He died suddenly after a very short illness.

Start today. Love your family. Reach out to others. Help the needy. Be a compassionate, and caring person, and you too will have many people standing and sharing good things about you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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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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The Pain of Losing a Loved One

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The pain of losing a loved one

My wife and I first began visiting our church by an invitation from a close family friend. Unsure of what we getting into we arrived early that first Sunday morning to be welcomed into the church by Allen Davidson. Now Allen was an older man, but very youthful in his zeal for the Lord. He welcomed both of us into the church with hugs and great enthusiasm. He truly cared as he invited us in. He and his wife Bernese came to church as they were, transparent, authentic, and loving. They greeted everyone with open arms, and open hearts.

A couple months ago Allen told me he found out from his doctor he had Pancreatic Cancer, and it would be only a matter of time before it took his life. I could hear it in his voice that he was pretty distraught over the news, so I just listened to him as he shared with a heavy heart how he loved the life he lived. He told me how much God had blessed him with a beautiful family, kids, grand kids, and an amazing wife. It troubled my heart to see him upset.

Last Sunday on our way into the sanctuary the pastor came over to me and told me the news, Allen had passed away.

I knew the day was coming, but if I had to describe that moment I would say it felt like being hit with a ton of bricks. I told my wife, and held her close as she processed the loss with tears streaming down her cheeks.

Death is overwhelming, no matter how prepared we are for a loved one to pass, it seems that there is no way to avoid the pain of letting go. Even as Allen’s life was coming to a close I still found myself asking God for a miracle. I would pray, “Lord, renew his strength! Heal his flesh!” I was asking God for a here and now miracle because it is much easier for me to rejoice in the here and now.

For my joy, I wish I didn’t have to watch Allen pass away, but the truth is, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” if God would have answered my prayer, it would not have fulfilled Allen’s joy. Today, my good friend Allen is with the Lord. He is free from all the pain and suffering of this world, and he has entered into an eternal paradise in the Kingdom of Heaven. For that I am thankful. It gives me something to hope for, and something to look forward to.

Taylor Wilkins.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA

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You can help him reach out to others by going to the below link and donating to his mission:

 

 

http://willvallfca.org/taylor-wilkins

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved. 

And above all…never, give up!

 

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