He Picked You!!

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Are you filled with anticipation today for the excitement that awaits you?

Perhaps suspecting surprises of flowers or candy or even a sparkly something on this special day?

NO?

Is today tough for you? Is it a day that reminds you of being alone…taking you back to your grade school and junior high days when you stood in a line waiting to be picked? You waited and waited as others were chosen, whispering to yourself each time, “pick me! pick me!”

Fast forward to adulthood as you look around and see others picked to fall in love while you’re still saying, “pick me”. It can be a hard way to spend the day.

I have good news for you…someone DID pick you!

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  John 3:16-17

Is this verse too generic for you? Let’s try it a different way. Read the verse out loud and say your name each time there is a blank:

For God so loved ____ that He gave his one and only Son, that because _____ believes in Him _____ shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn ______, but to save the world through Him.  John 3:16-17

You were chosen to be you – uniquely you and loved by an amazing God. He has wonderful plans for you whether or not you have a sweetheart to spend Valentine’s Day with. I understand the pain of being without an earthly love/significant other who loves you, dotes on you and can’t wait to spend time with you. I still desire that.

But one thing I know for sure. The love of other human’s will fail. They will disappoint us. They will anger us. Some day they may leave us (at least for a time) through death.

Not so the love of God. The apostle Paul put it this way:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

God’s love isn’t always easy to comprehend on human terms. But if you reach out for Him, He will reach in and change your life in wonderful ways.

Even if you’ve known Him for years, come to know Him in a new, deeper way this Valentine’s Day.

Today, may the unending love of Jesus wrap you in a hug deeper than you’ve ever experienced before.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

blessings and peace,
Paula

BIG REMINDER! (and something to think about)

TOMORROW IS VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!

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This public service announcement is not only for those who have a significant other whom you should not forget on this special day.

It is also (perhaps especially) for those who look ahead with dread toward a day that reminds them of what they “have not”.

This alert is to give you time to turn around an otherwise melancholy time of the year.

I spent almost 20 years of my life as a single woman dreading Valentine’s Day. I felt that it wasn’t fair that other women could celebrate the day of love with their mate enjoying a romantic dinner, being surprised with roses or jewelry to commemorate their love for each other. And there I sat…

Alone.

Wallowing.

Consuming large amounts of chocolate.

One day a thought dropped into my head.

head-and-heart1“you know, you’re not the only one alone on Valentine’s Day!”

I know it’s not really a radical, mind-blowing thought, but it was for me that day. I began to really look around me at others who were preparing for Valentine’s Day. And I saw plenty of others alone and lonely, sometimes even in a marriage or relationship.

And I realized that I can make a difference to them on Valentine’s Day.

What about you? How can you make Valentine’s Day better for someone else?

Here are some ideas:

  • Mail or deliver Valentine’s to those who are alone.
  • Pick up candy, flowers, balloons, etc. and hand them out randomly to people who look like they could use a smile.
  • Pick up the phone and call someone who might need a friend.

There are so many other options. Pray about what you could do, on your own, with your significant other or as a family.

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I guarantee that as you reach out, God will reach in!!

Tomorrow I have a very special Valentine’s message for you.

blessings and peace to you!
Paula

Calling All Cheerleaders!

And by this I mean YOU!  I know, I was never a cheerleader in high school or college either (I fell more in the creative nerd category) but that doesn’t exempt anyone.

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Each of us is a cheerleader for someone, or should be if we are not. If you are married you should be a cheerleader for your spouse, as a parent you cheer on your kids. Even in our friendships, and especially in ministry we should be cheerleaders for others. We cheer on our favorite sports teams so why not those who are important in our lives?

I was reading the other day in John 3:22-30. John was baptizing people and not too far away Jesus was doing the same. Jesus was just beginning His public ministry and people were drawn to him…and away from John. His followers were somewhat alarmed, and spoke to John about it. John’s response?

 He must become greater; I must become less. 
              John 3:30

John was not jealous of Jesus because He was attracting more people than John. John knew what his call was and Jesus was the culmination of all John had been teaching. His full reply was this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” John 3:27-29

Not only was John not jealous of Jesus, he was Jesus’ biggest cheerleader. John was excited that Jesus, the promised Messiah had come and John was given the privilege to announce Him to the world.

Have you ever thought of cheering someone on as a privilege? Maybe those you want to cheer for, but what about your competition? Yes, your competition.

I sometimes find myself seeing the blogs and Facebook pages of other authors and the thousands of people following them and it’s easy to envy their popularity and the lives they are touching. That envy can quickly turn to whining and sulking about how I want to be like them.

But God doesn’t call me to be like them. Often He calls me to pray for them and their ministries. After all, drawing others to Christ should never be a competition. We are all in this together!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up… 
1 Thessalonians 5:11

The truth is that we don’t know the impact we are making for God’s kingdom by praying for others, sending a note, or cheering them on. If that is what God calls us to do He expects us to do it cheerfully and with spirit! When we are faithful to being in the background God can be sure we will be ready when He calls us to step out into a more public position.

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Be ready to be a cheerleader for anyone God calls you to. You have no idea how pleased you will make Him.

After all, isn’t pleasing God what it’s all about?

blessings & peace to you today!
Paula