Category Archives: True Love

Apples…

As I think about Autumn one of the things that comes to mind is apples. Freshly picked apples, apple pie, apple butter, apple sauce and you can’t forget caramel apples and apple cider.

Girl holding appleOne of my favorite memories of this time of the year is when we went to a local fruit farm and picked a bushel or two of apples and then went home and made apple butter, apple sauce, and apple pie filling. It was a lot of fun to work together and see who was able to get the peel off in one piece (It wasn’t me…I have yet to be blessed with that level of hand eye coordination…).

As I was thinking about apples and all the yummy things associated with them I was reminded of the verses in the Bible that talk about us being the Apple of God’s eye.

Girl making pie“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings.”
~Psalm 17:8

Google defines the apple of my eye as “[Referring] to something or someone that one cherishes above all others…” Google defines cherish as to “protect and care for (someone) lovingly [and to] hold (something) dear.”

One of the synonyms for cherish is the word love. And you know what? God is LOVE (1 John 4:8). He loved us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to be the sacrifice that was needed so that we could live a life close to God.

“He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye”
~Deuteronomy 32:10

I love the way that this verse describes it. God found us in the dark wilderness of this world, encircled us in His love, taught us how to live a life pleasing to Him and keeps us as the apple of His eye. Cherishing us, loving us, and encouraging us as we continue on the journey toward our forever home in Heaven with Him.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Called to Love…

Flowers and HeartsAt church the past couple of weeks we have been discussing our influence on others. About how we have an influence on others whether we know it or not and what type of influence we are—what type of influence we should be as followers of Jesus.

I think that in today’s culture it is all too easy to get caught up in the hubbub of it all that we forget our true calling as Christians.

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
~Matthew 22:37-39

We as Christians are called to love. Above all else we are told to love God and love others. One of the reasons that Jesus came to earth was to be our example—to show us the way to live a life pleasing to God (John 13:15).

I think that sometimes we can get so caught up in what we want and how we see things that we forget about what God wants and what God sees.

God doesn’t care about skin color or political party affiliation. He cares about people.

  • God created ALL MANKIND (Genesis 1:26-27).
  • Jesus died for ALL MANKIND (2 Corinthians 5:15a).
  • Jesus’s resurrection is for ALL MANKIND (1 Corinthians 15:22).
  • God wants all ALL MANKIND to have eternal life with Him (2 Peter 3:9).

We are all the same. We’re all humans living in a world corrupted with sin. And we all sin—no man is better than another (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8). And we all need Jesus because without Him we have no hope—He is the ONLY way to Heaven (John 14:6). We are all His Sons and daughters (Galatians 3:26). We are all part of HIS FAMILY. And in His eyes there are no divides (Galatians 3:23).

He has graciously gifted us with the talents that He wants us to have and placed us just where He wants us in His body (Romans 12:6a, 1 Corinthians 12:18). It is not our job to be jealous of others or to judge them. It is our job to love God, love others, and use what He has given us to the best our ability—working for God and not man (Ephesians 6:7b).

“Jesus love the little children,
All the children of the world,
Red and yellow, black, and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world”

We are called to do the same…

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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I am Weak but He is Strong

“She dresses herself with with strength and makes her arms strong.”

~Proverbs 31:17

A Bible with WeightsHave you ever really taken the time to study the Proverbs 31 Woman? I was talking to Mom today and I realized something very important about this woman.

I realized that she was able to function quite well without her husband.

Not to say that she didn’t need him; just that if he went away on a trip, the house, business ventures, etc wouldn’t suffer in his absence.

I don’t know exactly where this thought of mine came from but somewhere along the way I developed the mentality that I NEED a husband; that I am “not complete” or strong enough without that realtionship. I forgot the simple truth I was created for God and as a help mate for my husband should God bless me with one; not the other way around (See Genesis 2:18). God is my strength; not my husband.

There is a difference between a man being chivalrous (opening doors, standing when a woman enters a room, etc.) and a woman being needy. I am perfectly capable of opening a door myself. But I respect and am thankful when a man opens the door for me. I view this gesture as a sign of respect and protection.

I would like you to think about some examples of strong women in the Bible. For example, Ruth left all that she had known, all that she had grown up with in order to be with Naomi. Once she arrived she immediately starts looking to provide for her and her mother-in-law. When Ruth arrived in Naomi’s country she didn’t know that she would eventually meet and marry Boaz. She took the inativitate and did what she had to do to provide for her and Naomi and she ends up gleaning in the fields of her future husband.

Let’s take a look at Esther. I told you most of her story in Tuesday’s post; so I won’t repeat all of that here. The one thing that I would like to remind you of is that she couldn’t exactly run to her husband and beg him to save her. In fact if she approached him and he didn’t hold out his septer; she could have been killed.

I guess the balance can be found in knowing that we as women were created by God to help our husbands. God didn’t create us to sit and eat chocolate until our husbands come along. God has plans for us. He doesn’t want us to waste the time that He gave us as single ladies. God wants us to use this time to better ourselves. You are who you are without a husband. Don’t forget that. 

So, no matter who you are; or where you are in the realm of realtionships. Remember this: God created you in His image (Genesis 3:27). He has plans for you and things that He wants you to accomplish (Jeremiah 29:11). Don’t waste this time as a single lady just sitting around and waiting for Mr. Right. Remember that you are strong with God on your side and can accomplish great things without a husband.

Get out there and live the life that God has for you, and at the right time, if it’s God’s will and in His time Mr. Right will come along. We just have to rely on God and trust His timing!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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God’s Great Love…

Valentines FlowersWith today being Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a moment of your time to remind you of how much God loves you.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though prehaps for a good person one would dare to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

The great thing about God’s love is that it is unconditional. It’s not based on our preformance or how we look. God loves us just as we are. He sees us in light of what Jesus has done. In His eyes we are perfect.

God offered His love without requiring any love in return. He wants us to love Him back, but He gave us free will. He won’t force us to love Him. He wants us to love Him because that’s what we want–not what we were told.

Another thing about this love is that it never ends and it’s new every morning. God’s love for us is eternal. He will love us forever. Lamentations 3:22-23 also says that His love is “steadfast” and it “never ceases”. His sweet mercy is new every morning. (ESV)

This Valentine’s Day, let’s remember how much God really loves us!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Always My First Love

 

flowers-with-candle-isaiah-545-nkjvI love flowers. I always have. I could count the number of times that I have received flowers on one hand. In 19 ½ years I have never received flowers from a guy.

I look forward to the day that a nice Christian man asks me out on a date and shows up at the front door with flowers. {I really could care less that they cost less than $5.00. Actually I would probably jump up in delight if they did because I can’t see spending $20.00 for something that I can get for under $10.00, and they last about the same amount of time anyway. ;)}

The thing that I remembered today is that God loves me infinitely more than my future husband ever will. God made me and therefore knows me better than I know myself. He knows how many hairs are on my head (see Luke 12:7). He loves me enough to die for me. He took my place on the cross when He didn’t deserve it. He created the flowers that I love looking at. Everything on this earth is designed to bring Him glory. To turn our thoughts back to Him. He is the thing that we ultimately long for in this life and NOTHING BUT JESUS CAN SATISFY THAT NEED.

Sometimes I need to remind myself the He will always be my first love.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

**This post was originally written on 5/26/16 and edited on 9/14/16**

**Verse taken from the New King James Version**

 

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