Since my childhood, I’ve been through many, many churches. Each one is beautiful in it’s own way. But what always struck me as awe-inspiring were the intricate and light-filled stained glass windows that I’d find in some of the older churches I’ve visited. There is a distinct ambiance and feeling that those windows would bring into the space, and I was always intrigued by them. When I was a young girl, I remember looking up at these big, beautiful, colorful windows and the bright light shining through then, and thinking that Heaven was on the other side. Because only Heaven
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game, looking at how others are living their lives and feeling like we don’t measure up. But as Jesus prayed in the dark garden the night before He was crucified. He cried out to God aware of what He was about to face. He knew He was doing it for all of His people, and that
Are you brave? Fearless? Strong? Courageous?
I know I don’t always feel that I am, but God tells me in His Word that he is COMMANDING us to be these things. Because He is with us, anywhere we are, in whatever we are doing.
How can we be afraid when our Protector is with us?
How can we be weak when our Strength works on our behalf?
“..the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 One of the greatest promises that God makes to each one of us is that His love is everlasting. It’s not conditional, it’s not short-tempered, emotional or variable. God loves in a way that we can’t fathom because His love is promised to be everlasting. When I read this short verse in Jeremiah, I’m struck by how He adds that little bit on the end, saying that “therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you”. The