The Wedding, The Bride, The Groom, and God’s unconditional love.

As I sat in the church pew and I saw the groom come in, I could only imagine the feeling of Joy that he have in his heart as he waited for his bride. The bridesmaids and groomsmen walked in as of they were floating and finally the doors were closed and we all knew it was time for the bride to make her entrance. As my dear friend stood at the alter and my dear friend floated down to her groom, my heart swelled and I could not help but smiling so hard that my cheeks started hurting. The wedding was beautiful. It was intimate, simple, and most of all centered around Jesus. I mean we even took communion. Then the reception was an awesome affair of finger foods, dancing, and sweet tea. I even danced with the bride and groom. The bride and groom… 

Something popped into my head today. God’s love for us is like a Man’s love for his wife. the wedding is the celebration and invitation in sharing the joy of salvation and the groom marrying his bride, the church. God does not require us to come perfectly to him, he will provide the white dress of pure and righteousness . Just think of the vows that a man and wife give to each other on their wedding day. To have and to hold, for rich or poor, sick or healthy, forsaken all others.The same way a man makes a covenant with his wife is the same one we make with Jesus. Just think of when Jesus when to that cross for us. He was sick, he was poor and I know in His human form he wished he had some one to hold and he had forsaken the deal the Devil tried to give to him and still went to the cross for a world that did and was going to hate and mock him. Do you understand we are his brides? He is our groom? What does that look like? 

I’ll tell you. 1 Corin 13. Jesus Love helps us endure all things. people kill over love yet Christ died to give life for love. Everything we do should be made in love. I like to think of the reception as a celebration in Heaven that is soon to come. Once our groom comes to steal us away from the trappings of this world, we will celebrate, dance, eat with and embrace our Savior, Hero, king. 

Quick note. Ladies wait on the Lord. Today taught  me to embrace the Husband of my spirit first then my earthly husband will come. I know its hard, its difficult, but God is able, he is truth, and he is just that amazing to bless you with your spirit-mate.  In the meantime, Ill dance at the spiritual reception, taking in spiritual food, and loving the lover of my soul. I urge you to do so too. God bless

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Contentment in God

All around me is romance. Movies, shows, conversations from the other people, display of affection and intimacy. Sometimes I sigh and think of being single. It can feel like being on of those kids in 2nd grade without the Lisa Frank folders and pencils. Everyone has one it seems, except you. I didn’t get Lisa Frank stuff till third grade and after a few months of having it, I was bored or didn’t really pay any attention to it. Now I know being in a relationship is different, and you really can’t “not pay attention” to the guy/girl you are with but the rush is the same. In the beginning, everything is lovely! Late night talks on the phone, dates, hanging on their every word and then months past and the same rush is no longer there. Your favorite restaurant becomes boring or the norm, conversation gets dull, etc. 

We have become consumed in the emotions and feelings of romance that it can become stressful. We ask ourselves questions like “Why haven’t he/she called?” “Where are they?” “What are they doing?” and we become consumed with them. We end up losing a piece of ourselves.We end up not in contentment, especially singles because we crave that feeling of a touch and rush. 

I have a solution, as a matter of fact, God has the solution. Contentment in Him brings peace and joy in ways that any man or woman can bring. This is why God wants us to seek Him 1st and his Kingdom and Righteousness and all other THINGS will be added to you. That part “Things” being added means God needs to be able to know that you trust and want HIM with all your heart, not just when it’s convenient .

Think about it this way. You spend your time consuming your self for the love, approval, and honor of someone. They only consume themselves half the time with even thought of you. Who is lacking here? You or them? What happens when they only give you 10% of what you have been craving? You become depressed, sad, feeling unwanted, and unloved. You are left  not content. 

Now think about putting that same energy in loving and serving God. What are your results? How does God make you FEEL? Trust me, You will feel in peace, wanted, loved and content because you never had to fight for God’s love. It’s been there all along. 

So stay content in God. Fall madly in love with Him for the purpose that Christ went to the Cross for you. As you fall deeper in love with Christ, watch as he transform you. Then in His timing, He will send you the one that has been content in Him and praying and waiting just for you. 

Going Back To That Hidden Place

Ever lived in a house with 15 other people? How about both guys and girls? One shower to share with 12 other girls can be nerve wrecking but even more than that can be finding a place to hide away. Now if you are a person who craves and seek attention, this would be the perfect place to throw a pity party, become the life of a party or simply live off of everyone look at you. I know the feeling of wanting people to notice you. From dating to just friendship, we crave to be appreciated by someone. Right now at this very moment I am living in Christian community with 15 other guys and girls. (I know what the Duggers must be feeling) One minute I craved attention, next I hated it. For the past two weeks God has been teaching me lesson after lesson of being hidden and for the past two days I finally have gotten the curriculum!

I believe God is calling a lot of people to go back to that “hidden” place. What hidden place am I talking about? The place where it’s just you and God, where He can mold you and shape you into you purpose. Our hidden place is where we hear God the most and crave Him the most. There are no distractions, no interruptions, and it’s where we can be most transparent with God about our fears, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams without anyone altering our minds.

When Christian expose themselves to much without God’s covering, we become open to the Worlds attacks, the Devil’s tricks, and our flesh start to grow like weeds in an un-kept garden!

It’s time for us to go back to that hidden place. God created Adam in a garden and when I think of that creation, I think of God crafting him in secret, waiting for the perfect time to expose Him to the beauty of this world. Think of Daniel! He fasted for 21 days. Fasting is suppose to be a hidden thing. Matthew 6:16 states “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.” In the hidden place we find the most joy, peace, and growth. The less interruption, the better

So ask yourself this week. “Have I went to that hidden place to worship God? Am I exposing myself to much? Who’s attention do I really crave? God or Peoples? What is God trying to tell me?”