Saturday, August 27, 2011
Love By God Blog Hop - August 27-28th
(Let you know the links are not working currently due to blogger, sorry ..but I did leave the link addys)
Welcome to my blog! :) Nice of you to stop by today...I am in another hop for PaperTree House Studios...and we are here to glorify God with our stories and our creations for him... Make sure you give us all some bloggy love and bless you for coming to our blogs and have fun hopping...now check it out below...
Loved By God
Welcome to the Loved by God Faith Blog Hop! We are so blessed to have you be a part of it. If you arrived from Nana's blog which is http://papertreehouse.blogspot.com/ then you are in the right place. If you just happened to have landed here, go on over to so that you can catch the beginning of the hop. I have noticed that since we were pretty much created we have an innate need to be loved and desired. There is such a longing in our souls to be called beautiful, adorable, precious, accepted, and loved; and many times we find ourselves living lives of beggars, accepting the pennies people are willing to give. To be loved by man is temporal and it will always leave you thirsty for more. To be loved by God is to find satisfaction and to never thirst again.
This month we want to share with you what it has meant for us to have been “Loved by God”. Every Brave and Precious woman participating in this hop has a beautiful story of how God has shown His love to them in a very personal way. We invite you to hop around and discover the AMAZING ways the Lord chooses to love us, even when we do not deserve it.
The Bible says that there is no greater love than that from one who dies for his friend… and God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you. Take a minute and listen to this song:
Our prayer is that the Lord would open your eyes so that you too can see how God has loved you. Here is how He has chosen to show me His love:
I love to read the Psalms they are my favorites to read when I need lifting up or looking for answers to questions as well. And it always reminds me how much God loves me. Reading Psalm 139 lately I have noticed some words that have caught my attention and helping me with some spiritual issues. Especially Verse 1 which states: O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. WOW! ...hellllooooo! I was like wow...again...hehe...but it hit me like a ton of bricks...honestly...we all crave love, we want intimacy and we want to feel worthy! We want to know we are beautiful and precious. We want someone to tell us "I love you" but sometimes it is difficult to let someone love us because we are afraid that they won't love us for WHO WE ARE and not their expectation of us or be ashamed of us and our past. Well I got news for ya...God knows us...ALL OF US...and that includes our warts and all...yep even those shameful moments, sinful ways and those temper outbursts and even our wrinkles! hehe...we can not hide from him who we are...that is something we do whether we admit or not...ah ha moment...but yet we have this habit I call "people approval" and you know we want to feel wanted and try to do whatever it takes to be "liked" but the standards of some people will never be met...they are fickle!!! and change with the wind...well after awhile its gets pretty downright tiring! Finally you get to the point that either you fall down and live like a zombie or be yourself. It can be a lonely road but God did not intend for us to live with out love.
Lately I been feeling like I am being placed in a box with difficult demands/expectations of me just because I am a single mom becoming a minister and don't know what the heck I am doing...been a single mom for over 10 years and think I have done pretty good in spite of my mistakes (gotta learn somehow!) Just because someone may disapprove how I raise my child in a certain way or not dressing in a certain way and stuff like that. People don't know what it is like for me (yep that old adage "walk a mile in my shoes") and pass judgement but they don't know me at all or what is going on in my life and yet expect me to do this and that. I am only one person and can do only so much. I understand that I need to be Christ like as a minister but at the same time I am human still (people forget that). And the people we crave to love us like our family, husband and our children even some friends and for most even our church family can be difficult...but they do love us in their own way or not at all...that can hurt us and our image of love, and even of God, but God does not hold his love from us. He has loved us all along and will continue to love us till eternity...so why are we working so hard to get people's approval or even God's approval by works and trying to be something we are not and learn to be just our self. The people we want approval from will either love us or not. That is the risk and sometimes it pays and you have that person's love or sometimes not and let that person go. That is the eye opening moment when you realize that no matter what you do HE STILL LOVES YOU...all he wants is for you to surrender and let him help you on the straight path that he ordained before you were even born (Psalm 139:13-16) and if he knew this then and knows you now why not make it easy on yourself. Let him love you and accept his love and it is real! :) I am in awe when I think of that verse and realized God knows our needs and he knows how much we want love in our lives and be loved for who we are. And in spite of our self...he really does LOVE every bit of us...ah ...sigh....love we have it and I can imagine when God finally sees we get this he is joyous with his angels and dancing a jig and saying "she or he got it" and then we are finally accepting who we are in Him. Isn't this amazing! We finally get the understanding of our redemption because of Jesus and what he did for us in our place on the cross and under his blood. The Love that endures forever is ours! :)
Here is my tag I made for the hop! A love Tag :)
My recipe...I use a sizzix die cut for this tag and then I used it again for the blue cardstock to paste on the white then I embellished with lace, flowers and a stamp with "I love you" on it and the lace part on the bottom is a doily left over (I dislike throwing stuff out!..hehe) and then of course a butterfley and some fancy smancy ribbons...and voila! :)
Hope you enjoyed my testimony and my tag. :)
We are doing things a bit different this month. We actually want to have you be a participant with us. If you feel inspired create a project that reflects what the Lord has shown you, write a poem, or simply post about the Love of God in your blog. Then go over to www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com to link up your post. We would love to see how the Lord works through you.
For this month alone, there will be no greater gift we can offer you than the love the Lord has awaiting you, so there will be no Grand Prizes. Still you can be blessed by the beautiful RAKS some of the participants have available.
Know that we are praying for you and sure hope to see your creations!
Love in Christ,
Wow...isn't this fun...you can link your creation to partPaper Tree House: icipate with us...PLEASE share with us your story and creation or whatever you choose to do! We will definitely be looking and reading it! :)
Thanks for stopping by and your next stop is:Jessie http://scrapbookingmiami.blogspot.com/ (sorry blogger is not letting me link)
Much love and hugs to you all and may you be touched by God today! :)
In His Love,