Meeting Jesus at 24-years-old, I was a young wife and mother at the end of her rope. The Word spoke to my deepest need — an emptiness I tried to fill a million fruitless ways.
In sore need of christian fellowship, God graced me with writers — lovers of the Lord. Max Lucado, James Dobson, C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Guy Doud. The fire was lit, and here I sit, writing to unwrap wisdom from God.
My husband, David, and I live in the cornfields of the midwest. Going from strangers to inseparable in 38 years.
We have 3 grown daughters, 2 sons (in-law), 3 grand-boys and 1 grand-girl.
Born and bred for country living.
Jesus said, "Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with them two." (Mat 5:41) Most of us know what it takes to go one mile with love. Circumstances compel us, personal gain propels us to lean in, lend an ear, a shoulder, a cup of compassion. But Jesus tells us Gods' love soars beyond human understanding. In other words...it's out of this world.
Here's something I never understood: genuine love isn't affected by outside influences. Real love flows freely out of inward transformation. Love is not compulsion — love is conversion.
That's what we're rooting for here. The impossible love of God. 'Cause there's a heap of hard being worked out of this heart. And Christ conquered all of it. And we've got this one work — to believe Him. The Resurrection, Who empties hatred, contention, division, gives good to enemies, casts out fear, never fails. The everlasting Love that overcomes this world.
My prayer for you and me comes from Ephesians 3: That Christ may dwell in ours hearts through faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length, depth, and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Unearthing the vastness of God's stunning love, right here.
Inhale deeply. Exhale completely. We've so much beauty yet to see.