Do You Love Jesus?

“The only way to survive in ministry is to steadfastly refuse to be interested in ministry and to be interested only in Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers Do you love Jesus? I expect your answer is a resounding “Yes!” So let your heart be strengthened and encouraged by these words of love from the Father’s…

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Why Wait?

Why wait? Why be still? In the book Total Surrender, Mother Teresa writes: “Seek silence, in order to hear God and follow Him more closely, in this way: silence of our eyes, silence of our ears, silence of our tongues, silence of our minds, silence of our hearts. Quiet all that is not of God…

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Brushing Breezes of His Presence

On occasion we receive journal entries, God sightings and other Spirit-inspired writings from First Loved friends. Here is a recent poem sent to us, written by Laura Gourgas. Let God’s “Brushing Breezes” blow over you today with His love… The Lord draws near, the mighty willow bows, the birds sing praises. Droplets of Grace abound…

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Rain Never Fails, Nor Does His Word

Suddenly, my office got so dark that I had to turn my light on. The crazy thing is that it was 10:00 AM. The sky had been darkened by the typical summer storm clouds that suddenly roll in, drop their refreshing load of rain, and then just as suddenly disappear with the sun shining again…

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A Modern Day Psalm

Lord, I’m feeling pulled down by darkness again. I don’t know why or what’s going on. Why does this happen? Are you still there? I have remained close to you; at least I think I have. Spending time with you each morning, trying to look for you throughout the day, being thankful for my family,…

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God’s ATM?

Matthew 17:24-27 (TNIV) After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From…

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Casting Anxiety

The following is an excerpt from Mark’s journal. We hope it will bless you and give you an example of interacting with the Lord through this practice: 1 Peter 5:7 — “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Thank you Father for that wonderful reminder from Peter, that you care for…

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As High As The Heavens…

One of the practices we encourage to help nurture being loved by the Lord is a synonym/antonym exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are significant to you with synonyms or antonyms. Many who practice…

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Love in Words and Actions

For our first blog post we thought we’d start with some beautifully written words of encouragement from one of our weekend participants. God works amazingly and abundantly through His love in words and actions – the kind of love in which Jesus loves us. We hope you are blessed by this outpouring of love as…

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