Spurgeon, Morning, June 11

burning love

“Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither. As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high. Love must feed on love. The very soul and life of our love to God is his love to us.

“I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,
For by thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

A Word From the LORD

A message to Israel:

Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel,

You who have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb;

Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you!

I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Isaiah 46:3-4

Recommittment

Confession: I have not blogged in quite awhile. Too long, in fact. I know.

Originally, I began blogging as a simple way of sharing my journey of finding true love and growing in faith, but over time I pulled away from writing about these very intimate subjects. Often, I would post simply some beautiful quote or picture, and avoid writing what was on my heart. To be honest, I haven’t really felt like sharing my life with a lot of people I do not know. Yet, something in me keeps nudging me to document my life-discoveries so that someone out there may be encouraged, or better yet inspired by what comes through my keyboard.

I regret that I have been absent for so long. With the beginning of the new Roman year, I am recommitting myself to this space with the desire to share what I am learning along my pilgrimage through life. With that said, I have decided to add a new subject category to my blog site. I will now be journaling, and I hope that you will join me, on my adventures in SEWING! You can learn about how I got started sewing here. But before you go, let me share with you how I was inspired to start blogging about sewing.

When I began to learn to sew last year, I started doing A LOT of online research, looking for tutorials that I could use to teach myself basic sewing techniques. What I discovered is the abundantly fruitful world of Sewing Blogs! To my surprise, I found more information than I could have imagined existed on the subject of sewing. At first, it was all eye candy – beautiful blogs with pictures of vibrant fabrics sewn into items that I can only dream of creating at this point. I signed up for almost every newsletter that I could join, and soon my Inbox was overflowing with information each day. I soon found myself spending more time surfing the web than sewing, and that is not right! Since then, I have culled my blog reading and newsletter memberships down to a very select few.

Each time I read these inspiring sewists’ posts, a desire rises in me to start documenting my own journey in this wonderful world of stitchery. To my surprise, when I opened my email this morning, one such blogger‘s post brought me to the point of no return. After I read about Sarai’s project, Wardrobe Architect, for the sewing blog community, I jumped in with both feet.

So, here I am. A blogger. I hope you will join me on my adventures in Faith, Love, and Sewing!

Repentance and the Biblical Month of Elul

I hope you enjoy another powerful teaching by Jim Staley.  This one is about repentance and the Biblical month of Elul, which most of the planet is now twelve days into.  (In case you’re unfamiliar with Biblical months, each new moon begins a new month.  Elul is the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar.)

I pray you are blessed by this teaching!

How To Forgive When You Can’t

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:14, 15

This is a VERY powerful message by Jill Southern-Jones at Ellel Ministries entitled, How To Forgive When You Can’t.

It is an extremely timely message for God’s people as we continue through this month of Elul, a time of searching our hearts in preparation for the Day of Atonement, when our case is presented before YHWH.
I pray that His spirit convicts and brings freedom through the viewing of this teaching.  Please share it with those He puts upon your heart to share it with.
In YHWH’s mighty Love.

longing for Love

Every one of us longs to be loved. In order to satisfy this longing, some of us bounce from one relationship to another searching for something that will fill the emptiness within our hearts. Those of us who do not bounce around, instead jump into the first relationship we experience and we end up marrying the wrong person.

Regardless of what you’ve done in attempt to fill that longing within your heart, are you still feeling lonely today?

Our loneliness is the result of searching for love in all the wrong places. For any and all human love will never fill our longing for true, perfect love. Why? Because human love is not perfect love? Human love is selfish love.

I have learned from my past season of bouncing around from relationship to relationship, as well as from my recent season of aloneness, one very important truth: Only God can give perfect love because only God is perfect love. {1 John 4:8, 16, 18; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7}

When we experience this love that God wants to give to us, we will be filled to the fullest with His perfect Love and will be completely satisfied. {John 4:13-14}

Will you allow God to fill your emptiness right now? He’s waiting for you to ask Him to…

Sacred Flame

While worshipping God, I discovered a tune that I don’t know that has the most amazing lyrics.  I gotta learn the tune that goes to these words.  The words alone are beautiful, but to be able to sing them with all my heart and possible lung capacity, I can hardly wait for the day!  If anyone of you knows the tune to this hymn, please contact me.  You can go to the “About Janie” page for my contact info.  Thanks!

Fire of God, Thou Sacred Flame
by Albert F. Bayly  (1901-1984)

Fire of God, Thou sacred flame
Spirit who in splendor came,
Let Thy heat my soul refine
Till it glows with love divine.

Breath of God, that swept in power
In the pentecostal hour,
Holy Breath, be Thou in me
Source of vital energy.

Strength of God, Thy might within
Conquers sorrow, pain, and sin:
Fortify from evil’s art
All the gateways of my heart.

Truth of God, Thy piercing rays
Penetrate my secret ways.
May the light that shames my sin
Guide me holier paths to win.

Love of God, Thy grace profound
Knoweth neither age nor bound:
Come, my heart’s own guest to be,
Dwell forevermore in me.

(taken from the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, Hymn #263)

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