Love is Looking at You

I don’t know about you, but one thing I really like is to be noticed.  I grew up as an only child.  I have a half-brother, but he is twenty years older than me.  We never grew up in the same home, so we joke that we are BOTH only children.  One thing you probably know about only children is they like attention.  They like to be the center of attention!  I’m no different from any other only child, as I like attention.

Some of you might not have grown up as an only child, but you too like attention.  Who really doesn’t?  Most women I know love attention, and probably would be classified as high maintenance.  I therefore am a high maintenance only child!  My husband is well aware that I need lots of love and affection.  Just the other night he said to me, “you don’t have just one love language, you have ALL FIVE!”  Yep, I think He’s right.  I have all five, and I’m in continual need of never-ending love and affection.

One thing I’ve learned is that my husband can never fully satisfy me with all the love and attention I need, but I do know someone who can – Jesus!  I didn’t come into marriage thinking that my husband would fulfill my needs, because my needs have always been met by Jesus.  Truly, no one else can meet them.

Even though Jesus is the only one who can fully meet my needs, I really like when a friend, acquaintance or someone I don’t even know acknowledges me.  Acknowledgement can occur in various ways.  For instance, one way I like to be acknowledged is by a simple hello or smile.  I usually don’t need a drawn out “Hey, how are ya?” but a simple hello when passing is nice.

The thing I like most about a simple hello or smile is it usually involves eye contact.  When you make eye contact with someone, you are noticed!  When you are noticed, you feel valued in the fact that someone took the time to acknowledge you exist.  A simple acknowledgement can do wonders.

We all know Jesus did wonders in the Bible.  However, have you thought about how he did wonders by just looking at someone?  There are a few stories in the Gospels where Jesus made eye contact or looked at someone and great things happened.  In Mark 10:21 The Message says, “Jesus looked him hard in the eye and loved him!”  The story goes on to say how Jesus told the man to sell whatever he had and give it to the poor.  This man was holding on tight to his earthy possessions and couldn’t let go.  It is sad that he couldn’t let go, but it is delightful to think that Jesus took the time to look at him.  He looked him right in the eye and “loved him.”  Could you imagine being looked at by Love?

The great news is Love looks at us every day sometimes I think we just don’t look back.  Luke 13:12 mentions a lady who was sick and was so bent over with arthritis that she couldn’t look up at Jesus.  However, Jesus could look at her.  I love these words, “When Jesus saw her, he called her over. “Woman you’re free!”  He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall.”  So even when or if we can’t look up, Jesus looks at us.

I believe that Jesus is looking at me and even when I’m sad or struck by some thing or circumstance in which I can’t even look up, He sees me.  He never takes His eyes off me.  He cherishes me.  He wants to make eye contact with me and show me love.  If you can, look at Him, and show your affection back to Him.  If you can’t look up, revel in the fact that He is looking at you.   Love is looking at you.

A Gay Activist:“For the very first time in my life, it seemed, I felt welcome among believers.”

You have to read this article: http://ow.ly/1barx (To view the article scroll down to read: “The truth about Ted Haggard, from a gay activist’s point of view.”) It is well worth the read.  I’m so proud of Ted and Gayle Haggard showing the love of Christ.  In addition, God bless the people at Great Lakes Church for welcoming a gay activist into their service.  God let more churches welcome all who need You in their lives.

Are you Welcoming Jesus?

Matthew 18:1-5 NIV
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5″And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

I like how Jesus references someone who is humble like a child is the greatest. I think anyone can get to this place of humbleness, no matter what age they might be. In addition, if we welcome someone who is humble and returns to God like a child then we are welcoming Jesus. Therefore it doesn’t mean that we exclusively only welcome children or that Jesus exclusively only welcomes children, but Jesus welcomes everyone who comes to Him! Jesus called the child to Him and the child came. He responded to God’s voice of acceptance. Jesus welcomes adults, teenagers, and children who have messed up their lives, but are going back to square one relying on God’s grace and forgiveness to make them new like a child. I love that! It doesn’t matter how old we are, Jesus can still change our lives and make us like a child!

The most important thing I got out of this passage is we need to change! We need to change, if we are not like a child. In addition, we need to change if we are not welcoming people like this passage describes. We can’t change on our own. We have to respond to Jesus; come to Him, and He changes us. We need to become like a child; someone who is humble. The Message says, “that unless you return to square one, and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in.” In order to get in we have to change! In order to be accepting as Christ is we have to change. That change is a new beginning, like a new birth; a brand new baby! We can all become like children.

Overall, I think often children have more spiritual understanding then we give them credit for. I want to stay like a child. Do you need to start over like a child? Or do you need to accept someone who is like a child? I want to welcome Jesus and I will welcome anyone who is willing to change because that is what Christ calls us to do. Here’s to being like a child and welcoming all those who want to be children too! ♥

No Wonder Why Wheaties is the Breakfast for Champions!

I was driving to the beach with my mom & we saw so many wheat fields. Then as we are passing by my mom quotes Mt 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (NIV). I have heard that scripture numerous times, but it never occurred to me until yesterday driving by masses amount of wheat fields that there is a lot of wheat out there! The harvest was and is so plentiful. As I continued to drive, I thought if one piece of wheat represented one life wow- that is a lot of lives. What a BIG harvest! In my mind, the harvest represented millions of people, and as I write this, I am thinking I just drove by. I don’t want to just drive by any more, & pass so many people in life. What I want and wanted to do yesterday, was get out of the car & run & grab the biggest amount of wheat I could carry. I wanted my hands to have a HUGE amount of wheat – more than I could carry & then I wanted to do it all over again.

There is so much harvest & there are few laborers. Let’s be labors. In The Message, it says, “pray for harvest hands!” Mt 9:38. That is what I want – harvest hands! Then in Mt 10, Jesus calls The Disciples, The Twelve Harvest Hands. He gives them this charge:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.” Mt 10:5-8

I want to be the hands that are working in the harvest taking piles of wheat to Jesus. I am going to be this! Let’s be this together!

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