Sunday Scriptures — Lavish Love

I have a confession to make. I love whipped cream. Especially the kind that comes from an aerosol can. Whether it is strawberries, pumpkin pie, or hot chocolate, by the time I’ve finished heaping ascending spirals of whipped cream, it is difficult to recognize what lies beneath the mound of creamy lusciousness.

You might say I lavish my food with whipped cream.

I love the word lavish, don’t you? It is such a fun word to say. Webster’s tells us lavish means bestowing profusely, very abundantly. Lavish also means to heap upon, shower down upon, extravagant and, spare no expense.

Lavish is the perfect word for what I do with whipped cream. I heap wavy ribbons abundantly. Then, I savor the creation with pure delight.

The Bible tells us we are lavished with God’s love. His love is so great it is heaped upon us, extravagantly. God spared no expense to make us his sons and daughters. He loved us so much, he allowed his son, Jesus, to come into this world to die a criminal’s death for our sins. That through Christ’s sacrifice, you and I could be saved.

As the object of God’s great love, we can savor that love with overwhelming joy. In return, as God’s obedient children, we can be a true delight to our Father.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

I wish you well.


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And This is Love

Pilot and I enjoy watching all the various creatures in our backyard. Isn’t God’s creation amazing?

The other day, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal flew in to check out the bird food supply. As is their usual custom, Mr. C cased the joint, and determined the area safe. He then signaled Mrs. C the all clear chirp. As Mrs. C descended to the ground, and the bird seed, Mr. C kept guard from a safe distance. Love.

Watching the pair of birds made me think of how Pilot does the same for me. Pilot protects me, and makes sure I am safe. Pilot goes to work each day to secure food for us. Love.

Taking this one step further, I thought of how God does the same for each of us. God protects us and makes sure we are safe. God provides for our needs. God allowed his son, Jesus, to die on the cross of Calvary so we could have our sins forgiven, and so we would be able to live in Heaven with Him. Jesus is preparing a place for us right now. Amazing Love.

We won’t be scrounging for leftover seed, like poor Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have to do, once the squirrels realize the bird feeder is full. Nope. God will prepare a banquet for us at His very own table. (And I won’t have to worry about being gluten-free. Bring on the pumpernickel!) We will eat like sons and daughters of the One True LORD.

Oh, how great is the love the Father has lavished upon us. That we should be adopted into his family, and be called his beloved. There is no greater love.

Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God”—and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. Our heredity on the Godward side is no mere figure of speech—which explains why the world will no more recognise us than it recognised Christ.

1 John 3:1  Phillips Translation

I wish you well.



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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. I hope each and every one of you have a relaxing, joyful day.I’ve talked about my dad in other posts I’ve written. Seems to be a subject I like.

My dad died in 1980, from a massive heart attack, a couple months after his 62nd birthday. He is dearly missed.

Fathers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They come in all kinds of colors and dispositions. Some are stormy. Some are calm. Some are demonstrative with their affection. Others are not. Some are actively involved in their children’s lives. Others are absent, and couldn’t care less.

I’ve mentored juveniles in our prison system, who had less than kind words to say about the men who contributed to their birth. Flip-side, I’ve been around children who couldn’t wait to spend time with their dads.

Good dads. Not so good dads. Both abound.

When I created a counted cross-stitch sampler for Pilot, one Father’s Day, I had trouble deciding between stitching the saying, Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, or A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but always a guiding light whose love shows us the way.

I picked the second message, partly because of the nautical reference.

No matter what our earthly fathers, dads, may be like, or have been like, we have an amazing Father in Heaven. He is unlike any father we could ever know, or even imagine. His love is unfailing. It never ends. God’s love doesn’t depend on how good we are. Sure, our Heavenly Father disciplines us, and that hurts, but he does it because he loves us too much to leave us in our sin. He doesn’t want us to be separated from him.

Our Heavenly Father wants what is best for us. He loved us so much, he sacrificed his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, so we could have a way to live with God in Heaven.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

I John 3:1 The Message

High Valley sums up how some of our earthly dads may have shown us their love. Even when we didn’t realize that’s what they were doing, at the time.

Author, Michael K. Reynolds, has an excellent post on his blog, Real Life. Real God.  Is This the Best Father’s Day Present…Ever? Stop by and check it out.

I wish you well.



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