Happy Valentine’s Day

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. May understanding how much we are loved by the Creator God who knit us together in our mother’s womb bring joy to our hearts, and a smile to our face.

Because we are loved enough for God to allow his only son to die so we can have a relationship with him, shouldn’t we share that wonderful news with those who don’t know him?

Today and always, may we remember through Jesus we are:

  • Valued
  • Adored
  • Loved
  • Embraced
  • Nurtured
  • Treasured
  • Invited
  • Nobility
  • Esteemed

Now that’s what I call the ultimate Valentine.

What other words should we add?

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For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. John 3:16-17 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Sees Our Struggles

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Oftentimes, when we think of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, we think of his wife, Rachel. Not his first wife, Leah.

When reading their story in Genesis 29 and 30 it would be difficult not to feel sorry, even if only a little bit, for Leah. The unloved wife. It wasn’t her fault the way things turned out.

Jacob didn’t keep it a secret his true love was Leah’s sister. Rachel didn’t keep it a secret the only reason her husband married Leah was because he was duped by their father, Laban.

Leah knew where she stood. She wasn’t stupid.

When she conceived and gave birth to courtesy pixabayher first child, Reuben, she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery.”

When she gave birth to her second son, she said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.”

And so it continued.

In our lives there may be people who don’t hide the fact they love one sibling over the other. One parent over the other. One child over the other. One best friend over the other …

It may even be that we’re our own worst enemy.

We doubt we are loved.

We doubt we are worthy.

We doubt we are capable.

But that’s not how God sees us.

God knows us better than anyone else ever could and he loves us even still.

So we need to quit beating ourselves up and hold to the truth. We are God’s beloved.

courtesy pixabayGod sees our situation and he cares for us just as he saw Leah’s situation and cared for her. Despite how others treat us, God is able to bless us beyond measure.

Others do not define us. God does.

We remember Rachel gave birth to two sons; Joseph and Benjamin. But her sons were not in Jesus’ lineage.

Nope.

The Messiah came from the tribe of Leah’s fourth son, Judah.

God truly did bless Leah, wouldn’t you say?

When you think of the story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, what jumps out at you? Have you ever felt sad for the unloved wife?

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So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years. When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive. Genesis 29:30-31 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Can’t Be Separated From God’s Love

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. Absolutely nothing. I was reminded of the scripture in Romans that states this fact after talking with a friend who wasn’t quite sure this applied to her.

She believed in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. She accepted Jesus as her Savior, yet she wasn’t absolutely positively sure her past wouldn’t make her unlovable to God. She was afraid her sins might not have been completely washed away by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, although they definitely were.

bingThe Bible tells us there is nothing we can do to make God love us more than he did before we were even born. That’s a good thing, don’t you think?

As humans, we’d be trying all sorts of things to earn God’s love. Marking off check lists. Keeping score. Driving ourselves nuts trying to be good enough for him to love us. One mistake, and we’re lost for all time.

Fortunately, that’s not God’s way. That’s not how he loves.

You know what? God loves us when we make him proud, and he loves us when we aren’t all that lovable and disappoint him by our actions. It’s not an either/or deal.

Satan wants us to keep thinking we’re just one mistake away from losing God’s love. He wants us to believe we’re too rotten, too unworthy, too whatever, for God to love us.

Satan’s a liar. Pure and simple. Don’t believe him.

Trust the words the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write down in the book of bingRomans. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

We can choose to walk away from Jesus, true, but he’ll never walk away from us.

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For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8:38-39 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Loved As Much Yesterday as Today

bing imagesBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

God loves us just as much today as he did yesterday, as he will tomorrow.

He loves us just as much after our first act of obedience, or disobedience, as he did the day before, or the day after.

We can’t do anything to make him love us more. We can’t do anything to make him love us less.

bing imagesThat concept is so very foreign to our way of thinking, wouldn’t you agree? We are such a works-based, tit for tat, scratch my back I’ll scratch yours, kind of people.

I did X, Y & Z…now you have to love/appreciate me more. I didn’t do L, M, or N…now you have to love/appreciate me more.

Before the beginning of time, God had a plan. His plan included each of us. He knew when we would make him proud. He knew when we would break his heart. Good, bad, indifferent. He knew it all, yet his love remains constant.

I’ll say it again…God loves us just as much today as he did before we were born.

Perhaps we need to slow down and let that reality soak into our very being. Perhaps we bing imagesneed to set aside our thoughts of merit, and rest in Jesus’ love. Perhaps that means opening up our Bible and spending time with the Creator who knit us together in our mother’s womb to see what he has to say about it.

Maybe then we’ll remember the song we might have sung when we were young…the song we sang before we thought our worth was connected to our works…the song we belted out as loud as we could…because we believed it.

Yes. Jesus does love us. The Bible says it, so it has to be true.

As my dad used to say, Now that’s something you can hang your hat on.

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 So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first. 1 John 4:19 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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