Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Life Is Hard But There's A Simple Answer!

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I love God's timing... When I write a blog post I generally sit down, write what is on my heart and hit publish. This post was a little different it took longer than usual. I am talking days. Writing, thinking, praying, coming back to it and starting the whole process over again. And now I know why. I went to my monthly mom's meeting Monday, this post was still on my heart and not quite finished. We were so blessed to have Dawsie Meek from Moving Forward Ministries speak to us. It was fabulous, she always is. But I was especially struck with God's goodness as He reconfirmed what He had been speaking to me and continued to open my eyes to this revelation. 

My oldest came to me the other day and asked, very simply, "Mommy, what should I do? I keep blowing my nose really hard but instead of snot coming out it's blood."

Being the smart aleck that I am I teasingly said, Umm... don't blow so hard?"

"Oh... ok," she said cheerfully! And off she went.

Tehehe!! I had no idea she was really looking for such a simple answer. I like simple answers. I crave them sometimes. Remember the Staples commercials, the ones with the easy button? Those commercials are great! I always wanted an easy button, especially for situations just like the one represented in this video: 

If only there were simple answers in the "real world". How do I handle difficult people? What do I do when I feel so alone? How do I prioritize my life? I'd like an easy button for those. Some simple answers would be nice. 

Good news! I've got the inside track on the easiest of easy buttons for life! It seems the Beatles knew a thing or two when it came to life's big questions. All You Need is Love! They may not have had the biblical concept in mind when they wrote the song, but they were certainly on the right track. 

Let me just put it to you the way Dawsie did, "We will not love until we know we are the beloved."  

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. John 4:7
God seems to continually be showing me the simplicity of this one little concept. Love Him! If we do nothing else, this is enough. Love God! It can be the simple answer to your problems, your easy button for life. 

How do I handle difficult people? Love God. 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 
The neighbor, as we all know was not referring to some friendly lady next door who bakes you brownies and offers to watch your kids. This was the verse that lead to the parable about the good samaritan, a story of arch enemies. Talk about difficult people. Dawsie pointed out today how we can love people the right way by having it filtered through our love for God. Notice this verse does not say, Love your neighbor as yourself and then love the Lord your God... We love Him, he loves the enemy through us. 

What do I do when I feel alone? Love God. 
In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Psalm 31:22-23 
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Psalm 116:1

Praise God we are not alone! We have a heavenly father who loves us deeply and longs for us to love Him back. You cannot have a more intimate relationship than the one God ultimately created you for, with Him. Love Him, because he first loved you. He hears you when you cry out to Him. He is simply waiting. And when, out of affection for us, He answers, we love Him all the more!   

How do I prioritize my life? (you know every woman is asking) Love God. 
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 
And see Him take care of the rest. 
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33  
This, my friends is the simple answer, it is our greatest commandment, (Matthew 22:37-38) it should be our response to Him (1 John 4:19). 

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