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Hosea is one of the most intriguing books of the Bible to me!!!!! It was only fitting to find a bible study for it. I found a bible study and ordered my book!!!!! I can’t wait to dig into God’s word with this book as aid. I can’t wait to share with you all either!!!! Stay tune!!!!
at 4:45am my son was up and alert! I couldn’t help but capture this moment while trying to get him to go back to bed.
It’s so easy to pray and love the people you care about, but how do I love my enemies?……..
This month I’m reading through the Sermon on the Mount and today’s reading is focused on loving your enemies. It’s so easy to love your love ones right because you LIKE them but what about the people who rub you the wrong way? The antagonists in your life? How do we deal with them? Jesus has the perfect answer:
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43-48 CSB
There is call for us to love and pray for our enemies. Tough right!!! Loving our enemies is the essence of loving like Christ. Think of it this way in our sin we are enemies to God but he demonstrates his love to us.
Romans 5:8 says:
“But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 CSB
Loving like Christ requires us to BE LIKE Him.
So after reading today’s passage of scripture here is my response
Your word tells me to love and pray for my enemies. Help me to look at my enemies with the love that you’ve given so freely to me. I pray for my enemies right now. May they see your love for them through my testimony.
Let’s love like Christ today- which includes loving our enemies!!!!
This morning as I sat down with my bible, a clean page from my journal and an open heart, I began to have this open conversation with the Lord. The conversation was very honest and some would view me differently. I received my answer,as always, right from God’s word. When I started this blog I promised myself that I would with the Lord’s guidance and wisdom be as vulnerable and as authentic as possible. So here’s the conversation:
I struggle in so many ways, like Paul wrote about in Romans 7 to please you. I know the right thing to do and don’t always do it, while also knowing what I’m about to think, say or do is not pleasing to you and still I do it. Help me to daily follow you and show me your purpose for my life- as a wife, a mom and most importantly as Tristin a follower of you. Lord my question is how do I wake up every day and use every waking moment to please you? To glorify your name? I want to be used in every moment of every day to honor You. Please give me a hunger and a thirst for righteousness and for you.
As always the Lord answered me with his Word:
“After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
Mark 1:14-18 CSB
Jesus calls for everyone to repent, believe and then to follow him. In following Him, we bear witness, so that others may believe in Him.
His answer is in plain text- Tristin live with a repentant heart, be obedient to me.
At church at the end of every sermon when we go over the application points, one of the points that is ALWAYS listed is to rehearse the gospel.
To rehearse the gospel means remember your need for a Savior- Jesus Christ and reflect on the penalty he paid for our sins and the victory we experience over sin because of his death and resurrection.
Today after reading God’s word, I did just that I rehearsed the gospel. I remembered that while I was still a sinner Christ died for me demonstrating his love for me. I remembered that in hearing the truth of the gospel- that I was sinner, Jesus died for my sins and that I could live for him- I repented and believed in Him. I remember that every day I am called to one thing and one thing only to follow Him in obedience. I remember that I can’t do this in my own strength but with the power of the Holy Spirit. After all my remembering and rehearsing my response:
May I follow you faithfully, so that other might see and believe in you.
I love capturing milestones!!! KenMic feeding himself. I live for these moments. The special moments where God shows me I’m doing the right thing. Everyday the Lord shows me that’s its my job to nurture and love on this little guy. So my days will be filled with things that he enjoys most and the things he needs! So I’ll enjoy Circle time and Storyville. I’ll enjoy dump trucks and mountain climbing. I’ll enjoy the endless nap times and messy diapers. I’ll enjoy the meltdowns and the privilege of instructing him in the way of the Lord. It’s been a complete joy being this little guy’s mom.