LOVE IS . . .

LOVE is defined in the act of SELFLESSNESS.

God SO LOVED the world, He GAVE . . .

We must also SO LOVE GOD, that we GIVE our . . .

FEARS.

TALENTS.

BLESSINGS.

WORRIES.

FINANCES.

RELATIONSHIPS.

DREAMS. . .                           . . . and everything else

to Him  who also gave to us.

(know HIM. know LOVE. Surrender.)

[John 3:16 , Matthew 22:37-38,  1 John 4:8,  Matthew 10:39,  John 15:13]

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GOD IS WITH US! (. . . and deserves introduction)

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me . . .” – Matthew 11:29

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” – Psalm 55:22

“. . . To those who have no might He increases strength.” – Isaiah 40:24

“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

God is with us always! One of the many phrases I live by is ‘Head Up, Pride Down,’ which I use to remind me to keep my eyes ahead, focused on God and away from myself, and to always remember that my success is not my own. But there’s a part of this that’s missing. It doesn’t recognize the fact that our God is not only a god of guidance, but also a god of counsel.

Basically, I’ve added onto my life-phrase. I’ve recognized that God is with us always – not only ahead, but also beside! I have recognized that no struggle will be overcome in solitude. I’ve recognized He is forever beside us, and one end of our burden can be placed on His shoulder. Not only does our God lead us into battle, He fights with us in the trenches!

Look ahead as He leads, and beside as He loves.

With Him beside, our entire life should be affected – including our interaction with others. We must get to the point where we can feel the presence of God so strongly in our lives that our natural instinct becomes to introduce Him to those who may not feel His presence in the same way. I haven’t gotten to that point yet – or I haven’t yet fully realized God’s presence at all times. We, including myself, need to always remember that not only is God ahead of us leading the way, but is also beside us, showing His love. Realize that God is beside you in everything you do, and as your realization of this improves, the need to introduce Him to those around you will become second nature.

God, I pray that You let us feel Your presence in all we do, and constantly give us an awareness of Your presence, so our natural instinct is to introduce you to those who don’t know you.

This post was inspired in part by Oswald Chambers and his book, “My Utmost for His Highest. I’d like to share what I read.

“Jesus asks us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us, and to learn from Him.”

“Where do the saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must see! The fact that God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lies, and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine, and not the burden.

No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of god living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.” – Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest, April 14)

THE EDITOR (a poem)

Not until our roads intersect
Will my purpose become His.
Not until myself is lost
Will I find my true direction.
For what good is a writer
if his work is never edited?
He will never exceed his own wisdom,
or notice his own mistakes.
He will write in his foolishness,
believing it to be cleverness.
Yet when we call upon The Editor our God,
His ultimate wisdom becomes ours,
And our mistakes are shown to us
and repaired by His grace.
Hallelujah!! Praise Him for His wisdom
and grace in the midst of our foolishness!

*I was looking through my journal and found this. I thought it related pretty well with the picture I drew of Proverbs 3:5-6, so I thought I’d share it.

AS I SAW IT – COL. 2:6-7

Copyright Joel Helenbolt

When you look at the drawing in my last post, you might wonder what it has to do with Colossians 2:6-7. A dead tree with something coming out of it, by a lake in a forest, with a partly cloudy sky? What does that have to do with following Christ? Let me tell you.

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”       -Colossians 2:6-7

I actually came up with a lot of ideas of how I wanted to draw this verse, and I’m not talented enough to draw some of my ideas, but they all involved a tree interacting with water, to coincide with verse 7, telling us to let our “roots grow down into Him,” and promising us that if we allow that to happen, we will “overflow with thankfulness.”

Notice the spring emerging from the center of the tree, and this one spring creating a lake thousands of times greater than that spring. This is to show the unimaginable blessings of Christ. He has the ability to bless us, and satisfy us, to levels we’ve never imagined – He is able to create a lake out of the tiny spring overflowing from our lives. But first we must die to sin, as this tree appears to be dead, and live in Christ, as stated in Romans 6:11 (as well as many other places):

“So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”

The overarching theme of this drawing is as a Christian, you must be all in, letting your “roots grow down into Him,” and once you do that, He can create a spring of blessings through you, using you in ways you’d never imagined. (I, for example, never thought I’d be a writer!) You may be seen as a worthless, dead stump to the rest of the world, yet through your death can come new life, and the blessings of living faithfully.

But take note – Christianity doesn’t have a wading pool. You can’t be half in, continuing to live as you please as long as you go to church on Sunday and pray every so often. Christianity is a cliff jump. You’re either all in,despite the unseen in the water below you, or you’re sitting at the top of the cliff, afraid to take the risk of losing yourself in the plunge.

AS I SEE IT – MATTHEW 5:45


“For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”

*These “As I See It”  blogs are probably something I’ll start doing every once in a while. Sometimes I get an image of a verse I really like, so I try to draw what the verse leads me to see. These are scanned straight from my journal. Let me know what you think.