"By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother."
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
It's been a long week getting my Etsy shop open, attending jury duty...of which I no longer have because they settled! So very happy about that news.
I'd like to say that I am honored to have been a topic on one of my beautiful friend's blogs, and thankful for all the sweet things she has said! I am looking forward to working on her wedding boutonnieres and/or hairpieces for her and Joe's wedding. Shelby promoted my Etsy yesterday by using her wonderful blog, Midwedst, which really is a great resource for practical wedding planning! You should stop by for a visit.
Her blog gives sincere advice from her own experiences to those of you who are planning on tying the knot with your love bird anytime soon.
Though I haven't sold anything just yet, it has been exciting to see who favorites my Etsy shop, and how many views each listing has received!
On another note...
It's amazing the amount of gravity I feel when I haven't been surrounding myself with God's word, day to day. Though each day, I know He claims me, and Loves me. It's awful how quickly I feel negativity pulling me into a trap. I feel that the best way for the devil to have a laugh, is when I begin to fear something. How he fills my mind with lies. I know my biggest fear is losing my husband...and I'm not talking about divorce. It's so easy to worry when I'm not trusting the Lord with all my heart. Because the thought of something happening to my husband drags me in and spits me out, and the devil has me where he wants me.
Maybe these feelings sound bazaar, or exaggerated, but I very much believe there is a negative force, and nothing can overpower it but the Love of Christ; the Mighty hand of God.
That is why it is so important to cling to Christ, and Trust Him.
This is going to sound really nerdy, but I was thinking about a Harry Potter quote from Order of the Phoenix.
When Harry is face to face with Voldemort, the Evil dark lord, who is trying to take over Harry. He says to him,
"You're the weak one. And you'll never know love, or friendship. And I feel sorry for you."
I know it sounds ridiculous, but it made me think of how blessed we are as human beings to have a God who Loves us, who died for us and washes us clean, as white as snow.
It made me think of how we're to be pouring Grace onto others when our sinful ways don't think they deserve it. God pours so much Grace and Love over us, and we are so undeserving. But it is by Grace we have been saved and set free.