Convinced

 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39   (NIV) I am convinced that the love that God has for you and me is so far reaching, so extraordinary, so all-powerful, so merciful, that it is unconditional and unmatched. Different  than the world around us, it is not based on what we have, what we do for a living, what we own, who we know…God’s love is freely given and for all of humanity, not just the faithful, as some may suggest. When we understand God’s love for us in a personal way, we also know, on some level, that ‘the ball is in our court’ so to speak. As scripture tells us: “We Love Because He First Loved Us.”  I John 4:19 As with any relationship, we decide what comes next, through our own God-given free-will, as to whether we move closer to Him, or turn away. In a sense, we can only depend on the scripture above, and similar ones like it, to enlighten us about God’s unconditional, unmatched love. God IS love. Once we try to realize the full extent of His love, we soon realize it is beyond our human comprehension because He loves us like no other. For even when we sin and walk away from Him, nothing can separate us from the love that God has for all of us. When you let...

Let God Fight Your Battles

                                “The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”                                   Exodus 14:14 Sometimes we work too hard to fix or change things. Maybe we just need to do our best, then let God fight our battles. It has been said, “When life gets tough, the tough get going.” But there is a limit to what any of us can do. Sometimes circumstances are simply out of our control, and we seem to have run out of steam, and seemingly options, as well. We can’t always change our circumstances, or other people. It is possible that at times, things seem impossible. During these times, we need to consider the following wisdom excerpt from a writing by Reinhold Niebuhr, often used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups. It is noteworthy that the author turns to God for help: ~ The Serenity Prayer ~ “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,  and the wisdom                               to know the difference.” Clearly, there are times when we are all up against the wall. We have trouble accepting the things we can’t change. We lose our courage and are lacking in the wisdom to discern the right thing, the right way we should go. But what we do—and don’t do– makes the difference. God...