This week we will be reading about God’s love toward us and how we are to express that love to others. I recently found this video clip of a young woman who brought me to tears. She is an inspiration to me and I hope to you as well.
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I wanted to be like her when I was younger. I wanted to go off to another country and make a BIG difference for God just like she is in Uganda. Unlike Katie though I wasn’t as brave….or maybe it wasn’t God’s will, but either way I LOVE the difference she is making in those children’s lives. Whether abroad or in our own country, we can ALL make a BIG difference for God. Where I’ve had to confess to God this week is in my fear of not trying. Between you and me, I hate to FAIL! Absolutely hate it! I hate it so much that it paralyzes me into not stepping out on faith because of my fear that I won’t do well. It kills me when I disappoint people. Have you ever been like that?
I took a mission trip to the Ukraine my Junior year in high school and I remember coming back from that trip and saying to myself, “From now on I’m going to trust God more with my life! I’m going to give God more opportunities to really work through me so that I can see Him more and so others can see Him through me.” Of course “life” happened when I came back and well here I am now (I won’t say how many years later…hehehe) happily married and blessed with 3 precious little girls……and yet I still have that same desire in my heart. I want to trust God more with the life He has given me. I still want to make that BIG difference for Him….and I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to love others. I want to love the family, friends and neighbors He has given me the way He tells me to: to love others as though they were me. I think I might have some changes I need to make in my life…..I know I need to pray about the HOW God wants me to reach out more, but I know that He does. I’ll keep you posted as to my progress.:)
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For those of you who would like further study into these verses, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you dig a little deeper this week. Enjoy!
1. John MacArthur
c. 1 John 4:7-21 Why We Should Love One Another- Study Guide (Note: see link in drop down menu)
2. John Piper
3. Charles Spurgeon
Praying for all of you as you spend time in God’s Word!!!
Love God Greatly!