Good morning, Family:
I pray that this Monday is greeting you with love, peace and joy. I know many folks may be tired and sleepy, from staying up a little bit too long last night from watching the SuperBowl. Our household had about 4.25 hours of sleep, but I still woke up feeling refreshed, knowing that I was on my Lord’s heart.
This weekend had its share of ups and downs. My heart hurt, because my dear friend Angela lost her six year battle with cancer, but through it all, and even before, she displayed how much she truly, truly loved God. Whether she had good days or bad days, Angela loved and lived out her devotion to God. Every aspect of her life demonstrated that love.
It sang, “I Can Only Imagine,” by MercyMe, at her funeral yesterday. That was the one song she requested to be sung. The service was absolutely beautiful and loving. It completely captured who Angela was in so many ways.
I kept thinking about how good Jesus is to us and how much He loves us. We always have a friend, and comfort, knowing that He will never never leave us or forsake us.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Love and Joy Perfected
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
Today’s worship video is homage to what an amazing Friend we all have in Jesus. Lay your burdens down at His feet and pick up peace, love, and an unspeakable joy.
Go in peace, Family, while joyfully and faithfully serving the Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.