Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
—1 John 3:18-20 ESV RestoredMinistries.org
Without the sand - there would be no Pearl!
Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? — Job 2:10
Bittersweet - The idea that in all things there’s both something broken and something beautiful; A shadow of hope in every heartbreak!
Bitter sweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul.
Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bitterness is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bitterness is courage, gutsy, earthy.
— Shauna Niequist / Savor
My cup overflows — Psalm 23:5 look at this today as a challenge to have you count your gifts and blessings and when you do you shall no longer see that cup half full - but instead it truly overflows! RestoredMinistries.org
How do you widen your heart?
When it doesn’t feel right or enough or silly or strange — you just keep loving…
God, Yourself, and Others
Keep stretching yourself to love…
ALL - the unlovable and the hard the distant, the discounted, the favored and the few … it doesn’t really matter -
All that does… is that you do!
…Love One Another…— John 13:34
— XXOO Michelle Bollom
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If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. - 1 John 1:7 MSG RestoredMinistries.org
If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.
—James 1:5 TLB RestoredMinistries.org
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. - James 1:21 RestoredMinistries.org
It’s compassion that stands in solidarity with the suffering and isn’t the greatest gift we can give... always the gift of presence? ~ Ann Voskamp
… be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. —Ephesians 3:20 TPT
But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile].
—James 3:17 AMP RestoredMinistries.org
“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, GOD, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” * * * - Jeremiah 17:9-10 MSG RestoredMinistries.org
I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. - Romans 12:3 RestoredMinistries.org