Tag : love
Tag : love
This week I was having a phone conversation with someone I had encountered at previous National Religious Broadcasters Conventions (NRB). She said, “I just want to thank you, Lisa, for always being so kind to me.” I was happy to hear that because NRB can be a pressure cooker. In the past we recorded multiple radio shows, and this week at the 2021 NRB Convention in Grapevine, Texas, we are taping four television and six radio programs. Combine that with other meetings and interviews, and it’s a packed schedule and a formula for edginess.
What about you? Do you have a tendency to be a little gruff when you’re sleep deprived, too busy, or a combination of both?
My attitude goal for this week can be found in Colossians 3: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another” (Colossians 3:12–13 NKJV).”
I’ve been worried about what to wear each day at the convention. What outfit makes me look the thinnest? But as I put a wardrobe together, I believe the most important garment to put on is kindness.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says that we are Christ’s ambassadors, his representatives on earth. Over the years I have met many nationally known people in ministry who I would describe as “aloof.” I know they have scores of people stopping them as they walk through a building, and maybe it does get old, but what if that person trying to connect with them is a non-believer who recognized them? One humble, kind word from a leader of the faith might be enough to draw them to Jesus.
While I am not in that category of influencers, I will still meet many new people and desire to be kind—even under pressure. This week, I pray that I will greet everyone with a warm smile, that I will have opportunities to encourage others and won’t be so hurried that I miss opportunities to display the LORD’s love to his sons and daughters. I can only do this through daily prayer, and with Christ at work in and through me.
Thank you so much for being a faithful reader of the Pearls of Promise blog. Because of our involvement in the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, we will be taking a week off from the POP Blog. We ask that you pray for us as we interview some of the leading evangelicals in our country. We want to use those interviews to reach the world with truth. We’ll be back on Tuesday, June 29th and I’m sure we’ll have many stories to share from NRB!
I want to help people.
This basic thought occurred to me yesterday as I joyously agreed to assist a new friend in learning how to create and edit a podcast on Garageband. I immediately thought about the written tutorial I would put together for her, what she would need for this training session and the type of lunch I would provide when she came over to the house.
That’s when I thought about my heart’s desire to help others. We do it through our POP Talk media by advancing powerful ministries and messages that encourage others. We facilitate it through our books, blogs and conferences. Pearls of Promise is all about helping people—in particular women.
In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Apostle Paul said we should “comfort the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14, TLV). Earlier in 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Paul prayed that the Lord would cause the Thessalonians “to increase and overflow in love for one another and for all people…” (TLV)
You might think, That’s easy with the people I like, or who like me, but what about those people who get under my skin, or the ones who I know don’t care for me?
The good news is you do not have to do this in your own power.
Paul goes on to pray for the Thessalonians “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way…” then he says, “Greet all the brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 28 NLT). He said to greet all brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss. What? Even the ones who I don’t feel like kissing?
To do this, we just have to pray for the God of peace—the Holy Spirit (our helper)—to show us how to help and love those who we might deem “unhelpable“ or “unloveable” and to give us what we need to be a helper, like Him, to the ones where extra grace is needed. We accomplish this in His power, not our own.
So maybe someone is coming to mind. Let God pour His love into and through you, then helping them will become natural. I am currently praying to love a person who I feel does not care for me. I am asking God to give me favor in this situation and to reveal to her my heart—my helping heart.
Ever since I rededicated my life to Christ in 1993 after a devastating television career crash, I have spent almost thirty years trying to know God better, yet He’s still a mystery in many ways. That’s what makes the quest to know Him more intriguing.
But we do have many clues for understanding our Heavenly Father’s character. Some good ones can be found in Exodus 34 when the LORD allowed His glory to pass by Moses. He said, “The LORD, the LORD God, is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and faithfulness, maintaining loving devotion to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished; He will visit the iniquity of the fathers on their children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations” (Exodus 34:6–7).
So we know God is a loving, compassionate, faithful, forgiving, patient and righteous Father who desires our obedience. Those are some great attributes that we can hold onto.
But we still want to know Him better, don’t we? We need more intel. But here’s the thing that I was reminded of this week. God wants to know us more than we want to know Him, as evidenced by the waffling in our faith at times and by the fact that we often place our “to do” list before Him. But even when we drift, he’s still at work in our lives.
When speaking to the Galatians, Paul was frustrated that the believers in Galatia had gone back to some old ways after giving their lives to God. He said, “Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?” (Galatians 4:8–9)
What I love about this passage is the way Paul corrects himself, emphasizing that God knows them but they don’t really know God.
And that’s the way I feel even after all these years of study. God knows me much better than I know Him. He created me. Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (NIV).
And that’s the purpose of today’s message to you. I want you to know that you are known by God. Your heavenly Father sees every minute of your life and knows you inside and out. He’s compassionate, faithful and loving and He has an open door policy. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, you can enter his presence at any time—day or night. And He does want you to know Him better. Yes, there is a lot of mystery surrounding our heavenly Father, but He gives enough clues in His Word to paint a picture of His character—and it’s good—so good.
Elle’s death hurt me beyond words; fortunately and unfortunately, it changed me. I regret it took me so long to learn her parting wish for me—to love a friend again. I had some healing to get through and some growing up to do. I am glad I was gifted with such a special relationship for a season.
I have learned that the Lord gives us each person in our lives for some special reason. That’s why He keeps saying that every one of us is so unique and valuable, The relationship I had with Elle was forged by Him in a way that reached the deepest part of my heart, in a way I had never expected or experienced before. This was partly because of the book we wrote together, but there was so much more.
For a long time after her death I was angry and then I just felt lost. Subsequently, I have kept a lot of people at arms length in my life and in my heart because I feared they’d die. It seemed as if so many people around me have teetered between life and death, and I didn’t think I had the heart, energy, or faith to deal with any kind of death after Elle.
But what I have realized, in the almost four years since she’s been gone, is that we all are teetering. That is, we are all teetering on the edge between life and death—both physically and spiritually. Our lives are fleeting. Yes, it’s a cliché, but unfortunately, it’s a fact. I’ve seen it with the passing of my beloved Grandma, Uncle, two Aunts, and up-close twice with two of my dearest friends. I’ve witnessed the anguish and prayed for a lot of people who have walked through the process and pain of dying and death. These last few years, I’ve witnessed the pain, struggle, and teetering with my mother as she battled cancer. And finally, I witnessed the journey, struggle, and death of my father-in-law.
There is only One whom each and everyone of us has to hold onto, God. Everyone else will fall away in some form or fashion —relationships end, ties break, and yes, there’s death. However, a dear friend told me, “When it comes to the moment where we teeter closer to death, it is only God that is with us, even though physically others may be around. He truly is all we need.
Yes, life is fragile and temporary but the next one is more real and eternal. And every now and then when death draws near, we get to see and long to be where our Father waits. And Jesus, who is the light and love, waits for us to come home. We may all fear death, sometimes not so much the idea of death itself, but the pain of dying. What I have learned is that while our hearts may yearn for heaven because we know the blessings that await us, we need to keep doing our best to faithfully complete the work the Lord gives us.
For many who have not reached this state of consciousness and growth yet, I ask you to open your hearts again. Stop rejecting those around you, rather do as Jesus asked —no commanded us—to do, LOVE. Bring people in. Bring them into your life, your family, your home, and into your hearts. Stop manipulating religion, politics, race, and anything else as an excuse to reject, but rather use them all as reasons to love. Love our uniqueness, love our differences, love our different paths, and most importantly, love others as you wish to be loved. Unconditionally.
May the Lord forge a friendship for you where you show love and are loved so deeply that it blesses you even when the piercing sting of death hits your heart.
We would love for you to join us for POP Chat this Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. when Pearls of Promise Team Marketing Director, Aurora Ortega Geis, will be speaking about “How to Navigate Change.” Aurora is a Business Strategist, Leadership Coach and the Founder of A GO Strategy, a Leadership & Life Coaching, Consulting and Digital Marketing Company.
Our Worship Leader for this POP Chat will be Renee Rollins. Renee is a Singer/Songwriter who has performed at the Olympics. She is currently the Worship Leader for the Pre-Service Prayer at Gateway Church’s Shabbat Service. Her music has been heard locally on Dallas radio stations and in Hawaii, her home state.
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I am a movie buff, and often, after my brain is fried from the day’s work I ask my husband, “What movie can we watch?”
This week, we checked out a 2017 release, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, called The Circle. It’s about a young woman (Mae) who lands her dream job working for a large tech company (The Circle) run by Hanks (Bailey). However, The Circle has invented a small camera, that placed everywhere, gives the company the ability to monitor the goings and comings of all people. Mae agrees to wear this camera during waking hours and her life and her friends and family’s lives turn into a reality show, with not so good results.
It’s a scary concept, but let’s put a positive spin on this idea of being watched 24/7. It’s actually what God does in our lives. There’s no camera attached to our clothing but the eyes of God are on His children around the clock because, like a doting father He cares about us and does not take a night off. Scripture says “Nothing in all creation is hidden in God’s sight” (Hebrews 4:13).
King David understood the omnipresent God when he penned Psalm 139: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139: 7–10 NIV).
So the good news is you might think you’re alone, but you’re never alone. You might believe no one sees your pain, but God wants to hold your hand through the trials. You could think you’re not loved but out of His love for you, God has a watchful eye on your goings and comings. In Matthew 28:18–20 Jesus promised to be with us always. The Greek translation of “always” is “all the days.” Jesus doesn’t take a vacation. He’s with us every day—all day.
But even though our heavenly Father never leaves us we often act like God is absent and do not acknowledge this gift of His continual presence in our lives. This year, I am being intentional about recognizing His nearness. I am thankful for the tracker he’s placed on me, and from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep, while I often fail, the goal is to please the Father with all my actions and words.
After all, He’s watching.