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Graham Cooke: "To My Beloved"

During the Thanksgiving holiday I was pondering on what the next blog material would be. The subject of love popped into my mind. God spoke to me with boldness as my mind tried to shy away from the topic of LOVE! You see when I think of love now days, it is the love that only God can provide that makes sense to me anymore. Why, because His love never changes and is ever lasting. His love is perfect. You can rely on Him. He will not let you down. We are His beloved no matter where we are in life, isn't that called unconditional love? I was shy to blog on love because I know so many people who have still not experienced His love. I was one of them that had not known His love. I should be eager to blog about God's love, but I know so many will not undertand what I am trying to say. Sometimes I just have to force myself to step out of my comfort zone and share what I have inside me. Planting a seed for someone to know Gods love. For me, it became apparent that Gods love was different than human love as I entered into a strong mature relationship with Jesus in my later 30's and early forties.. Before getting to that place, I was relying solely on human love, the ups and downs of human nature can be brutal and euphoric all in the same day. I often found myself questioning love, especially when the chips were down. But really, what I should have been questioning was my relationship with God. You see, I knew who God was, I just did not know or understand the depth ofHis love yet. Lets dig deep and find out exactly what it is I am trying to say about this positive, uplifting and bold word, LOVE!

I grew up in a loving environment. There is no doubt in my mind that both of my parents did the best they could during their times of raising their five children. They provided as much love as they could. It was very clear to us children that we were their priorities. But raising five children in Alaska meant someone had to bring home the money and there needed to be plenty of it to have all the necessary means of survival in Alaska for a family of seven during those times. The heating bill alone was huge with the longest and coldest winters I ever experienced! That meant Dad to take a job as a international airline pilot. It was a glamorous looking job from the outside but our family took the brunt of the earthly father figure being gone most of our years growing up! That also put a ton of pressure on my Mom as she could not be everywhere at once. It was hard on my three sisters and myself lacking a father figure much of the time. I grew up promiscuous, trying to fill the void with earthly men. When I married my husband Randy nearly twenty two years ago, it did not take me long to figure out he was not capable of filling that gap in my soul either. I thought he was that NIGHT IN SHINNING ARMOR, he was not ,sadly for me at the time. For him I am sure he had no clue what that could possibly be for me as it was not his purpose for me, it was God's. Fortunate for me, my relationship with God was entering into a deeper phase of understanding and I started turning to God to fill my love tank. I do not mean for it to sound like a over night sensation because it was far from that. I would take two steps forward with God and then three back.

Over time I could see the love God had for me personally and that he was never going to turn His back on me like so many others had and will continue to do so. My relationship with Him was real and fulfilling. I could find Him any time of day. He was never too busy for me. He was never too mad at me. He was never too angry at me to not forgive me as quickly as I asked Him to. He is just there, ready and willing to love on me. He is my Daddy, my Abba and always will be. There is nothing I would trade Him in for, and yes I would die for him. That is how strong and tight my love is for Him. Now that I have experienced His great love, I absolutely know there is no one else who could fill that void. It feels good to finally feel wholeness and I weep for those who are still searching. I know of thm personally. Some grew up with an alcoholic Father and while there Dad was in his martini glass, his little girl was starving for his attention, affection and love. They tried to find it later in many men sadly. Some grew up never knowing their Father because the Mother opted %100 out of the relationship and disappeared. Then there are men who also are starved out from not having a Mother figure or Father figure for all the same reasons and more. I see these people trying to fill these gaps or voids in their lives with relationships, drugs, alcohol, overachieving, eating and much more. These are only temporary fixes, never filling the gap. I have even known people, including myself that were able to repair a broken relationship or meet their Father for the first time to find out the hole can not be fixed through human relationships. They run right back to their temporary fixes to find short term reoccurring fixes. It can be a tiring and relentless place to live in. Some are even professionals at showing the world all is right with them and their soul. Really they are screaming from the inside with haunting pain of the past, allowing a stronghold on them. A stronghold that controls their life and many people around them.

If only I could wiggle my nose and fix all my friends and family with Gods love so they too could fill their souls with compassion, peace and that feeling knowing you are enough! My job is to just share what God has done for me in hope that you will search him out and find your own personal relationship with him. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things pass away, behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB), Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy -laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NASB) , I can do all things through Him who strengthen me (Philippians 4:13, NASB), And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 NASB) and if that is not enough scripture verses to convince you about God and His love, there is a whole bible full of them. I hope you took a minute to click onto Pastor Graham Cooke's link titled To My Beloved, this is how much love God has in store for us, come and receive. Hey if this blog has encouraged you in anyway, please send me a message and let me know. It would mean the much to me.

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Love & Much Peace,