Live Loved!!

It's snowing and cold here in the 20's. Tonight is our Life Group from church at 7pm where people from church come over to review last Sunday's sermon, worship and pray. I need to prepare two worship songs and type up lyrics and clean the downstairs to be prepared.

But I love the book my son gave me for Christmas "Uninvited" by Lysa TerKeurst and I can't stop reading it. I need to get priorities in place for tonight!

The author Lysa TerKeurst writes from her feeling of rejection, grieved from the deep loss of a relationship, her dad, that was there one day and gone the next, and how she finds the gift from God.

Here are my nuggets, some lines that touched me, from just the first three chapters! (This book reminds me of the songs the Lord inspired me “Do I Love You First” and “With My All” and it inspires me to write new songs!

I hope you enjoy these quotes. Its a great book!

"The mind feasts on what it focuses on. If you want to know what a persons' focus and feast is, all you have to do is listen to the words that come out of her mouth.

Live from the abundant place that you are loved and you won't find yourself begging others for scrapes of love. Live loved! It’s hard to live something you sometimes don’t feel. It's easy to live loved when I feel loved. No soul can soar to the place of living loved when it’s a performance-based endeavor. Living loved is sourced in your quiet daily surrender to the One who made you. I was doing many things with God but not really spending time getting refilled by God and His abundant love at all. I was saying I was connecting with Him but in all honesty, I was letting the world stir my deep affections. I’d say, I put God first in my life, but give all my first moments of each day to checking my text messages rather than checking with His messages.

Psalm 91 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty". When we abide, delight, and dwell in Him, He then places within us desires that line up with His best desire for us. He can promise us stability, because we’re tapped into His consistent power.

Mark 3:14-15 When Jesus appointed the apostles to preach and drive out demons the first part of their calling was to be with Him. Fullness comes to us when we remember to be with Him before going out to serve Him. He wants our hearts to be in alignment with Him before our hands set out today’s assignment for Him. So He extends what we need and invites us each day to receive (from His spirit) in prayer, worship and truth from His Word. Fix your eyes not on a worldly prize but on staying in love with Me. I was created by God, who formed me because He so much loved the very thought of me. When I was nothing, He saw something and declared it is good. Very good. And very loved.

Therefore I bring the atmosphere of love into every situation I face. I'm not tempted to flirt with the world, hoping for approval because I have the real thing with God. And I’m not nearly as likely to fall into perceiving rejection that isn’t really there, or listen to lies, because I’m not starving for affection.

I am loved. This should be the genius thought of every day.

God's love isn't based on me. It's simply placed on me. And it's the place from which I should live....loved."