Easter is a Time to Renew God’s Love…

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(Memphis, TN) Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas…It is a common fact that holidays have been commercialized to the point of losing their significance over the past several decades. We have become distracted from the meaning of the particular observance with a hazy focus on the “things” that we are urged to purchase to make the day more special. Of course, we know that it is not any “thing” we need – but rather each other. Our Father created us with a part in our hearts that can only be truly filled with His love, and that love extends to our fellow brothers and sisters.

Love, pure and simple, is the essence of Easter, is it not? John 3:16 (KJV) reveals to us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ”  Our lives mean more in the tapestry of history than we can fathom. The march to defeat darkness is one that requires us all singularly and together. We were created for a supernatural reason! We are called by “our better angels” to fight the good fight for our Lord and Father with the ultimate goal to glorify Him.

Our one-on-one daily encounters with one another are not random. They are moments in time for negative strongholds to be broken, loving friendships formed and communities strengthened. Whether we realize it or not, our love can heal broken hearts, set a neighbor on a new path and encourage brothers and sisters in ways that we cannot begin to know. Our willingness to carry the day with love for each other can render us a peace that underscores the true meaning of life. Gratitude then takes hold and our loads become lighter. And our love for one another grows stronger.

When we understand one another, we love each other more freely. Barriers are broken down, fences mended and the greater good takes on energy in profound ways. Care and compassion connect us and have the opportunity to create positive change in our communities. Our determination to let love triumph over fear is key…thus allowing love to be the final victor.

God, our Father, provided us with an example of His unconditional love in the form of companion animals, our families,  true friends and fellow believers. The more we love one another, the closer we move to the light of the Lord where peace is promised. Commitment to share each others trials and joys is really not difficult. It simply requires an open heart that listens and speaks understanding and love.  Thank you.

 

 

 

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God’s Wisdom and Will…Seeking to Understand the Supernatural in Our Daily Walk

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(Memphis, Tennessee) From God Calling, a classic daily devotional first published in 1935 for the encouragement of the Christian walk, we can find many daily passages that speak to our joys and sorrows in this present world. The following titled “Storms” can bring His peace to all who seek to understand God’s supernatural love, wisdom and will in the midst of our worldly walk.

Storms

There is no miracle so wonderful as the miracle of a soul being kept by My Power. Forces of evil batter and storm, but are powerless. Tempests rage unavailingly.

It is like a cool garden with sweet flowers and bees and butterflies and trees and playing fountains set in the midst of a mighty roaring city. Try to see your lives as that.

Not only as calm and unmoved, but as breathing fragrance, expressing beauty. Expect storms. Know this — you cannot be united in your great friendship and bond to do My work, and in your great Love for Me, and not excite the envy, hatred, and malice of all whom you meet who are not on My side.

Where does the enemy attack? The fortress, the stronghold, not the desert waste.

“Except the Lord to build the house, they labour in vain that build it: 
except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
Psalm 127:1

Election America 2016…The Morning After

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(Washington, D.C.)  It is November 9, 2016. The U.S. Presidential election has been decided. America has awakened to a time in our history that seems unthinkable to half the citizens of our great country and consequently stunned the world. The Republican candidate who never missed an opportunity to divide, demean and discourage those who have admirably served our country in all walks of life has been elected to the most powerful position of the free world. The candidate who has never served or shown to work for the betterment of our neighborhoods, communities, or joined hearts with the disadvantaged people of our country, persuaded the majority of voting Americans that he actually cared about them.

In the days ahead we as Americans will have the responsibility to move forward. But it won’t necessarily be easy. In the hours of reflection that we face as we look to the future, we can be heartened by the fact that our country has always made it through difficult times throughout our young history. Although it may be impossible to understand in the moment, God is always working and refining us as individuals and as a country.

How could it have happened? Our present culture of leaving God out the equation has surely helped define what has happened…the unthinkable. We can pray to heal ourselves and then zero in on our strategy to include working to restore our country to encompass the love and goodness that God intended for us.

We will overcome this setback. We will move onward and upward continually for the greater good and seek not to allow darkness to eclipse the light…but rather for light to overcome it.  With God’s grace we will find the humility, grace and wisdom to overcome any force who would seek to divide us as an inclusive, loving people and country. We, as sisters and brothers brought together at this time in history, will overcome through God’s true love and unending mercy.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired millions and given insight in times of uncertainty. His life and words serve as always to enlighten us:

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, 
nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Fear (Respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. ~Psalm 111:10

“There is no pit so deep that God’s Love is not deeper still.”-Corrie Ten Boom

by Michelle Buckalew, Animal World USA founder & president