Peace

This will be a short post. I’ve been busy lately, and I apologize for not posting more often.

The purpose of this post, in short, is to describe some aspects of God that have been revealed to me.

God’s love gives me peace of mind. I know He has His hand on my life, and I have nothing to worry about from this life. I am His, and that’s my only objective- remain His and the rest follows. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these will be given to you as well.”

God’s timing is perfect, in every instance. This is closely related to the above point. God has His hand on my life. For this reason, I don’t need to cloud my mind with the stress caused by futile efforts at living my life without Him as my sole focus. In other words, don’t say “in a year I will go here or there, or live here or there. But, rather, say, if God wills it…”(loose quote from somewhere at the end of James)

God has His hand on my life. And yours, if you allow yourself to recognize it. The peace of mind, soul, and body can be experienced by you too if God is allowed to be your focus. God loves you, even when you don’t recognize Him. He wants our relationship. I have given Him that, and even though I fall short, His love guides me. He is my life.

God has plans, not to harm us, but to prosper us. He is good, pure, and lovely.

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We love…because He first loved us.

This marriage is going to be glorious. Beyond all measure. It is going to be used to glorify God, over ourselves. God brought us together and He is going to keep us together; sustaining and keeping us in His love and covenant of grace. Love brought us together, and it will suffuse the marriage. But, it won’t be our love. The marriage will sustain our love, rather than our love sustaining our marriage. We love because He first loved us.

That amazing concept brings tears to my eyes. God is so unbelievably good to us. His love is beyond measure. As far as the east is from the west, are His mercies for us. His love is unconditional. And our love is modeled after that. (Or should be, at least. We are human and will never measure up to His love. We just can’t do it.)

Of course we will have our issues, for it would be naive of me to think otherwise. But, living Christ-centered lives, we will overcome them.

With this covenant we have entered into, a truth has been brought to me – there is so much to be said about God’s love that I don’t even know where to begin. His love is unbounded. It’s magnificent in its grandeur and peace and joy. Just thinking about how He loves us, I am rendered speechless. The song, “How He loves us”, says it all.

“He is jealous for me…
He loves like a hurricane…
and I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy…
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory…
when heaven meets earth like a sloppy-wet kiss, my heart turns violently inside of my chest…
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about…the way that He loves us!
if His love was an ocean, we’d all be sinking…
Whoa…how He loves us…”(from memory, so I would suggest listening to the song)

Just think about that for a minute…

How He loves us…

Whooah…how He loves…

My heart does turn violently. Brings tears of joy, literally. It’s…just…unfathomable.

Our marriage will be sustained by His love.
The covenant of marriage that we have entered will sustain our love.
Why?
How?
We love…because He first loved us.

I am in awe at this concept.

We love because He first loved us.

Unbelievable.

(I wrote this on the plane to Miami, as Sarah slept. We are going on our honeymoon now. So! I won’t respond to any comments for some time. We are turning off all our connections to the world as soon as we step foot on the boat. Love you all and hope your week goes well!)