Friday, April 22, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Teach Me To Love

Joining with Lisa-Jo @ The Gypsy Mama today to share just 5 minutes.....

This week's prompt.....The Hard Love....

GO.

When I saw the Five Minute Friday prompt for today, I took pause. Yesterday, I just wrote about how HARD it is to talk about what Jesus suffered and went through in the face of our own trials and heartaches.



Why?

Well, I don't know about you, but I think sometimes, I just want to wallow for a bit. I want to feel sorry for myself. I don't want to think that anyone understands. I want to be sad.

Did I really just write that?
Did I say that aloud?

And yet...there is always that nudging that brings me back to Him....back to the place of redemption and grace, in spite of my OVERWHELMING weaknesses, in spite of my OVERWHELMING shame.

Do you, like me, often feel like Peter or maybe even, Heaven forbid, Judas? When I turn my face away or pretend to not know Him or choose another way.....

And then, the cross makes sense all over again...not just for the masses....but for me.

I NEED THIS.

I NEED THIS BLOOD.

I NEED THIS PRICE.

I couldn't do this life without the great cost that was paid on my behalf.

That HARD LOVE.....Jesus taught me.....now, I pray that He will strengthen me to walk it out too.

STOP.

Listen to Paul's words....YOWZA! Can I say this!?!?

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Philippians 3:10-11


7 comments:

Chrystal's Corner said... Best Blogger Tips

I feel like today's prompt was meant just for me...to write, to read, to remember just what amazing sacrifice was involved so that I could be saved. When you look at it and compare it to all the rest of our "woes" it makes everything else seem so small. Thank you for your thoughts on hard love.

Designed with Purpose said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally understand what you are saying. It seems as though every day I wonder away from Him in one way or another only to realize the truth of the cross. So glad he lavishes us with mercy and is patient!

BTW, so glad to have found your blog. We are in the process of going on the mission field in Europe and my biggest fear is the unknown of what this will do to my daughter. I look forward to reading more of your blog and your perspective as a missionary kid.

Gaby said... Best Blogger Tips

Like Peter, like Thomas, like Judas, like Nicodemus, like David. I am just glad the Bible is full of people like me that God still redeemed.

Thank you for your honesty.

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally understand this. Thanks for sharing your thought.

Lindsey V said... Best Blogger Tips

@Chrystal's Corner Thanks, Chrystal, for stopping by! You are right! What an amazing challenge today's prompt was! Celebrating with you in His amazing grace for us!

@Designed with Purpose Oh, I am so glad you "get" it! I SERIOUSLY don't know what I would do without His mercy!

So excited for the leap of faith that you and your family are taking, and I look forward to any insight I can give you from the MK's point of view...it was hard but great....bottom line....I wouldn't wish for any other life!

Lindsey V said... Best Blogger Tips

@Gaby
Oh, Gaby! You are right! So many examples in the Bible who are AMAZING yet flawed...just like us...in need of a Redeemer! Thank you for your encouragement to me!

@Emily
I am so glad that you understand, Emily! I am one of those people to whom understanding means the world! Thanks for taking the time to stop by, to read, and to share YOUR words!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally understand this. Thanks for sharing your thought.

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