I can tell you that I would not mind seeing my ONLY “Celebrity Crush” ever, Antonio Sabato Jr. strut his stuff on season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars“. The former General Hospital heartthrob & Calvin Klein models name was added to the rumored list of celebrities joining DWTS in September. Also on that list was A&E star from Duck Dynasty Sadie Robertson.
Last season we saw devout christian and…
We love Him because He first loved us. #1John 4:19 (NKJV)
The love FOR God always begins with the love FROM God.
To be completely transparent, I am a massive #coffee snob. I’m not into chain coffee (no judgement if you are haha!) but the boutique stuff – specialty roasters and the like. There’s one particular brand I absolutely love and if you know me, you know which one I’m talking about!
That coffee loved me first! “What do you mean?” I hear you asking… I mean that the coffee brand loved me first by being amazing before I ever discovered it. Love, passion and artistry went into the roasting process long before I ever loved it… and because all of those were sown into the coffee, whenever I taste a cup I realise again how much I love it.
#Ps 34:8 says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” It’s not until you taste of God’s love that you then realize you are in love. That’s why many secular people are bewildered by #Christians. They think we’re all cray-cray! Because they’ve never tasted the love of #Jesus, they don’t have a reason to love Him.
Right before the key verse of this devotion it says in verse 18 in the NLT that “…perfect love casts out all fear. If we afraid, it is fear of punishment…” Everyone I know that doesn’t love God thinks that His motivation is to punish people… and them in particular. They have a crazy, mixed up framework of thinking about what His love would be like because they’ve never tasted. It doesn’t change the fact that He first loved them and once you taste you realise that punishment is not God’s agenda, but love is!
And more than the coffee beans I so love, there is so much #passion, delight and thought that goes into the love He has for you. His love started long before you ever knew Him or knew about Him and will continue into eternity!
If you’re feeling unloved, you only have to take a quick look into the #gospels to discover you are the recipient of the greatest love history knows!
You are blessed… have the best day ever! #devotional #Outersparkle #pktfuel
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” #Psalm139:14 (NLT)
I don’t often say to myself “I am #fearfully and #wonderfully made… and my soul knows it good and proper!” Loving myself has been a challenge through different seasons and moments of my life.
I have found over the years that the tension between #arrogance and #self-confidence has been somewhat skewed, and many today replace #boldness for #selfrighteousness, #confidence for arrogance, and a healthy self esteem with a hunger for winning. On the flip side, low self esteem and a desperate lack of confidence are on the rise. Both perspectives come from not knowing your true value and who holds it for you. We strive for #perfection, #performance, #reputation, #popularity, #comedy, #acceptability and more, thinking that they are the gauge and setter of our worth.
But our value is not generated by us or anything we do, there is nothing we can do to increase it or devalue it… Our worth is founded in #Jesus #Christ, and is held in place by #Father #God – the author of our lives. It is not based on our performance, on our achievements, or on our popularity… or lack there of.
There is no need for either arrogance or self loathing – both misunderstand that our value is generated by God the Father, who made us marvellously and wonderfully…
When we understand where our true value is generated from, it gives us the #freedom to humbly be ourselves, and to humbly but confidently #LOVE who we are… Free from the labels and words spoken over us by others, free from the pressure of perfection and performance, free from having to measure up to someone’s idea of #success.
One of my favorite quotes is by #EECummings who says “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” But I challenge you today to step out in #faith and #courage and learn to see yourself the way Christ sees you and to LOVE who you are.
You are here on purpose, for a purpose… You are valued and loved, so don’t allow yourself to be pumped up with pride or shrunken down by low self-esteem. You are free to be you and to LOVE and enjoy who you are. #pktfuel
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What an impact this would make on this generation,if #selenagomez would switch from #popmusic to #Praiseandworship songs. Hear her sing #Oceans by #Christian Band #HillsongUnited. I’d love to see this on the #VMAs. #justsayin #refreshing #praise #worship #music #christianmusic