And when the Sabbath was past [that is, after the sun had set], Mary Magdalene, and Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome purchased sweet-smelling spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen. And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb. And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large. And going into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting [there] on the right [side], clothed in a [long, stately, sweeping] robe of white, and they were utterly amazed and struck with terror. And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But be going; tell the disciples and Peter, He goes before you into Galilee; you will see Him there, [just] as He told you. Then they went out [and] fled from the tomb, for trembling and bewilderment and consternation had seized them. And they said nothing about it to anyone, for they were held by alarm and fear. - Mark 16:1-8 AMPC
Forgiveness is a gift we can give and receive
Faithful Friday and a new podcast.
Yay for the weekend! Yay for letting go! Yay for forgiveness? Yep. Tune in.
It looks like self-care, it looks like Life on Purpose.
May you seek the face of God and require His presence continually.
May you love relentlessly and know you are loved, relentlessly.
Mindi & Irina
Why not dig a little deeper, more on forgiveness...
Fully loved. Really? Really.
What does that mean, what does it look like? For Pure Grace it looks like making the most of life.
Honoring God with all we think , say and do. It looks like being brave enough to ask for grace, and giving it back double. Fully loved looks like being scandalous by forgiving again and again and even again.
It looks like reaching out, praying over, and leaving judgement at the door.
We don't pretend to know ALL the challenges people are going through, and we don't need to know to act fully loved. We don't need to know to give out love so someone else can start to experience that fullness, that amazing love that never lets you go.
Jesus hung out with the hurting folks, the lost, the needy.
We have been all those things at one time or another. We will be again.
Being fully loved for us means being fully committed to changing the world for Christ.
One amazing woman at a time.
It means people will not always understand that commitment to serve Him and not let feelings or circumstances rule. It means, that is okay. Keep serving, keep loving, keep living Life on Purpose. You do you♥
As the quote below says, it means ruining your reputation with some folks.
Know that fully loved means His love defends us, each one of us.
Y'all know how crazy I am about Matt Maher.
Have a sweet listen to his newest release "Your Love Defends Me".
We love Him, because He first loved us. -1 John 4:19
A nonpartisan Hope Day post
Our hope is His love.
But are we really loving Him back?
Fully, with every breath, with every action, with every word?
I don't know about you but I'm struggling to get it right, more now than ever before.
Our current political climate is hostile and angry and uncertain.
I find when I read recent events and watch the news, my blood starts to boil, my skin starts to crawl...and yet I claim to walk with Christ.
I'm struggling to find the balance between love and justice.
But I still hope.
I am having a hard time loving people who proudly stand against everything I believe.
I'm having a harder time with hate speech from Christians.
My heart is hardening.
I need to get it together.
I need to find the balance between love and justice.
Whatever your position, we must admit the way we're treating each other couldn't be farther from love.
Jesus said love one another. Period.
He didn't say love only the people who look like you or think like you or only when you feel like it. That would be entirely too easy. We can already do that, mostly without breaking a sweat.
Christians are not called to be like the world. We are supposed to be different, set apart, made in Christ's image.
I'm feeling like I have a lot of people I need to figure out how to love.
I can have a side without belittling and ridiculing my opponent.
I can make a stand for justice and still walk or march in love.
I have hope.
I love because He first loved me.
Will you join me?
Will you seek to find the balance between love and justice and being made in Christ's image?
Life on Purpose looks like coming together in hope and love to seek Him.
I wasn't always very good at being present. I'm still not at rock star level BUT I am way more on it that ever before. Well, at least before smart phones. Pre-smart phones, everyone was more present.
I would get sucked in. I really like to peruse my phone. To check on all the social media outlets. Check my email. Check, check, check. I'll admit sometimes it would be mindless, I would do it without realizing.
Luckily I had a wake up call a few months ago. I was on the receiving end of not getting the attention I wanted or felt I deserved, of being second fiddle to all the wonders of a smart phone.
It gave me pause. Was I like this? Totally un-present? Ugh. Probably.
NO MORE was my battle cry!
What images does this word conjure up for you? Something grandiose and expensive and much sought after...Like the legacies of Rockefeller or Vanderbilt or Gates.
Dictionary.com defines legacy as:
Others define it as a great accomplishment like running a prestigious marathon. [Read more...]
You don't know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. James 4:14 GW
We are here on borrowed time.
Are we making the most of it? No? Well, we can’t go back but we can start from today.
No more waiting until…today could be your last day, your last chance.
What thing have you always wanted to accomplish? Place you have always wanted to go?
Fill in the blank with your dream – big, little or in-between. [Read more...]
Feeling the pull of unforgiveness for things so far in the past, so covered in cobwebs and dust I can barely make out what they were without looking for them purposefully, giving them a good spit shine and choosing to revisit where I first met them. No good can come from this. This is not a path I want to wander down.
Forgiveness is a gift I give myself. I am worth it. I choose to walk with God in wisdom, not the Devil in regret.
The pull, the pit in my stomach was so strong I prayed for my enemies. Enemies - really? I don't I have enemies, except one, but today the memories of a particular few who have genuinely hurt me came crashing down like a tidal wave. I saw their faces, I felt the betrayal like it was fresh, I begged to forget. Hadn't I climbed this mountain, conquered this beast? I wrote their names in my prayer journal. I asked God to bless them and help me let go, again, forever.
We've all been here. Thankfully here is a place I rarely visit anymore. When I do, I get out at the speed of light. [Read more...]