Incomprehensible

God loves us.

It is incredible how deep and strong His love is for us.

It is incomprehensible.

There is no way for us to fully describe it.

We can never completely understand.

He loves us, no matter what.

How do we know how much he loves us?

He tells us:

St. Paul says: But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

He died for us while we were still sinners. He sacrificed Himself for us in all our imperfections. He loves us just as we are.

Jesus prays: And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, that the world may know that you sent me,  and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  John 17:22-24

God loves us just as much as he loves Jesus, His only son. We are a gift. He loves us this much.

have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

His love for us never ends. It is everlasting. It is forever.

Isn’t that amazing?

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Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:17

This is a pretty common verse from a very common book in the bible. These words are usually used to refer to the need to replace our desire for earthly material goods with a desire for heaven. And rightly so. The preceeding lines of Matthew talk about earthly treasures that moths and rust cannot destroy. It is good for us to read this verse in that light. It causes me to reexamine my attitude towards my possesions. It is so easy in this world to get caught up in wanting more and more material things. But, here we are being told that these things don’t last. Yes, I get it.

But today I read this passage in a different light. Not only does Christ want us to stop putting our value into the material goods of this world, but he also wants us to stop placing our treasure in the other “things” of this world. Humans idolize so many non-material things that are only of this earth. It is a little harder to come to terms with this verse in this light because we may not be as aware that we are affected by these things in this way. We invest our time and our treasure into earthly things like academic/career success, social status, and life accomplishments.  Now, these things aren’t bad in themselves, but if we place our treasure there, that is where our heart will be. And those things don’t last. You have to leave those things here when you go.

So, pray with me today. Pray that the Lord may show you where you have placed your treasure. Pray that He help you to believe that you want your heart to be in Him. And pray for the assistance and the grace to start moving your treasure there.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:17

I haven’t forgotten about you!

I haven’t forgotten about this blog! Classes have gotten really busy and I am trying to keep up with my reading and paper writing so that I am ready for the end of my first class next Friday. This past weekend I went to a traditional English tea, visited Hampton Court Palace, walked around Windsor, and went to a show in the West End.  I will write more about all these things and post pictures as soon as I can pause and catch my breath. I also, hopefully, will have more writing to share from my travel writing classes. But for now, I will share a bible verse that came up as the  “verse of the day” on my Kindle last week and is now my prayer for everyone: