Treasure Your Treasure with a Little Heart Emoji

Day 23 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

treasure your wife

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 NLT

Whether you’ve found a wife or a husband, the one you’ve found is a treasure.

Treasures are greatly valued and are carefully looked after, protected, and loved. They are precious to us and cherished above all else.

Sometimes, though, we take our treasures for granted or we forget just how special and important they are to us. Sometimes, life and the things we’re striving towards captures our attention and our treasure becomes, well, not top of mind.

Every once in a while we need to be reminded and do something to show how much we appreciate and care for the people in our lives we treasure.

Yesterday, during a particularly stressful time at work the thought popped into my mind to send my wife a text to tell her I loved her. And so I did and this was our exchange:

love you emoji

What I learned from this is it doesn’t take much to tell someone you treasure that you love them, and make their day. And let me tell you, when you make their day, it will make yours, too.

After I did this, I came across a tweet from my friend Rob Rienow which said, “Husbands, little heart emoji’s are kind of corny, but your wife will probably like for you to text one to her today.” My reply: “Funny, I did this before seeing your tweet and it totally made her day!” To which he replied, “Well done!! I use ‘Bitmoji’ too. A big hit.”

So there you go, this little treasure your treasure tactic is a proven winner! Oh, and by the way, treasuring your treasure finds favor with the Lord, too. šŸ™‚

Treasure the one you treasure and take this #LoveChallenge: send someone you love a text – just out of the blue – tell them you love them. Throw in an emoji or a Bitmoji, or two. Do it right now. You’ll be so glad and blessed that you did.

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Abounding in Love

Day 22 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

abounding in love

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

Yesterday’s #LoveChallenge post on Love and Faithfulness United drew from a common theme found in my Scripture reading for that day: persevere in doing the will of God to receive the promises of God.

Likewise, today’s reading plan brought another central theme to bear on my mind and heart – a question really – “What do you want the Lord to do for you?”

what do you want me to do for youI saw it first in the story of the blind man in Luke, chapter 18, to whom Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied” (v41).

Then came the nearly identical question posed to Caleb by his daughter: When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” (Joshua 15:18.)

What do I want the Lord to do for me?

What do you want him to do for you?

It’s a simple question. It made me think, what do I really want or need? And as I thought about it one thing stood out: joy. I want to be filled with more joy. I want the joy of being in God’s presence no matter what.

Then, wouldn’t you know it, I also read Psalm 86 today and the first half a dozen verses really stood out for me, especially verse 4:

Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

Verse 5, follows: “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

“What do you want me to do for you, Greg?”

“Lord,” I replied, “I call to Ā you who are forgiving and good, abounding in love – bring joy to your servant, for I put my trust in you.”

That is my personal #LoveChallenge for today. It’s to believe in the abounding love of our Lord to all who call on him he asks, “What can I do for you?”

Like the poor and needy, and the blind man everyone wanted to just shush up and see go away, Jesus asks, “What can I do for Ā you?”

Call on him. He is forgiving and good, abounding in love; he wants to hear from you, he wants to hear you say it. He’s not too busy. He has nothing more important to do. He’s abounding in love – for you – yes you!

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Love and Faithfulness United

Day 21 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

love and faithfulness

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Psalm 85:10

Have you noticed, sometimes when reading different parts of the Bible the passages all seem to come together in one common theme?

This just happened during my #DailyBibleReading plan, which included:

  • Hebrews 10:35-36 (Verse of the Day)
  • Joshua 13-14
  • Luke 18:1-17
  • Psalm 85
  • Proverbs 13:7-8

The unifying theme from these passages was how wholehearted devotion to follow the will of God brings about the promises of God.

I saw that in the experience of Caleb, who for 45 years remained committed to God’s plan to overtake the land of Canaan. Joshua 14: 8,9,14 speaks of his wholehearted devotion over this period and how God rewarded it with an inheritance in the land of promise.

In Luke, Jesus spoke to his disciples about not giving up in prayer, but to be persistent because faithfulness matters – a lot. He asks the question, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)

Add to this the verse of the day from Hebrews 10:35-36

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Is it all just coincidence that all these passages from all over the Bible speak as one? Or is the Holy Spirit saying something to me (perhaps you) today about perseverance, faithfulness, not giving up, following his revealed will wholeheartedly, to receive his blessing, his promise?

I believe it’s more than coincidence. I believe it’s a reminder to persevere in love for God and love for others – our #LoveChallenge – and his first andĀ greatest commandment. And when we do, “love and faithfulness meet together” and good things come our way.

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Celebrating Our Love for God’s Word

Day 20 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

love god's word

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Psalm 119:97

 

The longest of all the psalms and the longest chapter in the entire Bible, Psalm 119 is a love poem celebrating the word of God in all its forms and meanings.

It is said the writer of this psalm was:

  • (1) passionately devoted to the word of God as the word of life;
  • (2) humbly acknowledged nevertheless, the errant ways of his heart and life;
  • (3) knew the pain – but also the fruits – of God’s corrective discipline; and
  • (4) had suffered much at the hands of those who arrogantly disregardedĀ God’s word and made him the target of their hostility, ridicule, and slander. (NIV Study Bible.)

There’s a wonderful symmetry of 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each containing 8 verses. Each of the 8-verse stanzas makes use of six to eight relational terms to God’s word: law, statutes, precepts, commands, commandments, laws, decrees, word, and promise.

No #LoveChallenge would be complete without taking some time to fall deeper in love with God’s word. To celebrate his eternal and everlasting word. That we might come to proclaim: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”

Loving God’s word begins with reading his word, the Bible. Reading begetsĀ meditating, obeying, rejoicing in and celebrating his presence and his promises.

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Inseparable Love

Day 19 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

god's inseparable love

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Like so many of the biblical heroes and people of God, the apostle Paul was an amazing figure. He was in the company of those who basked in the presence and love of the Lord regardless of life’s circumstances – whether positive or negative, up or down, good or bad.

Think too of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, and Peter. All of whom had their own personal trials and tribulations, along with soaring highs.

All of whom gained the perspective of the inseparable love of God despite their circumstances.

They remind me of the Psalmist who wrote the following in Psalm 84:10

Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

So it’s not what happens to us that makes the difference but how we think about and respond to what happens to us that determines the outcome.

And the outcome for our #LoveChallenge is to believe and trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love…

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Psalm 84:11-12

Preaching on the life of Joseph from Genesis 42-45, pastor Troy Dobbs of Grace Church made the point, “Faithfulness to God does pay.” And he quoted one commentary that put it this way: “God does not always pay at the end of every day, but in the end, God does pay.”

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