Love Never Gives Up

“Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:7, The Passion Translation

The sentence above is the closing sentence of a paragraph about love.

We read the words and long for the truth of them to be real in our lives.

We long for more.

We are made for more of this kind of love.

We try to love like this and fail miserably because we are human.

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.

But we stop believing the best. We give up. We get tired.

But God does not.

He does not give up.

He does not let go.

His love is a safe place of shelter for all who need it.

And we all need it.

If you have given up believing the best for yourself, your loved-ones or your circumstances, cling to the truth of this passage.

This isn’t about you trying harder to love better, it is about you burrowing into God’s strong love for you and letting Him believe the best is yet to come.

We take failure as defeat.

God takes failure and forms it into hope.

That is how He loves.

May the love of God hold you when you are tired, give you hope when you feel lost and enough light for the next step you need to take today.

Covered


As you begin the weekend, I wanted to remind you that you have a place of refuge in Christ to live from. A fortress of strength to love from. A tower of trust to give from.

Live from the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done for you on the cross.

You are restored and redeemed.

You are accepted and forgiven.

Ypu are cherished and loved.

When the strong sun of adversity beats down, rest in Shaddai’s shadow. Tuck yourself into His side and remind your soul whose you are.

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.

His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-5 MSG‬‬

When fear screams the loudest, run to the refuge of the cross. Jesus died for you so that you could have this: an unhindered relationship with your Father in heaven who has strong arms and strong love.

Hide in Him.

Fear nothing.

He’s got you covered.

Hide Here


Sometimes you just need a place to hide for awhile. Something happens and you feel vulnerable and wounded. You want to crawl back under the covers and not face your world.

Only life doesn’t work that way. You still have things to do, people to take care of …life demands doing, especially when trouble surrounds.

For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.”
Psalm 32:7 NLT

There is a place to hide in for a while that is a healing place. A safe place. A place of refuge where gentle songs of victory, thanksgiving and praise echo all around you.

That place is God himself. He invites you into Himself and says,Hide here– let Me be your refuge in the storm”.

Instead of crawling back in bed, crawl under God’s covering and listen to the songs of victory He sings over you.

Tornado Warning

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We are in the middle of our first storm of the season and so far it has been a mild one with gentle, continuous rains all day long. Although, yesterday afternoon we did have a tornado warning for Roseville. It was broadcasted at the same time that the sun broke through the clouds and rain ceased. Funny how that happens. Just when you think the storm is passing, it is actually about to get much worse.

Life can be like that, too. Just when you think you are going to get a break from the storm you have been “managing”, it looks like it might take a turn for the worse.

You have two choices at that moment: go on as you have been and ignore the warning or get into a place of shelter as fast as you can to wait out the worst of it.

I suggest option number two. When things get worse- find a place of refuge and stay there for as long as necessary.

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1, 2 NLT)

I don’t think a tornado manifested in Roseville yesterday but I know that there are storms raging in many of my friends lives right now that seem like they are getting worse before they will get better. Get to your hiding place in the arms of God and wait it our there. He is the fortress you can rest in and security you are longing for.