Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart"
Make this song a prayer....and commitment to loving action
Wednesday, on Valentine's Day, flowers, candies, cards and other presents -- 17.6 billion dollars worth -- will be given as an expression of love and appreciation. It is good we do this -- show our love and care for each other. But love isn't a "one day thing." It's not about show and flash. Love is our constant throughout the day, and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. We can listen, smile, affirm; stay up all night with a sick child, a dying loved one -- maybe spend some of that 17 billion toward getting someone prescription drugs they can't afford, put food on someone's table, a roof over a family's head, gas for someone's car, caring for the environment. The ways to love are endless, like our God. So let's not limit ourselves to one day! As we prepare to enter Lent next week, let us open our hearts to God's new ways for us to love in the world. And in case you didn't get a Valentine, here is God's Divine Valentine message to you -- every day, for always:
G o d S a y s:
You say: "It's impossible."
God says: All things are possible. (Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired."
God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me."
God says: I love you. (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
You say: "I can't go on."
God says: My grace is sufficient. (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out."
God says: I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it."
God says: You can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able."
God says: I am able. (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it."
God says: It will be worth it. (Roman 8:28)
You say: "I can't forgive myself."
God says: I FORGIVE YOU. (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage."
God says: I will supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid."
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I don't have enough faith.
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
You say: "I'm not smart enough."
God says: I give you wisdom. (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone."
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
PRAY: "Gracious God, Thank you for your Love poured out for us in Jesus. Show me how to open my heart- every day- to giving Love."