Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes To God...

This is part of a book study that we are doing on Lelia's blog, Write from the Heart. We are reading Lisa Whittle's book Behind those Eyes. I have loved this book. We are almost done... and I am not sure that I am ready for it to end. It's been great.

Chapter Eight We are completely loved and accepted completely

Lisa started this chapter with one of my favorite verses of scripture...

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

I just love the word "lavish". According to the dictionary, lavish means to expend or give in great amounts or without limit. Love in great amounts... and without limit. Doesn't that sound unbelievable?? Well... with God, we can believe it. Our view of love is so scarred by life... and our experiences. But God is not scarred by anything... except the nail scars on the wrist and feet of Christ that show his lavish love for us. Man.... that is some serious love.

Lisa shared many scriptures about God's love for us... another one of my favorites is...

"I have loved you with an everlasting love" Jer. 31:3

Lisa reminded us that in the story of the Samaritan women... we see God's gracious love. Jesus knew all about her... he knew that she would be at the well... he knew she was thirsty... he knew that he had exactly what she needed... AND WANTED. Lisa said,

"Jesus' love was the only answer for her thirsty heart. She didn't have to have a proper pedigree, and her past was of no eternal importance. All Jesus wanted to do was give her the gift of love she hadn't been able to find in anything or anyone else."

I am so glad that I don't need a proper pedigree... because I sure don't. And well... my past.... I am glad that it has no eternal importance. The Father knew all about that stuff when he called me to be His child... and He still called me. He still loves me... lavishly!

The most awesome statement for me in the whole chapter came at the bottom of page 139. I know that this may sound a little trivial to some... but Lisa said,

"Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that God knows your favorite color of skittles?"

That is an awesome thought to me. I don't even know my children's favorite color of skittles. I can't remember which one of my children doesn't like ketchup. I often offer my son popcorn... only to hear him say, "Mom! I am allergic to popcorn!". And I have only had about 15 or more years to remember that. I don't think that I have ever even told anyone my favorite color of skittles... of course I have one... actually two favorites.... but I haven't told anyone about them. He knows my favorite fast food restaurant. He knows my favorite song. He knows my favorite outfit. Don't you get it??? He really KNOWS me. I bet if I were to ask all of my children and my husband what my favorites are... not one of them could get every answer right. The way that they know me is nothing in comparrison to the way that God knows me. And He is the one that loves me best. That is more than I can comprehend.

Lisa then said,

"It never ceases to amaze me how God pauses every now and then to show me in a divine way that His acceptance of me is a nonissue."

This morning after I got up... I was slap-dab in the middle of a pity party... when I felt God calling me to meet Him in His Word. I opened my worn out Bible to Psalms... I read some of Psalm 84... then moved on to Psalm 86. It starts out like this....

"Hear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you,
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you,
for you will answer me."

There He was. Pausing to let me know that even in my needy state this morning... His love and mercy were still there. He hears me. He will answer me. He knows my favorite color of skittles, for heaven's sake!! That fact has stayed on my mind since the day that I read it. I don't expect that it will leave my mind any time soon. What is your favorite color of skittles?? I know someone that knows!! Yes, we are completely loved and accepted completely.

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Tammy R said...

I'm not sure about the favorite things in the lives of the ones I you its sad but true.

I'm amazed that our God cares about the all details in our lives.

Great post!!!

Cindy said...

No thanks on the Skittles, BUT M&M's ~ Aahh ~ I'll take RED!

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

It was a great uplifting chapter. I think we needed to be "lavished" on. I know its timing was perfect for me. I had a really rough weekend and God show Himself in an amazing way within a devotion of mine Monday morning. He lavished on me!! Did I say His timing is perfect???

In His Graces~Pamela

Beverly said...

Oh thanks so much for your insight on this chapter, I can't wait until I get to it.

And yellow is my favorite skittles.

Love ya

Carol said...

I never really thought about how God knows my favorite things. I know some of my families favorite things, they know some of mine. But I never really considered that God knows all my favorite things.

I also read the very begining to my daughter, the vs for 1John and then the definition of Lavish. She's only 9 but I just had the urge to read it to her. You should have seen her smile.

Thanks for sharing.


Regina said...

I'm not a skittles person. My son loves them (the sour ones), but I do not know his favorite color and I love him VERY MUCH ~ WITH ALL MY HEART. It is amazing that our Father knows all of our favorites along with all of our dislikes. I love Him so!!

P.S. I like Runts and yellow is my favorite. I could throw all the others in the trash. And I found out a few years ago the the candy store in the Pineville mall sells each color seperately. Isn't that Grand!

Jill said...

Great words and wonderful to be reminded of the truth of Lisa's book once again. I agree I don't want it to end! It has been a wonderful journey and I know He has more in store.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

This is good, Lynn. I too love the word lavish. I emphasized that on my post about this chapter.

I love Psalm 86 too...such a lifter in time of need.

I love your: "He knows my favorite color of skittles, for Heaven's sake."

That made me smile...and chuckle.

Hope you can stop by sometime.

Lisa said...

I'm so blessed that you read that very simple illustration of God's love and acceptance in the Skittles story and personalized it. Oh, praise God that He used something so simple to minister to your heart! :) It was something that really struck me when it happened, and I had a sense that God was going to use it to illustrate much more to His daughters who read it. And obviously...He did! :)

I love the fact that He knows everything about me, too. It's such a feeling of intimacy, isn't it?

I have loved meeting you through this journey, Lynn. Journey on!
Lisa :)

Mari said...

I loved this chapter! It's so good to be reminded just how much God loves us. We get so used to saying it, I like that this chapter made us take time to really **feel** it. Great insights as usual :)

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I'm always so in awe.....that God cares about EVERYTHING...everything...even the small..little details.

Blessings sweet friend.