How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Have you ever been on the Pinterest website or saw something that you thought you could make? Certainly, anyone could follow 5-easy-steps to accomplish this fabulous craft or recipe! Right?!?
A few years ago, I saw a cute reindeer-pretzel snack that was perfect for a church event. After I purchased all the ingredients, a few friends gathered and we started an assembly line. After many unsuccessful attempts of following the directions and then improvising, we finally surrendered. Someone suggested that we post pictures of our mangled and not-so-cute reindeer on the “Pinterest Fail” page! Compared to the Pinterest-perfect picture, they were definitely a “fail” and although tasty, they never made it to the church event.
Have you tried something much more serious in life than a craft or recipe that you considered to be a failure? Or are you facing a challenging season right now with issues beyond your capabilities? Regardless of what or how things happened or are happening - YOU are NOT a failure. If ever you hear words in your head, “I am a failure,” know for a fact that those words are NOT from the LORD God Almighty, but from the enemy - the liar and the father of lies (John 8:44) and you can replace those thoughts by thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8, NIV).
When thinking of failing, Psalm 36:7 is a great verse to cling to: “How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings” (NIV).
God’s love is UNFAILING! His love is constant, everlasting, inexhaustible, sure and infallible.* His love never disappoints or is without hope. Also, His love is PRICELESS - so precious that the value cannot be determined as the value is beyond any price (*Merriam-Webster Dictionary). There is nothing that we can do to make God love us more than He does; AND there is nothing that we can do to make God love us less than He does. He loves us. He created us. Sometimes, we may need to remind ourselves that His love is not based on what we do, but that we are His. His love for us is priceless and everlasting.
This week we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate how Jesus Christ, perfect and sinless, willingly laid down His life; He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus is the spotless lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) Jesus showed His priceless and unfailing love when He was nailed to the cross. May we walk in this Truth.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.