Category Archives: Encouragement

Oceans of Love

 

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Dear Friends,

As I meditated on the precious love of God, I began to get carried away in deep thought about the vastness of His love and just wanted to share these reflections with you …….

We’ve probably all experienced unrequited love in one way or another – through friends, loved ones, etc. Many of us know what that feels like and how painful it is – giving love, opening the door of our hearts, hoping for relationship, only to experience coldness or rejection – and so does God, especially as He has oceans of love for us.

Even if we have a relationship with God, through Christ, sometimes our erring ways can cause us to actually move away from Him, from that close fellowship we should have, because we know He is holy, and when we fall short we feel we have failed Him .. yet again.

It can be the case that instead of running TO Him, we may find ourselves missing out on those special times of closeness in His presence. The love of God, being unfathomable and pure, reaches out to us in mercy. Again and again, He lovingly calls us to draw near to Him, in so many ways: perhaps through a song, a word of scripture, encouragement from a friend, a sermon, even through circumstances. God patiently waits … with oceans of love … but are we always aware?

There have been seasons in my faith life when things were going along nice and smoothly, then, at some point, a situation may occur in which I felt I’d failed God again in one way or another, and (feeling defeated) would think to myself, `He must be tired of me constantly coming back for forgiveness’. As my relationship with Him grew, however, I became reassured by the reminder that it wasn’t any good that I had done that made me acceptable to God – but the righteousness of Jesus alone. Thank You Lord!

We are encouraged in scripture to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).  We are saved by grace through faith, and not by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Although we are saved FOR good works, we’re not saved BY them. When we realise this, we can not only ask for forgiveness when we’re in the wrong, but can forgive ourselves and others too. It’s all about the life of Jesus being lived through us. It’s all about Him, not us! Through the everlasting love of God, that same saving grace is available to us for daily living.

When Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross, He paved the way for those special words that He uttered to be fulfilled – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The transaction was done in terms of God. He “SO loved the world that He gave ..” (John 3:16). God’s oceans of love caused Him to give. He did His part. After that, it was our turn to respond to His gift, so that we could experience this forgiveness and the vastness of His love.

It’s continually our turn to respond to His heart of love which extends beyond the cross, however. As we seek to follow the Lord in our daily walk, we can experience more and more the reality of His love, and continual cleansing and forgiveness, because of our fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7-9). His sacrifice makes us acceptable; His perfection covers our imperfection.

Against the many distractions, trials, temptations and struggles in our journey with God, His eternal and holy love beckons us to keep on coming. God is love ~ rich and free. Love calls us ~ love awaits us. Isn’t that precious?! Tears fill my eyes just to think about this fact. That love is unconditional, forgiving, full of mercy, continually reaching out to all the world, looking for an inlet into human hearts. What a treasure we have in our hearts as believers!

Prayer:
Thank You Heavenly Father for your fathomless oceans of love, shown to us through  Jesus, Your Son, in His sufferings, death and resurrection. Thank You that this precious love made it possible for us to draw near to You, to come before Your throne and find all our needs met, because of Your heart of mercy and forgiveness. May the love You continually show .. fill our hearts daily, and may that love be poured out through us to others also ~ for Your glory and praise, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Here is a beautiful song about the love of God (a song I love) written by Graham Kendrick entitled “Such Love” …..

 

I hope this may have blessed your heart!

Much love,
Christine

 

(Revised Jan 2019)

Copyright © 2014  Christine V. Mitchell

 

You Make Me Feel Special

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You make me feel special,
You make my heart glad.
You look after me,
my heavenly Dad.

You know what I’m thinking
and hear when I pray.
You speak words of comfort
to guide me each day.

When oft I need someone
to lift up my hands,
You’re always there, Lord –
and You understand.

You show that You care
in the trials I face.
I know I can always
keep trusting Your grace.

You guide my steps, Lord,
as I travel this road.
You give to me rest
as I give you my load.

Dear Father, I’m glad
that to You I belong.
I thank you for blessing
my heart with this song.

–o0o–

©  Christine V Mitchell – 2014

Thresholds

To simply make light of another one’s plight
Is like leaving them out in the rain
But from 0-10, we’re told to say “When”
So the doctor can find the pain
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While one may get by, another may cry
Not everyone is the same
The soul is a place where we all need grace
Again and again and again
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One soul may carry a load today
And then shed that load tomorrow
But what of the one who beneath the same
Also carries a load of sorrow
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Some may be feeble, some may be strong
Some may be slow, or may speed
God knows how much each person can bear
And can help at our point of need
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He knows our fears .. He bottles our tears
And encourages us to be strong
Forever to put our trust in Him
Believing it won’t be long
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So whatever it is, whether great or small
Let’s listen with hearts of love
For “Blessed are the merciful” Jesus said
For they’ll have the same from above

–oOo–

© 2013 Christine V Mitchell

Jesus said:
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”

(Matthew 5:7)
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One person’s sufferings may look light to another, and in their eyes be minimised,
but who knows the whole picture? Only God.
He knows the capacity ~ because He made the container.
He offers hope to help us cope.

Blessings and love to All!

Glorious King!

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O Lord, You are awesome! Glorious King.
Your love is so beautiful ~ You’re everything!

You draw me with words that enlighten my eyes.
The knowledge of You makes the simple one wise

To honour and fear You is wholesome and pure.
In You, I’m protected, in You, I’m secure

My mountains for You are a walk in the park.
You’re the Light of my life when around me looks dark.

Sometimes when it seems I am at my wit’s end
I know I can call on You, Jesus, my Friend

Unshakeable Refuge in trials and storms.
When life leaves me cold, Your love makes me warm.

You call me to come ~ in prayer to Your throne
With mercy You greet me and call me Your own

As long as I wait, never rushing away
Your presence sweeps over my soul as I pray

Dear Lord, You are awesome, my glorious King,
the joy deep inside ~ that makes my heart sing!

–oOo–

© 2015 Christine V Mitchell

Psalm 46: 1-2

In these trying times in which we live, there is Someone to Whom we can turn…God, our Heavenly Father. He is faithful and true.. able to sustain us, to carry us through – whatever may be the storm in our life, whether literal, emotional, spiritual, psychological, etc. GOD is our refuge and strength.

Prayer:
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for your kindness and mercy towards us always. Help us in these difficult days to allow You to be our refuge and our strength. At times, we feel so weak, but You are strong always. Thank You that Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we cannot depend upon ourselves, thank You that we CAN depend on You. May our faith and trust in You, and Your holy Word, grow day by day, through Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank You Lord, Amen.

Blessings and love always dear friends
Christine ~

When the Road is Rough

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When the road is rough,
Hold on to the words of the Master.
When your pace has slowed
And you just can’t go any faster.

Put your hand in His
For He NEVER will let you go;
On a mountaintop
Or the lowest depths you know.

Just wait on the Lord
For He will renew your strength.
With wings like an eagle,
Friend – you will rise again.

When you wake or sleep,
The Lord watches over you;
Your soul He keeps –
His word is forever true.

He’s the King of Kings;
Jesus, your greatest Friend
He’s Alpha and Omega,
There from beginning to end.
–oOo–

© 2015  Christine V Mitchell
All Rights Reserved
(Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 121:4-6; Revelation 1:8)

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Love and blessings always
dear friends

The Way Called Love

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Can we forgive the yesterdays in each other?
Times gone by, when faults and sins were seen?
Have we a heart that’s melted by the Father?
One that knows it too was cleansed from sin?
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Can we see the best in our sisters and brothers?
Or do we only see through yesterday’s eyes?
There is a better way, that’s like no other
And if we choose to follow, we’ll be wise
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It’s the way called “Love”; it’s a heart that can forgive
It’s the way called “Love”; it’s the way that Jesus lived
And if we too, ourselves, would be forgiven
Then the way called “Love” is the way we should be living
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If we choose that way, through faith in Christ our Saviour
Surrendering each day our will to Him
Then the fruit of love will show in our behaviour
And by and by, that love, more souls may win.
–oO0–

© 2015  Christine V Mitchell

It’s encouraging and reassuring to know that what may seem hard for us is possible through the power of Christ, as we surrender our lives to Him. When He is Lord of our lives, all things are possible. It’s a daily walk, not just a one-time surrender. Self always seeks to reign, but as we deny that self and follow Jesus, His love in our hearts enables us – gives us the power to love and forgive. Oh we sure do need it! We surely do (I do!) and because it IS possible, Jesus taught His disciples about it. It helps when we realise that we too – in our imperfection – need forgiveness and, in His love, God forgives us when we humbly come to Him in repentance.
Through Christ, we can do all things (see Philippians 4:13).

Of love, Jesus said:
“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
(John 13: 34)

Of forgiveness, we read, in the Lord’s prayer:
“‘…And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’..
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,
your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins”
(Matthew 6: 12-15)

 ~ ~   Love and many blessings always   ~ ~

A Day Is Coming

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A day is coming, take heart, dear friend
A day when trouble at last shall end
When Christ shall gather together His own
To be with Him ever in heaven’s sweet home

 When sorrowful tears He will wipe all away
When pain shall cease in that endless day
When loved ones again will see one another
Fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers

 Aunts and uncles, daughters and sons
Grands and greats, everyone!
Where there will no more be clouds of the night
Where Christ, the heavenly Lamb, is the light

 Where joy and gladness forever will reign
When Jesus our Saviour shall come back again
Keep walking with Jesus and never give in
Each day, He’ll give you the grace to win

 That day is coming. Look up and be strong
Hold on to the end, for it won’t be long!
-oOo–

© 2014  Christine V Mitchell
 (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 Just sharing again this poem from my book
“Comfort & Hope”
which I pray may bring comfort to the hearts
of those suffering the pain of loss and grief
~ God bless you ~

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(This poem was also posted here on my blog in January 2015)

Sometimes

 We all go through difficult days of testing, when our faith is tried. Perhaps we don’t always come out on top. I’ve had many of those! But I’m so glad for the precious word of God that never fails and is always there to encourage and uplift. I’m so glad that it’s not about me, it’s all about Jesus. Just as parents, if our children falter, we don’t disown them, they are still our children. In the same way, if we falter, we are still God’s children. He still loves us. We only need to bring our need before Him.  and allow Him to be enthroned in our hearts again .. to  be our focus. Thank You Jesus for your unfathomable love. I wrote this poem in 2015 and …well, I recently had to read it again, for myself!!

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~ Sometimes ~

Sometimes we live by feelings
And thoughts we often think
Sometimes we lose sight of the Master
Like Peter, we start to sink
Sometimes we’re plagued with worry
And thrown in disarray
Sometimes disorientated,
When trials come our way.

Sometimes misunderstood,
When trying to do what’s right,
We realise that the battle
Of faith is a spiritual fight
But God is saying “Arise
and shine for your Light has come
Don’t see with natural eyes
LOOK UP and see my Son

Remember, I am with you
My Spirit dwells within
There is no need to fear
In Me, you’ll always win
Just speak the words I gave you
Don’t ever be dismayed
My words of life will save you
I heard the prayers you prayed

Though you may go through trials
No storm can stop my love
In Me, You will have peace
The peace that’s from above
I love you in the sunshine
I love you in the rain
Keep trusting Me, dear child
I’ll help you stand again”

Dark days can never hide Him
His power and love break through
The sun cannot outshine Him
He’s faithful, pure and true
When “sometimes” comes around again
To throw your soul off track
Look up, for the Lord will help you
To take your victory back.

–oOo–

© 2015  Christine V Mitchell
All Rights Reserved

~ God Bless You ~

Mine Is The Love

There’s a love that’s so precious, so dependable and unfailing
and this poem is about that love … written like a love letter from heaven …

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~  Mine Is The Love  ~

Mine is the love that stands through time
A love that never fails.
Upon the cross, My love lived on
Although My hands were nailed
The pangs of death and hell could not
Prevent love’s burning fire
To see you whole again has been
My Father’s great desire

I rose again, for death could not
Obliterate this love
And now the way is open to
My Father’s throne above
Each day that passes by, I see
The longing of your heart
It’s My desire to comfort you
And My love to impart

You’re precious and I long to give you
Everlasting peace
And reassure you daily that
My mercies never cease.
Mine is the love that stands through time
O come to Me, dear soul
Receive My precious love, sublime
That never will grow old
–oOo–

© 2013  Christine V Mitchell

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends”
(John 15:13)
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“Mine Is The Love” is published in
Forever Grateful: Inspirational Christian Poetry

by Christine V Mitchell
(Available from Amazon)

God bless you dear friends at this Easter season, and beyond, as we remember the greatness of God’s love, through what Jesus did for us in order to give us the chance of a restored relationship with God.

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