One Choice Can Change Everything


“God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”
1 Corinthians 1:27

I used to feel angry with God for the family He chose for me. I wanted a happy home but had no choice but to grow up in a dysfunctional home that ended in divorce. I questioned why He chose to let me cry myself to sleep at night while my parents screamed at each other in the other room. Then, after I became a Christian at age 24, I questioned why God chose me to be an author if He created me with a learning disorder like dyslexia.

I don’t think it was God’s will that my parent’s marriage ended in divorce. But today I realize that my painful past and my parents’ mistakes do not have to determine my future. I have a choice.

I can choose to let God use my painful past to make me passionate for His plan for me. I can chose to use my parents’ divorce to compel me to stay married when times get tough in my own marriage. One good Choice at a time is all God asks. We can choose to become a trophy of His grace, forgiveness, and mercy for the world to see. If everything in my life had gone the way I wanted it to, I might not have such passion for my God-given call as a Christian speaker and author. If it weren’t for my pain, I might not have the compassion I would need to care for those who have walked through similar trials in life.

His Love Letter to You

My Daughter,

I want you to know that no matter what you have done, there is never a wrong time to do the right thing. There is no choice wrong enough, there is no chain strong enough and there is no time that’s gone by long enough that can keep you from making things right in My sight. Now there may be those who refuse to allow you to make things right, but they are not the one who forgives you; I am. Yes, there will be consequences to bad choices, but I am the God who rebuilds what is broken. Remember, you can’t change what has happened, but you can build a new beginning…One choice at a time. Today is a new day and My mercies are new every morning. Now pray and ask Me to show you how to make things right and we will work through this together, Father and daughter.

Love,
Your Father who Knows What’s Best

“Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:23

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When I Stray


“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:4 (NIV)

How could I have messed up, falling for that same old trap? I didn’t mean to. It wasn’t like I purposefully tried to make her look bad. Yet, once again, I didn’t think before I spoke about a mutual friend during lunch. My careless words cast my friend in a negative light.

I felt awful and questioned if I’d ever be who I wanted to be: a woman who guards her words wisely. Though I purpose each day to live in a way that brings honor to God, some times I stray from His ways. And that was one of those times.

Later that day I threw myself into busyness to push down the shame of my conversation. But no matter how much I vacuumed, carpooled or read, the only relief I could find came through prayer.

Prayer should have been the first place I turned. It’s in conversation with Jesus that He leads me away from my unwise choices and whispers, “I forgive you.” He invites me to accept His forgiveness. When I mess up, Jesus’ tenderness and love draws me back to Him and His ways. As Hosea 11:4 says, love is the “cord” He uses to bring us again into fellowship with Him.

God has a lot of experience when it comes to drawing back runaways. In fact, God’s people, the Israelites, strayed from Him by choosing sin and walking apart from His commands. Time after time they left their Lord and time after time He pursued them … with love, as seen in Hosea 11:4. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them” (NIV).

God contrasts His gentle guidance with that of a farmer bringing back a runaway animal. The farmer, frustrated with the heifer’s action, might drag the animal back to the pen with a heavy rope. Unlike the firm hand the farmer may have to use to lead the cattle, the Lord tells us that when we run from His best, His hand leading us home is tender and kind.

After asking for forgiveness of the friend I’d spoken with, I was glad when I discovered my words hadn’t altered our relationship. The grace I received from my friend, and God, has caused me to be more careful. God’s kindness makes me want to be like Him, extending that same gentleness in my words and relationships.

Some days, our sin weighs us down and leads us far from the Lord. Yet, God is there, waiting to lead us back, with love, to Him. Today, instead of being stubborn or unresponsive, let’s follow God’s gentle pull back to His heart and His ways.

Dear Lord, thank You that YOU don’t throw me in the pit of my own mistakes. I love You for the way You love me … so perfectly! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Helps You Reach Your Goals


Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Ever set goals for your family? Perhaps you sat down as a family and decided on what you wanted to do or how you wanted to help each other grow. Setting goals together is a way of working as a team, as well as showing your love for each other.

As a member of God’s family God wants to do the same thing with you: sit down together and work through your goals. Because he loves you and wants the best for you, he wants to hear your plans, hopes and dreams.

Sometimes we make plans without consulting God because we simply want our own way. Some of these plans may succeed; others fail. God wants us to submit our plans to him for his approval before we act. In this way, we show our love for and submission to him.

God’s Promise to Me

  • If you commit your plans to me, I will help you reach godly goals.

My Prayer to God

Heavenly Father, I’m glad you’re so interested in my life that I can come and talk to you whenever I want. Thank you for helping me set good goals.

God Uses Problems to Shape You


We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

Tell the truth. When you run into problems, what is your first and most common response: complaining? crying? yelling? denial? pouting? rejoicing?

Unless youre highly unusual (or slightly dishonest) you probably didnt answer rejoicing. Lets face itit isnt normal to be joyful in the face of trials. But you can develop this trait. According to the promise above, trials are good for you. How so? In the same way that an excruciating exercise regimen is good for you. You sweat and strain through painful and unpleasant workouts. But over time, if you keep at it, you see big changes. Youre stronger and healthier.

Viewing your troubles as a kind of spiritual exercise program enables you to rejoice (see 1 Peter 1:6-7). It enables you to see your suffering as something good in your life. God is using trials in your life to stretch you and strengthen your faith. Without these pressures, youd be just another flabby, out-of-shape Christian.

Gods Promise to Me

  • I allow you to go through trials so that you might grow.

My Prayer to God

God, you want me to trust you in the hard times. Rejoicing isnt natural for me, so make it my supernatural response to difficulties and pressures in my life. Teach me to endure, Lord, so that my faith will grow and get stronger.

God Is Bigger Than Your Worldly Troubles


In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Have you ever stopped to think how different life would be if we were still living in Eden? No broken relationships. No difficult pregnancies. No squabbles with spouses. No financial woes. No cancer. No feeling far away from God. (And this list doesnt even begin to scratch the surface!)

Instead we live in a world marred by the effects of sin. We daily face all kinds of pain, trouble, suffering, weeping, loss and despair.

The temptation is to blame our woes on God, but lets be honest: The human race did this to itself. All God ever did was love us, andwhen we rebelledimplement a plan to rescue us.

The promise abovea statement by Jesus to his followersis a sobering assessment of the way things are. But it is also a hopeful reminder of the once and future Paradise for which we were created.

In light of such truth, author Elisabeth Elliot counsels us: Refuse self-pity. Refuse it absolutely. It is a deadly thing with power to destroy you. Turn your thoughts to Christ who has already carried your griefs and sorrows.

Gods Promise to Me

  • Trials and sorrows are part of living in a fallen world.
  • I am bigger and more powerful than any worldly troubles you face.

My Prayer to God

Heavenly Father, trials and sorrows are a normal part of life. I dont like this truth, but it reminds me of my need for you, God. I can take heart in the fact that you will have the final word. I praise you because you are powerful and sovereign over my lifeeven the hard times. Always keep me looking to you.

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Welcome to greaterislove.wordpress.com! This is my very first blog ,living and being concerned about the welfare of others, i noticed the what many are lacking. i found love to be the deficiency in our daily life.

  • Mark 12:31

    The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
  • Luke 6:31

    Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  • Luke 6:35

    But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
  • John 8:13

    The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
  • John 8:34

    Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
  • Romans 12:9

    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • Romans 13:10

    Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13

    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
  • Ephesians 4:2

    Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  • 1 Peter 4:8

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
  • 1 John 4:7

    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
  • 1 John 4:18-19

    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because he first loved us.
  • John 15:13

    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
  • Ephesians 5:25

    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
  • Ephesians 5:33

    However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
  • Colossians 3:14

    And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
  • Proverbs 10:12

    Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
  • Proverbs 17:17

    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
  • 1 John 3:16-18

    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
  • 1 John 4:8

    Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  • John 3:16

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Psalm 18:1

    I love you, O LORD, my strength.
  • Matthew 22:27-29

    Finally, the woman died.  Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”  Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
  • Deuteronomy 10:12-19

    And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?  To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.  Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today.  Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.  For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.  He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.  And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.
  • Deuteronomy 11:13-22

    So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today–to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul–  then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.  I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.  Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.  Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.  If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow–to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him–
  • Song of Solomon 8:4-8

    Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.  Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.  Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.  We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?
  • Matthew 6:24

    “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
  • Matthew 22:37-39

    Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
  • Matthew 23:6-8

    they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;  they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’  “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.