Words are so powerful they should only be used to…

After a small break, I’m back to writing!  A few have mentioned to me, “Okay, Sarah, when are you going to write again?  I’m ready to read a new post!”  Well, today I’m ready to share again.  Here’s why…

Last week, an amazing quote was written on the dry erase board of the office where I work.  “Mark Twain once said, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t have the time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long note instead.'”  These are the words that stopped me and left me completely still.  After all, never before had I thought about a short letter taking more time to write than a longer one.  I had never thought of words this way: each as a powerful unit of communication that should be carefully considered and put together before being said or written.

So I took a week or so to think, to gather words but only to think on them before writing, and here’s what I came up with.

“Words are so powerful that they should only be used

to bless, to heal, and

to prosper.”

Sue Henry, a wonderfully wise woman once said these words, and they are just as true today as they ever have been.

Jesus Christ used the power of words, God’s Word, when caring for the church.  Ephesians 5 reminds us of this where it is written:

“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by THE WASHING OF WATER WITH THE WORD, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”  Ephesians 5:25-27

Today, be blessed, be healed, and prosper in being washed with the living water of the Word.

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah 🙂

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Prayer for Spiritual Strength

Are you ever in search for a good, Biblical prayer for a friend, co-worker, or family member?  I absolutely love this passage in Ephesians because it is a wonderful prayer to write down on notecards and give to others and say, “Hey, so-and-so, I’ve just been thinking about  you, and I hope you have a great day :)”

“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and legth and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

Ephesians 3:14-21

This is my prayer for you this morning, too.

Praying your day is filled with the all-consuming, radiant love of Christ.  Infect the world with your contagious Sonshine,

Sarah

We love because God first loved us

This morning, I finally awoke to the sun shining through my window!  My old friend, the sun, was finally back from vacation.  I got dressed to go for a morning run and stepped out into the clear, morning air.  With each stride on the pavement, thoughts filled my head, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my apartment to write them all down.

One of the thoughts that filled my mind was that of 1 John 4.  This passage of scripture is definitely one of my very favorites, but there was always one portion of it that I had trouble accepting.  In the first couple of verses of this chapter, the idea that we love God only because He first loved us is emphasized.

Although I used to not really like this verse, now looking back on it, I think this passage of 1 John is even better because of the statement that God first loved us.  It enhances the passage of scripture in so many ways.  For example, it emphasizes that everything comes from God.   Truly accepting and believing this notion also paves the way for the understanding that God is sole basis from which we act, think, feel, and believe.

Another application of God being the origin of all love is present in Ephesians 3:17-19.   The verse reads, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  In essence, the first part of this passage is saying that since we are grounded in love that comes directly from God, we will have strength and the ability to comprehend all that it means to live fully in God and Him fully in you.

There is so much more that I have left to learn, and on this side of heaven, I know that I will never be able to truly and fully fathom God’s love for each of us.  What a joy this is, though, to be reminded that we are loved solely because we are God’s creation.  It is only from this love that He has for us that we are able to love others.