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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When God Loves On You...

I just love to see God love on his kids.

I love it when the children of God come together to worship Him and He opens up His arms...giving them a big bear hug...just like a Daddy does.

When someone walks in with the cares of life...real, painful, scary things going on...things that they are trying to handle but truthfully, they have no control.  It is such a beautiful thing when you see or get to be a part of the renewal of spirit, the strengthening of body, the realization that God will bring her through.  Oh what a day of pure joy.

Sunday Morning, we walked into our church that had been vandalized.  The windows on half the building were all busted out, the doors were boarded up...it looked like an abandoned building, left over from a war.  I told my dad that we needed to put a sign on the door that said, "We're Still Open".  It was just awful.

Just a reminder to pray for my Dad and Husband
They are in the air right now
Philippines bound

But let me tell you about the people of Christ The King Church, USA...they are wonderful.

Did they let boarded windows and doors stop them from entering into His gates with thanksgiving?

When we entered into the Eucharist...the Holy Spirit was so sweet.  We confessed our sins...He forgave.  We opened ourselves up...He entered in.  It was amazing.  By the time we started the next part of the service...WE WERE READY!!!

For we are not fighting against 
flesh-and-blood enemies, 
but against evil rulers and 
authorities of the unseen world, 
against mighty powers in this dark world, 
and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
-Ephesians 6:12 NLT

While we were singing, worshipping, the scripture from Isaiah 54:17 came to my mind.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue 
which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage 
of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
-Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

God began to love on His children during our worship.  People who seem to have been in a constant battle, began to fill up the altar.  Prayers were being sent up and love was being sent down.  

Did that time at the altar instantly change our circumstance?  No.  So what good did it do?  The time at the altar strengthened us, united us, reminded us of God's authority and everlasting love and grace.  It let us know that we are not alone in this life and in our struggles.  

You see, walking into a building that has been truly under attack could have distracted us from worship.  But at CTK, I think it did just the opposite.  The building needs to be cared for now more than ever and the people inside needed the same thing.  The work inside started Sunday for many of CTK members and visitors.  We will come together and mend the outside as well.  

Be encouraged today.  You are loved by an amazing God.  

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