Who I am matters to me. It always has. But I've come to realize that my personal view of myself isn't really that accurate. Nope. Actually, my view is pretty much worthless compared to the view of the One who really matters; the One who sees me through the eyes of grace. It is how God sees me that really makes a difference. And when the choice is to see myself through my distorted view, or to see myself through the eyes of God, I'll choose God every time. And so, it is my identity in Christ that actually keeps me going, moving, living, loving.
I find that the more I experience His love for me, His view of me, the more I desire to treat others with kindness, love and hope. Maybe that's part of the problem with what's happening around us, this broken, disrupted world we live in? Maybe if people experienced the love of the One who's view truly matters then people would, once again, matter to each other?!
So, join me in doing your best to experience the view from God's eyes. For His view of me... of you... is really what should matter most. And then, take the time to view others the same. #brucesblog #jesuschangeseverything ... See MoreSee Less
It can become so easy to allow the Grinch, or at least what he represents, to steal away the joys of Christmas. Now, of course, no one can actually "steal" Christmas. Christmas is God-given and can not be stolen. Period. But, it can be diminished, or even tarnished, soiled, forgotten or disrupted. But, it can never be stolen.
With that said, I do believe we can forget that Christmas is a time to remember all that God has given and bestowed upon us. It's acknowledging the fact that God chose to become a man to bring salvation to a lost world. It is "God with us".
But, if you are one who sometimes allows the stresses of the season to overcast the blessedness of the season, here are a few reminders: Don’t let the Grinch steal Christ from your Christmas. And don’t let the Grinch steal the songs of Christmas. Or let bad attitudes steal your Christmas, or pettiness, or greediness or selfishness steal your Christmas. And don't, under any circumstance allow the Grinch of busyness to steal your Christmas. And though it may sometimes be difficult, don't let the Grinch of sorrow, loss or even hard times steal your Christmas. As always, you must make the choice, and I pray that you Choose to dwell in the favor of The Lord.
Finally, my wife and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope and pray that you have a wonderful spiritual Christmas season, and one that is filled with joy. Because, only you can prevent the Grinch from trying to steal your Christmas.
Isaiah 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." #brucesblog ... See MoreSee Less
The heart of God is often... no, I guess I should say ALWAYS different than man's. It's amazing how much He loves you, me and all "sinners". It's what has made me so attracted to Him, drawn to Him, in love with Him. God is good and His heart speaks volumes.
As this day unfolds and people get in your way, remember that Jesus loves YOU. Yep, you. Even with all your faults, fears, problems and disastrous sins, He still has a spot in His heart for you.
But, then again, He also has a spot for all of the people with faults, fears, problems and disastrous sins. I'm not saying He likes their sin, no more than He likes yours. In fact, HE HATES ALL OF OUR SIN! But, that doesn't change the fact that he still loves you and them. Yep, even though they have THAT sin! So... can't you have a heart for others with all their faults, fears, problems and disastrous sins? If He can love you...don't you think you can love others? No matter what?
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” #brucesblog ... See MoreSee Less
Do you love your bible? I don't mean the book itself, but the words. Do you love your bible? Do you allow it to go so deep in your heart and mind that without it you would feel lost, or actually realize that you are lost? In the midst of your daily grind do you seek out its truths? When life is good, do you still run daily to God's word and bask in His teachings and strengths? Do you love your bible? Do the pages ring out within your soul? Do they touch your inner being? Do they sing for joy amidst your trials, turmoils, pains, and struggles? Do you love your bible? This is a question everyone should ask themselves.
So, take a moment and ask yourself if your bible is just something you carry in your purse or on your phone, or if it is something that you carry in your heart. This will make all the difference in the world! #brucesblog
The Best of All Blessed Bible, sacred treasure, Precious book, of all the best, There is comfort never failing, And a calm abiding rest. Read with reverence, and commit it, Verse by verse, and day by day; 'Tis the word that God has spoken, And it cannot pass away. —Fanny Crosby ... See MoreSee Less