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Saturday, July 05, 2008

I wrote the last blog on Thursday and today is Saturday and I STILL feel good! God is sooo good to me. I do not know how he puts up with me, but I am so super glad He does!

I am reading a book called the Best of Barbara Johnson which actually has three of her books in one. I am in the middle of reading Stick a Geranium in Your hat and Be Happy! the next one is Splashes in the Cesspools of Life and last is Pack up your gloomies in a great big boa, then sit on the lid and laugh. From the titles it may appear as if she is saying ignore life's problems, but you have to read the book to see that its not. ANYWAY, in one of the chapters, I read a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, and I want to share it with all of you...

(Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Because God loves me, he is slow to lose patience with me.
Because God loves me, he takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way for my growth.
Because God loves me, He is for me. He wants to see me mature and develop in His love.
Because God loves me, he does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make, of which there are many.
Because God loves me, He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me over the head with them whenever He gets the chance.
Because God loves me, he is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the ways that please Him because He sees this as evidence that I don't trust Him and love Him as I should.
Because God loves me, he keeps on trusting me when at times I don't even trust myself.
Because God loves me, He never says there is no hope for me; rather, He patiently works with me, loves me and disciplines me in such a way that it is hard for me to understand the depth of his concern for me.
Because God loves me, He never forsakes me even though many of my friends might.
Because God loves me, he stands with me when I have reached the rock bottom of despair, when I see the real me and compare that with his righteousness, holiness, beauty, and love. It is at a moment like this that I can really believe that God loves me.
Yes, the greatest of all gifts is God's perfect love!
- Source Unknown

That says so much and when I first read it... it really touched me! I know with God I can move on, dealing with unresolved issues and He will always be my safety net!

Anyway, tonight is the fireworks in our town and I hope they are as beautiful as ever. I dread walking that hill again, but Jonah says I need my "EXTRAcise". I told him I was trying to LOSE the extra size, LOL!

Hope everyone is still having a great weekend and to my friends on vacation... miss you, but hope you are truly enjoying this time away and the time you are spending with family and loved ones.

Have a great one!
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    Shannon this is beautiful.We all need from time to time to be reminded of just how much God loves us.I know because of the abuse of my past for a long time I didn't even think God liked me
    I was angry and felt at the time He allowed these horrible things to happen to me,not understanding things at the time that He can't control the will of others.Now I know He was with me the whole time and it is only due to Him that I came through it all and am here today.You are a sweet person and deserve all God has to bless you with.
    4693 days ago
    Phew!!! I just finally got caught up on my reading .. so I am a little late here.

    Thanks for sharing your inner self, Shannon. There is a lot going on in your life so I am extremely happy to hear you are now starting to feel good. You are doing great. God really does love you!!! emoticon

    4694 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2008 10:53:44 AM
  • JA1730
    that is so true GOD DOES LOVE US ALL.
    reading that reminds me of the parable that JESUS told of
    when the son wasted all of his inheritance and the father ran to him with open arms. I can't think of the name. hopefully you will remember it. I think it's called the parable of the lost son (don't quote me.)
    4694 days ago
    Hi Shannon - thanks for sharing! I love this! We all need to be reminded of this now and again because we get so caught up in the world! God bless you my friend. Felicia
    4696 days ago
    And, of course, "NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus". Absolutely nothing - not even "extra size". Praise God for that!!
    4697 days ago
    When I fall short of where I should be or when I get discouraged that things aren't improving for me fast enough (mostly my health), I always have to remind myself to stop looking at me and focus on Him--actually, I went through that just this week.
    We do have a wonderful Father, don't we? Always loving without reservation, forever cheering us on, and always willing to forgive us when we ask. I wouldn't want to go through this life without Him.
    Stay close to Him and you will see victory!Theresa emoticon
    4697 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2008 4:20:48 PM
    Shannon - How funny! I just bought Stick a Geranium in your hat! Giong to read it and pass it on to my Mom & sister - I hope they will enjoy it!

    Sounds like a great day for you! I like the "extracise" as well.

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    4697 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2008 3:53:07 PM
    "Extracise" How cute!!! Sounds like you are getting lots of encouragment and positive perspective from that book!! I've been having a lazy day today. Family and friends were over yesterday for food and fun~ it was a great day! Today, I'm pooped! lol! Grad party later food and MORE food! YIKES!! Leftovers yi yi!! emoticon emoticon
    =) Thanks for all the HUGS!!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!!!! Back at ya, GF!!!
    4697 days ago
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