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Nylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She recently published her first book - My Best Marriage Advice. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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Nylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She recently published her first book - My Best Marriage Advice. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Love is a MORE Excellent Way

#love #gifts #Christian Life

This is the last line uttered in 1 Corinthians 12,  the precursor to 1 Corinthians 13, widely known as the love chapter. In Chapter 12, Paul speaks of various spiritual gifts in the body (i.e. the Church) and how even though we are different we all need each other to function properly. There are many gifts but they are all given by the same Spirit. He uses the analogy of the body to demonstrate how we all work together. At the end of the chapter, he tells the Corinthians to covet earnestly the best gifts - a more excellent way.  In a spiritual sense, the thing that binds us together is love which is generated by His Spirit.

What Paul is saying is that love, true love in all its facets is greater than all the many things that we are each gifted with.  Our gifts mean nothing without love. Love emanates from the heart, it's a conscious decision; it's not always easy but we know love works, love covers a multitude of sins, love heals, love sacrifices.  This song "Love Is a More Excellent Way" reminds us that we should aim for excellence, for without love we are nothing.

Love is a More Excellent Way

Verse 1 

I could speak with the tongue of men and angels 

Love is the more excellent way 

But if I don't have love, I'm just a clanging cymbal 

Love is the more excellent way 

I could have the faith to remove the mountains 

Love is the more excellent way 

But if I don't have love then I have nothing 

Love is the more excellent way 

 

Chorus 

Love is patient, Love is kind 

Love is Humble, all of the time 

Not easily angered, enduring the test 

So never forget 

Love is the more excellent way (unison) 

 

Verse 2 

I could have the gift of prophecy 

Love is the more excellent way 

But if I don't have love, does it profit me? 

Love is the more excellent way 

I could understand all my mystery 

Love is the more excellent way 

But if I don't have love it's not enough you see 

Love is the more excellent way 

 

(Chorus) 

Verse 3 

I could throw my body into the flames 

Love is the more excellent way 

But if I don't have love, I don't have anything 

Love is the more excellent way 

I could give to the poor everything I own 

Love is the more excellent way 

But a heart without love is just a heart of stone 

Love is the more excellent way

Let's strive to be loving in every area of our lives - at work with our grumpy co-workers, at home with our spouses and children, within God's family at church, or wherever we may be, so that the world can know we are different by the love we show.

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31

Love is a MORE excellent way. Strive for excellence. Have you experienced this love?


Depression is Real And So is Hope

#depression

I'm a Christian; I came to this realization very early in life and have lived a life aligned with the Christian faith. Within Christianity, there are common thoughts that persist even though they are untrue. One of those thoughts is that Christians don't get depressed, or depression is not real.

In reading the book of Job in the Bible, Job acknowledges that he was depressed. His troubles were weighing him down and he didn't understand why, so he suffered from bouts of depression during his trials.

In Job 30:11,18-23  Job feels cut off and far away from God.

In Job 20:1-14  Job acknowledges that he's faded from prominence.

In Job 30:15-17; 24-31 Job mentions living in terror; he's poor depressed and sick.

Job had all of the conditions that were ripe for (situational) depression, and he expressed it to his friends and to God. In addition to Job there are many other Biblical figures that dealt with depression:

David - Psalms 37-40  David reflecting on instances when he was wronged. How often the psalms comfort us when we are down.

Jonah - Jonah 4  Jonah felt sorry for himself because of what God decided.

Elijah - 1 Kings 19  Elijah experienced an emotional letdown after defeating false gods.

King Saul - 1 Samuel 16:14-23  Saul was tormented in his spirit.

So it is foolhardy of Christians to act as if depression does not exist or to simply make light of our emotional state. Job was ill, lost his possessions and his children.  He reasoned with God, questioned God and yet he was still depressed and his situation remained the same. But Job had something many depressed people may not have - he had hope. He did not go into a state of permanent despair, a place where many seem to be and can't seem to escape it. Job knew God had the final answer and he would continue to trust God in spite of his circumstances and no matter how he felt.

Depression is an all-encompassing word for when we're feeling down; however, there are degrees of depression (Source: www.compellingtruth.org/Christian-depression.html)

  • Situational depression is, as the name implies, brought on by adverse situations.
  • Clinical depression is an ongoing condition that lasts every day for most of the day and for longer than two weeks.
  • Chronic depression is less intense than clinical depression but can last much longer—two years at least. It's characterized by fatigue, sadness, and general malaise, and it can be punctuated by bouts of clinical depression.

In your depression, you may be prone to losing hope. Even as a believer you may feel the debilitating consequences of depression; the sadness that overwhelms and makes you feel like you can't go on; the fatigue that drains and immobilizes; the fuzzy feeling that clouds your thinking; the inability to express emotions properly. When we are overtired, stressed, or anxious for long periods of time this may lead to depression. Or sometimes there can be a hormonal imbalance as is the case after giving birth.

The point of this post is that depression exists but it doesn't have to be permanent. You don't need to remain depressed forever. I have been depressed at various points in life. Once I recognized it, I did everything I could to get past it. I researched remedies, went to my doctor, took more time for me, prayed more, and read my Bible more which led to amazing revelations for me that ultimately removed the depression. Like Job, even when I was depressed I never gave up hope. I chose to believe the truths of God's word vs. the lies of the devil. I shared with those closest to me and they were able to help, hold my hand and encourage me.

I've noticed that in marriage when one is up the other is down and vice versa - and it's good because we can be what the other needs at that point in time. In the rare or occasional moments when we're both down we talk it out, laugh it out or hug it out because sometimes nothing can be said. Job had his wife, who is often misunderstood and his friends who at some point became miserable comforters. But in all of this when humans failed Him, he held on to the faithfulness of God. He never gave up on God.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalms 42:11 [NLT]

If you're depressed don't give up hope, trust God and seek help.


Who's Your Source?

#Christian Life

Every Friday, my daughter lays down on my bed and hugs me so tight it's like she is hanging on for dear life. If I move she doesn't let go, she just keeps hugging me.

At any age, I welcome hugs from my children, but at 12 soon to be 13 it seems more precious because this is the time when you are becoming more self-aware. At 12, I surely was not hugging my mother in this manner.

In this hug, it feels as if I'm her source, I'm her everything, I make her happy. The visual that comes to mind is of the koala bear hugging it's mama and once grown, a eucalyptus tree.
 

"Though often called the koala "bear," this cuddly animal is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial or pouched mammal. After giving birth, a female koala carries her baby in her pouch for about six months. When the infant emerges, it rides on its mother's back or clings to her belly, accompanying her everywhere until it is about a year old. Koalas live in eastern Australia, where the eucalyptus trees they love are most plentiful. In fact, they rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft." [Source: National Geographic]


The Tree that I hold on to whether 12 or 52 is Jesus. Her tight hug reminded me that no matter what. I should cling to Jesus in that way because He's my source and is life-giving to me.

Thanks, Little One for those weekly, koala bear hugs.

This is what the Lord says:“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8 [NLT]

Who do you hold on to?