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Faith in Focus: Unfailing Love
(1 Corinthians 13:11)
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. “
Featured Presentation: A Love that Lifts: How to Show Love That Conquers All
For some, love lifts your eyes — enabling you to look up and to feel connected to God, the the true source of your strength. David said,
- Psalms 121: 1-2; I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
For others, love lifts your heart – with an uplifted heart helping you to feel free and liberated from those sins that sso easily best you – feel care and compassion for others
- Lamentations 3:41; Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
For others, love lifts your hands – helping you to surrender it all to Christ as the Jesus asked the disciples to do – cast their nets (the familiar) aside and come follow him.
- 1 Timothy 2:8; It is my will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.
Love lifts your feet – helping you to move into the territory that God has for you — much like he did for the children of Israel in moving towards the Promised Land, putting them in position to influence the known world for God.
Joshua 1:3; I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
Love that Lifts is God’s way of fulfilling His purposes on earth by elevating us out of our own self-centeredness, turning our hearts towards him and the needs of others, and equipping us to claim territory for him.
A Love That Lifts Is…
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I have been married for almost twenty-seven years. You’d think by now that I’d have this marriage thing down pretty well, especially since I spend so much time writing and talking to others about building a strong marriage. In fairness my wife tells me that I have improved over the years. I’m grateful for that. But, she recently shook my paradigm with a single sentence. She looked me squarely in the eyes and said, “Remember, that I am also a daughter.”
I have one daughter. Her name is Kyrsten. As she goes through her teen years at a pace that just feels too fast, I already lament the day that she will soon bid us farewell. Where has the time gone? I place tremendous value on the importance of fathers spending quality time with our daughters. Fathers may be the single most influential person in the daughter’s self-perception.
In her important book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 secrets every father should know (affiliate link), Dr. Meg Meekers says “Whatever outward impression she gives, her life is centered on discovering what you like in her, and what you want from her. She knows you are smarter than she is. She gives you authority because she needs you to love and adore her. She can’t feel good about herself until she knows that you feel good about her. So you need to use your authority carefully and wisely. Your daughter doesn’t want to see you as an equal. She wants you to be her hero, someone who is wiser and steadier and stronger than she is.” A daughter wants her dad to be her hero.