What is love? There are as many definitions as there are people in the world, so it is a question with a million answers and yet most still do not understand it. Yet it is something every one of us crave and would do anything to gain for ourselves. There is a popular song with the words: What the world needs now, is love sweet love. Is love really the answer to all of our troubles? Can love change anything? Look at every terrible thing that is happening in the world today and you have to wonder if it is even a possibility. What could be that strong to change the world?
Sentimentality changes nothing, but it changes with circumstances. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about love that is stronger than death, that rises above the troubles of everyday life, bringing with it the gifts of peace and joy that are beyond human understanding. This love is God’s essence, for God is love. This is the love that swallows up hatred and destroys it—forever. This is the love that transforms you from the inside out. This is the love that does not need a reason to pour its riches upon you. The simple fact that you exist is all true Love needs to wrap itself around your soul.
Jesus gave Himself for you, my dear friend, to bring you into relationship with Him. There is no greater love than this. If you are struggling and need a friend, send me a friend request. I am here to serve you with the gifts God has given me.
Hope is the offspring of faith, the breath of heaven, and the substance of joy and peace. The Bible says: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” I titled one of my books Trilogy of Hope for the three stories it contains that breathe hope into the tragic circumstances of my characters. In the first story, Willow has suffered a trauma in the past that she tries to push deep into her soul. However, the effects of that trauma poison her life with hatred and despair. The suicide of an old friend brings it to the surface in the form of terrifying nightmares where she re-lives the attack. She believes there is no way out.
How do you find hope when you’ve been traumatized? The first whisper of hope is truth: There is healing and a new life on the other side of your pain. You can read more about Willow’s journey in “More Than Forgiven”. Right now I am concerned with your journey to healing. As I have written, the first step is to believe in hope. Why should you? Because God is the God of hope and real healing comes from Him. The process is not easy, but the outcome is worth it. Think of the birth of a baby: the pain of labor is temporary; the joy of a new life is eternal. Jesus says: “…It will be like a woman experiencing the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives place to joy because she has brought a new person into the world.” John 16:20-22. You are that new person waiting to be born.
If you need help, I am here to assist you. Write me. I live to serve.