Personal stuff – gifts

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gifts

The heartbeat theme this week is gifts. For me, the most important gift is LOVE.

LOVE – There is  no love greater than God’s love, that He sent His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. Agape love is something that is beyond my comprehension and this is the kind of love that Jesus and God has for us. In the Love Chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, you can substitute God or Jesus for the word “love” and it would read true in every instance. If I put my name there, the passage does not always ring true. My love, in fact, all human love is imperfect. Only God gives us perfect, agape love. Love is not just limited to Christians, at one point the love of a group of pagans saved my life and stopped me from killing myself.The love of Pastor Don and those who sought to help me find Christ in my life also blesses me. My husband just came and kissed the top of my head, and my kids’ spontaneous expressions of love warm my heart. But we have to be generous with our love too. When we receive love, it is so important to share love – not just clutch it to ourselves. A sweet pleasure comes from doing loving things for others, and sharing the joy of God’s love with them. I see so many people starving for love, a smile or a kind gesture can make their day. In the Middle School where I get to volunteer during 7th grade sewing, so many of the kids tear at my heartstrings. These kids often do not have a positive word spoken to them and soak up love like a sponge. I remember those days of needing the few kind words of strangers to cherish during the terror. In orphanages where children do not receive loving touches they do not flourish. God loves it when we love Him back. I once apologized to Him because I did not think I was good at loving Him back, and He gave me the image of a baby with wet, sloppy kisses. He told me that you do not expect a baby to be proficient in love, but that those wet kisses are so special for they are given in love. He loves our attempts to Love Him. During the holidays, may your hearts and homes be filled with love, the greatest gift of all.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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