October Roundup: Links, Quotes, Books & More


On My Side
by Kim Walker Smith

“In the front lines, You fight for me
Oh, Your kindness is my shield
When the armies rise and I am scared
My heart You will defend
You are on my side
You go before me
You stand behind
You tell my fear to run
Always and forever
I am loved
You are on my side…”

ABCs of Jesus’ Love

Visit this page anytime and let me know if you’d like to add to the words describing Jesus’ love along with a verse supporting it. Remember, there is also a print-out of the original list.

 This month I have added another “N” word for Jesus’ Love.

❤  No Greater Love 
“There is no greater love than to
lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13 NLT

Books

I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂  Many will be from recommendations of online friends. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst

(Lysa’s book will release on November 13, 2018.)

“What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God.” (Amazon Review)

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Hope Harbor

💞  Articles/Blog Posts That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞

💞 You’ll Never Know It From Looking At Her by Alia Joy – “So many stay silent, like the woman with her Xanax prescription in the bottom of her purse. She doesn’t say a word about how a body can betray you, how a mind can be so hard to control when the chemistry goes haywire and no amount of joy or praise or prayer works to take it away.”

💞 Shattered Beyond Repair by Lisa TerKeurst – “But what about those times when things aren’t just broken but shattered beyond repair? Shattered to the point of dust. At least when things are broken there’s some hope you can glue the pieces back together.”

💞 Ten Reasons to Hope When You Are Hurting by Stephen Arterburn – Are you hurting? Here are ten reasons based on Bible verses to hang onto hope.

Nature Retreat

“Sometimes you need to unplug
and enjoy nature’s company.”
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These awesome photos are again from my brother in Arizona. Thank you, John! 🙂 (My brother kindly gives me permission to share his photos out of his desire to share the joy of nature with others, but as with all photos, I ask that you please do remember copyright laws.)

🐾 Barnstorming: Seeking Sanctuary in the Seasons of Rural Life – Emily chronicles the seasons of life at their farm in Washington. She shares beautiful photos of nature and poems/prose that relate, including her own.

🐾 Cindy Tiehen Photography – Cindy’s hope is to inspire with a glimpse of nature’s grace. She certainly does that with her breath-taking photos.

🐾 Jarred Warren Photography – Jarred’s landscape photos and time-lapse videos are awesome and inspiring.

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Quotes

New quotes this month are about Truth.

❤ “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” – Augustine

❤ “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Charles Spurgeon

❤ “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” – James E. Faust

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Thank You
to anyone and everyone who recommend
links, books, quotes, etc.

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What Is a True Friend?

True Friendship Quotes 

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”  William Shakespeare

“A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.” Anonymous

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” Jim Morrison

“We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.” Margaret Guenther

“When you love, you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” Ernest Hemingway

“A friend shares the good times and helps out by listening during the bad times.” Molly Oliver

“A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world.” H. Jackson Brown

“True relationship: Love without condition, talk without intention, listen without judging, give without reason and care without expectation.” Anonymous

“A true friend loves
regardless of the situation…”
Proverbs 17:17 VOICE

We fall short of being true friends in so many ways, don’t we?

It can hurt so deeply when those we thought were “friends” betray, slander, or reject us. But we have to guard our hearts from bitterness or from putting up walls that won’t let anyone in or let any of our love out. It’s hard, isn’t it?

Ultimate Friendship 

There will always be one Totally True Friend. Jesus always has and always will remain faithful and steadfast.  He knows our deepest secrets, and yet He will never betray us.  He loves us without condition. He doesn’t condemn us, even when we have hurt Him. He has paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, and He will never, never, never leave us or forsake us.

“There must be Someone in heaven who knows the truth about me,
in highest heaven, some Attorney who can clear my name—
My Champion, my Friend,
while I’m weeping my eyes out before God.
I appeal to the One who represents mortals before God
as a neighbor stands up for a neighbor.”
Job 16:19-21 The Message
“One who has unreliable friends
soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend
who sticks closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24
“I have told you these things so that
you will be filled with My joy.
Yes, your joy will overflow!
This is My commandment:
Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
There is no greater love than to
lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:11-13

“What a Friend”
by Matt Maher

“What A Friend We Have in Jesus”
Sung by Paul Baloche

No Greater Love

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Copyrighted artwork by Grace Lee for school and personal use only

 

Today many are celebrating love, so I want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting and taking time to read these posts and for all the love you have shown towards me. You have often been Jesus with skin on towards me. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.

Whether you comment, remain a silent reader, or email me privately, that’s ok. Whatever feels more safe and comfortable for you. I pray for anyone who visits. I take comfort in the truth that God always knows who you are, where you are, and what situation you’re in. He knows. He cares. He loves.

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God is love.
There is NO GREATER LOVE!
Jesus showed boundless love in His life and in His death:

He broke the culture’s views about children not being of value by inviting and welcoming them into His arms. Even His own followers thought He had no time for children, but He showed children are valuable and deserving of our time, love, and care.

"But Jesus said,'Let the children come to Me.
  Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven
  belongs to those who are like these children.'"
  Matthew 19:14 NLT

He counts it an honor to side with the weak and helpless. He remembered an abandoned and forgotten man who had no one to help him into the waters of healing, and He healed him.

"There was a certain man there
 who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
 When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless],
 knowing that he had been in that condition a long time,
 He said to him, 'Do you want to get well?'
 The invalid answered, 'Sir, I have no one
 to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up,
 and while I am coming [to get into it myself],
 someone else steps down ahead of me.'
 Jesus said to him, 'Get up; pick up your pallet and walk.'"
 John 5:5-8 AMP

He cares about those who are despised and ostracized by society. He spent time with and refreshed with living waters a woman who was despised by Jews because she was a Samaritan and ostracized by others because of how she lived.

"The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse
  to have anything to do with Samaritans.
  She said to Jesus, 'You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman.
  Why are You asking me for a drink?'
  Jesus replied, 'If you only knew the gift God has for you
  and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me,
  and I would give you living water.'"
  John 4:9-10 NLT

He weeps with those who hurt over the loss of a loved one.

"When Jesus saw her weeping,
  and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping,
  He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
  'Where have you laid him?' He asked.
  'Come and see, Lord,' they replied.
  Jesus wept."
  John 11:33-35

He treats all people with love. He doesn’t distinguish between differences.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
 neither slave nor free,
 nor is there male and female,
 for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
 Galatians 3:28 NIV

He even loves and longs to gather those who reject Him.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills
  the prophets and stones God’s messengers!
  How often I have wanted to gather your children together
  as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings,
  but you wouldn’t let me."
  Luke 13:34 NLT

There are umpteen more examples for us in the Bible of how Jesus showed love in His life. But the greatest act of love He gifted us with is the giving up of His own life. He took upon Himself the heavy load of all our sins and suffered and died in our place. Incomprehensible!

"No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment]
 than to lay down his own life for his friends."
 John 15:13 AMP

"For God so [greatly] loved
 and dearly prized the world,
 that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son,
 so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior]
 shall not perish, but have eternal life."
 John 3:16 AMP

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“No Greater Love”
by Matt Maher

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