Love Unconditionally

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Love Unconditionally

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. 1 John 4:7

 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

 

In the midst of Lori’s experience with Blair’s illness and their lives being turned upside down, she asked the Lord, “What does it mean for me to really LIVE?” The Lord gave Lori three statements: embrace beauty, walk without fear and love unconditionally.  This week we look at what it means to love unconditionally regardless of our circumstances and how others treat us.

 

Why did God tell me that loving unconditionally would be something I needed to do in order to “really live?”  This is what I have learned:

      Love unconditionally because that’s how I [The Lord] love.

      Love unconditionally because that’s what My children desperately need in order to live whole and productive lives. 

      Love unconditionally because loving others freely and without strings attached will set you free.

—Lori Fink

 

Loving unconditionally does not come naturally.  Our flesh rails against it. It requires some effort, diligence and forethought. But the good news is God does not leave us to ourselves in our efforts to love unconditionally.

 

First and foremost, the motivation and help is found in the word “beloved” in verse one of Ephesians. As a Christ- follower, I am the beloved of the Father. He provides all that is needed to love others unconditionally because God IS love. Love is central to God’s character.  His love for us is unfailing and not dependent upon anything we have done, are doing or will ever do.

 

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. 1 John 4:7

 

In Scripture God’s unfailing love is known as His “hesed”, a Hebrew word meaning, to be faithful and merciful; love; goodness; an act of kindness shown towards someone.  The quality of the kindness shown is usually like that reserved for close family or friends.  “Hesed” implies personal involvement and it is covenantal with those God has chosen and redeemed.  It implies reciprocity but since God’s “hesed” is ultimately beyond the covenant, it will not be abandoned even when the human partner is unfaithful.  God’s “hesed” is everlasting (Isaiah 54:8).  “Hesed”, unfailing love, is often found and paired with instances of God’s strength and steadfastness in Scripture.

 

Secondly, we have been given the example of Christ to imitate and the gift of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to instruct us.

 God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5b

 

It is only as God’s Spirit floods our hearts with love that we, in turn, can love one another.

The Spirit of God makes the commandment “love one another” into a new and exciting day-by-day experience.  It is a matter of the will rather than an emotion—an affection for and attraction to certain persons. It is a matter of determining—of making up your mind—that you will allow God’s love to reach others through you, and then of acting toward them in loving ways.

 

 The question I have to continually ask and answer is:  

How will the fact that I am beloved by the Father motivate my reaction in this moment?

 

Here are just a few reminders of reality of being beloved of the Father:

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9

 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

 

And these barely scratch the surface of the depth, breadth, length and height of His love!  His Word is resplendent with so many more examples of His love for us.

 

Finally, when we love unconditionally it is a practical thing; it applies in the everyday affairs of life. Just consider some of the “one another” statements in the New Testament and you will see how practical it is to love one another.

Bear with one another. Ephesians 4:2

Build one another up. Ephesians 4:7-16

Be kind to one another and forgive one another. Ephesians 4:32

Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:16

Encourage and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15

Bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2

Teach and admonish one another. Colossians 3:16

Show hospitality to one another. 1 Peter 4:9

Serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10

Pray for one another. James 5:16

Seek to do good to one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Love one another earnestly. 1 Peter 4:8

 

If you’d like to study these “one anothers” in greater depth, click here to find a previous series titled Walking in Love.

 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God!

 

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Walking Without Fear

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Beauty & Truth: Walk Without Fear

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:6

What does it mean to walk without fear?  

As Lori and I have sat at the kitchen table (literal and virtual) to discuss this concept of fear and how it can consume our lives, we have been reminded of the lessons God had taught us through our experiences. Seeing those through the perspective of His Word and our relationship with Him has been a great reminder and personal encouragement for us both as we seek to walk forward facing our fears. I am hoping it will encourage you as well!

Fearphobeo to frighten, terrify, alarm; to be seized with fear; to fear to do something, hesitate; in regard to the Lord, meaning to reverence God, to stand in awe of God.

Here are some of Lori’s insights on walking without fear learned during her experience with Blair’s illness:

“For me, it means that I will not waste time worrying about the “what ifs.”  What if my child is in an auto accident?  What if my spouse is diagnosed with a life threatening illness?  What if one of us loses their job and we can’t pay our bills?

This doesn’t mean I never worry, but I have to consciously take every thought captive and replace lies with the truth.  The Enemy of our souls would like us to think that the sky is falling and we are weak and defenseless victims, but the truth is, those things probably won’t happen, but if they do, my God is there, He is able, and He is everything I need.

I read an article last week titled Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware.  I’d like to share two of the five with you.

  •  I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

Walking without fear also means that I will not allow fear to keep me from stepping out and doing the things I want and need to do.” Lori Fink

 

There are so many verses and passages in God’s Word that speak to fear. To be honest with you, I’m still knee deep in my study on fear in God’s Word.  And even at this point I can tell you it could be an eight-week study all on its own!  But I’ll share a few insights on what I’ve observed and learned so far.

Reading through Scripture we find people who were fearful.  Fearful of their current circumstances, fearful of an uncertain future, fearful of approaching enemies, fearful of a daunting task to which God had called them. There is not enough room to share all those stories in this devotion. However, I did discover a common thread running through them all —God’s response to their fear:

Then He replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6

Don’t be terrified of them, for the Lord your God, a great and awesome God, is among you. Deut. 7:19

Haven’t I commanded you:be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15-17

But immediately he [Jesus] spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. Mark 6:50-51

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,  “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me. Hebrews 13:5-6

 

God’s presence is with us always. He will never leave or forsake us.  His presence will give us rest and peace.  God does not desire nor intend for us to walk through our days in bondage to fear, whether it be fear of the future, uncertain circumstances, other people’s opinions or trying something new.  In Christ Jesus we have been set free to live fully for the glory of God knowing that He is with us every step of the way and we are secure for eternity in Him! 

 

Our part? Believing and placing our trust in Him day by day, moment by moment.  Whenever fear strikes, we call out to the One who brings us security and peace. Whenever I find myself paralyzed by fear, I will often quote God’s Word and remind myself of Who He is and that I am His!  It’s amazing the peace that floods my soul.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 56:3-4

Fill your minds with beauty and truth and Walk Free!

 

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Embracing Beauty in Your Life

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 Embrace Beauty

Let your adornment be what’s inside —the real you, the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit, in which God delights. 1 Peter 3:4-5

The world bombards us daily with its idea of beauty and what is beautiful. But this often runs contrary to God’s idea of beauty. What does it mean to embrace beauty? Thanks for joining Lori and I back at the kitchen table as she shares her story. Listen to what the Lord has shown my Lori through her experience over the last several years:

What does it mean to embrace beauty?  It’s been a long process, almost seven years, but I’m starting to see the full picture of what God was trying to teach me.

I knew the beauty I saw in flowers, textiles, dishes, works of art, or a lovely landscape would make my heart sing.  Being drawn to and creating beautiful things is part of who we are as women, and the world is a better place because of it.  Of course, it couldn’t be my own beauty because I didn’t see myself as beautiful. For many reasons, I struggled with that part of me, believing that it was frivolous and I should be doing more serious things for God.  You know, “working for the Lord!” – standing on street corners preaching the gospel, traveling to foreign lands and sacrificing everything I own!!  But all beauty comes from Him and embracing it, creating it and nurturing it are all part of my worship.

Now let’s get back to our own beauty.  That’s not so easy to embrace.  How many of us look in the mirror and don’t like what we see?  God loves what He sees.  I know that in my head, but it’s quite another story to settle that in my heart.  Our world is so fixated on personal appearance that it’s very difficult to turn off the world’s message and focus on reality.  The reality is . . . you are loved just the way you are and God is much more interested in your heart and mind than He is your physical appearance.  At age 54, I am learning to embrace who I am, the way God created me, and not worry about the world.  I still believe we should be the best we can be in all areas; it honors our Creator.  But our eyes need to be focused on what is pleasing, true and lovely.

 Relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us every day; in nature, in created things like pretty dishes and a handmade quilt, but especially in people, both inside and out. —Lori Fink

Embrace accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.

Beauty the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind.

What do you believe about your true beauty that you accept willingly and enthusiastically?  Do you know how God defines your beauty?  If it is contrary to your belief, are you willing to change your belief and embrace who God says you are?

What is God’s idea of beauty? 1 Peter 3:4-5 instructs us that real beauty is found on the inside and this inside beauty has several characteristics:

1. It’s the real you.

2. It’s a lasting beauty.

3. It’s consists of a gracious/gentle and quiet spirit.

4. It’s pleasing to a God.

What does a gracious (gentle) and quiet spirit look like in our lives?  Take a look at the definitions for these words in the original language of the Bible:

Gracious/Gentle prausa mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness- Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will. (Gal. 5:23)

Quiethesychiosquiet, tranquil, undisturbed.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 tells us that our outward appearance (and body) is wasting away. Regardless of how many beauty products and treatments we use, we are aging daily. I know that is probably not the encouragement you wanted to hear. BUT here is the good news!  True beauty, inner beauty is eternal, it does not fade. Our inner man, the part of us that will live forever, the part God is concerned about, is being renewed day by day.  We need this daily renewal treatment to combat the world’s messages on beauty.

What is this daily renewal treatment? Renewal in Scripture is a word that means a complete change for the better, new, fresh, to cause to grow up. It is growing in our knowledge of Christ, in our faith, our love, our joy, our peace and gentleness. It is growth in Christlikeness. It is possible through our relationship with Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.  Here are some verses on how we are renewed that you might want to check out later: Titus 3:5, Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10 and Romans 12:1-2.

 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

This beauty treatment of renewing our minds is where our attention needs to be focused. We are renewed through time spent in a God’s Word —studying, meditating and seeking to live it out. We are renewed as we spend time in prayer, communicating with God. We are renewed as we seek to acknowledge and embrace the beauty around us, in creation, in seeing God’s hand in all of our circumstances and in the relationships with other people He brings into our lives. Being aware and counting these blessings or gifts throughout our day is a way of renewing our mind and spirit and most importantly it honors and glorifies God.

There is always beauty to be embraced, regardless of our circumstances because God is beauty! We can always embrace the beauty found in our relationship with Him through Christ Jesus.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. 1 Chronicles 16:29

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the beauty and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

How is your inner beauty regiment going? How is your time in God’s Word, in prayer, in seeking His presence daily and in cultivating a spirit and attitude of gratefulness to our Creator?

Embrace true beauty in your life today!

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What Are You Dwelling On?

Week 2 Beauty & Truth: What Are You Filling Your Mind With?

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Fill your minds with beauty and truth. Philippians 4:8 (The Voice)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 (HCSB)

Welcome back to the kitchen table!  This week we will examine what it means to “fill our minds”. Paul instructs us in Philippians 4:8 to fill our minds, think, or dwell on these things.  Regardless of the translation these are all same word in the original language. Take a look:

dwell on logizomaito take an inventory, to estimate, to reckon, calculate, count over, meditate on.  This word deals with reality.  This word refers to facts not suppositions.

 Dwell —The reality is, dwelling is part of what we do as women. Dwelling involves taking an inventory, reckoning and meditating.

What do your daily “dwelling sessions” look like?

Mine usually involves something like this: I turn it round & round, looking at all the angles of the “what ifs” and “if onlys” — rehearsing it, calculating and contemplating, until it consumes me! This kind of dwelling session enslaves us and manifests itself as worry, doubt, anxiety and insecurity.

Here is more of Lori’s story as she shares one of her “dwelling sessions”:

Around the time Blair was to be discharged from the hospital to a nursing care facility for rehab, I was invited to participate in a weekend retreat with a small group of friends from our church. My mind was in a constant swirl about the past, the present, and what the future might hold.  I would dwell on what life used to be like and I wanted to go back to what I considered to be “normal.” Then I would think about the difficulties of what I would need to deal with when I left the safety of the retreat.  And, of course, I obsessed about what our future might hold:  What would Blair be like?  What would I do if he only recovered by 50%?  How would this affect our relationship?  How would this affect our daughters?  Would we even be able to pay our bills?  What about our plans for the future?

During one of our evening sessions at the retreat, a young man who I knew pretty well had a poem he wanted to share with the group.  He said that God had inspired him to write this poem earlier in the week and felt that it was meant for someone in the group that was gathered there that evening. His poem was entitled, “Rest” and explained how much our Father wants us to lay aside our burdens and worries in order to experience the peace and love that come only from His presence. I’m sure there were others in the group that benefited from that poem, but I knew that it was meant for me.  It wasn’t just the words of that poem that changed my life, it was also the realization that God cared enough about me to inspire a poem and make sure I was there to hear those words. I believe that the true knowledge of God’s love and the acknowledgment of the truth of any situation is the key to “really living.”  In my life, I have seen that embracing love and truth can free us in the present and actually protect us in the future from the fear and anxiety that sometimes plagues us and at times can even immobilize us as women.” —Lori Fink

God’s desire is not for us to fixate on the circumstance or relationship that is troubling us until we are a meltdown mess. His desire is for us to evaluate and respond to those things that occupy our thoughts through the lens of truth.

As I would rehearse my troubles to a friend, she would always say, “But the reality is . . .” The reality is always where the truth lies.  And yes, sometimes the truth is not pretty or comfortable.  Sometimes the truth can be terrifying.  But the truth also contains the fact that God is good and He loves me, some days that is all that kept me going.  Oh yeah and taking every thought captive and examining it for truth. —Lori Fink

Truth — things that are true is the first in the list that Paul exhorts us to dwell on.  This word in the original language is alethes meaning true, real, conformed to the reality of things, loving the truth and not concealingIt is a word that denotes the reality of a thing. That is just what Lori was talking about—getting to the bottom of things!  Wading through our fears and feelings to get to the reality of the truth.

Now this does not mean we are to live in denial, putting on our Pollyanna smiles and pretty masks.  It simply means we can honestly and openly come before our God and pour out our hearts to Him. (Psalm 62:8). He is our safe place to express and unload all that talk going round in our heads. Once we’ve unloaded, vented, ranted and raved —and yes it is okay to rant and rave before our God, He is big enough to handle it —once we’ve “got it off our chest”, then our “dwelling” needs to take on a different focus.  Look at the definition for dwell again.  It states that this word refers to facts, not suppositions.  We need to turn our attention to dwelling on the facts.  So how do we determine what is true?   How do we sort out the facts from our feelings? 

Truth is found in the unchanging character of God, in the truth of His Word and what HE says is true of us.  We need to remind ourselves, rehearse, and dwell on the truths of His Word, regardless of what the world or our circumstances are screaming.

Philippians 4:8 gives us a list of things to “dwell on” and the filter through which we should examine our situation.  We can examine our situation and ask:

What is true?

What is honorable?

What is just?

What is pure?

What is lovely?

What is commendable?

What is excellent?

What is worthy of praise?

And perhaps the specifics of that situation make it difficult to find any of the above!

But the truth, the reality, is God is good! He brings good out of even the most difficult situations. And when our eyes are focused on Him, we can see what is true, honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise because HE IS all of those things!  I love Lori’s realization and affirmation that some days this truth is all that kept her going!

The truth that HE IS causes us to change our perspective and with a renewed perspective we can ask, “How might I respond in a way that is…true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of bringing God praise?

Finally, Paul follows his exhortation to dwell with an instruction to do.

Do —look at this word in the original language:

            do prassoto practice, to perform repeatedly or habitually

Over and over and over again, we remind ourselves and rehearse the truth of who God is, what He has done for us and who He says we are in Christ Jesus. We are to dwell on the truth of who God is and what His Word teaches us.

So go ahead and get busy —dwell and do! ANDThe peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesusand the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:7, 9

See you next week at the kitchen table as we examine what it means to embrace beauty in our daily lives.

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 P.SClick here for a list of verses that are great “dwelling session” material.  We’d love to hear from you on what some of your “go to” verses are when you need to be reminded of truth.  Comment on this post and share them with us!

A Story of Beauty & Truth

A Story of Beauty & Truth

Fill your minds with beauty and truth. Philippians 4:8 (The Voice)

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 (HCSB)

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What does a life characterized by beauty and truth look like? What does it mean to fill our minds with beauty and truth?  What does this look like on a daily basis in the midst of doing ordinary life with our ordinary tasks and daily to-do lists? What does it look like when life throws us a curve ball we weren’t expecting?

So often as women, we measure our worth and the substance of our lives by our accomplishments, perfections, performances and a constant striving to be accepted and approved by others. I don’t know about you but for me that is e.x.h.a.u.s.t.i.n.g!  If this is the basis for our identity then, what happens when one season of life that has so defined us, ends? What happens when circumstances take a turn and we find ourselves in a place we did not expect nor want to be?  I have shared many times before that the true measure of who we are is based solely on who we are in Christ Jesus.

But how do we learn to live out that identity on a daily basis in the midst of our busy lives and unexpected circumstances?  So much of how view our worth and our attitudes, reactions and responses are based on what is going on inside our heads.  I don’t know about you, but for me that is a battlefield and the “off” switch never seems to work!  Philippians 4:6-8 offers us some answers but first I want to share a friend’s story with you and the inspiration for this study.

Lori is my precious and long-time, dear friend.  We first met when our children were young (and we are now empty nesters). Chris and I had just purchased our dream home right next to Lori and Blair. We were their “unchurched” neighbors and they loved on us and invited us into their lives without judgment.  We became fast friends. That year Chris and I both surrendered our lives to Christ.  They poured into us and showed us what it meant to be the hands and feet of Christ.  Although we ended up losing our house (consequence of my shopaholic days), we remained friends and they continued to minister love and grace to us.  When we both began homeschooling our children, we’d take field trips together, do projects together, and just hang out.  Later Lori and Blair gave up suburban life and Blair’s engineering job to move back to their home state of Pennsylvania and become organic farmers.  They settled into life on the farm.  We missed them terribly, but we each took turns making visits to one another.

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Then in 2005, Lori and Blair’s lives changed in an instant and dramatically!  Blair stood to teach on a Wednesday evening at their church and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage caused by an arterial venous malformation. Life changed drastically that day for Blair, Lori and their girls. Life as they knew it would never be the same.  Long story short, Blair was told he would never fully recover. At one point Lori was told he would probably spend the rest of his days in a full-time care facility.  But God had other plans!  Blair came home.  He was granted permanent disability by the state.  They began to try to find the new normal with Lori taking on most of the responsibilities for which she used to rely on Blair.  But God had other plans.  In 2011, they began considering a move back to Georgia where their girls wanted to attend college. Unbeknownst to Lori, Blair had begun applying for engineering jobs. He was offered a job in Atlanta. After seven years of being on total and permanent Social Security Disability, Blair is now working again as an electrical engineer. It is amazing how God works!  The portion of Blair’s brain that contained all that engineering knowledge and skill remained intact. But, in the years immediately following Blair’s episode, Lori began to feel lost.  Listen to her words:

 “It was at a time when I was starting to rebuild my faith.  Blair’s illness and our church experience at the time had left me floundering around and feeling unsure of what I really believed and what was really true. I saw how quickly life can change and I didn’t want to continue living the same old way. So I asked God what it meant for me to really live. His answer was 1) walk without fear, 2) love unconditionally, and 3) embrace beauty, which I think means in others, in ourselves, in nature, in our homes, everywhere!” —Lori Fink

When Lori shared this with me across my kitchen table last year, it resonated powerfully with my heart and soul.  All weekend, I could not get those three statements out of my mind.  God brought reminders from His Word as I contemplated Lori’s statements.  After several months, her words continued to ring true in my head and heart as I thought about what it meant to really live for the Lord and to find my identity completely in Him!  So I asked Lori if she would grant me permission to use her three statements, and the truths I had began to uncover in the Word, to write a study to encourage others in living the abundant life in Christ.  She agreed!  So pull up a chair at the kitchen table with Lori and me.  We’ll be having a cup of hot tea and maybe some tea cookies or scones.  You grab a cup of tea, coffee or whatever you’d like and join us!

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing more of Lori’s story and unpack what it means to:

1.   Embrace Beauty

2.  Love Unconditionally

3.  Walk without Fear

4 Know Truth

Philippians 4:8 will be our guiding verse as we seek to live out these powerful statements by  filling our minds with beauty and truth!  We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

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