LOVE IS WHERE GOD IS

A Broach of Plumeria

Here’s My Heart Lord  sung by David Crowder and his band

I Peter 1:22 NLT  “Love each other deeply with all your heart.”

During my time in the past months, I spent much time reading.  I do read the Bible quite often, but I also enjoy other writings as well.  This book,“Where Love is, there God is also” By Leo Tolstoy, has been one of my favorites. When you read what it is about, I think you may understand why.

I have been reading a book authored by Lawrence Jordan about Leo Tolstoy’s life so impeccably changed at age 51.

To be sure, I was well aware of Leo Tolstoy’s famous fictional book of “War and Peace”. Most students who study literature have been enthralled by this masterpiece.

However, I am amazed that he was so involved with Jesus Christ later in life. So much so, that he gave many of his richness away, believing this was his correct action of Jesus’ Gospel. To practice the sincerity of his belief, he devoted the rest of his life pursuing God’s Purpose.

His unhappy marriage was so miserable, that he started to search for the meaning of his life. From this placement at this late age, he began writing some of the most prolific stories revealing his purpose.

The story of “Where Love is, there God is also”, is one of increased hope to recover from suffering. One which depicts putting self first to glorify God’s eternal promise of life. To give more to others than himself.
II Corinthians 8:7 NIV “But just as you excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

The story of his book is designed to show that our lives here, are not our own – but God’s. There is a shoemaker whose wife had died leaving him to raise his son alone. Every moment of his days were filled with the love he held in this care. Then his son became ill and died within a week. The man, then lost his desire to live, and prayed for his death everyday.

He had an unannounced visit from a man of faith. Realizing just how despairing life had become for this shoemaker, he prayed and convinced him to obtain a New Testament.

The shoemaker read in earnest repeatedly, Matthew 25, and pondered  on the following:
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The shoemaker finally understood this when three different people approached his life during the needs of his labor. One needed food, one needed drink, and the other needed shelter. He took care of each of them very well. Although the verse had not yet reached his understanding until he had a dream.

In this dream the three people he had taken care of came to him. And each one informed him, that he was fulfilling this verse. The realization of his purpose came to be: “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in….” All of a sudden he realized his loving Savior had really called on him. That Christ had really received him as His own child.

Who would have thought that Leo Tolstoy, so famous for one book in history, was a message of hope to others. I had no idea.

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YOU NEVER FAIL IF YOU TRY…..

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O ROSE FORLORN by Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Oh rose forlorn
How ill you look
Your petals that are torn
Now tumble in the brook.

Advance of the gale
Torrents of rain
They had seemed to prevail
Now bring you to shame.

Friends they once were
Sky, earth, and sea
Once seemed so pure
Now deaf to your plea.

Hope in the Lord
Be of good cheer
From Him life is poured
You will bloom again here.
Choices, wrong or right, never control what God’s plan is for us. He is all Powerful. Losing hope is the worst choice we can make. Even when we feel persecuted, we can stay under His wings to become strong enough to fly again.

Paul made some choices with a huge plan in mind of Rome. He ended up being “jailed”, but God made this beautiful, for His good.

Acts 28:16 “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.”

Acts 21-27

Paul prayed to go to Rome to spread the Gospel further to the gentiles and the Jews. His expectations were highlighted as a missionary on a journey; but God had other plans. His journey became full with legalities. It was government against religion. Paul was “ping ponged” back and forth. God still controlled the outcome because his presentation of the Gospel during these times penetrated the area even to the emperor’s palace.

Sometimes we feel trapped or jailed because of our choices in life. The dreams or plans we had hoped for never happen or are changed. But God works for our good!
He may not make our choice feel comfortable or secure, but HE will always open the doors necessary to do HIS work.  He will not let us fail…if we try!
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that He has given us to follow His lead.

Romans 8:28 NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His Purpose.”

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