Monthly Archives: January 2015

Who Are You Setting Your Affection Upon?

Hello friends! It has been quiet on the blog lately as I have several ministry projects I have been working on. A couple worth noting are: first of all, I am hosting area Pastor’s Wives and Women in Ministry for a “Day Away” on Saturday. This will be an opportunity for them to come and connect with other women in ministry and be ministered to, after a busy holiday season where they gave so much. Next, I am preparing to speak at a Women’s Conference in Laramie, WY towards the end of February. This will be a fun experience as I am bringing my 16 year old daughter with me as a traveling companion.

Although my attention and energies have been focused elsewhere, I have missed blogging! Therefore, I thought I would take some time to write about something that I have been mulling over recently.

Whether you are in actively involved in ministry, or a Christ-follower, this question is for you. . .

Who are you setting your affection upon?

Deuteronomy 10:15 says, “Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.

The Bible is a love story between God and His people. Of all the nations that came from Adam and Eve, God chose the people of Israel to set His affection upon and to love. The Hebrew word “affection” means to love, be attached to, to long for, to be attached with very great love, to be joined together.

There is no particular reason why they are the ones He chose to love. He just did. His heart was attached with very great love for them. Since God is love, it was imperative for Him to have someone to pour His love upon. Therefore, He chose the Israelites as the objects of His great love.

One of the benefits of accepting Christ as Savior is that you become a partaker of God’s great love as well. As you receive His love, it changes you from the inside out. The deep affection that He showers upon you turns you into a person who is well-loved. And well-loved people love well. You find that you can’t help yourself . . . His love willingly and readily flows out of you as well. So the question remains . . .

Who are you setting your affection upon?

  • Who has a special place in your heart that you love, for no particular reason, other than you just do?
  • Who has God placed in your life who needs His love?
  • What are you doing to shower them with love?

There are many people in our families’ life whom we have grown to love. There is no particular reason except we just do. We are making an effort to show God’s love to these people and shower them with love, acceptance, and kindness. We are not looking to get anything out of it, we are just loving for love’s sake. Although circumstances may change with these people, we will continue to reach out in love until they pull away. If and when that happens, then we will let them go and look for the next person God has for us to set our affections upon.

The world needs love. God wants to use you to be “Jesus with skin on” to share His love. Don’t be afraid to love. Yes, there is risk involved. You may get hurt. You may be misunderstood. Yet you are, also, most like God when you choose to love.

With God’s great love and affection . . .

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you had special celebrations with family and friends. My husband and I had some time off from work and we greatly enjoyed our family time together! One of the best parts was an overnight getaway at my dad’s cabin during New Year’s. . .

New Year 2015

On New Year’s Eve day, I woke up in a reflective mood. It was the last day of 2014 and the day before 2015. I began to rehearse in my mind events from 2014. As I did, I was overcome, once again, by God’s faithfulness. He got us through a difficult year and we came out stronger both in our commitment to Him and to each other as a family. Once I pondered the past, I began to think about the future. What would 2015 look like? Almost immediately, the words from Psalm 23:6 came to my mind.

(By the way, one of the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is able to bring His truth to your heart and mind just when you need it most.)

The words I memorized of this verse years ago is, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6

I heard the Spirit whisper words of comfort to my soul, “It will be a good year because My goodness and mercy will follow you as you follow me.”

Then I remembered verse one of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. By very nature and design, a Shepherd is to be followed. Sheep follow their shepherd, trusting that he will lead them to food and shelter and that he will keep them safe along the way.

According to John 10:11, Jesus is your Good Shepherd. You become His sheep, when you follow Him, trusting Him to care for you and provide what you need along life’s path. As you do, you are promised that “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the LORD and His presence shall be my dwelling place.” Psalm 23:6, Amplified

Isn’t that a comforting promise? As you follow Jesus, His goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow you! So that means, whatever 2015 brings your way, it is going to be a good year!

  • Because God is good
  • Because His mercies are new every morning
  • Because His faithfulness continues to all generations
  • Because His love will never, not in a million years, fail you
  • Because He takes excellent care of those who follow Him!!

Let’s pray.

As 2014 comes to an end and we stand on the cusp of 2015, how comforting to know, Father, that as I follow Jesus, Your goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow me. Help me to rest in that Lord and to encourage others with it as well. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Following Him with you . . . Your Friend in Ministry,

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