You’re Not Alone {Coffee For Your Heart}

Coffee for Your Heart with Holley Gerth

With Holley Gerth.

Alone.

Apart from anything or anyone else.

Without any other person.

You can be in a crowd of people and still feel it. That suffocating isolation. Emptiness as cold as the polar vortex.

I’ve felt it. Loneliness is no fun. It feels awful. I’ve struggled with loneliness all my life even as a child. My parents were hardly there. I was a latchkey kid with both my parents working and hardly home.

Let me tell you the truth that I learned, my friend. You are not alone. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a promise of eternal companionship with the One who created you. Endless fellowship. Death can’t separate you the way it can in marriage. No divorce papers. No hardships will make Him turn and run. Not even you on your worst day can make Him leave. You will never hear Him say, “I love you but I’m not in love with you so I think it’s best if we parted.”

He is committed to you because He loves you.

“For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5b

I can’t think of a more passionate love than His. Can you? Some men make ardent promises to their lovers and then break them. God never will. He never has either.

Wherever you are today know this: He is with you. You are not alone. He is even holding your right hand right now as you face your fears, the challenges, and the adversities of your life. He will see you through it.

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:4a

Now, go about the rest of the day today with this truth melting away the ice and filling up those empty spaces in your heart. As you go on your way to McDonald’s or Starbucks to get your morning coffee, be aware that you have the presence of the Almighty with you wherever you go. Talk to Him. Enjoy Him. He is yours forever. You are His forever. And that’s no empty promise.

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The Second Cup: Coffee for Your Heart

Coffee for Your Heart with Holley Gerth

With Holley Gerth

Hello, beautiful!

Don’t look away shy.

Yeah, I’m talking to you!

You are beautiful.

No need to put on make-up.

No need to look like you have it all together.

You are beautiful just as you are. Inside. Outside.

Created in the image of God. Made to shine forth His light.

You are as unique as each new fallen snowflake on a chilly winter’s day. There is no one like you. NONE. Nobody can do what you do. Nobody with your smile. Nobody with your eyes. Literally. Your iris is as unique as your finger prints and so is your retina.  Nobody has the same laugh. Nobody with same mixture of personality characteristics and experiences and talents as you.

God made you specifically to be as you are to reflect His glory.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

And wonderful are His works.

As you sip on your coffee today think on this truth of how the Lover of your soul sees you:

Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves. Song of Solomon 1:15

Enough to make you weak in the knees. Good thing your sitting with your coffee. 😉

The First Cup: Coffee for Your Heart

With Holley Gerth

Welcome to the first cup of Coffee for Your Heart!

I became a coffee lover a few years ago when a friend of mine forced me to drink some in order to stay awake for our girl’s night out. I warned her I didn’t like coffee. I had tried it when I was younger, black. No sugar or anything in it and was not impressed. Sure, it smelled good, but the taste was bitter. My encouraging friend who was not willing to let me be a party pooper, said she’d put a lot of sugar in it and add some creamer. I tried it and thought, Wow! If I had known you could prepare coffee this way to suit your own taste, I would’ve started drinking it a long time ago. haha!

So now I am a coffee lover and my good friend from California sends me Peet’s, the good stuff, whenever he can.

As you are drinking your cup of coffee this morning, find a cozy chair and listen to these words:

You are loved.

Do you believe that?

Let these words sink into your heart because they are from the Father God:

You are loved more than you know.

The amazing and wonderful thing about God is that He knows us completely. Yep! He knows those dark, deep crevices of your heart where even you dare not look. He is completely aware of our deceitful hearts, yet He is still completely in love with you.

He is under no delusions about who we are. We can try as we might to set up appearances of goodness, but He is not fooled.

To be completely known and completely loved by the God of the Universe. How awesome is that??

Do you believe that?

Well, you should. Because it is true. It doesn’t get any better than this. If you think you’ve really blown it, and now God could never love you, think again. He’s crazy about you! It doesn’t matter how bad you mess up. His love is not based on how well you behave as a Christian, because if it was, why would He send His Son to die for you when you were still a sinner (BC-Before Christ status)? His love is based on who He is not who you are.

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

Have a great week, Beloveds!

Coffee for Your Heart

Coffee for Your Heart with Holley Gerth

Coffee for Your Heart with Holley Gerth

Hey ya’ll!

I am introducing a series that is a part of Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart. In this series I will be pouring out to you all love and encouragement with words every Wednesday. I meant to start this last Wednesday, but I plumb forgot! I’ve started my next life coaching course so it’s been busy, but I will endeavor to write at least for this series once a week on Wednesday. While class is in session I will not be posting that much.

What I will do is post this introduction today and tomorrow will post the first Coffee for Your Heart. The second Coffee for Your Heart will then be following along with Holley’s posts.  Consider it a double espresso for the week. 😉 If you are interested in joining me please visit Holley’s website: http://holleygerth.com/coffee-for-your-heart-love/. I hope this blesses your socks off because that is my intent. 😉 Let’s pour out a little love to each other!

Blessings!

What You Are Made Of: The Awesomeness of God!

All you will be able to say it whoa followed by Praise God! Hallelujah!!! 🙂

Amanda Christine

 

I recently posted a blog post (you can click here to see it if you missed it) about how awesome God’s creation is. It had pictures of outerspace. It showed all kinds of SO AMAZING stuff that makes me just think, “Wow, God. You are awesome. Indescribable. Absolutely infinite. And you love me? Poor, mess-up, insignificant, little, old me?”

Well, here’s part two in the form of a video (By the way, I started to cry watching the video. God is so awesome. Be forewarned.). And this is even MORE amazing. It’s you. It’s God’s creation of You. It’s Jesus. Take a look below.

Or you can click here to watch it on YouTube.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Amanda Christine

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.Time.

Marshall Fields' clock on State Street in Chicago, IL. Photo by Atelier Teee

Marshall Fields’ clock on State Street in Chicago, IL. Photo by Atelier Teee

One morning I rushed out of the house to go to work. I was running late.  I opened the car door and threw my purse and work bag into the passenger’s seat in the front and in the process my purse hit the glove compartment and put a little dash in it. Right at that moment I felt the Lord speak to my heart, “You’re in too much of a hurry.”

Now, it’s not very often I get those direct messages from the Lord to my mind so clearly, but that day it was very clear. “You’re in too much of a hurry.”

He’s right. Ironic, eh? It’s amazing how many times the Lord is right about something. 😉

I believe in that moment the Lord spoke to me He was getting at something else. He’s was pointing His finger on a problem with which I struggle. Time right now is one of those dimensions that I struggle with on a daily basis.

Running late is not something I like admitting, but it’s true. I’m always running late. I think I know how this happens. I try to do too much with too little time. One minute I think I’m doing well being on time and the next minute it’s time to leave and I’m not done. I wish I had more time to do what I want to do without paying heed to such restrictions as my need to eat or sleep or work within the energy I have. These are limitations that I probably need to respect, but it’s a struggle.

I’m struggling right now to hurry up and get this post published. Irritation consumed me when I found out the Zemanta integration was removed. It was such a convenient feature for me because I didn’t have to waste time looking for pictures on the Internet. I could let Zemanta to do it and get the post published posthaste. Why, WordPress??!! Why did you remove it?!!

Here’s my other struggle with time. I am sandwiched in between two periods just like the word “Time” in the title of this post. It feels confining. I’m either being chased from behind by my past or I’m chasing the future to get away from the present. Do you ever feel like that?

As we celebrate the New Year, make resolutions and plan our goals for 2014, I feel the Lord reminding me of this one thought,

“My times are in Your hands.” Psalm 31:15a

He’s reminding me to be aware of who He is and what He is doing in the present. Plan for the future but live in the present while respecting my limitations as a human being.

My pastor spoke this yesterday and I wrote it down:

“Be aware of who He is and what He is doing in the present tense.”

A lot of us can get caught up in what He is going to do in the future. We wonder about the end times or we worry about how God is going to provide our needs for the future. We also get trapped in a time warp of the past. The past that holds words that were spoken or deeds that were done to us that injured us. Or maybe the past holds what we believe to be better times than our present. Either way, we’re not living in the present. We’ve taken our own DeLorean and ridden off to our own time displacement.

Yep, that’s me.

And so I offer up to the Lord my times. The past, present, and future. I seek Him in the moment. I listen for Him to speak. This is my goal for the new year, to listen more. To be more aware of His movement. To be more in tune with His voice.

Maybe you are like me. Maybe you need to offer up to the Lord your times. Live in the present and offer up to Him your past as well as your future. Respect your limitations and don’t try to do it all in one day. It’s exhausting, anyways!

Make this your resolution for 2014.

Blessings to you all!