Saturday, October 27, 2012

Collector or Hoarder?

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;   but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. " Matthew 6: 18-19

I love Teapots!  I always have!  Ever since I can remember I have loved the pictures in books and magazines of people sitting at a table and having tea.  Even Alice in Wonderland having tea with the Mad Hatter appealed to my childhood dreams. My collection started out very slow, but in the past few years it has really blossomed!

I collect teapots sometimes by theme, like "Roses"

or "Apples"
I have lost count now, some jokingly say I am boarderline "hoarder". But I think I just enjoy the hunt for that one teapot that I may not have, at a cheap price of course! :-)  My eyes are trained now to scope out teapots as soon as I enter a Thrift shop or yard sale. So how can I be a hoarder if I keep them organized and only display a few at a time? Silly me, I'm just a collector.   I realize that I cannot take these things with me when I leave this earth; these "things" are not important in light of eternity, but God has given me a gift to enjoy while I'm here. I believe He loves to see His children happy doing things they enjoy as long as it does not cause harm, bring shame to Him or others, or takes the focus off of His purpose for our lives...not allowing it to become "god".  As I keep Him the focus of my worship, heart and life, I believe I'm okay. I'm not a hoarder, but just someone that enjoys the blessings God has so liberally placed on me!
Oh! I also have seasonal teapots, teapots by color...Next time I'll share more of my "Lovelies."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

God is Love

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

The words of this song are constantly in my head:   Listen :   Lord I'm amazed by You

"Lord I'm amazed by You, Lord I'm amazed by You,
Lord I'm amazed by You, and how you love me."
How wide, how deep, how great is your love for me."

Such a simple love song to the Lord and yet it capivates the heart and helps you to ponder on the depth and magnitude of God's love for us.

I don't think that we will ever be able to understand in our finite minds just how much He loves us, but rest assured He does.

I don't believe that we can truly love someone else until we know how we are loved.  God's love is not only sacrificial, but itis unconditional.  He gave His utmost best to pay the penalty for our sins and the sins of the world and He loves us regardless if we partake of that gift of sacrifice or not. 
But His desire for us is to recieve that gift of sacrifice so that we can experience all that He has for us.

I guess, this post is all about how I am feeling so overwhelmed right now with the love of God.  To think that He would love someone like me blows my mind.

Thank You Lord for your Love!