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T. D. Jakes, Charles Morgan,
St. Thérèse de Lisieux, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, Friedrich Nietzche

Dear Readers,

Love is speechless. God's love for the meanest person on earth is so profound
it's unspeakable. God is helpless with love for his children. He loves so, because
He is Love; inseparable from all that is of Himself. This love for us comprises the
certain, eternal action permeating all universes. When scientists unravel the
ultimate mysteries of physical matter and energies, what will be revealed?
Love, the impetus animating energy and matter; and Love, ordering and
continually creating the exquisiteness of the universe.

The God that Loved the entire universe into being, groans with Love for you.

- Lisa

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We cannot shut off, stop, or in any way diminish
God's flow of love toward us. No matter what we
do, we cannot cause God to stop loving us.

...Nothing can alter the fact that God is going
to continue to love us no matter what we
do or say.

Receiving God's love heals us on the inside.
It causes a person's self-esteem to be built
up and emotional hurts to be soothed.

Receiving God's love allows us to
feel value, worth, dignity.

Receiving God's love allow
us to respect ourselves.

Receiving God's love motivates
us to discipline ourselves.

Receiving God's love gives us the
capacity to return His love, love
ourselves and love others.

Excerpted from "Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000


There is no surprise more magical than the surprise
of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder.

Charles Morgan


God is never satisfied until Love reaches down
and takes hold of our emptiness, transforming
everything in the fire of infinite Grace.

St. Thérèse de Lisieux (1873-1897)
French Carmelite nun; Doctor of the Church

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Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be
like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give
thanks for another day of loving.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese American poet and writer



There is a candle in your heart,

ready to be kindled.

There is s void in your soul,

ready to be filled.

you feel it, don't you?

You feel the separation

from the Beloved.

Invite Him to fill you up,

embrace the fire.

Remind those who tell you otherwise that


comes to you of its own accord,

and the yearning for it

cannot be learned in any school.

Excerpted from "Hush, Don't Say Anything to God:
Passionate Poems of Rumi"
Translated by Sharam Shiva



Love is not consolation. It is light.

Friedrich Nietzche
German philosopher

The Last Word:

We are not only chosen by God, but we are eternally,
tenderly, unconditionally, and infinitely loved by God.
There is no greater blessing, no greater assurance.

T. D. Jakes (1957 -   )
Pastor of "The Potter's House," Dallas, Texas





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.
There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French novelist and playwright


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