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Published 9-8-10

Book of Psalms, Max Lucado, Terces Englehart


Dear Readers,

I was in and out of the house all day. We've been in the new place
a couple of weeks, but it seems like I haven't made a dent in the
piles of boxes. I always plan to stay home to focus on them, but I'm
always coming and going. Luckily, like in God's house, there are in
and out privileges! Thank goodness we are granted freedom to leave
and then return to the warmth of God's heart, but why? Yet we do -
when we're fearful, angry, sad, materialistic - when we embrace any-
thing that is not of God's Love. Living consistently inside the Love of
God's Kingdom, our true home, we're safe, abundantly cared for
and truly happy. He's waiting at Home now, encouraging
us to burrow into the shelter of Love.

And there aren't piles of boxes there that have to be emptied.
What a great place in which to reside...and never leave!

- Lisa

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love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.

How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find
(a) refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.

Psalm 36:5, 6-10
The Holy Bible
New International Version

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To abide in Christ's love is to make his love
your home. Not a roadside park or hotel room you
occasionally visit, but your preferred dwelling.
You rest in him. Eat in him. When thunder claps,
you step beneath his roof. His walls secure you
from the winds. His fireplace warms you from the
winters of life. As John urged, "We take up per-
manent residence in a life of love" (1 John 4:16
MSG). You abandon the old house of false love
and move into his home of real love...

...God's love can't be legislated, but it can be
chosen. Choose it, won't you? For the sake of your
heart. For the sake of your home. For Christ's sake,
and yours, choose it. The prayer is as powerful as
it is simple: "Lord, I receive your love. Nothing
can separate me from your love."

Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004


The Last Word:
There is only love; everything
else is our resistance to it.

Terces Englehart
Co-creator of "Abounding River" game
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Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"


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