Phil. 1 (Love, my love-life)

I read what The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians and i feel like it is exactly what I want, desire to write to my family and faithful friends who are like family to me…

“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. 

Note: I’ve personally learned  that there are certain things in my life that trigger me to respond or react in different ways. Some things, ‘spir’ me on in encouragement other things seem to spin me off course to the point that Christ alone keeps me from being at a complete loss in discouragement and depression. 

It is times like this i go back and dig into letting Christ guide me back, as a Good Shepherd guides His sheep (John 10). Each morning i seek His voice and all through the day beckon His call and nudging.

Back to God’s Word…

I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. 

I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. 

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

Note: As i take a personal inventory of my life over the years i seek where and while i was deficient and where and when i had an abundance…a double dose of the Holy Ghost, letting Him spilt out of me. I see His faithfulness even when i fall short.

Back to God’s Word…

 It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. 

You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does! 

Note: personally i see clearly and identify with The Apostle Paul here too. Although i’ve not been in jail, other than to visit others, i’ve been a prisoner of my own devices and yet God nor His lovers leave me, forget me or forsake me.

Back to God’s Word…

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. 

Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:3‭-‬11 MSG

Personally,  i can really only speak from personal experience, between the love I find in Christ and in those who share that same love , i find myself a truly blessed and appreciative person.

I wrote this after my oldest daughter’s visit.  I expressed to her how much i missed all my children. She reminded me the three younger ones, Abbey,  Madi & Olivia will age quickly and before we know it visiting will be easier.  Then we expressed to each other how much we missed the only boy in the family, my son Alexx,  who we will not see until we join his in Heaven, reunited with our Father.

In Christ,                                               Beetle 

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