God loves me? So what? He loves everyone.

My daughter once said this to me, “There is nothing special about God loving me, because He loves everyone.”

The thing is, however, that is a falsehood. It is not true that He loves everyone, because love is a verb. Therefore, He can only technically “love” (give His love to) those who have said yes to Him.

So when someone actually believes the good news and receives the salvation that He has spent thousands of years preparing . . . It is so thrilling to Him, that He and all of the angels rejoice over you!!! They throw a party!

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And once you have accepted the free gift of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, then our God is absolutely delighted in you. He delights in you — He loves you — because you have trusted Him. Your faith is so pleasing to Him. He could not be any happier with you; you are perfect in His eyes because of your faith. 

He is a God of deep emotion, and He is madly in love with you, if you have believed in the Gospel and received His Holy Spirit inside of you; we could almost say that He is infatuated with you.

Your belief in the Gospel pleases Him so much because it proves to Him that you have chosen Him, and no longer reject Him. Sadly, our Heavenly Father is quite familiar with rejection. He knows what it feels like to have His heart broken.

But we are not among those who have broken Him heart. Especially those of us who rest in His finished work on the Cross. We who have been set free from religion, are especially pleasing to Him because, now that we have entered the new covenant, we can grow to know Him and He can know us too, and that’s really all He cares about:  

a close, personal, intimate Relationship with you!!! ❤️

The Good News is so good!!! Let’s smile, and laugh and rejoice with Him today!  

MENTAL ILLNESS, ADDICTION, AND MY CHRISTIAN LIFE

Before I became a Christian at age 22, I had it easy. I had never truly experienced pain and suffering. After a fun and fulfilling childhood and then a parent-funded Bachelor degree, I was ready to embark on the journey called Adult Life.

Life wasn’t perfect, but BOY, had I been sheltered! I just had no way to fathom what the next three decades would bring my way. A life where sadness, neglect, emotional abuse, mental illness, drug addiction and suicide attempts would enter my life’s path. Basically . . .

“Your Worst Life Now” could become my anti-Joel-Osteen bestselling book.

Do I regret anything that has transpired? Do I wish I had taken a different path? Do I raise my fists in anger to God?

No Way!

Dang, I’m GLAD for the emotional muscles that God has built in me. I am thankful for the tribulations . . . really, in all honesty.

It’s not fun to go through difficult times, but it sure is worthwhile. And the reason is because Jesus has been there with me through it all. I had nowhere else to turn, so He literally became my ROCK.

Interviewing for a teaching position at a large homeschool co-op in 2014, I was extremely nervous that I did not possess the desired credentials. But this was a Christian ministry with their head on straight; the first question the panel asked me was, “What does Jesus mean to you?”

Are you serious!?

I immediately started bawling my head off!

Now THAT was a credential I possessed in excess. I began to tell the ladies how Jesus meant EVERYTHING to me; how He had held my hand through many difficult trials, and how I had learned to depend on and rely on Him alone.

Teaching at that co-op for the next five years, was fruitful and successful . . . in a spiritual way. To this day, I still get together with some of my ex-students, high school age, for coffee, chatting and a Bible Study (heavy on the chatting!)

My heart rejoices in the Lord! I am writing this post to testify that He gives us JOY in the midst of pain. It’s a heart-filling, overwhelming sense of peace, safety, security, love and acceptance. NOTHING is better than that.

Yes, my life is still difficult. We had another huge, terrible family emergency just four days ago; an event that could have been devastating . . . but that God had His hand in nonetheless: He works all things together for good.

Christian brother or sister, hang in there! Cry if you need to! Pray and yell and fret all you want to our Father God, He can handle it. Pour out your heart to Him at all times. Cast your cares upon Him.

For He cares for you. ❤️

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December 17, 2021

Christian Dream Interpretation — God shares the Gospel with a gay waiter — Part 1 of 3

Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Marina Commands $163M

Darren and Darryl were two gay guys that I once worked with at Café 66, the intracoastal restaurant located on the property of Pier 66, a 4-star-hotel and resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They were both waiters. Darren was my best friend at that job, but Darryl didn’t like me at all.

Darren accepted me because he too was a Christian, but Darryl gave me these intense, scowling stares during our staff meetings in the kitchen. Other than the creepy looks, Darryl avoided me. Except for the day of his dream.

Disturbed by a dream he had the previous night, Darryl went from employee to employee asking their opinion. Finally, he approached me. He told me the dream and then asked if I had any idea what it meant. I was honest and said no.

I worked as the Administrative Assistant to the restaurant’s Executive Director, Steve Silverman. A highly polished and manicured Jewish man who had a legendary reputation for having his secretaries quit on him. After I got hired, I heard this phrase numerous times from employees all over the resort, “Oh, you are Steve’s new secretary? He’s awful to work for! You’re not gonna last long.”

However, I lasted a year and a half; I seem to have a knack for getting along with difficult people. I did quit, but it was to pursue my Biblical education in another state.

My office was down in the basement, but on the day of Darryl’s dream, I was up in Café 66 filling in for an absent hostess. After I told him I had no idea what his dream meant, I went back to my station at the hostess stand . . . and prayed.

I said hesitatingly, “God, if you want to give me the interpretation of his dream, you know, that would be cool.”

And then suddenly, with an almost physical sensation of something being dropped on my head, the meaning of the dream was downloaded into my brain. It was clear. And it was flippin’ cool! God was preaching the gospel to Darryl!

So, I sheepishly walk over to Darryl. . . “Umm, this has never happened to me before, but like, God totally gave me the interpretation of your dream.”

In his dream, Darryl was driving a car. In the passenger seat was a toilet bowl filled with poop; it was raining out, and the steering wheel was shuddering. There were other details that I don’t remember (this happened almost 30 years ago), but the basic message was this:  “Darryl, you have sin in your life, and you are trying to control your life with your own effort, but you are headed for destruction and therefore God wants to save you, and be the One who ‘drives’ your life.”

Darryl was thoughtful, but unsure. He said “okay, thanks,” and then I walked back to my station.

About an hour later, he came up to me and said, “I finally figured it out! I ate pizza late last night, and the pizza is what gave me the weird dream!”

“Oh. Okay, thanks,” I said. But, of course, I didn’t believe that for a minute; I knew that God had preached the good news to him through that dream, hoping to save him. Hoping to give Daryl new life and to begin a relationship with him.

I believe God occasionally speaks to us through our dreams. And I believe that God Himself gives the interpretation. I was thankful to be used by God to give Darryl this message about sin and salvation, about death and life. It is now 30 years later, and who knows, maybe by the time of this writing, Darryl has surrendered to God, and been reborn with the life of Jesus Christ.

To be continued . . . Part 2 here.

Written April 18, 2020