Thursday, March 12, 2009

End Times

I have a favorite scripture that I have often claimed as my life verse. I was wondering if it might be your favorite too.

Psalm 27:4 "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple."

This is a verse that I am so dedicated to that I want to leave it behind for others to ponder. Perhaps they will be final words drafted on my tombstone. Words that proclaim the deepest desire of my heart. 

Perhaps the words will soften a heart and draw another into a deeper place in God. Perhaps it will stir a hunger for someone else to behold His beauty as it has mine.

And though this verse remains a testimony from the vault of my heart, I have a new dream for my epithet. I want them to be able to put "She Loved Well" on my stone someday. 

The greatest commandments, Jesus said, are to LOVE the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and mind and LOVE your neighbor as yourself. 

God is love..........yes, He is. I can testify of His unconditional, steadfast, and wonderful love for me. So I have been resting near His heart waiting for His love to flow in me and through me knowing I am bankrupt. 

I have had many ambitions for my life. I have sought to achieve so many things.........

I want to be the best wife Scotty could ever have.

I want to be the best mother in the world for my kids.

I want to minister the gospel powerfully and effectively. 

I want to serve the Lord with a glad heart.

I want to testify of His greatness.

And so I pray that a trail of goodness and mercy will follow me.

I want it to be said of me "she lived well" but more than that I want it said of me "She Loved Well".

So I pray that the Lord will help me love Him more and I petition Him for grace to love others well. 

For so long I have sought to be loved well, today my focus has turned.   

Loving God so that others know that I am crazy about Him. Making it obvious that He is my everything! My life testifying to the fact that He is the air I breathe........

And loving others by demonstrating His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control by the way He touches their lives through me.
Loving the unbeliever and the believer alike. Loving unconditionally, wholeheartedly, and respectfully. Becoming a willing servant, willing to pick up the towel or the cross for another.

I expect this new aspiration will be life changing. I will be called to bow when I want to be regarded. I will have to minister when I long for rest. I will have to be patient when all I want to do is scream. I will have to pray when I would rather pounce. 

But there is a joy that is set before me.........and it has to do with a legacy........

Let it be said of me, "She Loved Well".



Paula (SweetPea) said...

Beautiful post, Cheri. Just like you!!!

Laura said...

Loving well. A worthy life goal! Forgive me, Cheri...I think you are already there! Your words of love lift my spirits and give me fresh perspective every time I visit:)

I haven't been writing much lately, under the weather with a cold. Amazing how these things get me down! Hope to get back into things soon.

Love you,


Joyful said...

You do more than love love with excellence, live with excellence, follow Christ with a passion, pray effectually and are a seeker of His heart.

Beholding His beauty in you,

Rick said...

Phil. 1:6