Sunday, June 8, 2008

Perfect Love

"So why do I have so much fear in my life?"

"Because you don't believe. You don't know that we love you. The person who lives by her fears will not find freedom in my love... To the degree that (imagined) fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it; you talk about it, but you don't know it." Chapter 10 The Shack

(Imagine a man skipping rocks on a misty lake shore.)

There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear, for fear involves punishment, and the person who lives in fear has not been perfected in love.. ~I John:18 (Click on scripture verse for a word from Joyce Meyer on this topic.)

17 comments:

  1. hi!
    you are living in a paradise i guess.
    enjoyed the photographs and the blogg. pls do send your neighbourhood images :)

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  2. i mean post the images in the blog

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  3. What strong quotes Vee. Fear cripples us, fear is a love killer.

    - Suzanne

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  4. Perfect love does cast out fear if we believe what the Bible says but don't beat yourself up in thinking you should never 'feel' fear. It is what we do with it that matters and we never know until we are tested.
    more than anything it is what we do in spite of our fears. Courage is not being fearless but hanging in there in spite of them.

    Sermon over - I have an award for you on my b log Vee.

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  5. Good reminder of 1 John 4:18 ...fear is crippling.

    So are you finished reading the Shack? I'm waiting for your review. I've heard so many opinions...and I have yet to read the book (soon).

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  6. Judy, I am co-reading the book; one of us reads a chapter tonight and the other reads the next tomorrow. We both LOVE it. LOVE it! I think I am weeping my way through it, but I still LOVE it.

    Oh-oh, Barbara! I think that I am guilty of being too subtle again. If the scripture verse is clicked on, it'll take one to a Joyce Meyer essay on same. She sounds a lot like you! I'll add that piece of info now.

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  7. Hi Vee, I'm back!!! Lovely and thought provoking post today. I am soaking in the truth of the statement, "The person who lives by her fears will not find freedom in my love..." Thanks for the great reminder tat fear is bondage.

    I'll be in touch soon. Have a restful Sunday!

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  8. I just stumbled across your blog and saw that you are reading The Shack.
    I read The Shack too. It is very sad and makes you thankful for your family and God's protection! It made me think about how I take His love and protection for granted so much.

    Enjoy the rest of the book!

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  9. Fear can prevent a person from truly enjoying everything in and about life. Overcoming our fears, through whatever means, is probably one of life's greatest accomplishments. And it's so funny how wonderful a person feels after they've faced their fears head on, eh? It's amazing when we realize that we are not alone - in anything!

    Kari

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  10. Hi Vee,
    I am playing catch up. I really enjoyed going on your trips with you! What a beautiful area of the country you live in..
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  11. I needed that today. As we are facing a situation and do not know which way it will go. I am praying for God's wisdom that the right choice will be made....Hugs...Mary

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  12. Vee...I read The Shack...I found it quite interesting...lots of things to ponder...I found it encouraging and uplifting although fiction...

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  13. I just finished reading the Shack (I mean, JUST finished it about 45 minutes ago) What a powerful book. So much to think about. Great quote!

    Lorrie

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  14. Yes and amen! Those are profound thoughts... (I had to make a side trip to see what The Shack was all about.) Looks very interesting... I wrote a little about "being anxious" on another blog of mine (yes, I actually have 3 blogs) here. I basically had a spiritual "rant" (is that an oximoron?) But lack of trust in the Lord from those who claim to be His is so hard for me to understand. It seems I will have to look for this book..

    Hugs,
    Christi

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  15. Very insightful Vee. I imagine there a lot of wounded souls who can't trust enough to love or who confuse abuse with love.

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  16. Oh Vee I am so glad you are enjoying the book even if you are sobbing your way through it :] I can't imagine anyone not crying along with this character’s journey of his broken heart.

    I love the powerful statement that the story makes, about how much love and tender grace our Father shows us, when we allow Him to walk us through our "stuff"

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  17. Thank you for this. As one who frets, and worries, and sucuumbs to fears both nameless and named, I need these timely reminders.

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