Friday, October 23, 2009

Talk About A Wake Up Call

As some of my long time followers may remember, I am currently making my way through The Bible for the first time. Sure, I've read chapters from probably every book before, but I have never just sat down and read the whole thing from cover to cover. And that is exactly what I'm doing....and have been doing since February (it's a long book people!). I read the chapters in my Student Bible my grandparents gave me when I was a kid (it rocks by the way!) and then I read the summaries of every 3-4 chapters or so in another Bible I was given...just to make sure I have soaked up all of the important information. This Bible is called The Daily Walk Bible.

During yesterday's reading of the summary of Hosea 1-3, I stumbled upon, no...really it hit me right in the face like a sledgehammer, this section about God's love. Here is what it said:

Your Daily Walk:

Love it truly a "many-splendored"--and oft-mistaken--thing.

There's Because Love: "I love you because you're beautiful...because you're talented...because you make me feel special."

There's When Love: "I love you when you're good...when you're faithful...when you're obedient."

There's If Love: "I'll love you if you please me...if you don't hurt me..if you measure up to my expectations."

And then there's God's Love. He doesn't say, "I love you because," or "when," or "if." Rather, God simply says, "I love you, period." No conditions. No "fine print." No timetable.
The Daily Walk Bible, Hosea 1-3.


Way back when, I did a post all about why I loved my husband. You can view that post here. The title of that post was "I Love You Because..."


Holy cow. Talk about a wake up call.

It definitely makes me truly appreciate God's love for me and the fact that it is unconditional. He doesn't love me because I do anything. Thank goodness for that. He just love me. And I will spend the rest of my days trying to show that same kind of love to my husband. To love him not because of what he does...but just love him. Period.


Adorably Distracted... said...

awesome post!! I need to do that also. I've always wanted to sit and read the whole thing but I haven't actually done it yet :-(

That is so true though. It was an eye opener for me also!

Lucy Marie said...

Wake up call, indeed. How amazing that you're reading the entire bible. I have tried it before but I always fall off the wagon pretty quickly. Are you going straight from Genesis to Revelation or mixing it up?

Sonja said...

I love that you posted this. It's amazing that you're reading the entire thing :)It's awesome to find things so striking! Trust me there's MANY more to come! :)

That's a strong message as well! Very true. I should work on that I believe :)

New England Girl said...

This post is fantastic!! I loved your wake up call, as it served as one for me too! What a truly awesome message and reminder. Thank you for sharing! xoxo.

Lindsey said...

What a fabulous post, I needed this today!

Milltini said...

Wonderful post! An excellent reminder about unconditional love is always needed, thanks!

a H.I.T. said...

If only we always loved period.

A Journey Through the Waiting Game said...

I love God's wake up calls :)

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for reading through the whole bible!! Thats awesome! My hubby and I follow this read through the Bible in a year book marker. We have learned so much. My father is a pastor and he says he still reads through the bible yearly and learns something new and different every time!

Jenn said...

so true - i absolutely love this. thank you for sharing.

Brittany Ann said...

Amen sister! I totally relate.

Kristen said...

aww thank you so much for sharing! I love God's wake up calls!!

d.a.r. said...

I really needed to read this, thank you so much for touching my heart!

Lora said...

What a great post!

So glad I decided to visit your blog today. I found you at SITS.

Tasha said...

Great post! Thank you for sharing this!