Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

God Loves the World January 4, 2019

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Sometimes I don’t like the world, if I’m being honest. I get so frustrated with all the things that are wrong. I’ve especially been struggling this year with keeping a positive attitude and loving people.

Just being real here.

One day as I stood in my classroom waiting for my students to come I overheard student’s using Jesus’ name over and over. Not the first time. This seems to be more of a “thing” now. I have even heard middle schoolers do it. Let’s just say they aren’t praying or praising Him.

My heart breaks because these kids don’t know the power of Jesus name, what it really means. To them it’s a substitute for a swear word. I was even in Christian book store and my daughter told me later that a costumer got frustrated with an employee and whispered “Jesus” under her breath. Again, it didn’t sound like a prayer or a praise.

Anyway, back to my classroom (where I have also had a student tell me she is now transgender and I need to start calling her by her male name, yet she wears a skirt and full on make-up two weeks later…hmmm). I stood there wondering what is wrong with the world and these kids and Jesus whispered in my heart the most basic of all verses, John 3:16.  “I love the world. I love them.”

We brush over that verse, don’t we, I do? It was the first verse I ever memorized, probably like most of you, and now it seems cliché. Yet, it’s anything but.

God SO loved the word. God loved the world and He still does. He loves those kids that throw around his Son’s name, He loves them even though they don’t know Him. He loves the girl who is confused about her gender.

The question then becomes will I love them? Will you love them? Will we look at them with different eyes?

Instead of being judgmental and disgusted we need to see them the way our Father sees them. We need to remember we were once there too.

God loves the world. I see the world as the people, not the things we/they do, but the souls. He loves their souls and wants to save them. The crazy part is He uses us to do that, to reveal His Son.

How are we doing?


Not so good. I will even isolate myself so I don’t have to deal with people. This isn’t what Jesus would do. Yes, He withdrew to be with His Father, but He didn’t hide and I can find myself doing that. Ugh.

My prayer:

God so loved the world that included a broken little girl named Melissa. This caused Melissa to so love the world that she laid aside her own desires and thoughts and simply love the world too.

Feel free to replace my name with yours and see if that stirs something up in you.

Make 2019 the year we remember how much God loves the world and may we lean into that love and learn to love the world better.




All We Would Ever Need May 30, 2014

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cryOne morning I was eating breakfast and I heard my daughter yell “Mommy.”

As a mother you know when your child is hurt, I went running into the bathroom. I found her sitting on the floor with a huge scratch running down her calf. She somehow scratched herself with her toenail while she slept.

I quickly moved into action and got the Band-Aids down and some antibacterial ointment. After I finished bandaging her up she looked in the box and noticed there were no more Band-Aids, “Oh, mom we don’t have anymore Band-Aids.” 

I assured her I knew we needed more so I just purchased some the other day. Relief flooded her face. I am sure she knew she might need more in the near future…like most children 🙂

I thought about this conversation later and realized how we often say the same thing to God.

We get hurt, broken hearted, we fall into sin and when we finally fall to the ground and shout out, “My King!” He will come running. 

He knows His children’s voices better then we know our own, He knows when we are hurt.  He comes running and the King of Kings kneels down beside us and covers our hurts with more than bandages.

He covers them with His love, grace and mercy.  He unselfishly pours those things out over our hurts and our sins.

When He’s finished we might look up at him and say, “But Father, you used all you have, you couldn’t possible having anymore love for me the next time I am hurt or screw up.” 

He smiles down at you and says, “My child, I knew you would need more so I purchased all you would ever need, more then you could ever need.  The price was costly, but well worth it. The price was paid on the cross.  I have many more boxes of love, grace, and mercy for you. Just ask and I will come running.”

We never have to worry that He will run out of those things, He can’t, He won’t.  He knew we would need more so He purchased all we would ever need, that is our King!

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT

Have you felt that way, that you had to have used up all of God’s grace, mercy and love? Can you share a time He reminded you that He was all you needed?


Dating Like Airplanes by Caleb Breakey January 14, 2014

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Dating Like Airplanes

Why Just Fall in Love When You Can Fly?


Caleb Breakey

About the book:

You’ve done the online dating thing. You’ve gone on a hundred blind dates. You’ve stared slack-jawed at that gorgeous stranger in the coffee shop…and couldn’t think of a thing to say. You’ve scoured the Christian dating advice websites. And you’re ready to throw up your hands and be done with romance.

Does meeting your soul mate really need to be this hard?

Stop trying to fall in love, says Caleb Breakey, and start learning how to fly! Just like airplanes soar above the clouds, you can have a relationship that rises above the ordinary and doesn’t crash and burn. Caleb, breakout author of Called to Stay, traveled his own rocky road to romance, and he’ll tell you the truth about courtship and dating, finding your soul mate, and what it really means to pursue Christian relationships. Along the way, you’ll discover the greatest romance of all: the love that Christ pours out on you. This is Christian dating advice at its best!

My thoughts:

I wish I knew then what I knew now.

I wish I had been a Christian before I got married, I wish I had learned to fly a long time ago.

This book is for the single people out there that are tired of falling and getting hurt, or insecurity and want to be secure in themselves, in their relationships but mostly in Jesus.

Honestly I believe married people could get a lot out of this book as well. If you want to know how to have a healthy relationship you need to learn to fly. Basically it means showing Jesus to the one you love and helping them to show Jesus too.

Caleb has packed this book full of his own experiences and the experiences of others. I think this book could revolutionize the way people do relationships if they truly lived this out. Even in our friendships. If our goal was to always bring out the best on another person wouldn’t that change everything?

Do you need this book? Do you know someone who does? I highly recommend grabbing a copy and then learn how to fly.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.