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Longing for Eden

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I’ve come to long for Eden or even a small corner in the garden

To experience the paradise God created for man, here on Earth

It’s the reason why I love the outdoors

Places where I experience nature

So deeply I can feel it in my soul

Where I sense an intimate closeness with Him

I go to parks, beaches, waterfronts

And I take it all in

Only to return to the city with the thought that

It was meant to be this way

So I look forward to a new heaven and a new Earth

Because if He could create such beauty before

I can only imagine what it’ll be like when He does it again

And I’ll be ready

– Christie Jay


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You’re Already Loved

Jesus loves you.

It’s on keychains. Car window stickers. Greeting cards. All over. Jesus loves you, but do we really believe it. Do we know His love? Dwell in it? Welcome it? Believe in it? Jesus welcomes us to His love. Draw near to Him.

Imagine Jesus saying “Focus on Me. Come into My love”.

There are so many doctrines out there that are incorrect and/or flawed. They focus on behavior. They say be this way, be that way, don’t do this, don’t do that. If you don’t follow through, oh you’re all wrong. Their focus is off and it’s affecting the hearts and minds of other believers. Instead of bringing people closer to God, their message repels them away.

Remember how intimate God was with Adam and Eve in the garden? He walked with them and had conversations with them. They were so close. Even after they sinned against Him, He called out for them, covered them and all. His love was so present.

His love is still present.

I truly believe that God invites us into an intimate relationship with him. Desires it even. That we would know Him, His son, and His spirit. Have conversations with Him. Walk with Him. Include Him in all aspects of our life. A close and intimate relationship with our Father and friend.

Don’t worry about your flaws, having to get right first, the sins you’ve committed, anguish,  your fears, those who have failed you, the ways you feel you have failed, and whatever else. Seek a relationship with God. He loves YOU. You are loved. You are worthy of love.

HE LOVES YOU.

HE LOVES YOU.

HE LOVES YOU.

GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

Believe that.