Tag Archives: Love

To Love or Not to Love…that is the question

(To my sweet, dear roommate, I’m sorry, but I’m going to loving pick on you and our funny time this morning ;) It was times like these that always give me reason to laugh!)

This morning, I woke up to the wonderful and new “wildlife noise”–which is usually crickets and birds–of my roommate eating white cheddar cheese rice cakes… at 5:42 this morning.

“Sssshrirlgrrehlpkershhhkl…” The plastic wrapper wrinkled and crinkled as her hungry fingers dove into the bag, antiqued by the white chedder cheese powder.

“Chomp, chomp, chomp…crunch, crunch, crunch…chomp, crunch, chomp, crunch, chomp, crunch…” And then she swallowed, and she started again.

What would Jesus have done if he was woken up by a disciples eating something as loud as white cheddar cheese rice cakes on the morning of the Sermon on the Mount?  Would he have been angry?  Would he not even phased by it?  Would he say it was okay and that he didn’t mind, but actually hold a grudge?

It sounds like a super silly question, one not even worthy of being asked of Jesus.  In essence though, my question and every other question that we ever have boils down to one, root question: “Do I really have to love…always?”

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:7&8

“If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

1 Corinthians 13:2

To love or not to love always?… That is the question, but the answer is always, “Yes!  Love!”

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Be confidently you!

Do you ever feel scared to be fully who you are?

While in college, this is definitely something that I have struggled with!  It’s hard to explain but sometimes I feel as though I’m in a shell that I’m scared to come out of.

The other day, I heard this quote that really struck a chord with me.  I wish that I could remember it word for word but it went something like this:

The more that God is present within you, the more “you” that you will become. Since He created you and your personality, you will be the most true you whenever He is fully present within you.

In other words, since God is the one that created us, the larger that His presence is within us, we can be even more confident in the person that He created us to be.

“For am I now seeking the approval

of man, or of God?

Or am I still trying to please man?

If I were still trying to please man, I

would not

be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10

We are only servants of Christ when we truly believe Him and when His love fills us.  If you are like me, come out of your shell with me and learn that God created us exactly as we are with a purpose!  Be confident in knowing that and let His love fill you as you become more focused on God and His love and His glory rather than what mere, imperfect people may or may not think of you!

Be confidently you!

Be filled with God’s love :)

Summer Salute: A Summer of Love

Hello!  Please read my salute to this past summer.  It’s a thank you to YOU, my family, my friends, and my readers.  I love y’all!  Thanks for your continued support :)

http://sarahhollinger.com/2010/08/02/summer-salute-a-summer-of-love/

God bless,

Sarah :)

Buddy the Elf and Being Someone’s Faith

One of my favorite movies is Elf with Will Ferrell.  There’s a scene where Buddy follows his dad, “Papa Elf” into the workshop for Santa’s sleigh.  In this scene, Papa Elf tells Buddy that Santa’s sleigh runs with the help of a turbo engine.  “But Dad,” Buddy begins to ask, “I thought Santa’s sleigh was powered by Christmas cheer?”  And that’s when he saw it.  The “Claus-ometer” was running on zero.  Faith in Christmas was at an all-time low, and it was their job to figure out how to make the sleigh fly.

They tried securing another engine to the sleigh, but it fell off in mid-flight on Christmas Eve.  The sleigh was merely flying on fumes of Christmas spirit.  There was only way to get the sleigh to fly: to help others have faith in Christmas once more.

Do you ever feel like you are running off of fumes of your faith?  Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it seems impossible to have faith.  A bad thing may happen to you or a person that you know, and faith feels just outside of our grasp.

One of my best friends and I were talking about this last night, and he told me something that I will never forget.  “Sometimes,” he told me, “we have to be someone else’s faith for them.

Having faith is so much more than just believing in God and that Jesus died and rose again.  Having faith is remaining in the sincere confidence that God is faithful, too.  We stray; we lose our faith; we feel as though we have nothing left to give or receive, but God is also there.  He is faithful.

Faith in God is what rejuvenates us.  It’s the faith of those around us that inspire us.  It’s the faith of those around us–a simple way in which they remind us of God’s love–that picks us up again.  God is so good, but sometimes we just have to be reminded of that.

The same is true for others.  Just as we need others to have faith for us in our times of doubt, we also need to have faith for someone in their times of doubt.

Whenever you feel like you are running on the fumes of your former faith, take a moment to look up.  See all of those around you that are living in faith for you.  Be inspired.  Be filled with their faith.  Whenever those around you fall, don’t ever lose your faith in him or her.

Sometimes having faith also means being someone else’s faith.

Meredith Andrews- “Never Move On”

Meredith Andrews- "Never Move On"
What love is this
That love should die
Now I am His
And He is mine
What a love came down
To rescue me
Where I was bound
He set me free

I don't need a new truth
All I need is more of You

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on 

Held captive here
In awe of grace
Joy found in tears
Upon Your face
And all my shame 
Just disappears
My guilt erased
When I am here

I don't need a new truth
All I need is more of You

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on

Nothing in my hands I bring
Simply to Your cross I cling, I cling

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on

What would it take to radically share the gospel?

“They beat the apostles and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

Then they left the presence of the council,

REJOICING

that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.

And every day in the temple and from house to house,

they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

Acts 5:40-42

What would it take for us to rejoice in suffering for the name of Christ?

How can we learn to find honor in being counted WORTHY of such suffering on His behalf?

By the way that we live our lives, are we even worthy of suffering dishonor for His name?

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I read this passage again this morning, and it made me wonder, “Am I waiting for some event to happen in order for me to proclaim the Gospel from every rooftop? What am I waiting for?”

We can share the Gospel in between our friends and smile at the latest realizations we’ve had.  That’s great, but where is the daring courage to reach those that don’t know Him yet?

“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?”

Matthew 5:46

God has placed us on this earth to share His love with everyone around.  We should love them through living as an example of the love that Christ has for them.  Forget about our reward, but what others’ rewards.  Will you help them see their reward of heaven through believing?

The question for you today is this: “What would it take for me to love others through a contagious and compelling necessity to share the Gospel?”

What would it take for me to radically share the gospel?

“Satisfy me in the morning…”

Every morning when I walk into the kitchen, this little notecard greets me.  No matter if I am running out the door in a whirlwind or strolling in to make some coffee, this card is always there; it’s meaning is always the same.  This verse reminds us of something that can satisfy us in the morning for all of our days–that which can satisfy us for eternity.  More so than a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, it’s Christ’s love that satisfies us.

This morning, I pray that your day is filled with Sonshine, a shine that brightens your day regardless of the rain clouds outside your window.  Christ’s love, I pray, will fill you and satisfy you, giving you joy to sing and be glad!