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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

In this chapter we focus on God’s amazing and unconditional love for us. But it also asks us to reflect on our earthly father and how that relationship shaped our view of God. For me, my Dad was a provider. He worked long hard hours to make sure we had what we needed. But what he missed out on was being there for us. I learned many lessons of life on my own through trial and error. So for me to fathom knowing God is always there for me when I need Him is hard for me. I have always relied on myself to get things done and for the most part found myself in some jams because of it.

I know I can never fully understand God’s love for us. But I experience it by spending time focusing on how good He is and how He is always there for me. Even through the trials of life, God has been there and has restored me and gotten me through some difficult times. He blesses me and uses me for His purposes. But what always awes me the most is when He chases me when I drift away from Him. God has never given up on me even when I screw up.

God doesn’t have to love us, but He does. And nothing can separate that love He has for us.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39

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The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:15

This past week I met with 3 huge mentors in my life – Mark, Mike and Marty (haha..the three M’s). I really enjoy soaking in knowledge and wisdom from all of them because they are guys I have modeled my life after. Mark is just a solid husband and has really help me keep my life from going through major roller coasters by daily repentance and drawing close to God. I model my time with God after him as he spends every morning in prayer and in the word. Mike has given me that unconditional love and has stuck to me like glue. He believes in me and defends me and is always there when I need him. Marty is my example of a Godly leader and family man and I love talking ministry with him. We have a long history together and I look forward to serving alongside of him again in the future.

I’m blessed to have several guy friends my age that are solid in their relationship with the Lord to do life with. But these older Godly men are the ones who keep me on track and who I see as examples of how I want to live my life. I’m thankful for their love and accountability and to God for blessing me with their friendship.

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