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How Long is TOO Long?

How many times is too many times to forgive?  Sure, God’s grace and forgiveness lasts until we take our last breath, but it’s not eternal. If it were, that would mean that everyone would spend eternity in Heaven because His grace and mercy to all, would continue on.

But, in the after life, it will come down to me and Him, face to face.  He will say, “..well done, good and faithful servant,” or, “depart from Me, I never knew you.”  It’s the moment when He says, “Ok, what did you do with the grace, mercy and forgiveness that I extended to you?”  From that point on on, for eternity, you reap the answer to that question.  If you rejected it, He cuts you off from His grace and mercy.  If you lived your life loving and serving Him by extending the same grace, forgiveness and mercy to others, He welcomes you into His place where you will behold unimaginable treasures, riches, rewards, adventures, fun, joy… the Place  where His love continues.  This place is the pinnacle of His grace, the mountaintop.

So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

Because I know that I live to serve Him, I can’t wait to hear Him welcome me in.  From that point on, I will reap the eternal blessings of accepting His forgiveness and grace here on earth, in this life.

So, the original question….how long is too long for me?  When is enough, enough?   Yes, I have all of my life to offer all of this to someone.  It’s nothing compared to what God has done for me, I get that.  However, is there a point that what you have with someone dies?

I love, I have decided to continue loving, forgiving, trying, surrendering it to God.  But what if….after all that, it brings out the worst in you, what if you are lonely, what if it has held back your dreams, your potential….?

So, if I give continuous love, grace, and forgiveness to someone and they don’t accept or appreciate it, instead they squander it, they use it, they trample on it, what am I to do?

Should I be so bold to cut them off as He will do with those that have rejected Him?

This is the question of my life.

Need You Now (How Many Times) by Plumb:  The song of my heart at this time in my life. 

Surrounded by songs of deliverance,

Denise

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If He holds all my tears….

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…then how immense are God’s hands? When I look at the ocean in this picture, his hands are even bigger.

Tears. They flow through the tear ducts and run along my face.  It really doesn’t matter what provokes them.  They all look exactly the same and come from the same place, physically speaking.  But….tears don’t all come from the same place when I think about all the different reasons to cry.

Tears of joy:  I get a tingly, warm feeling in my core.  It almost tickles…. these tears refresh your eyes and spirit.

Tears from laughter:  These are closely related to joy.  Occurring involuntarily.  I think it’s one of God’s little gifts to us.  Your body cannot contain the emotion.  What sets off laughter, anyway?  It must start in the brain, but I feel it in my belly….

Tears of frustration: Those come almost without warning because you’ve held them back for so long….they taste hot.

Tears of sadness:  It depends….sadness for yourself comes from a different place, than sadness, or empathy for others.  I think sadness comes from a place of loss.  Mourning over something you will never get back.  These tears are heavy and painful; they come from a place that you don’t really touch often.

Tears of pain:  Physical pain…how does it help the actual pain when we cry?   Does it help release something?  It just seems to make you look like a “crybaby.”        Emotional pain…that’s different.  These kind of tears seem like they encompass your whole being….but sometimes I think that if you have endured enough emotional pain…your tears dry up.  That’s dangerous; how do you know you’re still alive?  I remember my Abuela, who I knew was very sensitive and wept easily, soon after her husband, my Abuelo passed away, asking her why she didn’t cry anymore.  She told me she was all dry…..the woman she once was passed away.  Will this happen to me, I ask?

But then, there’s God.

“You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.”  Psalm 56:8

He sees me.  He promises that “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5

I believe Him.  In this picture above is the ocean of my tears next to one of my songs of joy, my son, Andres.  Too many good things in my life.     But, I promise to love Him even if He was the only good thing in my life.   I pray that He breaks me and continues to make me new everyday.  My consolation is that the tears He allows, joys and sorrows, are all for my ultimate good and His glory. 

Surrounded by songs of deliverance,

Denise

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