because of God's love
 

 

A free daily devotional for women on God's love

with commentary and homework

The devotional, "God Loves You and Me," will consist of 60 daily devotions. Each day has a different theme about Godís love. The insights the Holy Spirit has given me are given before the Life Application part which is the homework. I use numerous Bible verses related to each dayís theme. Depending on the day, it should take from 4 to 12 minutes.

 

 

Bible devotions for women


Sacrifice - the cost of freedom

     As America is about to celebrate its Independence Day my thoughts turn to the many sacrifices people have made to make our country free. There were our founding fathers who sacrificed their well-being, their wealth, even their lives for our freedom. Our men and women are over in Afghanistan and Iraq as I write this, yes, to keep our country free but also to give their lives so others can have the freedom we cherish.  Some of you who visit this site are from another country, and I would imagine even if your country doesn’t have much freedom, you could still tell me some stories about the sacrifices people have made to bring freedom.

     Below is an email I wrote to my son in April 2004, who at the time was a Marine officer in Iraq.  This note exemplifies the cost of freedom.

I had no idea how many of your fellow Marines had been lost until I saw the “USA Today” newspaper article, on Friday.  You must be very saddened but proud of what all of you have given and accomplished in Iraq this month.  All of you were willing to give the ultimate, your lives, to protect each other.  All of you were willing to give the ultimate, your lives, for people who are your enemy and don’t even understand or want in some cases the freedom all of you are giving your lives for.  All of you exemplified what Christ did for us.  He died for us, when we were His enemies and not wanting or even understanding the freedom He had to offer. (Romans 5: 7-11)  I am proud of you! I am sure you exemplified “Semper Fi “ in every situation and did your best. You and your battalion have been an example to me, to live my life more fully for other Christians and for the lost. We Christians need to make “Semper Fi” our motto.   I love you son, Mom.

     Throughout the ages people have given their lives for another, and in many cases the underlining reason the sacrifice took place was for freedom.  They died so another could literally have the freedom to live free.  They sacrificed themselves so others could have the freedom to believe in what they felt was right and so on.

     An uncle of my husband’s was killed in WW2, on July 10, 1945.  I have a framed memorial that President Truman sent his parents after the war.  What it says beautifully articulates what a sacrifice it is for a person to give up their life for the freedom of others. 

He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.  Freedom lives, and through it, He lives - in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men!

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A women's free Bible study on God's love

with commentary, homework, and
audio devotions

When I first decided to do this study on God's love some years back, I was going to look up every Bible verse on love and go from there.  However the Holy Spirit made it very clear to me to write about God and what He has done for us.  This is because God’s actions scream of His love for us!

Course outline

insights for women about God

Are you a good fig or a bad fig (Jeremiah 24)?

Most of the words God’s prophets spoke in the Old Testament were words of warning.  The main theme these warnings took was, “Listen to God or you will be disciplined.”  Jeremiah the prophet heralded this theme greatly.  The background of the book of Jeremiah is:  The Northen Kingdom of Israel had gone into exile over one-hundred years before Jeremiah was written, as punishment for their appalling sins.  Judah, which was the Southern Kingdom, was now being taken captive by Babylon for the same reason.  Jeremiah was warning the people that if they wanted to live, they needed to heed God and go with the King of Babylon.  In other words, take discipline from God and live.  However, if they kept not listening which was what they normally did, they would die. (Hebrews 12:1-11)

"This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. He will escape with his life; he will live.' Jeremiah 38:2 (NIV)

In Jeremiah 24, God likens the people that listened to Him as very good figs, or the first figs to ripen.  These figs were excellent to eat and could be given to God for a sacrifice. (Nehemiah 11:35) The ones that didn’t listen were called very bad figs, or rotten and were unusable by God.

Are you a good fig or a bad one? Just to remind you, both types of figs (people) were being punished by God because of their sins. Yet, the good figs decided to finally listen to God and went into captivity and lived with Him in Babylon.

...God of Israel, says: 'Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:5-7 (NIV)

Do you listen to God? Or do you even read His Word so you can listen to Him? When God shows you a sin in your life do you listen to Him and confess it, or do you do what you want? Take it from the good figs - don’t keep fighting what God wants, listen to Him and be blessed, instead of listening to whoever or whatever you like and end up in a rotten fix.   Read Jeremiah 24-25:11 and 29.

Because of His love, Gini

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