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God's Love-Lens {Giveaway}

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Casual Conversations is for God to use my writings as His vessel to deepen women's faith in Him. Women will receive and grow in His Love and His Faithfulness.

God's Love-Lens {Giveaway}

Michele Oleary

"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things." Romans 2:1 (NIV)

There she sat on the throne of judgment which blinded her thoughts. Blinded the love-truth from the "Truther of love."

The plank was an obstruction buried deep within her soul. She was too blind to see it, feel it, and own it due to her plank-judgment. 

How could she remove judgment or understand true love or dig it out when she sat on a throne of "know it all?"

With a broken, weeping heart, I have to share that "she" was me.

Honestly, I didn't want to remove that plank most of the time. It was too much work, and I was too busy to mess with it or deal with it. 

Plus, too much time had marched on. There was too much "water under the bridge."

So, I thought.

A precious daughter of God's suffers from depression in my family. Deep battle wounds of suffering shackles her to a prison cell of the spirit of Darkness himself. Years and years of pain, torture, and choices have broken the spirit and shut her down. She feels she is not worthy to go further in life. She feels her life doesn't matter anymore. 

Unseen

Unworthy

Unloved

Not Enough

Sadly, and now full of shame, I poured these emotions on her at times. I did. I sat and looked at her with judging eyes. 

Eyes and a heart that questioned her motives. 

Eyes and heart thrusting distrust and disbelief towards her. Oh, the "drama."

I couldn't see her as a love-child of our Daddy due to my own eyes and heart that was blinded by the plank stuck deep within my soul.

Eyes and heart which held a magnifying glass and zoomed in on the disease and not the beautiful, hurting, crying out God's girl she is, you see. 

Sister.

Judgment kills the souls of others. Ones who are loved just as much by our Father.

Shame pouring by judging shuts our Father's precious children down.

In my Freedom-Journey with my Christ-Freedom, he has been moving me through seas of dysfunction in my life. Waves have been crashing around me as he carries me through areas of life that need a forever washing away by his saving grace of Judgement-Freedom. 

Our Cross-Freedom lovingly took my heart, walked me through the paths of souls hurting and in torment. He reminded me he saved me from my shackles of awfulness and unwantedness. He whispered so gently and said, "I love you, my precious child, why can't you see I love all others the same way? They are as important as you. They are important to me."

Jesus knelt down as he grabbed some of his brown creation, spit in his love-hand, made a holy paste and placed it on my eyes. 

Oh, freedom of my heart, soul, and thoughts.

Life.

I have a fresh pair of eyes. Freedom-Eyes from the Cross-Freedom.

Judge-Freedom set me free to love fully due to his love. 

His Love-Fullness set me free.

A revelation and revolution took place. The liberty bell rang.

Christ-Liberation in freedom we stand.

Cross-Freedom freed me from sinking sand of misunderstanding and preconceptions.

Why is it so hard to love people who are hurting? Why does fear drive a wedge between love-seeing and understanding? 

Loving all types of people heals and sets all of us free.

His Balm-Love and Holy-Water will place love-eyes over all of God's children.

"He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds." Psalm 147:3 (MSG)

Love from the Above-Love heals all. 

True love-seeing is the prescription I desire daily. 

Walk in daily.

Seek daily.

Need daily. 

Daily Love from the Above-Love to freely love and see all his "loves."

His Grace-Love.

Friends, the liar doesn't want us to love the ones whom the world has placed and poured shame over due to mental illness. Oh, the tabu topic. The Liar wants to stall out and eventually blow-out their purpose-light from the Light.

Let's stand bold, hand-in-hand, together as God's girls and break the chains of judgment towards our sisters and brothers who are suffering due to shame. 

Let love pour out from you and me.

Christ's forever-love will set us all forever free.

"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)

***Let's start a conversation. Let's talk together about the topic of depression, anxiety, and the shame others and our country place on those who suffer.***

Related:

"More Than Small Talk"

"When You Can Not Pray It Away" by Jennifer Renee Watson

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