The Greatest Romance

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“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;

to seek Him is the greatest adventure;

to find Him the greatest human achievement.”

– Augustine of Hippo

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Don’t miss the romance.

Don’t miss the adventure.

He has promised,

“If you seek Me,

you will find Me.” 

(Jeremiah 29:13)

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You’re not too old,

or too young,

or too busy,

or too “anything”…

This day, everyday,

is the day to fall in love,

to return, to remember,

to seek , and to find.

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“Every man’s life is a fairytale written by God’s own fingers.”

– Hans Christian Anderson

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“Your life

in Christ

can be

the greatest story ever told.”

-Avalon

S.O.S. Message in a Bottle #14

Message #14

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Read Romans 9:20

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bottle #14 01Then read and meditate on these:

  • 2 Cor. 4:7
  • 1 Cor. 6:19-20

You are a vessel made by God for this purpose and for His glory.

Like this bottle it is easier to clean the outside than the inside.

God is looking beyond the externals.

  • Pr. 4:23
  • 1 Sam. 16:7
  • Mt. 23:24-25
  • Lk. 11:37-40
  • Jn. 13:3-10

bottle #14 02He wants to make us beautiful and clean inside and out.

Meditate on these verses:

  • Is. 64:8
  • Is. 45:9
  • Jer. 18:6

bottle 14 #06Spend some time alone with the LORD; maybe go for a walk on the beach.  Talk with your Maker, your Potter, your Father.

Talk with Him about your body, your temple.  Ask Him to help you see yourself as He sees you.  (How have you quarreled with your maker; asking, “Why have you made me thus?”)

bottle #14 07Dedicate your vessel to the LORD how ever you feel lead.

Ask Him to clean you on the inside and outside.

Then head back to your room.  You’ll find special paper to write a message for your treasure hunt bottle.  (look between the mattresses on your bed)  Write whatever you want to Him:  a prayer, a list, whatever.

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After you finish this “message in a bottle”, maybe before you write your letter, consider washing your hands, soaking our feet, taking a hot shower,… some symbolic way  to be “baptized”, “cleansed”, “washed”.

Confess your sins and imagine the Lord Jesus washing your feet and washing all your sins away down the drain.  You are a new creature in Christ.

As you renew your dedication to Him, let Him “renew” YOU and fill you with new joy and abundant life.

S.O.S. Message in a Bottle #13

Message #13

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Read Psalm 139:16

Selah – stop and listen

 

Acts 17:26

consider the times and boundaries God has determined for your life

Selah – stop and listen

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Like a string, your life has a start, a determined length, and an end.

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bottle #13 03Add a string to your journal.  Then read the following verses…

  • 1 Peter 1:24
  • Psalm 39:4-5
  • Psalm 103:13-18 (love this chapter!)
  • Psalm 90

 

bottle #13 05Be still

Breath deeply

Listen

Talk your pulse

Be aware of this moment

and the breathe of life that God has placed in your “jar of clay”,

making you alive,

and His spirit in you, giving you eternal life.

S.O.S Message in a Bottle #12

Message #12

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Read 2 Corinthians 11:23-31

bottle 12 01As I read chapter 11, I can’t help feeling compassion and empathy for Paul, not just for the long list of hardships he suffered, but I wonder if he felt frustrated, lonely, or misunderstood.

He went through so much, yet spoke about his pain so little.  But, I wonder if there was a greater pain he felt in trying to follow his calling that was so frequently dismissed, undermined, and misrepresented by others.

  • see 2 Cor. 12:11
  • 1 Tim. 1:15
  • 1 Cor. 4:3-5
  • 1 Cor. 3:3-9
  • 1 Thes. 2:1-6
  • Phil. 1:17-20

 

Through all his hardships, Paul kept his eyes on the goal, and that focus kept his attitude afloat.

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Choose two pieces of sand fencing; then tie them together with a bit of string to make a cross.  (or you can look for your own broken pieces of fencing along the beach)

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Then read this…

  • Heb. 12:1-3
  • 1 Cor. 1:18
  • 1 Cor. 2:2
  • (from the words of Christ)  Mt. 16:24
  • James 1:12
  • Is. 50:6-7

Selah – stop and listen

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What hardship, stormy sea, or suffering are you facing?

What cross have you been asked to bear?

Do not be like a piece of drift wood (carried about by your emotions and circumstances); fix your eyes on the “lighthouse” of the cross (remember you purpose and calling).

Sorry, I could not fit a small piece of driftwood in this bottle for everyone, but feel free to pick up a piece along the beach and add it to your journal with tape and string. 

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After thought:  We are not floating around aimlessly like driftwood; we know our calling. We focus on the cross. And as we hold our ground even in an age of shifting sand, like fencing on an eroding shoreline, we are fulfilling a significant purpose that makes growth great stability possible for others.

S.O.S. Message in a Bottle #11

Message #11

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Read Psalm 91

meditate on v.4

Selah – stop and listen

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Read 1 Kings 8:6-7

skim the chapter to understand the context

(don’t miss v. 44-50 in light of Ps. 91)

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Then, read Luke 13:34 (see also Mt. 23:37); remember Jesus is speaking.

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  • Then in your heart, tie all these passages together with Isaiah 30:15-18
  • tape a feather into your journal
  • and write a prayer response to the LORD

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When I think of feathers, I also think of dreams taking flight.

Sometimes we have “small dreams”, not because they are not bold and ambitious, but rather, they are short sighted and temporal.  In contrast, God has “big dreams” for us that we sometimes dismiss because we see them through worldly eyes.  His dreams are God sized!  And you can be certain His dreams come true and are eternally significant.  (They also are fulfilling for those deep down longings of the heart.)

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