God Placed You in My Life

God decided when and where we would be born...family, nationality, time in history
Celebrating birthdays is a way of saying, "I'm glad you were born. I'm glad God chose to make you part of my life.”

No matter the circumstances of our birth, God knew us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139). He planned our time in history, our family, and nationality (Acts 17:24-28). He gave us individual purposes (Ephesians 2:10).

Celebrating birthdays affirms God's choices.

This month (July 2017), I’m celebrating two birthdays. 

I turned 66, and I’m grateful for the Lord’s love, patience, and discipline. I'm grateful for all the good things I've experienced and all the hardships (Hebrews 12:7-11). All of these have helped me grow (Romans 8:28).

And I'm celebrating another birthday. 

Six years ago this month, I started Bible Love Notes because I was struggling through a great sorrow in my life. I knew I wouldn’t survive without daily immersion in God’s Word. 

So this month I'm celebrating all of you who read Bible Love Notes. I’m glad God chose you to be part of my life! 
God decided when and where we would be born...family, nationality, time in history

The Biblical View of Abortion

The Biblical View of Abortion
I’ve heard folks say abortion isn’t mentioned in Scripture.

True enough. 

God doesn’t mention every possible method of murder. But He commands us not to murder (Exodus 20:13; Psalm 106:37-38).

Sadly, abortion has three victims – mother, father, and child.

Moms are especially vulnerable. Abortion kills their child and wounds something in their mother’s heart.

Some try to ignore it, but it eventually catches up with them. The only women who don’t experience grief are those who have seared their consciences. 

Normally, the sin of abortion follows the sin of sex outside of marriage. We humans are good at trying to solve one sin by committing another.

No, God doesn’t specifically mention abortion in Scripture, but it’s clear from His design, His purposes, His values, and His character that it’s wrong. It not only kills an innocent child; it's destructive to the parents' souls.
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See "What Scripture Says About Abortion" for specific Scriptures.

Note: If you’ve had an abortion, I encourage you to seek godly counsel and work through the death of your child and the feeling of death in your soul. God thoroughly forgives and restores, but most women need someone who understands to help them through that process Biblically. These articles might be a good start:
Biblical Encouragement for Women Healing from Abortion
Healing Abortion’s Guilt
Fathers Regret Abortion
The Biblical View of Abortion

7 Truths From 1 John

7 Truths From 1 John
One of John's favorite words appears to be "truth." And since his writing is inspired, we know truth is also one of God's favorite words.

1. 1 John 1:6 
Genuine fellowship with Christ requires walking in the light of truth.

2. 1 John 1:8 
Those who deny or excuse their sins can't walk in truth. (See "Calling God a Liar.")

3. 1 John 2:4 
Those who claim to know Christ but disobey His commands have no truth in their souls.

4. 1 John 2:7-11  and 1 John 3:18-19
Those who walk in truth prove it by loving others with actions, not simply with words.

5. 1 John 2:20-21 
Those who have God’s Spirit know the difference between truth and lies.

6. 1 John 4:6 
Those who refuse to listen to God's truth are deceived by a spirit of falsehood.

7. 1 John 5:6 
The Spirit of truth confirms Christ's testimony to us. 

Truth is something we walk, talk, think, know, and share. Let's ask God to make "truth" one of our favorite words too.
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A good comparison for this devotion is 6 Types of Liars Identified in 1 John.
7 Truths From 1 John

Did God Really Say That About Hair? Yes!

Did God Really Say That About Hair? Yes! - Matthew 10:29-31
Recently I had my hair cut, and afterward I decided to do some research on hair.

I discovered that:
  1. 90% of the hair on our heads is growing; 10% is resting.
  2. We average 100,000 hairs on our head, approximately 1000 per square inch of scalp.
  3. Blondes may not have more fun, but natural blondes have more hair than people with other colors.
  4. Hair grows faster than any other body tissue, except bone marrow.
  5. The average life of a hair is 4-7 years.
Hair is pretty amazing, but the most amazing fact about hair is the Scripture passage that talks about hair in regard to God's knowledge and love for us: 

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

Imagine a God who knows us that intimately!
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath
Hair Facts

Have you read about the time a dermatologist told me I might lose all of my hair? Read it HERE.
Did God Really Say That About Hair? Yes! - Matthew 10:29-31

Don't Sit in the Prison Cell of Self-Pity

The Prison Cell of Self-Pity and How to Get Out
Self-pity is a prison cell.

Recently a woman emailed to tell me I was a "fraud" and my devotion “Open Wide Your Mouth” was a lie.

In rude, angry, bitter words she listed her problems, insisting God doesn't answer prayer.

I wrote back, told her I was sorry about her difficulties, assured her God wanted to help, and told her I’d pray for her. I also told her she’d need to give up her anger and bitterness to make room for God's salvation and comfort. 

When she replied with angry profanity, I realized she was quite committed to staying in her prison cell of self-pity.

At times, I’ve chosen that cell myself.

But it’s not mistreatment or difficulty that puts us there.

Cells of self-pity are locked from the inside. 

The key is always available and bears this inscription: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23).

Self-pity is self-imprisonment. Let's not go there!
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Today's Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion will help you identify the cause and effects of self-pity so you can avoid it.  
Don't Sit in the Prison Cell of Self-Pity
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