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A Love Like This: {Inspired Blogger Guest Post}

I am so excited to have Nikki of Simplystriving guest posting today!  Nikki is my February Inspired Blogger.  She has a contagious heart for the Lord.  I hope you will pop over to Nikki’s blog and say hello, if you haven’t already.

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The full moon hangs heavy on the horizon.  It burns amber, gleaming through the thin clouds trying to conceal its beauty. My breath escapes me as I wind around the lake, its reflection setting the water’s surface ablaze.  I’m completely captivated as I realize,

The very God that hung this moon
Whose hand spun it into orbit
is jealous for me.

The story in Exodus is still fresh in my mind.  The Israelites being led to the Promised Land.  They were God’s chosen people.  It seems understandable — Jehovah being jealous over idols they couldn’t give up.  And I breeze easily over the verses.

“You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.”  (Exodus 20:5 NLT)

Whenever I’m feeling too stubborn for my own skin, I think of them.  Of these people who were lavished upon.  Provided for.  Healed simply by asking.  Who were promised a better life.  Ones who saw God’s miraculous deeds daily.  Yet God had to swoon them to gain their love, to show them who He really was.  Yes.  Completely understandable.  I’d be jealous, too.

It was my reading the following day that stopped me dead in my tracks.

“You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about His relationship with you.” (Exodus 34:14 NLT)

I finally had to accept it. For God’s name, El Qanna, wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for all people.  For Israelites.  For Egyptians.  For you.  For me.  And my heart warms from another example.

Oh, how He loves us.
Passionately.

He desires us so much He gets jealous when something comes before our relationship with Him.  He wants us. Desperately.  I don’t know about you, but I kinda like it.  Being loved liked that.

Friends, I want to love Him like that.  For I need Him.  Desperately.  And I can spend this life, admiring the view, learning to love Him jealously.  Oh yes, He’s worthy of love like that.

So I ask myself:  Is anything obstructing me from the relationship He wants with me?  What are my idols?  I’m not a frilly girl.  I’m perfectly content with what I’ve been blessed with.  If He asked me to give up any possessions tomorrow, I can’t think of one I’d have a hard time handing over.

Except maybe…my mind travels down the list of possible suspects:

  • The internet/convenience
  • My family
  • Certain foods
  • The feeling of acceptance

My heart hurts to think I could be making my Redeemer jealous.
He deserves so much better than me.

But it’s me He wants.   And I’ll do what it takes to make sure He gets me.  I will keep striving to ensure He’s my first love. My top priority. I can love Him like that. Can you?

How about you?  Are you making Him jealous?  What idols are you harboring?  He deserves you, too.  Let’s strive to keep Him above all else together.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. And thank you, Barbie, for allowing me to share my heart here.  You bless me so.

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Nikki is a loved wife, blessed mom, mere child saved by grace who strives daily to live like she deserves it.  Before she was blessed with her role as a mother, her favorite jobs included teaching piano and working in interior design.  She has a hard time saying no to peanut butter and chocolate and if you meet for coffee, a chai tea latte will be in her cup.  She journals her thoughts on a blog titled Simplystriving.  There you will find her journey of seeking joy in the everyday while simply striving to become all that God has made her to be.  You can find her fun tips and tricks from decorating to time management on her Facebook Page. If you’d like to keep apprised of her daily comings and goings, you may follower her on Twitter.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Charina
    February 14, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Joining you in striving to keep Him above all else Nikki. Blessings!

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      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Thank you so much, Charina. Celebrating His love with you today ~ Blessings to you as well!

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    Aurie Good
    February 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Lovely words today – may I strive to make Him my top priority, for when I do, everything else falls into place. 

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      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

      So true, Aurie! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. : )

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    Nikki
    February 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for allowing me to spill my words on your lovely blog, Barbie! You bless me so. Happiest of Valentine’s Days to you, friend. Let’s love on Him like crazy!

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      Barbie
      February 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      It was my pleasure! Thank you for finding me in the blog world and being such a blessing to me!

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    bev
    February 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Beautiful Nikki!
     

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    Katie
    February 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Oh my, how it hurts us to make that list of idols.  But it is true that we put so many things first… and we needed this reminder today, sweet Nikki.  So glad to read your words today, friend.  🙂

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      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Katie! What an encouragement you are, friend!

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    Nikki
    February 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you so much, Bev! You warmed my heart… Blessings to you!

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    Nikki
    February 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you so much, Bev! You warmed my heart… Blessings to you!

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    charis
    February 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    beautiful post on the all-consuming love of God for us – He will not share us with any other.

     

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Charis! Such an extravagant love He offers each one of us. We are truly lavished upon!
      Blessings to you!
      All for Him,
      Nikki

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    Kerri Smith
    February 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    your words have just reinforced the message I heard at church Sunday morning about idols in our lives. it pains me to think that i have placed other things in front of my God. i join you in striving to put Him above everything else!

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      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      I’m so thrilled you’re joining me, Kerri! I still can’t grasp why we would put something in the way of the extravagant love He lavishes upon us. . . but am so thankful for grace and the ability to change it.
      What joy!

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    Positively Alene
    February 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Blessings friend – definitely inspiring and truth for sure. Hopping over to her blog now. What a blessing!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Hello, Alene! I love that I got to hear your sweet voice today : ) So fun.
      Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      February 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      You will love her, and her blog!

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    carissa
    February 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    beautiful Truth here.  thank you.

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      Nikki
      February 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Carissa.
      (and your blog is absolutely amazing!)

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    Anonymous
    February 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Wonderful insights, Nikki…oh, for God’s grace to fully surrender all of my heart to Him…to ask Him for forgiveness when I place anything or anyone before Him.  Hugs to you!  Thanks Barbie for hosting 🙂

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      Nikki
      February 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you, Dolly! Yes–such grace  He offers us. We are so spoiled 😉
      Hugs and love to you, friend!

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    Jennifer Camp
    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh, this is so good!  I so often need to be challenged here, asking Him to help me discern these idols of mine and uproot them, no hesitation!  Yes, I need Him desperately — and really, nothing —  nothing — else.  Thank you so  much, Nikki, for your beautiful heart partnering with Him here, as He goes after us.  I am so grateful!  

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      Jennifer Camp
      February 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

      And Barbie, I love, love your heart for lifting us all up, with Him, in community.  Thank you so much for gathering us all up with Nikki, here, dear friend.

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        Nikki
        February 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

         Isn’t Barbie wonderful?! I love her selfless heart. . . and am so blessed by her. 😉

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          Barbie
          February 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

          I love you my friend!

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      Nikki
      February 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

       Thank you so much, Jennifer, for your kind words. I’m encouraged by you and your passion to serve Him above all else! 

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