Christian Living

Learning to Love: “Loving Myself as Jesus Loves Me”

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In learning how to love, I must learn to love myself as Jesus loves me.  Mark 12:31 commands us to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news first.  In your greatest moment of glory; at the height of your accomplishment; in your moments of triumph, God doesn’t think as highly of you as you think of yourself. (Romans 3:23) Now, the good news.  In your deepest depression; in the depth of your sadness; in the lowest of your lows, God doesn’t think as lowly of you as you […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: God’s Love Story – Pt. 15

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I was speaking with Pete this morning about how to end our 14-blog-post saga (but not our relationship).  I wondered how you end something that has just started.  He said something so poignant that I invited him to write the blog post.  He judiciously said I was doing such a good job of telling our story that I should conclude it.  I say, it’s always easier to direct from the side than to write the script.  Anyway, his big takeaway from it all is that we never know from day-to-day where God will lead our lives.  And it’s so very […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 13

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I’m interested in the idea of beginnings.  If you read the start of the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you’ll notice that they each start differently, even though they all endeavor to tell the same story. It makes me wonder what’s significant about a story’s beginning. Very early on in our relationship, Peter and I knew we wanted to live our lives together.  We knew we wanted to have fun, share our difficult moments and serve God together.  That was our beginning.  For us, getting engaged was significant, yes, but also a formality.  We already knew we […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 8

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One day, as I was talking to Peter, he said some words that were pivotal in our relationship.  Pivotal, because they confirmed to me that God had truly been working behind the scenes in our story. In the middle of a conversation, almost out of nowhere, Peter said, Rachel, I just want you to know that I’d be willing to go wherever God led me to go – even if that meant going to live or work in another country.  If God told me to go work in an orphanage somewhere, I’d be happy to go do that.  I want […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 7

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As the days passed by, I began to talk to Peter more and more.  He was becoming a bigger part of my day and my life…and this scared me…a lot!  I was scared of getting too close to him.  I was scared of this very new relationship developing so quickly.  This was because in a relatively short period of time, we had become quite close friends, although at such a long distance. Among his friends in Australia, he was becoming known as being only half available.  He was there in body, but his fingers were flying fast as he constantly […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 6

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I was learning to practice the art of being still in my spiritual and emotional life.  It meant different things in different situations, but overall, I understood it to mean never moving ahead of God – not being led to make decisions based off of emotions alone because feelings are not the same as faith. The day after Peter and I hung out, he returned to Australia.  Knowing his flight was long and drawn out, I waited for almost a day to see if I heard word – a text or a FB update.  I wondered how he was.  Finally, […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 5

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Before Australia was on my radar, I was beginning my third academic year running the Office of Communications at a University in the Middle East.  I loved my job.  It was where I found purpose.  I lived off of the buzz of energy generated by my work.  However, due to a series of events, I was beginning to feel that God was moving my life in a different direction.  I felt I should go back home to the US, however, I was very invested in the University, the country and the people.  I was invested in my work and in […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 4

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I woke up the next day wondering where I could take Peter.  Knowing he’s a librarian, I settled on the Harold Washington Library, and I decided to let us figure out the rest. I opened my phone to check the time.  In checking the time, I also saw the date.  It hadn’t registered to me before, but providentially, it just so happened to be February 14, Valentine’s Day.  Oh no!  I thought to myself.  How awkward to go out with this guy that I barely knew on Valentine’s Day.  My mind quickly tried to think of how to downplay all […]

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