Devotion: Love

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT LOVE
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19-20

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

A MESSAGE FROM ‘ALL ABOUT GOD

God is Love: How do we Define Love?
“God is Love”, but how do we define it? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as “an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties”. Often this “intense affection” stems from a sexual attraction for that other person. We love other people, or we say we love other people, when we are attracted to them and when they make us feel good. Notice that a key phrase in the dictionary definition of love is the phrase “based on”. This phrase implies that we love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a condition that we require before we can love them. How many times have you heard or said, “I love you because you are cute;” or “I love you because you take good care of me;” or “I love you because you are fun to be with”?

Our love is not only conditional, it is also mercurial. We love based on feelings and emotions that can change from one moment to the next. The divorce rate is extremely high in today’s society because husbands and wives supposedly stop loving one another-or they “fall out of love”. They may go through a rough patch in their marriage, and they no longer “feel” love for their spouse, so they call it quits. Evidently, their marriage vow of “till death do us part” means they can part at the death of their love for their spouse rather than at their physical death.

Can anyone really comprehend “unconditional” love? It seems the love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God’s love in our lives. We continue to love our children through good times and bad, and we don’t stop loving them if they don’t meet the expectations we may have for them. We make a choice to love our children even when we consider them unlovable; our love doesn’t stop when we don’t “feel” love for them. This is similar to God’s love for us, but as we shall see, God’s love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to comprehend.

God is Love: How does God Define Love?
The Bible tells us that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). But how can we even begin to understand that truth? There are many passages in the Bible that give us God’s definition of love. The most well known verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” So one way God defines love is in the act of giving. However, what God gave (or should we say, “who” God gave) was not a mere gift-wrapped present; God sacrificed His only Son so that we, who put our faith in His Son, will not spend eternity separated from Him. This is an amazing love, because we are the ones who choose to be separated from God through our own sin, yet it’s God who mends the separation through His intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept His gift.

Another great verse about God’s love is found in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In this verse and in John 3:16, we find no conditions placed on God’s love for us. God doesn’t say, “as soon as you clean up your act, I’ll love you; ” nor does He say, “I’ll sacrifice my Son if you promise to love Me.” In fact, in Romans 5:8, we find just the opposite. God wants us to know that His love is unconditional, so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were still unlovable sinners. We didn’t have to get clean, and we didn’t have to make any promises to God before we could experience His love. His love for us has always existed, and because of that, He did all the giving and sacrificing long before we were even aware that we needed His love.

God is Love: It’s Unconditional
God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.

God is Love: How Should we Define Love?
When the Scriptures say, “God is love,” they aren’t telling us that God is some nebulous, warm fuzzy feeling of love. The writers who penned the scriptures weren’t saying that in our limited form of human love we will find God. Not at all — in fact, when we read that God is love in the Bible, this means that God defines love. And when we say that God defines love, we don’t mean that He defines it like Webster might define something — we mean that God is the very definition of love itself. There is no such thing as love without God. As hard as we might try, we cannot define love outside of knowing God. This essentially means that our human definition of love is false.

God is the Creator of all things, and by His very nature, He is love. God says love is unconditional and sacrificial, and it’s not based on feelings; therefore, love is not an “intense affection… based on familial or personal ties”. To understand what true love is and to be able to truly love others, we must know God, and we can do this through a close personal relationship with Him. We can have that close relationship with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ, who was God’s sacrifice of love for us.

God is Love: True Love Only Comes Through a Relationship With Him
God is Love! As such, true love — God’s love — can be summed up in this passage of scripture: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” (1 John 4:7-11)

If you want to know this love – true love — get to know God. He is ready to pour out His love on you, and He wants to teach you how to love others as He loves you.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

Love is stronger than death. – Robert Fulghum

Then I despair… I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. – Andre Malraux

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! – Victor Hugo

As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love. – Selected

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. – G. K. Chesterton

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible / it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. – Barbara De Angelis

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved. – Author Unknown

The love you take is equal to the love you make. – The Beatles

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

G. I. Christian?

Recently, we read an article about this subject with all the hype surrounding the new G. I. Joe: Rise of Cobra movie and think that it’s absolutely true. Just like Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes and the rest of the G. I.’s are in a constant battle against COBRA so are we in a constant battle everyday against the supernatural enemy, Satan.

And even if some of us aren’t into all of the bomb exploding and heavy duty fighting that goes on in wars, anyone would admit that there’s something interesting to see when people are fighting for a good cause. And it doesn’t just have to be in wars, people fight everyday for good causes – like helping the homeless or making sure that orphans get loving homes and families or working everyday to find cures for leukemia. So, in a different sense, all of us are soldiers – loyal and fighting for different causes.

As Christians, we also are in an army and must fight everyday to win. The day that we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives, we were also enlisted into His army and we must be faithful in carrying out His commands. No, as Christian kid G. I.’s we don’t have to use nanotechnology and go on a mad dash across all of France to save the lovely Eiffel Tower from warheads (though, that would be super cool to do) but it is our job to be loyal to Christ and to witness to as many people as possible.

And we can’t take our commands and be lousy with them, we have to take them seriously unless we’ll miss the chance to be a victor for Jesus and earn glittering crowns. Don’t get distracted by worldy idols or evil temptations, be strong and full of courage and never ever afraid. Good G. I.’s are always ready to go, always ready for a battle, and fully prepared whenever they are called on a mission. And as Christians, we have God’s Word to help and protect us and most of all we’ve got the power of God Himself living inside us through the Holy Spirit.

So G.I. Christian…soldier up and get ready for action!

Good to Be Back On!

We know we haven’t posted for quite awhile now but it is most certainly good to be back on our blog. This summer has already been quite exciting, we’ve had two birthdays and seen lots of movies, plus two of us (which would be Danae’ and Danita) are getting braces – it is really cool! and we all, or atleast three of us out of the four have new glasses. Super splendid matching ones! We’ve also been studying hard for the Fall when school starts back again and we’re continually coming up with new ideas for The Adventures of Lilly!

We know this adventure book must be taking the longest of times to get finished, even our dad jokes us about that, but it is shaping up really good! and we’re very excited about it and can’t wait to get into your hands. Plus! we had another book out this summer with our brothers and older sister in appreciation of our father called Dear Papa (check out the website here). Our dad is really the greatest dad in all the world – we’ve already had soooooooo many good times together this year.

And besides all that is going on in our lives we’re also excited about all that is taking place in the world. Peter Jackson and del Toro down in NZ seem to be making some headway on The Hobbit films and The Dawn Treader has also started filming in the wonderful land of the Aussies. Since watching movies together with our family is one of our favorite past times, we keep up on all most all of the movie news. We really love to see the talent and imagination and colorful genius that God has given to movie makers to bring fantastical worlds to our Earth. It is really something to think about – the silver screen is pure gold when a good movie with awesome actors and an imaginative director touch it. We are also excited about the brand new Alice in Wonderland film by Burton and Disney that is due to hit theaters next year – that day is a very important date indeed! Watch the trailer below if you haven’t alread seen it (purely splendid!) and we’re signing off for now!

Tootles and God bless!!!!!!!!!

“…We are the music makers…”

We stayed up last night and were looking at music videos. We ended up seeing two really cool ones, we’ve known about the bands, of course, but this is our first time seeing these two videos from Switchfoot and Newsboys. They’re really great so watch them below and we’re looking forward to hearing them both again on the Coconut Hut Radio Show tomorrow.

What If We Were…????

Just for fun we were on the computer and looked up on a name generator site what our names would be if we were a pirate, princess, superhero, spring fairy, villianess, teddy bear, angel, or hobbit!!! The results are below, some are really good – others are pretty weird.

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Angel Name
Danyelle Whyte – Gavreel the Angel of Peace
Daniqua Whyte – Gazardiel the Angel of New Beginnings
Danae Whyte – Kakabel the Angel of the Moon
Danita Whyte – Chamuel the Angel of Tolerance

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Hobbit Name – We’re part of the Took family in Middle Earth. Three cheers for Pip!
Danyelle Whyte – Ruby Took
Daniqua Whyte – Prisca Took
Danae Whyte – Donnamira Took
Danita Whyte – Mimosa Took

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Teddy Bear Name
Danyelle Whyte – Snuggly Baby Bear
Daniqua Whyte – Loveable Baby Bear
Danae Whyte – Dainty Baby Bear
Danita Whyte – Snuggly Baby Bear

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Villainess Name
Danyelle Whyte – The Red Ogress
Daniqua Whyte – The Poisonous Ogress
Danae Whyte – The Ill-Mannered Ogress
Danita Whyte – The Festering Ogress

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Spring Fairy Name
Danyelle Whyte – Snowdrop Garden-Spirit
Daniqua Whyte – Cosmos Garden-Spirit
Danae Whyte – Rosebud Garden-Spirit
Danita Whyte – Rosebud Garden-Spirit

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Superhero Name
Danyelle Whyte – The Radioactive Liberator
Daniqua Whyte – The Irresistible Liberator
Danae Whyte – The Illustrious Liberator
Danita Whyte – The Charismatic Liberator

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Pirate Name
Danyelle Whyte – Captain Limp Beard of the pirate ship Playboy Bunny
Daniqua Whyte – Captain Pea Green Beard of the pirate ship Playboy Bunny
Danae Whyte – Captain Pea Green Beard of the pirate ship Playboy Bunny
Danita Whyte – Captain Moldy Beard of the pirate ship Playboy Bunny

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Princess Names
Danita the Happy
Danae the Charitable
Daniqua the Saintly
Danyelle the Glorious

Beautiful Photography!!!

Hi again. As you know, we really love beautiful photography and artwork, so below are some of our favorites of silhouette photography from Smashing Magazine. Hope you enjoy!

Got Energy?

Got Energy?

Biking

Biking

The Bridge

The Bridge

Butterfly Flight

Butterfly Flight

Semi Sunset

Semi Sunset

Spirit

Spirit

India

India

Mothers Choose Life

Mothers Choose Life

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Sun

Sun

Night Tree

Night Tree

The Ocean in Air

The Ocean in Air

God’s Ways vs. World’s Ways

Here is a devotion that we came across by M. S. Lowndes, we hope you enjoy reading it and that it encourages you to walk with God always. In the end, we all do know that God’s Way is the absolute best!!!

Read: Psalm 1

Our delight as Christians is in knowing God and walking in His ways – firmly grounded in His word.

It is not the way of the Lord to live in the counsel of the ungodly – following their advice. In other words, we don’t listen to what the world says we should do, but we do what God’s word says to do. We don’t stand in the path where sinners walk. In other words, we don’t walk down the path they are walking, coming under their influence. We don’t sit down to rest where the scornful and mockers gather – to be seen as like-minded with them.

God’s ways are so different to the world’s ways. The times we live in today are hard. There is so much the world is telling us that seems all right on the surface – but it’s lies masked as truth. We need to pray that God would show us the truth amongst it all – seeking His counsel in it.

As we continue to live by God’s word, we shall be like a tree firmly planted by streams. We shall be nourished and refreshed, always producing fruit in season. God blesses our stand for Him. No matter what the ungodly say or do, as we stand for Jesus and the truth of God’s word – we shall be blessed.

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