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Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you!
Using the same popular format as Grace for the Moment, Live Loved brings fresh, new devotionals based on the writings of Max Lucado. Included is a broad range of topics such as facing your fears, accepting His grace, and truly knowing God’s omnipresent love. Each devotional is accompanied by an ending prayer to nurture a stronger prayer life for new believers, as well as long-standing Christ followers. It’s a new...
Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you!
Using the same popular format as Grace for the Moment, Live Loved brings fresh, new devotionals based on the writings of Max Lucado. Included is a broad range of topics such as facing your fears, accepting His grace, and truly knowing God’s omnipresent love. Each devotional is accompanied by an ending prayer to nurture a stronger prayer life for new believers, as well as long-standing Christ followers. It’s a new devotional from one of America's leading Christian writers that will help men and women experience life from a whole new perspective.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23 RSV
Loved with a Steadfast Love
Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. "He [God] has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones" (Lamentations 3:4 RSV).
His body ached. His heart was sick. His faith was puny.... He realized how fast he was sinking, so he shifted his gaze. "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him'" (vv. 21–24 RSV).
"But this I call to mind ..." Depressed, Jeremiah altered his thoughts, shifted his attention. He turned his eyes away from his stormy world and looked into the wonder of God. He quickly recited a quintet of promises. (I can envision him tapping these out on the five fingers of his hand.)
1. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
2. His mercies never come to an end.
3. They are new every morning.
4. Great is thy faithfulness.
5. The Lord is my portion.
The storm didn't cease, but his discouragement did. —Fearless
Thank you, precious Savior, that your love is steadfast. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank you for your great faithfulness, not only to me but to all your people from the first day of creation. When I am tempted to become depressed and distressed, may I choose to gaze on you. May I remember that you are my portion. May I hope in your unceasing love, amen.
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Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord (You are great, and Your name is great in might). Jeremiah 10:6
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. Daniel 6:26
Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT
Problems Have a Purpose
God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas.
The last three years of his life were scarred by ALS. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost his faith. Visitors noticed. Not so much in what he said but more in what he didn't say. Never outwardly angry or bitter, Jack Lucado suffered stately.
His faith led one man to seek a like faith. After the funeral this man sought me out and told me. Because of my dad's example, he became a Jesus follower.
Did God orchestrate my father's illness for that very reason? Knowing the value he places on one soul, I wouldn't be surprised. And imagining the splendor of heaven, I know my father's not complaining.
A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward.
Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God....
Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end—the glory of God. —It's Not About Me
Heavenly Father, when problems and pain come my way, help me to remember that nothing comes into my life without your approval. Rather than complain and cry about the challenges I face, help me consider them as opportunities to bring glory to you. Give me the strength and patience to bear my burdens in a way that will honor you. I will lift my eyes off the trials and keep them fixed firmly on you, amen.
Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us. Daniel 3:17
Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. Joshua 21:45
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
"Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." Matthew 5:41–42
The Society of the Second Mile
Jesus created what we might deem the Society of the Second Mile. He presented a new option. Serve the ones who hate you; forgive the ones who hurt you. Take the lowest place, not the highest; seek to serve, not to be served. Retaliate, not in kind, but in kindness.
Roman soldiers could legally coerce Jewish citizens into carrying their load for one mile. With nothing more than a command, they could requisition a farmer out of his field or a merchant out of his shop.
In such a case, Jesus said, "Give more than requested." Go two. At the end of one mile, keep going. Surprise the sandals off the soldier by saying, "I haven't done enough for you. I'm going a second mile." Do more than demanded. And do so with joy and grace!
The Society of the Second Mile still exists.... We have a second-mile servant in our church. By profession he is an architect. By passion, a servant. He arrives an hour or so prior to each worship service and makes his rounds through the men's restrooms. He wipes the sinks, cleans the mirrors, checks the toilets, and picks up paper off the floor. No one asked him to do the work; very few people are aware he does the work. He tells no one and requests nothing in return. He belongs to the Society of the Second Mile. —Every Day Deserves a Chance
Lord Jesus, I want to live each day in a way that will please you. I know you are calling me to have a servant attitude: to take the lowest place and to seek to serve. When I am faced with a choice, may I choose to go the second mile no matter how difficult. And may I do so with joy and grace and a glad heart. Teach me to live a God-centered life that will bring honor to your name, amen.
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Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times! Psalm 106:3
The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20
Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13–14
Stay in the Race
In 1952, Florence Chadwick attempted to swim the chilly ocean waters between Catalina Island and the California shore. She swam through foggy weather and choppy seas for fifteen hours. Her muscles began to cramp, and her resolve weakened. She begged to be taken out of the water, but her mother, riding in a boat alongside, urged her not to give up. She kept trying but grew exhausted and stopped swimming. Aides lifted her out of the water and into the boat. They paddled a few more minutes, the mist broke, and she discovered that the shore was less than a half mile away. "All I could see was the fog," she explained at a news conference. "I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it."
Take a long look at the shore that awaits you. Don't be fooled by the fog of the slump. The finish may be only strokes away. God may be, at this moment, lifting his hand to signal Gabriel to grab the trumpet. Angels may be assembling, saints gathering, demons trembling. Stay at it! Stay in the water. Stay in the race. Stay in the fight.
Give grace, one more time. Be generous, one more time. Teach one more class, encourage one more soul, swim one more stroke. —Facing Your Giants
Father, you created us and you know everything there is to know about us. You know how discouraged we get at times and how we want to give up the struggles we face. Sometimes it seems as if we have more struggles than strength. We are tempted to quit. When that happens, Lord, remind us to endure for one more day, to be patient one more time, to serve without reward for one more season, amen.
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Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Proverbs 30:5
The plans of the LORD stand firm forever. Psalm 33:11 NIV
Loved by an Unchanging God
God will always be the same.
No one else will. Lovers call you today and scorn you tomorrow. Companies follow pay raises with pink slips. Friends applaud you when you drive a classic and dismiss you when you drive a dud. Not God. God is "always the same" (Psalm 102:27 NLT). With him "there is no variation or shadow due to change" (James 1:17 ESV).
Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you? Wrong. Did he not make a promise to you? "God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true" (Numbers 23:19 NCV). He's never sullen or sour, sulking or stressed. His strength, truth, ways, and love never change. He is "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8 ESV). And because he is, the Lord "will be the stability of your times" (Isaiah 33:6)....
God's plans will never change, because he makes his plans in complete knowledge. Forget hopeful forecasting. He declares "the end from the beginning" (Isaiah 46:10 NASB). Nothing takes him by surprise. "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever" (Psalm 33:11 NIV).
The cross will not lose its power. The blood of Christ will not fade in strength.... "The Lord Almighty has spoken— who can change his plans? When his hand moves, who can stop him?" (Isaiah 14:27 NLT). God never changes. —It's Not About Me
Father God, it is such a comfort to know that you never change. Your grace and your love are inexhaustible. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You know the beginning of life to the end. Your power never grows weak, and your truth always stands firm. Your plans will never alter. You remain the same forever. We can count on your unfailing mercy. We praise your everlasting name, amen.
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Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name. Jeremiah 50:34
Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places. Psalm 135:6
Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Life without Doubt and Dread
Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and unproductive. ... Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, and calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus' question.
"Why are you afraid?" he asks (Matthew 8:26 NCV). —Fearless
I know, loving Father, that you do not want us to live in the dark dungeon of doubt and dread. You want us to live in the light of your loving faithfulness. Help us to remember your never-failing power and kindness. Teach us to release all doubt and dread from our minds. Let us live encouraged and free from all insecurity in the knowledge that you hold our lives together, amen.
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"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." John 14:1
We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2 NLT
A Life Immersed in Prayer
Most of us struggle with prayer. We forget to pray, and when we remember, we hurry through prayers with hollow words. Our minds drift; our thoughts scatter like a covey of quail. Why is this? Prayer requires minimal effort. No location is prescribed. No particular clothing is required. No title or office is stipulated. Yet you'd think we were wrestling a greased pig.
Speaking of pigs, Satan seeks to interrupt our prayers. Our battle with prayer is not entirely our fault. The devil knows the stories; he witnessed the angel in Peter's cell and the revival in Jerusalem. He knows what happens when we pray. "Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy's strong places" (2 Corinthians 10:4 NCV).
Satan is not troubled when Max writes books or prepares sermons, but his knobby knees tremble when Max prays. Satan does not stutter or stumble when you walk through church doors or attend committee meetings. Demons aren't flustered when you read this book. But the walls of hell shake when one person with an honest heart and faithful confession says, "Oh, God, how great thou art."
Satan keeps you and me from prayer. He tries to position himself between us and God. But he scampers like a spooked dog when we move forward. So let's do.
"Humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you" (James 4:7–8 NLT).
Jesus immersed his words and work in prayer. Powerful things happen when we do the same. —Outlive Your Life
Gracious Lord, you have opened for us the throne room of heaven. We can come into your very presence with our petitions and praise. As you immersed your life in prayer, so may we make prayer a priority each day. May we never forget what a privilege it is to speak freely and openly to you any time and any place. You are always listening, amen.
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The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12
I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
"Don't be afraid; just believe." Mark 5:36 NIV
Loved by a God You Can Trust
The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. Even Christ was afraid (Mark 14:33). But make your fear a visitor and not a resident. Hasn't fear taken enough? Enough smiles? Chuckles? Restful nights, exuberant days? Meet your fears with faith.
Do what my father urged my brother and me to do. Summertime for the Lucado family always involved a trip from West Texas to the Rocky Mountains. (Think Purgatory to Paradise.) My dad loved to fish for trout on the edge of the white-water rivers. Yet he knew that the currents were dangerous and his sons could be careless. Upon arrival we'd scout out the safe places to cross the river. He'd walk us down the bank until we found a line of stable rocks. He was even known to add one or two to compensate for our short strides.
As we watched, he'd test the stones, knowing if they held him, they'd hold us. Once on the other side, he'd signal for us to follow.
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Posted June 30, 2013
Result one: info. Result two: map. 3: bios. 4: warrior party. 5:were-whatever party. 6: mlp and mythical creatures or power party. 7: human party. 8: book rp party such as percy jackson harry potter etc party. 9: other animals like dogs or bears party. 10: other groups party. The rest: if your locked out, rooms, whatever.
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Posted August 3, 2011
So my latest book to review is Live Loved, Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life. It is a devotional by Max Lucado that I requested from BookSneeze and I have to say I love it. I love devotionals, they help me start my day off in the Lord's presence, and that is always a good thing. This one is a great tool for doing that.
This particular devotional is broken up into sections based on how God loves us: With a Steadfast Love, With a Perfect Love, With a Wise Love, With a Merciful Love, and Loved to Love Others. There is also a place in the back where the reader can make their own personal notes if they wish. Myself, I use my devotionals each morning as a starting place for my journaling, but I digress.
Each devotional is on two pages. It starts with a Scripture at the top of the first page, includes a snippet of one of Lucado's books, then finishes up with a few more Scriptures to ponder and read. I enjoy this format personally because I can read his words, then refer back to God's Word and get a deeper meaning for my day. This is not a journal that is formatted day by day, but you can read it in any order you want, skipping pages or sections, thumbing through it, or seeking a section that seems to hit where your heart is that particular day.
I really enjoyed this devotional myself, and also think it would make a wonderful gift for someone. It is helpful to keep you daily in the word, or to get you back into being in the word daily. I would highly recommend this to anyone who seeks to spend more time with the Lord daily.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted July 28, 2011
"live loved" is a very inspirational devotional that is very hard to put down and address`s many of the tough storms that are faced by many people and offers alot of helpful comments and scripture from max lucado that is very hhelpful and offers alot of peace and courage for every day and it is very inexpensive and very small to carry and keep with you and travel. great gift idea for a friend or family member.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2011
Love is what it is all about and in this inspiring devotional, Max Lucado explores different kinds of love. This book is divided into the following sections:
Loved with a Steadfast Love
Loved with a Perfect Love
Loved with a Wise Love
Loved with a Merciful Love
Loved to Love Others
Within each of the five sections listed above, Max Lucado explores each type of love in several devotionals. Each devotional begins with a scripture verse then provides a devotion from one of his previous books. He then provides a prayer as well as additional verses of scripture.
I have always been a huge fan of the writings of Max Lucado and highly recommend this devotional as a gift or for yourself.
Posted May 10, 2011
Love comes in a myriad of incarnations. We can love parents, siblings, children, extended family, friends, spouses, teammates or those with a similar interest. Author Max Lucado looks at the various forms of love in a series of short essays entitled "Live Loved."
Each essay includes scripture references and prayer thoughts. Lucado lends his "over the back fence chat" style to a series of snapshots on love. His powerful images touch readers with the commonality of the situation.
Take a look at this description of parental love from page 296: "Fear distilleries concoct a high-octane brew for parents-a primal, gut-wrenching, pulse-stilling dose." That's a powerful reminder of the cost of loving a child. Lucado offers an antidote to the fear: ".our kids were God's kids first."
He reminds us that God uses us as we are, giving us what we need to grow. Reminding us that Christ has already paid the cost of our failures, he urges us to lean on God's grace. And to never lose sight of the love Christ has for us, so great that it took Him to the cross.
"Live Loved" carries the label of gift book, but you needn't wait for a gift occasion. The vignettes with have been compiled from several of Lucado's earlier books. While the sections don't carry dates, they are short enough to use for daily devotions. They are also deep enough to be worthy of a Bible study lesson.
Lucado has a knack for taking a scriptural idea and concentrating it down to its essence. This skill produces easy to read volumes with rich meanings. "Live Loved" is no exception. It makes a great gift of celebration, a powerful solace in times of trouble and a strong foundation for study at any time. With Lucado's help, readers are reminded of how much they are loved with the greatest love of all: that of their Creator and Savior. What a gift to give anyone!
This review is based upon a review copy of the book provided by the publisher with no constraints on content.
Posted April 25, 2011
I just don't think you can ever be disappointed with anything from Max Lucado. I wasn't sure if this devotional would be just another "devotional," but I took a chance on Max and I wasn't disappointed. "Live Loved" is all about knowing how complete God's love is for you. This devotional is a daily reminder that you are loved by God in ways that either you're not aware of or have forgotten over time. Each page is written with love.
Each daily devotional starts with a Scripture and then a powerful message excerpted from Max's many books. The devotional is followed by several Scriptures that will press you forward in your faith. I've read most of Max Lucado's books and I did not find the devotional to be too familiar or repetitive. Lucado's writings are so encouraging, uplfiting, and inspiring that you have a desire to read them over and over again. So, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this devotional even though they are taken from his previous books.
*I was provided this book for free through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program in exchange for my unbiased review
Posted April 21, 2011
Lived Loved: Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life is a great little gift devotional book by Max Lucado. Each day is an exert from one of Lucado's previous writings. This devotional book is on the same format as Grace for the Moment and includes 149 devotions. The book is divided into topical sections: Loved with a Steadfast Love, Loved with a Perfect Love, Loved with a Wise Love, and Loved to Love Others. Each devotional reading includes a scripture reading, commentary and is ended with a prayer. I find that these prayers are great starting points for my own personal prayer time. The book itself is padded hard cover with beautiful artwork done on the cover and inside pages. The artwork is neither too feminine nor masculine so it makes a great gift for anyone.
If you are an avid reader of Max Lucado's than you will find these devotional readings familiar. The devotionals are taken from Max Lucado's books: It's Not About Me, Facing Your Giants, 3:16: Numbers of Home, Every Day Deserves a Chance, Fearless, and Outlive Your Life.
I highly recommend this devotional book to everyone and plan to buy several copies as gifts for friends and family.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted April 21, 2011
This is a very nice little book that is perfect to give as a gift to anyone - family, friends, co-workers...Full of devotionals to make us feel good and remind us of just how much God loves us no matter where we are in our life. Max Lucado has another hit with this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
Live Loved: Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life- A Devotional by Max Lucado, is a pocketsized, hardcover gift book filled with biblical inspiration on each page. This green- brown contemporary handy sized gift book would make a great encouraging gift for anyone- co worker, acquaintance, friend and family member on any occasion that a greeting card would be appropriate.
In reality, many find that the bible is most likely too large or cumbersome to carry around. Even if you have one of those thin sized pocket/ check book styled bibles, the text font is probably too tiny too comfortably read. Unless the bible contains a concordance or you have already highlighted your favorite passages, the most applicable verses are probably not readily available in your time of greatest need. My intent however is not to discourage carrying a bible. Personally if given the choice I would choose to carry a bible even if it was the size of a dictionary. But, with this pocket sized devotional, relevant biblical verses as well as Lucado's trusted and inspirational commentary is readily available. Even though I am not advocating a replacement for carrying the bible- as I believe there is no substitute for the bible, I believe this inspriartional pocket sized book has relevant uplifting biblical based devotions as well as the verses to go with them, that this would make a good book to keep handy in a car or purse or pocket. This devotional is not grouped day by day, one for each of the 365 days of the year. There are no dates assigned making this flexible for the reader to read at his/ her own pace in any order. As a blogger for booksneeze, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted October 17, 2011
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Posted August 17, 2011
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