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My Forever Valentine and my Best Friend

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Zephaniah 3:17 GWT

The LORD your God is with you. He is a Hero who saves you. Happily  rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.

 

My Forever Valentine and my Best Friend

He’s my forever Valentine

And my very best Friend

 

I have a forever Valentine

He’s with me daily all of the time

He is perfect loving and full of zeal

Oh yes this One for sure He’s the Real Deal

Musical Notes

 

When I was single and felt alone

He came and made me an offer

From out of His special love

I accepted of course, I’m not a scoffer

 

So kind and humble

And gentle in heart

This doesn’t even begin

To tell the greatest part

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Things hadn’t worked out

As planned or thought

No time to despair

I was being sought

 

The enemy thought

He had won

But he didn’t have a clue

Of what was to come

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My Valentine ask me to learn of Him

To seek out His true nature

I simply couldn’t resist

He wasn’t a distant stranger

 

So I began to study

Seeking only His Face

And through the line of time

I began to trace

 

I found where He is my Salvation

And my Solid Rock

Perfect Lamb of God

From the Tower of The Flock

 

He’s my Forever Valentine

And my Very Best Friend

 

So since Two Thousand

Plus years of five

My Forever Valentine

Touched my heart and made it come alive

 

Something changed

Early that Valentine morn

When my heart was awakened

With a deeper love adorned

 

Perfect love

And joy unspeakable

Cannot be explained with words

Pleasures forevermore inconceivable

 

So it you think you need

A forever Valentine

“I AM” most happy to share with you

The One I call mine

 

For His heart is amazing

Gigantically enormous

He has room enough for all

Yes for everyone one of us

 

Guy or gal young and old

No matter the age

May I introduce to you my Forever Valentine

King Jesus center stage

 

A complete and perfect Love

The River of Life that never runs dry

He is more than enough

Reach out give Him a try

 

He conquered the grave

Lives forever to make intercession

How about that

For a Valentine True Love confession

© January 2018

 

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 GNT

But as scriptures says: ” No eye has seen, not ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.

God has revealed those things to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God.

His love is never changing, cannot questioned or understood with our carnal minds. Our love is the fallible, weak and questionable love mentioned in the passage above. Jesus said if you love Me you will keep my commands, so the love He is looking for is love in action. A verb, and a transitive verb at that. You, me, us, His people, we are the direct object Jesus is speaking to for us to do what He is saying. If we keep His commandments, He and The Father will come and make their abode with us.

John 14:23 various translations – anyone who loves Me will obey my teaching, do what I say, keep My words, obey My teachings, will do what I say. And My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with them. Whoever does not love Me does not keep my word or teachings.

Even Jesus and The Father, cannot live or make their abode with selfish, self seeking people. No wonder we struggle also. Love is the answer. Love is the key to His Heart.

A couple of years ago while reading something caught my attention.  I learned that a clef, the musical clef is also called a key. I had know for years music had keys but had never made the connection. I understood immediately, praise and worship are the keys to our Lord’s heart. We know this but I saw it in action. We are commanded to praise ‘in’ all things not ‘for’ all things. Worship begins with adoration of Him. When we see Him, we see or should see ourselves. The real us, as we really are, the real us. Breaking through the barrier of outward things we see our heart, lay bare and open before Him. Seeing His pure and perfect love, we repent, fall prostrate and say Oh my God and my King.

When Isaiah saw The Lord, he wasn’t like, yo God, hey Lord, glad you could drop by, whas up. I’m concerned that with our cultural Christianity we attempt to make The Lord common, comfortable with sin. Our Lord is not common. He is Holy! He died that we can come away from and be delivered from sinful lifestyles, warning others. Jesus did not hang out with sinners, He changed sinners at their very core. We do not find where Jesus was ever okay or comfortable with sin. Read Luke 4:18-19.

Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! I am a man with unclean lips and I dwell among an unclean people.” The seraphim took a live coal from the altar of The Lord and touched his lips.

When I saw and experienced His pure love, I too was undone. If you haven’t had an encounter that has left you undone, go back there is so much more waiting for you. Go back for a life changing encounter with the Lover of your soul.

Good morning and God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

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I Have Been

For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you, He’s so loving that it will amaze you– so kind that it will astound you. Psalm 100:5 TPT

I Have Been

I have been abandoned
Lost and alone
But I have been found
Heaven is my home

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I have been shattered
broken and bruised
I have been made new
and totally rescued

I have been afraid
Trembling to my soul
But I have been set free
Perfect peace now in control

I have been shaken
Felt it would never get better
But I have been steadied
I’m no longer a debtor

I have been a beggar
With no money which to buy
But I’ve become rich
Because Jesus does supply

I have been a sinner
With no reason left to think
That He would want to help me
Or be the ship that couldn’t sink

He is so much more
Than I could’ve ever guessed
He’s my rescuer and redeemer
Designer of righteousness

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He is my peace and security
From all of earths snares and alarms
He is my King and Savior
Underneath The Everlasting Arms

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 Feb

Deuteronomy 33:27 GWT
The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you. He will force your enemies out of your way and tell you to destroy them.

 

Have you ever felt unlovable? Feeling nothing is, or will ever be right. I’ve felt so lonely in huge crowds of people, I remember the feeling of agonizing loneliness in the wrong relationship. I’ve felt isolated in the largest groups of people. But since making  Jesus my hiding place and best friend I no longer have that cold,  lonely and empty feeling. I am satisfied with much or with little, but I am no longer satisfied with counterfeit or fake relationships.

No matter where you are today I pray you will reach out and call out to your redeemer, His name is Jesus. There is not a human love or a human relationship that is capable of filling this God centered place in your soul. It is a place reserved for Him alone. Once it is occupied by Jesus all other relationships come into alignment or they go.

Today if you’re are struggling, feeling lonely, while it seems the rest of the world is in love; don’t worry. Jesus wants more than your today, He desires your forever. He is a consuming fire and a jealous God. He wants your whole heart. Once you give Him your whole heart you won’t only  ‘need’ human love, you will desire healthy love, wanting to be loved and give love. Need says I must, desire says I can choose and agree with the Lord. Don’t settle for a counterfeit, or second best when heaven is calling your name.

Once we have tasted the love of Jesus we are changed down in our core. In this week of Valentine’s Day, the love celebration, just remember the greatest love celebration made all the angels in heaven burst out in song, worthy is The Lamb who was slain but now lives. Love died and rose again that we can live and have life abundant.

I pray you make Jesus your forever Valentine. It is the sweetest love ever tasted.

With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before You, The Holy God! Yahweh, You are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness You’ve done for me? You kissed my heart with forgiveness , in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out.

Lord You are so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail You. Psalm 103:1-3,8 TPT

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

 

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Hand Over The Key to Love

 

Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do

(From the grace series)

It is so enjoyable to come before You with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to You, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all! Psalm 92:1 TPT

Hand Over The Key to Love

 

Have you ever longed to hold

The key to another’s heart

To see them light up and glow within

Like light overtakes the dark

 

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Have you longed to love

Be loved back with a vengeance

To know this kind of love

Oh feelings available and endless

 

What if you never had to fear

Afraid that love would leave

But you could fully trust

At last you had received

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Oh to think of a love so pure

To imagine a love so strong

To truly know and understand

It is yours and to you belonged

 

That you were more than enough

To be loved through and through

Well I have come to share

That is exactly how God loves you

 

He sent His only Son

To come deliver the news

That God had made a way

For you beaten scourged and bruised

 

Why would He do this what was He thinking

He longs for you to understand

That you’ve held the key to His Heart

On your love He makes a demand

 

For God so loved the world

He gave His only begotten Son

That whosoever would not perish

Believe then rest secure in His eternal Love

 

A Father who comes to fight like this

Wow can you even imagine

Why would He do it what was His plan

You hold the key to His heart,

Can you just fathom

 

A love so strong that won’t let go

A love that will search you out

I know you’ve been feeling His draw

Reach in your pocket and pull it out

 

That key you’ve been holding

Fits the lock to open your heart

You closed it off long ago

And now is the time to start

 

Open and unclench your fist

You’re safe, hand that key to Jesus

That anger you held against God

It belongs to satan the lying deceiver

 

Jesus came to make a way

You’re safe in His love and Care

Jesus has come to rescue you

Follow Him! Unending love waits there

 

© laurette laster 2018

Melodies of praise fill the air as every musical instrument, joined with every heart, overflows with worship. No wonder I’m so glad; I can’t keep it in! Lord I’m shouting with glee over all You have done, for all You’ve done for me! What mighty miracles and Your power at work, just to name a few. Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do. Psalm 92:3-5 TPT

As God’s chosen instrument, He created as His masterpiece, a people to make sounds with our larynx and mouth, He created us to speak. So we are vocalist.  We therefore have instruments of percussion. We are His sumphoneo (pronounced soom-fo-neh-o) His symphony.  Our whole bodies are a praise. We bow our heads, we bend our knees, prostrate with faces to the ground, we fold or lift holy hands, we set our feet to dancing, we sing, we cry out, and when we do this in unity or harmoniously we become his sumpheneo, His symphony. May we not only lift our praises but become His praise. In the scriptures above we see what love really is. It comes from an internal deposit by Holy Spirit on the inside. This love is from the inside out. Love is much more than an emotion, it is an explosion of His goodness poured into us, then we in turn pour into others.

In this the week of love, I encourage you to learn of Jesus and grow  in love with Him. He is our pure Love and Valentine. His heart poured out His never ending love proving this.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

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I Have the Key

God our hearts spill over with praise to You! We overflow with thanks for Your name is the “Near One.” Psalm 75:1 TPT

I Have the Key

I have the key
To Jesus heart
It’s at the beginning
A Precious part

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The start of my day
Continues until noon
Then onward I go
By evening swoon

A one of a kind
Integral part
It is a precious key
This key to His heart

It Cannot be purchased
Not available for franchise
It is poured and molded
Not for the ignorant only the wise

It is a special key
That you must embrace
Cannot be copied or ignored
Each one kept on display

What is this key
And where do I apply
It is fashioned from purity
Pours out of your eyes

It is tears and sobs
When you see His face
When you come to realize
He took your place

When out of pure desire
You behold Your King
It’s golden and glorious
Awe invoking inspiring

When praises like rivers
Out of your belly flow
Bowing before Him
This is how to grow

Willing to be molded
Into a work of art
That is the key
The key to His heart

For we each are a masterpiece
From The Potters design
Created in Christ Jesus
No counterfeit but a one of a kind

It is a praise in the morning
With prayers and rejoicing
Giving Him entrance
Agree while endorsing

The key is our praise
Acknowledging all He has done
So don’t wait any longer
To His Throne we must run

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You’re His own workmanship
Created to show His glory
You’re are a special key
to unlock His story

That others may share
In His kingdom inheritance
Don’t wait another day
Use your key open the entrance.

It is a song and a prayer
Given new wings
Rising from the ashes
Until my soul does sing

Praise Him in the morning
And when it seems dark
Because praise is the key
To our Masters heart!

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 September

To all music lovers and readers of musical notes, you know that a clef is a key. A clef is a musical key, we don’t need to play an instrument to understand this concept.

Key signatures, scales, notes, symbols, flats, sharps, minors, majors; all sound like prayers to me. Prayers as praise going up to the throne of our God. So indeed we have and hold the key to our Masters heart.

In marriage vows we say to have and to hold from this day forward.

In this week of love called Valentine’s Day week in the United States, I encourage to make Jesus your forever Valentine. The things of earth pale in comparison to tHis true love. Love originated from God, He is love. When our love flows out of praise to Him, we can be trusted to love others.

 

……and what is this I hear you saying king David, in the throes of agony while in anguish? Who are you pointing us to? What is it you have come to tell us?

Psalm 22:3 TPT

Yet I know that You are most holy; it’s indisputable. You are God enthroned, surrounded with songs, living among the shouts of praises of your princely people.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

 

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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A beautiful prize

A beautiful prize

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For God so loved He gave…..true love gives.
Love gives, lust takes.
In a world of takers, dare to be different.

No chocolate confection
Will replenish the desire for pure affection

There is not a bouquet
To appease the pure way

No card can say
What a heart desires in one day

But coupled with love and purity
These each enhance love’s security

So look for the real, lasting and kind
Because love is beautiful, on purpose, and never unkind!

© laurette laster feb 2020
“Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭TPT

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

 

Until next time, thanks for listening with me.