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AN EXPRESSION OF HIS LOVE

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To see beauty
in its purest, truest
simplest form
is how God sees you.

You are an expression of His love.
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Biblical truth tells us that all angels are male and nor do angels have wings as we have been led to believe.

Although, there are no female angels; only male angels in heaven, this was written to show how that God Sees the Heart.

“The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 
- 1 Samuel 16:7

I love how the wings in this picture are a representation of the child of God and an expression of His love.

This is the reflection I was trying to convey.

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2020 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

Blessed with Grace and Joy

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His Grace is like the wind,
Breath and life ascend.

Flowing freely on a gentle breeze
Releasing the debt of sin.

Eyes that can now fully see.
Forgiveness granted to
All those who Believe.

Rising through the air
Far and reaching wide to declare,

That Jesus gives us His amazing grace,
Which brings comfort to embrace.

Our blessed hope,
Our strength,
Our Savior;
Declared Worthy
we have found favor.

In His sacrificial love thereof;
our spirits are warmed by thy promise
of heaven above.

Bringing to our hearts which He faithfully employs
Awakening us to an abundance of joy —
Here on earth and for all eternity forevermore.

Salvation provided to whosoever will.
A gift freely given; graciously awaiting
all those even still.

Jesus died to prove His love.
The debt of sin paid for in full
by His precious Blood.

For whenever we feel lost
We can look to — The Cross,

And be reminded that
nothing can ever replace or destroy
His atoning sacrifice,
which proclaims that our lives are
Blessed with Grace and Joy.

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2020 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

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Remember that pain and sorrow

doesn’t last forever;

Joy does come in the morning.

You may not feel it today,

Maybe not even tomorrow,

But, eventually you will

breathe in the calmness of the cool air,

Feel the warming embrace

of the sun’s rays upon your face,

And dance once again

beneath the brightest bluest skies.

Look up beautiful one…

Peace is just over the horizon.

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2017 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

HE HEARS

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Even on those days when
I’m too exhausted to speak,
He hears me.
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Today I am thankful for an Almighty God who carries me through every storm, every trial, every situation or circumstance, who hears my every prayer, and who provides for my every need.

Even on those days when I am too mentally and emotionally drained to express what’s in my heart and mind, He hears!

When I can’t find the words to write, He hears!

When the words just won’t come, He hears!

There’s nothing better in this world than God’s unconditional love and to know that even when I’m too worn and exhausted to speak, He hears!

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2021 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

I Am Here

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I am here
Waiting for you
In the darkness
When you feel lost
In the fog
Where
confusion clouds
When the struggle
Seems relentless
When the storms
Rage in thunderous shouts
Swaying to convince you
That all is without hope
The seams can’t be mended
And nothing you give rise to
Will produce a peace
That you so desperately
Long to grasp
This cup shall not pass
Hands are forever
Tied to despair
How long will this anguish linger
Unmercifully without cause?
He whispers
I am the Bread of Life
I am the Light of the World
I am the Door
I am the Good Shepherd
I am the Resurrection and the Life
I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
I am the Vine
I am Able
You need not fear
Trust in Me
I am the “Great I Am!”
I am here

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2022 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

Psalms‬ ‭126:5

Inspire BibleNew Living Translation

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.”

A Joyful Return to Zion

Psalms 126:1-6

The people are encouraged to preserve in the knowledge that God will again restore His people.

The historical setting of this psalm focuses around the return of the exiles from captivity in Babylon as permitted by the decree of King Cyrus of Persia in 538 B.C.

Joy accompanied this release from captivity.

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© Holy Bible, New King James Version (1982) Thomas Nelson

I pray this was a blessing to you.

In His Love,

Tina ♡

Copyright © 2022 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

TAKE UP YOUR CUP OF SALVATION

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Lift up your cup
of salvation unto the Lord
for He is good, faithful,
merciful and true.
He is who to look to;
the one who can restore You.

Believe on Him,
His Word — the sword
of the Spirit and Truth.
Our greatest weapon of merit
A Mighty Sword to inherit!

By the strength of the Lord
and the stripes He bore
and without delay
Victory was won,
on that fateful day.

On a hill called Calvary,
when Jesus took the nails.
Proving His love for You
would never fail.

Praise His Holy Name;
Warrior child of God
be thee compelled
And without fail —
to proclaim that
the enemy was
crushed and defeated —
he will not prevail.

Drink joyously from
thy cup and be filled
The Lord, God, Almighty;
has bruised Satan’s heal.

With just one drop —
His precious blood did suffice.
Our Savior; Jesus Christ —
brought salvation by
His atoning sacrifice.

His light illuminates;
shining brightly for all to see,
bringing deliverance
to all who believe.

Take up your cup
of salvation; tarry not;
now has come the hour
to embrace His Grace
and redemption power.

Hallelujah
to the Lamb!

Inspired by both :

Psalms‬ ‭116:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ &
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” ‭‭
-Psalms‬ ‭116:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
‭‭- Genesis‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2020 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

I am Always Welcome

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In the early morning,
before dawn breaks over the horizon,
before the blissful sounds of birdsong,
before the glistening dew fades
from the roses,
before the rush of the day begins
I find Him waiting to come
and sit with me for a while.

I invite Him into my heart,
my thoughts,
my hopes,
and my prayers and ask
for a fresh cup of infilling
of His Spirit to pour out,
overflowing to the brim,
Pouring floods into each
and every crack,
every broken piece,
every shattered hope,
every painful wound,
every grief and sorrow,
every dry and barren ground,
every part of me.

He is faithful to answer.
Immersed in His love,
His presence,
and His mercies
that are new each morning
I am sustained,
refreshed,
renewed
and strengthened
to face any challenge
that may come
throughout my day.

He covers me in His grace
And draws me nearer
to where He dwells
and I am always welcome.

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2022 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved

But God ….

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Sometimes the love and grace that I often extend to others I don’t always extend to my husband.

Buried beneath all the pain of past hurts, past broken promises, past unforgiveness, are the resemblance of my broken heart.

Which often-times manifest itself in the things that I say about my husband.

The things I do for my husband.

The way I treat my husband.

My actions towards my husband.

And sometimes they are exhibited unfairly.

I admit that more often than not my actions are unwarranted.

But let me be clear, he isn’t perfect, far from it, but neither am I.

No perfect people here!

We both have things we need to change within ourselves, within our hearts, and within our minds.

And more importantly there are things we need to surrender to God.

I often think about how God views my responses, my words, my actions, and even, my thoughts towards my husband.

I’m certain He isn’t pleased, but mercifully understands my pain.

Even in the midst of pain and immense suffering often attributed by the hands of others, aren’t we supposed to forgive?

Didn’t the Lord say in His Holy Word that we are to forgive others as we were forgiven?

Why do I hold on so tightly to resentment?

Why do I allow the enemy to continue to steal my joy?

Why do I allow the enemy to hold so tightly to my bruised heart with a force so tight that only God can release his grip?

Even when I see my husband trying, I find myself questioning his sincerity, which quickly diminishes his efforts.

But then there are times when I see that he isn’t trying very hard.

When hints of past hurts are blatantly splashed across my face.

When words are thrown at me like a twirling knife, tumbling through the air that cuts deep within my heart and soul.

Then I ask God how am I supposed to surrender our marriage over to Him when every evidence of restoration isn’t often visible?

Do I hurt?

Yes!

Do I want to forgive?

Yes!

Is it possible to forgive?

Yes!

I have to ask the question again, have I honestly surrendered our marriage into the hands of the Lord?

I thought I had.

When I think I have surrendered, I must surrender more!

Why do I often allow myself to continue to condemn my husband?

We all know the answer to that, right!

I’m unpleasantly aware that the enemy would like nothing more than to destroy our marriage.

He will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal.

In fact that’s his ultimate goal.

To steal, kill and destroy by whatever means possible.

He will even go as far as to use manipulation.

He will manipulate my mind into believing his lies and focusing on things that aren’t true.

And in effect when I act on them, I have failed myself, I have failed my husband, And I have failed God.

How do I combat the fiery darts that are relentlessly thrown at me?

Do I continue to trust in my own self will and abilities or do I trust in God?

So, I’ll ask myself the question again, have I truly surrendered it all over to Him?

Admittedly, not fully.

One moment I’m laying it all at His feet and the next I’m picking it back up again.

Do I want to fully surrender?

Yes, so very desperately!

I’m desperate for the Lord to be the center of our marriage union.
I’m desperate for restoration in our marriage.
I’m desperate for healing in our marriage.
I’m desperate for transformation in our marriage.
I’m desperate for forgiveness in our marriage.
I’m desperate for soundness in our marriage.
I’m desperate for unity in our marriage.
I’m desperate for peace in our marriage.
I’m desperate for the Lord to be the foundation of our marriage.
I’m desperate for everything the Lord has to give us in regards to our marriage.

It is the cry of my wounded heart.

Can we ever get to that place?

Can we ever move past the brokenness?

We don’t have to be broken together do we?

Can’t we be whole together?

Can’t we find completeness in Christ, together?

Is life hard?

Yes!

Is marriage hard?

Yes!

I’m not the first to admit it, am I ?

Then what do we do?

How do we proceed?

Do we give up?

Do we throw in the towel so to speak?

Do we say we’re done?

No!

Giving up on each other isn’t the solution.

We keep pressing onward.
We keep putting one foot in front of the other.
We keep praying and seeking the face of God.
We continue to put our trust over our marriage into the hands of God.
We cry out to Him when we need Him.
We continually ask God to help us.
We continually ask Him to show us ways that we can do better.
We continually ask Him to show us how we can become a better spouse to one another.
We continually ask Him to reveal those things that we need to change within ourselves.
We continually ask Him to show us the areas where we are failing each other and how to improve on them.

Will we fall short?

Yes, at times we may.

Does God expect us to always get it all right?

No!

He knows that as long as we walk in this freshly body that we will have trouble, trials, tribulation,temptation, affliction, and the list goes on.

But I have found assurance in these two words…

But God!

But God promises to be with us.
But God promises to walk with us.
But God promises to comfort us.
But God promises to lead us.
But God promises to instruct us.
But God promises to guide us.
But God promises to teach us.

But God promises to direct us in the lessons we can learn from Scripture that will show us how we can exemplify the marriage union after His will for us.

But God promises to reveal in us how important it is to build our marriage on a strong foundation on the things of God.

But God promises to convey the significance of being patient, kind and loving with our spouses, and to show us how to be attentive, avoid resentment, anger, blame, jealousy, or becoming indifferent or boastful in our own achievements.

But God promises to remind us of our obligation to our spouses to be thoughtful, respectful, and forgiving towards one another.

But God promises that when we resolve to put Him first in every aspect, and at the center of our marriage, with our dependence fully in Him and Him alone, we can and will overcome anything, even our marriages.

But God promises in our willingness to surrender our lives, heart and marriages over to Him, then He can and will bless the marriage union in ways one could never have imagined.

But God promises that …We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ NKJV‬‬)

But God!
But God!
But God!

When all seems impossible, there is always… But God!
When all feels hopeless, there is always… But God!
When all appears lost, there is always… But God!
When all looks unrepairable, there is always… But God!

But God … is the good news of God Almighty, Himself.

It’s His answer to every challenge,every situation, every difficulty,every sadness,every burden,every adversity to mention a few.

The enemy doesn’t have the final word concerning our marriage, But God… does!

It’s time to armor up!

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In His Love,

Tina ~

Copyright © 2021 Tina Unsell Seamon All Rights Reserved