Thursday, February 23, 2017

LOVE RICOCHETS / LoveRicochets

This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Love Is Kind”
and
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Gentleness"


(Galatians 5:22, 1 Cor 13:4; 1 Peter 3:8;)

I went in to McDonalds for a cup of coffee and to sit down with a piece of cake just before going to work one morning. I had just enough change to pay for a cup of coffee. I noticed that the cashier was very busy but she was very awake (it was early) and very kind to every one of her customers. She spoke respectfully and courteous to everyone. When it was my turn, I laid my piece of cake on the counter and ordered my coffee. She asked me about the cake and I told her it was the last piece of my birthday cake. She lit up and said, "Happy Birthday!" Then she did the kindest thing. She did not charge me for my coffee! Now, any other day that may not have been such a great blessing but on this day it was, because I could save my change for a snack later that day. Her courteousness and kindness made an impression on me. As I drove away, I asked the Lord to return kindness and goodness to her today. I prayed for her health and her safety. Even hours later, I still remembered her kindness and it made my heart feel good.

God keeps a record of these little acts of kindness like this and he makes them ricochet off of people. Because I had received respect and kindness from the McDonald 's cashier, I felt good and spoke a little more vibrant as I entered work. Her kindness ricocheted off of me and affected people at my office that she did not even meet that day!

These are the types of things that will matter in eternity. These are the type of things that make jewels in our crowns.

“Love each other with a kind heart and with a mind that has no pride.”

Father, it is a joy to feel kindness and then give it away. Ricochet love off of me all day long! I love to make people feel good and I love it when people make me feel good. It is you, Lord from where that comes. Thank you for developing kindness in me.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Authored by Rebecca Cooley




LOVE RICOCHETS
(Galatians 5:22, 1 Cor 13:4 1 Peter 3:8)
Chorus:
Love ricochets off of me, off of you, off of them
All I can say, love ricochets
Off of me, off of you, off of them
All I can say, love ricochets
Verse:
One act of kindness goes a real long ways
One act of mercy can last for days and days
One little smile can brighten a whole room
Going the extra mile can drive away all gloom
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A TRIBUTE TO MARGARET HAMMOND / GiftsOfLove ActsOfMercy

This is the 4th of 7 devotions with the theme 
from 1 Corinthians 13:4 and Galatians 5:22

"Love Is Kind and
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Gentleness"





A TRIBUTE TO MARGARET HAMMOND
(Adapted from John 3:16; Romans 8:12; Deut 24:19-22; Ruth 2; 1 Cor 13:4; Galatians 5:22 )

I have known Margaret Hammond since I was ten years old. She has always taken troubled and needy kids and teens into her home, especially single mothers. She fed them and gave them a home and she led each one of them to the Lord. All of these individuals are still serving God and several are even preaching the gospel. I also remember several years later, the Lord blessed her with the purchase of one of the oldest and largest historical houses in her town. She is still able to accommodate children, teenagers and young adults even today in that house.

Scripture says, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Jesus is saying that those who are especially gifted with mercy and develop and act on that gift will themselves obtain mercy. We all know people like Margret Hammond who seem to possess a special gift of mercy. Yet, we should all have a lifestyle of mercy to some degree. Scripture says, 


"Let mercy and kindness and truth not forsake you. 
Bind them about your neck 
and write them upon the tables of your heart."


Father, thank you for Margaret Hammond who has exampled acts of mercy to so many. Thank you for teaching me, through watching her life, about mercy. Thank you for the ultimate act or mercy You showed when You allowed mercy to bear the cross. You acted out mercy by so loving the world that You gave Your son. I am a recipient of that mercy. Help me to extend mercy to others the same way I have seen mercy and experienced your mercy. 
© LoveWalkPublishing
Authored by Kent Cooley




GIFTS OF LOVE (ACTS OF MERCY)
(Adapted from Romans 12:8; 1 Cor 13:4; Galatians 5:22)
Verse
That saintly sister always took them in,
Troubled children and single mothers
She fed and clothed them
And she gave them shelter
And she led them to the Savior
Chorus
Gifts of love given to each severally
Gifts of love given to each one
Gifts of love given to each one of us
Thank you for the gifts of love
Bridge
Where I am weak, someone else is strong
And I am strong where someone else is weak
I will affirm them, I won’t criticize them
I will thank God for their gift of love

© LoveWalkMusic 

WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Monday, February 20, 2017

LOVE WALK CONFESSION / As You Are



This is the 3rd of 7 devotions with the theme
from 1 Corinthians 13:4 and Galatians 5:22
"Love Is Kind”
And
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Gentleness"




LOVE WALK CONFESSION
by
Kent Clifford Cooley

(Adapted from Galatians 5:22, John 1:14; Acts 17:28; 1 John 4:14; Numbers 21:17)

The children of Israel prayed three ways with three different results. 
1. The oppressed prayer: It took 400 yrs for the children of Israel to get their oppressed prayers answered. 
2. The complaining prayer: When they complained, their blessings became curses. 
3. The prayer of faith with praise and rejoicing: When a new generation of Israelites arose, they came again to a dry desert but this time they shouted, “Spring up O well, let us all sing to it!” This time they experienced immediate results. Their prayer level came up to a new authority as they prophesied to the elements. 

Much of my Christian life has been spent praying in a begging way with minimal results. Since I have been boldly making my confession known to God I have been noticing quicker, greater and more quality results.


This is one of our bold love walk confessions:

“Lord, as you are, so are we in this world. You are full of grace, favor, loving kindness and truth and so am I as I live my life through You. I am full of grace, favor, loving kindness and truth. In You I live, in You I move, In You I have my being. I manifest Your nature through me as I walk out everything according to the love command today.


AS YOU ARE
Devotion: Love Walk Confession
(Adapted from John 1:14; Acts 17:28; 1 John 4:14; Numbers 21:17, Galatians 5:22,)
Verse:
As You are,
So are we in this world (repeat)
Chorus 1:
You are full of grace,
You are full of favor
You are full of loving kindness,
You are full of truth (repeat)
So am I as I live my life through You (repeat)
Chorus 2:
I am full of grace, I am full of favor
I’m full of loving kindness,
I am full of truth (repeat)
As I live my life through You (repeat)
Bridge:
In You I live, in You I move,
In You I have my being
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentCliffordCooley
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

UNISON VERSUS HARMONY / Harmony

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions and music videos 
with the theme from Galatians 5:22 and 1 Corinthians 13:4
"The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness"
and
"Love is Kind"



UNISON VERSUS HARMONY
by
Rebecca 

(Adapted from Romans 12:16; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:22)

I have served as music minister for several churches through the years. There have been a few times when I had singers that could not harmonize. When everyone sings the same part, on the same notes together or on the same note an octave higher or lower, it is called unison. When everyone sings different parts on different notes in correct sequence it is called harmony. There are basically four parts soprano, alto, tenor and base. When you can accomplish having all four parts on a worship team you can achieve a greater beauty and you can enhance the worship. Paul is not referring to singing when he uses the word harmony to the Romans but the premise is the same. Living in harmony means that you embrace your differences and by doing so you achieve a greater beauty then if you were all just alike.

Live in harmony with one another;
do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive),
but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks.

Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
The fruit of the spirit is kindness. The root word of kindness is kin. A similar word that we use more often then kind is like. I like you. I like that. I dislike you or I dislike that. But love is kind. If I practice kindness, I will be looking for that which we agree on. If I am looking for things that we disagree on, I am saying, “You are not like me therefore I reject you.” To achieve harmony, I must not only be agreeable but I must also embrace the differences and by doing so we will achieve a greater beauty.

Father, You made every person a unique individual, fearfully and wonderfully made. I embrace the uniqueness of every individual and live in harmony to achieve a greater beauty for your glory.


© LoveWalkPublishing 
Authored by KentCliffordCooley





HARMONY
(Adapted from Romans 12:16; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:22)
Verse 1
When we sing in unison,
We will sing in the same key
When we sing in harmony,
We sing different in harmony
We sing different with greater beauty
Chorus
Unison, harmony, although we are different
We can bring one praise
You and me in harmony,
Although we are different
We can bring one praise
To the King of kings,
You and me in harmony
We can bring one praise to the King of kings
Ending
I embrace the differences between you and me
I embrace the differences and I see beauty
© LoveWalkPublishing 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

TWO CORNERSTONES OF LOVE / Let Mercy

This is the 1st of 7 devotions and music videos 
with the theme from Galatians 5:22 
and 1 Corinthians 13:4
"Love Is Kind”
And
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Gentleness"


TWO CORNERSTONES OF LOVE
by 
Rebecca Cooley
(Proverbs 3:3-4 1 Corinthians 13:4, Galatians 5:22)




The two cornerstones of love are patience and kindness. These two qualities are the cornerstones of every other fruit of the Spirit. Love makes you kind and love makes you want to have patience. Patience avoids problems and issues. Kindness creates blessings. Kindness steps over the problem or the issue and creates a blessing instead.

We are instructed in Proverbs 3:4 to let kindness and truth not leave us for any reason. It actually tells us to bind kindness around our neck. This same scripture describes kindness as a way to find favor with people and with God! Kind people find favor with God! I don't know about you, but I need favor with God. So when I work on my love walk and I treat people with kindness, God takes notice. He gives me favor for my effort!
How can I be patient and kind today?

1. Give people permission to be human. Give people more time than they deserve to correct a wrong.
2. Name impatience every time it is displayed in your life. Impatience is little spurts of anger and it
flows out of our own selfishness.
3. Be gentle and tender with people. Speak truth in love and make it as easy to hear as possible.
4. Meet the needs of someone else every chance you get. Kindness is displayed in helpfulness.
5. Be agreeable. Instead of being obstinate, reluctant, or stubborn, be flexible and cooperative.


Kindness inspires you to be agreeable.


Father, I bind truth and kindness around my neck today. I will not let kindness leave me today. Thank you for turning things around for me and giving me your favor as I make this a priority. Patience and kindness are taking root in me. I am learning to avoid issues that are selfish on my part and I am learning to create blessings with kindness everywhere I go. You are the love of my life and every act of kindness I display flows from our love relationship. Your love inspires me to be kind and patient.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
All Rights Reserved



LET MERCY
(Proverbs 3:3-4)
Chorus
Let mercy and kindness and truth not forsake you (repeat)
Verse
Bind them about your neck
Write them upon the tables of your heart
Bridge
So shall you find favor
So shall you find good understanding
So shall you find high esteem
In the sight of God and in the sight of man

WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
All Rights Reserved

Saturday, February 18, 2017

LOVE IS CONSIDERATE / Love Is Patient And So Am I / I Believe

This is the 6th of 6 devotions and music videos 
with the theme from Galatians 5:22 and 1 Corinthians 13:4

"Love Is Patient”
And
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Longsuffering Patience"


LOVE IS CONSIDERATE 
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from 1 Timothy 3:3)


During my husband's teenage years, he spent his summers traveling with an on the road bible school. The leaders of the youth group were ministers and college professors who donated their summers to train youth in ministry. While being trained to witness on the streets one day, He tells about meeting a Hindu family from India. He introduced himself and asked them if they had ever experienced Jesus coming into their hearts. They promptly informed him that they had their own religion. He was not offended nor did he feel confrontational. He showed interest in their statement by asking them about their religion. After they shared with him about their beliefs, he asked them, “Would you allow me share with you why I believe Jesus is the only way to God and to heaven?” They listened intently. I do not believe they would have listened to him if I had not shown interest in them and in their religion.
My Confession
I am not argumentative or confrontational. I am gentle and considerate. I am not quarrelsome but I am peaceful. I am not insistent that I am always right. I am developing a willingness to reason with others. I am learning not to force my opinion on others. I am not afraid of disapproval. I do not operate in fear. Being considerate promotes peace and I am a peacemaker. I do not violate the law of love.

Father, I interact with people all day. Some people don’t share the respect and honor that I have for You. But all people need you. I honor You today by being considerate and peaceable to all people. I respect You, Lord, with the words that come out of my mouth and with my opinions and thoughts. I respect people today by the way I communicate with them and by my actions. I want to communicate peace and love. I want people to feel Your love when they talk to me. Work this balance of boldness and being considerate in me so I can make 
a difference to people who cross my path!

© LoveWalkPublishing
Authored by 
RebeccAnnCooley



LOVE IS PATIENT AND SO AM I / I BELIEVE
(Adapted from 1 Timothy 3:3; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:22; Romans 2:1, 4, 5; 8:25; Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 12:37)
Love is patient and so am I (repeat) /
I consider God’s patience
I consider God’s long suffering (repeat)
I suffer long and I believe they’ll come around after awhile (etc)
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe (repeat)
I am patient / I wait / I will not give up for I stand in faith (repeat)
© LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

This is the impartation devotion
Father, As I practice longsuffering patience,  
I do so by drawing from your nature.  
It is not I who lives but it is now Christ who lives in me.  
I go now empowered by Your grace 
which is Your divine ability through me!
In Jesus name, Amen!

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