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Sharla Fritz is a Christian author and speaker who weaves honest and humorous stories into life-changing Bible study. Author of the new book God’s Relentless Love: A Study of Hosea, Sharla writes about God’s transforming grace and unfailing love. Sharla lives in the Chicago suburbs with her amusing pastor husband.

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  1. Love this suggestion of setting an alarm for intentional focus on God throughout the day! After eye surgery I had an alarm set every 3 hours for drops. What a better use of that alarm to focus on God! Gonna redeem my grumbling at the alarm with your suggestion!

  2. What a wonderful message. I have a 93 year old friend who has an alarm set to go off every 30 minutes to remind her to get up and move. I Love the idea of setting the alarm to focus on God’s love and to take a moment of gratitude.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful message. That we don’t need to go to the other side of world to know that Jesus loves us. But I find as follower of Jesus. I can grow a bit cold when at Easter saying here we go again I heard this story again about Jesus going to Calvary and the story of the Cross. I heard it last year again I hear myself saying. It because it doesn’t mean as much to me as when I in my prayer time. It becomes that I getting oh I am being honest. I heard it so many times. I know Jesus went to Clavary and to Cross for me and all Mankind. Then in my Prayer time. I find I am different person I find I am on my own it’s just me and Jesus. I seems to be thinking differently. Thanking Jesus for going to Clavary and dying on the Cross for me and all Mankind. I appreciate this time I have with my Lord on my own. Who sent his one and only son Jesus to that Cross for me and all mankind. It means so much more to me. Yes the first time I heard the story in Church I was blown away. It meant so much to me then. I couldn’t get over how much Jesus loved me to do that for me and a mankind. It amazed me. Now I heard the story in Church so much it doesn’t amaze me anymore. But in that prayer time it does. It’s so different. To know our Lord Loves us that much that he sent his one and only son Jesus to die on the Cross at Calvary for us. I am in that prayer time it is just me and the Lord. I can feel such Love. I can feel the Holy Spirit in the room. It really amazes me that I am all along with all mankind are loved that much that Jesus did that. So I don’t need to go Church or anywhere else to here that. I can feel that love in that prayer time. In that prayer time I can thank Jesus for going to Cross for me and all Mankind. Plus read about in his preasious Book the Bible. I still like to go to Church to See the love of Jesus also shinning from the people of Jesus which is nice. As we still need either. So you don’t need to go that far to know Jesus loves you. Love today’s reading. Thank you so much for it. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Thanks, Dawn! Yes, it is easy to take for granted God’s amazing love and Christ’s sacrifice for us. I’m so glad that you find personal time with God as a way to rediscover His relentless love for you! Blessings to you!

  4. Thank you Sharla for the invitation to try your “experiment”. I’m reminded through your words: “God continually gives evidence of His love in the beauty of this world. In my ordinary days, He whispers His love through the thoughtfulness of my husband or the smile of a friend. Jesus constantly sends me love letters in His Word” …. and for me through nature.
    The invitation to try your “experiment” means I can receive God’s gifts every hour all day long \0/

    • Thank you, Janet! Nature is a wonderful display of God’s love. The wonder of a sunrise or sunset often remind me that gives us beauty as a sign of His affection!

  5. Beautifully written, Sharla. Thank you! Your words reminded me of our daughter’s unexpected comment this weekend. “Mommy, it was nails that kept those thieves on the cross, but it was LOVE that kept Jesus there!” Blessings to you.

  6. Sharla,

    Like you I have been in church most of my life. Read through the Bible many times. It reached a point that I’d hear part of a scripture & immediately know the story. Never really let stories sink in deep. It wasn’t till I started attending a Christian church where we take communion each Sunday that Christ’s suffering grabbed me. We have a communion meditation then while music is playing we go back & get the “blood & body”. They say repetition is the best teacher. I truly believe it. Hearing each week of Jesus’s great love & the sacrifice He made makes me cry. It amazes me that Jesus would leave the splendor of Heaven & come to broken Earth, go through agony & die a horrible death just to save me from myself. This past Easter our church play the song An Easter Hallelujah. Having heard it before I cried as I sang along. Look at the lyrics:

    A crown of thorns placed on His head He knew that He would soon be dead
    He said, “Did you forget me, Father did you?” They nailed Him to a wooden cross
    Soon all the world would feel the loss Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    He hung His head and prepared to die Then lifted His face up to the sky
    Said, “I am coming home now Father, to you” A reed which held His final sip
    Was gently lifted to his lips He drank His last and gave His soul to glory
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    The soldier who had used his sword To pierce the body of our Lord
    Said, “Truly, this was Jesus Christ our Savior” He looked with fear upon his sword
    Then turned to face his Christ and Lord Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Took from his head the thorny crown And wrapped him in a linen gown
    Then laid him down to rest inside the tomb The holes in his hands, his feet and side
    Now in our hearts we know he died To save us from ourselves, oh Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Three days went by, again they came To move the stone, to bless the slain
    With oil and spice anointing Hallelujah But as they went to move the stone
    They saw that they were not alone For Jesus Christ has risen, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    • Beth, thanks for sharing! I love the idea of a communion meditation. Too often, I take the Lord’s Supper for granted. And thank you for sharing the words of an Easter Hallelujah–so beautiful.

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