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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

How does the prophet, Jeremiah, proclaim God’s great faithfulness when we find throughout the book of Jeremiah, the prophet over and over again warning the people of God’s coming judgement? And then we come to  the book of Lamentations, which is a lament.  In the Alexandrian form of the Greek Septuagint, the following words precede the first verse of Lamentations:

“And it came to pass, after Israel had been carried away captive, and Jerusalem became desolate, that Jeremiah sat weeping, and lamented with this lamentation over Jerusalem.”

When in a season of sorrow, it’s important to remember God’s faithfulness

The book is  written with a sorrowful mind, with great sighing and moaning. It is written out of a broken heart for the nation that would not repent. Imagine that God has called you to be a prophet to His chosen people and to warn them of His coming judgment because of their idolatry and sin, but they refused to listen. Would you feel like you had failed God? Would you feel like you had failed your nation? Perhaps you would you go to bed at night wondering what else you could have done or said that might have made the people turn back to God?

If we can step into Jeremiah’s shoes, we can feel the broken heart with which he laments over what has happened and the sad events that resulted in him writing the five poems of lament that make up the book of Lamentations. (click to tweet)  Yet, even in this season of lament and sorrow, we find in Lamentations 3:22-23 that Jeremiah remembers God’s faithfulness.

Jerusalem destroyed, but there is hope because of God’s faithfulness

In 586 B.C. the Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple, palace and city – exactly as God said it would happen and Jeremiah had warned the people it would happen. The book also alludes to the famine in Jerusalem, the breach of the city walls, the exile of the people, the looting of the temple, and the execution of the leaders.

Yet even in all this, we can also find hope because of God’s great faithfulness.  In Chapter 3, verses 22-23, Jeremiah issues a remarkable testimony to the extent of divine grace. Right in the middle of the five chapters of lamenting and weeping, there is a ray of hope and sunshine and in the midst of Jeremiah’s depression and despondency, he teaches us about the unceasing mercies of God. (click to tweet) From these two verses, we learn four important characteristic of God that can bring hope to all of us no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in: God is steadfast, loving, merciful, and faithful.

Four characteristics of the faithfulness of God that brings hope in any circumstance

Characteristic 1: God’s faithfulness is because of His great love for us

Verse 22 begins with God’s lovingkindness, or in the NIV Bible, we find that it is because of God’s great love that we are not consumed by the righteous and holy God. The Holman Bible Dictionary notes that the Hebrew word, chesed, is the Old Testament’s highest expression for love and refers to God’s election, covenant-keeping, or steadfast love. It is a love that remains constant regardless of circumstances. It doesn’t matter how much I love God or if I choose to turn my back and walk away from God, God will always love me – even enough to send Jesus to die for my sins while I was still his enemy (Romans 5:8). (Click to tweet) 

God’s faithfulness never ends because his great love never ends

The next thing we find is that God’s lovingkindness never ends. It is steadfast. To be steadfast, is to be resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. It is loyal, committed, and dependable. It is enduring patiently, reliable, true to the end. God’s love for us never ceases. He ALWAYS loves. In fact, 1 John 4:8 says that God IS love. It part of who He is. (Click to tweet)

Characteristic 2: We can depend on God’s faithfulness because his compassion never ends

We also find that God’s compassion never fail. Some translations use the word “compassion” and some use “mercies.”  The Hebrew word translated here mercies is used 250 times in the Old Testament. It is a sweeping, all-inclusive term for God’s love, goodness, forgiveness, compassion, and faithfulness. Even in the bleakness of God’s discipline, there was hope. Judah would not be permanently destroyed, but ultimately restored.

Mercy is a characteristic and action that comes from the very nature of God and is the foundation of forgiveness. Mercy from God is never given based on our merit, but as God’s gift to us. (Click to tweet)  It is His unending mercy that allows us to come into His presence day after day, sin after sin, to seek His forgiveness. Exodus 34:6-7 says, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”

God’s justice and righteousness cannot be overlooked. Israel, learned this the hard way. We can’t expect to continuously live any way we want, ignoring God and then run and ask forgiveness and expect that at some point God doesn’t step in with justice and righteousness. (click to tweet) 

Characteristic 3: God’s mercy renews every morning

But there is another thing we can see about God’s mercy – it renews every morning. Every day, God has a new supply of mercy. He will never run out. He doesn’t use it all up on one person and then doesn’t have enough for me. And because He is merciful, he offers a way of salvation rather than leaving us dead in our trespasses and sin. (click to tweet)  Salvation is God’s merciful act of withholding His wrath and eternal punishment woven with His grace in granting both forgiveness of sin and trading our sin for eternal life. There is absolutely nothing we can do to get God’s mercy. Romans 9:15-16 says, “I will show mercy to whom I show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

Mercy is 100% dependent on God who chooses to show mercy. We can make no claim on God’s mercies. They are completely undeserved – and yet they never cease. Like Israel, we have done much to provoke God’s anger and abused His mercy. We have ignored it and turned our backs on it and are just a haughty as Israel was in thinking that God will not judge. But at times, God’s judgment is also His mercy towards us because His chastisement is more merciful than allowing us to continue down a path that will bring us harm. God will always adapt the expression and action of His mercy towards us so that it meets our immediate need – even if that mercy comes in the form of judgment.

Characteristic 4: God is faithful and because of his faithfulness he offers us great love and mercy

The fourth thing we see about God is that he is faithful. He is trustworthy and dependable. We may fall short and miss the mark, but God never will. He will always be faithful to offer us His great love and mercy. (Click to tweet)  From the first sin in the garden of Eden all the way down through time to today, God’s unmistakable pattern is seen over and over again: Sin and disobedience brings consequences, but confession and repentance always brings forgiveness and a restored relationship with God. (click to tweet) 

It is difficult to fully understand the depth of God’s faithfulness

It can be difficult for us to fully understand the depth of God’s faithfulness because we live in a world filled with broken promises and disappointment. We have, at times, even been guilty of breaking promises and disappointing both God and others. But when we take the time to acknowledge the times in our life where God has been faithful, we can be reminded of just how great His faithfulness is towards us. We can remember how He has provided for our  needs, given us courage when we were afraid, loved us when it seemed as if everyone else had turned their backs on us, sent us a brother or sister in Christ with a word of encouragement just when we needed it, and when he was faithful to us when no one else was.

In difficult times, we can experiences God’s faithfulness and great love

Jeremiah lived through a very dark, depressing, overwhelmingly difficult time. We can experience our own difficult days and just as God’s lovingkindness reached out to Jeremiah and His mercies did not fail and God’s faithfulness came shining through in the darkness, so He does for us in the middle of our circumstances. Take some time to reflect on the faithfulness of God and His lovingkindness and mercy that never ends.

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A prodigal who encounters Judgment and Compassion

One of the most joyful phrases of the Bible is found in the story of the prodigal son. In verse 17 of Luke 15, it says, “And then he came to himself.” Why is this phrase joyful? It is a realization of wrong and a heart that is ready to repent. The prodigal son realizes he is at his “rock bottom” with no where else to go and if he hangs on to his stubbornness and pride he will starve to death. He realizes that even the servants in his father’s household have plenty to eat while he is ready to eat the muck he’s feeding to pigs. But…then he comes to himself. It’s a point in his story where he makes a life changing decision and returns home and encounters both judgment and compassion..

Do you know a prodigal?

Who do you know in your life that is a “prodigal”? Someone who has turned away to reckless and wasteful living. Someone who has walked away from the Christian faith to live like the world. It might be a child, a relative, a friend, a coworker, or fellow church member. Maybe it’s you. One of the biggest hindrances to a prodigal finding their way home is the fear of being judged, unforgiven, unloved, unwanted, and unwelcomed. But what if that prodigal knew that home was a place of love, compassion, and forgiveness?

A brother of judgment

In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, we find a father of compassion and brother of judgment. The older brother in the story was angry the prodigal son had come home and he was even more angry that his father welcomed him with open arms and held a great feast for him. All he could see was how faithful he had been to his father and he knew that all that his father had should one day be his. Perhaps there was some fear that this brother that returned would be given some of what should become his. Instead of celebrating that his brother was safe, alive, and back home, he was full of self-centeredness, judgement and jealousy. The prodigal had come home, but now his brother is the one gone astray due to a heart of unforgiveness.

A father’s concern

Whenever I read this story, I imagine the father walking to the end of his property every morning and every night and taking a long look down the road – looking for his son to come home. I imagine him falling on his knees in prayer, praying for God to keep his son safe and to bring him back home. I imagine how he misses his son, remembers him as a little boy and all the hopes and dreams he had for this son. Can you see the concern and worry etched across his face as he look down the road each day? He doesn’t know if this son is alive or dead…or if he will ever come home.

Perhaps the other son that stayed at home watches every morning as his father makes the walk to the end of his property looking for the son that left. Maybe there is a little bit of hope inside of him that his brother will come home, but based on how he reacts when he does return, he probably is more likely filled with disgust and jealousy that his father longs for this missing son to return.

A father of compassion

I imagine the day the son comes walking down the road, barely alive. Hungry. His clothes torn, dirty and hanging on him with all the weight he’s lost. He’s barely recognizable. But as his father looks down the road just as the sun is setting, about to turn back home, he stops and turns for just one last look and just over the hill comes the figure of a man walking. He recognizes the gait – it shows the man is tired – but it’s his gait.

He looks a little longer, with hope in his eyes. The man gets a little closer. The man’s hair is dirty and matted together. His eyes are tired, sunken into a face that hasn’t eaten in a long time. His feet are dirty – maybe even bloody from the long walk. The father squints, almost afraid to hope. In the man’s eyes he sees regret, fear of rejection, uncertainty.

The prodigal son looks up he sees his father and stops – not sure of how he will be received. The two stare at each other for a moment and as the father realizes that this is indeed his son, he lets out a whelp of joy and runs to his son. Tears of joy stream down his face. He embraces his son, not caring about the filth or stench. He calls his servants and instructs them to bring his son new clothes and to prepare a feast. And he wraps an arm around his son, helping him make the last steps home.

God is a Father of Compassion

Each of Jesus’ parables held a spiritual meaning to them. In this parables, we are like the prodigal son who wanders away from God, squandering everything and then when we hit rock bottom we begin to find our way back to God.

God is like the father in the parable of the prodigal son. No matter how far away from Him we roam and no matter what we get ourselves mixed up in, when we return with a contrite heart and ask for His forgiveness, God will open His arms to us and welcome us home with joy and celebration.

The brother is more like the world who wants to judge all the mistakes and poor choices and then when the prodigal returns they become angry, unforgiving, doubting if the repentance is genuine. And if God should choose to use the mistakes and lessons learned to bring Him honor and glory then the world steps in to say, “how could God ever use them?”

To the prodigal you know, will you be judgment or compassion?

Think back to the prodigal you know. Who will you choose to be more like: the compassionate father or the judgmental son? Would you be the one to wrap your arm around the prodigal and help them make the last steps home? If the prodigal knew that compassion and forgiveness awaited them, would they be more likely to return once they reach the point of repentance?

God, help us to recognize the prodigals – not to judge, but to be the one that helps them find their way back home. Give us hearts of compassion, ready to forgive, and welcome them home with joy. When you choose to use their story for your glory – help us be encouragers and seek ways to help them carry out their calling. 


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The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;…the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. — Psalm 19: 7-10

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Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning;great is Your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:22-23

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Hebrews 9:12. The Eternal Blood Donor

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But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 

                       –Hebrews 9:12

Have you ever given blood? Years ago when I was in a car accident and doctors were considering surgery, they began looking to relatives to donate blood. My dad had the same blood type, but had cancer so they couldn’t use his. My younger sister had the same blood type, but she was pregnant, so they couldn’t use hers. Her husband was also the same blood type and he donated blood for me. I’m not a rare blood type. However, the rarest type is AB negative and only 1 in 167 people (0.6% of the population) have it. On a bloodmobile sign one day was the following statement: “The rarest blood type is the one that’s not there when you need it.”

On the other hand, a person with O-negative is considered a universal donor because it can be mixed with any other blood type and have the ability to save lives. However, it’s life saving power is only temporary because everyone is appointed to die at some point (Hebrews 9:27)

There is yet another supply of blood and it has power to give eternal life and is available to everyone – simply for the asking. 1 John 1:7 tells us, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Adam and Eve are the only humans that ever had a choice to live or die. They were told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil for in the day they did eat of it they would die. When they chose to eat it, they chose death and that meant death for every person throughout history. Jesus also had a choice and He chose death – but His death would give us the choice to choose eternal life by faith in Him or eternal separation by rejecting Him.

In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed on the altar by a priest so that the people could have forgiveness of sin but it had to be done over and over again. It was the death of Jesus and the shedding of His blood that satisfied our sin debt to a holy God as the payment of our sins. Because Christ choose death, we can choose to cry out in faith to God, repent of our sin, ask for His forgiveness and find salvation and eternal life. Through His blood that cleanses us from all sin, He gives us eternal life – now that’s a blood transfusion!

 

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  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
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  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
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T-shirt Fundraiser Event: We have a new product line of Christian apparel and accessories available in our Teespring Store and our new Spreadshop Store. You’ll find tee shirts, hoodies, tanks, socks, leggings, tote bags, mugs, iphone cases and more.

The designs below have been added to our Spreadshop Store for the Thanksgiving Holidays! We will be adding them to the Teespring Store throughout the week this week. Order today because it will be gone soon as we gear up for the upcoming Holidays. Christmas items available soon.

Thanksgiving collection

Spreadshop is offering a 20% discount on everything from November 13-16

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.
Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store 

#fundraiser #tshirt #WCM #teespring #spreadshop #Thanksgiving

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Looking for a keynote speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

who doesn't love fall

Wellspring receives an 8% commission for any item purchased
at CBD through any of these links.

Stick Plaque Fall Thankful Blessed and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed Stick Plaque

Special sentiment on skinny strip of pine wood

  • Weathered farmhouse appeal
  • For office, window sill, nightstand, shelf, or desk
  • 13.5″ x 1.5″ stick plaque
  • Pine is cut and printed in artisan font design
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • thankful, blessed and pumpkin spice obsessed
336223: Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor

Add personality to any space you call your own with pine slat wood sign

  • Jute string is attached- so easy to hang on knob, handle or hook
  • 10″ wide x 0.375″ deep x 3.375″ high
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • Stylistic artisan lettering
  • Choose one for you and one to share!
  • harvest blessings
008445: Have A Blessed Day Candle Have A Blessed Day Candle

Jar candle 26 ounce size

  • Clean burning wax>
  • Burns 120-140 hours
  • Lead-free wick
  • Premium fragrance
  • Scent-lock lid, matte black
  • Made in the USA
  • Artisan design with star
  • Have a blessed day
  • Scent: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
  • Home decor fragrance
  • Gift you’ll love to give
1113106: Family Table Runner

Family Table Runner

Family Table Runner

Poly linen table runner 72″ x 13″

  • Welcome Home Collection
  • Natural shades; leaf accent, bead leaves at each shaped end
  • A grateful family is a happy family; leaf motif and appliqued lettering
468055: Gather Together Table Runner Gather Together Table Runner

Table runner adds the finishing touch to your dining room or eating area. Crafted of 100% cotton, it’s equally at home in country, cottage, or contemporary rooms.

  • Natural feel of high caliber craftsmanship
  • 16″ wide x 72″ long
  • Artisan font design
  • Gather Together
  • Trending design, yet warm and homey; not just for special occasions
  • Washing instructions included
96816: Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set

White ceramic salt and pepper set with tray, right at home in your kitchen or on your dining table.Scripture verse quotes in uspcale font design.

  • Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8, Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8Shakers are 3″ x 1.75″; matching ceramic tray is 4.75″ x 2.75″.Kitchen or dining table
1113113: Gather Here Platter Gather Here Platter

Oval ceramic platter

  • Welcome Home Collection
  • 17″ x 12″
  • Creamy white; leaf motif
  • Gather here with grateful hearts
  • Artisan script; farmhouse look
421509: Give Thanks Round Platter Give Thanks Round Platter

Glass Fusion ® art platter designed by Lori Siebert in vibrant and artful style to your fall table. Give thanks in swirling font; 13″ round platter.Handwash only; not intended for microwave.Distinctive technique of colroed glass and iridescent metallic finish. For entertaining and celebrating all year round.

670352: Give Thanks Light Box Give Thanks Light Box

Add warmth to your room decor with plug-in light box framed design

  • Box is 6″ x 7.5″ x 3″
  • Insert image is 5″ x 7″ approximately
  • Electrical cord with handy on/off switch; includes 7-watt bulb
  • Illuminated accent
  • Seasonal color for Fall
  • Give thanks with wheat motifmotif
941683: So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art

Rustic wall decor made of natural pine slats; simple yet refined accent for your home.

  • Artisan lettering design
  • Constructed in similar fashion to an actual shipping pallet
  • Sawtooth hanger on the back, easy to hang
  • 17″ x 23.5″
  • So very thankful, incredibly grateful, and unbelievably blessed
660105: Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase

Ceramic gift vase in creamy white

  • Harvest floral design and autumn sentiment
  • Harvest Blessings
  • 8″ high x 4″ wide; safe for dishwasher
  • Add your own bouquet of fall flowers or woodland greenery
  • Classic trending design
200859: Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle

Ceramic crock in farmhouse style with pumpkin motif

  • Designed by Suzi Skoglund
  • Pumpkin spice candle
  • 4.75″ x 4.25″ large size; reusable crock with handle
  • Give Thanks
  • Autumn decor; hostess gift idea
928325: But First Coffee House Sign But First Coffee House Sign

Shaped structures in wood with decorative architectural details and words of inspiration

  • Arrange on a shelf or desk for your own neighborhood grouping
  • Tuck into a spot on your desk or kitchen counter
  • Made in the USA in the heart of Amish country
  • Cut from pine, distressed accents; artistic embellishments
  • Will stand on shelf or sill
  • But first coffee
  • 6″ high x 5.25″ wide
  • Coffee shop with “open” sign; double doors
814721: Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall Wreath Door Hanger

Fall door decor creates a warm welcome to your home

  • Give Thanks turkey is fade and weather-resistant
  • Polyburlap, shaped fabric door decor
  • Attached grosgrain ribbon for hanging
  • 22″ x 25″
  • Thanksgiving Decor
698951: Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Thankful & Blessed Door Mat

Seasonal doormat to welcome fall

  • Outdoor/indoor
  • Thick, non-slip rubber backing
  • 17″ x 29″
  • Polyester top; permanent print; fade and mildew-resistant
  • Printed in the USA
  • Pumpkins, plaid and autumn colors
  • Thankful & Blessed
049004: Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel

Tea towel with appliqued stacked pumpkins

  • 17.25″ x 2.5″
  • thankful embroidered sentiment; stitched edging
  • Natural background in today’s trending look
  • Created by the Daughters of Hope, a fair trade, social enterprise based in Southern India that provides training and employment to impoverished women. Daughters of Hope provides much more than a healthy work environment, and is committed to giving dignity and freedom to those who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression.Your purchase helps to support this mission.
672131: God"s Starting Point Mug God’s Starting Point Mug

True and Write Gift Collection in bold font design

  • Understated grey and white
  • Mug, 14 ounce capacity; ceramic
  • Message on both sides
  • Impossible is God’s starting point
  • Lettering created by artist Jon Huckeby
  • Boxed
0100554: Gather Here Pie Place Gather Here Pie Place

Pie plate in black and white; Gather Here Collection

  • Gather here with a greatful heart
  • Fluted edge; glazed ceramic; 9.5″
  • 2″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Ceramic
  • Farmhouse look
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Lamentations 3:22-23. Great Is Thy Faithfulness

by Julia M. Bruce,

Lamentations 3 22-23

Throughout the book of Jeremiah, we find the prophet over and over again warning the people of God’s coming judgement. Then we come to  the book of Lamentations, which is a lament.  In the Alexandrian form of the Greek Septuagint, the following words precede the first verse of Lamentations:

“And it came to pass, after Israel had been carried away captive, and Jerusalem became desolate, that Jeremiahs sat weeping, and lamented with this lamentation over Jerusalem.”

The book is  written with a sorrowful mind, with great sighing and moaning. It is written out of a broken heart for the nation that would not repent. Imagine that God has called you to be a prophet to His chosen people and to warn them of His coming judgment because of their idolatry and sin, but they refused to listen. Would you feel like you had failed God? Would you feel like you had failed your nation? Would you go to bed at night wondering what else you could have done or said that might have made the people turn back to God? If we can step into Jeremiah’s shoes, we can feel the broken heart with which he laments over what has happened and the sad events that resulted in him writing the five poems of lament that make up the book of Lamentations. (click to tweet) In 586 B.C. the Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple, palace and city – exactly as God said it would happen and Jeremiah had warned the people it would happen. The book also alludes to the famine in Jerusalem, the breach of the city walls, the exile of the people, the looting of the temp, and the execution of the leaders.

Yet even in all this, we can also find hope because of God’s great faithfulness.  In Chapter 3, verses 22-23, Jeremiah issues a remarkable testimony to the extent of divine grace. Right in the middle of the five chapters of lamenting and weeping, there is a ray of hope and sunshine and in the midst of Jeremiah’s depression and despondency, he teaches us about the unceasing mercies of God. (click to tweet) From these two verses, we learn four important characteristic of God that can bring hope to all of us no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in: God is steadfast, loving, merciful, and faithful.

Verse 22 begins with God’s lovingkindness. The Holman Bible Dictionary notes that the Hebrew word, chesed, is the Old Testament’s highest expression for love and refers to God’s election, covenant-keeping, or steadfast love. It is a love that remains constant regardless of circumstances. It doesn’t matter how much I love God or if I choose to turn my back and walk away from God, God will always love me – even enough to send Jesus to die for my sins while I was still his enemy (Romans 5:8). (Click to tweet) 

The next thing we find is that God’s lovingkindness never ends. It is steadfast. To be steadfast, is to be resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. It is loyal, committed, and dependable. It is enduring patiently, reliable, true to the end. God’s love for us never ceases. He ALWAYS loves. In fact, 1 John 4:8 says that God IS love. It part of who He is. (Click to tweet)

We also find that God’s compassion never fail. Some translations use the word “compassion” and some use “mercies.”  The Hebrew word translated here mercies is used 250 times in the Old Testament. It is a sweeping, all-inclusive term for God’s love, goodness, forgiveness, compassion, and faithfulness. Even in the bleakness of God’s discipline, there was hope. Judah would not be permanently destroyed, but ultimately restored. Mercy is a characteristic and action that comes from the very nature of God and is the foundation of forgiveness. Mercy from God is never given based on our merit, but as God’s gift to us. (Click to tweet)  It is His unending mercy that allows us to come into His presence day after day, sin after sin, to seek His forgiveness. Exodus 34:6-7 says, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” God’s justice and righteousness cannot be overlooked. Israel, learned this the hard way. We can’t expect to continuously live any way we want, ignoring God and then run and ask forgiveness and expect that at some point God doesn’t step in with justice and righteousness. (click to tweet) 

But there is another thing we can see about God’s mercy – it renews every morning. Every day, God has a new supply of mercy. He will never run out. He doesn’t use it all up on one person and then doesn’t have enough for me. And because He is merciful, he offers a way of salvation rather than leaving us dead in our trespasses and sin. (click to tweet)  Salvation is God’s merciful act of withholding His wrath and eternal punishment woven with His grace in granting both forgiveness of sin and trading our sin for eternal life. There is absolutely nothing we can do to get God’s mercy. Romans 9:15-16 says, “I will show mercy to whom I show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Mercy is 100% dependent on God who chooses to show mercy. We can make no claim on God’s mercies. They are completely undeserved – and yet they never cease. Like Israel, we have done much to provoke God’s anger and abused His mercy. We have ignored it and turned our backs on it and are just a haughty as Israel was in thinking that God will not judge. But at times, God’s judgment is also His mercy towards us because His chastisement is more merciful than allowing us to continue down a path that will bring us harm. God will always adapt the expression and action of His mercy towards us so that it meets our immediate need – even if that mercy comes in the form of judgment.

The fourth thing we see about God is that he is faithful. He is trustworthy and dependable. We may fall short and miss the mark, but God never will. He will always be faithful to offer us His great love and mercy. (Click to tweet)  From the first sin in the garden of Eden all the way down through time to today, God’s unmistakable pattern is seen over and over again: Sin and disobedience brings consequences, but confession and repentance always brings forgiveness and a restored relationship with God. (click to tweet) It can be difficult for us to fully understand the depth of God’s faithfulness because we live in a world filled with broken promises and disappointment. We have, at times, even been guilty of breaking promises and disappointing both God and others. But when we take the time to acknowledge the times in our life where God has been faithful, we can be reminded of just how great His faithfulness is towards us. We can remember how He has provided for our  needs, given us courage when we were afraid, loved us when it seemed as if everyone else had turned their backs on us, sent us a brother or sister in Christ with a word of encouragement just when we needed it, and when he was faithful to us when no one else was.

Jeremiah lived through a very dark, depressing, overwhelmingly difficult time. We can experience our own difficult days and just as God’s lovingkindness reached out to Jeremiah and His mercies did not fail and God’s faithfulness came shining through in the darkness, so He does for us in the middle of our circumstances. Take some time to reflect on the faithfulness of God and His lovingkindness and mercy that never ends.

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#Lamentations #lovingkindness #compassions #mercy #neverending #greatisthyfaithfulness #WCM

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Cover_mBOOKING NOW! Be a host site for the NEW God, Love & Marshmallow Wars Book Tour & Couples Conference:

This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#GLMW #couplesevent #GLMWbook #intentionalmarriage #Godlymarriage

teespring spreadshop logos

T-shirt Fundraiser Event: We have a new product line of Christian apparel and accessories available in our Teespring Store and our new Spreadshop Store. You’ll find tee shirts, hoodies, tanks, socks, leggings, tote bags, mugs, iphone cases and more.

The designs below have been added to our Spreadshop Store for the Thanksgiving Holidays! We will be adding them to the Teespring Store throughout the week this week. Order today because it will be gone soon as we gear up for the upcoming Holidays. Christmas items available soon.

Thanksgiving collection

Spreadshop is offering a 20% discount on everything from November 13-16

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.
Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store 

#fundraiser #tshirt #WCM #teespring #spreadshop #Thanksgiving

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Looking for a keynote speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

who doesn't love fall

Wellspring receives an 8% commission for any item purchased
at CBD through any of these links.

Stick Plaque Fall Thankful Blessed and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed Stick Plaque

Special sentiment on skinny strip of pine wood

  • Weathered farmhouse appeal
  • For office, window sill, nightstand, shelf, or desk
  • 13.5″ x 1.5″ stick plaque
  • Pine is cut and printed in artisan font design
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • thankful, blessed and pumpkin spice obsessed
336223: Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor

Add personality to any space you call your own with pine slat wood sign

  • Jute string is attached- so easy to hang on knob, handle or hook
  • 10″ wide x 0.375″ deep x 3.375″ high
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • Stylistic artisan lettering
  • Choose one for you and one to share!
  • harvest blessings
008445: Have A Blessed Day Candle Have A Blessed Day Candle

Jar candle 26 ounce size

  • Clean burning wax>
  • Burns 120-140 hours
  • Lead-free wick
  • Premium fragrance
  • Scent-lock lid, matte black
  • Made in the USA
  • Artisan design with star
  • Have a blessed day
  • Scent: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
  • Home decor fragrance
  • Gift you’ll love to give
1113106: Family Table Runner

Family Table Runner

Family Table Runner

Poly linen table runner 72″ x 13″

  • Welcome Home Collection
  • Natural shades; leaf accent, bead leaves at each shaped end
  • A grateful family is a happy family; leaf motif and appliqued lettering
468055: Gather Together Table Runner Gather Together Table Runner

Table runner adds the finishing touch to your dining room or eating area. Crafted of 100% cotton, it’s equally at home in country, cottage, or contemporary rooms.

  • Natural feel of high caliber craftsmanship
  • 16″ wide x 72″ long
  • Artisan font design
  • Gather Together
  • Trending design, yet warm and homey; not just for special occasions
  • Washing instructions included
96816: Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set

White ceramic salt and pepper set with tray, right at home in your kitchen or on your dining table.Scripture verse quotes in uspcale font design.

  • Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8, Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8Shakers are 3″ x 1.75″; matching ceramic tray is 4.75″ x 2.75″.Kitchen or dining table
1113113: Gather Here Platter Gather Here Platter

Oval ceramic platter

  • Welcome Home Collection
  • 17″ x 12″
  • Creamy white; leaf motif
  • Gather here with grateful hearts
  • Artisan script; farmhouse look
421509: Give Thanks Round Platter Give Thanks Round Platter

Glass Fusion ® art platter designed by Lori Siebert in vibrant and artful style to your fall table. Give thanks in swirling font; 13″ round platter.Handwash only; not intended for microwave.Distinctive technique of colroed glass and iridescent metallic finish. For entertaining and celebrating all year round.

670352: Give Thanks Light Box Give Thanks Light Box

Add warmth to your room decor with plug-in light box framed design

  • Box is 6″ x 7.5″ x 3″
  • Insert image is 5″ x 7″ approximately
  • Electrical cord with handy on/off switch; includes 7-watt bulb
  • Illuminated accent
  • Seasonal color for Fall
  • Give thanks with wheat motifmotif
941683: So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art

Rustic wall decor made of natural pine slats; simple yet refined accent for your home.

  • Artisan lettering design
  • Constructed in similar fashion to an actual shipping pallet
  • Sawtooth hanger on the back, easy to hang
  • 17″ x 23.5″
  • So very thankful, incredibly grateful, and unbelievably blessed
660105: Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase

Ceramic gift vase in creamy white

  • Harvest floral design and autumn sentiment
  • Harvest Blessings
  • 8″ high x 4″ wide; safe for dishwasher
  • Add your own bouquet of fall flowers or woodland greenery
  • Classic trending design
200859: Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle

Ceramic crock in farmhouse style with pumpkin motif

  • Designed by Suzi Skoglund
  • Pumpkin spice candle
  • 4.75″ x 4.25″ large size; reusable crock with handle
  • Give Thanks
  • Autumn decor; hostess gift idea
928325: But First Coffee House Sign But First Coffee House Sign

Shaped structures in wood with decorative architectural details and words of inspiration

  • Arrange on a shelf or desk for your own neighborhood grouping
  • Tuck into a spot on your desk or kitchen counter
  • Made in the USA in the heart of Amish country
  • Cut from pine, distressed accents; artistic embellishments
  • Will stand on shelf or sill
  • But first coffee
  • 6″ high x 5.25″ wide
  • Coffee shop with “open” sign; double doors
814721: Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall Wreath Door Hanger

Fall door decor creates a warm welcome to your home

  • Give Thanks turkey is fade and weather-resistant
  • Polyburlap, shaped fabric door decor
  • Attached grosgrain ribbon for hanging
  • 22″ x 25″
  • Thanksgiving Decor
698951: Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Thankful & Blessed Door Mat

Seasonal doormat to welcome fall

  • Outdoor/indoor
  • Thick, non-slip rubber backing
  • 17″ x 29″
  • Polyester top; permanent print; fade and mildew-resistant
  • Printed in the USA
  • Pumpkins, plaid and autumn colors
  • Thankful & Blessed
049004: Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel

Tea towel with appliqued stacked pumpkins

  • 17.25″ x 2.5″
  • thankful embroidered sentiment; stitched edging
  • Natural background in today’s trending look
  • Created by the Daughters of Hope, a fair trade, social enterprise based in Southern India that provides training and employment to impoverished women. Daughters of Hope provides much more than a healthy work environment, and is committed to giving dignity and freedom to those who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression.Your purchase helps to support this mission.
672131: God"s Starting Point Mug God’s Starting Point Mug

True and Write Gift Collection in bold font design

  • Understated grey and white
  • Mug, 14 ounce capacity; ceramic
  • Message on both sides
  • Impossible is God’s starting point
  • Lettering created by artist Jon Huckeby
  • Boxed
0100554: Gather Here Pie Place Gather Here Pie Place

Pie plate in black and white; Gather Here Collection

  • Gather here with a greatful heart
  • Fluted edge; glazed ceramic; 9.5″
  • 2″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Ceramic
  • Farmhouse look
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