Far Beyond Tolerance

If we were called

to just tolerate one another


would it not be

so much easier?


Bearing with each personality

different from our own


with a stiff upper lip

and a grit of our teeth?






But we are called

to more


to Love


And it would seem



if not for the example

set before us


Christ would not

have rescued us from ourselves


if He only tolerated us


No, He loved us

with everlasting love


The Trinity

sacrificed much


for Love


We are not consumed

by fires’ wrath


because of love


And because He made the first move

we are called to the same


And it would be impossible

if not for righteousness imparted to us


God’s Spirit loves

the unlovable through us


Can we not see

that is what we can be  — unlovable?



we are eternally cherished


– Susie Stewart


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22,23 (NIV)


I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

– Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)


So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

– John 13:34 (NLT)


We love because He first loved us.

– 1 John 4:19 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart




He Knows

Has no one noticed your sorrow,



Does your anguish

fall on deaf ears?


Feeling unseen

and unheard

causes an ache deep


But I want you to know

that nothing escapes

the watchful eye of God


He hears the thunderous drop

of your silent tears


He is wide awake aware

of your pain


And you can have unique joy

right in the middle of your sorrow


for Perfection

loves you

right in this place


And you don’t need to feel

unseen and unheard


because there is not a single person

on this earth


whose attention on you


matters more

than the attention of Eternal God


He knows


– Susie Stewart


I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for You have seen my troubles,
and You care about the anguish of my soul.

– Psalm 31:7 (NIV)


You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.

– Psalm 56:8 (NLT)


Lord, my longings are sitting in plain sight, my groans an old story to You. My heart’s about to break; I’m a burned-out case. Cataracts blind me to God and good; old friends avoid me like the plague. My cousins never visit, my neighbors stab me in the back. My competitors blacken my name, devoutly they pray for my ruin. But I’m deaf and mute to it all, ears shut, mouth shut. I don’t hear a word they say, don’t speak a word in response. What I do, God, is wait for You, wait for my Lord, my God—You will answer! I wait and pray so they won’t laugh me off, won’t smugly strut off when I stumble.

– Psalm 38:8-10 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart


The closer I get to You


the less I desire the praise of people

the less I desire to please them

the less I am offended by them.

I gaze at You

and all the empty spaces are filled up.


– Susie Stewart


One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.

– Psalm 27:4 (AMP)


Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)



Photo by Gracie Oertli