A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement

What Does God Look Like?

When Martha Williamson envisions what God looks like, she can only imagine a bright light; a light that is love itself. And even though she doesn’t know exactly how God looks, she knows how he loves and that’s what’s important.

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Carl Lehmann

posted April 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

Dear Martha,
Thanks for your encouraging devotionals. I notice that another Mormon AD appears next to your video today. Are you a Mormon? I would not think so when I hear some of your remarks. why do these Mormon Ads appear from time to time on your page? Please answer me Thanks Carl Lehmann

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Debbie Banyai

posted April 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

What do I see when I think of God? I grew up in a Methodist church. Our minister always wore a long, black robe on Sunday mornings. Occasionally, he would come down to the Sunday School and visit with the children. After we had grown up, my youngest sister shared she grew up thinking he was God. I don’t know why it surprised me, but when someone shared that picture of Jesus in Chinese Bibles showed him with oriental features; bibles in African dialects showed him as black, etc. It really only makes sense. We want our God to look like us! Me – I think of an older man in a white robe with long white hair and beard – and He is white like me!

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Lori K

posted April 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

Good morning Beautiful Woman….
You look beautiful, as always, Martha. I haven’t been listening lately, but I do have them all saved & ready to be watched. I am done with this semester of school in two weeks. Two glorious weeks off to bathe in the light of our Lord.
I have been posting for a while now, and there is no other person that I admire in their love & light of God as I do you. You walk the talk and share like no other. This morning share was beautiful as they all are.
When I first got clean & sober, 11 years ago April 7th, I no conception of God, nor did I think I was worthy of having a God in my life. With time, I understood that God has always been in my life, I just didn’t know that God, the intangible, lived in my heart. But today, I understand that that was the love that I was filled with; the love that I didn’t know what to do with, because I was unable to give it to anyone as a child. My young life was not a safe life & I feared one more hurt. Today, I love God, I live (or do my best) to live God & most certainly love like God. That is all He wants for us. To love others, as He loves us.
Thank you Martha, for your love & light. Your glow says it all & I am truly grateful that I have found you. Have a beautiful day.
Oh, by the by, today would have been my grandmother’s 102 birthday. She has been gone almost 4 years. What a woman…..I could still see her smile & the love for her grandchildren in her eyes. Happy Birthday Grandma….you are forever in our hearts and forever in my thoughts!!!!
smiles & huggs, Lori K.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

I am glad to see that you are feeling better.
I love this topic today.
I have alway’s wondered why all the pictures I’ve seen of God are nothing like what the Bible say’s. But listening to you this morning let’s me know it really isn’t important.
Love is the answer to it all. Once we learn to just be that to each other all else will fall in line.
Be Blessed.

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Karen Lundgren

posted April 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

To me My Heavenly Father looks like the most loving gentle grandfatherly like person. Someone who is all knowing and wise. Someone who has lived a life of Serving others.Some one who can take me into his arms and calm all my fears lovingly stroking my hair and telling me that I have done well. Someone who I can go to for repentence and know that he will forgive me for all my human errors and love me just the same. Someone who is strong and fearless yet gentle as a lamb. Who can counsel me in the ways I should go and I can depend on that counsel. For you see I am a child of God. My elder brother Jesus has paid the price so I can go back to this benevolent being. All because my loving Father loved all of us so much that he sent his son,my elder brother Jesus to come to earth and take all my sins,sicknesses be it mental,physical or spiritual on himself and die for me so I can come back HOME again.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

This reminded me of and old song I remember hearing in church service years ago. I cannnot remember it all and could not find the lyrics but it went something like this.
I looked upon the stars at night and wonder where they got their light “I see him”
I felt the newborn babies skin, heard it cry it’s life began I felt him
Oh I see him I feel him I hear him everywhere
Much more to the beautiful song but we may never know what his facial and physical being really looked like but we can see him everyday. I can see him in you Martha with the love that beams from your being to others. So he looks a little bit like each of us and his universe he created.

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Lola Griffin

posted April 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

When I think of God or envision Him, I see a gentle, caring, loving man with His arm open, accepting us for who we are, with our faults and short comings, but loving us just the same. When I leave this world, and go to heaven (I hope) I want to walk into those arms and let them embrace me and welcome me into my new home.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

God looks like all of us for He dwells within all of us.So let the God in you come forth today so that the world can know what He looks like

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posted April 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I see a wonderful Father whose light shines just as much as we need and/or will allow.
Over the past few weeks, I have reflected alot about things that have occured in my life, both good and the not so good, and have come to the realization that God has been there. Even during times when I thought He had abandoned me. His light continued to shine as brightly or as softly as I needed for that particular time.
If I needed a shoulder to cry on, He’s was there. If I needed a to be forgiven He’s was there. If I needed guidance He’s was there. Whatever situation – He’s there. The wonderful news is that He is still here when I need Him today and the assurance that He will continue to be there in the future.
P.S. I recently found DVD’s at out local Library of Touched By An Angel. Thank you so much for working so hard to produce those shows. I have fell in love with them all over again.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Thank you, Martha

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sandi angel

posted April 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

God is energy–pure energy. A light that’s so powerful and intense that no-one will ever be able to look at it. His son, Jesus, is there (in heaven) to guide us and only He will be able to see His father. Of course, i’ve never been there so i don’t really know, but this is what i’ve always imagined. Jesus, on the other hand, took an earthly Jewish body. When i’m at prayer in my group, and the wind blows outside i imagine it to be the spirit of God. When the sun shines through the stained glass windows, i imagine the radiance of that light to be the lighted energy of God. God is molicules, adams, energy dispursed–and we are molidules, adams, energy put together so that we can visually see each other. If we were to break apart, we’d be like God–unable to see, but energy still there. Please excuse my spelling errors.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I’m fairly certain I’ll be so overjoyed at being in the presense of God that I’ll jump up, shout and dance just like (and maybe with) King David.

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posted April 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

When I envision God, I see light surrounding a man (after all, Adam was created in His image) who looks quite familiar – my adopted Father’s face, snowy-white hair, and His outstretched arms, welcoming me like the Prodigal daughter that I am. My Dad left his earthly body WAAY too soon (for me), and didn’t live to see me recover fully from a nervous breakdown. I felt as if I had let him down somehow; hiw “perfect” daughter had a flaw. He never understood the mental illness I had (bipolar disorder), but I imagine He knows and understands NOW. I firmly believe that Abba Father IS God, and that I WILL see Him on the other side, if it be His will…

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posted April 21, 2010 at 2:27 am

Hi Martha
Again you make my heart full of joy, What I would do when seeing the Lord.
I really cant imagin what he would look like, All I see in my mind, and heart ,is that want I always wanted. That glowing light with rainbows that never end, such a great feeling of love for him. He is are Lord God almighty and always, even we dont see him we know in are hearts , he is always there for us!!!!!!
Thank You Again for such insight!!!! Angie

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posted April 21, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thank you for your message today. You are a true angel. I think of God often throughout the day. Sometimes I’ve wondered what He looks like, but what does it matter? The Joy being near Him is a connection that colors the days I have on earth. It is the Invitation to be a part of His kingdom that amazes me. I have hopes of meeting all the ones I have lost in this life in that kingdom. If I was to have a vision of what He looks like I think of the Strength, Kindness and Loving Person that He is, was, and will be. I see it in some of the people I’ve had growing up in a fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Flassing, who lead me to Christ by her example. I’ve admired many people who’ve shown what God’s character is like. I truly think He speaks to me in ways that help me daily.

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posted April 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

what do I picture when I think of meeting God?
Kind eyes…..
And, hopefully, a smiling mouth saying “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The rest is subject to interpretation
yes, I think God looks like me….
And the tall man on the bus….
And the black woman in the line at lunchtime…
And the Asian boy who lives down the street…
We’re all made in God’s image

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Joy Travillian

posted April 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

to be in His presence and to look upon His face, if that will be allowed would be glorious. I imagine a bright but peaceful light. And His light will provide reassurance,guidance, and trust. To know and feel His love surrounding me is miraculous.

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Your Name

posted April 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

Yes! God gave us all love – God is Love! We are to show love to each other . You ,Martha ,are a wonderful example of that love , you give to others all the time . Remember that song , Love Makes the World Go Round? ( or was it part of a song?) God made the world and everything in it ; we are to be loving in a way that reflects God’s love and that’s what Love looks like! Thank You ,Martha ,for your love to us and that makes me love you more! Jenn Penn, Penna.

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posted April 23, 2010 at 12:54 am

I admire your videos and have watched many. This is the first time I felt the need to comment.
I have not felt as if I fit in anywhere, most of my life. Certainly not as a child, young adult, growing older years and now in retirement. I feel as if I were a round peg trying to fit into a square hole.
I have adult children and grand kids. My grand kids give me great joy, when I am sitting with them. I would LOVE to spend an adventure with them and their parents. But my adults only do things “together as a family.” I am a part of their family but not really. These are different times. It’s sad for me.

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posted April 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

Physically, I can’t imagine what he looks like, but spritually I know what he is like. The blessing of knowing him transformed my life.
Thank you Martha for your thoughts. Lupe

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posted April 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

Dear Martha,
I love your videos. Probably one of the best songs I have ever heard, and one that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it is ” I can only imagine” by Mercy Me. It brings the realness to what we all may think God looks like. God is soooooo in the details of everything and the only think he asks from all of us is tha we believe, with every fiber of our being. As difficult as it may be at times, ecspecially when nothing seems to be going right, if we only believe, we will truly be amazed at the results. I look forward to your blogs, they give me inspiration at times when I don’t feel all that inspired. I recently posted a statement on my profile of facebook, in which I said “I am surprised at how few people knew what truly deep faith I have, I guess I must not be showing it all that well, Praise God all you people of the world, he deserves it”. It made me step back for a moment and see what I am or am not doing that is not Godlike, that is portraying the image that God wants me to portray. I think we all need to step back at one point in our lives and see what kind of image others see in us, and if it is not what pleases God, we need to try and remedy that. God bless you, keep up the good work, you touch alot of people with your words and I am sure God is very pleased with the work you are doing for him.

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Donna Ann

posted April 27, 2010 at 5:05 am

I don’t know … and really don’t think about (now that I think about it) what God looks like.
I only know, think about and appreciate what I experience every day because of what He created for us. It’s 3:54am right now and as I am sitting here in my quiet home, I am enjoying listening to the birds chirping outside as they are waking up. And I love looking at all the trees and flowers that are blooming this Spring. I love smelling the fresh air when I walk outside. And I thought about God as I was petting the caterpillar on my fence yesterday.
To me, God is everything I see, hear, smell, touch and taste every day. And I thank Him that I have my senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste in order to appreciate His creations.
And on a personal level, God has granted me the opportunity to have the family, friends, job, home, vehicle and every other thing that makes my life fulfilling. And these are things that lots of people unfortunately are not blessed to have.
So, in my eyes, it’s not what God looks like, but what He has blessed us with each and every day He grants us with another day of life.

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Jan K

posted April 28, 2010 at 1:21 am

Your videos speak volumes to me. Like you, I am a supportive person that uses God given energies to help women who are experiencing that first diagnosis of breast cancer, going through treatment and then the life after cancer. It is rewarding and also draining. I am a breast cancer survivor now of 3½ years.
This question about what does God look like is intriguing. Don’t know if we will ever know that in this life. There is much that we don’t know. And don’t know if it really matters. What does matter is that He never leaves us and never forsakes us. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is so many things. And He is love. He is our Creator and our Father, our Abba Father in fact. And He gave His Son, Jesus to let us know what a relationship with God can and is like. And He also gave the Holy Spirit not only as our Comforter but our Guide. And He has divinely inspired His Word, the Bible to be our instruction and guide book to get us through this life. If we look at all those things that God is, we know that who He is is far more important than what He physically looks like. One day we will know Him when we enter into His presence, each of us when He calls us home. And we will bow down and worship Him for who He is then and when He came to dwell in each of us.
God bless you for this ministry of your stories. I know recently you said that two friends died. That was a difficult time for you. And I am glad to see you took care of yourself. Their gifts of the spirits and memories will always be there for you. There bodies were only the temporary home on this earth. Now, they are seeing what God looks like for themselves. As we all will someday.
May God continue to bless you in this ministry. My prayers are with you always.
A friend,
Jan Koelsch

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Melanie Lucas

posted April 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

To see God will be joy and peace. Laughter and serenity. Galdness for all of eternity that will erase all memory of sadness. Thank you for taking the time to remind all of us of the glorious future that we have to look forward to.

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posted May 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Hello Martha…..Thank you for being who you are to so many hurting people. You bring a lot of joy and fullfillment into so many lives. I don’t have any idea what God looks like. I know what it feels like to have Him available at all times. When I am lonely or feeling that no one else cares I have the security of feeling God’s presence and that He will never leave or forsake me.

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Linda C.

posted May 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I have wondered the same thing many times and I think the one description of God that I enjoy the most is one our Pastor uses. He described God as “Abba, Father” and then proceeded to tell us to crawl up in His lap and lean on His chest when we need comfort andd rest for our soul and troubles. It’s aplace of rest and refreshment from the many troubles of this world, I know I go there often. Thanks, LindaC.

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posted May 20, 2010 at 11:53 pm

What do these human eyes see of my Creator, when I feel His presence?
First, I see golden light, shimmering all around me. It fills the room I am in (the room beyond my closed eyes in prayer).
It is as if He is so close to me, I am inside of His arms. Images kind of soar across my vision – mainly His eyes. They are human eyes, familiar like that, with so much focused attention. So much compassion. Sometimes they are moist with tears. Once, when I was praying in a church, I felt a hand reach into mine and hold it snug and firm. I opened my eyes and saw Jesus kneeling over me. He was looking around the room at the others with me. I watched a tear stream down His cheek. That was Jesus, I believe. But the idea that Jesus is in God, and the Father is in Jesus, as our Lord explained in the New Testament, helped me accept this idea: That sometimes God shapes Himself into a form that we will understand.
And I do understand. I know it in my heart, when I see those loving, smiling, tearful, absolutely concerned eyes gazing at me through the light.
I’ve been granted just a moment of needed visual reassurance. I’ve seen a small part of our loving God. That’s what I envision of God.
Bless you.

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Linda Jackson

posted June 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

What I saw was a vision of mary and Jesus after coming home from surjury, in the sky about 20 feet up. They were large and looked just like the statues dispicted of them in the Catholic Church. Although I am not catholic, But I was in a Catholic Hospital and got baptism by a priest when I was in fear of dying. My then Husband saw it with me, Mary’s face was first, then the face of Jesus appeared. Not in color but a fine mist as a hollowgram. Thought I’d share my experience…Thank you for reading this, God bless you.
Linda Jackson

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