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Uniquely Designed

 

 

The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 

Genesis 2:7

Have you considered how amazing it is that God stooped down and created Adam from dust? He formed his body, shaped his being with his hands out of the dirt, then breathed his very own life into Adam, and there was life.  He didn't stop there, He also designed Adam for specific callings on his life. God formed him, breathed life into him, and then communicated with him. He didn't walk away, simply leaving Adam standing there in the garden pointlessly breathing kicking the dirt and wondering what to do next.  No, Adam knew he was designed to be there. He was God's child. He was to name the animals. He had dominion and purpose. 

Have you ever asked God what His design is for you? He hasn't just put you here and left you for nothing. He has designed each one of us uniquely, for His purpose. Do you know what that is?  God designs each one of us in the womb of our mother, He speaks to our Spirits and creates our designs. He is the Creator, the Breath of Life, the Lover of our Souls.

What have you been designed for in the hands of our Creator? 

 

 

 

 

On Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

The God of Heaven will make sure we succeed. We're his servants and we're going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this-Jerusalem's none of your business!

Nehemiah 2:29

 

The last couple of days I've been reading in Nehemiah again, I love reading this story! Nehemiah knew his mission, and he knew how to stay on task. He was called to build a wall, and eventhough many people tried very hard to distract him with mocking and laughing, he was not distracted.  Others tried to pull him away from his task and get him to leave the site and meet them elsewhere, but he did not fall for their trickery. He knew what God had asked him to do, and that is what he did. He remained focused on God's Word to him. He kept building, building, and building. He continued to believe that God was in charge of his life, and God would bring success. His enemies did not appreciate his attitude at all, so they amped up their attacks on him. In chapter 4, verse 7 it says, "When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the wall of-Jerusalem were going so well-that the breaks in the wall were being fixed-they were absolutely furious." So, they got together and decided to create as much trouble as they could think of. 

Nehemiah countered with prayer. He put armed guards at the most vulmerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords. He spoke to them, saying "Don't be afraid, Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."  And, then he reminds them that God will fight for them as well.

So, I love this story because it is true for our lives today, true for me. God calls me, and I'm not always as good at staying on task as Nehemiah, but God hasn't changed. He is still in charge, and all that He has said is true. He is still fighting for you, and for me. Enemies come and mock us and try to get us off task from our mission, but it's none of their business! We can call in our circle of family and friends to pray with us and to stand guard around us as we march on, work on, and pray on. The enemy will get furious at our progress, he will amp up the attack, but God will fight for us, because we are secure in Him. He is rebuilding each one of us to succeed in His Kingdom!

 

Round Up A Friend

 

By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Friendship is a precious gift. It's rare to find the kind of friend that is truely all in, but when you do, you've got a real treasure. And, you have a bond that cannot easily be broken, a kindren spirit, a connection, a deep love and an understanding. 

I have a couple friends like that. They hurt when I hurt, they listen, they know what pains me, and what brings me joy. And, I know this about them. If they are hurt, then my heart is hurt. If they are happy, I am rejoicing with them.

Be thankful for your friends. And, if you are longing for deeper friendships today, then I am blessing you with strong loyal friendships. I am blessing you with Godly women that will love you and stand beside you through thick and thin, tears and laughter, childbirth and death, hopes and dreams, gains and losses. I bless you today with at least two friendships that belong to you, they are yours. Trustworthy, life long, protected.

I bless you, in Jesus name.

Breathe Life

 

 

 

Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath,  'Thus says the Lord God, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe these slain, that come to life."'" So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came ino them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Ezekiel 37:9-10

Ezekiel is the perfect example of bringing life to death. He was in a valley full of dry bones and God told him to speak life over the bones. He did, and as he spoke life over the bones they came to life and stood on their feet and they became a great army!  

Ok, thats power! God's amazing power, and Ezekiel's amazing faith.  Ezekiel heard God tell him to speak life into old dry bones, and he did. The old dry bones got up and lived.  Don't you think this is incredible?

So, where are you speaking life today?  I had some moments yesterday that I really needed to breath life into my own heart. The air quality from all the smoke was starting to really bother me, and I felt some conflict over a couple other issues----life giving words was a much needed resource for me. 

God has given each of us the power of words, and the ability to speak life. We can speak life to ourselves and to others. When you are slain down, speak life into your own heart. When you see your people discouraged, speak life over them, and surround yourself with an exceedingly great army.

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