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Birthday Blessings

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY, AND I AM FEELING SO BLESSED TO BE ALIVE! BLESSED TO KNOW THAT I AM A CHILD OF GOD AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN HIS PRESENSE. BLESSED TO WALK THIS JOURNEY WITH HIM AND WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS HE BRINGS ALONG THE WAY. BLESSED TO LOOK AT THE TESTIMONY OF HIS LOVE FOR ME, THE WAY HE HAS TOUCHED MY LIFE AND RESCUED ME, FOUGHT FOR ME, TAUGHT ME, STOOD BY ME, AND CONTINUED TO KEEP HIS PROMISES. BECAUSE HE IS WHO HE IS, I HAVE LEARNED THAT HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, EVEN WHEN MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOT SO GOOD.

TODAY I AM SMILING BECAUSE I KNOW MY GOD IS SMILING AS HE REMEMBERS THE DAY HE FORMED ME IN THE WOMB. THE DAY HE WROTE MY STORY IN THE BOOK OF HEAVEN AND HE DANCED OVER THE BEAUTY OF ALL THAT WOULD HAPPEN BETWEEN THE LOVE THAT WOULD BE CREATED IN MY STORY. HIS WORK IS EVIDENT ALL AROUND ME, THAT IS MY BLESSING TODAY. HIS WORK BRINGS HIM GLORY! TODAY I DECLARE BLESSINGS ON MY GOD!

WHAT DO YOU DECLARE?

What's Your Story? 2

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace wihich was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.

2 Timothy 1: 8-10

Do you have a collection of stories to tell, but you've filed them away for a later date?  Maybe someday you will write them down for your children or your grandchildren?  Are there numerous wonders that God has done for you that you'd like to write about, yet you haven't taken the time?  What are your true stories?

Has your mind ever been cluttered with so many thoughts that it was challenging to sort out the true stories from the false ones?  The dark days of the enemy can make it difficult for us to see what truth is, and when that happens our perspective on everything can change. Hope can turn into hopelessness, faith can become questions, love feels empty. The enemy will take truth and twist it all around until you believe you are someone completly different than who you really are!

I've been there! My true story is just that. But, also, the rest of the truth is, God is such an amazing relentless pursuer. He has a fierce love for all His children, and the enemy of my soul cannot destoy me, because God is there to bring truth and to speak His true story over me. 

True Story? Yes, we all have one.  And, so does God. He is speaking it, singing it, living it. And, it is ALL for you.  He is weaving it into your life today, all you have to do is accept it! 

What's Your Story? part 1

They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren't in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ.

Revelation 12:11

Do you look at your life and think there's a great story to tell? Do your friends tell you that you should be writing a book?  Can you see the tangible ways that God has stepped in and saved you time after time?  Or, is it contrary to this? Does it feel more like you've sailed along with nothing extraordinary that has happened? You haven't had any huge spiritual markers in your life, might I even say it's been a little boring?  Or, you are in between these two scenarios, there's a few markers, but most of the time life is rather mellow.

What's your story? 

We all have one. We were all raised differently. Some of us as Christians, some of us not. Some of us had happy childhoods, others not so much. Many of us were silent about the unhappy part, those who were being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused  were screaming inside, but silent on the outside. Nobody really knew what their story was, and some people still don't.

What about that first time you thought about God or you knew He existed? The first time you felt His presence? What was that like? Where were you? How old were you?

One of the first times I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit flood my entire being was as an adult in my 30's. I was in my home alone, and I had the strong impression that I needed to dance. I am not a dancer, and I had never danced before, so I knew this must be from God. Especially since I had been praying! So, I got up, and started to dance ( or at least what I thought might be dance) I was immediately flooded with warmth and power from the Spirit. It was unlike anything I had every felt or experienced before. I knew, without a doubt that God was for me and I wanted to serve Him, and I wanted more of Him.

What's your story?

Wrapped in Beauty

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Romans 4:7-8

In this verse in Romans, Paul is quoting from Psalms 32:1-2. David was a man after God's own heart, yet he was also a man that was well acquainted with sin. Afterall, he did sleep with another mans wife, then he killed that man so he could marry his wife! There was no sacrifice in the old testament for either of these sins, yet God covered him and did not exact the required punishment from him for these sins.  If David had been punished for his sins, it would have been put to death.

This is what God does for you too. God refuses to count sin to your credit when you have sinned. He has put His righteousness on your account instead! He has taken you in all your mess, and completely wrapped you up in all His beauty, and He wants you to claim it

You can't work for His beauty. It's already wrapped all around you. You can share it's power with others, it's amazing light; and as you do His beauty increases. 

You are standing in Christ Jesus, and He is perfect. When God the Father looks at You, He sees His Son!

As he is, so are we in this world. 

1 John 4:17

 

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