All day people will tell you who they think you are. They have an image of you, labels that they will try to stick on you. But you have always been more than their words, and more than their labels. You have always been more than what even you think you are. The truth is you don’t even know the real potential God has for you, because you have set limitations from what people have said about you. Fact is, God is the only opinion you will ever need. He has created you and knows you more than you know yourself. You are His daughter and son and that is all you will ever need!!
“He found him in a desert land, and in the hvowling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,”
Peace by definition means, “freedom from war”, Think about that for a minute. Worry, stress, anxiety, fear…none of these things are from God. They are from the enemy, an enemy that is in a battle for your soul. A war is raging and God offers you Peace.
Read Mark 4:35-41, I love this verse, Jesus wakes up, calms the storms with just a word, and then calls the disciples out. “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” Looking at this situation as an on looker, You honestly think the disciples are dumb dumbs. The son of the living God is in your boat! Your not going to drown. But how many times have we been in a storm, and all we can think is “I’m going to drown, don’t you care God?” The whole time he is looking down saying, “I’m in your boat, dumb dumb.”
Peace is not the absence of conflict or trouble, but rather a calm understanding inside that lets you know that God is in control no matter what the circumstances around you may be. It is easy to look around and be worried or anxious about the bad things that you see. The bible tells us that not to worry (Matt 6:25-34), but instead talk to God about the worries you have, and He will give you peace that passes all understanding.
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It is Christmas Eve. Darkness covers the gathered crowd. Candles high, cast a warm glow against the darkness. The darkness cannot stand against the light. The light will always win. I feel my heart contract, “No matter how dark things are. I will always cast the light. My light will always be more.”
In the midst of Darkness it is hard to see the light. Your pain and grief makes it hard to look up…
So long ago the same darkness was over the land. The people await the birth of the Messiah. Jesus was Expected. Anticipated. Jesus was needed. Prophesy of promises gave hope.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
A long awaited savior is born! Humbly he has come to save a dark and barren world. The light in our darkness, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). With God ALL things are possible. No grief, No pain, NOTHING can separate you from the LOVE of God!
Behold the Child is Born. They will call him Emmanuel: God with us. He is our light. Our Hope.
Merry Christmas my sweet friends,
Haunting memories darken my door. I stand in the white door frame. It has cast a shadow on my feet. I bend my head down to see the darkness, it lingers. Sickness of shame rises like vile in my throat. Swallowing, I grip the door frame. My strong stance wavers in the shadows. My weakness is evident now. I step forward on the foundation that’s been laid. The darkness can’t find me here. No shadows can stand as my feet find the pavement. My bare toes soak in the sun rays. I am free.
I can never find the words that expresses how Gods love feels. How grateful I feel. Every moment I have to choose to forget and forgive a haunting past…everyday the enemy tries to keep me there. Vile memories replay and taunt me for seconds that feel like a lifetime. But every time God will show up where the enemy tries to defeat me. Everyday God wraps me up in His arms and whispers of His grace. “You are my beautiful daughter…”
Every moment meant for my harm, turns into another beautiful written line found in my love story with the King.
There is no chain that God’s Love can’t break.
This Love – by Housefires
My take on Luke 15.
I come across a group of women talking. They whisper and stare at me. My shame comes across my cheeks like scarlet. My cheeks burn, they know what I’ve done. They know the sin I carry. They see me through self-righteous eyes with no remorse. They just see my past. They’re grumbling tones echo, “She is with that man, The one who welcomes those disgusting low life’s and eats with them.” Then I feel a hand on my shoulder, and the low grumbling tones become hushed as He begins to speak, “What kind of person would love and care for hundred sheep, and when one goes missing, not go and find that one? No, the shepherd would leave the ninety-nine in open country and go after the one that is lost until he finds it. When he finds what has been lost, He would carry it so carefully back home and once home rejoice with all his friends! Look! I have found my sheep which I love and care for!! This is my daughter which I love and care for. I have found her! I tell you I rather have found this ONE, then have ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
The group of woman stand blank faced. Their remorse is now with themselves. Speechless. I say nothing as I walk away redeemed. forgiven. I am His Daughter.
I did not deserve it, I could do nothing to earn His love, yet He pursues me with a reckless abandon. Oh Reckless love of God…Keep Overwhelming me.
If you have never heard this song by Bethal you need too!
When asked to tell you more about myself, I often give a long list of what this world says I am. I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a teacher. This list just scraps the surface, and thats where I find my dilemma. It claims my identity. Identity is the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. Your identity is that smallest, deep down part of you. What truly makes up who you are. Who are you? What are you holding your identity in? I realize I have been holding on so tightly to who the world says I am, but the world does not define me! I am not a wife, daughter, or teacher! I am a daughter of the King! I am God’s beautiful and fearfully made servant. My identity is found in God, not this world. In Isaiah 43, God says, “Fear not for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.” Our identity in this world will change and pass away, but who God says I am will never wither. I’ve been getting so caught up in who I am to others that I’ve lost who God says I am. So at 27, All the things I’ve held so tightly to seem to crumble, all the while God is saying, “You are mine.” God is constant, still, and never changing. God is where I choose to hold my identity.
God, I pray for anyone who is searching for who they are, or what they want to be. I pray that they find the answer in you. That your constant and filling presence overwhelms who they think they are and becomes who You are calling them to be. Help us love You, Love people, and be better then we are today. Thank you for finding me. Amen.
Thank You for listening and stopping by,