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A Little Journey with God ~By Jessa

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~A Little Journey with God~ By Jessa

It was a cold December morning. The grey clouds covered the sun, and a cold chill ran up my spine from winter’s bite. I decided to stop at my favorite coffee shop to warm up. I had plans set for the morning; it would be another busy day…

When I was driving home, I saw a man and his dog sitting alone in the cold. My plans took a sudden halt. I observed the man from a distance taking note he had no food, was alone and sitting on a road with not even a sign. He had a duffle bag, an old bike, a beautiful dog and appeared to be homeless.  It was nearing Christmas, and my heart broke with compassion.

I am never quick to get out of my car and talk to strangers, so I drove by and rolled down my window, giving the man three dollars that was sitting in my wallet.

“This is all I have,” I said.

He received it warmly and said with a big cheerful smile, “God Bless!”

As I drove away I began to think and pray… That is not really all I have.

What struck me was how thankful he looked when just three dollars were given. He was so grateful to receive so little.

I was thinking of his current situation, and was reminded of “God will supply all our needs according to his riches in Glory” (Philippians 4:19).  How can I show this man that God is thinking about him today? I began to pray again asking the question: What does he need?”

Once I came home, it wasn’t hard to find what he might need. With compassion in my heart, I quickly made him a turkey sandwich, gathered some homemade chili, a muffin, some waters, protein bars, cough drops, and other various things.

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I must tell you, my heart was getting filled with joy as I was preparing all this. I felt one with God’s heartbeat. I rummaged around my home to see what else I could give. I thought, “Perhaps a candy cane? It is Christmas soon, and here is a warm blanket we never use.” Lastly, I grabbed a Billy Graham devotional my husband and I already read through many times.

The only thing I did not have was dog biscuits. Right away, I felt a sense of inconvenience because I was going to start my workout right after coming home. I was thinking about what I wanted and needed to do that day.  Would I have the time to give to the man and his dog?

I finally decided it was worth an extra 30 min out of my busy day. I was on a mission in the streets of Kalispell!  Going to the store to get the dog biscuits, I prayed again and was reminded of the verse “For God so loved the world he gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).  Father God gave us Jesus Christ, His perfect Son, and in response to the will of His Father, Jesus stretched His arms out on a cross and gave us everything He had that we may know Him and His heart… Thinking of it struck my core. Truly, in similar fashion, we are called to stretch out, to reach out and demonstrate the love of God to others in the most practical, simple ways that they too may know God loves them.

Praying that the man hadn’t left because it was about half an hour since I saw him last, and a bit nervous outside my comfort zone, I reiterated this verse to myself – “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward” (Mark 9:41).

I thanked God when I saw the man was still there with his dog. My heart filled with compassion, I pulled up a second time and gave him everything I had prepared for him.

There are hardly words to describe the joy on the man’s face…He took the food for himself and his dog, and named everything out loud with laughter! Looking up to the sky, he smiled. When he saw the Billy Graham devotional, he thanked God right in front of me! Like a little child, he put the sage green blanket to his face while holding the basket of goodies close to his chest.

It was beautiful to witness. This is what it feels like to stretch out, and simply give.

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I drove home deeply touched by what happened. Praise was upon my lips, for a spontaneous morning on the streets of my hometown.

I gave to that man, but he also gave to me.

What is the story you will tell when you see someone and you begin to pray?

~Jessa

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~The Incredible, Wonderful You!~By Faith

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The Incredible, Wonderful You!~ By Faith

Recently at a Mary Kay conference in Atlanta, Georgia it became wildly apparent to me how little I tend to operate out of self-confidence and security. I tend to notice this much more when I spend a lot of time on social media. It’s so easy to slip into judging others or second guessing my journey, timing, wardrobe, etc. I can then go a whole day wishing I were different, better, more (insert adjective). The problem with this is-#1 I become negatively self-focused, not feeling equipped or confident and-#2 I’m not expressing myself fully in my gifts, letting my unique light shine.

It really hit me when I saw about 10 women (National Sales Directors) at the very top of our company debuting as emeritus. I realized all these women lead the people God entrusted to them differently. Sure, they made some tweaks and grew stronger in weak areas, or even delegated some of those…but they each had to step into their individual greatness-how God made them specifically. Those things that motivated them, what gave them passion and inspiration, their own sense of humor.

I think as long as I am looking to the left and right, feeling insecure, wishing I were different, I’m missing out on the life that God gave me to thrive in. I’m missing out on confidently leading the women He specifically entrusted to me!

What is every empowering thought you’ve ever had about yourself?  Take a minute and write them down.

Now, what is every dis-empowering belief you’ve had about yourself?  Write them down.

Look at the empowering beliefs, what are the top three? How do they make you feel? What would it look like if they guided your actions?

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Now the dis-empowering.  What are the two most dis-empowering? How are they ridiculous or absurd? How are they assisting you in the mission you have with this one life you get to live? What are they costing you?

Jesus nailed your shame, guilt, anger, insecurity and judgment to the cross. I don’t know about you but I’m sick of lugging them around for NO good reason. They’re not only not assisting me, they’re slowing me down and distracting me.

Let’s put blinders on, take God as our partner and enjoy this life while trusting He has equipped us with everything we need through Him and His presence.

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Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us.”

 

 

Faith Corpron

“Jaws” ~ By Rheannon

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“Jaws”~ By Rheannon

Fear…Somehow when I think of that word, the soundtrack from Jaws starts playing in my mind.  It’s like there is an unseen monster hiding around the corner waiting to sink its teeth into me.

Getting right down to it, God has really been speaking to me about fear.  I find myself paralyzed by its icy grip more often that I would like to admit.  Most of the time I cover that up with an “I’ve got this” front, but if I’m honest, that famous soundtrack is still lurking in the dark passages of my thoughts.

I wish I could just push the fear aside…as if it was something physical that I could move out of my way…but the things that play on the field of the mind can be tricky to outwit.

Can you relate?

A couple weeks ago I was seeking God in my prayer time and waiting on His voice.  What He had to say to me is taking some time to sink in!  Basically, He told me that I am afraid all the time about so many different things, which is true.  He also reminded me that He is GOD.  He is in command, He is all I need.  He reminded me of things that He had told me before about who I am and what I am supposed to be doing…that was a good thing, because let’s face it-we are all super good at forgetting what He says to us ten minutes after it’s been said!  MAN! (Side note-write what He says down.  You can look at it and actually remember it later…)

Now, fast forward to this week.  I am again full of fear and need to call in back up.  AAAaaah, friends.  Don’t you love how a friend can make all the difference?  Sarah is a good friend.  She tells me what I need to hear even when she knows I might not want to hear it.  Thank God I always know she loves me and I can trust her, so I called her up and asked for prayer.

“You know why the enemy wants to keep you afraid of this?” She asked, “Because he knows that if you aren’t, you’ll drop some serious butt-kicking karate chop spirit filled action right on his face and defeat him!”

WOAH!!!  Hold up-do you know what that means???  The enemy is AFRAID!  That’s because the Spirit of Christ is in us, and that Spirit is what defeats the enemy! Someone please hit the gong!  What a realization!

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Did you know that the enemy of your soul, Satan, the devil, a fallen angel, is deeply concerned that you will meet your full God–given potential?  Yep.  He dang sure should be.  He also cannot touch a single hair on your head without God’s permission.  He’s on a short leash.  While we are on that note, let’s also establish that the devil is NOT God’s “equal in evil.”  He is a created being-a fallen angel, who has a major “I want to be God and rule the world” complex.  To an extent, he does, by permission, but he is not now, has never been, and never will be the opposite of God.  The opposite of good is bad, the opposite of light is dark and the opposite of God is nothing!  GOD stands ALONE as supreme in power and authority…but I digress.

Now, God word says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  We are made by His hand and for His glory!  For His own purposes!  He crafted you from the very beginning for a task specifically designed for you.  YOU!  No wonder Satan has it out for us!  We are literally here to be and do God’s glorious work in the world.

Sarah encouraged me to recite Scripture to myself when I feel the “Jaws theme” hit my soul.  Things like-

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” KJV

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” NIV

Dr. James Dobson, a Powerful Man of God, says this about moving past fear:

“You can talk to God in prayer and release your fears- not holding on to them.  Give to God your fears and doubts.  Trust that He will take care of things – in His way and His timing – because He is stronger and wiser and more loving than you could ever imagine.” (drjamesdobson.org)

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So, friends, we can lean into God when we are afraid, trust Him for the release of that fear, and move forward into what God has for us!   Grab hold of the amazing truth that you have a PURPOSE here, and the next time that the soundtrack plays in your mind, remember that the only reason you’re hearing it is because the enemy is afraid of what God can do in you!

Praise the Lord!!!

~Rheannon

 

Rheannon is a Country Rock and Contemporary Christian artist.  You can learn more about her by visiting her website at http://www.rheannonmusic.com

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~O Holy Night~ By Marty

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~O Holy Night~ By Marty

 

…..The Soul Felt Its Worth……..

The year was 1847. A man by the name of Placide Cappeau was asked by a priest,
from a small town in France, to write a song for Christmas Eve. In a horse-drawn
carriage on his way to Paris, he composed the poem that we know today as, O Holy
Night. He only had the words, so he asked one of his friends to write a melody for this
beautiful song we sing at Christmas…a song filled with powerful lyrics.

“…..till He appeared and the soul felt its worth …..”

I’ve seen these lyrics on Christmas cards, wall decor, picture frames, dishes, and even
Jewelry. This year I discovered a richness in the lyrics that I previously hadn’t paid
much attention to …what does it mean for the soul to feel its worth? More than just
incredibly powerful words, I believe this is the heart of Christ…that we would come to
know how much He loves us, how valuable we are to Him. I decided I would do a little
research on the topic…..but God knows just how to reinforce His message of love and
worth….. so He led me to Walmart…yep….I would have preferred any other place
instead of there, but apparently it’s where He needed me to be…..

I remember pushing my shopping cart up and down the store aisles grabbing items, and
checking them off my list. “Hurry up, and be done” were the words playing loudly in my
head. My week had been hectic, and there was a lot I still needed to get through. To be
completely honest..I was not in a great head-space…I was frustrated over a few
personal issues… trying to juggle my time, commitments, and a few projects that were
still needing my attention. I was tired, crabby, and my emotions felt like they were on
thin ice…(anyone relate to this?!)

I was headed to the check out when I saw her…an older woman with long silver grey
hair. I couldn’t really see her face but I immediately knew that she was not well. I silently
prayed for her making my way to the cash register..I was in a hurry and brushed off the
gentle nudge to go and speak to her.. it wouldn’t leave me alone…I knew I needed to
find her. Turning my cart around I began to look for her…”What are you wanting me to
say Lord?…I don’t know anything about her… and what if she doesn’t want to talk?” …
Inside I began to feel a small twinge of excitement. She was unfamiliar to me , but not
to HIM, and that was worth pursuing!

I found her standing by the milk aisle.. walking up to her I noticed a tiny decorated
Christmas tree in her cart and made that the focus of my introduction…”Hi! What a
darling little tree! Where did you find that?” Big beautiful eyes looked up at me….. in
that moment I saw just how ill she really was.

“You’re sick aren’t you? Your liver is in bad shape and shutting down.”

Welling up with tears, she told me that she was very ill and today was her first outing in
a long time. She had just undergone a serious treatment to help with her liver but it had
left her extremely weak, and she wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. I wanted to
cry my eyes out for her! It hit me hard that God loved her so much He would orchestrate
a Walmart shopping mission so I could let her know that He sees her, cares for her, and
that she is so precious and valuable to Him. I asked her if it would be ok if I prayed for
her.. she nodded yes. So right there by the Walmart milk aisle we held hands, and
prayed….I was able to tell her about God’s love for her, and that He knew all about her
“Christmas wish” (I had no idea what that was but she quickly nodded, gave me a big
smile and said yes) Wiping the tears off our faces, we hugged and said goodbye, both
of us touched by what had just taken place…..my heart was FULL.

Driving home with one more stop to make, I realized that, yes, Christmas is about giving
and receiving. My grouchy attitude did not disqualify me from simply being God’s
messenger to a woman who needed to know that she did not go unnoticed by Him. I
think we sometimes forget to stop and remember who we are and what we were
created for. His life given for us reminds us of the fact that He loves us, is for us,
provides for us, and is always enough. I am so grateful for God’s unconditional love. I
am grateful for my Savior. He is the Good news! This is the Christmas message! The
message our lives are meant to live, and the message so many around us are
desperate to hear.

When we know that our identity is found in Christ, we gain access to our worthiness.
It’s not about being perfect..(I certainly wasn’t on this day!). It’s about owning our story
and claiming our worthiness found in the gift of His son Jesus. He longs to appear
through us to a hurting, broken, and desperate world… Christ in us, the HOPE of glory!
(Colossians 1:27)

My last stop of the day… the post office…someone had sent me a Christmas card. I
had it open before I made it home and on the front of the card were the words;
… He appeared, and the soul Felt Its Worth…
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I understood like never before the powerful meaning embedded within these lyrics…

Blessings to you this Christmas,
~Marty

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Ridiculously Excellent ~ By Sue

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Ridiculously Excellent ~ By Sue

My husband and I took a little reprieve last week and spent some time at a missionary resort.  We just needed to get away from it all and unwind.  The weather was amazing and we settled in for a weekend of awesome relaxation.

The founder of the organization was there and invited us to have a cup of coffee with him. He began to show us his vision for the future for this resort.  As he pulled out the drawings and laid them out for us to view, he called it ‘ridiculously excellent’.

…I sat on those two words for a moment…what a grand phrase to explain a vision that some felt was too big and unreachable.   I commented on the usage of his words and he said, “Sue, if your vision is not intimidating to you then it’s insulting to God.”

That stopped me in my tracks.  I began to consider some of the things that God has placed on my heart to do.  It sure is easy to ‘coast’ with your vision.  To just do the minimum.  To not step into the intimidation zone. That’s the ‘easy button’ way.  But when you truly take the vision that God has placed upon your heart and then jump both feet in, you find yourself having to trust that God will be ‘all in’ with you!

When we walk in our calling, or put the vision God has given us in place, and then trust Him all along the way – no vision is too big.

I hope these words stick in your mind this week.  Has God called you to walk on the road less traveled?  Are you intimidated by this journey?  I’ll be praying that you will have the courage to walk on that road called ‘ridiculously excellent’.

Creatively His, Sue:)

~The Gift that Keeps on Giving~ By Jessa

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~The Gift That Keeps On Giving~ By Jessa

God is a God of love, therefore, He is always ready to forgive and connect with us despite our shortcomings or sin. When we position our heart before the Lord, to receive what only He can give us, it would look something like this: “Ok God, I need Your touch here, I surrender to You – show me Lord where I need forgiveness. I receive all that you desire to give me.” When we know exactly where we need Him to forgive us, then we can receive it with a joyful heart as He lifts us out of our shame and guilt. The moment we have freely received God’s mercy and forgiveness, that standard has been set for us to freely release the same measure to those we are connected with.

“But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.” (Eph 4:32 TPT)

When it’s challenging for me to forgive someone, I picture Jesus on the cross dying for my sin. When I see and value His heart, I cannot withhold the mercy He gave me. The more we walk with Jesus as our friend, the more we understand His heart for us… We can learn to love because He first loved us. Because of His grace to allow us to connect with Him through His forgiveness toward us, we are empowered to walk in His nature, as His children, in His likeness and become merciful as He is merciful.

“Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters. And continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for he surrendered his life as a sacrifice for us. His great love for us was pleasing to God, like an aroma of adoration—a sweet healing fragrance” (Eph 5:1-2).

Isn’t that just amazing? We can know Jesus in His mercy, and reflect it to others.

Reflecting the mercy of Jesus through forgiveness is pleasing to the Lord, and allows us to love as Christ loves. As we release forgiveness, Jesus, in His mercy, cleanses us by sculpting our ash-heaps of pain, shame and guilt into a beautiful diamond worthy of praise!

Because Jesus Christ purchased us with His pierced hands, nail-torn feet, and a crown of thorns, we can bond ourselves to His kindness and mercy. During this holiday season, I challenge us to slow down in our “New York minute” world, and see things through His world view.

Take a moment…Embrace just how precious you are to the King of Mercy and Kindness… Think about family, friends, and even those who have hurt you. As Christ has called us His friends, He is calling us to walk in complete forgiveness for the sake of relational restoration, and personal healing. This is what He died for; this is what matters to Him most:

“I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father. You didn’t choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last, because whatever you ask of my Father, for my sake, he will give it to you! So this is my parting command: Love one another deeply!” (John 15:15-17 TPT)

A family member of mine once reminded me not to forget where I came from… Although we don’t dwell in our past, we can acknowledge what we didn’t have prior to meeting God, and be thankful for what we have now because of what He has done on our behalf. That is our testimony! Let us not forget the beauty that comes with forgiveness and mercy. We were once blind, but now we see.

C.S. Lewis said it like this,

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else. We need help to see, we need His vision to walk as sons and daughters of light in His love to love as He loves.”

Who do you need to love today? Who can you extend His mercy to? It’s a time to heal and to open the gift of His mercy—A gift that keeps on giving.

~Jessa

~Being the Answer to Your Own Prayer~ By Faith

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~Being the Answer to Your Own Prayer~ By Faith

You know how God tends to overload you with the same message from time to time?  I love that He cares about each of us enough to do so.   Being the answer to my own prayer has been something God has been repeating to me lately!  It happened to me over the course of a couple of weeks – I heard it from Joyce Meyer, my local pastor, and a cherished friend all around the same time.

So, let’s say I’m praying for more energy. Sometimes  prayers comes down to James 4:2,  “you have not because you ask not.”  But what I’ve found to be true multiple times in my life is that I can simply be the answer to my own prayer…

What does that mean??

Well, God gave me free will. What I choose to do with this free will can set me up to be the answer to my own prayer or the opposite.

Back on the topic of more energy ~ I get to choose how early I go to sleep, I get to choose what foods I eat and the quality of those foods, I choose whether or not to move my body, I choose how much water I drink and on and on.

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One week I was feeling overwhelmed (putting it nicely) after hearing the “what’s for dinner question for the 4th time that week. Instead of praying for patience or to not feel overwhelmed I realized, hey – I need to eat every day too, so what is a solution to this frustration?

My solution has become food prep every Sunday!

For our family of two we make 4 dinners (Keto is the way we are currently eating) and a dessert every Sunday. There’s one mess to clean up and we have all the food we need for lunch and dinner for the week. Problem solved!

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This can be applied to so many areas.  Are you praying for extra income? You might consider a home based business on the side.  Are you praying for growth in your business?  What are the daily things you can do to move you closer to the direction you want to go, and are you doing them daily?  Are you praying for a better relationship with someone?  Try imagining how they feel about themselves and their life and how you might contribute to it. Are you praying to feel less overwhelmed?  How much margin do you allow in your day? How often do you make a to-do list, prioritize and delegate?

Yes, there are things we cannot do for ourselves- but when we can, let’s go to it!

Girls, we get to choose to align with God’s word and take a healthy, truth-based, solution oriented mindset! YES!

Check it out – 1 John 5:4

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

2 Corinthians 2:14

“But thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of him.”

Let’s do this!

~Faith

 

 

~You Are Enough~ From Marty

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~You are Enough~ From Marty

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 “I just want to be someone’s enough”…. These words, though emotionally charged, were quietly spoken by a beautiful young woman whose heart had been shattered and abused from the time she was a preteen. Painfully aware of her past, her desire to be loved had led her down a dark path filled with regret and torment. I wanted so desperately to crawl through my phone and wrap my arms around her! Those heart wrenching words would echo through my mind for days. Pat- answers, textbook advice, and go-to scripture verses were all at the push of a button, but unable to reach the depth of her pain and provide the healing her heart cried out for.

Quick fixes cannot administer lasting healing. When I’m inconvenienced, tired or just out of time, I tend to want to “fill in” the emotional gaps that others might be facing…I am no longer fueled by compassion, and unable to step into their story with the respect they deserve. This woman had opened up her very heart to me and that was holy ground…not something to be taken lightly, or handled irresponsibly. Her desire to be someone’s enough was directly tied to her identity and value in Christ.

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that a price asked for and paid establishes the value of an object? We each decide what price we’re willing to pay for our purchases, and that price reveals what we believe the value and worth of that purchase is.

In spite of the fact that we have all fallen short and are far from perfect, God’s unbelievable grace chose to pay the price that would not only provide freedom to our shackled hearts…but enable us to become His daughters! So great is His love that He works continuously in our lives to transform us into who we are really called to be.

In His eyes, we are valued far beyond our ability to understand! He loves us and wants us the way that we are…the messy, broken, angry and confused us, even that version of us that walked away from Him. Our value has never changed depending on what we did or didn’t do.

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Let me explain it this way: consider a $100 bill. According to the Federal Reserve, “Any badly soiled, dirty, defaced, disintegrated, limp, torn, or worn out currency note that is clearly more than one half of the original note, and does not require special examination to determine its value, is not considered mutilated and should be included in your normal deposit.”

Like that bill no matter what you’ve gone through, been exposed to, or even what you’re feeling while reading this -YOUR VALUE TO GOD HAS NEVER CHANGED. He doesn’t throw us out because of our unclean, un-crisp, tattered appearance. He takes us THE WAY WE ARE and through His outrageous love restores us. This blows my mind!!! In a world where social media and current culture applaud and promote high performance, Christ places His value on YOU…not your high performance ratings. Oh the freedom this brings!

That precious lady who called me?… Today she is living a life of freedom. Like all of us, she has good days and bad days and continues to grow in who she’s created to be, reaching out beyond her own capacity to embrace others who come her way and are desperate for this truth that sets them free!

Her phone call caused me to embark on a journey that to this day is teaching me about the power of value, truth, identity, love and authenticity. There are hundreds…thousands of young men and women across the globe who are desperate for someone to see them, and be willing to step into their story.

My heart burns with a holy passion to help others find their value and worth in Christ! To see their gifts and calling rise to the surface and grow in influence…to awaken dormant dreams and visions…to infuse hope and healing and illuminate the dark places of the soul with the brightness of God’s truth!

Christ Himself revealed our value through a single act of love, purchasing our freedom with the currency of His own blood. (Eph 1:7) Such unfathomable love!….. A love that cries out:

YOU ARE ENOUGH!

~Marty

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~Unique.~ By Sue

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~Unique.~ By Sue

 

Unique.

We have heard from childhood that we are special. Unique in our own way. One-of-a-kind.

Those words go into our head, but our heart hears something completely different. To be different has not always been accepted. Beauty magazines show us numerous ways that we can be ‘just like’ everyone else. From fashion styles to how to makeup videos to plastic surgery. We are never satisfied with our uniqueness. It always has to be ‘tweaked’ and upgraded.

It is enough to make a grown woman mad! Heart, mind and soul. With the dawn of social media, the desire to be ‘the same’ has turned into a sickness. A toxic way of life. We spend hours looking at what everyone else looks like and then we try to copy it. Pinterest is filled to the ultimate brim with “improvement” suggestions and the Pins and shares show that women are searching, daily!

Even those of us that want to be unique and different can emulate the way that others are unique and different, copying pieces of them and losing a piece of ourselves along the way.

What if we took 30 days and gave a concerted effort to not copy one ever-living thing?  – And if we do, we write it down.  I wonder what we will find.  You may be saying, wait a dang minute, I don’t copy anyone or anything.  Really?  Let’s all try the above and convene after 30 days. I think we may all be very surprised at the outcome.

Creatively His, Sue 🙂

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~You Can Move a Mountain~ By Rheannon

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~You Can Move a Mountain~ By Rheannon

There are so many things happening in life right now.  The pace holds steady at a hundred miles an hour, it seems.  I am sure you can relate.  There has never been a busier generation than this one!  I wonder how often I miss “God moments”, or just pass them by because I am so busy.  It’s like a form of blindness… The thought sickens me…I know it’s true.

Over the years, I have heard story after story from people who are hurting- people who just want someone to notice their pain…lately, some of those stories are weighing heavily on me.  Tonight, I feel sorrow.  And anger.  And uncertainty…I wonder what it is that I can do to help!  My heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones, those in broken and painful relationships, those who do not know that there is a real God who loves them so much that He would do the unthinkable…

And yet—

I am beginning to think that mountains can be moved with a continuous gentle pressure.  That pain can be healed by kindness and that love can overcome hate.  All of these successful through the unending love of God to us and from us to another.

We have a multitude of opportunities every day to be the gentle hand that presses the mountain aside, to be the expression of God’s kindness to those wearied by oppression and the door through which others may find salvation in Christ.

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Please, let’s slow down a little and see what is around us.  Really see.  Really feel and respond to a co-worker, stranger, neighbor, boss or student that is bogged down in life.  When we see, we will ourselves begin to change and want what God wants for another.  Healing, wholeness, truth… but remember, love does not require control or success as far as we can see it in the now…love requires patient perseverance, a listening ear and hope for the future.

Let’s not allow the enemy of our souls to pull us around by the nose with business anymore.  I know, we must work and balance family and friends and life.  But let’s start looking for opportunities to offer a hand or word of encouragement to someone who desperately needs to see and hear Jesus in our eyes.

Love,

Rheannon

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