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~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

 

 

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~You Are Enough~ From Marty

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~You are Enough~ From Marty

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You Are Enough

 “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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~Affirmations~ By Faith

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Affirmations~By Faith

A few years ago while on a run I remember listening to a recording on the subject of positive self – affirmation. It stated that if you were to simply speak an affirmation to yourself, you would need to repeat it about 150 times for it to actually affect your brain. However, when involving your nerve endings by snapping your fingers or clapping your hands, necessary repetition would go down to 15 times. Amazing, right?!

A few months after learning this I heard about a process called EFT, (Emotional Freedom Techniques), where you tap on acupressure points while sorting through feelings or saying positive affirmations. At the time this seemed a little too “New Age” to me and I shied away from it. 

About a year and a half later, I heard about it again from Barbara Hall of Peaceful Health, someone I really trust, and began to explore it. It has been life changing!

I’m told we have about 4,000 thoughts per day and on average, 87% are negative. When we are stressed from these negative thoughts our body goes into fight or flight mode. Aaahhh stress…


In that mode it’s hard to receive positive affirmation! If your subconscious mind is not in agreement with your “affirmation,” which is typical, then it can actually cause more stress to the body because it feels untrue. It is amazing how our bodies work! 

‘Tapping’ on the acupressure points as we acknowledge our fearful or anxious thoughts sends calming signals to the Amygdala part of the brain, which controls our fight or flight mode. After working through those feelings, I can then pray, or speak affirming Bible verses to myself as my brain more easily receives these words. 

Romans 12:2 

“Therefore do not be conformed to pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Philippians 4:8 
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”


I am so grateful for resources that help me “be transformed by the renewing of my mind”. The healthier my soul and mind get, the more loving wife, sister, daughter, friend and member of my community I can be! 
Please feel to contact me with any questions or leave a comment below! 
~Faith 

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~Learning to Play the Rest Note~ By Marty

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~ Learning to Play the Rest Note~ By Marty
   I knew I was going to be late. The clock on the wall, the time displayed on my iPhone, text reminder notifications to help me NOT be late….it only added to my already pressured state of mind. I was at work, and it just isn’t my style to up and leave when a project isn’t completed. There was no getting around it that night…I needed to leave and so I did…frustrated that I didn’t finish my day out the way I had hoped, and making a long mental list of “things” that needed to be done while I was away. Stressed and crabby I jumped in the truck with my amazing husband who was more than happy to drive me to a three day women’s retreat called Tres Dias……he had gone with the men the weekend prior and came back  refreshed and fired up. I had no idea what to expect…all I knew was that cell phones, watches, and any other electronic devices were highly discouraged.
…Great……this was going to be interesting – me without my iPhone for three days!?! I really didn’t see how that could be good for me or even possible :)…Thank God I could bring my make-up!
To be perfectly honest, in life, I wear a lot of different hats…and lately too many. I’m constantly trying to move ahead and make up for those heartbreaking years where I had lost so much. The rat race of work-pay bills-schedules-and even those “good” responsibilities were at an all time high. I had been considering which hats to let go of….I’m a firm believer that if you don’t know your value, someone else will set it for you – and that was something I didn’t want to succumb to.
   It was dark by the time we pulled into the campground, and I was definitely late….I had missed the first session and with a kiss and a smile (cuz he knew what I was about to experience) my music man dropped me off. But let me back up a few years….
   When I was in elementary school I took piano lessons and was introduced to the importance of the rest note..(those of you who are musical know exactly what I’m talking about ) For those of you who don’t understand the concept of a rest note let me explain…the rest note is an interval of silence within a piece of music. A rest note creates a deliberate pause, a temporary break in the music. Rest notes often pass by unnoticed, but they are a vital part of musical structure. Their purpose is to keep the other notes from stringing together in a breathless and chaotic way. Even our written language includes rest notes. We place periods at the ends of sentences and use commas to create slight sentence breaks. Imagine playing or listening to music without playing the rest notes! Without these rests everything would be crowed, chaotic, like one very long run-on sentence.
    In the Bible, the idea of resting after six days of work was modeled by God himself  (Genesis 2:2-3) and actually became a command for people to follow (Exodus 20:8)
In psychological terms, taking some SPACE to REST is like placing a period at the end of one project before turning our attention to the next one. Without this space of rest, we can start to feel like our days and weeks are blurring together. ………and that’s where I was at…..life was becoming blurry, and it was time to rest and re-set.
  My three days at Tres Dias became the most beautiful three days filled with community, truth, love, healing, and God encounters that I’ve ever experienced! To be unplugged from daily time restraints and expectations was something I needed more than I realized. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know what time I woke up, ate breakfast, lunch or dinner. Without my iPhone I found myself more engaged in the present moment…aware of those around me, whether they were there serving or participating, as I was.  Restoration and replenishment for my soul was the gift I received with such detailed love. I was reminded of the importance and beauty of what it means to play the rest…. to focus our attention on Christ. …to literally  “tune” IN-to His heartbeat for us.
   Now that I’m back home, I realize I can’t just unplug and head for the hills ….. on those days when I’m feeling sleep deprived, overworked, undervalued, frustrated, and stressed, I will be more deliberate to focus on the REST note in my life and allow that space to enhance my life song. I am able to refuel by taking time to pause…. I find prayer, reading scripture, soaking in the sunshine, listening to worship or just going for a walk, are just some of the ways my soul is restored….putting my trust where it belongs; with Him, the restorer of my soul.
   Let me leave you with a couple of scripture verses:
~ Mark 6:31-33~ Then Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest…” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that    they didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone…
~ Psalms 62:1-2~ My soul finds rest in God alone..my salvation comes from Him..He alone is my rock and my salvation..
~ Psalms 62:5~ Let ALL that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him..
~ Psalms 23~ He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul..
   I’m so thankful I stayed the entire three days and didn’t make a run for it LOL!  I witnessed such restoration in the lives of so many beautiful women, mine included. My prayer for you, is that you will be reminded of the importance of rest while the melody of your life is being played.
~Marty
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~Puzzle Pieces~By Rheannon

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~Puzzle Pieces~By Rheannon 
There it is…the wambo box of little cardboard pieces, all shapes and colors. The image on the front displays a serene beauty somewhere between here and heaven…2,000 piece puzzle. This one should be framed, if you manage to get it all done! Like the one on grandma’s wall, right? This’ll be easy…

Yeah, right!!! You know who it was easy for?? The puzzle maker. The one who cut all the pieces in the first place. That guy knew what the end was supposed to look like right from the get-go. 

..my friend called me yesterday and shared her devotional with me. The theme was our God given purpose. The “why” behind why we are here. The truth that God has His own agenda for our lives – an actual purpose for us that is meant only to be accomplished by us. Individually. 

The funny line “you do you” has become a catch phrase across T-Shirts and Memes all over the Internet. Actually, it’s a perfect saying for understanding our place in God’s plan!

Each one of us is really like a puzzle piece. Designed and cut specifically for one spot in the grand scheme. That may seem kinda small or insignificant, but have you ever seen a puzzle missing some pieces, or just one piece? It just doesn’t look right…it’s incomplete. 

Let’s read how the Apostle Paul describes our different and unique rolls like this, in 1 Corinthians 12, verses 4-12. A big chunk, but key!

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

I love the last line- it’s a Power packed statement of unity in diversity in Christ! You and I each have a certain call from God. I can’t be you and you can’t be me. You do you!!

Imagine what a puzzle would look like all one color and all one shape…well, it wouldn’t look like much! 

This weekend, I would encourage you to seek God and pray for His guidance in showing you what your piece is. Then, thank Him and serve Him in that with all your heart! 

And go ahead, you do you!!

~Rheannon

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~Living My Way~ By Sue

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~Living My Way~ By Sue

There are mornings when I’ve woken up and said, out loud, ‘I’m just really tired of living life my way.’ It seems to have worked for a while, but when I put myself totally in charge of me, there are barriers that pop up out of nowhere. Like a real-life video game, with roadblocks and obstructions that appear right in front of me to thwart my every plan.

Living my way just doesn’t work. It’s a plain and simple fact. I need guidance. And plenty of it. There needs to be someone else on my side. Someone whispering that I need to turn left or right or stop when I find myself blindfolded or in a fog.

Having a co-creative partner has been essential in my life. Someone to throw ideas around. Someone to truly listen to me. Someone that I trust. Most of all, someone that gets me.

I’ve had many friends, lots of acquaintances, but I’ve moved, they’ve moved, life changed on their side and mine, as this world keeps spinning. But the one constant has been my relationship with Jesus Christ. I talk to him out loud, in my head, while I’m driving, before I go to sleep, when I wake up. He is a friend that never leaves. Scripture says that faith is the evidence of things unseen. I’ve always had a faith that was very visual. I see the evidence of my Savior, my friend, my guide, everywhere.

Listening has not always been an easy task for me. My brain moves a thousand miles a minute…it is something that I’ve had to learn to control. But what is so cool, is that I don’t have to control that when it comes to Jesus. He tracks with me!


And when I live His way, when I truly listen to His next steps for me, He brings gifts and fruit into my life. That is evidence. That is things seen. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. Those are gifts that I want to open every day of my life. Silk ribbons on pretty packages ready for me to untie and live with and in and share every day. 

Galatians 5:22-

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard — things like affections for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. – (YouVersion MSG)

Creatively His, Sue:)

~Just the Opposite~ By Faith

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~Just the Opposite~By Faith
While listening to a recent podcast from Joyce Meyer last week, I found myself struck by something she said. When I hear something like this it usually challenges me at first, but then resonates so much in my spirit…like something I’ve always known deep down. 

Does this happen to anyone else? I have lovingly come to know it as “awareness” or “enlightenment”. 

It feels as cozy as a fire and a warm blanket to me. Like Papa God is nodding that this information is not too good to be true and He’s so happy about my new realization.

I know you’re wondering what she said – “we can either trust God…or be miserable”.

Whoa Joyce, are there really only these two options? I don’t know about you, but in my time of reflection I realized these really are the only two options for me.

The other day I sat down at the end of the day, by recommendation of another incredible woman I follow, Chalene Johnson, and wrote down every negative thought I had that day (that I could remember anyways). 

She suggested that you then write down the root, stem, and trigger of that thought. 

Now, I had a couple of things in my life that I could apply some practical systems, tweak a habit or be more intentional about. In these cases, as my lovely friend Katelyn shared with me last week, we can sort of be our own answer to what we’ve been praying about. There are some areas of life where we simply don’t need to wait on God to give us a solution – we can solve the chaos by waking up earlier, eating less sugar, going to bed early, making those better decisions, or exercising.

But in every other area (which was by far 75%+) of my negative thoughts, the root, stem or trigger was lack of trust in that moment!

My thoughts were rooted in anxiety, fearing forward, trying to control something or someone – essentially NOT trusting God.

When I read “Jesus Calling” the other day it said “God is trustworthy”. Ahhhh, such a lovely thought. When I look back at my life I know it’s true.

So how do I trust God and Faith? What does that look like? 

If nothing changes, nothing changes. What do you need to change? What will you replace the habit of worry with?

First – decide you will not let your mind be swayed by the wind, circumstances or people. Then make a list of your prayers and positive go-to’s for when it starts to go in the wrong direction. 

I recommend Joyce Meyer’s podcasts for one, or any pastor or leader that you trust. I find that I am much more likely to have a successful “faith-filled” day when I am filling my mind and heart with the truth. I have about 5-10 resources (books, podcasts, sermons, Mary Kay leaders) at all times that are ready to listen to while I get ready, drive, ect.

My next favorite practical tip is to imagine the scenario that you are dealing with (or the 88) and imagine as if all of your needs or wants for it were met now. How would you feel? Relieved, relaxed, grateful? 

I also do something called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) you can youtube Brad Yates EFT, I trust him and have grown so much from this.

This way of thinking or trusting can become a habit, just as the opposite has. 
Now get excited! Because if anyone can change their habits, beliefs and thoughts, you can! Let’s go!

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
~Faith Corpron
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~God’s DIY Project~ By Rheannon

~God’s DIY Project~ By Rheannon

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First off, let me just make an off subject note and welcome all my Montana readers to Fall…as of today, we went from 80 and 90 degrees to 55…basically overnight. Oh yes, and there are winter storm warnings for those of us above 6,000 feet… Montana, we love you. AND we must also note, that due to this extreme change in the weather, our smoky, eye watering skies have been cleared exponentially, so thank you!

(Had to bring that up, for a giggle of relief and gratitude…!)

Now, back on topic-

My handsome hubby and I are in the process of buying our first home. (More details on that later when all things go through…). It’s crazy and exciting and my mind is simply busting with all the things we want to do with it. I literally eat, sleep and breathe home improvement stuff right now. ***Confession*** I go to the gym and hit up the treadmill at a specific time just so I can watch Chip and Joanna Gains on Fixer Upper. I can’t get enough of this stuff! And hey, its good for me. LOL.

My Pinterest is officially blown up by DIY projects that will find themselves in my new home. Board and Batten walls, tables and chairs, refurbished dressers and molding – its all there. I can see in my mind what I want to create.

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Certainly, there are things currently in this home that are crazy far from being what I have envisioned. Naturally! They were designed to be that way by someone else. Not by me. So, when its my turn, it’ll be my design. Fitting for my man and I to enjoy.

Chip and Joanna inspire me. You know what one of the best parts about them is? They see the end from the beginning almost immediately upon waking into a house they are potentially going to re-do to fit their client’s desires and budget. A skill like that takes time and effort. It’s just like your job- you know how to do it, and it probably has become second nature to you. Same, same.

We’ve been looking at floor design and colors and furniture, etc. It’s amazing how much planning a home can take. By now, we have a pretty good hold on what we want, and I am working hard at making that happen through lots of DIY projects, and careful budgeting. I’m beyond excited!

Today while Pinning more ideas and creative visions, a thought occurred to me. I myself am like a DIY project for God. HA! No really! Think about it- the Bible calls us God’s workmanship. Check it out-

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10 ESV

WHAT?! You mean God knew the things He would have us do in this life before we even knew Him? Totally…. AND He knew the kind of people we were before He “purchased” us.

The house we are buying needs some changes. We are well aware! And yet, we still want it. Why? Because of its incredible potential. We can already see ourselves making it a beautiful expression of who we are and hosting big dinners on holidays and game nights galore!

When God looks at us, broken and messy though we are, He sees our potential. Not just our junk! Oh, I know, we have major junk…this isn’t one of those “we are perfect the way we are” moments…let’s be honest, we are all fixer uppers. But that IS the point! God loves fixer uppers!

To use a comparison to my DIY dreams…
When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see a worn out old dresser full of stained clothes and underwear with holes in them. He sees the gorgeous newly painted, freshly trimmed bathroom vanity of His dreams! 🙂

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When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see someone who feels worn out like an old wood floor. Constantly walked on and scratched and beat up from years of wear and tear. He sees a fresh stained, newly polished solid oak floor, the likes of which children play on and people rejoice to see. Not simply something to walk on, but something that provides stability, and a homey safe feel. OH so much more than it seems!

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When God looks at you He sees you like a unique masterpiece that only He can create. Because He sees the end from the beginning.

I hope you aren’t thinking to yourself, “that’s great, but I don’t see my particular self in that list of fixers…I’m a bit too far gone…” Fiddlesticks my friend. Don’t you know that the God of the universe- the one who fashioned the moon and the stars and set our planet in its EXACT location and rotation can handle you? Really, you are what He did all that for in the first place….He wanted a make a place to create YOU in! Seriously- He thought of you when He did it. He knew when you would be born, and what you would be like and what you would do…God tells this guy Jeremiah the same truth in Jeremiah 1:5- “Before I formed you in your mothers womb I knew you…”. It is the same for you.

Think of what people charge for uniquely crafted vintage or antique housing items. Nigh unto theft!!! Crazy expensive and oh..so..pretty…

You were crazy expensive. Did you know that? God Himself paid for you with the blood of Jesus. That’s what Jesus’ death was about. God getting you in exchange for Jesus’ life. Heavy stuff.

Please, please, don’t look at yourself in the mirror and think that you are too far gone or too worthless to matter. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You are powerfully important. And, you have a job to do! One that only you can do, by the way. Because God created you to do it… “good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

So, tonight and tomorrow, and days past that, when you look into the mirror, I want you to think of yourself as valuable and costly. Of grand design- even if you don’t feel like it at the moment. Write it on your mirror in eye liner, lipstick or magic marker. “I am God’s DIY project.” (Which makes you amazing, btw…) You are in the hands of the world’s most excellent designer and architect. When He is done, you are going to be one heck of a masterpiece. Trust Him and let Him do what He does best.

Even the amazing Joanna Gains would bend her knee and tip her hat to a Designer like that…

Love, Rheannon, God’s DIY Project

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