Friday, November 2, 2012

This morning I was thinking about what I would look like if my outward demeanor matched what I felt on the inside.  I feel much joy and peace MOST of the time-simply knowing I'm a christian and that Jesus has died for me, taken away my sin, and given me life eternal. BUT I have to ask myself why so many times when I look in the mirror, I don't see that reflection!?  I remember when I was younger-say high school age....I didn't want to show my true feelings or happiness for fear I would be made fun of...You know how teenagers are, the more you act "cool" or neutral-the more people will like you...The ones who were daring enough to be themselves, put themselves at more risk for being made fun of & that was NOT going to happen to me!!!
I wanted to be safe, because I had enough problems in my life, let alone feeling like an outcast at school. Those traits though somehow stick with us, don't they? We find ourselves still playing it "cool" through adulthood....Adults still trying to compete for the bigger audience or trying to find their self worth in other ways besides finding true freedom that only comes through JESUS CHRIST!
No one likes to admit that they feel like they don't measure up.  Especially if you've been hurt.  Theres a search that goes on in so many of us and we find ourselves keeping very busy. Honestly, very few seem to want to slow down and DEAL. Its a hard thing to come to terms with; the reality of our sin and the sin of others....but 1 day God asked me that very thing. He said, "Wendy, can you deal with it?" like even though your a christian and you know MY love and all the good that I have to offer, can you deal w/ the fact that NO ONE else in this world is going to be able to offer you that? Can you deal with that? It kind of took me by surprise and relieved me of the pressures I had to be perfect. And I've been able to let go of the expectations I had of others too.... How grateful I am today to have a Father and Best Friend who has forgiven me & loves me unconditionally!!!! No one else's love can ever come compare to that!!!
Can you believe the picture above is Fanny Crosby-the lady who wrote the song, "Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It"  Redeemed -- How I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed thro' His infinite mercy, His child, and forever, I am"   
Ha,ha!!!  I guess you can't always judge what you see on the outside..... & that's why I love Jesus even more!!!! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Look Closely....

     I am so thankful to be able to be writing again on my blog. I have missed it immensely! The subject I am so extremely passionate about and want to encourage you with today is on LIES we are believing. Do you ever catch yourself listening to your own self talk and what goes on in your head? Do you believe every thought or take it "captive" like the Bible says in
2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."        
     This is saying, anything that goes against the KNOWLEDGE of GOD (His Word) we are to take that thought and for example (if the thought is "you will never measure up"-compare that with God's Word which says, "The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;" Lamentations 3:25)
So, all you have to do is put your HOPE in Jesus Christ and seek Him and The Lord will be good to you! Which means, if you can measure up to God, what else is there that you have to be concerned about!?
     I struggled many, many years with believing that this was not TRUE. I was trying to please people instead of God. I allowed others and their actions to manipulate how I felt or acted. It was like being tossed back and forth by the waves of an ocean. I was not CLEAR on what or who I was...My purpose was grounded in whoever's purpose I was around. I didn't TRUST what God's Word said and definitely wasn't GROUNDED in that!
     All I can say is it is a good thing to realize that we have AUTHORITY in Jesus Name!!! There is NO other name on heaven or on earth that we can be saved. (Acts 4:12)  So why do we look to anything other than Him to give us what we need or desire?!
     Who are YOU looking too today? What are you looking for? Appreciation, Respect, Power or Prestige, Admiration, , Understanding, Promotion, Honesty???  Can someone give that to you in the exact measure that you need it? Will it be enough? Are you ever content?
     IF you are lacking in any way-SEEK the One who made you....If you are sincere and humble yourself before Him-He will hear you and do AMAZING things that you could never imagine!
     Simple & TRUE....HIS Word is where you will find the truth to combat ANY and EVERY lie. When you are desperate enough.....That is when you will find him, my friend!