Blessed Lamb

Photo courtesy too_kool_kollectibles.

Photo courtesy too_kool_kollectibles.

One, blessed, lamb, these are words that I use in different variations along with other words to form my screen name for certain social websites.

Recently, my youngest lovebug had some friends over. They were commenting on my screen name for a particular website and asked if they could have the same name but with a number after the name. They proceeded to debate who would get number 1, 2 or 3 after the name. I laughed and thought it was silly and all in good fun, and an awesome opportunity to minister, hence part of the reasoning behind my particular screen names. They also refer to me and call me by my screen name, which I find endearing and not disrespectful at all.

The following day I was talking with my oldest lovebug, who happens to be attending college 2,4oo miles away from home. I was recounting to her this story of screen names and told her that her sister’s friends refer to me by a particular screen name. She laughed and said, “so do we over here!”

I started thinking a bit deeper on why I had chosen this particular name and quickly realized that I have connected this name with my identity in Christ!

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:4-7.

You see, when Jesus found me I was the one lost sheep wandering from the fold. I said yes to his invitation and he picked me up and put me on his shoulders, and He and all of heaven rejoiced!

My identity in Christ is blessed lamb, indeed.

Shalom.

 

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-awardI am humbled and honored that Kim @http://kimgosselinblog.wordpress.com/, has awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award.

I am going to bend the rules just a bit here, this coming from yours truly the black and white thinker and rule follower!

I simply cannot choose just 10 blogs to extend this award to. All of you share insightful and inspiring words that are decidedly YOU! So, I award the Sunshine Blogger Award to each of you. If you choose to accept and would like to follow the “official” guidelines, they are listed below. And, be sure to visit Kim’s blog Chronic Conditions and Life Lessons

1.  Display the Award on your Blog.

2.  Announce your win with a post and a link back to the Blogger who awarded you.

3.  Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award-who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

4.  Link your awardees in your post and let them know that they are being awarded.

5.  Write 10 interesting things about you.

As for the 10 interesting things about me, I’ll let you decide as you read my blog and get a feel for my heart.

Shalom!

Terese

Make A Cheerful Noise

174-musicWhen I was in sixth grade I sat in second seat in the flute section of our elementary school band. Other than that one experience, I am NOT musically inclined in any way, shape or form. Wait, I was a Song Girl in high school, but we didn’t sing, we danced and that is entirely another story! All the same, music moves me, especially worship music. When I am with my faith family and we are singing as one, it is an amazing 64925_4550652998757_2111394693_nexperience! Might I add that during these times I sound awesome…..in my mind! Thankfully and at least, God loves a cheerful noise however that may sound.

Last summer we were in a small airport waiting on a flight delay. I had my ear buds in and my worship music loud and was pinning or sharing from one website to another. Suddenly, I look up and my family is staring at me with a look somewhere in between embarrassment and horror. Yep, you guessed it, I was carried away and had begun to sing, out loud and apparently not so quietly.

King David dancing before the Lord with all his might. Image courtesy of jtbarts.com

King David dancing before the Lord with all his might. Image courtesy of jtbarts.com

Don’t you think God enjoys those moments with us? When it is just the two of us hanging out, having a good time and it doesn’t matter who else is around? It reminds me of the story of King David when he had returned from war and the Lord had made him victorious. He came back into town dancing before the Lord with all his might. Wearing a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14). Here is one artists rendition of what David might have looked like. His first wife Michel accused him of going around half-naked and in front of the slave girls! Lord have mercy, what was he thinking? David’s response to Michel was simple, “I will celebrate before the Lord.” (2 Samuel 6:21b).

While I don’t encourage any of us going around “half naked” physically, I would like to suggest baring our hearts in full nakedness in worship to the Lord. Today and everyday I encourage you to celebrate before the Lord however the Spirit moves you! Freedom in Christ is part of your inheritance and the Spirit will NEVER misguide you!

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

Where are You Going?

social-network_110002957-012814-intTalk the talk and walk the walk. What does that mean, really? Oh, I know, on the surface it means if we’re going to talk about our Christianity then when should walk in our Christianity as well. We shouldn’t be hypocritical, judgmental or mean. I don’t disagree, we should live our life out according to God’s will and his instructions to us in his word.

But sometimes I think we self-impose restrictions by statements like, “talk the talk and walk the walk,” that we become a Pharisee to ourself. We can get so caught up in the talk and walk that we can forget about our freedom in Christ.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:12.

As believers in Christ, his Spirit lives in us. If the Spirit is in us then we are free. Free to live our life as God created us to do without striving. It is the same Spirit that helps us to understand the nature of a loving God. It is the same Spirit that transforms us morally to understand and apply the truth of Christ. It is the same Spirit that enables us to choose wisely and avoid sin. It is the same Spirit that gently whispers and encourages us to choose to nurture a relationship with Jesus everyday.

It is the same Spirit that tells us He is the main course.

“One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:42 The Message.

God in the China

20140310_201009Recently I acquired this and that of four different antique china sets. I really have no use for them. I have my own set of china as well as my mom’s. One set of the acquired china, in particular, stood out at me.  It is of a beautiful and delicate rose design.

Now, I have a friend who I have noticed “pins” items with a similar design. It falls under the shabby chic collection. Yes, okay, I admit I pin to my own shabby chic board, but that is as far as it goes for me!

Shortly after I acquired this china I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me to give the entire set to my friend. I thought it was a great idea, but, I lolly gagged about actually doing that. Last night the Holy Spirit prompted me again and right after that thought came the thought, “don’t be silly, she doesn’t want that.” There he was again, mocking God and trying to entice me into believing I didn’t hear what God was asking me to do. He didn’t reserve one of his most infamous lines, “Did God really say that….?”, just for the garden!

I was about to buy into the lie when there was the firm and gently prompting of the Holy Spirit again. I decided to take a picture of one of the pieces and send it to my friend asking her if she wanted it. She replied that she did and I made arrangements to drop it off to her.

When I arrived at her house today carrying a big box of china, she looked at me quizzically. She thought it was just the one piece from the picture I had sent her. Smiling to myself, I told her I had another box in the car. Her hand went to her mouth and she said, “I’m going to cry.”

Do you know how incredibly blessed I feel to be in a position to bless her?! What’s more, can you see how God orchestrated and wove together all the pieces? From me seeing her pins, to me receiving the china, to the Holy Spirit softly guiding me with what to do with the blessing.

There is a song by Tim Hughes titled “Everything”. Below are some of the words to this awesome song.

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
God in my watching, God in my waiting
God in my laughing, there in my weeping
God in my hurting, God in my healing
Tim Hughes – Everything Lyrics | MetroLyrics

God is everywhere, even in the china.

A Father’s Letter to His Daughters…

Our identity in Christ starts at home by teaching to our children. Enjoy and be blessed by Brandon’s post!

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I have been thinking about all of our mornings at Starbucks and the conversations we have had about God and life.

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I have been thinking about all the hikes we have taken and how we talked about beauty and peace and contentment and joy.

Those are the most amazing moments I have ever had in my life.

I will never forget them as long as I live.

But while we have shared in so many special moments and had so many amazing conversations, in too many ways, I have been the stereotypical man, unable to fully open up and express my heart and my feelings to you.

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