Red Letter Words

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As a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your identity in Him is a child of God, with all the benefits children receive from their parents, including the guidance and discipline of parents when needed. Not only that, those who believe are royalty.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9.

Our greatest example of what royalty looks like is Jesus.

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. John 5:19-20.

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30.

“Jesus, by these words states categorically that He, who was the freest of men was not functioning as a free agent. He was not doing His own thing. He was not bound by the 21st century definition of freedom. When He said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself”, He was saying that, having shared in the glory of the Eternal Father, and being omnipotent Himself, He has used His omnipotence to lay aside omnipotence and be fashioned as a man. He was sill the Son. He was still the second person of the Trinity, but without form or comeliness, without majesty or splendor, in weakness rather than strength: God, reduced to a root out of dry ground, reduced to obedience, reduced to complete dependence. Although He could have called 10,000 angels because of Who He was in Himself and the authority yet resident within Him, He cried out in despair because of who He was in His submission to His God- appointed station in life.

Deity is not easy.” Lee Wilkerson The Letters in RED.

 

If we are to follow the example of Jesus, and we are, it can be said, royalty is not easy.

Precious One, you are called to a royal station in life. Let everything you do reflect this gift; your words, your thoughts, your actions. Ask Holy Spirit to help you, He will, He is really good at his job.

Shalom!

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Meet The Spice Girls

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These five women are some of my closest friends. We have know each other for many years but it was through a life group, three years ago, that God brought us together and began to weave the fabric of our lives into one another like golden thread that sparkles as the light hits it just right.

One of us became a widow much sooner than ought to happen, one of us lost an infant grandchild moments after birth, one of us is an empty nester and still processing and exploring what that looks like, one of us has a husband that is a few years sober, one of us has a child that suffers from depression and bouts of mania and one of us has stage four cancer.

For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. Jeremiah 13:11a,b.

Just as God bound Israel and Judah to Him, he bound the six of us together and we fell into a normal pattern of doing life together; sharing our joys and carrying each others burdens. These are women who choose to  pour deeply into my life and hold me accountable. Women who send Bitmoji’s to our group message simply to say, “Good morning, or “I love you”, or “I’m thinking of you.”

One of us, the decision maker of the group, named our group the Spice Girls; we can be sassy and spicy but always lead one another back to the Lord.

I knew, eventually, the day would come that I would write this blog post, to share with you as best as possible the depth of this collective friendship, which is really one friendship bound and woven together through Christ and in Christ. You see, five of us are now learning how to alternately be the decision maker of the Spice Girls.

After a long and well fought battle, our sweet friend, Joanna, went home to be with her beloved Jesus. To say that she will be missed, well, that is an understatement.

She left us the sweetest parting gift. Her children. We have the opportunity to pour into them and see the light of her legacy; her unconditional love for all people live on through them.

Until we meet again, my sweet, sassy, spicy Friend.

#spicegirls4eva

Shalom.

 

In Between The Rains

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As I sit at my desk and look out my front window at the still quietness of the pre-dawn morning, I see storm clouds have moved in and this view reminds me of God’s faithfulness and I think about the storm clouds of life and the adversity they mostly bring.

Many will run from adversity because of the fear adversity invokes. I know, I use bolt not run. God is teaching me to stand toe to toe with adversity and to recognize the opportunity to trust in Him and depend on Him even more. To allow Him to stretch me beyond what I thought possible and to grow in spiritual maturity. To praise Him and to be overwhelmed by His Sovereignty.

With the storm clouds come rain and as the clouds move on they leave in their wake the sun. It is in between the rains that the opportunity for growth happens. Like the farmer in James 5:7, who has tended to his crops with care by tilling the ground in preparation to be sown and patiently waits for the rains that will bring new growth, we too can prepare the soil of our hearts by nurturing and cultivating our relationship with God in anticipation of new growth in us.

Precious One, hold on new growth and spiritual healing is coming.

In between the rains.

Shalom!

What The World Needs Now

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Loving others can sometimes be a hard thing to do. Especially when someone’s response to our love doesn’t meet our expectations. Or, when others have done something that causes us pain and grief. Perhaps we ought not have expectations to begin with.

The truth of John 13:34 is such a simple command but many times we allow our emotions, which are not a bad thing, to dictate our feelings. What if we sat everyday and allowed ourselves to experience God’s lavish love for us, filling us to overflowing? Might it be easier to love one another as Jesus continues to love us?

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
Its the only thing that there’s just to little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone. Dionne Warwick

We don’t get to pick and choose who we love. Jesus tells us we must love one another. What would it look like if we loved those who we feel don’t deserve love? Those who commit crimes, those who are in gangs, those who believe differently than us, those who cause terror throughout the world, those caught up in the bondage of all sorts of sin?

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.

Precious One, and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Shalom!