Renewing My Mind

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When this world tries to tell me that I am not enough, then I will remember that God says

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).
  • God is enthralled by my beauty (Psalms 45:11).
  • God has given me everything I need for life and godliness (II Peter 1:3).
  • I am more than a conqueror through Christ (Romans 8: 37).
  • God has promised to complete the work that He started in me (Philippians 1:6).
  • The Lord is my Helper.  He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5-6).
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
  • God’s power is displayed through my weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).
  • I am new creation, complete in Him (II Corinthians 5:17)
  • Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
  • God is able to do more than I can ask, think, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Q4U:  What Scriptural promises do you cling to when the world tries to tear you down?

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Good Service

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My man and I plopped down at a table in the crowded restaurant.  We were in a new town, and the menu was foreign to us — so many choices.  I was so thankful for our waitress.   She approached the table and introduced herself with a smile.  She was open, friendly, and knowledgeable.  She guided us to the right choices, and she remained close by throughout the meal — always available, always ready but not crowding us.  Before our dinner arrived, she blessed us with a free appetizer since we were “new folk.”  What a great night!  This girl performed her job well, and I still remember that evening — I long to go back.

As a Jesus Chick, I am called to be a servant, one who helps others and points them toward choosing Christ.  Am I being attentive, but not overbearing?  Do I share the truth with grace and clarity?  Are others attracted to my Savior because of the gifts of compassion that I freely share?  Will people develop a hunger for God through interacting with me as his representative?

I must confess that my “attract-ability quotient” as His ambassador could use some improvement.   I grow weary too easily when “pesky people don’t show an appetite for Him.  I claim that I want to be “fruitilicious,” yet I am reluctant to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty.

Good service requires self-sacrifice and commitment to the needs of others.  Will I stay the course and serve with a smile?  This prayer from Paul’s epistle to the church at Colosse has challenged my selfishness :

We pray that you’ll live well for the Master,

making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard.

As you learn more and more how God works,

you will learn how to do your work.

We pray that you’ll have the strength

to stick it out over the long haul

not the grim strength of gritting your teeth

but the glory-strength God gives.

It is strength that endures the unendurable

and spills over into joy,

thanking the Father who makes us strong enough

to take part in everything

bright and beautiful that He has for us” (1:10-12, MSG).

I meet “new folk” all the time who are confused by the many choices on the menu of life.   My job is to whet their appetite for the food the truly satisfies.  I must stop gritting my teeth in order for His joy to flow freely and spill over on to their plates.

Q4U:  How do you practice “good service?”  Any tips?

For 2013, my one-word focus is “Fruitilicious.”  Check out what that means here.

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Keeping Company 

My husband intensely dislikes social settings. We go to parties, and he smiles and tells jokes. You would never know that inside he is a big ball of nerves…

I am honored to be guest posting today at Start Marriage Right.com.  To read the rest of this post, head on over here. 

Seasons

Do you feel it?  The air feels crisper, and color is bursting forth everywhere.  God, the designer of seasons, is beautifully transforming the canvas of our world right before our eyes. Just as He colors the leaves, He delights in creating a new portrait in our hearts.  Two years ago, a metamorphosis began for me.  A single gal for 42 years, I honestly had no hopes of marriage.  I had not had a date in 9 years.  Then, one day, God changed everything. What a joyous season! – flowers, invitations, and an outrageously expensive white dress filled my days.  The picture would have been perfect had it not been for one dark shadow.  Cancer.

… I am blogging over at (in) courage today.  Click here to hop over there for the rest of the story!

In a Fog

  God and I had a “moment” last week.  My husband and I drove 12 hours straight from Florida to North Carolina.  What a crazy ride!  Part of the morning was foggy — picture Gotham city in a Batman movie.  The road ahead disappeared from view, and we drove on for several miles in faith — the path was unclear.  Not fun at all!  Thankfully, after a while, the sun broke through.   The fog had been a temporary, mysterious  inconvenience on our journey.

The next morning, I decided to get up early and plop down in a comfy rocking chair on my sister in law’s lovely porch with my Bible and my journal.  Again, the fog surfaced.  All I saw in front of me was a white blanket of nothingness.  Rather than resign myself to the sadness of the situation, I decided to stick it out and sit for a spell.  I spent some quiet moments in worship — reading, praying, and writing down about God’s abundant blessings found in His Word.   I chose to “wait it out” so to speak, and later that morning, I was rewarded.  The fog rolled slowly back, and behind it a mountain decked out in fall splendor appeared.  Color burst forth everywhere I looked.  It was in that magnificent moment that God spoke to me — You see, so much of life we seem to spend “in a fog” — the path ahead is hidden from view, and our present circumstances don’t pose a portrait we like.  That morning, sitting on the porch, God whispered to me — “My daughter, there is always beauty waiting behind the fog.  Just wait and rest in me.”

I don’t know what fog you are presently experiencing in your life, but rest assured, our Father has something magnificent ahead.   “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; you will see a vast land” (Isaiah 33:17, HCSB).   Your mountain view is coming.  Wait and see.

Linking up with a like-minded sister at Beholding Glory as we brag on God.

 

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