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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Survivor

Survivor Buff

My best friend likes to watch true crime shows, but she doesn’t have cable at her house.  So, I agreed to DVR a couple of her favorite shows, and every few weeks, she comes over for a viewing party.   I sit beside her on the couch and attempt to not squirm too much as the blood and gore flashes on the screen.

One of the shows she enjoys is called “I Survived.”  Here is the Biography Channel’s description of the series:

“What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, I Survived… allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances — offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever.

I Survived…
is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest.”

The stories highlighted on this show are HORRIFYING, but they are all true stories told in first person by the actual survivor.  Every episode ends with the “survivors” explaining in their own words why they felt they survived a very traumatic incident.

Last year was a very difficult year at our house — death, sickness, depression.   I am so thankful to be “on the other side” of a traumatic season for our  marriage.  When I look back at the year, I know why I survived.

I survived because

  • My Help  comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalms 121:2).
  • Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (I John 4:4)
  • With God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37)
  • God sent His word and healed me and delivered me from destruction (Psalms 107:20).
  • The Lord stood with me and strengthened me (I Timothy 4:17).
  • He never leaves me nor forsakes me (Heb 13:5)
  • The Lord is my strength and shield (Psalms 28:7).
  • God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)
  • The Lord alone makes me dwell in safety (Psalms 4:8).
  • His mercies are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Q4U:  Are you a “survivor buff”?  What verse have you hung on to during a difficult season?

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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.

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