"Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you." Jeremiah 1:5
God planned and packed you on purpose for his purpose.
Heaven's custom design.
At a moment before moments existed, the sovereign Star Maker resolved, "I will make _________." Your name goes in the blank. Then he continued with, "And I will make him/her __________, _________ and __________and _________and __________." Fill those blanks with your characteristics. Insightful. Clever. Detail Oriented. Restless. And since you are God's idea, you are a good idea. What God said about Jeremiah, he said about you: "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work."
Set apart for a special work.
From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado
Since we have been made right with God by out faith, we have peace with God. Romans 5:1
Pride and shame. You'd never know they are sisters. They appear so different. Pride puffs out her chest. Shame hangs her head. Pride boasts. Shame hides. Pride seeks to be seen. Shame seeks to be avoided.
But don't be fooled, the emotions have the same parentage. And the emotions have the same impact. They keep you from your Father.
Pride says, "You're too good for him."
Shame says, "You're too bad for him."
Pride drives you away.
Shame keeps you away.
If pride is what goes before a fall, then shame is what keeps you from getting up after one.
From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado
Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many...Hebrews 9:28 NKJV
You can't forgive me for my sins nor can I forgive you for yours. Two kids in a mud puddle can't clean each other. They need someone clean. Someone spotless. We need someone clean too.
That's why we need a savior.
Trying to make it to heaven on our own goodness is like trying to get to the moon on a moon beam; nice idea, but try it and see what happens.
Listen. Quit trying to quench your own guilt. You can't do it. There's no way. Not with a bottle of whiskey or perfect Sunday school attendance. Sorry. I don't care how bad you are. You can't be bad enough to forget it. And I don't care how good you are. You can't be good enough to overcome it.
You need a Savior.
From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
Who are we? As people. As mothers. As friends. As co-workers. As people that are free. Who are we?
Do we see others as ourselves? Do we see others as selfish, yet we constantly focus on them and not ourselves. Who are we? Do you lack the ability to see into your own life, but can seem to see into everyone else's really well?
Are you finding value in complaining about everyone else and what they aren't doing? How often are you speaking those same complaints out of your own place of inadequacy? What is stopping you from being involved? What is stopping you from creating a change? What is it?
Do you voice reason, but yet at times, isn't is just that which is unreasonable? Would you listen to yourself? Are you professing 'truth' to those around you, but isn't it you that maybe keeps telling those white lies to prevent yourself from being in trouble? Or maybe from those around you seeing the real you? The vulnerable you. The real you. The you that maybe no one liked in school. The you that others maybe made fun of or you felt stupid about certain things about yourself. Or maybe the you that was super popular but now fight feeling alone or less than others. Why do we lie when God sees the truth anyway? Stop living to impress others that don't care about you and start living for the truth inside of you. You are His. Take off that mask and be brave.
Who are we? We are God's creation. He sent His son to deliver us and set us free in His salvation. To believe is Jesus is freedom from the chains and lies that others place on us and the lies that we even tell ourselves. We are free. We are free despite our circumstances. We are free no matter where you live or what you are enslaved in. We are free in Jesus Christ. The problem is, most remain in bondage and never find true freedom in Jesus.
Start believing today and the lies will disappear. Pull out that bible and find one scripture to tell yourself daily. One of my favorites...
'...Our Father who art in heaven, hallow be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.' Matthew 6:9-13
Rachel Everhart RN