Even If

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Have you ever had a time that a theme in life just keeps popping up at the oddest moments? Well for the last few weeks that has been  happening to me.

Our pastor has started  a new series entitled “Shattered”. It is based on the book of Job. How his life was fantastic one minute and the next everything was gone.

Then as I read a blog of a friend this morning it was about “Broken” and how we are ALL broken at one time or another.

Got an email from a friend that is suffering in all areas of her life.

In my life there are things that weigh heavy like a mountain on my chest.

Broken.

Shattered.

In the blog my friend shared this song by Mercy Me. Perhaps you have already heard it but take a few minutes and listen to the words once again.

Everyone has troubles, is broken, shattered at sometime in their life. Probably more than one time. But did you notice that the words said, “I know your able, I know you can.” We seem to know that God is all powerful, he is more than able. We know there is nothing he can’t do. But is that enough? Is that helping your struggles right now? Do you trust him to be enough?

Listen to the very next words. “But even if you don’t, my HOPE is you alone!” Did you catch that?

Even if you don’t. Even if God doesn’t take away the pain. Even if God doesn’t “fix” the problem. Can we get to the place where we can say, “My Hope is YOU alone”?

When Job lost all his possessions, family, and wealth. He was broken, shattered, but he was able to state the fact that all he had was from God. Then he worshiped God. God WAS his hope.

We need to get to the place where God is our hope alone.

Not what we can achieve.

Not our finances.

He is able. Even if is seems He doesn’t answer the way we want.

Trust him.

Seek him.

Then you can say just like the song,

“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”

Too Small

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I love to listen to Christian music. It just lifts my spirits and I sing along and feel my self smiling. Is there something like that for you?

Well, lately the song by Natalie Grant, “King of the World” keeps popping up on the radio. Listen here.

Did you hear the part about putting God in a “box that I designed”? Well, that is exactly what I have been doing lately.

I have been having some difficulties in my life lately and I take them to God, but I tell him the way he needs to solve each and every problem. I am sure I have things all figured out and just how God should handle things! (maybe I am alone in this, but I don’t think so) Why do I need God then?

This song keeps telling me that God doesn’t fit in the small box I have for him and He is made small by my thinking he would follow the lines I have made up for him. It goes on to just tell how great God really is, His voice tames the seas. (remember when Jesus told the wind and waves, “Be Still”?) I need to remember that He made Me out of dust!

When I hear this song it reminds me to not put God in a box but watch and see just what he is about to do. I need to stop my “fixing” and just continue praying. He is bigger than I can imagine. He is more creative than I can fathom. It is exciting to think about just what he is about to do to work on all these difficulties I am facing.

Do you have your own “box”?

Perhaps its time to rethink that.

That’s a Wrap

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thanks-31I have so enjoyed writing for you the last 30 days. This has been a daunting challenge to write for 31 days, but you have stuck with me and your comments have kept me going. Thank you.

There are so many great songs out there that glorify God and say what’s on our hearts. I have  just shared a few of my favorites with you. I pray you were able to see them and hear them in a new way. I also hope that they have drawn you closer to God and opened your eyes just a little wider to the wonderful, loving, amazing God that loves us beyond all else.

Please come and join me on Wednesdays, at Daughter of the King as I continue to blog of God’s love. I pray you have been encouraged.

 

Incomparable

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priceless-28“Mirror, mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all?” Remember that line from your childhood? It was a not so beautiful looking lady asking a talking mirror who was the most beautiful woman in the land. The mirror would always answer “you.” Then one day the mirror changed it’s answer and told the woman another name.

What does your mirror tell you in the mornings as you put “your game face” on. ( that’s what I call it in the morning) Are the things you  hear in your head, “you don’t measure up”, “better hide those wrinkles or people will talk”, or ” look at the size of that blemish!”.

Do you think the person in the mirror is who you are? Is the real you so much more than what you are seeing? I know some mornings I look in the mirror and wonder who is that older woman standing in front of me? I feel so very different inside than what is showing on the outside. (hmmm)

I have such wonderful news for you. God doesn’t really care about the outside trappings he is looking at the inside. He sees you as irreplaceable, incomparable, one of a kind! There is no one like you even if you are a twin!

The song for today is “Priceless” by For King and Country. Listen and be awed by how God sees you as he looks on you! You are worth more than diamonds and pearls. Like the beautiful rose above that’s in bloom, one of a kind, a beauty, that is how God sees you.

When we confess our sins and turn our life over to the one that created us he makes us “oh so priceless.” It doesn’t matter what you have done, or where you’ve been He is in the remodeling business. You can start again! You can be washed clean and be that beauty “dressed in white” with “every wrong made right!”

Remember “YOU ARE PRICELESS!”

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It’s a Scandal!

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scandal-27Halloween is almost here! A time when you put on a mask and become someone or something else. You don’t need makeup on to cover your wrinkles, and no need to comb your hair because your costume will take care of that.

It seems that Halloween isn’t the only time we wear a mask. When you are having a day that started out with an argument, burnt toast, car trouble, or a headache, and you are asked, “How are you?” Do you answer with, “I am fine.” You have that fake smile that on the outside says everything is OK but on the inside things are not OK.

What if people knew what was going on inside your home? Would they judge you? Your house is beautiful on the outside, lawn is beautiful, flowers are just right, even when you walk in the door it is just perfect. They don’t know about the child that is doing drugs, or the husband that works all hours and isn’t there for you. Another mask.

There is someone that knows all those dark secrets and doesn’t turn away, He offers a gentle hand to pull you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light. He offers GRACE.

Grace is God offering to move heaven and earth to save you from all the masks you are wearing. He offers you a life free from all the guilt and shame. Scandalous! Shocking! How could anyone know your darkest secrets and yet forgive you?

Jesus does just that. He forgives our sins and puts our feet on solid ground and we get a new chance. One that requires no masks, just who he made us to be.

Today’s song is by Unspoken , “Call It Grace.” Listen to the words and know that Jesus IS unchanging, unfailing, and so amazing.

Won’t you let him take your place?