Monday Words for the Soul~Remember who you are Not

It is easy to do. It is easy to become what the bully says. Even if the bully is yourself. (Especially then.)

But, please remember, you are not your struggles. You are not your guilt. You are not your pain from the past. You are not your mistakes. You are not your circumstances. You are not the choices that you have made. You are not even the storms you survive.
And, conversely, you are not your pretty house/nice car/stylish clothes/educational degrees/club memberships/full-time job.

You are a trophy of God’s grace. Richard C. Whitcomb

You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).

The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you are vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in the matter.

You are God’s precious child and he created you in a way that pleases him. Because you are identified with Christ, you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you. ~Jon Walker

Sometimes, to remember who we are, we need to remember who we are not. :)

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Other Words for the Soul

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Mid-week Question of the Week~Darkness

What unchartered places call to you?
Are you afraid of the dark?

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. ~ Exodus 20:21

We do not need to fear entering the presence of God even if it means entering through a period of darkness. Above all else we must believe that God is a God of love. If He calls us into darkness in order to enter His presence, then that darkness will become an entry to new levels of relationship with a God who longs for fellowship with you and me. ~Os Hillman

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When you’re confronted by a difficult task, what are the effects of considering it an opportunity for God to stretch your faith? ~Jon Walker

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Previous Questions to Consider
Other thoughts from Os Hillman
Other thoughts from Jon Walker

Image Source: VegaStar Carpentier

God never intended

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This is an important issue to understand, because God never intended for you to figure out
the steps of your journey without Him. In truth, how you get on mission and how
you succeed at your mission are God’s responsibilities. Your responsibility is
to seek His guidance and obey His directions. ~Jon Walker

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Additional thoughts by Jon Walker

Mid-week Question of the Week~April 25~Who Dat?

who defines who you are?

What God says about you is the truth.

Laura Story – Blessings  Album iTunes link

Your comments and thoughts always welcome~!

Saturday Digest~November 19

Seems as though a theme has emerged this week~~

say yes

From Bonnie Gray~~~God may be calling you to say “Yes” to:

  • a new relationship
  • a new job
  • an in-between time
  • seek out an opportunity
  • walk through a valley
  • make small or big changes
  • a new way of being
  • a new season of life…

… I have learned to listen and follow a softer, quieter voice: God’s.

His voice is always gentle, encouraging, eternity’s-worth-of-chances, loving, kind, strengthening, seeing the best in me, delighted with me.

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~Saying “Yes” to Walking in the Way of Love
The Holy Spirit presses us toward the realm of grace, where we are transformed into seeing opportunities to love where others see wasteful sacrifice. Instead of the odor of waste, we learn to breathe deeply within God’s bouquet of grace…

~~And…during your second cup of cider (really, cider is best for today), consider building trust muscles.

The whole concept of “Yes, and…” boils down to one word:
trust. ~Brian Kessler

Video(s) of the Week: Trading My Sorrows, Say YES, Lord!

and, be sure to listen for the bass solo toward this end of this video:

Saturday Digest~October 8, 2011

**The greater risk is remaining independent of God. If we believe what we say we believe, then regardless of what we are able to seeon the other side of a faith-related risk, the reality is that God is there. What may appear to be a no-guarantee situation actually comes with the greatest guarantee of all —a God-guarantee — that he is working everything out (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11). by Jon Walker in this post 

**From a brain’s perspective, forgiveness takes far more than merely letting go. It takes deliberate decisions to move beyond another person’s judgment of you. Replace a sad or disappointing encounter with memories of events that stoke healing, for instance, and your brain shifts focus. The willingness to drop any need to blame diminishes your need to explain your perspective. A brain forgives as a commitment to understand the other side, to feel empathy for another, or to regain compassion for a person you care about who hurt you. To let your brain learn more, purposefully click here

**The more you become like Jesus, the more you will passionately serve others. And that means they may mistake you for the “help.” Don’t let that bother you, because if you get down on your knees, say, to clean up a spill, you’ll find Jesus is already there with a wink, a smile and a towel. You’ll find him pleased that you are as passionate to serve others as he is to serve you. By passionately serving others, God will ignite the power in you to grasp the width, length, height and depth of his love for you and for those you serve. Another great post from Jon Walker

**A wonderful gallery of photos from a fall walk courtesy of Christopher Jonassen

My Favorite Video this week, not so much for the music, but for the message in the overlay.

Saturday Digest~September 24

~~A batch of bitterness left my heart that I had forgotten was there. It feels so good not to have bad feelings toward anybody. How did this happen? Gently click to this insightful post by Steve Simms called When Somebody’s Done You Wrong

~~Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is this  

~~Grace obligates us to obey Jesus, regardless of the circumstances or consequences. ~Jon Walker,  Serving Even When It Is Inconvenient

~~It seems that resting more and more in God’s love, brings longings to create. I really love this Decorative Clipboard Tutorial

~~Been reading and re-reading this poem by Abilgail Wurdeman called Whole. What caught my eye at first were the words about stomping and whining (me). What sustains my attention is the miracle that He has “infused” my life with His Spirit. Would you consider playing the video by Shaun Groves while you read and reread the poem?

Whole

Though I stomp and whine and moan

for my own idea of completion,

I see that You have already made me whole.

And so I praise you

for the body that sustains me

and the spirit that fills me,

for the friends that support me

and the family that guides me,

for the work that challenges me

and the play that thrills me,

for the knowledge that grounds me

and the faith that centers me.

You infuse my life with Your spirit.

Thank You for the kind of completion

only Your hands can design.

All’s Grace by Shaun Groves

All’s Grace from Shaun Groves on Vimeo.

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