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Do We Allow Emotions to Get the Best of Us?

February 19, 2017

Can we  be real?

We collectively spend an exorbitant amount of time struggling with feelings and emotions. One day we’re good, we’re getting it done. The next day we’re a blubbering mess. We don’t plan it that way and it often takes us by surprise.

We say things like, “Where did that come from?” and “Wow, what is wrong with me today?”. We blame it on hormones, lack of sleep, disappointments, mean people…

I do it too, so believe me, I know.

Absolutely true, there are physical and medical reasons for emotional melt-downs. We live in these mortal bodies and they’re not perfect. But wouldn’t you agree, a good number of emotional melt-downs are the it’s all about me reason? The I, the self? Maybe we find it hard to readily admit the truth behind the messiness.

Photography is not my gift. I have no talent for capturing candid shots. Half the time even my cell tells me I “cannot take photo”. I know it’s nothing personal, my storage is full or some such ridiculous reason, but after a while it could give a girl a complex.

You know what’s scary?

That feature on the cell camera that flips you from focusing outward to seeing your selfie self. I don’t know about you, but it startles me. Can you relate?

Even though I have zero interest in becoming a photographer, there are cool life lessons we uncover when we expand our horizons.

Here’s an interesting fact:

When attempting night photography auto-focus will not work, there’s not enough light. So what do you do? You adjust the focusing ring to align with infinity. I have no idea what this means in photography world, but in every-day world, it makes complete sense.

While I might associate infinity with Buzz Lightyear (simmer down auto-correct, it’s Buzz’s last name) or mathematics, it brings to mind another “nity” word:

Eternity.

When we rely on auto-focus and allow our emotions to run on auto-pilot, a hot mess ensues. When we adjust our focus to align with eternal things, light flows in and we reflect it.

It’s no surprise auto in the Greek means self.

True, we need to self-reflect and keep ourselves in check. The whole plank out of our own eye and love your neighbor as yourself.  But the cautionary tale is this:

Another great thing about photography, it’s not about the selfie, it’s about looking outward. It’s about looking beyond self and seeing things in a new way.

What or whom are we focusing on?

Life can have us going in all different directions. We’re not necessarily distracted by evil things, sinful things, but even good things and pleasant things.

Even those good and pleasant things can draw our eyes away from Jesus. It can be subtle, and isn’t that more dangerous than obvious?

Jesus came so we could have life and life more abundantly, but not at the cost of losing sight of Him.

But we’re talking about emotions here. I began writing this post a week ago, and after a blubbering-mess-melt-down, decided today was a good day to finish it. Once I took my eyes off the distraction and placed my focus back on the goodness of the Lord, the waterworks dried up and I’m good. Been there? My poor husband. He’s more glad I’m good than I am.

Living out our message makes truth a powerful thing.

When we feel disconnected and distracted by emotions, remember Jesus said this…

“‘…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” Matthew 28:20

When we allow our day to be ruined by emotions, we’ll miss opportunities to be a light to someone else’s lens.

Let light in. Reflect light out. Be light.

God will help us, this He has promised. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help He so generously and mercifully gives.

You are not alone. Ever.

When we focus on the Lord, our emotions transform from a blubbering mess to a joyful message.

So instead of allowing our emotions to get the best of us, let’s show the world the best of us is Jesus.

Be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired of People?

April 14, 2016

Tired of people not being who we think they should be?

Let’s take a breath.

Not everyone will hear what we say, read what we write, or act how we feel they should act.

And we mean well, don’t we? We want people to live the life they were meant to live. Trouble is, they won’t always choose to. Or maybe they’ve taken a detour.

So where does that leave us?

A farmer can plant a seed but he can’t make it grow. It’s God who provides the sun, soil, and water.

And different plants have different needs, don’t they?

I would love a blooming rosebush in my yard, but there’s too much shade. Not enough sun. It wouldn’t thrive.

That same rosebush? It may thrive in my neighbor’s yard.

Just like a rosebush, we can’t expect people to thrive when they’re standing in the dark. Too much shade and not enough Son. And we want so desperately for them to walk out of the darkness, don’t we?

So as we stand in the Son we can pray those in darkness will be drawn to the light. It may be by way of our yard or via the neighbor’s yard. Either way, the credit goes to the Lord.

We shine in unity and thrive in community. Some are called to plant seeds or cut back vines to allow light in; others are called to show those shade-wanderers how to walk in the light. After all, we’ve all been shade-wanderers at one time or another.

And you know what? Our roles can continually change. Because God knows who needs what and who He plans to send to meet that need. And you don’t need a green thumb, because if so, I’d be in big trouble.

We just need to be willing and available.

We can’t change people, only God can. But He uses people to change people.

Never lose hope:

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?…” Luke 15:8 NKJV

Turn up your lamplight.

Stay the course. We’re all on the ship but we’re not the Captain. Aren’t you glad?

We don’t need to save the world, we just need to share the Word.

It’s Jesus who came to save.

And not just our family, our friends, and our country. He came to save the world.

So don’t give up on people, k? Even when they’ve given up on us; when they say we’re too “churchy” or too “goody-goody” or too “holy-rolley” it’s not personal, even though it feels that way.

And let’s not judge, because while they’re saying we’re “too” this and that, we’re saying we’re not enough. Not good enough, not holy enough.

Insecurity is not from God. As believers, we are sanctified-set apart for a purpose.

He uses the weak to confound the strong. He uses us.

 “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty…” 1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV

And who do people seek when they need help? A friend who is steady and grounded.

Something is getting through.

So don’t give up on people.

God didn’t give up on us.

Keep praying. It’s worth it.

Joy and Peace to you, friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good-Bye Shame, You’ve Been Replaced by Grace

September 28, 2015

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.                                                                                Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

I lifted the yellow baby brush, gently gliding it through his soft hair. He was beautiful, eight pounds twelve ounces. Looking into his dark-brown olive eyes, I cradled him as he cooed and gurgled.

How did I get here?

A mom at eighteen? I had no clue what I was in for. Thank God for a supportive family.

It was my senior year. We all remember high school, the drama, the cliques, the inclusions and exclusions. I joined clubs and went to parties. All was going according to plan. Then things changed. Friends moved away, dropped out, drifted apart. I was vulnerable, searching for something to fill the empty places.

I began working at a grocery store as a cashier. There was this older guy in the produce department. He flirted with me, and the attention made me blush. He asked me out and there you go, the beginning of over-my-head.

When we build relationships on physical attraction, the foundation is foolishly built upon the sand. tweet that

It was nearing Christmastime and I came down with the flu, or so I thought. It was my mother who first realized this flu might eventually need a name. We did the test.

Home pregnancy tests back then didn’t have lines, they had donuts. If a donut shape appeared, the test was positive. I would never look at a donut the same way again.

I told him. We made plans to marry.

What was happening to me?

I felt shame. I felt branded. I was no longer a high school girl going to parties, I was that pregnant girl who had to leave school to plan a shot-gun wedding, minus the shot-gun.

I hid.

I wouldn’t go anywhere, and as the baby grew, my shame grew too.

Sin may be fun for a season, but what we hide in darkness, will be exposed by the light. tweet that

I loved my baby and that never changed, but something did change, or rather someone. This man I planned to marry wasn’t who he portrayed himself to be. My engagement ended.

I now know God had other plans for who my future husband would be.

Fast forward two years and I meet the man I was meant to marry. The man who cared for my son, and made me feel loved and treasured.

As my son grew, I was proud of him every moment of his life. Still, I couldn’t shake the shame of my teenage pregnancy. I cringed as people did the math in their heads, even as I got older.

Teenage moms can feel a loss of identity. I longed to fit in with friends, but I just didn’t anymore. They were going to parties and planning college, while I was breastfeeding and changing diapers.

I felt like what I did made me who I was, that pregnant girl. Then I met Jesus, and the truth set me free.

What we did in the past doesn’t make us who we are; it’s what Jesus did for us that confirms our identity.

Jesus had already taken my shame to the cross, it just took me a while to find that out.

When Jesus overcame our shame, years of disgrace were replaced by grace. tweet that

I shared this story while speaking at a women’s event. After stepping from the stage, countless women couldn’t wait to say “me too.” This is why we need to tell our stories; because we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

When we share how God brings beauty from ashes, our past story becomes part of our grace story.

So goodbye shame, Jesus took you away, and I will gladly step into the light and tell others about it. My fearfully and wonderfully made son is now thirty-five. I’m fifty-three. I’m smiling as you do the math.

This post was included in a compilation of encouraging posts on Kelly Balarie’s blog. Please visit her site by clicking the link below. I know you will be blessed by the other writers, and the words God has given them to share: 

http://purposefulfaith.com/injection-of-encouragement/

Blessings to you beyond measure, and thanks for stopping by.

Forever Walking Deeper and shame-free In Him,

Doris

 

 

 

An Interview with Mary DeMuth

September 7, 2015

Mary DeMuth

I’m excited to welcome special guest Mary DeMuth to Walking Deeper. Mary is a writer, speaker, and best selling author. She graciously agreed to spend time with us today, sharing her heart and what it means to live a life uncaged.

Welcome Mary!

When did you first realize you were called to write?

I have known since the mid 1990s, but  even before, in second grade, I had a teacher who recognized a gift in me.

Through both your verbal testimony and written memoir, Thin Places, we learn you were sexually abused and neglected as a child; what was it like for you on the day you met Jesus?

I heard the gospel through the ministry of Young Life. I was a sophomore at a weekend camp, and at the end of the message about Jesus, I knew-knew-knew that I needed Him. Having been a fatherless girl, I simply asked Him, “Would You please be the Daddy who will never leave me?”

Speaking of meeting Jesus, how did the book idea come about for The Day I Met Jesus, you co-wrote with Frank Viola? Did you infuse your own experience of meeting Jesus into the stories?

The book was Frank’s idea, and he approached me about writing the fiction portion, something I was thrilled to do. Yes, I did infuse myself into the stories because all those women were just so HUMAN. They lived and breathed and struggled and felt outcasted. Yet, Jesus welcomed them, just as He had welcomed me.
(You can check out The Day I Met Jesus here: http://thedayimetJesus.com ).

In many of the books you’ve written, it’s evident you have a heart for helping others find hope and healing in their lives; which of your books would you point a new reader to first, and why?

My memoir, Thin Places, is the most personal introduction to me, my healing journey, and my writing style. (You can find the book on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/suy1xV ).

Do you feel society has a long way to go, in regards to how we respond to sexual abuse, particularly towards the perpetrators, and those who are abused?

Yes, but I do have hope. Our society is opening up. More people are willing to tell their stories, which gives others the permission to share their stories. The culture of secrecy from the 50s onward is slowly opening up, becoming authentic. As I’ve shared many times: an untold story never heals. The more we go first and share our stories, the more stories will be released.

As an accomplished author, you’ve written both fiction and non-fiction; which of the two do you find most challenging to write?

Both are challenging in their own ways, but fiction is a fickle beast. There are so many things to think about: plot, characters, theme, flow, dialog. So if I were to choose one, I’d say fiction.

Tell us about what it means to live a life uncaged…

It means to be honest and authentic with your story. It means that we have opened the box of our past in order to heal. It means we are no longer victimized by our stories, but that we look confidently and joyfully on the future. Our today is so very good because we’ve learned to experience the healing of Jesus.

While your family served as church planters in France, what would you say was your greatest challenge while ministering there?

Expectations. We went with so many, and nearly every one was dashed, which opened the door for disillusionment.

What qualities do you find most important in a close friend?

Faithfulness, a friend who really means it when she says she’ll pray for you. Kindness.

Which of your books, fiction or non-fiction, was most difficult to write? Which was easiest?

Most  difficult was Life in Defiance, which was the third in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. It was so so difficult to write first person, present tense while also tying up three storylines and one overarching storyline. I’m very proud of that book. It represents my best fiction. Easiest was probably 150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking, which I wrote initially for my kids.  (You can find Life in Defiance here: http://amzn.to/ytvRZz  and 150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking here: http://amzn.to/sKUVSl )

If you could do one thing today to change a worldview, what would that one thing be?

I don’t think I can change a worldview. But I can pray.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Prophet, exhortation, teaching

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve actually followed?

Writing is like a muscle. You need to exercise it daily to keep it fit.

You certainly have been an encourager and source of inspiration for your readers; who, besides Jesus, encourages and inspires you?

My family (three adult kids, hubby) and my two writing partners. We call ourselves Life Sentence because we’re in it for life!

What’s your favorite hobby or pastime, from which you draw refreshment?

Gardening and cooking. I have a secret dream of opening up a bakery.

What is your favorite family activity?

Eating dinner together.

What do you want your readers to take-a-way from your books?

That they won’t feel alone anymore. That they will be able to say “Me too.” That they will have a new desire to find wholeness and peace.

Thank you so much for sharing these answers with us today Mary. It’s been a great pleasure to get to know you better. I would love to welcome you back sometime in the future. Let us know when you open your bakery! May the Lord continue to abundantly bless you, your family, and your ministry.

I also want to thank our readers today, for joining us for this special interview. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

For more information about Mary DeMuth, and to check out her blog and other books she’s written, visit her site: Mary DeMuth, your life uncaged at www.marydemuth.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryDeMuth

When the World Would Have Us Shaking in Our Boots

July 27, 2015

Have you heard the news?

The world would have us shaking in our boots, and I’m not big on cliches, but this one truly fits.

I know you don’t need details, because you’ve heard it all too. There’s no sugar-coating evil.

There are times when it hits us head-on. As a bank employee for almost thirty years, I’ve been through two bank robberies.

In the first robbery, I was the teller who emptied the drawer and apologized to the robber when I didn’t have the large bills his note requested.

During the second one, I sat in the lobby at a desk behind glass, watching the event unfold, surreal, as men with guns stormed the innocent.

We’ve been through trauma, we’ve seen evil first-hand. But evil isn’t new. It’s been around a good long while.

In John 7:7 Jesus said this to His brothers:

The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

The world we live in hates the truth. When we walk in truth, share the truth, stand up for the truth, we’re going to face some haters too.

But we need not fear and we need not cower, because after Jesus said that, Jesus said this:

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

And we can say this:

So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13:6

And this:

The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6

So let’s put on our boots, because we need not shake in them. We can walk confidently as children of God, and boldly say the Lord is my helper, I will not fear.

And instead of shaking in our boots when the world goes crazy, let’s kick up our heels and dance with Jesus, because He has overcome the world.

Don’t worry if you don’t know the steps, He’ll take the lead, because He is The Way.

Choosing a Circle of Friends?

July 10, 2015

Choices.

We make them every day, even when we don’t realize we are choosing.

Growing up, I hovered between circles of friends. It may sound amazing, being friends with everyone, but instead it proved challenging.

The challenge? These circles didn’t interlock like the Olympics symbol.

No, these circles were spread apart like the wheels on the bus. They went round and round in and of themselves, but their molecular structure kept them apart. Can you relate?

What I didn’t realize, was when I chose to hang with one circle, I was choosing not to hang with the others. I didn’t see it that way, but they did.

We tend to label groups and the people in them, don’t we?

Most labels are based on behaviors, or status, or intelligence. So in essence, we judge.

We need to peel off the labels, and cleanly.

Not like when we peel off price-tags on a gift, where remnants of the sticky part still remains.

And what about those inside the circle? They’ve made that choice. They are solid in their circle. Unlike those of us who tend to hover on the outside.

I didn’t want to choose, but by not choosing, I was choosing. I hope that makes some kind of sense, and by now you may be nodding your head. You hovered too.

Either that, or you’re scratching your head, but stay with me.

It’s similar when it comes to walking by faith. We can’t serve two masters, either we’re all in it with God, or we’re not. We can’t have one foot in the circle of truth, and the other in the circle of the world.

Because we are to be in the world, but not of it.

But we’ve done that, haven’t we? To feel a part of a circle, to feel accepted we dip a toe back into the circle of the  world.

But things are not always what they seem. We may think the world means toxic places and toxic people. We may think it means toxic behaviors like addictions, promiscuity,  gossip….

We may not realize, when we choose doubt, worry, fear of the future,  greed, pride…

we’ve stepped back into a worldly perspective.

We may not realize,

that when we choose all of that, we’re not choosing all of Him.

So there’s a choice to be made. Do we choose Jesus? Do we choose joy, and peace, and freedom?

He tells us, doesn’t He?

Not to fear.

Not to doubt.

Not to worry.

Oh we of little faith, let’s choose God.

And it’s okay to feel like an apple in a roomful of oranges.

We will at times, not because we don’t belong, but because we are called to be set-apart and holy. Those aren’t labels or vehicles to allow us to judge, those are the goals we pray everyone will break free of circles and run towards.

The choices we make today can impact our future, in both small ways and eternal ways.

It’s not always easy to choose right, and it’s not always easy to choose wise, and we need the Holy Spirit to be that compass of reason within us.

Let’s pray for strength to make God-honoring choices.

Then we can smile at the future, because He promises us one.

Filled with hope.

And besides,

strength and dignity look much better on us then that dress in the window at Macy’s.

We shouldn’t be striving to push into circles, we should be striving to widen the circle of the family of God.

It’s by no accident the earth is round.

Let’s choose to smile at the future, shall we?

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Do you know Jesus? If you’d like to know Him personally, confess what’s heavy and ask Him into your heart today. To find out more about who Jesus is, open the Bible and check out the book of John. Don’t have a Bible handy? Go to www.biblegateway.com and find the Word of truth and resources to help you dig deeper and walk deeper with Jesus.

See the Meet Jesus page on this blog,  and make that life-changing choice of the eternal kind.

~ We are on this joyful journey together. Let’s smile.

Need A Rescue?

April 23, 2015

Ever feel you’ve wandered into a desert place?

Stranded on a deserted island of desperate circumstances? Sort of in-between, stuck.

I faithfully watched Gilligan’s Island as a kid. Ridiculous at times, yet amusing to see the zany plans the cast would devise in their desperation to be rescued.

The entire show hinged on rescue.

What happens when we need a rescue?

As the theme song goes, the weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. We can surely feel tossed like salad when the seas of life get rough.

Remember the next verse? If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost.

God is calling us to have fearless courage. But life can be scary, making us feel like wimps in rough waters, nauseated and green. Lost.

Isn’t it true we can become comfortable in our deserts? As long as we’re in the desert, things are familiar. Dipping a toe out of the comfort zone can be more frightening than the desert places themselves.

So again I say, God is calling us to have fearless courage, to gear up and be brave. Our brave can look quite different than someone else’s, so let’s not compare.

If God is for us, who can be against us? Truth be told, it may not feel that way at times, but…

God is for us. He loves us always. It’s His character. It’s His promise.

By the way, God doesn’t send us into battle without the proper equipment. He has given us spiritual, supernatural armor. Not the kind David rejected, bulky and clunky. This armor fits like a glove.

Here’s the proof of truth:

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”   Ephesians 6:10-18

God instructs us to stand. Let’s stand together. Let’s quench fiery darts and wield our Swords and raise our Shields. Where’s your sword of the Spirit? I hope it’s standing open, but if not, it’s time to dust it off. Don’t worry, it’s still as sharp as ever.

Love Dorothy’s ruby slippers, but clicking those heals together will get us nowhere. Hands lifted in praise and prayer? Exceedingly more powerful than we can even fathom.

The Holy Spirit is our guide, our Comforter, our Helper.

Let’s stand in fearless courage and be brave. Nothing is impossible with God.

Let’s gird our waists with truth. And what does Merriam-Webster.com say about the word gird?

  to prepare for action :  muster up one’s resources

Prepare for action and muster up heavenly resources.

Did you know resources include friends to stand with you in prayer? Friends who will stand with you in battle? If you don’t have true friends, pray for them. If you pray for them, they will come.

There are some serious fiery darts flying that need extinguishing.

Let your helmet of Salvation protect your mind from fear. When you are saved, He saves you. Rescued.

Need a rescue?

  • When we feel desperate in the desert God will not desert us. The words desert, deserted, and desperate begin with the same sound. How about the sound of this: destiny and design.We were designed by God to fulfill a destiny. He has plans for us, and they’re not zany.
  • When we feel nauseated and green, He is the calm to our storm.
  • There’s water in the desert to dampen parched lips and quench dry souls. Jesus, Living Water. Drink Him in and we will never thirst.
  • Hungry? The Bread of Life is free. Jesus, He is the Bread of Life.
  • Those worldly things we like chasing after; wealth, fame, position… They’re a mirage. They don’t fulfill. They can disappear right before our eyes. Seek God, He’s real and He’s not going anywhere. He’s with us:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”                                                                                                                Joshua 1:9 NASB

     Lion Joshua scripture

Here’s a challenge: Share these passages of scripture to encourage at least one person this week. Your feet may be the ones meant to take them the gospel of peace.

Once you’ve shared the scripture verses, let us know in the comments.

See you on the battlefield.

Love In Christ,

Doris

Do you know Jesus, our Living Water and Bread of Life? He is the Way. Check out the Meet Jesus tab on this website. Surrender your life, and be changed.

How New Are You?

April 17, 2015

I’m a recreate kind of girl.

I would love to be the creative type;one who envisions the perfect room design,  the perfect outfit, the perfect wall-grouping. But truth be told, I am not.

I may not be creative, but I can do recreate. I may not have a clue what I want a room to look like, but when I see it in a magazine or on Pinterest, I know what to do.

As you may have guessed, styling an outfit isn’t my thing either, and I’ve been known to copy a  well-dressed mannequin. I once gave my friend Jackie money to shop for me. She came back with a bagful of bargains she had dug out of the racks like buried treasure. It was awesome and some girls are great at that, but personally, I’d rather shop at Lowe’s.

Another friend is wonderfully gifted in restoring old furniture, making it look fresh and new. She sands it down, primes it up, and paints it pretty. Kathy creates gorgeous pieces, not brand new, but a new version of the old. Recreated.

So how do we fit in with all this recreating? We buy new outfits, prime our faces, run miles, get braces.

On our own, no matter what we do, we cannot make ourselves new. We can try, but the end result is just a new version the old.

It gets exhausting, doesn’t it? Continually recreating ourselves into who we think we should be?

Great news girls, we can stop recreating and become a brand new creation.

In Christ.

Not a better version of the old, but completely made new.

Sure we may slip up now and again. Our old self tries to get back in the door, but sorry old self, those locks have been changed.

So what does that mean, new?

New life, new like spring, new attitudes and conversations, new eyes to see others,   new habits, new beginnings, new revelations.

Love grows, and gossip goes, compassion thrives, and bitterness dies.

Fruits of the Spirit like joy, peace, kindness, gentleness…  they grow in us and ripen.

This new is not dependent on whether the sun comes up, but is transcendent because the Son came down.

A new creation, not a recreation. It’s a brand new you. A brand new me. And when we’re new on the inside, it will shine on the outside. True story for His glory.

But the best new? A new relationship with Jesus Christ. A new hunger for God, and a new passion for the things of God.

So there is a choice to be made. We can choose to add miles to our old used self, or choose a radical, life-changing new self.

A new creation in Christ, who in turn tells others the Good News about this new.

So how new are you?

New Creation scripture

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.                                                  2 Corinthians 5:17

Do you know Jesus? For more insight on being made new, check out the Meet Jesus page by clicking on the tab above.

Love and rejoicing in Jesus, who makes all things new.

Doris

How New Are You?

April 17, 2015

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The Real T.G.I.F.

April 3, 2015

Is Friday a good day?

Of course it is. We Americans love our Fridays, don’t we?

Hi five and TGIF all-around, even for those who don’t believe in the G. To some, God is more palatable when He’s a letter. Probably not a coincidence G is the seventh letter of the alphabet, but that’s another post for another day.

Speaking of palatable, who loves TGI Fridays? On their website, you’ll find the founding promise “Bringing people together to socialize and celebrate the freeing and liberating spirit of Friday.” Great concept and great food. I hear their ribs are to die for.

But what about this Friday. It’s not just any Friday, it’s Good Friday.

The real TGIF.

What if on this Good Friday, we stood on this founding promise?

“Bringing people together in community to celebrate the freeing and liberating Spirit of God on Good Friday.”

I’m not in fear of copyright issues, God was here first.

Good Friday. Good News. And never mind the ribs, Jesus thought we were to die for.

If you truly believed Jesus had you on His mind as He hung on that cross, how would it change your life today?

Well He did. Believe it. It’s the Gospel truth.

On this Good Friday, let’s thank God and remember who Jesus was thinking of when He became the ultimate sacrifice. You and me.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

And the best news of all? He didn’t stay dead.

In the Message, 2 Timothy 1:8, reads this way:

“Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.”

So on the third day we will say TGFS, Thank God For Sunday.

It is finished.

He is Risen.

A divine plan of mercy and grace fulfilled.

Once. And. For. ALL.

The angel said to the women,

“Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said…”Matthew 28:5-6       Jesus Tomb Easter Bulletin Cover

As He came and stood in the midst of the disciples, do you know the first thing the risen Savior, Jesus Christ said to them?

“Peace be with you.” John 20:19b NKJV

And He said to them again in verse 21 “Peace to you!…”

So peace be with you, and peace to you.

Thank God it’s Good Friday, and Praise God Sunday is coming.

Love in the Risen Savior,

Doris

So what does all this mean for you? If you’d like to learn more about placing your faith in Christ, check out the “Meet Jesus” tab on my homepage.