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I am NOT Jesus.

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The title of the post must be the most obvious statement to say, "Well, of course!" However, one of the many problems with people today, including me, is that we constantly try to take control of the situations that we face, doing our best with what we have to get what we want with the least amount of pain to us as possible. Society has the mindset that we must think of ourselves in order to survive in this dog-eat-dog world we have created over the generations, but that is not what we are called by Christ to do!
"'A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another'" (John 13:34, emphasis added). For my devotionals today, I read Matthew 26-28. For those of you who are familiar with the crucifixion story, you're probably thinking, I've gone through this every Easter Sunday for as long as I remember. I know the story. Yes, you know the story, but like every good book, it doesn't hurt to re-read it becau…

Oh, what's in a name!?

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Casting Crowns poses an important question: "Who am I that the LORD of all the Earth would care to know my name--would care to feel my hurt? Who am I . . . ?"

We have fingerprints to tell the government who we aren't. We have tabloids to tell us who we aren't. We have people around us, telling us who we aren't. Who are we? What defines us?

Scenario A: You look to me, look at her, then look back at me in disgust. Why can't I seem to make you happy? I feel like a failure in your eyes. I always disappoint you. I'm a square peg trying to be pushed through a circle hole. It's common sense that it won't work no matter how hard you try. I understand. I'm not pretty or smart enough for you. I can never meet the standards that you set. I don't do things the way you want me to. I don't like the things you like. I'm an apple in a crate of citrus fruits: I just don't belong.

Scenario B: You look to me and smile. It seems like I'm the …

Look at those ugly clouds roll in.

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I'm going to be honest: life hasn't been the greatest for me recently. Pain is inevitable because life is imperfect. Words will be spoken that cannot be taken back, actions will ruin a relationship, situations will not go the way they were planned...

Although this may be the way that life is, there are always "good notes" at the end of the day that we can hold close to our hearts on our "down days": God gave us another day of life. He gave us the breath to breathe, the blood to pump through our hearts, the energy to do what we did throughout the day... These are things that I know I certainly take for granted because I've never lived without them! I just finished the book Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers a couple days ago, and a quote I really like from it is something along the lines of "Get a chronic disease when you're young. That way, as you get older, you realize how delicate life is."

I stumbled upon Psalm 121 tonight, and …

Let's take a deeper look, shall we?

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You know the song "When Love Sees You (Jesus)" by Mac Powell that I referred to earlier? Remember how I said that each verse referred to a story in the New Testament? Well, I was curious about what specific stories Powell touched base on, so I found them, and I'm going to share them with you because they are very inspiring stories. Take note, too, when you read these stories: God loves you unconditionally regardless of your sin. Our Heavenly Father doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

"WHEN LOVE SEES YOU (JESUS)"

Blessed are you as you weep on your knees
With perfume and tears washing over My feet
Luke 7:36-50
And blessed are you, beggar, hopeless and blind
Calling for mercy when I'm passing by
Mark 10:46-52

Blessed are you, shaking your head
At two tiny fish and some bread
Matthew 14:13-21
And blessed are you as you tremble and wait
For the first stone thrown at your sinful disgrace...
Acts 7:54-60

Blessed are you, walking on waves
To fi…

Beauty in the broken.

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"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." --Romans 5:3-5.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." --2 Corinthians 12:9.

"Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds." --Hosea 6:1.

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." --Psalm 34:18.

"There is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Ch…

No questions asked.

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There's another blog posted for today on Living Proof. Check us out! God bless!

He has a plan!!!! Look to His Word! He says it Himself!

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"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." --Matthew 11:28.

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." --John 3:17.

The poor man could barely afford a bus ticket. He was covered in dirt with nowhere to call home. God gave him hope through His Word. We can look to the Bible for the promises that Christ spell out for us. We can find rest in Him!
"Be strong in the LORD and never give up hope... God's got His hand on you, so don't live life in fear" (Sidewalk Prophets). "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" (Ephesians 6:10).
God bless!

P.S. Jeremiah 29:11.

What's this grace stuff?

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"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." --Ephesians 2:8-9; emphasis added.

"'For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!'" --Galatians 2:19-21; emphasis added.

The topic of grace has been buzzing in my head ever since my pastor began the mini series on "Gracious Christian Living."

Paul liked to begin his letters to the many churches he wrote to with "grace and peace to you from God our Father." What is grace? Google doesn't tell me much. I mean, don't get me wrong: I'm sure God has simple elega…

Be careful, little eyes.

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"Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers." --Psalm 1:1.

"Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble." --Proverbs 13:20.

I want the best for my sisters when it comes to their lives, and that includes who they surround themselves with. God certainly warns us in His Word that we are easily able to be turned into the wrong direction by the people we call friends, so we should surround ourselves with believers so they can encourage us in our walks with Christ and help lift us up when we fall. I want all of these things for my sisters, but when it comes to "taking a village to raise a child," I am one of those people in the village that raises up these girls. Am I being the role model that I want my sisters to be influenced by? Am I portraying Christ the way He wants me to?

It troubled me when I left my dirty clothes in the bathroom. I know how much…