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In our weakness He is strong and in our strength He is even stronger. ❤️
Have you ever given yourself a death sentence or felt as though someone else has?
Has there ever been a time when you have done something, been ashamed, committed a wrong, and thrown yourself into your own prison?
Have you committed yourself or someone else to this death sentence?
Whether you have wronged someone or been wronged yourself, one of you might have, unknowingly been committed to a death sentence. You or someone else have done something that has caused such great pain that your lives will never be the same.
For the one who caused the pain, they feel forever sentenced to their wrong doing. It is as though anything they did before or will do, that might have been “good”, will be forever erased because they will constantly be known by their stripes. They will always be seen behind the prison bars and sentenced to a life of “death” to who they once were and forever chained and known by their “sins”. They daily encounter remarks or actions that are like lashes, continually beating them down, reminding them that they will never make an escape from the cell that they are in.
For the one who received the pain, they forever sentence themselves to the other person’s wrong doing. They put themselves behind the bars of their own fear, hurt, insecurity, and self doubt. They refuse to free themselves from pain that has placed them there. They hold so tight to the sentence that has been given to them that they can not see a way out. They feel so alone, weak, and hurt that they become enveloped by the cell that has been placed around them.
Before we begin to drag ourselves, or lead others, to the execution chamber, we need to know, or be reminded, that someone has already paid the sentence. Our “death” has been taken care of and our freedom has been paid for in full. No matter how far you have fallen, how greatly you have been wronged, how deeply you have hurt, Jesus Christ has gone to the execution chamber in your place and your sentence has been wiped from your records.
Jesus Christ died on the cross in order to pay the costly price for those hefty wrongs we have committed. He has shown us grace, love, and mercy by dying for us. Once we have accepted that, knowing it is nothing we have done but it is everything He has done, our sentence has been wiped clean.
So if He has taken our death sentence why are we still held up in that prison cell? The bars have been opened and we are still sitting in the cold, empty cell, alone in our imprisonment. The guards are gone and yet we refuse to leave, move, or accept our freedom. Why? We are our worst enemies. We are our prisons. We are our Wardens.
Stop looking down! Look up! Jesus is there, waiting to free us. Take His hand and escape from that prison cell. You have been set free! You no longer have a death sentence, you now have pure and beautiful freedom that only Christ can give.
Enjoy the warmth of the Son, you have been set free!
Hello my name is:
We remember the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, where an adulterer, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear the letter A on her chest for everyone to see her sin?! Do we remember today, yesterday, or last year, the name tag, that we ourselves or someone we know, placed on our chest? What name have you been going by lately? What name have your friends, family, or even acquaintances, whispered to each other that you should be known as? Are you the liar, cheat, thief, or miser that everyone has been talking about? Everywhere you go, do you feel like your Scarlet letter A has been pinned for all to see? The artist Matthew West has been singing a song that addresses exactly that feeling and it is called “Hello My Name is”.
Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget
I feel like my own body is so covered with “hello my name is regret”, that you no longer can see the creation of who God made me to be. I am a beautiful being, made in His image, covered by grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love and yet I don’t see those beautiful things, I see the ugliness, the shame. Who puts those tags on me? Some I have placed on myself and some I have let others place. The key to all of this is, I have placed them and I have LET others place them which means I am in control of what name tags are on me. Why am I in control of that when I feel so out of control? I am in control because God is in control. I have a Savior who has cleansed me and made me new and gives me the freedom to take off those tags and put on His tag, “hello my name is the Daughter of the King of Kings”, I just need to claim it and accept that is how He sees me. In West’s lyrics, he states so beautifully that name tag we can claim.
These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I need to stop listening, believing, and succumbing to the identity that others have labeled me with. We all need to listen to our Creator ,who loves us and has rescued us, and says we are beautiful, forgiven, loved and chosen. Take off those tags and put the one and only one on that matters.
Hello my name is FORGIVEN, CHOSEN, and SAVED BY GRACE. It is so very nice to meet you!
-Read more of Matthew West – Hello, My Name Is Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Remembering those that lost their lives.
Remembering those that lost loved ones.
Remembering those that went into battle for our country.
God never leaves us.
God never forsakes us.
God is in control.
God has us in His hands.
God never forgets.
God is our comforter.
God is our healer.
God is our protector.
God is our father.
God was there.
God is here.
God will be there.
Psalm 119:114 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
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As we were driving home my daughter looked out the window and said, “Look at the stars mom!” I replied about how pretty they were but how I miss when I was a child and could see so many more. She agreed that she wanted it to be that way as well. An idea came to her, “I wish there was a day, like every month or year, when everyone in the country has to turn off all of the lights and just stare at the stars.”
How true was that statement?! Our light pollution makes such a haze that it is difficult to truly appreciate and see the beauty of our universe. It made me think that it applies to even so much more. Let’s not stop at turning off the lights, let’s turn off the sounds as well. Turn off or unplug anything that creates distractions and takes away from the creation and beauty that surrounds us. Whether it is a television, phone, or ipod, turn off or unplug and listen. Listen to the wind, rain, snow, crickets, and birds.
We need to learn to unplug in order to plug in to our Creator. There is so much in nature that He can speak through, to show us or teach us. There is so much in nature that He has just to remind us to breathe and be with Him, covered in peace and beauty. Sometimes it takes a quiet car ride in order to listen to that gift of a child’s voice to speak volumes to our heart.
October 15th, today is the day when the world recognizes the loss of infants and babies to death, too soon (“pregnancy and infant loss awareness day”). Of course as mothers, we recognize that loss every day. I am one of those as I know many very close to me are as well. If you have had a miscarriage, a still born baby, or a baby that only had a short moment on this earth, let me tell you, you are not alone! You are not alone and they are not alone. God is holding you and your babies in His arms, in the grip of His grace and He won’t let go. I have the hope that I will see my baby again because I have hope in a God who has promised me I will.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
I am sorry for your loss, pain, and for many of you empty arms, but if there is any smidgen of hope to be had, put it in the Creator who hasn’t forgotten or overlooked you or your baby, knowing you will be reunited once again, with your faith in Him. You are and always will be a mother whether you miscarried a child 6 weeks along or 6 days old. I do believe life begins at conception!
“….and to think, the first thing he saw when his little eyes opened was the face of Jesus.“- Author unknown
Let my life song sing to you. Let it not be about me but about you! Be a light in this world.