My favorite time of the year. The weather starts to cool off and the leaves begin to change colors. Fiery, vibrant, amazing colors that take your breath away. Each leaf is uniquely shaped and each one has it’s own beautiful vibrant color that it will turn at just the right time. Just as each leaf is unique in it’s own special way, we also are unique and beautiful in our own special way. To see the most spectacular views during the changing of leaves you need only to go to the mountains. To see the uniqueness in people, you just need to stop and take the time to see them the way God sees them.
Psalms 139:14 says: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
Fearfully and wonderfully made. Just as God created the leaves to be unique and wonderfully made, so He created us to be unique and wonderfully made. By design, He created us individually making us special and there isn’t another you out there. Yes, there are twins, triplets, and so forth and yes they may look alike, but each individual has their own unique personality, fingerprint and I’m fairly certain if you were to look closely even at identical twins you would find something, even something so minuscule, to set them apart. Why? Because each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. If there were two exact same people in the world what would set them apart to make them so unique?
Whatever you may be going through remember that there is only one you and you were wonderfully, lovingly, created for a purpose.
Ever have one of those days when your normal routine gets changed and you have extra stuff to get done like yesterday? Or maybe it just feels like it has to be done at once because of what the extra project might be. That’s when you can make mistakes and sometimes, oh boy… you wish you could have a do over. Well that happened to me just recently. Not a major issue but something I don’t wish to repeat. I will say I spent the rest of the afternoon beating myself up over an innocent mistake.
It got me to thinking about how when we make a mistake we are the ones to usually hang on to that mistake while others around us forget it and move on. I starting thinking about the enemy and how he works to destroy our joy.
Now remember when I said I spent the rest of the day beating myself up? I knew deep down, the enemy was attacking me. I knew that I needed to let it go and not give him anymore ground in my life than what he already had. Unfortunately, he won that round. I’m sure he was jumping up and down on the sideline clapping and cheering at my failure to let it go.
Jesus tells us in Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
We are so busy looking at our failures or even the mistakes others have made that Jesus needs to remind us not to judge, not to condemn but instead forgive. Forgive others but more importantly forgive ourselves. Easy to say hard to do.
I took back that ground from the enemy. I also asked the Father to forgive me for my selfishness.
I pray the Lord will bless you in all that you do.
Recently I was talking to a friend of mine and she was telling me this story about the plumber that came out to her house to do some work. My friend’s husband mentioned that he had spoken to the man’s wife on the phone when the man piped up and said “she’s not my wife.” Pausing he added “she’s my bride”. This man got it. He understood that in order to keep his marriage new and exciting he needed to treat his wife of many years the same today as he did when they first got married. Therefore, he always refers to his bride as his bride and not his wife. It got me to thinking how we are the bride of Christ.
John 14:2 says “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
Jesus returned to the Father to prepare a place for each of us. His love for us is as a bridegroom, intense, exciting and new. It never diminishes but continues to grow. He never grows weary of us and He always sees us as His bride. He is continually interceding on our behalf, looking out for us.
John 14:3 continues with “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
I am so glad that Jesus looks upon us as a bridegroom looks upon his bride. Life lived with the knowledge of how much we are truly loved makes the journey a little easier to bear even with the roadblocks that will come up along the way.
I shared my thoughts with my husband and as always he encouraged me to follow through if it was what I really wanted to do. I began praying about what I should do and as I prayed I could feel an excitement building within me. Should I do this? Should I forget about it? A few weeks went by and I finally made a decision. I would blog. My friend and I share coffee once a week so when she stopped by for our weekly coffee I told her I had decided to blog. “Yay!” Now what? What can I possibly blog about?
“You’re good at helping people, you should blog about that.” Um, hello, I don’t have a degree. I just listen and offer advice when asked. “You’re a good listener.” And so we tossed more ideas back and forth. Faith, Hope, Encourage, Life. Those were the things that came to mind. I’m excited about this new chapter and I hope you’ll follow me on this journey of life. Blessings!