Remembering Who You Are in Christ

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Some days you have to step back and remind yourself that God places you in certain situations as part of his plan for your life, especially when you don’t understand what he is doing or why certain things are happening. A step further is when you are placed in situations that leave you feeling completely insecure and unsuited to do the work God has called you to do. This is when remember who you are in Christ is so very important.

Last week one morning, I woke up reminding myself of this fact. Several verses were echoing in my head and I took a few moments to open my Bible and read them again. I Corinthians 1:28-31:

For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth, But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to use wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

If you are feeling inadequate, remember that Moses stuttered.

If you are feeling insecure, remember that David was the last man picked.

If you are feeling incompetent, remember Sarah waited until age 90 to receive her promised son.

If you are feeling indistinguishable, remember the woman at the well is a legend.

If you are feeling ineffective, remember Peter went back to fishing for a time.

If you are feeling inefficient, remember Elijah was served by ravens.

If you are feeling inexpert, remember Noah only built one ark.

If you are feeling inherent, remember feeding the five thousand took  just 5 loaves and 2 fish.

If you are feeling insubstantial, remember Gideon needed a fleece.

If you are feeling invalid, remember Paul had a thorn in the flesh.

If you are feeling inexcusable, remember the price He paid for you-His love.

So this Whimsical Wednesday, I remind you, and myself, that we are special to God and he loves each and every one of us. His plan for our lives is intimate, personal, and unique. You are being chased after by the most High God. Don’t forget it.

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Bloggers, glad to have you link up again this week! Looking forward to 100% Christian encouragement.

Rachel

 


 

 

What to Do with the Cares of Your Heart

Recently I was reading Psalms during a wait and I’ve just soaked myself in the Psalms lately. It seems I read one and then just keep going and pretty soon, I’ve read ten or fifteen without stopping.

God’s Word is so relevant and current. Each time I read, I find myself thinking “Wow, that was for today.”

Psalm 94:19 fed my soul in particular:

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

I identify with the first part of the verse because it seems that the cares of my heart are many quite often. There’s a lot happening in our world today. And just ask my husband, I have a lot of cares in my heart.

I care for people who write to me here on the blog.

I care for people I pass on the street.

I care for the families who have children with MPS, the same disease as my Taylor girl, and I pray for them, often not knowing the words to say.

I care for my children as they learn to make good decisions.

I care for Taylor as we walk the road of suffering while she fights a terminal neurologically degenerative disease.

I’ve only listed some of my cares. But I know you have many cares too.

Heartache, disease, disaster, depression, financial problems, marital problems, family problems…

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with the cares of your heart.

But the Psalmist writes:

Care and cheer can coexist in our soul when we place our faith and trust in the promises of God’s Word.

I just wanted to share this simple encouragement with you today. For extra encouragement, check out this list of verses for trusting God in tough times or this list of verses for when you are struggling to understand God’s plan.

Have a thriving Thursday!

Rachel

 

A Prayer of Thanks for My Church

Recently as I worked on writing my book scheduled to be released in September 2015, I was reflecting on the influence that church has played in my life. No, it hasn’t all been perfect. As my pastor reminded us on Sunday, the church is not really the building; the church is people. And we all know people are imperfect. How in the world is the church ever going to be perfect then? Only in Heaven. But I’m so thankful for the churches I’ve been blessed to be a part of during my lifetime so far. From tiny one hundred member rosters to the 4,000 people attending each weekend at Cypress Church, God has used his people to keep me close to him and grow in my faith. I’m incredibly thankful for that. So today I’m scribbling a prayer of thanks for my church. Maybe you can share it with your church family too.

Dear Father,
Today I thank you for my church.
While some might think of doors and windows,
I’m praising you for spirits and hearts.
The people whose lives you’ve intersected
Are remarkable through your grace.
I can’t praise you enough for the unique way
You’ve blended the talents of individuals
Into beautiful masterpieces of joy.
May we love one another to the fullest
And be evidence of your ultimate love
To advance the work of your kingdom.
Amen.

a prayer of thanks for my church

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Bloggers, our Whimsical Wednesday linkup is being posted a bit late and I apologize for that. I’m headed to Dallas today for the Logos Women’s Ministry Summit and I just got a bit behind on all that needed to be done. I’ll be looking at your posts on my layover this afternoon; so be sure to link up and share all the encouragement you have for us this Whimsical Wednesday!

Rachel