We Are THE LIVING LETTERS of CHRIST To The World

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(2 Corinthians 3:2-3 VOICE- You are our letter, every word burned onto our hearts to be read by everyone. You are THE LIVING LETTER of THE ANOINTED ONE, THE LIBERATING KING, nurtured by us and inscribed, not with ink, but with THE SPIRIT of THE LIVING GOD—a LETTER too passionate to be chiseled onto stone tablets, but emblazoned upon the human heart.)

I just love that passage of Scripture.

As believers, our lives are THE LIVING LETTERS of CHRIST.

Those few words embody such incredible power.

How often do we think about the fact that every person we encounter can see us, but read JESUS? Meaning, others actually have the ability to see us, but conceptualize HIM in us. The Bible says that we were made in THE LORD’S image. So, isn’t that exactly what our lives should mirror?

As I was meditating on today’s focal passage I began to think about my own life. The greatest desire on my heart is to make sure that I represent HIM well.

Being a Christian means so much more than just assuming the title and attending church on Sundays. When we accept CHRIST in our hearts as our LORD and SAVIOR, essentially what that means is that we are to carry on HIS legacy through the power and PRESENCE of HIS HOLY SPIRIT living on the inside of us.

We are to be HIS light shining HIS love, grace, and glory in the darkest of places. We are to be the salt of CHRIST helping those who don’t know HIM to taste and see that HE is good. (Matthew 5:13-16 MSG- “Let ME tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the GOD-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the GOD-colors in the world. GOD is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’M going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’M putting you on a light stand. Now that I’VE put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with GOD, this generous FATHER in heaven.)

The prayer of my heart for us today is that our lives would truly exemplify THE LIFE of CHRIST in word and in deed and that we would always be mindful of the fact that our presence in someone’s life could be the deciding factor in whether they come to know the heart of our SAVIOR.

ABBA, we come before YOU this morning incredibly grateful for YOUR PRESENCE in our lives. We thank YOU for YOUR unconditional love for us and we’re so very honored that YOU trust us to carry on the legacy of YOUR precious SON, JESUS CHRIST. FATHER, help us to realize what a priceless treasure YOU have entrusted us with by YOU freely gifting HIS HOLY and perfect SPIRIT to us. LORD, give us the wisdom, provision, and strength to walk, live, breath, and stand in the great purpose of this indescribable GIFT living on the inside of us.  Give us the courage and boldness to be YOUR salt and light. May our lives spell out the heart of JESUS to everyone around us. ABBA, we love YOU, we praise YOU, and we give YOU all of the glory. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“I’m just a little pencil in the hand of a writing GOD, WHO IS sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 9 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Molded To Perfection In HIS Hands

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Dear Hearts, I welcome you all to week 8 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m honored to have you guys join me again today and I pray that you’ll join me here every Friday for prayer, love, and encouragement. As I explained in week 1, I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

(Jeremiah 18:4-6 NIV- But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then THE WORD of THE LORD came to me.  HE said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares THE LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in MY hand, Israel.”)

THE FATHER is THE MASTER POTTER and we are HIS clay. If only we would fully entrust our lives into HIS hands— HE would mold us to perfection.

This morning as I was mulling over today’s focal passage, I just wanted to remind you guys that you are the flawless masterpiece and workmanship of THE FATHER’S heart and hands. (Song of Songs 4:7 NIV- You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.)

ABBA, I humbly yet boldly enter YOUR HOLY PRESENCE this morning with an incredibly grateful heart. Simply thankful for the beautiful truth that we are the preeminent creation of YOUR heart and hands. FATHER, I ask that you would help us to continuously surrender our hearts to YOUR heart daily that YOU may freely mold us to perfection. YOUR WORD says that we are YOUR workmanship: YOUR own master work, a work of art, created in CHRIST JESUS, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used for good works, which YOU prepared for us beforehand, taking paths which YOU’VE set, so that we would walk in them living the good life which YOU’VE prearranged and made ready for us. LORD, today, I ask and pray that you would help us to know, understand, and embrace our worth in YOU. ABBA, we love YOU and we praise YOUR glorious name. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Knowing GOD As FATHER

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(James 1:17-18 NIV- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from THE FATHER of the heavenly lights, WHO does not change like shifting shadows. HE chose to give us birth through THE WORD of TRUTH, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all HE created.)

Most of us know and believe in THE LORD as CREATOR, which HE is and there is none other. This morning, however, I want to talk to you guys about knowing HIM intimately as our loving, good FATHER, WHO has chosen us as HIS own. (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and approved of you as MY chosen instrument. And before you were born I consecrated you to MYSELF as MY own…)

One of my favorite songs is “Good, Good FATHER” and every morning as I enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE, it’s one of the songs that I sing to HIM because I want HIM to know from the depths of my being what a good FATHER HE has been to me.

The beginning of the songs says, “Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think YOU’RE like. But, I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night. And YOU tell me that YOU’RE pleased and that I’m never alone. … YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. It’s WHO YOU are. And I’m loved by YOU. It’s who I am.”.

As I was mediating on today’s focal passage, I was reminded of those precious lyrics from that song. … Every good and perfect gift comes from THE LORD because it’s HIS nature to be a good FATHER to us. HE, HIMSELF, is LOVE. So, to know that we’re loved by HIM is so much more than just a description of how HE feels about us. Truly knowing in our hearts that we’re loved by HIM, is to know that being loved by THE FATHER is in fact HIM offering us an extension of HIMSELF— HIS very LIFE, in which there is no greater gift.

Beloved, accept and embrace THE LIFE that THE FATHER offers. HE is the endless supply of everything good and perfect; the very source in which you draw your next life-giving breath.

Before I pray for you guys today, I just want you to know and truly take to heart that you don’t have to just listen to the stories of what others think our HEAVENLY FATHER is like. You can know HIM— like truly and intimately know HIM for yourself. You can experience HIM, hear HIS voice, see as HE sees. HE will show you the great and unsearchable things. HE’LL make HIS PRESENCE known to you in ways that you’ve never even dreamed of.

If I could leave you guys with one thing that will change your life for the very best, it would simply be— seek HIM. I can promise you that as you draw near to HIM, HE will draw near to you. There is nothing in this entire world that compares to knowing HIM.

ABBA, I come before YOU this morning asking that YOU would continually draw our hearts unto YOURS. FATHER, I pray that the deep in YOU would unceasingly call out to the deep in us that we may know, encounter, and experience YOU in ways we never imagined possible. I pray that YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would flood us; heart and soul to overflow that even the ones we love may be engulfed by all that is YOU. My deepest cry for every heart reading this is that they would come to know YOU as the loving, good FATHER that YOU are. LORD, let nothing hinder us as we seek to know YOU more. YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. We love YOU and we long for more and more of THE LIFE that is YOUR PRESENCE. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

When I was a little child, my parents taught me by example to pray. I began with a picture in my mind of HEAVENLY FATHER being far away. As I have matured, my experience with prayer has changed. The picture in my mind has become one of a HEAVENLY FATHER WHO is close by, WHO is bathed in a bright light, and WHO knows me perfectly.” ~ Henry B. Eyring

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 7 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Look For His Whispers In The Wind

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You Are Heaven’s Poetry

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Dear Hearts, I welcome you all to week 6 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m honored to have you guys join me again today and I pray that you’ll join me here every Friday for prayer, love, and encouragement. As I explained in week 1, I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

(Ephesians 2:10 VOICE- For we are the product of HIS hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in THE ANOINTED, JESUS, to accomplish the good works GOD arranged long ago.)

This morning as I was meditating on today’s focal verse, I just felt in my spirit that I was supposed to remind you guys that your very being is heaven’s poetry. Meaning— your life is the beautiful artistry of GOD, HIMSELF. Beloved, please take a moment to allow your heart and mind to be fully immersed in the beauty and power that lies within this truth. You are GOD’S best and HIS most beautiful and valued creation.

ABBA, I come to YOU this morning on behalf of every being reading this and I ask that YOU would establish in their hearts and spirits how much YOU love and cherish them. Help them to see the incomparable value that YOU have placed over their lives as YOUR treasured sons and daughters. I ask that YOU would open their eyes and hearts to receive the holy plan of perfection that YOU have beautifully and intricately etched within the walls of their beating hearts. LORD, I pray that they would truly come to know YOU intimately that they may fully understand their worth and the phenomenal purpose in which YOU have created them for and called them to. FATHER, I ask that YOU would minister to their souls as only YOU can do. ABBA, I love YOU and I thank YOU for YOUR extravagant love for us.  In the mighty name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

I love songs that express what I truly feel from the depths of my heart for THE LORD, so the song below is another one of my faves to sing before HIM in the mornings as I begin to enter HIS PRESENCE to pray. The song says, “YOUR love is extravagant. YOUR friendship is intimate. I find I’m moving to the rhythms of YOUR grace. YOUR fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place.”.  Beautiful lyrics to sing to our beautiful GOD.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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