Re-branded love

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I was one of those people who had the words stupid and worthless seared into my soul at a young age. But God came in and like a laser of love re-branded me‪#‎beloved‬ ‪#‎Mine‬ ‪#‎Loved‬ ‪#‎Accepted‬

What an awesome, healing, loving God we have!!

 

I still have thoughts that come and try to eat me alive whenever I speak or pray in front of people. I don’t focus on it in the moment but when a quiet moment comes…then comes also the enemy of my soul trying to enchain me again to words that have long been removed. I hear thoughts in my mind that go something like this:

…you sound so stupid….

….you make no sense….

…you don’t even know what you are talking about…

all accompanied by a feeling of worthlessness

Then I find myself saying out loud “ I hate talking in front of people!”

I had spoke up during worship at church. In a vulnerable moment I said that “I was a person who was told you’re stupid but God called me loved.” Then the enemy used my words to beat me up through out the day and so I ended up in warfare of the mind for the rest of the day, contending for what God says of me.

The only way I know how to overcome the enemy is through worship

and so I sang to my King within my soul throughout the day.

The song Lord, I need you became my companion.

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When we worship, we become aware of God’s presence. And in the spirit we light up and shine like Christ on the earth.

And while that did bring me some relief the next morning I could still feel that hangover of indulging in words that crush the soul.  I went to the Lord in prayer and the Word. I read 1 Corinthians. God had allow that hangover so that He could minister to me. Seriously everything happens for a reason and a teaching!  And these words leapt off the page at me.

1 Cor. 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

not with wisdom of words meaning without any attempt to dazzle with eloquence or intellect, without trying to impress.

I felt rest come to my soul. Its ok to JUST BE ME!

Why?  Because if I try to impress, the cross of Christ is made no effect.

What He did on the cross was enough for me!!

1 Cor. 1:26-30 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.

AMEN!!!

This is why we do not reclaim those words seared upon our souls!

We are chosen & HE BECAME FOR US WISDOM.  All Glory to God!

And when I can not stand I’ll fall on you, Jesus you’re my hope and stay!!!

When He said “ It is finished!” He covered in all!!

Starla

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Advent…God in the manger

She..laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

Luke 2:7

This God

came bare and naked

birthed into empty hands that He made

for He came to save us

brought in vulnerability

no throes of power

no forces of defeat

He was the power and He would defeat

but first He came quietly into our midst

ADVENT – a KING quietly born for the paupers

Ann Asks and will you join in answering

What do you need to lay down so your hands will be open to receive God’s gift?

How does it change Christmas for you to know that Jesus did it for love?

Take a moment to kneel close at the manger, thanking God for His abundance.

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I lay down my worry and need to fix it

The swirling what if’s and the joyless analysis

I let go and hold on to God

Christmas meaning shifts when you know and focus on how this Babe King came because of LOVE

all for LOVE…..you and me

LOVE

I kneel at the manger and worship you God for coming in little form to save us

for placing the greatness of YOU in the tiniest of packages

the way we come to the earth

thank you for loving us that much

thank you for this BLESSED ABUNDANT Grace….called JESUS

 

Starla

Advent…God with us

She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
Matt. 1:23

He came

small and fragile

just how we are all of our days

to love us and meet us where we are

to be with us….

what amazing little words

ADVENT -God with us!

Ann asks and will you join in answering

How does your perspective change on the hurry and the worry when you remember that God is with you?

What does it mean to you that God came in the form of an infant, with human skin?

What around you is broken and in need of saving? Ask God to restore and redeem any broken relationships and the broken places in your heart.

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Remembering ….awakening

HE is here

He is near

God is with me

I slow and I change focus

I see and I thank

I go and I enjoy

and I am at peace

He came infant size

amazing that is

I have had two children

and to think this WHOLE of GOD came in such tiny package

BIRTH DAY…. what JOYOUS OCCASION

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LOVE came down

to enter into this worldly place

and redeem and renew

and remind of such great love

Has the FATHER for us

A picture of father/son relationship

that more of that kind

I beg pour on us here in our little home

in the middle of all this cold snow

warmth burning from the inside

Heal me in the places that I am broken

Fill me with Your unfailing Love

I wont be the same when You’ve spoke

Fill my life O Lord

restore my soul and spirit

BE BORN IN ME

 

Starla