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Do you know the difference between who you are and Whose you are?
I’d like to share my very personal journey to discovering what it means to be a child of the Almighty Living God. Just like many of you, Satan very cleverly set the stage to help me define myself.
I was 14 when the movie Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams came out. I’d always been a bookworm with a hunger for language, and just like many adolescent girls, I was overly emotional and seeking inspiration. The poetry, passion, tragedy, and inspiration of Dead Poets Society spoke straight to my soul. The poem featured in the famous cave scene had a defining impact on me…
As the school year ends, many teachers will take their students through a review of what they’ve learned during the past year. Many children don’t even realize how just much their teachers have prepared them for the next school year and for the years to come.
My daughter will be in high school in the fall. Panic follows thoughts of driver’s ed, dating, and college applications. Sometimes I immediately turn to Jesus when my thoughts churn into a tornado. Other times, I get lost in the storm. I’m learning, too, so perhaps the end of the school year is a good time for me to look back on what Jesus has taught me this past year to help prepare me for next year and for the years to come. There isn’t enough time to tell you everything that Jesus has taught me this past year, but I’ll share the most impactful lessons I’ve learned about prayer, Satan, Scripture, and the Holy Spirit.
Let’s talk about the proverbial “F” word of the Bible: Forgive. Go ahead, say it; try not to choke. Does the very thought light a red-hot flame of self-defense? Christians celebrate forgiveness as the greatest gift our Savior died to give us, yet we all struggle to forgive each other.
I believe that all of our indignant excuses for withholding forgiveness boil down to just one: We are waiting until we feel forgiveness towards the one we believe wronged us.
Please understand that I’m not here to judge or minimize the unimaginable hurt that many of you have suffered at the hands of others. I’m only here to share what I’ve recently learned about the Biblical truth of forgiveness.
Whom Do You Seek?
Whether you are looking for a Comforter, a Teacher, a Healer, a Rock… The Lord says: I AM.
My favorite woman in the Bible is Mary Magdalene. I think it’s because she’s just as crazy, emotional, and clueless as I am. Yet, she was the first one to see the risen Lord. I invite you to join me in remembering the Lord’s first recorded act of the New Covenant—comforting a woman was who was every bit the hot mess that I am.
By the time you read this post, I expect you may be stretched out on a recliner, sipping the last of the minty eggnog the kids can’t have, pants discreetly unbuttoned to accommodate for the necessary additional breathing room.
Before you drift off into over-indulgence induced sleep, let me ask you: Are you sure that you’ve exchanged gifts with everyone? I bet you forgot Someone. What did you get for the One who gave you life? You could at least get Him a coffee mug for all the late nights He spends carrying your burdens.
You can take a tip from one of my favorite Christmas classics: The Little Drummer Boy.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
When I was 17, my friend’s mother told me to pray to the patron saint of lost items to help me find a precious necklace I’d lost. I respected and loved her too much to question why I had to pray to some saint instead of going right to God. I knew He died because He loved me, so wouldn’t He want me to come straight to Him instead of one of His human servants?
The necklace was gone forever, never to be found.