you are enough

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I just want to remind you that you are enough…right this very moment. Your feeble hands, your struggling heart, and the painful scars of your past. When you feel like each day is the same as the next- home with the kids and you feel weary. You are enough.

You may feel alone, lonely, and unlovable. Rejection and heartache are weighing heavily upon you….

Hear it again- you are enough.

You may wonder how God can love you. You may wrestle with fears of the future. You are enough. In the moments you may have responded with anger- you are enough. The deep, dark secret shames you carry…you are enough. Stop wondering, stop questioning God’s love…just say it over and over.

You are enough.

Say it a loud in the mirror, whisper it into the silence of your heart. There is absolutely nothing you can do to separate yourself from the love of God- NOTHING. You are enough. Yes, you are!

When you stumbled through your day- tripping on temptations and embracing the lies.

You are enough.

I believe that the Word of God is living and active- meaning that when we read the Bible it enters into our heart and it changes us. God’s word is his love letter to us.

I created  a free printable list of scriptures for you that will remind you of how much He loves you. Print this out; write them out on 3 X 5 cards- tape them around your house, in your car…where ever you know you will read them over and over. Let this list be an encouragement of hope and truth over your life daily. God loves you with a lavish love!

Click HERE to download your copy of My Identity in Christ.

Here’s a great song from Bethel Music- I Belong to You:

Pass this along to anyone who may need to hear that they are ENOUGH.

by God’s power we live

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In my reading this morning I was delving deep into Corinthians. I am challenged by Paul’s boldness and his clarity of purpose. His authenticity draws me.

I am encouraged and admire how he embraces his limitations, his struggle with sin, and how he doesn’t shy away from being completely upfront with sharing his weaknesses.

He knows that it is the tangible working of God in his life, in the mess of his humanness, that will draw people to the redemptive love of Christ.

2 Corinthians 13:3-4

He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we live with him to serve you.

never lose heart

 

Life is full of difficulties and struggles. Twists and turns of trials that leave us weary and off course. We were never promised an easy road to travel upon, but graciously given a covenant-vow that we would never have to walk alone.

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

more of you & less of me

 

I can’t help but love the app on my phone called Vrsly. They have a daily photo overlay that you can use to create beautiful, inspiring images.  Today’s overlay seems to tie into my quiet time perfectly.

I spent some time reading in 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 this morning.  It says:

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

 The death of Jesus on the cross freed us from our sinful selves. We daily have to surrender our lives, the sinfulness of our humanness at the feet of our loving Savior. In exchange we receive newness of life, freedom from sins power, and grace-filled forgiveness. That is the power of the cross. Alive, wide-eyed awareness of His love, changing, molding, and refining us.

More of You and less of me….

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Hello Friends,

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Sybil Brun over at the blog She Lives Free.  Sybil has such an amazing heart. I love her site. It is full of amazing information, heartfelt posts about her faith, and interviews from women who have a deep love for the Lord.

Please check out her site, and if you have a free moment you can get to know me a bit more in my interview.

 

i want to hear from YOU

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{my verse for 2015}

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

For me, this year is full of uncertainties: a family member who is battling cancer, my husband’s job facing new changes, and a few more unspoken challenges down the road.

In other news, I’m turning 40 this year! I have promised myself that I will not call myself old…for “feeling old” is a state of mind. My son will start driving this year and will also begin high school in the fall.

Life has so many twists and turns. I am so thankful that in the midst of life’s quick pace and uncertainties that our God is constant and true. He is our rock, keeping us firmly planted and secure.

 That is why Zephaniah speaks so deeply to my soul. God is in my midst- I am never alone and I can always call on him in prayer. He is mighty to save- God holds all things in his hands. I can rest in the promise that he will deliver me from all of life’s struggles. He rejoices over me with gladness- he loves me. The Lord is proud to call me his child. There is nothing that can separate me from his love. He will quiet me with his love- this is HUGE for me. My anxiety and worry will only be calmed by the truth found in the Bible. I need to refresh my mind daily focusing on his love for me and how he sees me. The God of the universe loves to sing over me.  Loudly singing, rejoicing in his love for me!

I would love to know what you are focusing on for this new 2015 year. Are there verses you are clinging to this year? Are there areas in your life you feel the Lord stirring in your heart to release to Him? Will there be exciting, wonderful events that you are looking forward to this year?  How can I specifically pray for YOU? I’d love to know.

 Use the comment section below or post on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shinyreflection  

Here is a great song the usher in the new year. Looking forward to all that God has in store for us this year!

{brandon heath (feat. sons & daughters) – no turning back}