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Live in the Light

Spring is coming!

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This is my favorite time of the year.  Maybe because the First day of Spring is my birthday!

But also because it brings me out of the cold and dark time of year and into the warmth and light.

Especially this year, I am ready to be delivered out of the darkness of this last year and into the light of new promise.

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Last year saw much illness: the diagnosis of an auto-immune disease that came with unkind medications and breast cancer, and my father’s last battle with lung disease and then his death.  It saw diminishing energy, fatigue, and discouragement over many losses.

God was good to give me some bright spots. Two sons’ weddings and a trip to Hawaii were very joyful.

But I am ready for life in the full sun.  Just as teachers and kids everywhere are enthusiastically counting the weeks till school is out, I am ready and eager for being done with cancer, and medication’s side effects.

2 Peter 1:4 tells me “I have given you very great and precious promises.” So, I am ready to draw my strength from God and those promises.

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The first thing that gives me strength is my identity in Christ.

 

Contrary to that little voice I sometimes hear reminding me how stupid I’ve been and how worthless I am, I know that in truth, I am a daughter of the King of the universe!

Among other things, Scripture tells me:

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.  Colossians 3:12

I am a daughter/son of light and not darkness.  I Thessalonians 5:5

I have been made righteous.  2 Corinthians 5:21

I am free forever from condemnation.  Romans 8:1

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Next I need to know His promises.

 

Some promises are for all Believers, so I can draw strength from knowing that:

I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence.   Ephesians 3:12

I have been given the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do the work, which He has prepared in advance for me.  Ephesians 2:10

To know His personal promises to me, I need to be in His Word so I can hear Him speak them.  Sometimes a new meaning becomes evident in a scripture I haven’t noticed or understood before. Or maybe a familiar passage suddenly has a unique application to something in my life.  Sometimes I feel a conviction telling me to pay attention, that this is for me.

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And finally, I need to live and act as if I believe those promises.

So since I believe I am a daughter of the King, I need to think and behave that way.  Because I believe I have been given a spirit of power and love then I will act in love and be empowered when I come up against a challenge.

Knowing that I am God’s handiwork gives me confidence to step boldly into the light this Spring.  And like Paul, be ready to “take hold of that for which God has taken hold of me.”  Philippians 3:12

I pray that you too will be energized and empowered by the light that Spring brings.  And will live and walk in the light of your true identity from God and in His promises.

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Look back – Look ahead

birthday-669968_640Usually my birthday is a time I choose to look back on my year and take stock of what has happened.  And look ahead to see what the next year may bring.

This is mid-year for me, but I feel the need to do some checking in on my life.

Today is my Father’s birthday.  And that seems significant. It’s his first year to spend his birthday in heaven.

We used to talk about what it’s like when you die. Especially after my mother passed. Our belief is that your spirit goes to be with the Lord. And that you will experience such a great and wonderful peace as your spirit waits to be joined with a new heavenly body to return to the earth when Jesus returns.

Looking back, it has been both a painful and a joyful year.

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Painful since I was diagnosed with a rare immunosuppressive disease that came with medications that changed my lifestyle. I also lost my father’s reassuring presence here on earth.

And was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just this week had surgery to remove it.

But joyful because I spent precious time with my father at the end of his life. And I saw two sons marry the loves of their lives. And felt the love and support of so many friends as I dealt with the loss of a parent and my health.

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What has your year held?

What losses do you need to grieve and bring to God for healing?

What joys bring you a sense of satisfaction and peace?

Like the words of a praise song we sing at church, the truth of Jesus Christ in my life has been borne out.

“I will look back and see that You are faithful…I’ll look ahead, believing You are able, Jesus Lord of all.”

How has God been faithful to you this year?

What do you need to rely on Him to be able to do in your life?

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He is able, and He is willing.

So many of His promises reiterate just that.  Open up God’s Word, the Bible.  Let His promises speak to you, give you hope.

 

“Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

I am praying you will listen for God’s voice in your life.  And hear it. Through scripture.  Through prayer.  Through nature.  And through your circumstances.