Thank you to the talented @ryanntvrner for creating this gift! Today, how can we actively protect our birthright of joy? Just like in any spiritual battle we have to utilize the power of Jesus’ name, stay knee deep in the Scriptures & live life around thankful worship-driven people. Determine to exchange the world’s definition of joy for a biblical one. Happiness is not promised in the Bible but joy was bought -for us-by the King! #jesus #bible #boughtforyou#gogetit #inheritance
For 20 years, God has allowed me to share His heart with Texas college women about true identity. Who are we, anyway? All of us currently live in a world of pretend, heartache, and shame. Yet, we are more than filtered Instagram pics. Our collective beauty can be more than external. Our level of satisfaction in life should be more than just “the next thing” in life. All women sense there is something more to life than beauty, school, career, health, wealth, marriage, and motherhood. Is there something else to make us feel valued? Rather than a something, could it be a Someone? Could it be Someone who knows us because He made us? I cannot adequately express the joy of seeing young women choose to come to Jesus to be made new as someone cherished, valuable, and crucial to the plan of God. It’s no accident that the first person to see the Risen Christ was a radiantly new woman. (John 20) Remember, Jesus was -and is-perfect and yet He gave His first glimpse of resurrection purity to an astonishingly imperfect woman who loved Him. Mary could be my bestie! (Can I get a witness?)
He is still at work in the lives of women.
Now, ready for some next generation hope? Every year, my daughter (and her dance pals!) join me to speak about true identity every summer. These are more than just cartoon princess events. These are times we look at what Jesus -the true King-offers to every girl who believes in Him the role as Daughter of the King. The symbolism of this crown is never lost on these girls! They understand it’s a gift to be received and that crown means “princess”. When girls put on this crown and turn (for the first time) to see themselves in a mirror, they always smile at their reflection! Why? Because the unconditional love and favor of the King has been lavished upon them and they see it represented by the crown!
Many of are not girls anymore-yet we STILL want new identities. We don’t want a mere makeover. We want a MakeNew. Have you given up on feeling “special” in this world? Look out of this temporal world to the eternal Kingdom of Love. Jesus holds out a new crown for you with the inscription SHE WHO IS ADORED. He loves you. (John 3:16) We’ve all made mistakes. (Romans 3:23) Jesus paid for our mistakes and wants to give us new hearts and new lives!(Romans 5:8) Now what? Tell Him you believe Him . Tell Him you believe He is God and you are not. Thank Him for dying for you. Ask Him-now-to make you new! (Revelation 3:20) Are you ready? Your life is about to radiate His love, His purpose and His power! Learn about your King by reading the book of John. Then, look in the mirror and say, “This girl is special for she knows the King! ” 🙂
This has been a full & just plain hard week. So many people suffering & exhaustion settling in for all. What to do? How do you find strength? How do you smile again? I think it’s two-fold: Hope in God & celebrate the people He’s given you. In the midst of the downpour, lean in to Him. When surrounded by chaos, hold your people close. Tragedies-personal & corporate -always refine us to remember what’s most important. Strangely, we can sense a new peace. Ironically, pain brings perspective. We remember what we were made for: God & people. #lovegod #lovepeople #hurricane#hurricaneharvey #tragedy #pain #perspective #truth