Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Believe in yourself…

God loves you so much.  Whatever your circumstances, please know He is with you every step of the way.  He sees the other side, when we can’t.  I know it is so very difficult, but let’s do this together and trust and believe.  You are a marvelous miracle, and our Heavenly Father has great plans for you.

God bless you and give you peace,

Sandra Brooks McCravy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you wearing a mask?

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Does the world know the real you?  Are you hiding under layers of make up or presenting yourself in a way other than what truly shows what’s in your heart?

 

My daughters have become obsessed with the newest trends in cosmetics. One of them has a box specifically manufactured to hold tons of the stuff. 

They talk about it endlessly and try new products every day it seems. 

It occurred to me that as each layer is applied to their face, more and more of the real person is being hidden from the world. 

 

I suppose we all present a somewhat distorted version of ourselves to the public in order to come off more polished, more refined. God forbid people know the real me kind of thing. 

 

 

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Goodbye Shame and Regret…(from Proverbs 31 Ministries)

(From http://proverbs31.org)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

We had been warned to pack lightly, but learned that was easier said than done.

Departure day for our much-anticipated family vacation finally arrived, and we packed everything we needed, plus some. Over-packing resulted in a few pieces of luggage surpassing the weight limit.

We opened our suitcases, repositioned some items and discarded others. After a lot of shuffling, all the bags met the maximum-allowed weight and we completed our check-in.

After a great vacation, we lugged all our heavy bags back to the airport. I found myself once again wishing I had packed lighter. Most of what we had brought was unnecessary weight. The load was burdensome and prevented us from being able to freely move around and enjoy the remaining hours of togetherness.

As I sat at the gate waiting to board, resting from all the heavy bag toting, I remembered an earlier time in my life. Extra baggage in my heart from shame and regret paralyzed me with its weight. Mistakes and sins of my past kept me from experiencing the freedom to live joyfully as God intended.

My fondest memory is the day I unpacked all that emotional baggage and surrendered it to God, embracing for the very first time the life of joy and purpose God had for me.

In today’s key verse, Paul expresses a similar joy in knowing there is no condemnation in Christ. Before choosing to follow Jesus, Paul had persecuted and killed Christians. That’s a lot of heavy baggage to carry. So it’s even more compelling to read why he is passionate about God not condemning us.

In the chapter right before our key verse, Romans chapter 7, Paul acknowledges he is unspiritual, that he’d broken God’s laws and was a slave to sin. He also mentions he behaved in ways he despised, and didn’t do the things he knew he should. Paul was fully aware he was a sinner who had made wrong choices. He was also fully aware that Jesus loved him, died for him and had a purpose for him, nonetheless.

Paul intentionally chose not to allow shame or regret to keep him from knowing Christ, or from fulfilling his life’s purpose to share the gospel out of his weakest places.

So many people are stuck in memories of the past that fill them with shame and regret, either from their own sin or sins someone committed against them. These memories prevent them from believing they can be loved and used by God. But not one of us has to stay stuck. Paul didn’t allow his shame and regret to keep him from glorifying God, and we don’t have to either. What a privilege to know that the same God who saw value and purpose in Paul sees those things in us as well.

Just like Paul, no matter how much baggage we have in our past, Jesus calls us to surrender it all to Him. When we do, we can live in freedom, and our restoration and redemption can serve as a shining light to a world of broken people. People need to know they, too, can be forgiven, restored and used for holy purposes God destined just for them — not despite their past, but because of it.

Dear Jesus, circumstances of my past have caused me to be filled with shame and regret. I long to be free of that emotional and spiritual baggage. Please cleanse me, and fill me with peace. Help me discover how You can turn what the devil meant for evil into good, and how You can turn my past into my purpose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How might your life be different if you accepted God’s forgiveness and grace, then let go of the weight of shame and regret once and for all?

Read the whole chapter of Romans 7. How does Paul’s honest admission of sin and wrongdoing help you recognize that neither you, nor anyone, is beyond God’s redemption?

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How He Loves Us…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corrie ten Boom is such an inspiration, worth reading…

 

I love receiving inspirational messages from the Corrie ten Boom Museum.  Her courage and love for God strengthens my soul.  My times of trials and hardships seem so small compared to what she and so many others endured.  If she turned her eyes and heart to the Love of our Great Father during times of terrible suffering, I can do the same.

Praying God’s Love will fill your heart with peace today.

Sandra Brooks McCravy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Courageous…

Amen.

Isaiah 41:10 reads,

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

This verse has been my reminder of God’s never-ending love, kindness, and strength.  If you are struggling through tough times and are overwhelmed by fear regarding your situation, please know you are not alone.

Our Father is holding YOU up with HIS righteous hand.  Think of the awesomeness in knowing that our Creator loves you that much.  You belong to Him.  It is okay to tell God you are afraid and you might be having trouble trusting that He is going to work everything out.  He already knows it anyway. :-)

Dear Brother and Sister, we all seem to be experiencing difficult times.  Please know you are not alone.  You were created by the KING!  So, take hold of that God given courage and face your situation with grace and peace knowing He will never leave you.

You have many Brothers and Sisters who love and adore you!

Go with Courage and shine the Light of our Lord!

Blessings and peace,

Sandra Brooks McCravy

 

 

 

 

 

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Oaks of Righteousness by Corrie Ten Boom

The tree on the mountain takes whatever the weather brings. If it has any choice at all, it is in putting down roots as deeply as possible.
-Corrie ten Boom

“To grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful head-dress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called OAKS of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that HE may be glorified.”
-Isaiah 61:3

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Fear and Illusive Safety

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Proverbs 16:17

“The highway of the upright is to turn from evil; the one who guards his way safeguards his life.”

Proverbs 3:24
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”

Proverbs 18:10
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

Job 5:22
“You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.”

Psalms 112:7
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

Psalms 91:9,10
“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;”

Isaiah 43:1,2
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