As summer winds down, and many have or are heading back to school, we thought we would honor all the “learning” that many will be embarking upon – by pulling “Train” from the #WorthyThoughts archives.
Who am I?
Maybe I am my bank account.
Maybe I am my popularity.
Am I my achievements?
The sum of all the pleasures I enjoy?
My good health?
How frail we are!
What if I lost everything – my health, my popularity, my acceptable appearance, my money, my friends, my home, my family, my mind? Who would I be?
Would I still be loved?
Is there something at my core that is lovable?
We were created in love, by love, and for love.
Who’s your daddy?
My daddy is Love.
Does he have a last name?
No, just Love.
What does he do?
No, just loves.
Does he ever stop loving?
~ Brad Heilhecker
Some resist it
Some make the best of it!
God has been speaking to me lately about A “Set-Apart Season”.
As I kept seeing and hearing that word I felt like I was somehow missing God’s Divine Download on this subject and wondering why He spoke the words – …some choose it, some resist it, some make the best of it.
I began seeking Him deeper and got a vision of Butterflies.
My daughter likes to plant milkweed plants and that attracts the caterpillars and they eat it up and store it and she plucks them fat little wormy guys up and sets them apart in her aquariums for them to do their magic.
But despite the gold spun threaded cocoons and the beautiful butterfly emerging in brilliant colors – the vision that God kept taking me to was the time I witnessed the beautiful butterflies hatching or transforming and it was not a very pretty sight.
They actually bleed- as they are thrusting in the cocoon to come out and the cocoon is pretty wrecked when all done but that butterfly finally emerges -but it’s wings are still wet and must dry before it can began to fly.
So it just flaps its wings over and over –
kind of a mundane boring motion but it can’t be rushed, they must be dry in order to fly.
So forgive me as I am trying to relay this Divine Download to you on day 4 of suffering from a head cold and bronchitis…
Try to follow me here…..
Let us go to simple definitions- that is usually how God helps me unpack….
Many view “Set Apart” negatively as being isolated, detached, secluded, or alone.
In Christian circles that term “Set Apart” means to usually go deeper with God to get clarity or direction.
The basic definition is:
Set Apart – set someone or something apart to make different and special.
In Jeremiah 1:5 we read that God meant “Set Apart” as chosen, handpicked, special, with a purpose.
“Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.”
So why was God saying to me…
Some choose it
Some resist it
Some make the best of it?
Why the butterfly vision?
Let’s look at the many definitions to Set:
Set=to restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken
Set=to concentrate on a purpose or goal
Set=to cause to sit (wait)
Some of us do choose a “Set-Apart Season”.
We need a time of waiting on God, to give us clear direction. Sometimes it’s a time to remove the distractions of the world so we can be restored to our proper and normal state when broken or slightly dislocated.
Many of us resist a Set-Apart Season and are not too happy when we are forced into it by sickness, circumstances, divorce or even death.
I was forced into a “Set-Apart Season” by my husband’s recent surgery. This week I was further thrust into a “Set-Apart Season” by being sick.
Was I making the best of it?
No- sadly I was not.
It brought up how selfish I can be when having to care and wait and serve someone else 24/7.
It brought up how much I complain about my pain and sickness instead of focusing on God’s promises.
It had me resentful that I had to sit and wait and let my children serve me and not get my house cleaned up and organized for upcoming company.
So back to the Download….
We can choose a “Set-Apart Season”, we can resist the “Set-Apart Season” that feels forced upon us, or we can make the best of the “Set-Apart Season” and wait and sit with God and allow Him to adjust and restore us.
Think about what could be a “Set-Apart Season” in your life and if you will choose it, resist it or embrace it to allow God to make the best out of you through it.
And now back to the butterfly-
Don’t try to rush the process.
We must feed on the Word, (like the milkweed) to prepare ourselves for the “Set-Apart Season”
We must trust God in the weaving of our cocoons but don’t get so comfortable with them that we resist the coming out part. Some butterflies die in the cocoon state and never emerge transformed.
We will have to endure the thrashing and transformation process. Yes, we will bleed some. That is what it takes to forms us and restores us.
And we must not forget to wait and sit to dry our wings fully before we emerge and are able to fly again.
How will you spend your “Set-Apart Season”?
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
And He himself gave some to be prophets, some evangelist, and some pastors and teachers.-Ephesians 4:11
God made each of us with a unique purpose.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them-Ephesians 2:10.
The purpose for His mission is necessary because humanity today is not right with God. People are perishing and the gospel is their only hope.
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news.
Walk worthy of your calling with which you were called to do good works for His glory. Amen.
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
One would think a Thursday in February would be a smaller crowd at the Magic Kingdom. Nope, not the case at all, thousands poured in at the magic opening hour of 9 am. Since I was in line to get autographs from all the different Disney princesses my attention was drawn to watching the little girls meet and greet these beautiful Disney actors.
They were playing their part perfectly as if they just stepped out of their particular animated movie to specifically greet you. One couldn’t help but get caught up in the wonder of the fantasy of these characters. Even so much as to go and get pixie dust in our hair after meeting Tinker Belle. Yes, the mom’s needed faith, trust and a little pixie dust dropped on their heads too. It’s quite easy for me to go into pretend mode and be a princess. After all I grew up on Cinderella and believed I too would meet my Prince Charming and live happily ever after.
I was reminded this week at Disney that we are ALL created for a purpose bigger than ourselves. We have the DNA of our Creator flowing through us that causes us to look upward and beyond. Yes…..to infinity and beyond just like Buzz Lightyear. No wonder so many people are drawn to the Magic Kingdom. These are not just kids who are being mesmerized by the possibilities of flying like Peter Pan or having “Magic” power to make all your dreams come true.
We were created for so much more than we are experiencing currently on earth.
We are the sons and daughters of the King of Kings. If we decide to step into our royal calling through the blood of Jesus. We too are sprinkled with something far more powerful than fairy dust. We have the ability to be co-heirs with Christ.
This is a happily ever after story for us.
We have a choice to choose the side of good and or the side of evil.
I choose to come as a child and receive my inheritance in Christ Jesus.
The huge Tree of Life is the center of attention at The Animal Kingdom. I will admit I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. It has all the animals slightly hidden and carved all around the trunk and branches.
It is our salvation in Jesus Christ that makes the Tree of Life come alive daily in all of us.
It’s magical not easily explained.
We are in the happiest place on earth when we rest our heads on the One who leads us through the circle of life. If we listen closely we can hear Him whisper, “You are a child of mine!”.
Have you heard the song, ‘No Longer Slaves’ by David and Melissa Helser?
Check it out below.
Discover who you can be in Christ if you choose to step into royalty and live happily ever after to infinity and beyond.
Princess Kelley Allison
“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
I Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
(Children of God)
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
(Tree Of Life)
“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'”
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”
Remember that Peter wanted Jesus to prove that it was indeed He walking on the water by allowing him (Peter) to come to him by also walking on the water. Peter was able to do just that UNTIL he took his eyes off Jesus which caused him to begin to sink, right?
I was thinking about that event, and the Lord placed a wave in front of my eyes, and I heard Jesus say, “Look through the wave,” and that’s when I saw Him.
When I think about this, He shows me that it’s not just the “big wave” that comes to block our view of Him but also the very thought of one coming that causes us to sink. There is no question that these waves come and will continue to come throughout our lives. Instead of thinking about them, though, we must reframe our thinking to how muddled we will allow them to be.
Yes, they’re big waves – often HUGE! Yes, they are ugly, dark, and capable of filling our lungs to prevent air of life! BUT GOD!
Allow not the gulps of water! Allow not a drop to be consumed! Keep your eyes open to SEE through each wave, and you will see Him!
He wants us to walk on the water as victors of our circumstances- no matter the size of the storm- and when the waves seem too big, it doesn’t mean we are sinking, for we are already overcomers, it simply means that we must look THROUGH those waves to see Him.
I receive this as a word to NOT be thinking of the “what ifs” of the future and to just keep our eyes on Him. The waves come, but when we are STILL, our vision is clear, and we can SEE through them…to SEE HIM.
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
~ Stephanie Gable
Angela is on location in Guatemala doing what she loves with her ministry Sounds Of Love.
Here are some great pics from her trip and also one of Eric, Angela’s awesome husband modeling their new shirts.
You can visite Sounds Of Love ministry page for details, more pics and how to order your own T-shirt to help support their mission.
Angela will return soon with more #WorthyThoughtWednesday posts!
Just like the game of Scrabble. Take the letters you have been handed in life and make a statement or word for yourself. Put them together to spell out a winning word that creates an environment where you could easily collect points or value to bring you to a higher level of success. Decide today that you will take everything……all your good and bad letters to formulate strong words that leads you to be a winner.
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