Whatever 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Whatever we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.

We speak God’s word not out of artificial piety to aim to impress others nor do we cater to human respect. We are to speak truth in love that builds bridges not walls.     

We can implant good ideas and settle our differences in todays world if we fix our thoughts on what is true, good and right. 

Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. 

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable– If there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise– dwell on these things. -Philippians 4:8

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Thoughts On God’s Love 


Listening to a new song….
Let There Be Light 

Brian and Katy Torwalt

Some Lyrics: 

Let there be light till it fills up every space;

Come and have your way….

Let there be light.”

It reminds me of some thoughts on……
God’s Love

The sun shines 
The breeze blows 
The rain falls 
on EVERYTHING 
missing nothing 
No thought to who or what
Just a gesture from above 
This is God’s Love

God doesn’t relish His love on us for any other reason than……
He Desires and He Does

Light on,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Matthew 5:45 For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Reclaiming My Stolen Identity


My dear friend, Kelley, wrote a great blog last Friday on “Identity Theft” so I wanted to follow up with my own story of how my identity was stolen.  

I’m sure you can probably relate to just how your identity may have been stolen as well, or if not you, then someone very close to you.

The theft took place so long ago, that I can barely remember when it happened. 

 It was slow and subtle and just seemed to sneak up on me, but my first memory was when I was just a little girl in first grade I think, maybe even kindergarten. One day I was getting ready for school and when I looked in the mirror, I noticed that my hair was not long and pretty like my two best friends, they were twins and had long beautiful wavy brown hair. Mine was short and straight and blonde. I remember thinking that I wished I had long hair like theirs, and I was mad at my mom for making me cut it for the new school year. That day, I decided that I am not as pretty as other girls, maybe even ugly!

A few years later, I noticed that my thighs were not as long and thin as other girls in my gym class. I was short and a little on the chunky side; I decided that I was chubby and maybe even fat!  
Then one day at school, I believe I was in the fourth grade, my teacher asked a question, and I was so sure I had the right answer so I waved my arm high, back and forth so proud, and when she called on me, I was completely wrong — I felt like such a fool and all the other students laughed at me.  
That day, I decided that I wasn’t that smart, maybe even stupid, and I better just be quiet so I don’t get embarrassed!  

I’m sure there were many more incidents over the years, but I think you get the picture. So by the time I went to Junior High, my identity was that I am ugly, fat and stupid! I’m sure it only got worse as time went on.
Sure, I smiled and seemed happy on the outside, but inside I felt inadequate and unworthy. I didn’t try out for any sports or the drill team. I always wanted to be a cheer leader, but I didn’t think I was good enough, so why bother.

Why did I believe the lies that the enemy kept telling me? Why did I fall for the trap of negative self-talk that always played in my head? 

I can look back now and see it so clearly, but at the time, I really didn’t even know that I had this belief, this self doubt and negative self image.

It was buried deep inside and it just became who I was, I didn’t realize that my identity had been stolen and that my own mindset was holding me back.  

Most of the time I was happy and enjoyed life, no one would have ever known, not even me, it just became who I was, and I lived with it because I didn’t know the truth. I believed the lies and accepted it as truth.

Because I didn’t have Jesus in my life, I had no idea how much He loved me!  

I didn’t read the bible that I got when I went to church with my neighbor in the 6th grade. 
It was right there all the time, in the top drawer of my night stand. If only I had opened it and learned the truth, that Jesus loves me with an everlasting love, that He knit me in my mother’s womb, and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. 

That His plans for me are good, to prosper and have hope for the future! 

If only I had known the truth, God’s word, it would have set me free from the bondage that the enemy created in my own mind and reclaimed my stolen identity much sooner! 

Father, I am so thankful that you didn’t give up on me, you waited patiently for me to seek the truth and when I finally knocked, you opened the door and showed me that I am loved and I am worthy, not from anything I did, but because you paid the price for my sin and died on the cross to save me and give me eternal life with you. There is nothing I could have done to set myself free, it is only by trusting and believing in you and being covered by your blood that I am saved. Your word is the way the truth and the life! Please forgive me for believing the lies of the enemy, and thank you for loving me and showing me the way to love myself and be grateful for everything that you have given me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Deb Hicks

BowlofSplendor.com

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

John 14:6

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” 

Jeremiah 31:3

Crazy Stupid Thoughts

 

Lately, I don’t know exactly why but I find at times I have some fear and doubt creep up and try to grab a hold of me.  
Thoughts of worry about my kids. 
All of the “what if’s” start to swirl around in my head. 
Crazy thoughts that shoot out or at me from no where. 

I could be driving and get a flash of an accident or a thought of complete worry just when my kids walk across the street. 

Crazy Stupid Thoughts!!

I have to quickly decide what to do with these thoughts. 
Do I dwell on it and go into the full blown worry and fret mode?
Do I just blow it off and choose to not think on those things?
I have just a couple of seconds to decide what to do with these crazy stupid thoughts. 
Sometimes I turn it around and shoot up a prayer. 


Like this:
Thank you God that you have placed angels of protection around me and my family.  I trust that you are keeping us safe and I know that I can place all of my worries in Your Hands. 

If that doesn’t work then I speak a promise from God’s Word. 

Psalm 91:11-12
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

I sometimes chuckle at some of the weird thoughts that come across my mind at times. I know they are not my thoughts because they can be so bizarre.  I can pinpoint they are not my thinking because I have not been dwelling on those specific fears. 

I know to take responsibility if I have spent time mulling over and replaying thoughts that could cause me to have fearful or not so nice thoughts. 

And then there are times when we do have circumstances that would cause any normal person to be anxious and afraid. That’s when you have to be diligent the most with what you allow to come across your thinker. 

I  am reminded of the armor of a God. We are instructed to put it on. 
Last time I checked, we really need to dress daily not just once to stayed clean and clothed.  
Gross!! Imagine if we only got dressed once in our lifetime. 
We would outgrow, out smell and be cast out in the woods with our tattered too tight of an outfit. 

Since I don’t live in a nudist colony. 
Best choice for everyone involved. 
I need to daily get dressed physically and spiritually. 

I don’t want to be caught with my armor down!! ha!

Take a look at what Paul wrote to the Ephesians under house arrest in prison.  This applies to us. At least those of us who want to be victorious and not let things like fear, doubt or worry get the best of us. Your fiery dart might come packaged with a different name. 

Grief
Discouragement
Jealousy
Rage
Offense
Lust
Revenge
Self-pity

Remember the purpose of a fiery dart is to set you on fire. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. 
The mind is the biggest battlefield. 

Ephesians  6:10-17 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Get up each morning and put on the armor of God. 
It doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out process. 

Just say something as quick and easy as, “I am wearing you Jesus every where I go. Let’s go out and do this day together.”  

I like to keep things simple. 
If a thought comes your way that is not going to take you to a place of love, joy, peace, self-control, kindness, forbearance or gentleness then extinguish it with your intentional thoughts of the Truth. 

Strategy:
Pull down or pluck off some fruits of the Spirit from your tree of life and toss out a fruit salad to chew on. 

Amazing how much better you will feel. The negative thoughts can’t hold on to something that doesn’t come into agreement with the fiery darts of destruction.  

Galatians 5:22-23  
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

James 4:7-8
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Be fruity and don’t allow fear or any other tactic from the enemy to be worn on you today.  
It’s just not fashionable. You were not fashioned to wear such tattered too tight of clothing. 

Light On,
   Kelley Allison
    John1:4-5