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Known

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S – “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3

O  – David knew how much God loved him. He trusted God wholeheartedly. What a beautiful account of how God knows us.

A – Everyone wants to be known. We all want someone to know us, really know us. It is so wonderful to know God knows me inside and out. He even knows my thoughts before I do. He knows what I will say before I speak. He surrounds me. I can’t go anywhere where He won’t be there. I can’t hide from God. He knew me when I was being formed in the womb.  He knew me the instant that egg was fertilized and knew what my life would be. I’m never alone, Never abandoned. I always have His love.

P – Thank you dear Father. You know everything there is to know about me. I’m your child. Please show me if there is anything in me that is hurtful or wicked or that gives you grief. Lead me the way you want me to go.

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Ditch the Labels

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As one of a kind human beings,  let’s stop using labels to put each other in groups.

A label only tells us one small part of who a person is.

I’m an introvert but still different from every other introvert.

I’m a white female but that doesn’t fully define who I am.

I’m American but that doesn’t reveal my soul.

Because I vote a certain way doesn’t mean I’m like all others who vote that way.

To say someone is OCD, autistic, ugly or beautiful doesn’t tell me who he or she is.

We are individuals. One of a kind souls wrapped in bodies unlike any other. Each of us is a wonderful miracle. Assigning you a label doesn’t mean I know you. To know each other we must communicate, listen, understand and love. We need to look for the exquisite colors He put in each soul. Some of us hide them well so we need to be willing to take as long as we need to see.

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;” Psalm 139:13-15 (NASB)

Father, Please help me to take time to see your unique design in each soul. Help me look for your fingerprints all around. Help me let go of labels and judging others without knowing them. Please love others through me and help me to see how much you love each thoughtfully created human being.

Most of us have the tendency to judge others based on appearance or an obvious label.(often one someone else has assigned)

Together let’s determine to know who each person is inside and show them God’s love.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NASB)

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NASB)

*It’s estimated that throughout all of history, approximately 100 billion people have existed on earth.

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Originally published at Internet Cafe Devotions

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Loved…Warts and All

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I get so discouraged because of my weaknesses and faults. It’s true I am my own worst enemy. I’ve known about the Lord Jesus since I was a baby in the church nursery learning to sing, “Jesus Loves Me” and I have been a Christian (having trusted my all to Christ) for almost fifty years.

Shouldn’t I be further along than this?

Shouldn’t I be more loving, more kind, more bold in sharing His love, more mature, more…like Him? I keep falling into the same petty sins. Struggling with jealousy, comparison, selfishness and sometimes just not wanting to give to others. I can be so self-focused I don’t even see the people around me. God must be so disappointed in me. He knows every ugly thought and feeling I have.

When I read Psalm 139, David assures me that God does know every thought and feeling I have. He knows more about me than I do! Verse 3 stands out to me:

“You…are intimately acquainted with all my ways. (NASB)

He knows all my quirks, my personality, my hidden sins, and my habits. There are no surprises. He doesn’t think, “I can’t believe she did that.” Jesus knows every nuance of my heart and personality and He still was willing to live and die for me. He still loves me with a perfect and unfailing love. Does that mean He just overlooks those sins and faults? No, but he doesn’t condemn me. He is continually working in my heart to help me. His goal is to lead me to maturity and eternity with Him not to condemn. Jesus took care of the condemnation on the cross. He restored me when He rose again.

I am His forever.

Yes, I am a work in progress but one He is lovingly working on every day!

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Can I Be Good Enough?

     I think we all struggle with the idea of being “good enough”.  Good enough for our parents, good enough for our teachers, good enough for a spouse or significant other, good enough for society and ultimately, good enough for God. How can I be good enough? I am always so aware of my own failings. My selfishness, pride, evil thoughts and weaknesses. Then there are the times I know I am not as smart as others, not as capable, not as gifted. There comes a point in life when we know we are never going to be the superstar or the “best” in our field. Sometimes we discover we are “just average” and heaven forbid, that we be below average! Does that change our worth?   Does that make us less valuable as a person! Never! Our society is so focused on being the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, the most successful financially, the strongest, fastest or best at whatever we do. But only a few can ever achieve those things. Where does that leave plain, old average me? Where does that leave me when even at my best, I know I am a sinner? The place to find the answer is always in the book of ultimate truth, God’s Holy Word. What does God say?“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 His works are wonderful! How can we call what God made, worthless? There used to be a poster that read, “God don’t make no junk.” That is true! He is our creator! Every human being is an amazing creation! Each body is full of wondrous things. From each DNA that makes us totally unique to each cell that is a mind-boggling creation.  Just think! Every human being who ever was or ever will be is unique in every way. No one in all of history or creation is just like you!

      When Moses pointed out his own weakness to God, the LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” Exodus 4:11 We are all His creation. “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 Sometimes we think maybe God made a mistake. “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” Romans 9:20-21

We are all his wonderful creation but his creation has been corrupted by sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Our sin does separate us from God but it does not change God’s love for us. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NLT)  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 That is how much God loves us! We are precious to Him!

So, to answer the question, “Can I be good enough?” No. But, the great news is: God loves us anyway!! He loved us enough to send Jesus to be good for us! Jesus took us helpless in our sin and gave us His righteousness! That is the best news we could get! When the thought, “I am not good enough” comes – Remember: Jesus who made me and you the way he wanted us to be, loved us enough to die for us and to replace our sin with His righteousness – that makes us priceless!

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