More Special Than You Sometimes Realize!

You are more special than you sometimes realize.  You may find yourself going through some tough stuff and the common thought when going through tough stuff is:  “I am nothing special!”, but this is where you are wrong. You are something very special!

David tells us in Psalms 139:13-17 about how he feels once he acknowledges and accepts God’s love, when he says:  “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”

Here is a little video I shot this morning to remind you of one more amazing thought about how special you are to the God that created you!  Hope you enjoy and are encouraged!  

Filled Up!

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”  Romans 5:3-5

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Fillerup!

No one likes trials and troubles, but everyone has them and while we don’t like them, it helps to know that when we do, there is a purpose.  The Scripture teaches us that we can rejoice and be happy when we face the challenges of life, because the challenges are helping us to develop and grow endurance.

Endurance is the ability to remain active and productive even when facing adverse conditions.  It is the picture of something that lasts, regardless of time.  As we face trials and troubles, God is using the problems to develop endurance in our lives.  We can rejoice because this endurance develops character.

Character is the moral and ethical traits that make you uniquely who you are.  Someone has said that character is who you are when no one else is looking.  As we endure trials, we develop character. And our character as it grows and develops produces hope.

Hope is a feeling that things are going to be better.  Our hope is in our salvation and the relationship that it makes possible with our Creator.  This relationship is based in the love of a Creator for His creation.  This love is grown in the relationship of trust, which is strengthened in hope of an even brighter tomorrow.  This day and every day after this, is possible, because of our relationship with, to and through the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with the amazing and blessed love of our most awesome friend and Creator…

Take some time today, even in the midst of challenges to let Him fill you up with His Spirit!

Focus On The Right Stuff!

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.”  Colossians 3:1

You are not ordinary, you are extraordinary.  You are not just a creation of God, you are a redeemed and restored creation of God.  You are not dead, you are alive and have been raised to this new and amazing life in God with Christ Jesus.  Do not allow yourself to become satisfied with anything less that God’s absolute best.

Do not get distracted by the challenges, frustrations and imaginations of this life, instead set your sights on the blessings, rewards and realities of Heaven.  Focus changes everything, and this is why the right focus is so important.  So work hard and stay focused on the stuff of Heaven, where your Savior and friend Jesus sits at the right hand of our awesome and amazing God.