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I’ve found it easier to accept your age if you start saying it even before you’re there. I found myself saying I was 28, five months ago. So, now that I am, I am already used to the idea. However, getting older has never been hard for me. I’m like wine, the older the better. Ha ha.

Anyway, I am embracing the year of 28. The year of 28 as a married woman. The year of 28 as a career woman. The year of 28 as a writer. Most importantly, the year of 28 as a Christian.

It is time to step up in my walk with God, and it’s especially necessary. At 28, I shouldn’t have the same relationship with God that I had at 18. My prayer life should be deeper. My Bible studying should be more engaged. In other words, God should have more of me with every year, with every day.

So this year, my desire is to focus more on God and less on me. My career, marriage, writing, whatever it is, will automatically be better with my focus on God’s will in those areas. I’ll be better with my focus on God.

I declare 28 to be great as I focus on God’s fate for my life. Here we go.

 

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You Make Me Wanna Shout

ImageJoshua 6:5, 20

When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”

When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.

Shout – a loud cry expressing a strong emotion or calling attention.

Have you brought any attention to God lately? Let’s first acknowledge that it’s completely miraculous for a city’s walls to collapse from the shouts of the Israelites, certainly that should be pointed out.

But, let’s focus on the shout a bit more. It was more than noise. It was more than a battle cry. It was more than a disturbance or distraction of some sort. It was an acknowledgement. It was about God. It was about acknowledging what God was doing.

The Bible says they shouted as loud as they could. Friend, when God is doing something, you want to give all that you can. It may not necessarily be shouting, but it may be writing. It may be singing. It may be serving. It may be giving. The point is that when you want to make a big deal about God, whatever you can do the most of to the glory and honor of His name is what you want to do.

When you really focus on bringing attention to God, He’ll make you wanna shout. Ask the Israelites.

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My God Can Relate

I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.

Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.

We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?

AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.

His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?

Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.

 

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God in a Bottle

Sketch26319224-1A lot of times I hear people say God isn’t real for some reasons that really just don’t make sense to me. But, I believe in God so supernaturally it’s not going to make sense to me.

Reason #1: He didn’t heal someone.

If God existed He would have healed someone that died that meant so much. As tough as this seems, what I hear is, God didn’t do what you wanted Him to do, therefore He isn’t real. People rarely do what we want them to do, but we don’t doubt their existence because of it.

Reason #2: People don’t act holy like the God they say they serve.

This reason is a people problem, not a God problem. As Christians, often times we don’t act like we should, and for that I’m sorry. If I didn’t act like a teacher, would that mean that I didn’t have classroom?

Reason #3: You don’t see Him.

Well, I’ve never seen my great great great grandfather, but I’m pretty sure He existed. I’ve never seen air, but I’m pretty sure I breathe it in. I don’t see my parents everyday, but they do exist.

Reason #4: It’s too far-fetched.

With all due respect, isn’t it far-fetched to believe that everything happens on its own? Isn’t it hard to believe that every intricate detail in creation made itself?

The unbeliever really is upset that God isn’t like us. He refuses to believe in a being that he can’t see. He would rather believe in nothing. My question is, why would I serve a God that is like me? I’m flawed.

A God that does everything I want Him to do is not a god. He’s a genie.

 

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Silently Divine

Sketch16012045As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.

Let’s check this out:

Matthew 27:12-14

12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.

When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.

How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

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Frederick Douglass – Intelligent

Intelligent – having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Frederick Douglass is one of the most well-known human rights leaders in the anti-slavery movement and the first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank. He is also a famed author and orator.

Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass was selected to live in the home of his plantation owners, one of whom they say could have been his father. Eventually Frederick was sent to Hugh Auld’s Baltimore home, which is where he learned to read and write. Auld forbade his wife from teaching Frederick anymore, but he continued to have a zeal for learning.

Later, Douglass became an abolitionist as well as a women’s rights activist. He published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime. He also produced some abolitionist newspapers: The North StarFrederick Douglass WeeklyFrederick Douglass’ PaperDouglass’ Monthly and New National Era. In 1848, he was the only African American to attend the first women’s rights convention in New York.

When I think of Frederick Douglass I think of intelligence. Is there any surprise why?

One and God make the majority. – Frederick Douglass

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God Loves Me that Much?

A very interesting scripture is John 17:23. Jesus is speaking and He says:

I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (New Living Translation).

What’s interesting is the fact that Jesus says, you love them as much as you love me. To think that a perfect God can love us the way He does is almost strange. It’s breathtaking and almost unbelievable, right?

Here I am. I’m imperfect. I’m disobedient. I’m a bit of a mess. But God loves me.

How can this be? It’s almost too good to be true.

But because it is love, and God is love, it all makes sense. I know God, I understand that humanly speaking, yes it is too good to be true from that aspect. But spiritually speaking, because God is good, it’s so good that it has to be true. It has to be true that He can love me the way He does, because He is good and His love is good. So if this love seems “too good” it must be God and it must be true.

And either way you try to explain this wonderful phenomenon of God’s love, I’m just thankful that I’m a recipient.

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