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Restoration.

10 Jan

2015: The Year of Restoration

1 Peter 5:10 (NLT)
10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

I have high expectations for 2015.

Pause….

Actually, I’m declaring a year of restoration. If I had a soap box, I would be standing on it right now. But since I don’t, I’ll stand on my electronic soap box aka my lap top. God has not forgotten you. Were you disappointed by the delays of 2014? I sure was. And it’s OK to be disappointed. It’s OK to want more. It OK to expect more. There is a divine purpose for your life. Your divine purpose keeps you from being 100% satisfied in your current situation. It has kept you from tolerating stagnation. The Holy Spirit is nudging you toward your purpose. I know that you feel it. I know that you want more. I know that you are questioning everything right now. I know that you are ready move forward. In order to move forward, your faith must be ignited.

While you are waiting, God is…
…Preparing your future
…Developing your character
…Exposing your enemies
…Creating new opportunities for you
…Protecting your reputation
…Placing new friendships ahead of you
…Restoring your health
…Bringing new love your way
…Rekindling old love
…Busy

I hope that my words settle someplace deep within your spirit. You’re a winner. God hasn’t forgotten you. He saw every betrayal. He heard every negative word spoken against your life. He knows about those tears that you have cried. He sees you. He loves you. Now he wants you to know that you are being restored. When God restores you, He improves you. You’ll be better than you were before. Keep believing.

Unapologetically,
Arizona R.

Getting Back to Me…

22 Sep

In a world of social media – instant updates, likes, favorites you name it instant gratification and acceptance from others is rampant and often desired. Let’s admit it, no matter how much you say “I really don’t do the Facebook thing.” or “Instagram? What’s the point of just posting pictures?” We anticipate that like, double tap or response.

Somewhere deep inside we find it enticing and for some, even a stamp of approval towards your self-esteem. When did we lower ourselves to the opinions others? I will admit that I have fallen victim to this numerous times.

Arizona and I went to breakfast Saturday morning and noticed two cute high school aged young ladies, all dressed up and ready for their day. Full of hope, anticipation and ready to conquer the world. It wasn’t even noon and believe me when I say they were ready! Makeup, heels and cute outfits. We chuckled and said that used to be us….

My question is what made us stop? Maybe a failed attempt to not trigger the low self-esteem, envy or jealousy of others? Tired of hearing comments towards our appearance or not wanting to draw any attention to ourselves. Did we let negativity slip into our thought life and behavior? Who knows…I write this very carefully because I am not saying we are walking around looking busted and disgusted. HA! That is definitely not the case. But if we don’t have plans or an event to attend, it’s most likely a jeans and T-Shirt day and maybe some cute flats but heels, with no plans, not even a chance.

I remember a time when I would not even leave the house without a pair of heels on. I just love them. People would ask me if I even owned a pair of tennis shoes. One time in church someone even complained about our heels…said they were too high and stated we should not be able to serve in heels (really lady that is what you was focused on during service). Now that was funny!!!

Let me balance this out a bit for the analytical people, I am not saying that wearing heels shows signs of confidence and self-worth. However, I am encouraging everyone to be comfortable in the skin you are in. Take pride in God’s creation each and every day.

Be ready for whatever may present itself to you each day. To the two young ladies yesterday – I thank you for the reminder to conquer each day with sophistication, class and individuality.

Regardless of your plans, regardless of what people say and definitely regardless of any trials and struggles you are going through. Remember, God’s ways are higher and his plans for us are already ordained.

BE PREPARED AND READY!

Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Psalms 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Romans 12: 1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

~Christine K.

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