I'm new to the the whole "guest entry" thing, but because of a special and "anonymous" friend, I was directed to a post from Cindy at the blog * She Sparkles *. It's a new blog for me and one that I'm going to add to my "good reads" section. Cindy has a great entry that addresses how God sees us - something we need to not only read, but believe! She has granted me permission to add it as a guest entry so that you, too, can hear the truth! So thank you, Cindy B, for sharing God's heart with us all.
PS - Anonymous - though we may not talk, God has definitely connected our hearts and lives. You are loved and prayed for daily.
Hey Friends ~
What thoughts have been rolling around in your mind these days??
A Bible study I'm studying by Jennifer Rothschild (Me, Myself, & Lies - it's awesome!) encourages us to think of our thought life like a closet.
Our thought closet is designed to host the mind of Christ.
We cannot allow it to become cluttered with wrong thoughts or words or ill-fitting labels.
What's hanging in your closet??
For many years, my closet was filled with rags and hand-me-downs labeled "Not good enough", "Unloved", "Rejected".
And then I met Jesus. (Can I get a "Woo Hoo"?!)
Jesus ripped down the old rags (that were never meant for me to wear), and exchanged them for beautiful, glorious garments perfectly designed and hand-crafted just for me.
"Loved", "Beautiful in His Sight", "More than enough", "Redeemed" now hung in my new and improved thought closet.
Unfortunately, every once in awhile, I pick up an old rag and bring it in. I walk past a magazine with a mom of 8 kids in a bikini on the cover (although she had a tummy tuck!) and add "fat girl" and "unlovely" to my closet.
I flip through Pottery Barn catalogs, and suddenly "not good enough" becomes wrapped tightly around my waist.
I see pictures on FB of friends hanging out together, and I slip on "alone", "not wanted", "not loved".
If I'm going to be the victorious, powerful, fruit-bearing woman God has called me to be ~
I must not allow that old rag to hang in my closet for even a moment.
One smelly lie can start stinkin' up my whole thought closet. It must be removed. Confessed. Replaced with God's Truth. Immediately.
I will meditate on Colossians 3:12 and clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
I will live on guard to the enemy and his schemes.
I will ask God to help me keep my thought closet clean and orderly and pleasing to Him.
I will live loved.
How about for you?? Are there any old "rags" hanging around that need to be tossed out?
Is it time for a new garment....or maybe a whole new wardrobe? What's in your thought closet these days??
Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have an amazing, liberating, Truth-filled day!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14