Hi My Lovely Friends,
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day is filled with extra special, lots and lots, heaps and mounds of love! I'm sure it is. I know there are oodles of people who love you (including me; I think you're fantastic!), I know you're the apple of God's eye and I know He's got great plans for you so, whether you get that box of chocolates or not, allow me to cover you in love one more time, "YOU ARE INFINITELY LOVED!" :)
Moving on, it's kind of cracking me up that this post is gonna' happen to hit on Valentine's Day but yah, it's all kinda' about dying. Dying to self, that is. And becoming alive in Christ.
In the last few days and weeks Holy Spirit has heightened my awareness of all the times I say, "I want this" or "I want that" and you know what, I've kind of become very uninterested in what I have to say. I really don't want to do what I want to do, I want to do what God wants me to do. (easier said than done but still very willing)
In fact today, it dawned on me that when "I" try to figure things out instead of trusting God and resting in His peace, "I" end up making a little mini-idol, false god out of myself. Ugh, I really don't want that.
Anyway, check out these pics - they might help describe what I mean.
I drew this just yesterday. It was an expression of my deep desire for Christ's life to fully be expressed through my life. I realized for Him to live in me that I must die. But that's when the dichotomy was exposed:
1) He had to die for me to live. 2) I have to die for Him to live through me. ("U die, i live" & "U live, i die") Wow, oh wow - mind boggling - that concept could rock my world for a long, long time. Such a beautiful dance; an extraordinary exhange....glory to God...Thank you Jesus...
This is a morning scribble from a few weeks ago. I was inspired by Galatians 2:20 which says, "I have been crucified with Christ,
and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." May "i" be nailed to the cross so Christ may live. It's neat to go throughout my day and in those moments when I might feel myself rising up, I am reminded that "I" am nailed to the cross and my new life is lived as ambassador of Jesus.
Here's a picture of a cross that my awesome husband built for our living room. We wanted something where we could experience actually laying our burdens at the cross. We've written our cares and concerns on the post-it notes that you see and given those worries to the Lord. When we do that, those cares, if you will, are no longer ours - they belong to Jesus. We can walk away from the cross lighter and free-er!
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:30
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this journey into the Twilight Zone of dying & living! lol :) All I can offer God every day are my broken pieces and my gratitude for His grace & mercy which says, "Yes Anne, you are the exact piece I need. I'll do a good work in and through you today." What an awesome God!
P.S. Please help me share the love of Jesus today by changing your facebook cover photo & profile pic to one of my free "live loved" banners located here My heart is the very fact that God is the originator of love and on this "day of love" everyone should know they are truly, madly & deeply loved by Him. Shine His light to your fb friends & family. Love you-thanks!
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