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Musical Monday…”God Believes In You”

There’s this song by Jill Phillips called “God Believes In You.”  I sometimes listen to it on repeat.  It reminds me that I matter to the Great Creator.  That the God above all other gods values me.  It reminds me that I am the daughter of the Most High God, and that I am beloved.  Not just loved, BELOVED.  He knows why He created me and what I will become.  He doesn’t worry about the fact that I screwed up again or that I failed.  He knows I will get there and He believes in me.

When no one else agrees or understands….when no one else says anything good….when people spit on you….when people you thought you could trust betray you….when you’ve failed again….when people create lies about you and spread them at work, school, church or on social media….

You need to know who you are.  You need to know that you are the beloved of God.  You need to know that God considered you such a valuable treasure that He was willing to send Jesus to die for you.  You need to know that you were the joy that was set before Jesus so He was willing to be spit on, mocked, beaten and crucified.  You are worth so much more than you can possibly imagine.  So for all of you having a rough week, month or year…know that God believes in you!

This post is written to everyone who has been feeling down or been feeling attacked lately.  But it’s also written to a specific beautiful middle school girl who is being attacked by insecure and jealous girls.  I want you to know that you too are beloved.  You have a purpose and a calling.  You are so very very special.  God made you so unique and creative.  We all love you.  We are behind you.  We all believe in you.  You matter to all of us.  You matter to God.  Hang in there my sweet sweet girl.

God Believes in You by Jill Phillips (Buy it from itunes if you don’t have it…you won’t be sorry).

When you start to doubt if you exist
God believes in you
Confounded by the evidence
God believes in you
When your light burns so dim
When your chances seem so slim
And you swear you don’t believe in Him
God believes in you

When you rise up just to fall again
God believes in you
Deserted by your closest friends
God believes in you
When you’re betrayed with a kiss
You turn your cheek to another fist
It does not have to end like this
God believes in you

Oh everything matters if anything matters at all
Everything matters no matter how big
No matter how small
Cause God believes in you
Oh God believes in you

When you’re so ashamed that you could die
God believes in you
And you can’t do right even though you try
God believes in you
Blessed are the ones who grieve
The ones who mourn, the ones who bleed
In sorrow you sow but in joy you reap
God believes in you

Blessed are the ones who grieve
The ones who mourn, the ones who bleed
In sorrow you sow but in joy you reap
God believes in you
Oh God believes in you

Incredible and Edible

When I was a kid, I loved going to NaNa & Boppie’s and helping NaNa with her massive garden and feeding the chickens.  Although I must admit the chickens scared me a little bit.  It all stems from getting pecked in the forehead whilst trying to collect eggs.  My Mom tells me the scar on my forehead is from chicken pox, but I personally believe it’s from that vicious hen who tried to take my eye out!

Anyway…..after the eggs were collected, we took them to the cabin to be washed and sorted.  Nana had this little egg scale that we used to measure what size the eggs were.  I personally found this to be super fun!  Especially when the eggs measured as “extra large” because that meant they were probably a double yolker!  I was always pumped for my life when I got a double yolker.

I got to wondering, because I like random facts, what is the record for yolks in one egg?  I found multiple places that said 9, so I’m going to go with that.  Can you imagine the size of an egg that has 9 yolks in it?  Now that is an omelet!

So your fun fact for this Friday is that the most yolks in a single egg is 9.  For more fun egg facts…check out this link:  http://www.poultryhelp.com/oddeggs.html

Have a fabulous Friday!

Jill Being Still

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 46:10 NKJV

I’m not the kind of chick who sits still very well.  I must be doing something at all times.  Learning to “be still and know” has been a huge challenge in my life.  I don’t have it conquered quite yet, but I’ve improved drastically from the fully independent person I sought to be most of my life.  I called this blog Jill Being Still because that’s my goal in life.  To be still and know that God’s God.  To trust Him with everyone, everything.  To trust Him with my entire life.

I love to look up Greek and Hebrew words and study out meanings.  It makes my inner nerd do a happy dance.  So today on this Deep Thought Thursday, we will start with Psalm 46:10…

“Still” in this context is a verb.  Funny that being still is actually an action.  It means “to leave off your own attempts and know.”

“Know” means to know from experience to be acquainted with.

“God” here is the Hebrew word Elohim (Elohiym).  This is usually used as the one true God.  It’s the first Name that God revealed in His Word.  Elohim is plural, and it includes all 3 in the Godhead.  Elohim is the God that created the heavens and the earth with spoken words.  He is the first and last and everything in between.  He’s the ultimate in power and creativity.

“Exalted” here talks of someone who is high and lofty because they are eminent in power.

So when you look at the whole verse, it could have been written, “Seek Me & know Me.  Know who I am.  Know how much I love you and rest in that love.  I AM the all powerful Elohim who created the world.  I’m not worried.  The world may not see or understand now, but trust Me when I say, they will one day know that I AM GOD and they will bow. Choose to have a relationship with Me.  Choose to let Me be Me.  Choose to stop striving.  Choose to let Me work on your behalf, and I will do what you cannot.”

Being still is always a choice.  Always.  You can choose to wear yourself out running around doing your own thing.  I did that for a long time and I highly don’t recommend it.  If you’re a perpetual mover like I am, rest assured that being still doesn’t mean you never do anything.  It just means that you do your part, and let God do His.  He wants to be your life long partner.  It’s what He intended with Adam in the Garden.  But that’s another story for another deep thought Thursday.

Much Love.  Jilly

*All definitions taken from Gesenius’s Lexicon as posted on http://www.blueletterbible.org/search.cfm.  This is a FANTASTIC site, I recommend using and financially supporting it. 🙂