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Becoming a Whole Me

I spent a lot of my life trying to behave perfectly to earn the approval and acceptance of God. Then for a few years, trying not to be smited because I had full scale run amok.

Truth is God loved me the whole time. He saw me. The real me. He knew the truth. He knew the lies I had been believing about myself and about Him. His heart broke for me.

I am clearly not fully living life to the fullest yet…but in reading Your God Is Too Safe today, I was reminded me how far I’ve come, and just how grateful I am for my relationship with Him. ❤ I continue daily to be in awe…

Holiness is not a bid to be noticed or loved or accepted by God. Holiness, rather, is acting out and acting upon the truth that God has noticed, loved, and accepted us long before we did anything to warrant that. It’s a discovery that we’re alive when we thought we were, and ought to be, dead. Holiness is simply living into and out that aliveness.” -Mark Buchanan (Your God Is Too Safe)

This whole book is hitting me where I live because I like my safe world with Jesus. I love it being me & Him.

But Jesus didn’t heal me so I could sit here be safe and hidden forever. For a season or two yes, but not forever. He healed me so I could live my life fully! Abundantly! He is the God of bigger than I can ask or even think.

He tells me repeatedly two things…

“You think too small.”

“Be open.”

Those two things are super scary…because I am very aware of just how BIG my God really is. I know what He is capable of doing with His kids…

Turning a shepherd into a king. (David)

Turning a barren old woman into the mother of a nation. (Sarah)

Turning a stutterer into spokesman who literally walked his people out of slavery. (Moses)

Turning an introverted girl into an outspoken Queen who risked her life to protect her people. (Esther)

Turning some guy from the sticks in a defeated country into a mighty warrior. (Gideon)

Turning an unknown wife living in a tent in the desert into a war heroine. (Ja’el)

For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. ” 1 Corinthians 4:7 MSG

I believe that there’s potential in everyone to do amazing things. I can see the gold in people…even myself. I believe that the people above were born with everything they needed to fulfill the destiny they were born for!

Just like us, life kicked these folks down, and the world disappointed them. They were told no. The enemy lied to them. Maybe they believed it…maybe they didn’t.

But there came a point when these regular people stepped out of the safety of their little lives..and believed God. They chose to parner with Him.

As a result…a king, a mother, a deliverer, a queen, a warrior, and a heroine stepped out of the shadows and changed their world.

Knowing all this…I cannot help but wonder what will He do with me? And you?

You may not be a king…but maybe you’re a community leader, a state representative, or a mayor in the making.

You may not give birth to a nation…but maybe you’re one who empowers kids as a teacher, a mentor, or a foster parent.

You may be called to fight modern day slavery or sex trafficking.

Maybe you’re be introverted and shy…but you still have a voice!

Maybe you are designed to be a military leader or a police officer.

Maybe you are designed to raise a family and invest in those little people who will one day lead.

Whatever it is you’re designed for, walk in it! Live fully! That’s what freedom is. It’s why Jesus was resurrected!

Point to ponder while you wander… Freedom isn’t running amok and doing whatever you want whenever the mood strikes. It’s being able to be the whole you. Healed. Healthy. Real. It’s stepping out of the shadows and becoming who you were designed to be.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT

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Fun Fact Friday…Books and Birth Years

So I saw this post about the most popular books in your birth year and decided to check it out. Here’s what I discovered…

Firstly..the most popular books were almost always turned into movies… The Color Purple, Eloise, Sophie’s Choice…The Godfather…and pretty much everything written by Nicholas Sparks. 

The most popular book in my year of birth was turned into a Broadway musical rather than a movie…Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow.  I’ve never seen or heard this musical, nor have I read this book, but I do know that Ragtime was popular in the 1890’s through the entry into WWI. If you’ve never heard Ragtime music scroll on down…it’s actually a fun genre! 🎶 

One of the most classic of the classic movies…and frankly my dear you should give a damn about this one…is Gone With the Wind. Published the year my Nana was born…1936.

My cousins and I used to marathon watch GWTW and Scarlett once a year. 9 glorious hours of Miss Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. I do declare that we are overdue for this tradition Sis & Sar!

Coincidentally, GWTW is the book I’m currently reading.  Without spoilers…I can tell you Rhett and Scarlett are simply awful people. But the way Margaret Mitchell writes them, I cannot help but root for them…and dare I say….like them. GASP! SWOON! Give this book a shot if you like masterful writing. 👍
The year I graduated High School, 1993, gave us The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. I’ve never seen the movie. I did start to read the book..but just COULD NOT get into it. 😔
Truthfully, I have issues with the premise. The best part of this woman’s life was an affair and looking at covered bridges? Really? If you’ve read it…chime in if you agree or disagree, I’d love to hear thoughts from someone who finished it. 🙃

1999 was a good year, the world was blessed with my very first niece & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. I read this one twice. But the first time I read them, I read all 7 books in 8 days while pet sitting. 😀👍💕🐱

Would love to know if you’ve read the most popular book from the year you were born. Please chime in on any from this list you recommend, or think is utter crap. I’m always looking for a book I won’t be able to put down. 😉

No point to ponder today…but instead I offer…as promised…music to enjoy on your journey by Scott Joplin, aka the King of Ragtime…

🎶 Maple Leaf Rag (1899) 🎶
🎶 The Entertainer (1902) 🎶