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Right Beside You!

My favorite scripture to read every January is Isaiah 43:1-19. It’s Yahweh reminding His people that He’s always been there. Reminding them He can be trusted and not to be afraid.  Then in verse 18,  He says, I’m doing something new now. It’s like the chapter to that point was to stomp the fear out of them so they would be brave enough to embrace the new thing He was doing.

This morning I read Psalm 63. When I read “Because You are my help, I will sing in the shadow of Your wings.” (verse 7 in the NIV) I saw this image of a dad running next to a kid who’s learning to ride a bike.  And I heard the Lord say, “Don’t be afraid of the new thing.  Rejoice in the new thing, because I’m in it with you.”

So be brave in whatever is before you, because He’s in it with you!!


Wonderfully Made

I’m not going to lie…when I first saw the 3D ultrasound pictures…I was a bit freaked out.  They’re kind of…well…they’re kind of creepy.  Then my sister showed me this one….

…and I fell in love.  I was blown away by this miracle!!  To see God’s newest masterpiece as He’s forming her.  To see that my newest little niece has my sister’s nose even before she enjoys her birthday.  To see her precious face and hand and tummy…the love overwhelmed me.  And I cried.  It made me want to run to the nearest baby clothing store and purchase the tiniest frilliest little dress ever.

Then I heard God say, “That’s exactly how I felt watching you grow.”  And I cried again. Even though He’s the One who forms us and has known us before the foundation of the world, He still gets pumped to see us grow in our mother’s womb.  He never gets bored but views us all as little miracles.  He calls us masterpieces.

Let this photo of my niece remind you just how valuable you have always been and always will be to Father God.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;   you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!  Body and soul, I am marvelously made!  I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Psalm 139:13-16 MSG