Commit and Release

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

How many times do I have to revisit the same hurt? Once and for all I have to forgive the people in my past who hurt me. Should it seem ironic that God uses my children and their same rejection and lack of support as a spring-board to my healing?

So I admit that when important people in my life let me down it brings back my father’s busy work schedule from my childhood days. He often missed my athletic events because we lived on a dairy farm and he had to work. I know he was doing what he had to do to support our family. I have harbored bitterness that he did not make me a priority. But that does not give me the right to stay angry at him. I have to let go of the hurt and forgive him once and for all. Every time I think I have taken that step, the enemy brings up another situation where someone has not responded the way I think they should. The enemy uses a forgotten birthday or a missed recital to send me right back into a tail spin of hurt.

But God’s Word is so clear that I have to forgive. It is not an option. And when that pain comes up again, I will continue to trust God with it and allow Him to bring healing to every situation.

Meanwhile, I can only be responsible for may actions. So my husband and I will be at the recital, and on the sidelines cheering my kids on, even if we are the only ones there. After all, we are the parents and we are the ones that really matter to our children. They don’t even notice the other missing people. For that I am thankful!

My prayer today: Lord help me to be the best parent that I can be with  your help, and I leave the rest up to you. You will shape the character of my children and you will speak into their lives about what is really important. You bless them Father and help their Dad and I to speak blessing and encouragement into every part of their hearts and minds. And Father I trust everything to you: That they are growing up fast and we only have a few years left with them under our roof, that they will turn out to be responsible caring adults, that they will have compassionate hearts, and that they will be taught by you Lord and great will be their peace (Isaiah 54:13).

Father I commit and release my kids to you today, and I pray that you will bring the people who you want to encourage and support them into their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Meet in the Garden Unashamed

Genesis 2:23-25

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

For years I knew there was more that God wanted to give me in my marriage. It was not that my relationship with my husband was bad, but deep in my heart I knew there was more to it that we were lacking.

Fast forward to our adoption of our son Max from Russia in 2010 and every issue we had been dancing around for the past 15 years came to the surface. It was an ugly reality with which we had suddenly become confronted. Not only was our home in turmoil due to the adjustment period of our new son, but Joe and I were faced with some difficult truths that had been swept under the rug.

Praise God He was there to point us to the help that we needed. While attending a weekend marriage conference we received help, healing and new start as well as a weekend away to rebuild our relationship with God and each other.

Today or marriage is stronger than it has ever been, yet the Holy Spirit is whispering in my ear that there is more He wants to do. This is not what the world would tell us. The media sells the lie that it is better to ditch, run and find a better person more suited for you. It is the opposite. He is telling me to stay and fight for the marriage that God wanted to give to us.

God reminded me of the phrase in the last verse above that “they felt no shame.” In that verse God is calling us and all believers who are serious about living a life in the fullness of Christ to live in no shame.

You may be thinking, “Wait! That was before the fall, before sin entered the world!” But through Christ we are made new, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). So why should we still carry around the guilt and shame of our sin when Christ already stamped our debt “Paid in Full!”?

I had this amazing thought.  What if God was calling my marriage to the Garden of Eden pre-fall? I think that is what God wants to do for every believer. In the Garden there is no shame, guilt, control, unforgivness, agendas, lies, deceit or manipulation to get your own way. It would require us to give ourselves wholeheartedly first to God, then to our spouse. Our children and everything else must come after that.

Now I recognize that it will require more than just walking around naked with no shame to make our marriage all that God intended it to be, but I want all the goodness and blessing He has for us. So I am willing to follow God’s blueprint found in the Bible. Are you?

Join me today praying daily for your relationship with God and with your husband, that we would be all that God made us to be. Pray for your man and take time to get quiet with God to see what area of your life He wants to change. Many women get so caught up in the areas that your spouse needs to do change, but it is amazing how God always starts refining the willing party first. Let that willing party be me!

Then we can meet in the Garden unashamed.

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Band-Aids, Body Spray and Bangs

1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV1984)

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

With five children there is never a dull moment at our home. One morning of getting our children out the door for school could send anyone into a state of panic. I love my kids, and I love my job as a stay at home mom, but some days are harder than others.

Our youngest is always having some type of injury. I think I should take stock in Band-Aids. Today was no different. She picked at her never-ending scab that barely ever gets a chance to heal. She came running with a blood curdling scream. I thought her brother had smashed her hand in the door. But her issue was easily remedied with a hug and a kiss, and of course that priceless piece of plastic with the cotton square in the middle that adheres to make her whole world better!

The next crisis was detected by my nose as I made my way to our upstairs laundry room to catch a huge whiff of Hollister body spray emanating from my son’s shared bedroom. Our older son had long since left for school and I knew he had not used his scented mask to cover all kinds of gross smells that teenage boys create. But guess who had gotten into the big boy body spray? Of course, our adopted son who, like many other Russian people, loves to smell good!

Now I could have just ignored the smell, but we have been working really hard at treating others how we want to be treated. That includes asking before we use or borrow something that does not belong to us. I had no choice but to call him up and ask him “What is that smell???” Of course he acted clueless but clearly the room reeked with Beacon’s beach spray! There was no denying it. All he has to do is ask, and I would be glad to pick up some cheap Axe spray, but instead I’m left to discipline my little smell swiper.

The worst part of the morning was capped off with my teenage daughter regretting her decision to have bangs. Her beautiful long brown hair had been given long layers, and yes, bangs that she had been growing out since she was five! I tried plastering, geling, hairspraying, bobypining and barreting but nothing was to her liking and she left for school in tears. The worst part is that it was all my fault because I let it happen! I let her get bangs! What was I thinking?

Now I will pay the price for the next year as she attempts to grow them out again and she is the child who will be affected by this the rest of her life! Does anyone hear me on this typical day of disasters in my home. All of this happened before 8:30 AM.

Well praise God, I have some time to recover before they come bursting through the door to do homework, get a snack and unload about their day. I am so thankful I can be here to celebrate the good, the bad, and the ugly, which the bangs are not! They are actually really cute! But by the grace of God, I will get up and do it all again tomorrow!

 

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Seen or Unseen

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

Sometimes in our lives there are things that are right in front of us. We can see them, touch them and feel them. But we know as Christians that there is so much more than what we can see, going on in the Kingdom of God. What if every believer were to wait upon the Lord and ask Him for the unseen? I wonder how much more Heaven would invade earth if we took the limits off of what we were asking of God?

In the past weeks I have been praying about some work that I felt the Lord asking me to do. I was willing to ask Him for all of the opportunities that were right before my eyes. I knew the probability of me completing those tasks were great. But as I prayed about each item on my list, I felt the leading of the Holy Spirit prompting me to ask God for even greater things. This verse came to mind more than once:

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

The entire time I was praying, I needed to trust God with both the current and future plans He has for me. Even though I have no idea what those plans include. It may be suffering, selflessness, difficulty, sacrificial giving, or even persecution.

I have started to pray this way for my life and all the people and ministries around me. The key I have found is that I cannot pray to try to figure out what He has planned. I must ask and BELIEVE Him for whatever He wants to do. That is faith (Hebrews 11:1). Will you join me in seeking God for the unseen, Kingdom-plan He has for you, and trust Him with the details? God’s Word promises that the effects will be eternal.

 

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The Lord is My Portion

Isaiah 61:7  (NIV)

7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double  portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

In our society today we have a great need of portion control in almost every area of our lives. Many people feel they need more of everything that this world has to offer, but God wants us to know that what we are truly lacking is more of Him.

As I prayed this week I could hear my Heavenly Father saying to me, “Wynelle, I am your portion.” It was as if He wanted me to know that all the cares that were heavy on my heart were covered simply because He is enough.

Some might argue that their situation is different or more devastating than what I am facing, but that is not the point God wants to make. The truth He wants our focus to hone in on is that He is enough for everything we will ever face! He is enough for your wayward child, your financial hardship, your disease, your addiction, your__________. You fill in the blank. He can meet every need because He is God, and He is Awesome!

God does not give us what we deserve. He gave Jesus in our place so that through faith in Him, we get a new start, a new chance and eternal life. This verse puts it a different way. We get a double portion in both the temporal and the Kingdom of God.

Much of what the enemy tries to use against me is my own scattered mind. He will attempt to get me distracted and so out of focus on what God is doing in my life. I end up looking like a dog chasing my tail. With God’s help and the support of my prayer partners, I am learning how to stop, pray and ask what God would have me accomplish. I can do nothing outside of Him! I want more of Him so that others will know more of Him.

Join me today in praying and waiting on the Lord for more of Him. Allow Him to be your portion.

Go to http://www.lovewonministries.com/ for more information on our upcoming Women’s Conference.

 

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The $50 registration fee includes an amazing day of Spirit-filled worship, teaching, break-out sessions, Continental breakfast and lunch, plus raffle prizes!

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God Sees Me for What I Can Be

Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend my High School class reunion. With it, came many great memories, emotions and a thankful heart that eventually I did grow up.

It struck me as amazing when I thought about how God had made a way for me to move to another city and meet my husband. He purposely plucked me from my surroundings and planted me where He purposed me to grow.

It is also very possible that the people there still saw me for who I used to be but I know that God sees me for what He made to be. As I searched God’s promises I thanked Him for never giving up on me. The mire that He pulled me from was not the place I was born and raised, but the sin that so entangled me. His good plan for my life was always on His mind, even though it’s only been on my mind for the last 15 years.

Praise God today that He can take all of our sin and all of our past, and make something beautiful out of it. The most awesome privilege is that He will then turn around and use where we have come from to advance His Kingdom. Thank Him today that you are no longer what you used to be, but you are becoming all that He made you to be.

Join me today in breaking free from the way that the enemy will try to use your wrong thinking about yourself and what other people think of you to keep you boxed in, labeled and trapped in your past. God can and will do amazing work in your life if you stop listening to the lies that Satan whispers in your ear and start believing what God knows to be true about you. Invite the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh revelation of yourself and who God made you to be.

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Selfishness

James 3:15  For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

God is warning me to stop being consumed with what I want and what’s best for me. Selfishness is so insidious and so ingrained in our culture today that it is difficult to detect unless you are on high alert at all times with the help of the Holy Spirit.

How much of my day is made up of decisions based on what I want? Perhaps I won’t go to a certain function because it would be inconvenient or I avoid getting overly involved because a person is extremely troubled. Why is so much of what I do all about me?

Through the people He has placed in my life, God is challenging me to make everything I do and every decision I make to be based not on what I want, but what He wants me to do. I will be honest with you. I am completely unable to do this task on my own. Only by the help of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God, can I put myself last.

Yes, as a stay at home mom, I spend much of my time serving my family. But in the background…there it is…it’s a question lurking…what will be best for me, what will be most convenient for me? Ultimately this mindset will lead to loneliness. Eventually I could find myself alone because others can see my motives, and most people don’t want to hang out with the self-absorbed.

There are so many examples of this mindset but here are a few to think about:

How you spend your money.

How you spend your time.

How you treat your friends.

How you take your spouse/family members for granted.

How you expect others to know what you want or what you think.

How you manipulate for personal gain.

The list goes on and on.

Will you allow God to search the choices of your everyday life and see if He would have you change how you operate? Pick one area and begin to work on it. Even if we change one selfish act a day, it will bless those around us.

Here is a counteraction to each selfish area I listed above:

Pray and ask God who around you is in need; then meet that need.

Build margin into your schedule and allow God to interrupt your day.

Tell your friends how much you appreciate them and offer to do their favorite activity.

Tell your spouse or family member how much you love them and recognize their strengths.

Have a heart that is concerned for what others are going through.

Recognize where you are being manipulative and stop.

God is still a God of miracles today. Trust that He can rewire our hearts and our selfish thinking for His glory!

 

 

 

 

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Satisfied

Psalm 145:15-16  (NLT)

15 The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. 16 When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

For so many years I lived with an unsatisfied, insatiable desire for the things that this world has to offer. I lived with clenched fists holding on tightly to what I already had while desiring more. The funny thing is that when my hands are clenched around the things that I have, I cannot hold onto or receive anything else.

For the past six months God has been challenging me to live with open hands. The precursor to this is that I trust God with everything (and everyone) that He has given me and I do not frantically rush around trying to grasp onto all of it.

The really awesome thing about living with open hands is that we can be ready to receive whatever God wants to give us. Like the little girl in this photo, we can wait on the Lord and trust Him to give us the very best thing that we need. He knows us and our needs even better than we know ourselves.

Join me in looking up to the Father for help and knowing that we can trust Him to let go of whatever person, place or thing our hands are clenched around. Don’t make him pry the item out of your hand because I can tell you from experience that the pain involved with that is much greater than if you are just willing to let go of it voluntarily.

Live with open hands today. Let that symbol remind you that all that you have is God’s and you can let go and trust Him. Also allow it to remind you that God is Good and He has good gifts He wants to give to you in His perfect timing. Be blessed and thank Him for all He has done for you. Be satisfied.

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The Love Book

John 3:16  (NIV1984)

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

My youngest daughter wrote her very first book a few years ago and it was entitled “The Love Book”. In it she drew this picture that showed that she had asked Jesus to come into her heart.

Did you now that Jesus is willing to write a love story for your life if you are willing to put down the pen and turn it over to Him? Many of us are still trying to write our own stories. In our own hearts and minds we fight for control and authorship. But God the Father has a better story to write over the pages of your life and mine.

Tell God today that you are turning the pen and the pages of your life over to Him so that He can write a beautiful love story. Trust Him with the beginning, the middle and the end. You will never regret your decision. For faith in Jesus will last for all eternity.

 

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When our Troubles are Overwhelming

Psalm 34  (NIV1984)

6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord  encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers  them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the Lord, you his saints,  for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace  and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

     God met me today with these words as I faced  some personal overwhelming troubles of my own. One thing that is so awesome about God is that He does not just leave us where we are, in the mess that we have made, and tell us to deal with it. He is so faithful and so good all of the time and He cares for us no matter what we are facing. Your troubles might be in the area of relationships, health, loss or perhaps something else. No matter what you are facing, GOD IS BIGGER!
     Will you join with me today in praying this Psalm back to God like a prayer? Will you join me today in believing what God says when He promises that He will deal with ALL of our troubles? I know that nothing that I am facing today is bigger than my God. Do you believe that too? Praise God today for all that He has done and all that He is doing in your life. Praise God for  your growth as you go through this trial or difficulty, and join me in looking to our Lord for the strength we will need to face today. He will provide it if we will ask Him for it. He is with us when our troubles are overwhelming.

 

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Beautiful Holiness

Psalm 29:2 (NKJV)

2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Everyday is a gift from the Lord. The question is what will you do with it?

Will you choose to worship God and praise Him even when the storms come? Because they will come.

Or will you choose to turn away in pain wondering how God could allow this difficulty in your life?

Choose today to join me in this song to the Lord. One that ascribes Him all the glory and honor that is due Him. Choose today to put your hand in His, and allow Him to walk you through whatever you are facing. Remember “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).  Hallelujah!

 

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Some Days are Harder than Others

2 Corinthians 12:9  (NIV1984)

9 But he said to me, “My grace  is sufficient for you, for my power  is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Some days are just plain difficult when you are a parent. Today is one of those days. Some days I struggle with how to love and discipline my children like my heavenly Father. But today I need the grace of God to love my adopted child, whose actions communicate jealousy, abandonment and rejection.

One thing of which I am completely convinced is that the enemy wants to destroy my family. But by the blood of Jesus, my home is covered with the love and grace of God. In 1Peter 4:8 it says that love covers a multitude of sins.

Today I choose love.

Today I choose grace.

Today I choose mercy and forgiveness.

Today I choose Jesus.

The enemy must flee our home, in Jesus name!

Praise God!

 

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Reach Out with Faith

Mark 5:24-34  (NIV1984)

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes,   I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

This woman had seen every doctor and spent all she had to be well. Instead of getting better, she got worse. But her faith told her that if she could just get close enough to Jesus to touch his clothes, that she would be healed.

God is calling His daughters to  reach out with faith and touch the cloak of Jesus. It is in Christ that we find the freedom, the forgiveness and the healing that we need. Maybe we are not physically bleeding, but many of us have wounds on the inside that have been festering for many years.

Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us come to Him. Will you have the faith of a mustard seed to reach out for His Son, Jesus?  Can you believe Him for all that He has promised you in His Word?

The power of Christ is available to the children of God, through the Holy Spirit. God wants you to be renewed and strengthened today so that you are able to do the work He has called you to do.  Say ”Yes” to God by trusting enough to reach for Jesus and receive all that He wants to give to you through His Spirit. Open up His Word and feed on the Truth daily and get to know the God of the Bible. He loves you and He gave His one and only Son for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Take the Limits Off

Psalm 145:13  (NLT)

13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.

How is it God, that you give me what I ask for even when I ask too small of you? Why is it that for years I desired and I strived for certain leadership positions and jobs in the church and in ministry and then once I achieved those places of authority, I realized it was not all that I thought it would be.

God gave me what I asked for in His grace and mercy towards me and He used it to shape me. But it was not a permanent place for me to land. It was only a temporary stop on the way to what God is accomplishing in and through me as I walk with Christ.

Now I have come to the place where I am trying to seek God’s will for all things. I no longer tell God what is best for me. Instead I am asking God to do what He wants with my life. I take the limits off of you God and ask for “your Kingdom to come and your will to be done!” (Matthew 6:10)  And it’s all for your glory, Jesus.

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God Gave Me You

Proverbs 19:21  (NLT)

 21You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

My husband Joe is God’s gift to me. God has such an amazing way of knowing who we need to have in our lives. He knew that at just the right moment, I would be open to His plan for my future with Joe.

Growing up I never really had a good role model for a godly husband or father. I went through most of my young adult life being treated poorly by men as I looked for love and acceptance in all the wrong ways.

But on that first day at my new job I meant Joe and it was love at first sight for him. (It sounds like I’m bragging, but that’s how it really happened.) It took me several months before I was convinced that he was the right man for me. But eventually, with God’s help, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

God has a way of doing that in our relationships. He brings just the right people at just the right time. God knows when we need just the right friend, family member or co-worker to help us look to Him. We don’t see them coming, and we hate it when they have to go, but while they are in our lives they accomplish His purpose.

Perhaps you are angry with God today because of someone He took away too soon. Maybe you don’t understand why your friend or your family member had to leave, or move or die. Or maybe you are wondering why He allowed a certain person into your life. We all have questions because we don’t always understand what God is doing in our lives.  God’s ways and thoughts are so high up. We may not always understand His purposes but we can trust that His plans for us are good.

There is one person that will help you through whatever you are facing. That person is Jesus. The most important relationship anyone could ever have is a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus. It was not only love at first sight when He saw you, but He poured out His life on the cross for you and for me. Praise God we have an extravagant God who holds nothing back when it comes to His relationships.

Pray with me today that God will heal every one of our past and present hurts. Pray that He will grow every one of our relationships for His purpose. Will you join me in being “sold out” for God? There is no limit to what God will do with a heart that trusts in Him and is fully committed to Jesus.

 

 

 

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God Picked our Son

John 1:12-13  (HCSB)

12 But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
     Some children are born of the flesh. Four of my children came directly from our DNA. Just when we thought we were done having children God introduced us to a small Russian boy named Maxim through a summer hosting program. At first glance, adoption was no where on our radar. Praise God, His radar is bigger than ours.
     Just in the same way that God picked Max to be my son, he chose you and me to be His children. Through faith in Jesus we are adopted into God’s family. I’m so glad that He saw me through His eyes of grace and mercy as His beloved daughter. I praise Him for loving me while I was still an orphan.
     Tell someone today how they can be adopted into God’s family. If you are not sure how to take that step, email me at Wynelle@lovewonhearts.com today!
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True Beauty

1 Peter 3:3-4  (NLT)

3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

In 1 Peter 3:3 God is addressing outward beauty, in three areas; hair, clothing and jewelry. All around us the world is saying that the pursuit of youth, beauty and glamour are the marks of true beauty, for which everyone is searching. As women, we are bombarded by  billboards, magazines, TV commercials and many other types of advertisements. The subliminal message they are trying to tell us is that we need to look a certain way, dress a certain way and spend a certain amount of money to look just right.

There is nothing wrong with looking nice. There is no sin in looking your best, staying fit, and caring for yourself. It is pleasing to God that we would care for the bodies that He has given to us. 

But sometimes the pursuit of outer beauty can begin to take over our lives. It can consume our thoughts, our spending, and our time. When we give greater importance to our outer presentation of ourselves over preparing our hearts and minds for the day, there is a potential for a problem.

It’s like the Sunday morning at the Grady house when I don’t prepare on the inside. Getting seven people ready and out the door for church can be pretty rough when I sleep in a little bit, skip my quiet time and head right for the shower. I do my hair, my make-up and get dressed but run out the door without ever  hitting my prayer closet. The kids are fighting the entire five miles to church.  I respond by yelling at them to “Be nice”, or ”Quit hitting each other”, and “STOP IT!” Then I smooth my skirt out and straighten my hair on the way into church and put on that plastic grin. I walk in like nothing ever happened. That outward plastic grin is not true beauty.It’s fake and God sees right through it.

Peter tells us that we need to focus on the inner self, which is incorruptible, unfading  or imperishable. The word gentle or meek means mild, humble, gently, quiet spirit, still, peaceable, keep your seat, and undisturbed. This is of great worth in God’s sight.

Why does God value this?  A woman who has spent time with the LORD, is more like the Lord. She trusts the Lord and does not have to do daily life on her own. She has God’s power, God’s strength, and God’s character.

Will you join me in pleasing God by giving more attention to your inner beauty? Then, when others see you, they will see Jesus and true beauty.

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Change of plans

Isaiah 55:8-9  (NLT)

 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Here is a soundbite from the conversation that started my day today…

“Good morning Lord! What do you have planned for me today? What’s that you say? Nothing that I had on my agenda? Why is it that every time I think I am going to get THAT thing done, you tell me that we are going to do THIS thing over here. When will I learn, Lord, that YOUR ways are best and that I don’t have a clue what I need to do today. I love you Lord and I will trust you with WHATEVER you bring my way today.”

Your daughter, Wynelle

PS. “Could you at least throw some Dove milk chocolate into the mix for today?”

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