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My last blog post was blog entry #100! WordPress notified me of that today. So I went and checked my stats and since I started this blog I have received over 1300 views and have had over 600 visitors! Pretty cool.

BUT!!!!…

My hope is that my blog is bringing glory to God. I don’t want to be blogging for the wrong reasons…..such as getting recognition for achieving blogging milestones.

Image result for jesus loves youI want people to know that there is a God that LOVES them! There is a God that has great plans for His people! If only we would turn to Him.

I’ve met some pretty cool people on WordPress who genuinely love the Lord and strive to live for Him every day! One of my favorite blogs to visit is: A Fractured Faith. Stephen is a really nice guy with a wonderful family. His blogs are so encouraging and lift me up. I encourage you to check out his blog. 🙂

I’m so glad I decided to start blogging again. I’ve actually had this site for many years but never really posted much. It wasn’t until I got serious about my faith that I got back into blogging and then I realized it was a great platform to share my faith. AND to meet new people who share my love of God. It’s pretty cool!

See the source imageIn the end, I want this blog to reach as many people as possible who may not know the Lord. And I want people to know that I am NOT ashamed of the Lord and I am PROUD to be a Christian. 🙂

Verse of the day: Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes….”

 

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Altar Ego Update

Hey friends! How is your Wednesday going? Great, I hope!

I’m currently reading Craig Groeschel’s book Altar Ego and am loving it! I’m currently on chapter 11. But I wanted to share with you what I’ve gained so far:

  • All Christians are called to be Christ’s representatives here on earth

  • There is no sin too great for God’s grace. There is no habit too big for his healing. There is no label too strong for his love. God’s power is bigger than your past.

  • The ultimate gift card of salvation carries an infinite balance over the charges of our sins.

  • You can’t earn your way to salvation. You can’t save yourself

  • Faith filled attitudes lead to faith filled actions. Godly beliefs lead to godly behaviors.

I just finished up the chapter on living with gratitude. I was hit with guilt as I read about how ungrateful we can be. I know I’m guilty of this. I have a big tendency to care about “me, me, me” instead of others.  I can be selfish. I know this and I’m being convicted of it daily. I’m working on changing  that now as I type this. Groeschel makes a statement that really got my attention

To overcome our dissatisfied, ungrateful attitude, we must first identify it in specific areas of our lives.

Identifying the problem is the first step, right?

So how do we overcome the seeds of ungratefulness? We turn it to praise! Matt Redman has a song called “Blessed Be Your Name” and there is a line that says “every blessing you pour out I’ll turn back to praise.” Basically, to cultivate an attitude of gratitude we need to turn every good thing in our lives into an opportunity to worship!

(this video includes the chords if you are learning to play the guitar! I think it would be cool to learn!)

This book is great! I encourage you all to get your hands on a copy and read it! Craig Groeschel has a way with words that make things easy to understand. Which is good because I have such a simple mind that I need things broken down for me. 🙂

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!

Happy Wednesday!

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Redeemed

 

 

I love this song by Big Daddy Weave. It’s wonderful to know and experience God’s love and to know that He’s not finished with me yet. I fail Him constantly but He’s always faithful.

Redeemed

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, ’cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed