For years of my Christian life I carried shame like a cloak and it hid my light under a bushel. Not only did it obscured my view of myself in Christ but it also colored others view of me.
A friend of mine asked if he was listening to the instruction of man too closely. So I asked the Father, "When is close too close?"
Life events make up my story—the good, the bad & the ugly. Life can be painful, we were never promised a pain-free existence but avoidance of pain makes more.
The fear of anxiety twists us on the inside and out. Ultimately it overshadows our beauty. It can change our living outlook making us ugly.
“Hey, I am going to remodel my house while I am preparing for my daughter’s wedding!” Yes, anxiety is a focus problem.
When we become triggered with shame, as we will, we are often emotionally capsized. Being triggered makes us look for a lifesaver. Too often this lifesaver is to revert to old patterns and habits.
In that day you will be able to say with Paul, “for me to live is Christ.” That's the wonder of the exchanged Life, the Great Exchange we're to experience.
The practical solution is a continuing choice: to exchange my life for Christ's life. There is no change for me, but there is divine EXchange!
Spiritual reality is knowing God so intimately that you see Him in His disguises while others walk on by.
Though she was young and a virgin, Mary was not untried, nor unfamiliar with deep surrender to the God of her ancestors.
Angelic visits are not to be trifled with… Mary's way was always the way of quiet meditation, something Zacharias would have to learn
One who dares to question the words of a magnificent angel is one who does not see he has already received the "sign" he demanded.