For this week’s challenge, WordPress invited bloggers to try the “Post by Email” tool to send in a post, so here it is! I sent this from my email straight to publishing by WordPress, hopefully it works!
I read this one on Freshly Pressed and just couldn’t help sharing it – http://1kthoughts.com/2012/08/18/42-crying/
Crying takes courage. And often times, those of us who are still held captive by the belief that your value has anything to do with the people around you, crying is especially brave because it flies in the face of that.
Instead of letting that define me, I will choose something else.
Ephesians 1: 3-8 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
This says that by God, the Father, I am:
- BLESSED in the heavenly realm with every blessing of Jesus Christ. (v.3)
- CHOSEN before the creation of the world (v.4)
- ADOPTED in love, as His child through Jesus Christ. (v.5)
- ACCEPTED/FAVORED through His grace. (v.6)
- REDEEMED in grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (v.7)
- FORGIVEN in grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (v.7)
And therefore I can be courageous, I can take heart, for He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
I can cry or smile or laugh or be sad when things aren’t bright, without worrying that God can’t handle what I’m feeling. No matter how much or how little the people around me are prepared to deal with, God is always faithful.