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Truths Gleaned From Daily Life

18 verses to remind you that you are royalty

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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I hope you are having a great start to the week so far.

Several years ago someone gave me a poem that is made up of paraphrased Bible verses. I pray that as you read and meditate on the words God’s amazing peace and love would blanket your heart and mind.

Royal Princess

My precious daughter, I long for you to seek me and I will be found by you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:13-14

A garment of ashes is not worthy of your royal status my child for I have already called you by name, You are mine. Isaiah 43:1 

Follow me, to breathe new life into your weary soul and blow away your dust and the ashes that have veiled you too long. John 20:22

It is my delight to adorn you my royal daughter, with new robes. For see, I make all things new. Revelation 21:5

No longer shall you be called worthless. Your new name shall be holy to the Lord. 1 Peter 1:16

No longer shall you kneel on the dust, for I have raised you up to be seated in the heavenly realms to be united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

No longer shall you be unprotected, for I shall guard all that is yours. Psalm 16:5

I am the guardian of your soul. 1 Peter 2:25

No longer shall you drown in your situation, for I shall reach down and draw you out of deep water. Psalm 18:16

Listen to me, Oh royal daughter, take heart what I say, for I delight in your beauty. Psalm 45:10-11

My princess shall be glorious in  her golden gown. Psalm 45:13

I have perfumed your beautiful robes with myrrh, aloes and cassia. Psalm 45:8

I have crowned you with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5

Humble yourself before me and I will place my crown of victory upon you. Psalm 149:4

My daughter you are my own possession, I will make you as a signet ring on my finger, for I have chosen you. Haggai 2:23

Now repent of your sins and turn to me so that your sins can be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from my presence. Acts 3:19-20

Because no matter how deep the stains of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as the freshly driven snow. Isaiah 1:18

And then my precious one, I will crown you with beauty for ashes. Isaiah 61:3

A poem worth reading

Posted on: November 19th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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Early this morning while I was journalling, a verse popped into my head.

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which he prepared in advance for us to do – Ephesians 2:10

I did some digging around and found out that the word workmanship comes from the Greek word poiema. This is where we get the English word  poem from.

Now this just blew me away.

I am not much of a poet and I admit, I don’t know many poets. But what I do know is that all great poets have the ability to put to paper their vivid imaginations in a way that flows beautifully. One thing is for sure though, all great poets operate under human imagination (yes I also agree that God through the Holy Spirit can and has inspired many poets too).

God on the other hand, when He imagines something, it becomes alive. It is real, active, existent, epic. His thoughts and imaginations are realised. God thought of you and you came to being. God dreamt of you and you came alive. You are His poiema – His poem. And if you are his poem, He has memorized you and knows every intricate detail about you.

Just like a poet remembers the different words and sentences that make up the verses of the poem, in the same way God remembers everything that concerns you. Psalm 139: 18 says How precious it is, O Lord, to realise that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me.

As you read this, be encouraged that God is interested in you. He is interested in everything about you, in all you do and in what you are doing right now in life. You are always in His heart and on His mind. Sometimes we may doubt this truth because of circumstances around us (or because of our erratic emotions). But don’t let the enemy steal this truth from you! You are a beautiful poem written by the mighty God! And you, my friend, are a poem worth reading.

PrayerLord I thank you that I am your poem. Thank you for revealing this truth to me. Help me to remember this truth at all times, especially when things appear to be going wrong. Amen.

 

Seize the day!

Posted on: September 10th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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The Latin phrase ‘carpe diem’ is taken from the Roman poet Horace. Carpe literally means ‘seize, enjoy, make use of‘ and Diem is ‘day’. In other words, Make the most of your day!; Enjoy your day!

I’d like to take it further by saying make the most of your time and the season that you are in. Time and time again while growing up, I heard the phrase, ‘time wasted shall never be regained.‘ This is true in some ways because there are many opportunities that present themselves before us and sometimes they will never come knocking again. So my friend, I encourage you to make the most of every opportunity you get in this life.

I am a little over a week into my marriage. It’s a totally new phase of life and understandably, I don’t really know what I am doing, because I have never been down this path before! The good thing is that there are those around me and my husband who have walked this path and have gladly shared words of wisdom that are and will continue to help us on this new adventure.

I am determined to live out this marriage intentionally and to enjoy the journey and make the most of every opportunity it brings!

I encourage you to make the most of every season you are in. If you’re studying, work hard and play hard; if you’ve just started your career – give it your all. Whoever you are I always encourage everybody to take the time to travel, make new friends (from different cultures) and learn new skills. If you’re a new parent, enjoy the moments with your young ones, because they will soon grow up! Whatever season you are in, God has a great plan for your life and He will guide you if you let Him.

Believe it, Receive it and Live it out!

Bless you!