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Wear Your Helmet

To wear the helmet of salvation is to walk in the covenant of Christ. It is to walk in the identity that was wrought for us through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. It is to no longer be at enmity but to be a friend of God. It is to no longer be alienated but to be adopted by God. It is to no longer be a slave to sin but to be a slave of righteousness. It is to no longer be in hostility toward God but at peace. It is to no longer be under the death curse of sin but in His eternal blessing. It is to no longer be under wrath, but in the grips of gracious mercy. It is to no longer be a son of darkness but to be a son or daughter of Light, of God Himself. It is to no longer be naked with shame, but to be clothed and adorned with righteousness. It is to no longer be rejected but to be pursued and passionately loved as the Bride of Christ. It is to no longer be condemned but to be accepted. It is to no longer be destined to die but to be destined to live. It is to no longer be dead in our transgressions but to be alive in Christ. It is to no longer be a debtor but to be forgiven. It is to no longer be held captive but to be set free. It is to no longer be pinned down by oppression but to make progress in God’s protection. It is to no longer believe the lies of the enemy but to believe the Truth. It is to no longer have a sadistic father that seeks only to steal, kill and destroy, but to have a loving Father that seeks to restore, redeem and renew. It is to no longer afraid but to trust and to rely fully upon The Rock of Ages. It is be healed. It is be transformed. It is to be adorned. It is to walk by faith and not by sight.

Step forward today in the Truth of your identity of Christ–all who have entered in through the bloody cross of calvary, through The Door – Jesus Christ. All who have left their sinful self to die with Jesus so they can stand so they can kneel before the Mercy Seat of God. Step forth child of God. Hold up your shield of faith. Raise up the Word of God. Walk forward in the gospel that brings peace between God and those who are at enmity with Him. Be faithful in your service, move forward in Truth, and in Righteousness be protected from all entanglements of sin.

#WalkInTruth
#WalkInTheCovenant
#DontLetYourMindBeDeceived
#WearYourHelmet

Give Us Clean Hands

The hands of Jezebel were evil and they were cut off from her in her destruction in that only her palms were left behind by the dogs. The hands of Pilate were guilty and he tried to superficially wash them with water. But, there is only one thing that can wash our hands of our sin-the blood of Jesus, Whose hands were nailed through to the cross at Calvary. He is the only One who can heal our hands and make them whole again.

Be warned,
“Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire.” – Matthew 7:19

#DontBeCutOff
#DontBeSuperficial (relying on a ceremonial act of religion) 
#BeWashedInTheBloodOfJesus  #WalkInTheCovenantOfChrist

God Knew

When my husband and I started to try to have a baby in 2010 God knew that it wouldn’t be until 2016 that we finally would conceive our son Caleb.

When I was in my mother’s womb, God knew that I would struggle with infertility issues when I grew up, but that didn’t stop Him from planting the desire to be a mother deep in my heart from a young age. That didn’t stop Him from placing me in a family where I was the oldest of six, surrounded by babies and younger children–I’m so thankful for those years that I feel prepared my heart for loving and valuing children – whether they “are mine” or not! All children belong to God first and foremost as their Creator*. He gets to see their first smile in the womb, their first grimace, their very first movement, their “firsts” belong to Him. God gets the first fruits of our life in the secret place of our mother’s womb. Even today with the advancements of ultrasound technology we come no where close to the 24/7 intimacy God has with our precious little ones as He tenderly and lovingly knits them–as He knitted us –together.

God doesn’t make mistakes. God is on time. God is perfect.

In January of 2013 I created a business card for a dear friend of mine as a class project for school. I needed to created one and she had a business that needed one. She created cute, lettered cloth blocks by hand. I borrowed one to help me with my project and I ended up never giving it back to her before she moved out of state. Flash forward to 2016, God has blessed my womb with life and another blessing of a friend graciously and kindly offers to take some photos of me to help document this miraculous time in my life. That morning before we met up for breakfast and photos she wanted to know if I had any wooden blocks with letters on them to help with the photos, I had none but thought maybe we could go by Walmart and grab some after breakfast. Anyway I remembered though that I had a cloth block in one of my office drawers somewhere…I just couldn’t remember the letter on it! I hoped it would still be in the drawer that I thought I’d last put it in, it was — way in the back.

Lo and behold the letter on the block was the letter “C”. In the bold color red, just like the shirt I had chosen to wear that morning for photos.

Before the beginning of time God knew me. He knew all of my paths that I’d take and every moment of my life. He knew that my husband and I would come very close to choosing to stop trying to have biological kids before He would open my womb. God knew that we would have a son and that we would choose to name Him Caleb. In 2013 He knew this and the cloth block my friend gave me to help me with my project had the letter “C” on it. How fun it must be for God, like a big surprise, 3 1/2 years earlier and He is the only one that knew as she handed me a block of cloth, both of us clueless how meaningful it would become. How amazing and how loving is our Father in Heaven truly is!

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Picture by Magdalena Ferrandino

 ” I could ask the darkness to hide me
  and the light around me to become night—
     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
    Darkness and light are the same to you.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.”  – Psalm 139:11-16

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” – God speaking to Jeremiah (the prophet) 1:5

* Whether we accept the price God paid to adopt us as His child and become our Spiritual Father is different than God being our Creator. See John chapter 8 and Romans chapter 8.