ALWAYS REMEMBER…

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I have my dance students repeat this at the end of every single class.  I started doing this more consistently this past year.  What I love observing – and it occurs every single time – are the smiles that can’t be held back as these beautiful ones repeat these simple truths out loud.  

Yes, I have them say these words at least 3 times each class:

I AM LOVED

I AM SPECIAL

IAM CHOSEN

I AM CALLED

…OUT OF DARKNESS INTO GOD’S MARVELOUS LIGHT TO SHINE HIS LIGHT AND RADIATE HIS GLORY!

Now they know it by heart.  And this, my friend, is God’s heart for us.  

This is a faith principle.  We cannot believe what we do not speak out of our mouths.  We cannot speak about God, ourselves and others what we do not believe.  Our speech should match our faith in God, our beliefs about God, ourselves and others.

This isn’t something we just hear one time and we have it.  That’s not how faith works either.  Speaking these words out loud over ourselves doesn’t mean we really know and believe them either.  Sometimes, it may take months or years before we finally get certain truths deep within our minds, hearts and spirits.  We have to begin somewhere.

Hearing truth, receiving truth, speaking truth, believing truth,

and then living daily by the truth is a process.*

Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.

for whatever is in your heart determines what you say. (Matthew 12:34) 

I pray you get this in your heart, mind and spirit today beloved one.

Speak Truth and life over yourself and others today.

Always remember…

YOU ARE LOVED…

…with an everlasting and unconditional love.

Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:19

YOU ARE SPECIAL…

…God’s unique creation, fearfully and wonderfully made by the Master Artist; no one else even has your same fingerprints.

Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139; Colossians 1:16

YOU ARE CHOSEN…

…to be God’s holy and royal one (daughter or son).

Psalm 45:11; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 8:30

YOU ARE CALLED…

…out of darkness into God’s marvelous light to proclaim His praises, shine His light and radiate His glory.

Isaiah 43:7; 1 Peter 2:9; Philippians 2:15

Do you know this deep within your heart and mind my friend?  

If you don’t.  This is something you need to know and always remember to never forget.

YOU ARE LOVED BEAUTIFUL ONE!

He wants us to always remember to never forget!

 

*See also Romans 10:9-10 and Ephesians 2:8-9 – We confess, we believe and we receive the gift of our salvation by faith.

Note:  The pic above is actually a T-shirt created by one of my beautiful students as a gift.

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The Truth about LOVE

Have a LOVEly Day filled with LOVE!

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13 – The Message

…for God is Love. 1 John 4:8

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The Greatest Gift of All

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#thegreatestgiftofall #joytotheworld #joy to all people!
The greatest gift of Christmas is not the presents, but rather the GIFT OF GOD’S PRESENCE.
As the angel stated in Luke 2:10, this gift brings “NO FEAR,” “GOOD NEWS,” and “JOY” to all people.  This gift is available to all who will receive Jesus.  This is why we celebrate CHRISTmas. JESUS IS the reason for the season.
Have you received the greatest gift of all?  Did you receive this gift at one point in your life, but now you have locked it away somewhere in a drawer or a closet?  This gift was given to bring us light, love, joy, peace, freedom from sin and every form of fear and bondage, and, ultimately, life eternally and abundantly.  These are the blessings of this gift.  These blessings are from the true Father of Christmas.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us THIS IS A FREE GIFT.  It is not earned or deserved.  THIS IS GOOD NEWS.  God’s angel messenger declared it to be good news of great joy for all people.  All we “peoples” have to do is receive or “open” this gift from God.  The gift of Christ is the most valuable Christmas present of all.  We just ask God through a heartfelt prayer to forgive us, and then ask Jesus to come into our hearts and fill us with His Spirit.  This is the true Spirit of Christmas, and the greatest gift of all. 
THIS GOOD NEWS WILL BRING “GREAT” JOY TO YOUR HEART AND TO YOUR LIFE.  This kind of joy is not based on what’s going on around us, but rather this joy overflows out of God’s Spirit that is alive within us.  The presence of God’s joy by His Spirit is always present within us, irregardless of our circumstances.
Joy to the world, The Lord has come!  Light and life to all He brings!
If you haven’t received the gift of Christmas, receive Christ this Christmas. 
If you already have this gift, then keep “Christ” at the center of your Christmas, and MAY THE GIFT OF HIS PRESENCE BE YOUR GREATEST JOY and your greatest gift above all other gifts. Jesus is the greatest gift of all!
#itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear
#worthcelebratinganddecorating
#Jesusisthereasonfortheseason
#thegreatestgiftofall
#PEACE and JOY are both #priceless 
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16:11)
 
He gave the right and the power to become children of God to those who received Him.  (John 1:12 NLV)
“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:11)
A Prayer:
Thank You Lord for the gift of Jesus, who died in my place paying the price for all my sins.  I receive Your gift of love, salvation, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and healing.  Thank You for giving me life eternally and abundantly.  Thank You for filling my mind, heart, spirit and body with your supernatural joy and peace this Christmas season.  Help me, Lord, by Your Spirit, to also give these same gifts to everyone around me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God’s gift of grace is amazing!:
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)
See also:  Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; Romans 10:9-10, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 10:10

Let Freedom Reign!

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Let us declare our independence from fear of man, bondage to self and the strongholds of addiction, materialism, and sin, and celebrate our dependence on the FATHER OF LIBERTY.  
The heart of God is freedom.  Freedom to be the son or daughter of God you were created in His image to be.   The AUTHOR OF ALL TRUE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, our ALMIGHTY CREATOR, God, not only calls us to a place of freedom, but paid the price for us to live in freedom through Jesus’ laying down His life for us on the cross.  This is AMAZING GRACE THAT LEADS TO AMAZING FREEDOM AND LIFE!  When you live and walk in this place of freedom, you are free to love and honor God and to love and serve others.  
#HappyIndependenceDay #DeclarationofDependenceonGod #Letfreedomreign #celebratefreedom
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
 
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (Jesus, John 8:36)
 
Many in our nation sing songs of freedom, but are far removed from truly experiencing it.
They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  (2 Peter 2:18-19)
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)
 
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.  Galatians 5:13 (The Message)
#freedom
Let freedom reign!
Part of the American revolution was birthed for the purpose of obtaining freedom “of” religion, not freedom “from” religion.  The spirit of this longing that so propelled the pilgrims was the desire to worship God freely.  Our Heavenly Father desires relationship with us over religion and rituals.  Surrendering completely to the One who made us and designed us to worship, brings ultimate freedom, joy and life everlasting.  It’s the ironic kingdom principle that spiritual freedom begins with surrender.  When we freely choose not to  worship our Creator, inevitably we begin worshiping other people or things, and this ultimately leads us to a place where many other things reign in our lives.  For many, this leads to a place where bondage reigns and rules, and not a spirit of freedom.
Let His freedom reign in your heart and life today!
 
#wheretheSpiritoftheLordisthereisfreedom
#letfreedomreign #letfreedomring 

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A LOVE THAT COVERS

 

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Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
doesn’t have a swelled head,
doesn’t force itself on others,
isn’t always “me first,”
doesn’t fly off the handle,
doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
doesn’t revel when others grovel,
takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
puts up with anything,
trusts God always,
always looks for the best,
never looks back,
but keeps going to the end. 
…GOD IS LOVE, and His love has not only covered a multitude of sins, but God’s amazing love redeems, transforms, heals, restores, protects, disciplines, frees us, and empowers us to give love to others.

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