Anointed Courage

Encouraging words from lessons learned

Month: July 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Fleeting to Secure Identity

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

That Bible verse is such a beautiful promise of what the Lord desires for us in our life. Yet we are told by society that our identity is from how we look, our status in: relationships, career and class and our bank accounts. We change ourselves to fit that unrealistic ideal by taking drastic measures to lose weight, getting cosmetic procedures, working ourselves ragged or accumulating more possessions. I am not shaming anyone who has done this, we all have done something to fit in. Temporarily, it provides a fix. We get noticed for looking better which makes our self esteem soar. We get noticed by our work and receive recognition. We meet someone and fall in love, they complete us. (Let us roll our eyes together.)

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Drama in the Family

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

This verse can be used as a source of hope in with dealing with major trials. When I read this verse, however, it spoke to me in dealing with fights among our family and close friends. It still amazes me how the enemy uses them to hurt one another. How many times has there been an argument over something that seems so insignificant and the enemy uses it as an opportunity to expose a deeper problem? They forgot to throw away the empty juice container or give you an important phone message and the argument spirals into, you don’t care at all about me, I am worthless. I have seen families jump in on social media comments about a post about kittens and then decide to put you on blast in front of the world about how they feel you are crazy or stupid or air your dirty laundry. What the what?!

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Look to the Son

My heart is hardened with hatred.

The sun is not hot enough to melt away its grief.

No words, no pills can remove its grip on me.

Despair and destruction whirl my emotions like a hurricane.

My soul feels like an abyss, stagnant.

I am told to look to a different sun, the one spelled s-o-n.

He came to give us new life. He takes sorrow and shame and gives us laughter and love.

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