God Don’t Make No Junk

you have been lovingly adorned by the touch of the father

Intricately woven together.Elaborately detailed. Lavishly embellished. Hand-sewn. This is how I was made.

So were you. Every single piece of you was a thought in God’s mind before it was ever on your body. You have been lovingly adorned by the touch of the Father.

To say that we are not beautiful is to tell our Creator that He didn’t do a good job when He made us. Something I tell my kids all the time is this: God don’t make no junk! (And you have to say it with a Madea-esque accent to really make your point.) 😉

It sounds trite and maybe a little bit condescending but, the truth is, You Are Special. Not because of your amazing abilities or your gorgeous long locks or even your dynamite cooking skills. No, you’re special because God is the One who gave you all those gifts. His attention to detail is what makes you so awesome.

I mean, think about it. Every single person on the earth is unique. There are no two people that are exactly alike. Sure, we might share some of the same talents or features with friends or family members but we are undeniably different in how we possess those attributes.

-our lives are an extension of God's creativity.-

Our lives are an extension of God’s creativity. We are the instruments in heaven’s orchestra, the flowers in the garden of Paradise, the gems in the Father’s crown. We are spectacular because we have been made by the un-created yet perfectly creative One.

He came up with the idea of creation on His own. Noone told Him how to do it. He just started speaking life into existence and creating beautiful things everywhere He went. The foundation of who we are is completely original and fundamentally new.

If we could just grasp this then we would never struggle with identity issues ever again. No matter how much anyone tries to be like you, they just CANNOT be you. It’s not even possible because deep inside of you is the God-given knowledge of I’m the only one of me. A copy-cat is just that: a copy. A duplicate poses no threat to the original.

When we are confident in our design, we can live loved and love well. The pressure to be someone else is off. We are each a masterpiece because the Master of every living thing put us together, piece by piece.

Sunday Rest #11

 

“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”

– 1 John 4:17-18 (MSG)

 

 

Sunday Rest #5

 

“Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, “You must be born again.” The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
John 3:5-8 (NIV)
photo credit: I’m all right . . . I just got the wind knocked out of me, that’s all. via photopin (license)

Sing My Soul

I woke up with this new song by Amanda Cook stuck in my head:

I’m in a funk this week. Feeling under the weather with a cold. Super tired and lacking desire to exercise. And my kids always seem to be the most rambunctious when I’m feeling the least motivated. 🙂

My get up and go has left the building with no hint as to when it’s gonna return. Blah is my current state of being.

But, I love how this song was in my brain when I woke up because, honestly, I did not feel like spending time in prayer or worship this morning. It’s like God implanted this sweet little reminder inside of me so I would want to come to Him first thing.

I love the words to this song because it reminds me that I don’t have to feel like worshiping to worship.

He knew that I would have slow days and tiring seasons. Yet He is still worthy to be praised (despite how I feel.)

So, today I took a time out from all things that tend to pull me away from His presence. And I worshiped. No tv. No books. (GASP!) No social media (ok, I did post pics of my kids being adorable on instagram but that was IT.)

His word says that His presence is where joy is found. And that He renews my strength. And that He gives rest to the weary.

All things that make my heart want to sing and my feet want to dance. I can’t even muster up the desire to come to him on my own. He gives that to me too. And I’m grateful. Where would I be without the Lord’s guidance in my life?

Without a song to sing, I’m afraid….

NaBloPoMo November 2015