3.11.2007

Crazy 'Bout You

I had a birthday recently, and got this card from my grandparents that I really liked. Read on . . .

"God is crazy about you!
He doesn't just love you a little,
He doesn't just think you're sort of special --
the God of the universe is head-over-heels,
deeply, truly, forever-and-ever in love with you.
You're special, you're loved, you are YOU --
and the world is blessed to have you in it!"

The cool thing is, God doesn't just think you're special on your birthday; He knows you're incedibly special every day. His love isn't dependant on His mood (praise God!), and He loves you with everything He has. Think about it! How big is God? He loves you with all of that! (Don't know about you, but that's hard for my mind to fathom!) And if your parents give up on you, your best friend treats you like dirt, and your boyfriend dumps you for another girl, God's love is still constant.

Romans 8:35-39 is one of my favorite passages that talks the greatness of God's love. The bottom line is: there is NOTHING that can separate us from God's love. Even the worst of your problems can't put a distance between you and your Heavenly Father's love. No sickness, persecution, or attacks from the devil could put a dent in God's supply of love toward you. Girl, what more could you need? His love alone is enough for you . . . and His love alone is what's going to get you through whatever problem or insecurity you may have. On top of that, God's love makes you a blessing to everyone around you! Whether they recongize it or not, it's true. Believe it!

Love,
Christa

3.03.2007

What Are You Thinkin'?

We live in a world that loves to play with your imagination. Billboards, magazines, malls, movies . . . all scream for your attention in bright colors, wild graphics, and catchy titles. Images galore crowd your brain and make you crave more until -- whoa! -- sensory overload! God gave us our senses so we can enjoy being alive (could you imagine going through life without tasting incredible food dishes or seeing things in color?). Unfortunately, though, a lot of what we see anymore feeds our flesh and doesn't draw us closer to God. That's when we have the challenge of "girding up the loins of our mind."

Okay, so that's not a phrase you hear everyday. Let's look at I Peter 1:13: "Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." The "loins of your mind" is your imagination - where ideas and pictures are birthed. We're being instructed here to "gird" them up, to get a grip on what we're allowing to be created and birthed in our minds. In verse 15, God instructs us to be holy as He is holy. In a nutshell, whatever our imagination and thoughts come up with should be pleasing to God.

If you're at all like me, this is a day to day challenge. One little picture I see could send my creative mind on a bunny trail from God's truth to a fleshy little mental rampage. Or some frustrating incident or word spoken from someone else gets my mind thinking negative thoughts. Ugh! What do you do when those temptations come? Cast them down! 2 Corinthians 10:5: ". . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . ." In other words, tell the thoughts to get lost before it gets a grip on your mind and sticks there permanently!

I have a list of verses that I speak over myself every day. One of those is Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate [think] on these things." Wow, that just narrowed down your thought life options! Think you can't think anymore? Maybe it's time for a brain bath!

Test yourself. Are you thinking on . . .
Whatever is true: Is the based on something that is real and honest, filled with truth?
Whatever is noble: Is it fitting for a daughter of the King of Kings?
Whatever is just: Is it imagining what is right and good toward someone who may or may not deserve it?
Whatever is lovely: Is it pleasant for you and others to think about?
Whatever is of good report: Is it something you would feel comfortable sharing with everyone you come in contact with?
Whatever is virtuous: Is it filled with God's character?
Whatever is praiseworthy: Is it worth God, you , and anyone else making a big deal about?

Thought-provoking, huh? One of the best things you can do is guard what comes in first through television, movies, and other media. Your "filter" ought to be in tip top shape from the get-go! After that, nip any ungodly thought in the bud by refusing to let it grow and give birth to actions and beliefs that are contrary to God's Word. Suddenly you'll find your life cleaner and far less confusing than the person whose mind is filled with the ugliness of this world!

Think beautiful, Princess!

Christa