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You are worth more broken…

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This past sunday, our Pastor talked about the Kintsugi art from the Japanese culture…the concept where they take broken objects and fix them using gold…hence transforming them into a piece of valuable art. The ironic thing is, this week two friends of mine brought to my attention a video sharing the same message…Coincidence? I think not…

“In Japanbroken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty. Consider this when you feel broken.” – Anonymous

His message was that we shouldn’t hide our flaws, imperfections or whatever we’ve gone through in life that’s broken us, but embrace these broken pieces as a badge of honor….

We should let the light of Jesus shine through the cracks of our brokenness, strengthening us, healing us and turning us into a beautiful piece of art.

Meaning, we become more valuable through our brokenness, because when Jesus mends us, he turns us into something even more precious than we once were…How beautiful is that?

“God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad for our greatest calling.”

- Anonymous

Whenever you go through something traumatic in life, you have a choice, to either stay broken and become a victim..

OR to rise through your circumstances, learn through your mistakes and use what you went through as a launching pad to something bigger and better…

“Let your past be your springboard,

not your quick-sand”

- Steve Maraboli

God never wastes any pain, within our pain we find purpose, within our pain we gain wisdom and experience and within our pain we are empowered to become a catalyst of change and help to others…

Only God can turn a mess into a message,

a test into a testimony,

a trial into a triumph,

a victim into a victory!

- Anonymous

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NLT)

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee



Are you motivated By Love…(Day 28) What Is Love? Challenge

1 Corinthian 13 : 1 -7

Today’s scripture (Day 28 “What Is Love?” Challenge) is one of the most popular bible verses about love. I think every christian knows these verses…and it’s a favorite among many.

What I love about today’s scripture is, if you have any confusion or doubt about What Love Is, it clearly lays it out…

We’re given a clear definition/guideline/checklist of what LOVE IS…and what it’s NOT…

and at any point in time, we can always asses our relationships, we can clearly see if our relationships are loving or not…we can always look at these scriptures and remind ourselves to operate from a place of LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:1-7(ESV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Sometimes as christians, we get so caught up with works, gifts and ministry…but what really motivates us to do all that we do?

Are we doing what we do out of selfish ambition, righteousness, religious rituals? or are we motivated by God’s LOVE that’s within us? God wants all that we do to be done in LOVE…

At the end of the day, it is all meaningless if we don’t have LOVE…all the material possession, recognition and power can never substitute the need for LOVE…the truly richest people in the world are those who give and receive genuine LOVE…

knowingly and unknowingly, LOVE is what everyone seeks…

Sometimes we think that we need to do something “big” to make an impact…but it’s those little acts of love that we do everyday that can cause a ripple effect in the lives of others…

“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou

The greatest gift we can give and receive is that of LOVE, the more LOVE we give, the more we will RECEIVE…

those who don’t give LOVE are usually hurting themselves and hindering themselves from receiving the greatest gift of all…

I pray that God may give us the grace to be of service to others in LOVE, to LOVE others the way he LOVES, to be motivated by LOVE in all that we do and to experience the greatest gift of all (i.e LOVE) each and every moment of our lives…

Love always,

XOXO,

Dee



Showers Of Blessings…

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It’s been raining quite a bit here in Stockholm, it seems like the summer is coming to an official end and we’re officially welcoming fall. If you know me, then you know summer is my favorite season, rain, snow and cold are just not my thing…and as luck would have it, hehe, I live in a place where about 90% of the year is cold, gloomy, dark, rainy or snowy…

I’m not complaining though, because I’ve come to accept and even embrace every season of my life…literally and figuratively…I truly believe every season has a reason…

This morning, I was listening to Eddie James – Let It Rain, and some of the lyrics really caught my attention he says,

Open the flood gates of heaven, oh
We need the rain
Until we are never the same
OPEN the flood gates, of heaven
Oh let it rain, Jesus
Let it rain, Lord
We need the Rain
Open the flood gates of heaven
Let it rain, Let it flood
Open the flood gates,
Remove everything with the rain of your prayers Jesus
Remove everything that’s in the way
Remove everything that’s in the way of the awakening
Remove everything that hinders your calling, Let it rain
Rain on us jesus (Hey yay)
We need the rain,
Let it rain
We need an awakening, Jesus
Let it rain, make all things new
Bring a flood that makes all things new
Jesus
When Noah, walked out on the Ark
After the rain came, and the flood came
All things were made new
The rain washed away everything that opposed you
The rain washed away and drowned everything and everyone that opposed you
The Rain made all things new
The rain made all things new

In the song, he mentions Noah and how the rain and flood came and made all things new, Genesis 5:32-10:1

This is another one of my sons’ favorite bible stories …God was displeased with the wickedness of the people. Therefore he decided to start over, by bringing a flood that wiped everything out. He started out a new slate with Noah, his family and the animals that were chosen to enter the Arc.

A few things we can learn from this story…

One, rain can wash away all dead things, it helps new things sprout and grow…it also signifies a new season, new beginnings…

Second, although there was turbulence, flood and a storm that killed everything else…Noah, his family and the chosen animals were shielded and protected by God in the arc. The take away, no matter what happens in the environment, if we have God, we are protected and we’re guaranteed to come out of the storms of life unscathed.

Most of the time, we don’t want to spend our lives in the storms, trenches/ valleys of life, we’d rather just be up on the mountain top enjoying the view…

“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.” - Billy Graham

But we must always remember, that in the storms, trenches and valleys of life, that’s where our character, endurance, perseverance and strength is built…that is where we bear fruit.

Next time it rains, either literally or figuratively, remember to thank God for the renewal and blessings that showers bring :)

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee



There is a COST for LOVE…(Day 26) What Is Love? Challenge

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When we become christians and decide to live a life of submission and LOVE to God there is always a price to pay. We must always decide between choosing a life that is temporarily “fulfilling” or to look at the bigger picture and decide to have an ETERNAL mindset….

In today’s scriptures (Day 26 Of the What Is Love? Challenge) Jesus says, that once we follow him we should expect to be hated by this world just as it hated him…

John 15:14-21  (ESV)

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,  for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

There are four main ideas in today’s scriptures, the first one being our relationship with God. Jesus says, we are no longer servants of God/Jesus but friends. This is because there is now transparency in our relationship, servants usually receive orders from their masters and just accept is as it is, without really understanding why. But Jesus became the living word, he restored our relationship with God and gave us wisdom and understanding concerning God’s plan.

Secondly, Jesus specifically chose and appointed us to bear fruit…bearing fruit means we are to conceive that which is filled within us due to his wisdom and love. When we bear fruit, we receive power and authority from God. Because of this whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, as long as it is within God’s WILL, it will be granted to us.

Third, we’re reminded once again TO LOVE EACH OTHER, this is the greatest command. Ultimately it all comes down to this…if we don’t get anything else Jesus has taught us or understand anything about God’s plan, we shall always default to LOVE, that’s what it’s all about.

Last, naturally the world will hate what we stand for, if they hated Jesus to the point of crucifying him, and he was perfect in every single way…then what of us mere humans who are flawed and just trying to follow his footsteps? we can’t chose to follow Jesus and expect the world to love us, because we stand for different things…the world does not know God or respect his word so it won’t understand what we’re about, love us or respect what we stand for. We must always remember we are NOT of this WORLD, we are of GOD, living in this world, which is temporary and fickle, all will pass but he remains the same – TODAY, TOMORROW and FOREVER more…choose your side wisely.

Love always,

XOXO

Dee