Tremble (verb): shake involuntarily, typically because of anxiety, excitement, or frailty; to be affected with great fear or anxiety; or Tremble (noun): a trembling feeling, movement or sound

Tremble before God

Many years ago, shortly after celebrating my first wedding anniversary, I experienced some drastic changes in my health.  It started with a light, but consistent, trembling in my hands.  Next, a general sense of weakness in my legs, and a feeling of anxiousness compounded by a racing heart.  My hair started falling out, and I was dropping weight quickly.  The symptoms started slowly, but then gained momentum quickly and sent me to the doctor.  The diagnosis confirmed by blood tests:  Graves’ Disease.

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Beauty (noun): the qualities of a person or thing that give pleasure to the senses or to the mind; a particularly graceful or excellent quality

God has made everything beautiful

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? I agree, but I think it’s important to acknowledge the most important “beholder” is God Almighty. Does He see me as beautiful? Scripture tells me that God weighs my beauty by my heart, my gentle spirit, my inner self.

Rather, [your beauty] should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

But the Lord said to Samuel, “…the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7

Only God can truly see the complete inner me, so only He can know my awesome beauty. Besides, He created me! He recognizes His own artwork when He looks at my heart.

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Because (conjunction): for the reason that (since); the fact that

Because God Loved Me First

Do you remember the commercial where an owl is asked, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” He starts counting his licks: “One, Two, Three…” And then CRUNCH, he bites into it, too impatient to wait for the prize in the middle. I laugh every time I see this ad because I can relate!

A question for the parents of toddlers: How many “Whys?” does it take to get to the answer, “Because I said so!”?

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Identity (noun): the distinguishing character or personality of an individual; the condition of being the same with something described or asserted

Live out your God-created identity

Who am I? What is my “true” identity? I’ve been thinking lately about how when we meet new people, we tend to define ourselves either through our relationships or by our careers. For example, the first identifying phrases we tend to use are related to being married/single, having kids or not, and what we “do for a living”. Yet for others I know, their identity is built on an event in their lives, or on a specific diagnosis, or on being a victim of a wrong-doing.

Is this how God would identify us?

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Priceless (adjective): having value beyond any price; having worth in terms of other than market value; not to be bought for any amount of money; delightfully amusing

How Priceless is God's Love

I have a fifteen-year-old son who frequently communicates to me through shoulder shrugs. Shrugs can mean a wide variety of responses: “It doesn’t matter”, “Either is fine”, “I don’t have a preference”, “Whatever you want”, “I don’t mind”, “maybe”, or “I guess so”. However, a shrug never means “No” – he definitely vocalizes when the answer to a question is a definitive “No”.

I’ve become pretty good at interpreting the different forms, shapes, exaggerations, facial expressions that define each shrug, but nonetheless, this form of communication is often frustrating and exasperating.

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Pray (verb): to make a request in a humble manner; to address God with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving

Jesus teaches us how to pray

During my faith journey, the vitality of my prayer life has ebbed and flowed, with weeks of heartfelt prayers followed up by weeks of “going through the motion”.  The biggest change over the years has been that I spend less time with my personal requests, and more time praising God, giving thanks, and supplicating on behalf of others.

I’ve tried to become authentic with prayer, to just “be me” while I sit with God rather than trying to impress him with my words.  I am willing to try new ways of praying, and then incorporating what feels right into my own process.  As with every topic I dissect, I look to Jesus – as my mentor and my encourager.

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