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UGH-ly Table

  
 
When I first saw this table at #Goodwill, I walked right by it and thought “ugh, what huge monstrosity, who would ever buy that?” Kurt Ouwenga met me about 20 minutes later and, as we headed to the register, he stopped and started examining the table closely. I was annoyed because I don’t like shopping and he was wasting time on an eyesore. He started talking about how quality this table was and”can you believe it’s only$70??” I actually thought that was too much!!  

The bottom line is, he convinced me that we should buy it because it would be beautiful in our kitchen. As an artist, I knew that he was seeing something I could not and I trusted his vision for it. 
We, as people, can end up in pretty shabby shape, but God always sees who He truly made us to be. We overlook people because they don’t “have it together” or aren’t wearing the right thing, or don’t talk the way they”should”. All the while, #God just wants us to #Love them so they can be transformed into their created #purpose. 

  
The #transformation of this table is a beautiful parallel into how God sees us!!! We should never overlook anyone. Broken people often just need someone to come alongside them and #believe in them, #Love them, #inspire them and instill a fresh new #hope that they are #valued. 

For me, this table will always serve as a physical representation that I should see everyone through the eyes of God because they will appear much different than what’s before me. I will see the beauty in them that God has seen all along!! Thank you, Kurt, for seeing what I couldn’t!!!
#Godisawesome #heavenlyview #Lovepeople #lessonlearned

Ur Wake

I was hanging out with #God this morning when this ship passed by. As its wake hit me, He reminded me that, throughout life, we all leave a “wake” that will affect everyone we come into contact with. Whether it’s positive or negative, happy, or sad, joyful or angry, we decide how we will affect people. Will we give them ourselves and leave them crashing over our choppy wake? Or will we give them #Jesus and let them enjoy the smooth waves of His “wake”.Anytime I walk away from someone, my spirit automatically knows if I had an interaction with someone whose life Jesus is flowing through or not. And this isn’t to say it’s limited to outside the church. In fact, I’ve met meaner people in church more often than I’ve met them out of church. Anyone who thinks that if they go to Church they will meet only great people, well, they probably haven’t BEEN to church. It would be fantastic if most “Christ”ians actually reflected “Christ” in their words and actions but, unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. I have higher expectations for myself because I consider myself a Christ follower. I do NOT have a religion or call myself religious. I hold a firm belief that Jesus came to save me, I accepted that salvation, and have watched Him literally change my life. With the understanding that I can never be perfect, I choose not to strive for perfection, but to strive to be perfected. 

In regards to my personal “wake”, It’s not a decision we should leave unattended until each moment arrives; it’s a decision we have to make while sitting at His feet so that He can flow through our lives without hindrance.  Consider how much time you spend with Him and if it is enough to change the effect of your daily wake on those around you.  

. #Godisawesome #Love #Godmoments

A BURN-ing Faith

  

This is my hand. I know, it’s weird that I’m posting a picture of my palm, however, the story is extraordinary! We live in an age where God’s existence is questioned quite often. I, personally, don’t question it because He has done more in my life than I could possibly recount! Today is just another thing He has done to show that He is personally involved in my life and deserves all my #praise and #worship!
Yesterday morning I pulled a plate of #bacon out of a microwave that was situated above me. Because of my height challenged status, I didn’t realize I had the plate at an angle. As I went to bring the plate down, the angle caused all of the grease to pour onto my hand! I knew instantly this was not a good situation! Long story short, I ended up at Urgent Care with 2nd degree burns on my palm and fingers, along with intense pain!

I was told this intense pain would last for the next few days and would need treatment for the next few weeks. That was man’s plan, not God’s. 
And I was driving to the urgent care, I looked at my hand and told God ” I know that You can totally heal this burn, but I’m not sure if my faith is good enough to believe that You WILL…But I pray that You would give me the faith to get there one day”. This was not me doubting God’s ability or desire to heal me, it was me doubting my worthiness to be healed, to be perfectly honest. The cool thing about #God, is that He saw my heart and He chose to answer my doubts by answering me with the assurance of His #Love. 
Today, I went to the burn clinic and there were 3 large blisters on the palm of my hand that I was told would need to be burst open, and the extra skin cut off, in order for my palm to be healed properly. That was man’s plan, not God’s. 
As the day went by, I literally watched as the blisters slowly disappeared and are all but gone now… less than 30 hours after the initial burn. And to make this story even more amazing, I haven’t had pain since they wrapped it at the urgent care 3 hours after the initial burn. 
God is alive! He is active on this earth and is personally involved in our lives! He loves us, He cares about us, and He heals us! I LOVE the God I serve and that we can all have a personal relationship with Him! He made my day…AGAIN!! I am #blessed and #thankful!!!

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