Big G little g what begins with g?

Big G
George lost his gold in a gorge! What is he to do?

Big G little g what begins with g?

Identifying objects by the first letter is an activity used to teach people the relationship between a letter and its sound. Giraffe and gold both begin with g but represent the two different sounds of the letter. J and g sound the same but are used differently. There are rules to help students learn, such as I before e except after c…

Big G little g

Capitalization is based on whether a noun is proper or common. Proper nouns include names and titles; George versus gorge. One a person’s name, the other a valley. Is government a proper noun? Should it be capitalized?

The word government describes the controlling structure of an organization or country. The United States government is divided into three distinct branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial. These separate-but-equal branches were established to function as checks-and-balances to prevent the rise of a governing class.

What is the difference between God and god?

Little g god, represents a non-specific object of worship. Big G God, refers to the Most High God, the God of the Bible for Christians and Jews. God is a specific god.

Government or government?

On the other hand government is not a proper noun and should only be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence. Yet many people look to government is if it’s God, or Government.

Government overreach is a subjective topic, how far is too far and what can or should be beyond the governments reach? Before you answer, first let’s define the responsibilities of the individual. People of faith, Christians and Jews, look to God as the source of life, liberty, happiness, provision, protection, peace, and strength. Subjective to these truths, God established the provision and authority of government.

Moses followed Jethro’s advice to created a leadership network over the Israelite’s. God set apart the priest’s to complete all the requirements of the Law, and Prophets to speak for Him. Within the relationship between God and government individuals rely on God, and the church, with their needs related to life, liberty, happiness, provision, protection, peace, and strength along with the essential human connection of community.

When government possesses the responsibility to meet the needs of individuals its role is elevated to God. Making government – Government. Let me offer an example.

Desperate and broken people looking help are sent to the government welfare office. The help they receive is machine-like. Their unique situation is quantified in generalities of dollars and cents. In essence the individual becomes dehumanized to a number on a piece of paper. The government solution includes a set of regulations and limitations creating in essence a master-slave relationship. Individuals quickly become entrapped and true freedom becomes expensive. There is little human interaction in the process leaving the person with a fish but no skills to fish. It’s important to eat. It’s hard to teach yourself how to fish when you are in distress. So more and more freedom is willingly relinquished to the master-government for some daily fish and bread.

God not government

God is a proper noun. Proper nouns signal a distinct person, place, or thing. The One and only God versus generic government. God gives you a name. He knows how many hairs are on your head, and cares deeply for you. To government you are a number, case number, social security number, ID number all easily sorted, tracked, and forgotten.

Government isn’t evil, it’s ordained by God. But when we look to government to fill the role of God, it blocks the true source of life, liberty, and happiness. It strips your identity to a number: social security, welfare, or prison ID. Government serves a God ordained role in society but it’s limited, and mechanical.

No one is without value to God, therefore no one should be without value to us. People in distress desperately need someone to care and human connections. Finding value as a child of God ignites the spark of encouragement to learn to fish.

Human connections make the difference. Your identity comes from the Father and is unique and special just for you. God desperately wants a relationship with you. When people in need seek the big G of God and His people, blessings flow. Chains are broken. Identities are restored. And Freedom reigns.

Your Turn

How are you serving others as an ambassador of God? Where do you turn first? Are you accessible to those in distress around you? Share your story below, I would love to hear about it

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7 Steps to Freedom

If you are in danger, please use a safe computer or call 911. your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Abusive relationships steal your value and identity, don’t let it. Use the steps below to plan your exit.

7 steps to freedom
In an abusive relationship? Make a plan to leave, it starts by telling someone.

The ONLY person you can change is YOU!

You don’t deserve abuse! You can’t control an abuser! Abuse is NOT normal! It is NOT OK!

7 Steps to freedom

  1. Tell someone – admit you’re in an abusive relationship and are getting out and need help
  2. Tell someone else – choose who you confide in carefully but two is better than one
  3. If you become afraid for your life, leave and contact local or national help helplines
  4. Make a plan
    • ProvisionsABCDE
      • Attorney – ask your confidant to research legal aid, protection orders, and custody issues. Abusers don’t give up easily and you will need legal advice and an attorney.
      • Bread or Money – food, gas, hotel, diapers, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask the people you told you want out, they want to help, let them.
      • Cover – identify several places you can stay, one is good but four is perfect. Collect and store spare clothing for all people you are taking with you at the locations or a friend’s.
      • Documents – birth certificates, driver’s license, marriage license, social security cards, insurance cards, bank account info, credit card accounts, bills in your name, your partner’s full name and social security number. Phone numbers and addresses written down, don’t rely on a cell phone. If you don’t have access to some of these because of your partner, ask those you told for help to obtain copies from the appropriate agencies.
      • Exit plan – think, plan, and practice leaving under various situations. Is there an exit that moves you away from things that can be used as weapons against you? Try and ensure you have a couple of places you can hide or exit away from weapons. Old cell phones must connect to 911 if the battery is charged – they do NOT need to have an active plan – keep one and keep it charged.
  • Set a reasonable timeline – If you have no access to critical documents and a safe place to go, start there first and give yourself some time. Set a timeline and share it with your confidants to help keep you focused.
  • Protect Yourself – take your electronics, personal items, journals, anything of yours and won’t be missed and remove it from the home. Don’t expect the abuser to leave the home. It’s safer if you leave and sort out the property later.
  1. Leave when opportunity opens – When you have prepared what you can, leave. If your situation gets worse and you must flee before you’re ready, leave. You know your abuser better than anyone – trust yourself.
  2. Seek legal protection – No children, no pets, no property, no problem. But if you share any of these things and want some say in how they are shared or used you need to go to court. There are legal aid and victim advocates to help but they may have lengthy waiting lists. Have the people you tell you are leaving start here. Call the police if your abuser threatens or stalks you, even if your abuser has connections or ties to local police.
  3. Seek help – Go to counseling. No victim deserves to figure out how to stay safe, use the many support systems that are near you. Sheriffs, Social Services, Crisis Centers, Health and Human Services Department, Catholic Charities, and other religious or social organizations are available. Getting safe is only the first step. Learning to value who you are and discover what you like and don’t like can take time.

This may seem like a lengthy process to prepare to leave but it’s important. First it changes the way you think about yourself as a valuable individual. Second it builds a determination to sustain you throughout the process. Third it protects you from the abuser by shifting from reacting out of fear to acting with intention. Leaving unprepared leaves victims vulnerable to the abuser often forcing them to return. Often abusers destroy everything you leave behind hindering your access to physical and legal safety.

A resource by state found here. It’s listed as domestic violence against women but the information is useful regardless of gender including state laws and resources.

If you think someone you care about is in an abusive relationship, be careful for their sake. Don’t assume and don’t push, but be willing to help. Start by printing the list of questions found here I posted earlier. Share them discreetly and let her/him decide. If the person asks for help, print this list and show them what you are willing to do to help. You can do nothing until they ask for help, if you try they may never come to you.

©2016 Elayne Cross

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Abusive Relationship?

If you are in danger, please use a safe computer, computers leave trails and searching can make you vulnerable, or call 911, your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Has someone told you you’re in an abusive relationship?

 

Abuser
You don’t deserve abuse, you can identify it and get free from it. You are worth it!

Did someone show this to you and beg you to answer the questions honestly?

If you are a concerned friend or family member – print this and be VERY careful when you share it.

Please take a minute and ask yourself.

Do I…

  • feel like I’m walking on egg-shells
  • avoid topics I know will stir angry outbursts
  • fear the police because of threats made by my partner
  • cover up what the relationship is really like and how I feel
  • lack freedom to say what we do, where we go, or to say no
  • have to have sex against my will
  • fear leaving because of threats
  • fear staying because of threats
  • make excuses for the things my partner says and does
  • have needs going unmet
  • lack the funds to buy what I need
  • agree just to keep the peace

 

The abuser…

  • Spends money on personal enjoyment
  • Doesn’t like my family so I don’t see them much, or at all
  • Gets possessive if I spend time with friends
  • Is judgmental
  • Accuses me of cheating
  • Controls the money
  • Doesn’t take personal responsibility for his/her behavior
  • Uses my religious beliefs to support the abuse
  • Will just look at me in public and I know I did something wrong and make me afraid
  • Checks up on me – comes to my work, calls me, drives by where I’m at
  • Has destroyed some of my things, especially personal or emotionally valuable things
  • Controls what clothing I wear either by ridicule and humiliation or commanding I change
  • Controls who we spend time with, and limits time with unapproved people
  • Uses my emotions against me, especially crying
  • Threatens to beat me up, punch me, or kill me
  • Threatened to divorce or leave me and take everything
  • Threatened to take away my kids
  • Ridicules my accomplishment, creativity, and ideas
  • Blames me or others for problems and everything that goes wrong
  • Has physically hit, choked, poked, pulled my hair
  • Has used physical or emotional means to keep me home

Abuse is physical, emotional, and psychological.

It can be predominantly emotional and psychological, but it’s still abuse. If you answered yes to less than five questions above you may still be in an abusive relationship. Fear and control are the root of abuse. If you have become submissive to limit the abuse, you are in a temporary state of calm.

Emotional and psychological abuse are verbal. This wears away at your identity and value. Often it is this type of abuse leads victims to believe they deserve it, can control it, and it’s normal.

If you are in danger, please use a safe computer, or call 911, your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.

You don’t deserve abuse! You can’t control an abuser! Abuse is NOT normal! It’s NOT OK!

If you want more information about how to  get away safely (or help someone) comment below. I did it, so can you.

©Jan 2016 Elayne Cross

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This New Year

Not Another Resolution

Thanksgiving and Christmas are filled with memories of the year behind. New Year’s is almost here and I wonder what it will bring, goals to aspire, and things relinquish. Goals and dreams get dusted off and hope is renewed. This New Year I want more than resolutions that go incomplete!

Often this time of year brings emotions or an unsettledness that can hover like a fog lacking clarity or form. Feeling something grey that can’t be define or explain. The dream becomes outrageous. The hope is reduced to a reality check. My reality and my ability come into focus reducing my expectations to minimal levels. This sounds like depression but it’s not. I call it acceptance.

When this reality check invades my thoughts I get stuck on accepting the things I believe I can’t change. The things I really hope for, goals, and ambitions seem stuck in my limited thinking. I get stuck in the Serenity Prayer, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change. I lack muster to finish; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. My memories, my thinking, my reality encourage me to accept nothing will change. For This New Year I am rewriting this prayer to the Prayer of Courage.

Courage Prayer
This New Year I want more than a resolution, I want a transformation available through the Courage Prayer that builds courage, wisdom, and peace from God.

Lord God fill me with courage to change the things I should change, the wisdom to know what I can’t change, and Your Peace to accept the difference.

Courage to Change

My direction, if I am moving away from God I need to change directions and move toward Him. Not because He has rules and extreme expectations for my life. Not because people who turn toward God are a bunch of hypocritical, judgmental, near-do-wells. Because God loves me and has plans for my life that are better than anything I can even imagine. Because I will be sharing life with others, like me, who don’t have it figured out, don’t behave perfectly, and even hurt people but recognize we can help each other get a little better every day. Without God in my life I can’t do the rest.

My view of others. Everyone has a story and issues. When you encounter me on my bad day I want you to understand. That means I have to understand when I encounter you on your bad day. Put myself in your shoes, empathize with your situation, and pray the courage prayer for you. Love people where they are, how they are, regardless of anything else because God loved me when I was at my worst. God loves through people.

My view of myself. Self-talk and self-care are important. How well I do at that depends on what I believe. Through life’s struggle we all begin to accept things about ourselves we believe to be true. They aren’t. The reason I would reduce my dreams and goals was because I believed that was all I was worthy of. Others believe they deserve much but still feel like they haven’t gotten all they deserve. It takes courage to confront what you think about yourself. Benign or malicious things can be twisted into beliefs that are based in lies.

Wisdom to know what I can’t change.

God Truth is beyond time. God loves us, everyone. There is no one that is too far gone for God to not accept and love them. God has a desire to bless you, direct you, and use you. God won’t force you to do anything. He’s a gentleman, He always waits for you to talk to Him, and always give you the choice.

God gave all people free-will. We can’t force someone to behave or do something they don’t want to. God will never force them. Unfortunately that means they are free to do hurtful or evil things. I control me. You control you. People can love unlovable people. And people can do very unlovable things. I can’t control what you are going to do but I can control how I respond to you.

Peace to accept.

  • I have to accept my choices, good and bad.
  • I am responsible for who I let influence me and my choices.
  • I am responsible for how I respond to others behavior.
  • I can love and share life with others.
  • I can love from afar.

What others say about me doesn’t define me. How others treat me doesn’t determine my worth. God created life. I am alive and God doesn’t make junk – that defines me. God values me.

Pray This New Year

I want more than a resolution, I want a transformation that will last beyond 2016. Pray the Courage Prayer and as you do start going through the things I have identified above. Make them personal to you and your situation. Take time to be still and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. If you are not sure how to get started, comment below and I will email you the beginnings of a prayer for each day of January. The key to a great New Year is connecting with God in prayer each day.

Dear Lord,

Lord God fill me with courage to change the things I should change, the wisdom to know what I can’t change, and Your Peace to accept the difference. I want to draw closer to You This New Year. By the end of the year I want to celebrate the changes I will make with your help and the peace I need in many areas of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Questioning past decisions for positive results

As Christians we try to seek God’s direction when making major decision. We pray about finding a job, a spouse, a home, and a good church. Looking for direction with major decisions is wise, getting that direction from God, and Godly counsels is wisdom. Sometimes it still seems like there is no clear direction to take. Sometimes even years later, I question past decisions.

questioning past decisions
Questioning past decisions can lead to doubt and fear, or it can lead to clarity and peace.

When I started college, I had an idea of what I wanted to do when I graduated. As a sophomore I decided that the requirements after graduation were not going to work well with my life situation. So I struggled to decide on a new major. I changed major, then changed it again, still I wasn’t settled with the decision. Each time I prayed seeking direction but never felt like I got a clear answer.

From my perspective this was a huge decision. What I would be doing would be important to God! Wasn’t it? I slowly realized a pull of the Holy Spirit to just decide knowing every place people are, Christians can make a difference. I chose science education as my major and had some peace. I realized no matter what career I had, I should take Christ with me. Even into the public school.

Questioning Past Decisions

Here I am a few years later and I’m not working as a science teacher. I wonder if I asked God the right questions? Was there a better major? Was I so focused on me and my life that I couldn’t think beyond the few choices I was considering? Had I boxed myself, and my choices, in?

Many times in life we look back and wonder these sorts of things. The human perspective wonders: what was, what could have been, and what I missed.

God doesn’t view our experiences, good or bad from the human perspective. Life here on earth is boot-camp for eternity. The questions I need to ask are

  • What did I learn through the process of getting my degree?
  • Am I closer to God now than I was then?
  • What or Who influenced me and drew me away from God?
  • In what way did God help me become more like Christ?
  • Am I able to use what I now know to help others along their journey?
  • Who influenced my life negatively – but pushed me to God?
  • Who influenced my life positively – and pushed me closer to God?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Fear and doubt about decisions you made yesterday only steal the precious time you have today.

Trust God’s plan for you. If He wants you somewhere He is capable of making it happen.

Questioning past decisions can lead to doubt and fear, or it can lead to clarity and peace.

I learned a lot just getting my degree.

The experiences I went through at that time have helped me.

  • I am closer to God
  • I have healthy interpersonal relationships
  • I have wisdom to share with those following behind
  • The negative events pushed me to God.
  • Some positive things tried to draw me away from God
  • I learned to recognize it when I was being pulled away from God
  • Positive people revealed to me God’s love and acceptance.

I’m not a science teacher in a public school but I got a great education.

Questioning past decisions taught me about God, and about myself.

Don’t look back and second guess the choices and decisions you made. Look back asking, how far have I come? Can I see God directing my path? Then ask God – What next?

Your turn. Are you willing to share a decision that didn’t turn out as you planned but God used it for something good? Looking back is beneficial when we do it through a heavenly perspective, I would love to hear about how God has directed your path.

© 2015 Elayne Cross

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You Are Creative

“I’m not creative!” “I’m not an artist.” I’ve said these things after admiring beautiful artistic creations. I fall into the art appreciation camp. At least I thought I did. But God has worked at changing my mind. Over the last year I have heard the Holy Spirit whisper reply, “Yes you are!” “You don’t get it! You are creative.”

Every time I think about other people being creative and decide I’m not, someone says something to the contrary. Sometimes I just want to be left alone in my wallowing, poor me attitude, But God seems to show up right on cue. So I’ve decided it’s time to reevaluate my thinking.

My husband heard about a new quilt show forming in the area through a relative and told me about it. Mildly interested the topic came and went. Two months ago he mentioned it again and had a flyer with the web site and show dates. My interest growing, checked it out. The submission deadline was a few weeks away and I had this wild thought. Ok I say it was a wild thought but I know it was the Holy Spirit. See God was on this “you are creative” push to change my thinking.

The requirements stated the quilts must have been completed in the last three years. I had recently completed my second quilt ever for my granddaughters third birthday. It was not fancy pieced together patterns full of intricate stitching. It’s basic; a top pieced of squares, bottom, and a middle filler that is sewn through all three layers. But it was carefully planned and assembled with love. I wouldn’t call it a piece of art, but I created it. Hummmm, maybe God has a point.

I entered that quilt, crooked seams and all into the show. Feeling a surge of excitement realizing that I am at least a little creative, I decided to enter a book of animals I made the year before for her second birthday. I chuckled to myself thinking I now had an excuse to go to the show, and drag my husband along.

Two weeks ago I got an email. “Congratulations! Your quilt, ‘Audrey’s Animal Book’ won second place.”

God definitely had my attention now. This is the first ribbon I have won for anything beyond, participation. I’m not even successful at silent auctions. I work hard and do my best but comparatively speaking, I’m OK not exceptional.

Comparatively speaking! Artistic creativity! Those are the key words. Going through this exciting discovery about my creativity I realized something, two things actually.

  1. Comparatively speaking is a human endeavor and in the right context it’s valuable and important. When it comes to determining my value, as an individual child of God, it is deadly. I allowed myself to judge my ability to create based on the quality of the people around me. I have some incredibly talented people in my circle of friends and family. Their creativity is not a reflection of mine. Creativity is not finite, it’s infinite.
  2. Semantics matters. Creativity is not synonymous with artistic. When I think of someone being creative I think about artists who paint, draw, or sew masterpieces. Being artistic is about creating things that are aesthetically pleasing or moving. Artists make things that look good and stir emotions. Creation is the act of producing something that was not here before, like this blog. Creativity is the spark that inspires us to create something new.

God Created You – Therefor You Are Creative

You Are Creative
IN the beginning God created; male and female He created us to create

God created man; male and female, in His own image. (Genesis 1:27) What is God’s image?

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created.” Here we encounter one aspect of His image He has built into us. God is creative, He makes things that were not there before. He made this world, and universe with all its beauty & wonder, laws & structure. God created us. God created you and God created me. New, unique, and creative, He created us. God created man; male and female, to create.

Art is about the visual and according to Dictionary.com artistic principles are “involving only aesthetic considerations, usually taken as excluding moral, practical, religious, political, or similar concerns:”

The creativity is what makes a picture worth a thousand words. I believe that without our creativity, we would be incapable of making art. You are creative because you are made in the image of the creator, God. You may create beautiful art, I create with words. There is only one you, and only you can create your creations.

I want to hear about you. How do you reflect God in your creativity? Do you create innovative ways for people to save for retirement? Do you create music, paintings, or quilts? Do you prepare yummy food for your family in creative ways?

©2015 Elayne Cross

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And to think that I saw it on Erin Street

And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street! If you haven’t had the joy of reading the book by Dr. Seuss, I will tell you it’s about a boy and his father. The father is trying to get his son to pay attention, see the things happening around him. From the boys perspective there is nothing to see, so he crafts this grandiose tale to tell his father. And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street!

And to think that I saw it on Erin Street!

I was reminded of this book at 8:00AM this morning. This is not a time I’m usually on the road, but my daughter forgot her locker key so I made a trip to the high school. I came around a corner and saw a school bus picking up elementary age students. My first thought was ‘why did I go through a neighborhood?’

One stop finished, drive fifty feet and the lights flash red. Second stop completed. At this point I’m laughing. Drive a hundred feet and on go the lights. A car has now pulled up behind me. A mom, with her sweater pulled tight against the chilly morning waves from the left side of the road. I notice in my right peripheral a small boy. He is running, back pack bouncing with every step, arms trying to wave. Now a light has turned on in my head. Too late, the bus has started to pull away. I honk to no effect. The bus continues to the stop sign, no more opportunities for the boy.

The bus and I both turn right. I watch to see the father and the boy turn left. Time, 8:02. Thirty minutes until school starts. They may not let the kids into the building until 8:25. Hummm, bummer. And to think that I saw it on Erin Street. Not as poetic but life doesn’t always rhyme like a Dr. Seuss book.

What did I see today as I went about my way?

On Erin Street I saw a school bus, and more.

First stop; a mother with two children. One got on the bus, the other was swiftly ushered to the mini-van parked in the drive.

Second stop; the door opens and a young girl emerges. I look back to see an older sister following behind carrying her backpack on one shoulder and what looked like a coffee cup in the opposite hand. I noticed she walked funny. Then the object in her hand became clear, she was carrying a boot. One boot on, one boot in hand she made her way to the bus. Me laughing while Mom stood in her doorway until the bus started moving.

Third stop; mother and daughter waiting at the end of the drive. Together they watch for the signal from the driver to enter the street. The mom gives her an affectionate pat then pulls her sweater tight. A moment later she waves as she sees her daughter inside the bus. The lights go off just as I notice the boy in the grass to my right.

Pre-First stop; somewhere the bus stopped and boy wasn’t there.

And to think that I saw it on Erin Street. What did I see you ask? Life, beautiful and messy.

And to think that I saw it on Erin Street
You are not alone

The first mother was going places, now. She was organized, ready, and moving. Her children, were where she wanted them. The second mom watched as her daughter, shoe in hand, made the bus just in time. The third mom, went with her daughter as far as she could go. Then encouraged her on. The last was the lost boy. He missed his bus, his friends, his ride. But dad!

But his dad didn’t leave him behind, to find his own way, or figure it out alone. No this dad took his son, where he was unable to take himself. He took a different path. Maybe it was longer, maybe shorter. His road was full of “let’s go” “Oh No” and “I’ll get you there.” He got to ride with dad, and spend a few extra minutes with him.

I’ve had a day like each one of these families. The hurried day. The mad-dash. The calm and gentle days. And those ‘Oh NO’ heart pounding excitement days.

There are so many things this relates to. Raising kids, busy life, goal setting, or staying calm: But dad!

I would not describe my ‘real’ dad like the father I saw today. But, I have a dad like this, He is my Heavenly dad. He pushes me when I drag my feet, encourages me to keep going, and helps me get where I need to be. Today, He reminded me three things.

  1. He is with me even when I miss the bus.
  2. He loves me even when I don’t have it all together
  3. He will never leave me or forget me, in fact sometimes those days are really good days.

How do I know the three things above? He reminded me on Erin Street.

How has God reminded you of one or  these three things recently? I would love to hear. Please post a comment, or share this with a friend that may need reminded you and God care.

© 2015 Elayne Cross

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Your Identity comes from being uniquely you.

Identity
I am unique, I am not you and you are not me!

Identity is a condition of being you and not me or any other person. God made you for right here, right now.

Uniquely Me – Uniquely You

In essence I am uniquely me and you are uniquely you and we are beautiful. How do I know? Because God doesn’t make any junk, only what is lovely and good. Life is messy; doubt and fear tarnish and distort what God made as good.

God can use any portion of scripture to speak directly to you and into your life. He calls you:

  • Beloved – Colossians 3:12
  • Child – John 1:12, Ephesians 2:19, Ephesians 1:5
  • Friend – John 15:15
  • Workmanship – Ephesians 2:10 Ephesians 3:19, Philippians 1:6,
  • Chosen – Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 1:4 and 11
  • Heir – Colossians 1:12, Titus 3:4-7
  • Anointed – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 1 John 2:20
  • Blameless – 1 Corinthians 1:8, Romans 1:12, Ephesians 1:4 and 8, Colossians 1:14
  • the Righteousness of God – 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Citizen of Heaven – Philippians 3:20
  • Member of the Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • the Temple of God – Ephesians 2:21, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:22
  • His Instrument – Colossians 1:12, Ephesians 6:4, Ephesians 5:21,
  • Light To the World – Matthew 5:14, Ephesians 5:8-9, Act 1:8
  • Protected – John 10:28, Philippians 4:7, 1 John 5:18
  • Victorious – 1 Corinthians 15:57, 1 John 5:4, Romans 8:37
  • Set Apart – Ephesians 1:13
  • Blessed – Ephesians 1:3
  • a New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • and much more.

Notice God does NOT call you ANYTHING negative!

This is my list to remember: copy it, use it, add to it, make one for yourself!

  • Stop calling yourself what God does not call you.
  • Stop remembering and thinking about the sin God has forgotten.
  • Stop allowing your past sins to stand in your way, repent and move on
  • Past sins prevent you from doing something now because you let them.
  • Stop saying negative things about yourself
  • Stop saying negative things about your family and those you love

Negative words can kill. They kill things like courage, confidence, and self-worth. They can kill trust and connection in relationships. I want the things I say to and about those I love to encourage and inspire not fester doubt.

Speak to and about yourself with life affirming, encouraging, and positive words

Proverbs 18:20-21  20 With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (NASB)

Ezekiel 37  Read about a valley of dry bones that came alive when Ezekiel spoke life

Proverbs 15:4  A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. (NASB)

Listen to what God is telling you.

God can use other people; Christian believers or not to speak to you. God can use music and times of Worship to stir something within you. God can place events, circumstances, and signs that seem to catch your attention. When God is speaking, it is always associated with a sense of peace, calm, and the ability to complete it. A feeling of dread, gloom, or overwhelming burdens are not from God. If you are not sure, ask God. I think He was the first one to say there are no stupid questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Fear is from satan, God says to come BOLDLY to the throne, you can’t be bold and afraid at the same time.

Pray with me;

Dear Lord,

I forget how much You love me. Help me to remember. Open my eyes to see what gifts and talents You have given me. I have a story that is uniquely mine full of wonderful opportunities from a loving God who desires to call me friend. Thank You for drawing me to You. Thank You Lord for putting me here at this time; Show me how You see me. Teach me about the person You made me to be.

In Jesus name, Amen.

©2015, Elayne Cross

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