This post is in response to Bonnie Gray's Thursday Jam at Faith Barista. The topic is Thankfulness-Your Journey.
As I sit on the front porch, the cool winter breeze tickles my hair and teases my face. I hear rustling of leaves and swaying of trees. I close my eyes and bend into the wind. I inhale my life’s journey and exhale thankfulness.
Today, I am thankful that Jesus made me a “this” not a “that.” I am a “this,” a new creation; not a “that,” a broken person defined by her circumstances.
Several years ago, I was a that.
That girl who was physically abused in her marriage; that girl who was stained by divorce; that girl who tried to take her own life because she couldn’t handle the pain; that girl who shook her fist at God and walked away from Him.
Jesus holds me in these difficult places. The places...
I don’t think I can go on,
The pain aches too much,
My heart breaks too often,
Shame swallows me whole.
Jesus interrupts my thoughts. It’s not all about me. It’s all about God. I realize I’m tired of me and I want more of Him.
Today I am no longer a “that.”
I am no longer defined by my circumstances;
I am no longer a throwaway person;
I am no longer a girl who turned her back on God.
I AM a “this.”
A grace girl loved by her Savior just the way she is.
Now, this girl is claiming her promises...
I will find my Jesus when I seek Him (Prov. 8:17);
I have the Spirit in me (Is. 42:1);
He meets my needs (Phil. 4:19);
I can hear Him (John 12:26);
I anticipate His presence (Prov. 8:34);
I am complete in Him (Col. 1:28);
I am strong because of Him (2 Cor. 12:9);
He knows me calls me by name (Is. 43:1); and
I will forever stand firm in the will of my God (Col. 4:12).
Sweet sister if you feel like a "that" today, take comfort in knowing you are a "this." "This" dearly loved child of an Almighty God.
How about you? What's something your thankful for today?
“Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving,” Psalm 69:30 (New Living Translation).
Written Just for You,