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Well, as the saying goes, feast or famine… I freelance for http://www.iquestions.com–an awesome video, audio answer bank–and they are in need of my services right now. Please check out their website!

I’ll be taking a break from recording for the next few days… Look forward to connecting with you on Monday! God bless you!

Abounding in Him,
Deb

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Editor “and” Chief

As I reached the end of editing a recording last night, I noticed that I left out a pretty big truth… There I sat at 8:45 PM with a finished recording, but it wasn’t right. It’s too late in the evening for a section re-record (I’m an early bird), so I settled down to the reality, again, that it wouldn’t be airing. Terri, our Production Manager, and I decided to re-run, “Impressed With God.”

I am incredibly grateful for having an Editor “in” Chief who looks over my work. He’s more than Editor in Chief, He is Editor “and” Chief. He has highest rank and authority over my life. So, while I want to keep the ball rolling in the same direction, God often redirects me. And there you have it… “Impressed with God” will air today, and tomorrow Lord willing, we’ll hear “Raising a Few Eyebrows.”

I love His movement and working in our lives! All the interuptions are glorious interuptions, because He is our life’s Editor and our Chief End. Further evidence of His presence…glorious!

“Impressed with God” is located at the right under Listen To: I pray it leaves a lasting impression on you.

Resting in His authority,
Deb

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It seems odd that we would spend so much time being concerned about ourselves… Being preoccupied with getting our self-esteem in order is a giant sinkhole! How could I possibly know that? I lived in New Age circles for ten years prior to walking in God’s grace. I can tell you what a sinkhole looks like and my life was in a sinkhole!

I began each day reading affirmations about myself. I stood in front of a mirror with a big smile on my face reminding myself that I was a lovely person. I listened to the latest and greatest New Age gurus untangle the secrets of peace and contentment. I attended support groups and private therapy sessions and hung out with like-minded seekers of enlightenment. Chakra treatments, cleansing herbs, incense burning, mantra chanting, and meditation warmed my feelings and emotions. It was all about me feeling good about myself.

But one simple reality stumped my efforts, “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it” Matthew 16:25. After reaching the pinnacle of self-effort, and then plummeting to greater levels of despair, God reached out to me with His grace.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me” Galatians 2:20. To know this truth, is to step out of the sinkhole…

It saddens me that there is so much marketing of the gospel of self-esteem in the Christian world today. Why? Do we need to feel good about our self before we can trust God? I used to think so. Listening closely to the humanistic chanting that has seeped into the church, it sounds as if the abundant life amounts to a healthy self-image.

If it’s true that our life is hid in Christ, then that reality supersedes all other earth-bound efforts that try to foster a healthy self-image. Our identity is found in Jesus–the truest thing about us is who He is. Why would we want to look elsewhere for our worth? A move from Royalty to beggar… Back into the sinkhole?

I pray the Lord stirs your heart as you listen to “Marketing Self-Esteem.” The audio file is listed under Listen To:

In Him,
Deb

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Well…

There are some days when recording goes flat. I used to find this difficult to accept, but now I roll with the punches. Now I realize that God will change something for the better! Tomorrow’s another day! Be looking for Marketing Self-Esteem on Tuesday!

I pray you catch glimpses of eternity on earth… God bless you!
Deb

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There are five simple words children inherently know to use, “I want to do it!” Healthy words for a child! It’s a good sign they are exerting their independence, right? Absolutely. Stages of individuation are essential for healthy personality development. And yet… If you are a parent you have witnessed the force and strength of their independent nature and seen the repercussions of letting them have their own way, too early, too often.

There is an incredible amount of molding and shaping that takes place in their life before they are able to do what they want to do. Much of the shaping is teaching them that a healthy independence is always coupled with responsibility. Ah, the joys of growing up…

It seems as though much our adult life is about doing—doing our career; doing our daily tasks; doing this thing or that. When we don’t know what to do, we ask God, or at least, a friend. Once we know what to do, we do it. In fact, “just do it” has become our daily motto!

Then we enter our relationship with God. A lot changes there, huh? He pretty much unravels our independent “just do it” nature. He teaches us a new language for our heart: surrender and dependence, yielding and abiding. Too bad that wasn’t the first thing we learned as a child… Rats!

For the longest time, I had the impression that God’s primary role in my life was to communicate His will to me—understanding my personal, God-given destiny. Once I received this revelation, it would be up to me to then go out and do it. I saw Him as the Commissioner, telling me what to do. Sure, I intended for Him to “give me” the strength to get the job done, but my sights were set on “doing” His will.

In this scenario, the hardest part is figuring out “what” God wanted me to do. Knowing His will became the all-important thing… The worst part has been those times when I thought I had made a horrible mistake in discerning and doing His will. As a result, I took on a greater diligence for discerning His will and that became my cause and my ambition. But, I was missing the point and His heart.

Today’s devotional “Knowing God’s Will” explores this topic a little further. I pray it shakes up your thinking and stirs your heart to trust Him more and more…

If you are unable to listen to the audio file, “Knowing God’s Will”, please let me know by sending me a comment. A transcript is also available via email.

God richly bless you!
Deb

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More tomorrow…

Yesterday was full of other adventures so I was unable to record–it was a great day!

Today’s devotional “Knowing God’s Will” will post tomorrow morning! I can’t wait… I hope you come back tomorrow to hear what He came up with. = )

Dear one, I pray you have a blessed day. I pray you will rest in His love and settle in to the wonderful realization that He lives in you…He loves living in you…He loves you!!!

In His love,
Deb

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It’s hard not to believe that this life is all there is. Our perceptions and senses are so compelling! What we hear, see and touch leads us to believe that this life is the most real thing we’ll ever know. We can hardly believe that the very best experience on earth is just a mere shadow of what is to come. We are often convinced that the shadows are the real thing…

Then we come to know Jesus and everything changes. He reveals to us a deeper reality that cannot be grasped by our intellect or senses, but only through faith. As we grow in our faith, we learn that we are passing through the shadows, while living in the Light. In Him, we are children of the Light. Amazing… He is the Light of the world and in Him there is no shadow of turning!

I pray you find encouragement for your faith as you listen to “Passing Through the Shadows.” The audio file is listed under Listen To:

God richly bless you!
Deb

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