Little nuggets of goodness:
- Psalm 139: 13-16
- Psalm 119: 73-74
- Ephesians 2:10
- 1 Corinthians 12: 25-28
- 1 Peter 4: 10-11
We are reporting to you live from the top of a roof somewhere in Chattanooga, TN. Sydney are I were running around the town doing some sightseeing. During our rendezvous, it is always fun to bring up silly thoughts we once had. To be honest, I can make a joke of this any day of the week but it was honestly something I used to wonder as a baby Christian. Why is that people act different once they accept Jesus? Really, why does our voice change and our vernacular change?
Maybe a day or two after Jesus became my everything, I spoke phrases that I never knew the meaning to:
“God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”
“Washed by the blood of the Lamb!”
“Jesus is knocking on the door of my heart!”
“I’m just guarding my heart for Jesus. Dating Jesus.”
“God really answers my prayers; I am so blessed.”
“God works in mysterious ways!”
“He’s in control.”
“I’m in a season of ________.”
“Hedge of protection!”
Not going to lie— Sydney and I had some fun inserting this list. We laugh because we have said these phrases nonchalantly and today we are healed. I can only speak for me; I said these things as my defense mechanism. I didn’t want leaders of the church to think that I was any less than they are. I didn’t want the members to think that they needed to educate, edify, and fortify me because I am so young.
I want to clarify: we are not trying to chastise anyone that uses these phrases! That will never be our intent; to hurt and to demean. We both are stating that we changed our outer appearance to fit a culture that a local church has created. Maybe you, sister, grew up hearing these phrases. Maybe you actually feel them and understand them and there is nothing wrong with expressing what God is doing in your life. There is some serous truth in some of those phrases above.
Jeremiah and Psalms are two pieces of evidence that state that God formed you. He loves you and we know that you understand that. So walk in it. You don’t have to change your vocal pitch when you are speaking about Jesus and all of His goodness. My Creator loves Bre to be Bre. I wasn’t formed in my momma’s womb to be Sydney. So, He loves my quirks. He loves my voice. He loves the way I understand His love for me. So, I speak what He is doing in me in the most organic and unfiltered way that I have.
I love my brothers and my sisters. I see them with the eyes of Jesus…most of the time. I love how one moment we are talking about embarrassing flatulent moments and the next about dreams the Spirit has given us. All the while, nothing has changed in us. I cannot view any one as more spiritual than the other, I just love them and what God is doing in them. God teaches them more about His character through me, but they should understand that is never of my doing.
So, dear one, U be you. Be all that God has created you to be. If you are left pinky toe in the Kingdom, then you be that left pinky toe! As always, we love you and we are praying for you, princess.
- Have you ever felt similar feelings?
- What is the craziest thing you have ever said? And have you ever felt like you needed to be anything other than yourself?
- As always journal your feelings, your answers, and some of the thoughts you took away from the bible verses and the blog.
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