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June 24, 2015, 8:19 AM

I am a Princess.


Do you ever give much thought to "who you are?". I don't mean your name or your career title. 

Who were you created to become?

Lately God has been doing a huge work in me on this subject. I recognize that I am Jackie, a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter,  a mother-in-law, and much more. But who am I in God's eyes?

I worry so much about the way I look. Am I fashionable? Do I fit in. Do I look "old". What do people see when they look at me?  Am I good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, and on and on.......

God has been teaching me that none of this matters because I am His Princess. He is My King!

Do I act like a Princess? Webster tells us that a Princess is " a female member of a royal family; a daughter of a KING. A woman who is treated with special attention and kindness."

In my daily activities do I act like a Princess, representing my Father's kingdom?  Do I speak in a kind and mild manner or do I raise my voice to get my point across? Do I give willingly of my time and talents? Do I love without conditions?  And a BIG one for me is this....is the way I dress represent my King or am I dressing according to wordly ways? Most days, except for Sunday, I just throw on clothes without a thought of who I am to be representing. I don't want the responsiblities that come with being part of The King's family. 

Esther 4:14  "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?'

Lord, My KING, please help me in my daily walk to represent your kingdom in the way you would have me do, in all things, according to your will! Thank you for making me your Princess!!

 



Comments

07-01-2015 at 10:59 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Thanks Jackie for your perspective on dress. I know I am old fashion, but I have always told my kids that on Sunday you dress better to respect the Lord's Day. I love the song, "give of your best to the Master". And that always goes for my clothing also. I don't like to wear thing that have printed words on them on Sunday to distract someone from the word of God., I think that it is important to wear clean clothes and modesty to me is also important. Not everyone has to agree with me but for me this is the way I honor the Lord's house.
06-29-2015 at 10:55 AM
Bev Zuvers
Thank you Jackie for this post. I have been reviewing my wardrobe lately and do not like my Sunday clothes. Goodwill and I are becoming friends! My everyday dress at home is not becoming either and I need a hair cut!
06-24-2015 at 11:40 AM
David Mathis
Jackie, this is not only a great article but thought provoking.
06-24-2015 at 9:21 AM
Jackie Snider
Written by Jackie Snider
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June 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Freedom


FREEDOM

Letting go and giving in,

being at peace and giving in.

 

God who strengthens me,

has now set me free.

 

This life holds me down,

but when I  walk with him

I don't carry a frown.

 

I rejoice in being free, 

because that is how we 

all should be.

 

God shed his blood and died for me,

what more could I ask to see?

 

God is just and knows ours ways,

believe in him and he will help you

all your days. 

 

He is faithful and has freely given us life, 

What about you? Don't you want to be 

apart of the afterlife? 

 

Maybe today is the day you will see, 

just how much he loved you to 

shed his blood for you and me.

 

With God's arms open wide,

don't be scared and don't hide.

 

He will wipe your tears as you go, 

this place here on earth is only 

the rehearsal before the big show.

 

Stand tall and take pride, 

by having God walk by your side.

 By: Natasha Turner 

 



Comments

06-20-2015 at 7:45 PM
Bev Zuvers
What a beautiful poem. I would like to print this and place it in my quiet room. Thank you for sharing it Natasha.
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June 10, 2015, 9:20 AM

Peace and Holiness


Hebrews 12:14 “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”

This scriptue speaks to me this day as I study for the Sunday School lesson for June 14th. My friends I confess to you I do not always have peace with everyone in my heart.

I struggle to stay a peace with someone so I avoid them, this is Satan seeing my weakness and taking me off track to ignore the call to holy living.

I am a pretender.

My altar today is at my quiet spot in my home; and I have confessed my sin.

I claim Jesus Christ at the cross and know that this sin in me is forgiven.  Paraphrasing Jesus words to the sinner, "My sister, go in peace your sin is forgiven, now sin no more."

For the full lesson on Peace, Holiness and God's wisdom, join me on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m at Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity Oh.

bjz

 



Comments

06-12-2015 at 11:14 AM
David Mathis
I don't see you as a pretender. God doesn't either. You are growing in Christ and more "Christlike" every day. We are all this same journey together. As we continue the Holy Spirit points out areas where we can improve. That's what is happening here. Now, work on staying at peace with people you are avoiding. Soon you will check that off your list and begin working on something else. Love you, Bev!
06-10-2015 at 10:52 AM
Barb Crisenbery
I believe this is true with all of us as we work through troubles in our life. One great thing is that God has revealed it to you and so now the work begins. God can only work with us when we are honest with ourselves and with him. He knows our inmost struggles AND "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it to the end"
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June 2, 2015, 4:16 PM

Run to Finish


Acts 20:24 "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has for me."

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

On Sunday I struggled to give the lesson on "Finishing the Race." Not that I did not understand what it means to run and finish the race God has gave me at conversion. It was my focus to study and present, that was experiencing stumbling and going down side paths.

Paul warned us of this to keep watch for wolves that will come and will not spare the flock. They are “false teachers” wanting to divide, scatter and devour the true believer.

To finish well, I must set and keep proper priorities, let me share mine here:

  1. Greet God at the start of my day

  2. Be thankful for all He has done and for the life I have

  3. Pray for my spouse and others

  4. Read and study the scriptures

  5. Serve others before self

As I ponder the “finish line” I share with you what it is.

  1. God’s gift of eternal life

  2. Residing in His Heavenly Kingdom for evermore

Thinking of the world we live in it seems more and more pressing that we stay the course, run the race, complete the task at hand.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit speaks to me when I stumble or take a side path on the track to run the race and finish well. Keeping my priorities and finishing the race to eternal life is worth far more than my very life. This prayer is not just for me personally Lord, but for all I can influence.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

BJZ


Comments

06-04-2015 at 11:34 PM
Pastor David Mathis
This ties into many messages. Too many times we see people who make the right decision to follow Christ and then cool off. Many we never see again. Christ told his followers that He was the vine and they were branches. He added that we had the choice to stay attached to the vine. If we leave the vine He told them we would be thrown in the fire. OUCH! If you are reading this and realize your branch is not attached to the vine, stop, and recommit your life to Him. That's all it takes to make the most important graft you will ever make.
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May 28, 2015, 8:11 PM

Walk in My Confidence.


Walk in My Confidence.

CONFIDENCE:

the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.

This picture says it all…….Daddy, I believe in you. Your right behind me, helping me all the way. I feel safe and confident that together we can do this. Your guidance and strength will help me “hit the goal”.

Why don’t I have that attitude when it comes to my Holy Father? I doubt his plan, I try and control my own situations along with the outcome. I question his plan in my life and those I love. I sometimes feel like I am walking this road alone, that he is not behind me.

In this picture of my son Grayson and his daddy, Grayson is confident in his ability to hit the shot, his goal, because the arms of his daddy are close by.

We all need to remember that no matter what goal we are trying to reach or what situation we are in right now that we have that same CONFIDENCE…..our DADDY is right behind us with his arms around us, giving us confidence in his promise to walk with us. We just need to believe and let go of the doubt.

Proverbs 3:26  For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

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Comments

06-02-2015 at 12:29 PM
Beverly Zuvers
This is a great picture of confidence!
05-29-2015 at 7:49 AM
David Mathis
What a positive and thought provoking blog. Just this week I talked to someone who went on a huge job interview. He told me that he prepared by praying for days. When he went he had that confidence you wrote about. The interview went well because he knew God was there.
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