Scripture Memory 4/1/2020

Earlier this year I said that I would live my life out loud so you would see God’s goodness in my life and begin to have a relationship or a deeper relationship with Him. Several weeks ago, I was in a car accident that shook my world. It’s one thing to be in a car wreck where your car is hit from behind. It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame to be hit from the side where you are sitting. The first few days, I was pretty sore, and felt I was in a fog. In a fog, trying to talk to police, my insurance agent, the adjusters assigned to me and others who might have seen the incident occur, was quite challenging. I was aware that God had given me the opportunity to witness to others through my actions. A friend of mine pointed out that I was living out the testing that is mentioned in James 1. I’m glad I never doubted God’s love for me. I always felt Him with me. In fact, each morning I would say (and still say) something I learned in a Priscilla Shirer study, “The Armor of God”. The more I say it, the more I understand it. Before I get out of bed, I tell God that I will put on my belt of truth – the truth that I know He’s with me. I know He’s for me. I know He loves me. I know He’s fighting my battles for me. I know He is on His throne of mercy and grace. I know He is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. These truths give me the core strength to hold up my breastplate of righteousness, as I try to live my life according to His expectations. This will protect my heart. I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. As I am in His Word, I will know His will and that brings me peace. It gives me the sure footing to step out in faith, to stand for Him. As I stand for Him, I will lift my shield of faith that will deflect anything and everything the enemy throws at me. While I’m in battle, standing for God, I will put on my helmet of salvation. This protects my mind. I’m talking about the salvation God gave me. I did nothing to deserve it. I didn’t earn it so I can’t lose it. Just like His love for me. Christ loved me so much that He died for me. I can’t do anything to make Him love me any more than that. Christ also died for me when I was dead in my sins. I was as low as I could get and He still loved me. I can’t do anything to make Him love me any less. That’s all I could muster up for days. Going to the doctor several times a week was helping me to feel better, but at the same time, it was painful. Right after the accident, this virus hit our world. I have not been to church in three weeks and I miss my church family something fierce. This past Sunday was a sweet day of praising God in my pj’s. You may have done the same thing! Earl and I got to sing along with some friends, who are leading worship in Virginia now. We got to listen to our son’s Pastor preach, whom we have known since he was a young youth Pastor and we sang along with the young people that led the worship in their home. Earl and I finished up with listening to our Pastor’s message online and watching someone be baptized. Super sweet. I cannot wait to see what sort of a revival God is working on, because this past week was already awesome. Our church is working on having a drive in church service in the parking lot so you can stay in your car. How many of us can say we’ve been to a drive-in church service! God is doing amazing things all around us.

Ephesians 6:13 says “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
C’mon church, let’s put on our full armor of God that’s in Ephesians 6, step up, step out and tell the world about Jesus during this time of revival! One of my favorite songs has a line that says – I am a child of God, yes I am! Let’s put on our full armor of God and say to the world – I am a child of God, yes I am!

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,

Tini

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