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Image Bearer

 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27
David says this:
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule the works of Your hands; You put all things under his feet.
Psalms 8:5-6
God created Eve to be His Image Bearer. He was calling her into a deep intimate relationship with Him, a long walk. A life time journey. He wanted her to study Him. He called her to make Him her center. 
She was also called to walked daily with her husband and be in relationship with him, but he was not the one that determined who she was! She was not called to reflect Adam, she was called to reflect God.
And, together, they were crowned with glory and majesty. Together they ruled the works of God's hands, together it was under their feet.
Eve was called to be a helper (ezer)  Genesis 2:18
Ezer is used sixteen times in the old testament, and means "strong helper" as in Warrior!
Adam was alone, and he needed a warrior by his side. Someone strong, someone that could lead at times, make wise decisions, share God's Word with all people, fight, and play. There's no way he could've done it alone.
No man can stand alone.
As a strong woman with a calling I know that my purpose is to be an Image Bearer and God's Warrior. This is His original design. His calling on my life has purposed me to speak His truth to all people when His Spirit prompts me to do so. 
Because He has crowned me with glory and majesty, He has given me gifts to lead in battle, and that is good.
What will you do with your gifts and abilities that God has given you? How are you being an Image Bearer today? How does your ezer benefit others?
Father, thank you for creating me with strength in Your Image, show me how to continually speak Your truth!

Apples of Gold

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Proverbs 25:11

Words impact our lives. They can make us laugh, cry, ponder, and change. The words we speak mold our children, and influence our friends.

They bring life, or they bring death. 

My words have not always been golden, there are times that I have mispoke, or maybe not spoke at all. There have been so many times that I've missed the golden opportunity. And, sometimes I wish for golden words to be spoken to me, for they are like honey that drips through my heart with sweetness.

Today I want to encourage you to speak words that are golden apples. Infuse the people around you, your friends and family, with the brightness, sweetness, and richness of gold. Don't hide your gold, for those around you may be craving it's beauty.

God has fitly spoken words that are like golden apples to each one of us. He claims us as the apple of His eye.  He intentionally chose us to be His--forever. He has lavished us with a rich inheritance that is available now. He has crowned us with gold and pronounced us to be His Bride. He has repeated love to us, and given us power to do the same to others. He has blessed us with life, opportunity, hope, courage, bravery, and so much more. 

You hold the golden apple in your heart and hand, use it wisely!

Embrace the Good



Finally, brothers and sisters, whaterver is true, whatever is worthy, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent orall  praiseworthy, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

There is so much beauty around you. Each day is a treasure, a lovely gift to hold as a treasure of truth in your heart. Treasure is something you have to dig for, and the gift of seeing all that is lovely and true must be dug for. If you find yourself surrounded by ugly, in the midst of lies, caged in by hopelessness, then seeing whatever is lovely, pure, and true is not so easy.

The Lover of your soul treasures who you are. You are the lovely to Him, and He is the lovely, pure and all that is true to anyone that seeks Him. He is the One that can bring you out of every ugly place and show you how to use it for something lovely, He is the One that can reveal the truth to you, open your heart to hope, and wrap you in His purity. He is praiseworthy all the time, and worthy of all your respect.


When Beauty Calls

....Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.

1 Peter 3:4

This last weekend I went to the park with a friend, and we saw this cactus with the vibrant orange flower, so beautiful! It was significant to me because God had been bringing the word "Beauty" to my mind all week.  Later, that day, my husband and I watched a movie about a young woman that did not feel pretty.  Her entire life was tainted by her belief of not being beautiful.  She had a dead end job, she only had a couple of friends, and every way that she presented herself supported her belief. Then, she had an accident and hit her head.  When she woke up, she looked in the mirror and couldn't believe what she saw! She saw beauty! Eventhough she looked exactly the same, she believed she was gorgeous...and because of her belief, everything changed.  She fell in love, got a great job, became bolder and more courageous. The people around her sat up noticed as well, they loved her confidence, her belief, and everything about her.  She had finally seen the truth about who she really was.

And so it is with every woman. The lies we so often believe that make us feel plain, withdrawn, invisible, and uncertain. This in turn strains relationships, our health, our abilities to live a full life. I've definately had my share of lies that I've believed about who God created me to be. I've believed I was fat, ugly, unwanted, etc....those lies tend to build on each other.  But, as God has moved His light around, and within me, I've been able more and more to see the beauty He created in me, and my life too has changed as I've digested His truth and lived in beauty.  Just like the cactus, I don't feel as prickly when I focus on the flower!

What beauty is God showing you about yourself today?  Where is He asking you to journey as you listen to His truth?  How have you noticed your life changing as you focus on the truth of who He created you to be?

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