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Know Your Place

When I was a little kid I was as timid and shy as they come. When I was introduced to new people I was the one who would literally hide behind my mother’s skirt, hiding my face. Of course, I was never in any actual danger but my little brain certainly thought I was! That shyness and fear continued until God got a hold of me in my early 20s. Something happened to me then when I learned who I am and more importantly WHOSE I am.

When I became a mom I understood what it meant to protect my children with everything within me. And to this day, there is nothing that will touch my kids if it’s within my power to stop it. I can’t imagine in my wildest imaginations that God would be any different. Matthew 7:11 gives us an excellent comparison between earthly fathers and our heavenly father. “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask him?” How much more, indeed!

What is our natural inclination as parents when danger comes sniffing around? We protect our kids. We push them behind us and put ourselves between them and whatever would seek to harm them. Let me say again… How much more, our heavenly Father? But God doesn’t just push us behind Him to put Himself between us and danger. He surrounds us. Deuteronomy 1:30a tells us “The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf.” Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 58:8b “The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” He goes before us and follows behind us to protect us from all directions!

If you can believe it (and you should), it gets even better than that. Not only does He surround us. He literally places us within Himself! Colossians 3:3 proclaims “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” We are veritably hidden within Him and there can be no better hiding place than that! So dear friends, when you feel temptation whispering in your ear or see the enemy coming at you –know your place. It’s in Him!

Psalms 55:22b “He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

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Just Like Daddy

The other day I went to the doctor for an ultrasound for our newest little guy who will be joining our family in October. I lay on the bed as the ultrasound tech slid the wand cross my belly, where he is safely ensconced, watching the images move across the screen. As they scanned for all of his organs and appendages I saw something that tickled a memory. His feet. I saw his little feet with his little toes. And they looked exactly like his big sister’s!

When our oldest was born my mom uncovered her feet, and panicked. She thought she was missing a toe. She wasn’t, of course, there was however a larger than normal gap between her big toe and the rest of her little piggies. Turns out our daughter ended up with feet just like her daddy. And this little guy is following in their footsteps. (No pun intended.)

With our oldest, Grace, the similarities didn’t stop with her feet. She also had her daddy’s dimples, and notch on her ear. The funny thing was, she was like a stamped copy of him. An exact mirror image. (Dimples on the opposite side of her cheek and mouth, and notch on the opposite ear.) I thought that was the coolest thing. You see, my husband never met his biological father. He does have an amazing dad who has been in his life since he was a small child who he loves every much, but there’s something about not knowing about the person who physically makes up the other half of you. So I thought it was amazingly poetic that God caused my husband’s first born to be stamped in his image so beautifully.

It got me thinking of us and our Heavenly Father. Each of us ought to be stamped in His image. Be marked by our maker. Obviously each of us have different physical characteristics, but spiritually, we ought to be the spitting image of our Father. Genesis 1:27 tells us, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him.” Now were we created in His image physically? I don’t know. But he did intend for us to be like Him in every other way. He meant for us to walk in His love, mercy, kindness, joy, etc. And He especially intended us to walk in His authority. In Luke 10:19, Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

If God has created us in his image and has given us the ability to walk as He walks and live as he lives, what a sad state that we chose to live so far below where He intended. 1 John 4:17 says, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” It’s time that we decide whether we str going to believe what He says or not. The previous verse told us that “as He is, so are we in this world.” Do you believe it?