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Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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And Jesus Gave to Us | All Remains Praise

December 12, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body.’
And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
And He said unto them, ‘This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.'” Mark 14:22-24 KJV

I cut my hair
my heart
one day.
Bled tears of joy
more tears of pain.

What sorrow, Lord,
is this I taste?

“Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.” Psalm 90:8 KJV

Lord, cut the
bindings from my head.
Lord, bleed away
my dreams misled.

What spaces, Lord,
have You so graced?

“Return, O Lord! How long?…O, satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:13a, 14 NKJV

I cut into
much doubt
much rage.
Bled tears of youth
and tears of age.

What sweetness, Lord,
makes way, makes haste?

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us…” Psalm 90:17a, b KJV

Lord, cut the
shackles from my hands.
Lord, bleed away
my misplaced plans.

What sickness, Lord,
bides far from waste?

“Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:15, 12 KJV

There will be nothing left, save
for myself now saved…
yet out of all the remains,
for this to remain…

Most Holy God,
my God,
is a gift. A gift I will
strive and race and run to lift
to You in praise
for the rest of my days in
forever as I
–Lord have mercy–
as I pray to proclaim:

Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth,
and even forever more.

“O King of kings and Lord of lords,
how great is Thy goodness!
To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved,
blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth and even forever more.”
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15, Psalm 31:19, Ephesians 1:6, Psalm 113:2 KJV

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Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life

August 31, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish“…For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:14, Luke 19:10 KJV).

Something I have been thinking about lately is knowing what direction God wants us to walk. I am no expert and find myself daily questioning if I am doing the right thing, if God wants me to follow the dreams I am pursuing.

Of course, He wants us to walk toward and with Him.

But what does that mean in application? What am I even looking for?

Because I want so many things that I am often lost. I want to explore a hidden coastline, stand beneath the unpolluted stars on a new moon night, leave a dust trail behind as I sprint to the finish line. I want to build a community of health and happiness and hope. I want to laugh and smile and walk and write without any pain. I want more, more, more.

And you know what? You know what this ugly expression of “I wants” simplifies to in its most satisfying, beautiful way? What we actually want and are created for, not this periphery laundry list?

I want what You want for me, Lord Jesus Christ.

I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” John 17:23 KJV (John’s full account of Christ’s prayer here)

It’s so simple.

And it seems so hard.

But this singular want is our starting point, and it is descriptive of every want worth wanting as we grow into our God-given purpose.

Thus we keep asking about everything: “Is this what you want for me God?”

And He answers. He answers in the discomfort of your direction. In your confidence of it. He redirects challenges to proclaim His plan, or to steer you away from danger. In so many ways, He answers.

And I say unto you: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” Luke 11:9-10, 13b KJV

In Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plan, I mentioned that our passions, gifts, and pains help reveal God’s plans for us.

What invokes deep love, fulfillment, expression of God-imaged self, and burning desire to fix a wrong — these are what point in the direction of your dreams — these are wanting what God wants.

To follow what is wholesome — that which satisfies our core as the children of our merciful mighty Creator — is to want what God wants.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 KJV

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 KJV

It is a slow process at first. “Lord, is this what you want for me?” we ask as we linger and wander until we hear the answer.

We miss the mark, especially at the beginning, more times than not.
We throw ourselves to a variety of paths, babies discovering ‘yes’ and ‘no.’

But with practice, you get quicker. “Lord, is this what You want for me?” you ask as you venture forward unhesitatingly because you already hear the answer. We move faster, faster, faster —

our crawls turn into stumbles,
our stumbles into steps,
steps to strides,
and suddenly we find ourselves running the race set before us,
Run, Run, Run with Purpose,
I want what You want, Lord!

That’s everything, that’s it, and that’s more than anyone can ever imagine.
I want what You want.

“So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:” 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 KJV

It’s so simple.

And it seems so hard.

But really, His guidance makes it so easy.

And the dreams He inspires in answer to our incessant questions are so worth the effort.

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 KJV

Learn from those who are already running to their God-given purpose.
From them, how to persistently ask, “Is this what You want for me, God?”
Learn how to listen to His guidance.
How to humbly accept that guidance.
How to run faster, stronger, and better in Christ.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1 KJV

Learn from them that, as flawed beings, we will still fall.

Because, in this growing process, what we want for ourselves does not always match what God wants for us, even though God’s desires for His beloved are more satisfying than the broken goals we conceive for ourselves.

Our misguided plans may seem more attractive at the time. They make sense to us in the limited context we function. How tempting it is to rationalize that God must want this for us, that we need not ask Him first or listen for His answer!

It is uncomfortable to shed the illusions in which we have invested.

But with practice, we develop an eye for the grace-woven pattern of God’s hand in our lives.

The illusions do not look pretty anymore.

How can they when they pale in light of God’s masterpiece unfolding? When He has given so much reason for Faith in Our Future, Hope in His Plans?

For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:17 NIV

In the sorrow, the mess, the nightmare of this passing moment, as we often require, cry out in frustration as we do not get what we think we want. Be lost, confused, uncertain of your true purpose.

But in sweet deep belief of One Who loves us sacrificially, don’t forget to cry out “Lord, I want what You want for me.”

Form my dreams, Lord, reveal them, nourish them and nourish me. Lord, in everything always, let me want what you want!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:10-14 KJV

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A Wondrous Life | Inspired by God’s Gifts

April 11, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

You are an inspiration.

I do not claim this lightly.

No matter where you are in life, what has happened to you, or what you’ve done, our Heavenly Father has worked so much for you, for you are precious.

You, who are made in the image of love. (Genesis 1:27)
You, whose hairs are counted by your Creator. (Luke 12:6-7)
You, who are saved by blood and victory. (Mark 14:24)

So let me repeat:

You. Are. An. Inspiration.

You can, or not, bumble around, bluster, and be befuddled.
Because you know what makes you inspiring?

Your laughter, lifting up a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Your tears, yes, Christ cried them for you and me too.
Your struggles, we are not alone.
Your victories, encouraging our faith.
Your doubts, let us lift each other up.
Your mistakes, thank you for the lessons.
Your wisdom, thank you for the guidance.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us…” Romans 12:4-6a NIV

Your life is a light.
You matter.
You have a purpose.

“Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14a, 16 KJV

It’s not always pretty. We may not acknowledge it.
But your life is always wondrous.

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 KJV

So yes, you, a beautiful masterpiece,
even though sometimes broken,
You are an inspiration.

And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good…” Genesis 1:31a KJV

Please remember that.
Remember that Christ’s sacrifice and victory for you are not in vain.
That you, His child, are loved.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 KJV

Live like you are loved, because you are.
God loves you.
He lavishes you with gifts.
You, who are a gift.

As God has such blessed plans for you, so too do you inspire me.

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…” Philippians 1:2-3 KJV

And, when you recognize this power within you,
This power to inspire,

When you embrace the power of the Holy Spirit around, or in you…
This inspirational power that is rooted in Christ’s sacrificial love…
Life becomes fulfilling….
“Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (from Ephesians 3:19).

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13 KJV

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