Saturday, November 3, 2012

.saturday morning encouragement.

I woke up to this email waiting for me, from a beautiful friend I thank God for so often.

"its late...
im reading...
i should be sleeping- but this is the kind of stuff that brings life to my heart and soul. 

I read this and decided it was meant for you, especially this week.  Hope it encourages you today and reminds you of who you are. 

"The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself:  "These feelings, strong as they may be are not telling me the truth about myself.  The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in His eyes, called the beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace....

You have to keep looking for people and places where truth is spoken and where you are reminded of your deepest identity as the chosen one.
The limited, sometimes broken, love of those who share our humanity can often point us to the truth of who we are: precious in God's eyes."

(from Life of the Beloved)

Love you Emily, you are a gift to my life and a beautiful example of the love of Christ to me every day. 
Thanks for being who you are and for loving me.


It was a perfect way to start my weekend, so I thought I'd share it with the rest of the world, too.

So grateful and amazed by the friends He puts in my life; grateful for the choice of what voices we listen to and His help in the choosing; grateful His voice will always say, 'You are mine'.

1 comment:

Bethany said...

I needed this good reminder this week :) Thanks for sharing, roommate!

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.