Be Your Own Kind of Remarkable

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Remarkable – worthy of attention; striking

We all know remarkable people.  We call them remarkable based on an attribute of their character, such as kindness toward others or their love for the Lord. 

But so many people want to fit into what the world defines as worthy of attention.  Maybe that’s to look a certain way, or be a certain way or have certain things.  But what Christian wants to be like the world?  After all, Jesus taught us that we are not of this world, even though we are in it.

 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.                 John 17:14-16 ESV

  What does that mean?  Well, to be in the world is to be in the place of the world but to be of the world is to be defined by it. For example, I used to work in a hospital. Therefore, I would be in the hospital.  But I was never of the hospital; the hospital was not who I was.  

It took me a long time to realize that God truly did create each of us as unique and remarkable human beings in His image. Certainly, we can all agree that we know that, but do we really live like we know that? I dare say most of us do not.

I was saved at twelve years of age and I certainly had a different worldview than I do now.  Even though I surrendered myself to Jesus, I was pulled toward the things of the world.  I wanted to be popular and successful, to name a few.  And in my younger days, I certainly thought I knew a lot about Jesus and the Bible.

Now that I have matured as a believer and follower of Christ, I find my desires and worldview have changed.  I’ve learned that I only need to please ONE.  I’ve learned that obedience to my Saviour and Lord is the definition of success, not what others think of me.

 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 ESV

 The psalmist wrote the scripture above.  I want to encourage you by reminding you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Now’s the time your soul knows that very well.

Today, focus on who you are in Jesus Christ.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  God’s works are wonderful and you, my friend, are one of His works.  He doesn’t expect you to be sinless, Jesus took care of that on the cross.  He expects us to sin less as we walk with Him.

This Christmas and ever day, feel your freedom in Jesus!  Let yourself be your own kind of remarkable!

Share in the comments someone you know that is remarkable and why!

-Wendy

Fruit of the Spirit Episode 1

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"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5: 22-23


I've been thinking about a series that I could write that would be easy to follow, even if it isn't always easy to live out.  But good news, God is the Master Creator who is molding us into His image.  So...by Him, His fruit is being developed in us.

Whew!  If it were all up to me, I would be in trouble! Anyway, I digress.  Before we start looking at each attribute of the fruit, let's take a look at these two verses as a whole.

First, the word fruit used in this passage is SINGULAR. Bear with me here.  I know that fruit technically does not have a plural unless you are talking about different kinds of fruit.  With that being said, the passage says "fruit" but then lists several different words.

I'm no scholar, but my thoughts on the matter are that as we mature in the Spirit, we produce His fruit.  To become like Christ, we grow in an intimate relationship with Him and begin to take on His characteristics.  The "fruit" of the Spirit is exemplified in the outward characteristics of:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Image all those things wrapped up in ONE package and you get the "fruit of the Spirit". Isn't that just the perfect combination?  It sure is! As believers, the Spirit lives in us. (That's a whole other topic of discussion!) 

With the Spirit living in us, it's only natural that as we mature in the faith, His fruit becomes more and more evident in our lives.  I can certainly attest to some significant changes in my life - as can the people close to me!

If you know me, you know that I can be a little rough around the edges, well, maybe more than that at times.  But as a young person, and even as a young believer, I could be pretty painful around the edges.  But God (my favorite phrase in scripture) is changing me! Every day, every week and every year I see changes that the Lord is making in my life.

Some changes are subtle.  Such that you may not notice them, but I do.  It is quite exciting to see God working in your own life!  Oftentimes, we can easily see something in someone else's life, but find it hard to see something in our own life.

Take a glimpse back to the time of your salvation.  Think of all the things you have learned in your faith journey.  Are you the same?  I bet not!

This week think about your life and how God is changing you.  Leave a comment below if you'd like.  I'd love to hear from you!

 

Debut Book - The Experiment - Is Out

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Well, it's out!  My first ever "book".  I responded to a challenge last November to write a book in a month.  And the book was born by the end of December.  Then months of edits, beta readers, and help!  It's finally out!  

I've always wanted to write, but I thought I would write non-fiction.  And...I still may one day.  I would love to write Bible studies, but who am I to do that?  At any rate, I was challenged to write a novel.  It's short and sweet; what one might call a "cozy mystery".  

My characters are all FICTION and there are absolutely NO representations of people I know except the Storm family. (They might represent my family, with some imagination.) 

As you probably know, I started a blog a few years ago with a focus on living life on purpose.  So my goal in writing everything is to offer hope by sharing the gospel. What I feel my purpose is as a believer.  In this book, I hope you can see how God pursues us.  Something most believers can attest to.

The cover gives me away.  There will be more to come for Harper.  Plans are now for at least three books in this series.  Who know's maybe the second one will be out close to Christmas.

Let all that you do be done in love.
— 1 Corinthians 16:14

Eating to Live - Plant-based Diet

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Those close to me know that the end of the year in 2017 I had two allergic reactions.  One sent me to the emergency room and left me with Epipens.  The other should have, but I took a lot of Benadryl and waited it out.  Then, I went to an allergist that same day.

I have to admit, it was a scary ordeal.  The worst part was NOT knowing the cause of the reactions.  Being in the healthcare field, I knew that there was a good chance I would never know the cause. That's horrible because most reactions get increasingly worse with each episode when it's caused by the same allergen.

Well, after a couple of weeks my allergist called me back.  He had gotten the results from the Mayo Clinic Lab.  It was positive/confirmed that I am allergic to a protein (alpha-gal) in red meat. I went through a gamut of emotions with the first being so thankful that was all. 

Then I thought about our diet; it was based mostly on red meat.  So needless to say, I converted to only chicken and fish.  I tried some turkey, but I've never been a fan of turkey.

As I've slowly been trying to eat much differently, I have been reading and watching some videos on whole food plant based eating.  It is quite fascinating and makes sense. 

I believe scripture is clear that we can eat meat.  However, in our modern day of processed foods, preservatives, and rapid growth hormones, eating whole foods and plant-based is certainly "food" for thought.

Oh, and the red meat protein allergy (this late in life) most likely came from a tick bite. Go figure.  I love being outside, but most often this occurs to hunters according to my allergist.

We certainly need to be cognizant of insecticides with fruits and vegetables so wash well.  

I would love your thoughts on the whole food plant-based lifestyle! So drop a comment below.

Genesis 1:29 ESV
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 9:3 ESV
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.