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I Am Second

5 Sep

Extravagance

People sometimes think I am a little too EXCITED, too VOCAL, too ‘OUT THERE’, a little too LOUD about Jesus. I can remember someone saying one time: she’ll calm down, mellow out, she’s just a new Christian. It’s been 20 years and my passion for the Lord has not waned yet; and it’s my constant prayer that it never will!!!

luke7-300x240I read in Luke 7 today about the woman with the costly perfume, you know THAT WOMAN, the one who had sinned MUCH.  I totally get her. I WAS that woman. But the key word in that sentence is was. I hold the weight of that sin no longer.

I am Redeemed! I am Forgiven! I am Free!

Jesus took ALL of the  many, many, wicked, bad, wrong, terrible, hurtful, hateful, demeaning, despicable things I did. And because I put my faith in Him, He took all of those sins on Himself and cleared the slate for me, completely. Though my sins were scarlet, He washed them white as snow. He gave me His innocence.  Because of Him, I’m not who I used to be. And for that I am enormously GRATEFUL!

And as if that was not enough, HE LOVED ME. Even when I was knee-deep in sin, He loved me. Enough to give His life for me. He is Holy, Set Apart, Hates Sin, AND YET He loves me. With an unconditional, unending, irreversible love.

So I totally get why she washed His feet with her tears and wiped them dry with her hair. Why she would pour a year’s wage worth of perfume over him with out a second thought.

It’s because in contrast to what He had done for her; what he has done for me – it’s not Extravagant at all.

My desire is that I find a way to put Him first even more passionately today. And then each and everyday for the rest of my life.

I am serious about that desire;  so I need to make a plan or it may not be a reality.

As part of that plan I’m reading a brand new book called Live Second; 365 ways to make Jesus First.  Live Second is a book to help you put Jesus First with 365 SHORT, QUICK daily readings, prayers, and actions steps. Today’s  reading was about a woman who had sinned much, about being forgiven, and about being grateful to Jesus for that forgiveness. It reminded me of why I love Jesus so much and why I am so grateful. It got me in Gods Word, helped me apply it in a very real way to my life and helped me think about how I can use it to live for Him today.

 I am Melody Pipkin, I’m forgiven and I am second.

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”He must increase, but I must decrease.”   John 3:30

He is first and I am second. But, I need to remind myself of this every. single. day. Life gets so busy, time is always running short and it is SO easy to make myself the priority, to focus on my needs and desires. I want Jesus to be first in my life. every hour of every day. I really do. I need a plan.

I choose to be second. I choose to lay this life I have been given as an offering at His feet to be used as He sees fit for His glory.

 

are you familiar with I am Second?

http://www.iamsecond.com

 

I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.

The people who are featured on the imasecond.com site (called “Seconds”) graciously lend their names and stories to be shared so that others might be inspired to find the same freedom and sense of purpose they have found in Jesus.  While some of the “Seconds” may be well-known for their jobs or achievements, others are just local believers who transparently tell of overcoming struggles through Jesus.

I am Second is designed to help people discover their purpose in life. I love this site! I watch these videos and I cheer for these guys and I cry with them and I am inspired to be second.

Check out THIS video and THIS one and THIS one.

Good Stuff!!

 

no claim, only Christ

5 Sep

My Motivation. My Strength. My All.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth

I was reminded today- He is The Creator. Not ‘a’ creator. The Creator. There is no other like Him

I love the Lord with all my heart and all my soul and all of my strength. He came into my life when I did not really care if I knew Him or not. And He pursued me. He loved me. He waited patiently for me. He changed my life. I was headed on a fast track to nowhere. And He loved me and wanted me anyway. There were many who saw me and did not expect much; But God doesn’t look at the outside- He saw my heart. He knew the plans He had for me, He saw my potential, even before I did.

“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 6:17

 “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-12  

” But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased  to reveal His Son in me….” Galatians 1:15-16

And so He loved me and He waited. He picked me up and put my feet on solid ground.  He deserves ALL of the glory for any good you see in me.  And when I finally did realize HIS LOVE for me- this GREAT ~ Unconditional ~ Unending ~ Love ~ FOR ME!

I found Peace that passes human understanding, and Joy and Boldness and Strength and Love. And nothing I face in this world can change or diminish it.

 

How can I help but :

Wash His Feet with my life, and that I might be a sweet fragrance rising to His Throne of Grace.

He is Worthy of All Glory and Honor and Praise!!!

I pray:

That I might walk in The Truth, and nothing but The Truth, so help me, God.”

That I might have no fear…only faith; no guilt…only grace; no pride…only praise; and no claim…only Christ.

That I might not miss out on one thing that He has planned for me. Oh, I don’t want to miss out on a thing!

That I might love Him with everything I’ve got and even more.

He is the King of all kings – and He calls me His daughter. Amazing.

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. He is my strength. My motivation. My life. 🙂

The quotes above from the “wash His feet with my life” one are from what used to be an email newsletter called Laine’s Letters I subscribed to years ago. It was written by a woman named Laine who I hope to meet one day and tell how much she impacted my walk with Christ and my life. Here is a link I found to the whole letter.

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I said all this to say- I don’t care what I detox with, how clean I eat or how hard I work out- to have real ‘Wellness’  would be impossible without the Lord in my life. If you don’t know Him- I encourage you to check him out- you will not be disappointed.

“Search for the Lord and for His strength;  seek His face always.” Psalms 105:4

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