Made with His Loving Hand #WilcoWednesday

Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. And let’s respond to God’s call with  a hearty “Wilco, Lord!” Please welcome our PWOC sister, Kornelia (aka, Konnie.)  

***

7 Days Time

Over the years, I have noticed that many woman and girls have a very negative view of themselves, especially when it comes to looks. This has always made me very sad.

I too have struggled with insecurities as a teenager and later as a young woman.

But when I found God, I slowly, very slowly,  learned to see myself in a healthier way. I remember reading Psalm 139:16…

“…For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

I had a tough childhood. Maybe you had one too—one that left you scarred. Maybe you still hear the lies in your head from days long past. But the good news is that God heals.  We can bring those old wounds to Jesus, who faced suffering when he was on this earth too.

Loving HandIt took me a while, but one day I realized that I could say no to the negative voices in my head and replace them with God’s word. Consider this: there is no one in this whole wide world that looks like you do. GOD made you and created you with His loving hand.

Honestly, I have had my bad days. You probably have too.  But I refuse to listen to the lies of the enemy anymore. Time is precious.  I will not waste it.

I also would like to encourage you to find out what God given talents you possess.  Once you know and work in these gifts, you will feel so blessed. Just look back on the things you loved to do as a child, as a teen and as an adult. You will get an idea what brings you joy. When I do what I love, and use the gifts God gave me, I feel happy and it makes me feel beautiful from the inside out. We woman are such an awesome creation. We ROCK!

The world would want us to believe that we can be happy only if we look a certain way. But we can look to God and what He says about us. I can’t count the many times I have gotten ready in front of the mirror years ago and did not like what I saw. Sometimes I felt even hatred for myself. But with Christian counseling and spending time with my awesome Papa Jesus, I can say now:  I am wonderfully made.

The more time I spend with Him the more I get to know Him and His love for me.

So please embrace the beautiful, wonderful you that God intended you to be. Don’t waste another minute listening to the lies. Look in the mirror and say. “Girl, you rock!”  Say it as often as needed until you finally believe and feel it.

We have a great power living in us.  If we ask God to help us to see ourselves the way He sees us, He truly will set us free. We are no longer victims.  We are victorious through Jesus Christ. Embrace the beautiful, wonderful you.  The you that God created you to be. When we really start to believe how much we are loved, we will carry ourselves differently.  We walk as women who know who we are in Christ. Remember the enemy came to kill and destroy, but Christ came so that we can have new hope for a better and brighter future.

You were made with His loving hand… it is certainly wasn’t by accident.

facebook_1456212117581
Kornelia (Konnie) Brown is from Germany, but has lived in the USA for 25 years. She has been married for 28 years and has three grown children and five grand kids. Konnie has enjoyed writing stories, poems, and songs since her teenage years.

 

 

Linking up today with my friend Kristin over at Three-word Wednesday and having a little Coffee for your Heart with Holley.  Oh! And be sure to join our #EverydayJesus link-up community right here at 7 Days Time every Thursday!

Like what you see? Share it!

A Book to Heal Your Heart (Giveaway)

In my three decades on this earth, I have been blessed with relatively good health.

But you know, not everyone can say that.

My online friend Shelly is one of those gals.

For the majority of her life, she lived what society might call “normal.” But a few years ago, her health took an unexpected turn.

It’s kind of a long story, but in short, sweet Shelly is now what she calls “chronically ill.” She struggles daily with things/tasks/life experiences that I can’t even comprehend.

However, that hasn’t stopped her from sharing about all things Jesus.

She has recently written her first book– and I have the incredible privilege of reviewing it.  [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

Just a little Respect (in Marriage) #WilcoWednesday

Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. And let’s respond to God’s call with  a hearty “Wilco, Lord!”  Welcome my talented and insightful friend Ande! 

***

 

When I was pregnant with my first, I was involved in a business that did home shows. I met all kinds of ladies talking about all kinds of things. One day I was discussing my product with several women over the age of 50. I had been married almost seven years and very excited to be a new mom. It struck me as odd that these women had very little to say that was nice about their own husbands! They told me to “just wait, you’ll see” as they explained how lazy, old and fat their husbands were.

NO! I thought, and even said aloud at one time, “I really like my husband!”

But who hasn’t complained about her beloved? Just blowing off steam? I wondered. This is a temptation from the king of lies, Satan. He wants to destroy our marriage. Marriage, though, is a gift from God – the first gift that Eve receives after the gift of life. [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

How To “America!” (Army Wife Network)

If you ever have a face-to-face conversation with me, it will likely take you all of six minutes to realize I have some very “unique” language and vocabulary.

I use words like “fantastical” on a regular basis. I occasionally throw a “fo-shizzle” in there, although I know it is soooo 2011. I call my three-year-old daughter “My Tiny Human” and have said the phrase “That’s my jam” so much that my friends are now insisting that I change it up and say “That’s my marmalade” or “That’s my jelly.” (I talk more about this on the Army Wife Talk Radio show I recently hosted for AWN. Listen to it here.) [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here #WilcoWednesday

Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. And let’s respond to God’s call with  a hearty “Wilco, Lord!” Welcome today, my good friend BriAnn as she shares a snippet of her testimony. 

***

In life, we all make choices. Apart from God, these choices are driven by our inner desires. When our inner desires aren’t being met by God’s love, protection, provision, meaning, and purpose for our lives, we’ll find ourselves looking for love in all the wrong places.

And that’s exactly where I found myself at age 19. Marrying a man I had dated for six years, but didn’t truly know, having a child when I was still a child, moving 2600 miles away from my family and friends, into an absolute mess of a situation, all while looking for my identity in the man that I believed should meet all of my needs. [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

Leap (Year) of Faith

Over the years, God has changed me in dramatic ways.

He has called me out of the corporate world working for “real people” dollars to working for “Jesus Dollars.”

He has brought me to my knees, face-to-face with my own sin and slowly been transforming my heart for His glory. (That’s been a “fun” process.)

He is (gradually) softening my heart and tongue. He is showing me how to set healthy boundaries with my emotions and work.

But one thing He has yet to change? My fear of heights. [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

Hold On to Your Joy! #WilcoWednesday

7 Days Time

Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. Welcome a very Godly, loving woman, my friend Bobbie. 
***

“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!”               ~Psalm 32:11

It is quite natural for us to be moved and influenced by what goes on around us.  When someone is sad, we want to be sensitive, compassionate and supportive.  We might naturally suppress our exuberance over something great going on in one’s own life.  If we learn that a friend’s lost item (wallet, phone, keys, military ID) is recovered, even if we are struggling with hard things, we freely enter into the joy of that person.  Paul says in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

The (Real) Rich Life

Confession:

Some days I daydream about money.

It’s nothing TOO serious, just me imagining what I would spend the dinero on if it suddenly showed up in excess. Silly things, really. Fitness gadgets. Inky pens. Journals. A fancy, customized new Bible. Buying all of my friends their favorite lunch/flowers/gift just because it’s Thursday.

I recently saw a comic floating around on Facebook that had a person in a church praying. The speech bubble said, “Please Lord, let me prove to you that winning the lottery won’t ruin my life.” #UmYesPlease [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

No Holding Back #WilcoWednesday

7 Days Time

Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. Welcome a very Godly, loving woman, my friend Bobbie. 
***

“God is moved by us.  When He signed up for love, He signed up for pain.”  ~Beth Moore   

Remember as a child what it meant to “pinkie promise” or to agree with our lips with fingers crossed behind our backs? Some of us find it difficult to outgrow that practice.  It may not be that easy for us in relationships to keep our commitments or to love another unconditionally and forever.  In relationships with siblings, parents, relatives, friends, husbands, even adult children – we have made promises, but what happens when the thrill or ease of our “I promise” fades?  [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!

The Holy Hedge Clippers

It’s only February, but all things green and growing are on my brain.

Earlier this week, I was reflecting on the ingredients for growth required for our faith… Which, not surprisingly, were very similar to things required for growing plants.

Now, I am pondering what needs to be REMOVED to grow in Christ.

As I write this, I am feeling kind of overwhelmed. My brain and to do list are swimming around me… I have been doing pretty well in my new (refreshed) quest to walk with the Lord, step by step this week, on HIS agenda… But I think I have gotten out of step today.

It’s frustrating. [Read more…]

Like what you see? Share it!