Listening to the line-up of speakers through the LiveStream of the IF:Gathering, recently, a theme emerged for me. A heart hears what it’s ready to hear. After 19 years of following after this God I often write of, I was truly ready to hear this one wonderful quote from Jen Hatmaker: “If you believe someone, you begin to believe what they say about you.”
I don’t believe in ghosts. But I believe in the Holy One. And y’all, I felt Him right there, in that moment, staring me down, saying, “GIRL…do you believe what we say about you? Do you really?”
My pen stood still, midair, as I took in the question and hesitantly answered.
Again, I felt that check in my spirit. “If you do, beloved, then live like it!”
If you’ve ever been on the edge of some physical place, knowing you needed to jump, but not really wanting to jump just quite yet… yeah, that feeling. It’s scary, daring, terrifying, and exciting.
Because, I feel like that one quote sums up grace and glory, the law and all of the prophets, too.
I’m ever-so-grateful that God opened my heart to finally hearing. Lord knows He’s been trying to tell me for an awfully long time.
If God is Who He says He is, then everything He tells me, about who I am, is true.
And what does He tell me? (And, just so you know, He tells you, too.)
When there’s trouble, I have the peace of God that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
In my infinite weakness, He reminds me that I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me. (Romans 8:37)
When all I see is my dirt, He declares that I am forgiven of all my sins. (Ephesians 1:7)
For those times when I see how much of a hot mess I am, He comes alongside me and reminds me that I am exactly what He made me, and he created me in Christ Jesus for good works that he planned for me. (Ephesians 2:10)
If I’m feeling unlovable, He whispers that I was chosen by Him, holy, even, and beloved. (Colossians 3:12)
Those are some mighty powerful truths.
Truths that could transform a person. Indeed!
For today, I choose to live like they’re true.
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