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How Beautiful are the Feet That Bring the Good News

Recently I got my toenails done. As I waited for the polish to dry, I admired my toes and the pretty color I had chosen. God got my attention as I looked at my feet and he reminded me of Romans 10:15…

”And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The cross-reference to that verse is…

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings the good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns” Isaiah 52;7.

I was looking at my feet through the eyes of man or in my case a woman. As I waited for the polish to dry, God showed me how He looks at the feet of mankind. He doesn’t care if our toenails are polished. What is beautiful to Him are the feet that bring the good news.  Each and every one of us has been called to share the good news with those in the world around us. We have been called to be a light to our family, our friends, those we work with, those in our schools, and anyone we come in contact with. There is no special training we need to share the good news. We just need to know what Jesus did for us. It is that simple.

Enjoy getting your feet done if that something you like to do but never forget to have the kind of feet that look beautiful in the eyes of God. Have the kind of feet that bring the good news.

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Deep Waters

The book of psalms is filled with so much wisdom. In times of pain I find that comfort can be found within the Psalms.

Psalms 42 is a prayer for rescue and a psalm for those who have been hurt or slandered.

I believe that when we dig into the word of God it allows for His goodness to wash over us. It is refreshing to our soul. One of the verses that stood out to me in Psalm 42 is…Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls: all your waves and breakers have swept over me” Psalms 42:7

As I am writing this I happen to be at the Priest Lake and the water level is extremely high. The ramp to our dock is covered in water and we have no beach at this point. The lake has crept across the grass of my dad’s cabin next door and the wind is creating waves that are crashing over docks and yards around the whole lake. All of us around the lake know that the water will subside and we will be able to fix the damage done by the high water and crashing waves.

There is nothing that says we won’t find ourselves in what feels like deep waters. As the storm rages around us and the waves come crashing in, we can cry out to God for help. We can count on Him keep us afloat.

If you are reading this today and your soul is downcast, I want to encourage you to grab your Bible and read Psalms 42. If you don’t have a bible with you here is the link to Psalms 42. Put your hope in God and praise him even in the storm. Let His truth sweep over you like the roar of a mighty waterfall and trust Him in the deep water and crashing waves.

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Overcoming the Mountain

Today’s post is not deep theology. It is a simple reminder of the strength we can find when we are in the word of God.

Sometimes the mountain in front of us can feel overwhelming. With God we can find the strength to keep moving forward. If you find yourself with what feels like an impossible mountain to overcome, hold on to the truth of the word of God and keep pressing forward.  Psalm 18 is one of my favorite Psalms and it is the perfect scripture to turn to when you need strength to scale what is in front of you. 

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way”. Psalm 18:32-34
 
Have faith and trust God to give you the strength you need to get to the next mountain top. Lastly, don’t forget the power of prayer and the power in praying scripture.  If there is a mountain in front of you, this prayer is for you and it is taken from Psalm 18.  
 
Abba Father, Today I pray that you give my brother/sister strength and keep his/her way secure. Make his/her feet like a deer so that he/she can stand on new heights. Lord be his/her shield and may your right hand sustain him/her. Father, provide him/her with a broad path so that his/her ankles do not give way as he/she overcomes this mountain with you by his/her side.  In Jesus’s name, Amen.  
 
Today I hope you take a moment to read all of Psalms 18 and let the truth of God’s word fill you with strength.  Here is the link to Psalm 18 but I hope you choose to open your bible instead of reading it online. There is something so special about the feel of the Bible in your hands. 
Keep pressing forward and have a Simply Blessed day.
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Not Before, Not If, But When

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…”

Not before, not if, but when.

Brenda and Todd

I will never forget the day when my six-year-old son, Todd, walked into the room and said, “Mom, I might die when I’m young.”  I said, “Todd, don’t say that; I don’t want you to die when you’re young.”  He calmly replied, “Well, if God wants me, He wants me, and there is nothing you can do about it,” and he walked out of the room.

Just a few weeks after his sixteenth birthday, his words proved to be true.  After a seven-month battle with a rare cancer, Todd met his Savior face to face. (Today, May 10,2018 is the 5 year anniversary of Todd meeting Jesus face to face)

It’s one thing to say you trust God and agree He is good when life is going according to your plans, but it’s another thing to say that and believe it when the storms of life rage around you. What we believe about God in the storms of life reveals what is truly in our heart. After my son died, the Lord had a lot to show me about what I honestly thought about Him versus what was true about Him.

I had always assumed if I prayed, God would answer my requests—you know, like I had my own personal genie. When Todd was first diagnosed with cancer, friends, family and even strangers immediately prayed for his complete healing. Everyone thought Todd’s recovery had to be God’s perfect plan—it was unfathomable to accept anything less.

After my son succumbed to cancer, I was devastated. The peace I had at the beginning of Todd’s diagnosis seemed to depart, and I no longer understood a God who didn’t answer my prayer—a request that seemed to have been so reasonable—a boy is sick and near death; he should be healed. I questioned if He was good and if He even listened to my prayers at all. When I finally stopped fighting against His plan and sat still before Him, He began to reveal Himself to me. In the process I stopped looking at Him through my own eyes—what I thought He should be like—and began to look at Him through His Word. I learned that the Lord never promised to fulfill my man-made plans, but He did promise to be with me through trials, and He promised comfort and provision. He was true to His Word because when we received Todd’s cancer diagnosis, even though it was devastating, God’s peace was there for our family and especially for Todd just like He promised. It was a peace I had never personally experienced.

Psalm 23:8 says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

His goodness isn’t based on whether or not He gives me what I want. He is good because His Word says He is good. He promised to hear and answer my requests…but according to His will, not my will.  He cannot act contrary to His Word.

How I miss my precious son and honestly wish God had chosen to let him live, but I choose to trust in a Master plan that I cannot see or understand. I still believe God is good, and I will never forget his undeniable presence during Todd’s illness and death. I have a promise from the Lord that because Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty of our sins and because Todd had trusted Jesus as His Savior, that he is alive and well today in the presence of the Lord, and I will be reunited with him one day.

After Todd died, several people encouraged me to write a book about our journey. I definitely felt the prompting of the Lord to do so, and I told the Lord that if He would help me, I would share all the ways God had taken care of us during the most devastating storm of our lives. I wanted to show others that even though our trial was devastating, God used people to bless our family and walk with us and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I wanted to have a tool to place in the hands of someone else who might have to walk this difficult journey. I felt compelled to show others that if God allowed them to pass through the fire or the flood, He would be with them—He promised and He fulfilled that promise to me. How can I not share this amazing story?

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A note from Kim (AKA Midlife Domestic Goddess), Today my heart is heavy for all those who have lost a child. Mother’s Day is just a few days away and I can not imagine how hard it will be for those who know the pain of loosing a child. Today I am going to ask that you would say a prayer for Brenda and for all those who have lost a child. 

I can not imagine the emotions Brenda will feel today. As stated in the post, it is the 5 year anniversary of Todd going to meet Jesus face to face. But today is also a day of celebration for their family. They will watch their daughter graduate from high school today and it will be a very proud moment for Brenda and her husband. I wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to Brenda for sharing her story and I hope today is filled with so much joy as they celebrate with their daughter. To learn more about this beautiful story your can order a copy of Brenda’s book in the links above. Have a blessed day, Kim  

 

 

 

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Widen Your Tent Stakes

I am lucky to have been blessed with two beautiful children. Looking at them I am continually reminded of what a miracle they are. If I had to count the number of surgeries that I’ve had that dealt with my reproductive system, it would take two hands to count them. After one of my surgeries my doctor said, “I hope you believe in something bigger than you because there’s no way you should’ve carried one child, let alone two.”

When I had to make the critical decision of having a hysterectomy at a young age, the reality of never having another child came crashing in. We had toyed for years with the idea of adopting and when the hysterectomy became a reality the thought of adoption came back to mind. My children began saying, “Let’s adopt.” The idea of adopting sounded like such an awesome thing to do but in my heart, something didn’t feel right. I pushed back to God in prayer asking for Him to give me clarity.

Early one morning, I took a jog while I was serving at a YoungLives camp. Holding baby after baby while I served on the childcare team pulled at my heartstrings. The idea of adopting a baby had my emotions all discombobulated. During that run I asked God, “If You want me to adopt, put it on my heart to the point that it’s so overwhelming that I can think of nothing else. And if You don’t want me to adopt, remove the desire from my heart and show me what You want me to do.”

During my time at the camp God removed the idea of adopting from my heart and He reminded me of a scripture I had read in Isaiah. Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2. The verse is in reference to Israel having so many children that her tent will need enlarging. God put it on my heart to widen my tent stakes and be a mother to others, as in teens and young adults who needed a safe adult they could talk to. I said yes, and God began to bring youth to my door asking if I would pray with them or asking me for wisdom. Before long I would be called Momma Chaffy.

As the years went by, youth came in and out of my life. Some of them I am still walking with while others just needed a moment to talk to someone. One Sunday in particular as I sat in church, my attention was drawn to a young adult who was new to my church. Each weekend I would find myself looking to see if she was at church and one day I said to my husband I think God is going to bring another young woman into my life to be a mom to. The very next weekend she approached me at church. Her name was Laci and she asked if we could go to lunch.

Over lunch Laci shared with me that she had told our pastor she needed a mom. She had a mom, but her mom was in no way active in her life. My pastor encouraged Laci to pray that God would show her who to go to. After praying, Laci felt that she was to come to me. That day would be the beginning of my relationship with Laci.

From the walks we’ve taken together, the long talks we have had, to the chick flicks we’ve watched and our many dinner and lunch dates, a very special relationship has grown between us. Laci graduated from college and I was thrilled to be sitting with her family during that special day. When I have volunteered in her classroom, she introduces me to her students as her mom. I can honestly tell you that watching her try on wedding gowns in the fall of 2017 was an honor.  Laci has met an awesome man and she will become his wife in August of 2018.

I have been given the color that Laci would like the mothers to wear. I will wear a dress in that color with pride as I watch Laci say, “I do”.  I am so excited for the wedding and also my husband has been asked to marry them. Laci has an amazing father, but she wanted to make sure that somehow my husband was also included in their special day.

As I said before, I cannot look at my children without seeing the miracle that they are. “With what’s going on inside of your body I don’t know how you carried one child, let alone two”. In man’s eyes, those words seemed so final. But in God’s eyes, those words just meant I have another plan.

Last summer my son was married, and I gained a beautiful daughter-in-law. This summer Laci, though not my biological daughter but the daughter of my heart, will be married and I will gain a new son-in-law. Someday I will get to plan one more wedding when my daughter finds the man of her dreams.

Children do not need to be your biological children to take up room in your heart. Laci is a perfect example of that.I know that there are many women out there who long to have a child and medical issues have stood in the way.  Take it from me there is plenty of room in our hearts for children that are not ours biologically. There are children to be adopted and there are teens that need someone that they can trust to speak into their lives or fill the void of a missing parent.

Programs like YoungLives need women who can mentor teen moms. Many of the youth that God has put in my life came through the youth programs in my church or my kids would ask me to reach out to a child in their school. With Mother’s Day around the corner I know that there are many women who are hurting. How painful it must be for them to watch other women celebrate the joy of motherhood every Mother’s Day.

If you are reading this and you understand the pain that I am talking about, please ask God to use you in a child’s life and be willing to widen your tent stakes.  You just might be the mother figure someone has been praying for.

For more information about use this link — YoungLIves to watch a video and learn more about how you can get involved with YoungLives.

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Comfortably Numb

I woke up with the words “comfortably numb” on my mind and it reminded me of the song by Pink Floyd.  Comfortably numb…hmm…have
I become comfortably numb? Have you become comfortably numb?  As the day went on, those two words continued to roll around in my head like the clothes being tossed to and fro in my dryer.  I was sure God was trying to show me something that needed to be shared with others.

The next morning at 4 a.m., I am wide-awake because I am still hearing the words “comfortably numb”.  As I lay in bed I say, “Okay God, I hear You, You have my attention. What are you trying to show me?” Any thought of staying in my warm bed was gone at that point.

Snuggled in my warm bathrobe with a cup of coffee, I sat down and got to work trying to understand what God was showing me. Thank goodness for Google because at 4 a.m. I was not ready to go looking for a dictionary. I looked up the definition of “numb” and its synonyms.

Numb when used as a verb means to “deprive of feeling or responsiveness”.  Some of the synonyms for numb are: apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling.

Ouch! The definition of “numb” should be enough to get our attention and the synonyms ought to pierce our hearts.  Have we as Christians become numb to the needs around us?  Have we become apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling towards those lost in the darkness?  Are we so “comfortably numb” that the depravity of this world no longer bothers us? Is it possible that we can make a difference?

In Ezekiel 22:30, God is looking for intercessors, people who will stand in the gap.

“I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone.” (MSG)

God couldn’t find anyone. Not one priest, not one prophet, not one prince, and not even one person who was willing to intercede in prayer.  Today God is still looking for prayer warriors who will stand in the gap. He is looking for those who have not become comfortably numb to the needs of those in their community and the world.

One person can make a difference with their prayers. Will you answer God’s call in Ezekiel 22 and pray for the lost. Can we join in prayer against the wickedness of this world?  Will you pray for our leaders and will you pray against the division in this country? Lets ask God to burden our hearts for the needs of this world so that we never become “comfortably numb”.

What was Pink Floyd singing about in their song, “Comfortably Numb”?  Some say it was drugs. Roger Waters who wrote it said it was not.  I really don’t think it matters.  What matters is that God is creative and he can use any means to reveal his message to us.  Let the opening lyrics of the song play in your head and listen closely for what God has to say to you.  They seem to go perfectly with Ezekiel 22.

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there? (Or in this case, “out there”?)

Just nod if you can hear me.

God is looking for someone to answer the call to intercede in prayer for this world. Is that you?  Just nod if you can hear Him.

Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.

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The Importance of Staying Connected to Christ’s Body

Van Bradeen, Living Stone Church and Author of LIVE LOVE

Even though Jesus is our savior and His perfect word transforms us, our Christian life is not complete without other believers. Jesus designed His church to be devoted to each other’s spiritual maturity. Yes, sometimes we are afraid to let others see our issues, or even to evaluate ourselves against the perfect word of God, but resisting our call to be a vital part of God’s church can lead to pride and self-righteousness. It runs counter to God’s requirement that we become humble and vulnerable—necessary qualities to grow into one of another.

When a jagged rock falls into a creek, years of water washing and rubbing against other rocks eventually make it round and smooth. God designed us to be members of His church where we learn to function together, gradually smoothing our rough edges.

In the same way, pulling a burning stick from a campfire extinguishers the stick’s flame. It doesn’t burn well apart from the other sticks. The same goes for us. Rarely can we can make it apart from a local church; we become too easily deceived and the flame of the Holy Spirit eventually goes out.

Being joined together is more than just an act of our wills, however. As followers of Christ, we supernaturally become members of Jesus’ church through the Holy Spirit, being called as members of one another. Membership into His body is foundational to everything we will do in Christianity. It is essential for understanding the heart of God and His intentions for His people.

Just as one body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

The biblical definition of member is derived from the differing members of the physical body. Each member has a God-ordained function that supports the functioning of the entire body. Yet, we can only function as a spiritual body if we submit to God and His design for the church, being joined to each other in the spirit of unity. If, as a member of Christ’s body, I purposely neglect my connection with others, I am telling God and my fellow Christians:

*I don’t need them.
*I don’t want to be what God designed.
*I’m fine on my own.

There are many reasons Christians hold these attitudes and stay disconnected from a local body of believers.

*Fear of vulnerability.
*Guilt and shame.
*Past hurts and fear of trusting people.
*Thinking they don’t need help.
*Want to be left alone.
*Rebellion to the call of God.

We are more than saved beings walking alone with God. We are truly our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We are to look out for each other, help each other, pray for each other, speak the truth to each other, and build each other up. There is never a time in our Christian life where we graduate out of God’s body.

For more of Van’s wisdom, grab a copy of his book Live Love on Amazon and you can also listen to his Easter Sermon, “The Four Wounds Of Christ” but clicking here.

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Choosing the Block Option

Growing up I did not have social media or a cell phone that allowed anyone to get a hold of me through texts, social media apps or email any time they wanted.  When someone was hurtful to me, I would not feel obligated to hang out with him or her.  It was easy to just move on and not have to worry about what they thought or what they were doing. I remember breaking up with a boyfriend and he made one call to a friend asking her why. That was it and we moved on. There were no social media posts for him to see what I was doing. I did not know what he was up to unless we saw each other in person or a friend mentioned something.

Today cell phones, apps, and social media make it difficult to move on because technology has made it so easy for everyone to know everyone’s business.  In reality, we should have the right to choose who we let into our lives. Social media has turned that upside down. We should not feel a sense of obligation to have people who have hurt us or who make us uncomfortable watching us on social media. Watching those who have hurt us is not helpful either.

Choosing to press the block option on social media seems to be taboo. We are so worried about offending the person who offended and hurt us that we can’t block them.  We allow them to see our lives, to comment on our photos, to text us or message us through apps.

Why is that? It is my right to choose who I let into my life and it is your right too.  I have blocked people who have shown me nothing but hurt. If I wouldn’t want to spend time with them face to face because of how they hurt me, why would I want to give them access to my life on social media?  Why would anyone feel obligated to allow hurtful people to have access to their social media accounts?

Recently I blocked someone who made me very uncomfortable. My right to keep my life out of his sight on social media, far outweighs his belief that he has the right to know anything about me.

I think it is time we start looking at our cell phones, computers, and all forms of social media in the same way we look at our personal space.  We choose how close we let people get to us in regard to our personal space, right?  We are given the right to say no to unwanted hugs. We instinctively step back when our personal space is invaded.  It’s time we apply the same thinking to all forms of technology.  All of us need to understand that we have the right to step back from anyone on social media who makes us feel upset or anxious. It is time we throw out our sense of obligation that we need to be social media friends with them.

You do not have to allow someone who hurt you to watch your Snapchat story. They lost that privilege when they hurt you. Your life on Facebook is none of their business either. It is okay to choose the block option.  You do not owe anyone an explanation, just like you don’t owe anyone a reason why you don’t want them in your personal space.  Ask yourself today and be honest, who makes you anxious or upset when they are near you personally?  If you do not want to be around them, it is a good indication you don’t need them as part of your life through social media. Is there an ex-boyfriend or someone from school who is hurtful to you? If so, do you feel obligated to stay connected with them on Facebook or other forms of social media?  If you feel a sense of obligation that is keeping you from blocking someone, please talk to a parent or an adult you can trust.  Choosing the block option is okay.   As always I would love to hear what you think and feel free to share this.

This was originally written for the Whatever Girls Ministry

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Woman to Woman…Lydia

We are continuing our look at some of the amazing women in the Bible and what we can learn from them. Today I have chosen to take a look at Lydia. Her story can be found in Acts 16:12-15, 40 

Lydia lived in Philippi, a Roman colony in the district of Macedonia and the water in the area was known to make a brilliant purple Copyright: roxiller / 123RF Stock Photodye for cloth. She was a business woman who dealt in the dying of purple cloth which were a very expensive commodity and in my reading about her I learned that she was very well off for single woman.

Besides being a business woman, Lydia also found time to worship God in her Jewish faith. While near the river bank in her daily time of prayer she meets Paul and it is written that as Paul shares about God that her heart is opened.

One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. (Acts 16:14)

The scripture goes not to say that she and her household are baptized, and we can also see that she is a woman of hospitality. Paul says this about her and her household: When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. (Acts 16:15)

In looking at Lydia I see some important lessons

  • Lydia had heart that was open to the Lord and we should also have a heart that is open to hear from Him. I hope that you pray for God to give you a heart the always open to listen him.
  • Lydia is a wonderful example of a woman who understands how to balance her job and her time with God. I think that for many of us, including myself it is easy to allow or time with God to take a back seat when life and its responsibilities get overwhelming. Whether you are career woman or a stay at home mom, make time for God daily.
  • She is also an example of what it means to have the gift of hospitality. She opened her home to Paul more than once and shared what she had. I think that is a gifting the is very important and can easily get looked over in our churches because we focus on the other gifting.  If your gifting is hospitality I hope you use it for the glory of God.

In reading about Lydia something else spoke to my heart and I want to share it with you before I close.

The very water that was so important in the dying of the purple cloth was also the same water that would be used to baptize her. Let me explain…”Purple’s rarity in nature and the expense of creating its dye gave it a great deal of prestige. It was the most expensive dye known to the ancient Israelites in the Bible. It was the color of choice for those of noble or royal birth or those who were high-level officials” -see biblestudy.org

As stated above, Purple is a royal color and the very water that gave the brilliant purple color to the cloth that provided for her financially is the same water that would baptize her as a daughter of the king of kings, Jesus Christ. That water and her faith in who Christ was would allow her to become an heir in Christ and part of the royal priesthood that is talked about in 1 Peter 2:9-10

I hope you are enjoying our look at the women of the bible in the Woman to Woman series. It is my hope that you will be able to apply lessons from the woman in this series to your own life.

Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.

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Woman to Woman…Mary

Today we are wrapping up our look at the women in Matthew 1, the lineage of Jesus.  Mary is the last woman listed and she has the honor of calling herself the mother of Jesus.

Mary was from the town of Nazareth in the hills of Galilee. She was from a poor but honorable family who were descendants of Israel’s greatest king, David. Mary was trained in the scripture and knew that God had promised to send the Messiah who would rescue her people and be their king. Right after the 400 years of silence, the time between the Old and New Testament when no new Scripture was written, and no prophets had spoken, Mary’s story unfolds.

What is amazing about Mary’s story is that people believed that the king would come from a wealthy and powerful family. Instead God choose a poor girl from a humble family.

Mary is the perfect example of God choosing the most unexpected person to do something for His kingdom.  No one would have ever picked David to slay Goliath but God did.  No one would have ever thought Joshua could bring the walls down by marching around the city of Jericho and blowing a trumpet but God did.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are not good enough.  We may think God has better candidates to choose from for the job but God knew exactly what He was doing when He chose David to slay Goliath, and He knew exactly what He was doing when He chose Mary to carry His Son. God knows exactly what He is doing with you too.

Trust God to use you as He sees fit. Mary was the only one in the group that did not have sin that is mentioned.  Unlike Ruth who comes from a line of people whom God had cursed, Mary was a descendant of David. She, however, was not who most people thought God would have chosen.

God picked exactly who was to be a part of the genealogy of His son so that it would show His grace and mercy.  From these five women we can see that no matter how big our sin or whether we don’t see ourselves as worthy, God has made it clear that we can call ourselves heirs of His kingdom.

We need to believe who we are in Christ and understand that there is nothing that we have done that is too big for His forgiveness.

I hope you join me again next week for the Women to Women series.

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