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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Blessed to be in a company who believes in spiritual growth. #Bible101 #Fellowship 

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20"

Blessed to be in a company who believes in spiritual growth. #Bible101 #Fellowship

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20"

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I am able because of my God. I can laugh, work, live, let go and hold on because I have a great God. I am weak but He is strong. #Godprincess

I am able because of my God. I can laugh, work, live, let go and hold on because I have a great God. I am weak but He is strong. #Godprincess

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The Immaculate Misconception

Wow this is long but definitely a good read. 

Nothing beats an individual who is humble enough to put her heart and story on her sleeves, not to ask for sympathy but to touch lives instead.

Here are my fave lines because they are true. 

Despite my good intentions reality is—results are the only things that count.

I choose to be a Christian because only in Christianity did I understand the true meaning of love, being a hopeless romantic paired with a realistic outlook on life, I appreciated being patiently and persistently pursued by my Dad not by cheap tricks, manipulation, sympathy or fear, but purely by unconditional grace, mercy and love. He waited for me to want to choose Him out of my own desire and curiosity and never forced me once.

I’m not going to be a different person tomorrow.

I’m not better than you nor will I ever claim to be again. I will not be a hypocrite and claim that it is easy. I’m still the same person. I’m still me and the biggest misconception there is—is that once you choose this you’re automatically changed.This isn’t magic.I’ll still probably think, talk, walk and act the same.
Just like getting fit, getting a career you want, or becoming the person you want to be. It will be a lifelong struggle and journey. I will still make mistakes, fail, and might even intentionally sin at times.

But hey, I’m the daughter of the Father of miracles, who knows, things might change faster than I think.

For those who are hesitant, in doubt, paranoid, who panic at the thought of being judged, shamed, and belittled for your past or has told you that change or being better is impossible and people are and will always be the same—know that this is never His intention and he apologizes for the result of it.

This is never his purpose and that isn’t His definition of unconditional love. Once you get to know Him, you will see that this is far from his goal. Whoever does this or has done this to you, I apologize on their behalf.
Do not worry, fret, or fear being who you are and find joy in your struggles and pride in your accomplishments however personal or hard to understand they may be.

There is no buzzer, deadline, or time limit in this journey. It’s a marathon not a sprint.

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Followers of Christ can be encouraged and comforted that we never have to “fly solo”. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus promised that He would not abandon us but would send His Spirit to be with us and in us (John 14:16-17). The apostle Paul later confirmed this saying, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Cor 3:16)

In a world filled with despair and trouble, we can take courage. Aren’t you thankful that you never have to fly solo?

Bill Crowder; Daily Bread 2014

Lord Im going back to You. There is no other way but You and I’d glady take it. Lord I pray for clarity, that you grant me clear directions and drown my confusion in your peace. I need You Lord. It is such a blessing that I never have to fly solo. I might seldom forget this but thank You for always reminding me that You are here with me, ALWAYS.