Happy Monday!

Can you believe that one third of the year is gone??  The older I get, the faster I get old!  Getting older doesn’t really bother me much, though how I feel during that process is another story!

Today’s article really struck a chord with me.  It seems like every day we read about someone being bullied or somebody that just feels like there is nothing or no one that values them.  We read about elementary children who are considering or even accomplishing suicide.  It is heartbreaking.  Their hearts are empty.  It’s an emptiness that needs the grace of God to fill it.

There was a period in my life that I felt that emptiness.  My self-esteem was pretty well nonexistent.  I blamed myself, I blamed others and sometimes, I blamed God.  I had allowed my heart to become empty, actually thinking that I could avoid being hurt that way.  Instead, all I felt was pain.

There is good news though!  God forgave me for blaming Him and he took away my emptiness and filled that hole with grace and peace and love.  I have to remind myself never to forget that and try to never take that for granted.

God didn’t create us broken.  He created us in His image, we may have altered that image along the way, but He can still restore us!  Isn’t that amazing?  He not only can, but He WANTS to!  We are children of the King.  What a heritage that is!

The next time you feel like your life has no value or worth, consider that He knows every hair on your head, every beat of your heart and every thought in your mind.  And He still loves you so much.  Concentrate on all the positives and put aside the negatives.  Most of all, focus your eyes on Jesus and you will not sink!

Pray Unceasingly!!

In His light,

Lois

 More than Sparrows

The Daniel Plan

Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. —Romans 12:2 NIV

How do you talk to yourself? Do you say harsh things that you would never say to a friend? Some of us say cruel lies we’ve heard other people say to us, perhaps when we were children. The negative things people say often burrow deep and distort our thinking.

If you believe you’re a “failure,” you may think you’re going to fail in your health goals.  So success will be that much harder. It’s important to replace false thoughts with true ones from God’s Word.

Jesus says you are enormously valuable to God:

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” – Luke 12:6-7.

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” – Isaiah 49:16.

When the discouraging thoughts come, replace them with the truth of God.

Food for Thought: God has numbered the hairs of your head and engraved you on the palms of his hands

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