Complete In Christ

Complete In ChristWeek 34 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Colossians 2-4, and 1 Thessalonians 1-2. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae, and begin his letter to the church at Thessalonica.

Colossians 2:10 says that in Christ, we have been made complete.So many of us are searching for someone or something to fulfill us – to make us feel complete and whole. We look in all the wrong places. We come up empty, time and again.

Your search for completeness can come to an end, for you are already complete in Christ! In this world, you are as He is (1 John 4:17). As He is loved, cherished, valued, and treasured by the Father, so are you!

The One in whom true fulfillment is found lives inside of you. Stop trying to find something that can make you feel complete, and let this truth sink into your mind – that in Christ, you have been made complete!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Aren’t going anywhere, but want to have some fun this Labor Day weekend? Check out this list of ideas!

Movie marathon – Don’t feel like doing much, yet want to spend time as a family? Rent a few of your favorite movies, and have a movie marathon!
Visit the beach – Do you have a beach in the area? Head there for some summertime fun – before the school year is in full swing!
Go for a hike – Go for a hike, and enjoy spending some time in the great outdoors!
Bonfire – Have some friends over for a bonfire, and enjoy roasting marshmallows!
Outdoor game night – Play some outdoor games, such as ladder ball, Botchee, and croquet.
Cook Out - Head outside, set up the grill, and turn your dinner into a picnic in your own backyard!
Have some friends over to watch the big game  – Is your favorite football team playing this weekend? Have some friends over to watch the game with you!

Do you have any plans this Labor Day weekend?

Over All

Over AllWhat are you facing today? What are you up against? Do you feel like you’re on your own?

If so, know that you are NEVER alone. Jesus is with you always (Matthew 28:20). Not only is He always with you, but everything has been placed under His feet (Ephesians 1:22). Whatever you’re facing, know that it is under His feet, and that because you are in Him, it is under your feet, as well.

Christ has been made head over all for YOUR benefit (Ephesians 1:22)! All authority on heaven and earth is His (Matthew 28:18). As a member of His body on this earth, He has given you authority, as well. You have been given power over ALL the power of the devil (Luke 10:19)! When you use the name of Jesus, demons must flee, sickness must leave, and depression and anxiety must loosen their hold, for EVERYTHING must bow before the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10)!

In Christ, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Believe this, and begin to experience the victory that God desires for you to walk in!

Over All

More Summer Photos

Summer is drawing to a close. The school year about to begin. Fall is right around the corner.

Wishing for just a little more summer? Here are some summertime photos to brighten your day!

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Saw a butterfly outside the other day, and was able to get close enough to take a pic.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers abound in the summertime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful summer sunset that was a perfect photo opp.

 
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Summer’s a great time to visit the beach!

 

 

 

 

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At the beach, there are always seagulls to be found.

 

 

 

 

 

What have you enjoyed the most about this summer? What are you looking forward to this fall?

 

 

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As a child of God, you can . . .

believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!

approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!

allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!

trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!

receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!

Linking up this post with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully, and Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine.

10 More Scriptures To Remember Throughout The Week

10 More Scriptures To Remember Throughout The Week

As we go about our daily lives, it is important to take time to remind ourselves of what God has to say to us in His Word. Here are 10 more scriptures to keep in mind as you go about your week:

  1. Romans 8:28 - In all things, God works for your good, because you love Him, and have been called according to His purpose!
  2. Joshua 1:5 – Because God is on your side, all the days of your life, none will be able to stand against you!
  3. Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing and no one can separate you from the amazing love of God!
  4. Joshua 1:9 – Wherever you go, God is with you!
  5. Psalm 1:2-3 – Those who meditate on and delight in God’s Word will prosper in all that they do!
  6. Romans 8:37  – Always remember that you are MORE than a conqueror in Christ!
  7. Zephaniah 3:17 – You are incredibly special to your Heavenly Father! He rejoices over you with singing. Listen to His song of joy, rather than the lies of the devil!
  8. Romans 8:1 – Don’t constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you have made, for there is no condemnation for you, because you are in Christ!
  9. Psalm 45:12 - Because of the favor of God that is upon you in Christ, people of wealth seek your favor!
  10. Colossians 2:10 – Longing for something or someone to make you feel complete? Know that you are already complete in Christ!

Which of these verses encourages you the most?

The Beauty Of His Grace

The Beauty Of His Grace“Anywhere you are is never too far away. There’s freedom from your scars, the mistakes that you’ve made . . . that’s the beauty of grace!”

These lyrics are true for you today! God’s grace is far greater than any mistake you could ever make. No matter what you may have done, know that His grace still abounds towards you. Our Heavenly Father’s grace truly is amazing!

Ephesians 1:6 – God’s glorious grace has been given to us freely!

The Lord Is Good – Taste and See!

The Lord Is Good - Taste and See!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 34:8. This verse bids us to taste and see that the Lord is good, and states that those who take refuge in Him are blessed.

Here’s a review of a post I wrote on this verse a while back -

“Our God is a good God. He has many blessings available to us, His children. He wants us to walk in and receive them.

Psalm 103:2 tells us to praise the Lord, and to not forget all of His benefits. All throughout His Word, God speaks of the blessings that are ours in Christ. As our wonderful Heavenly Father, He knows how to give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). In fact, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). Therefore, the question to ask ourselves in determining whether something is from God if the thing in question is good and perfect. If it is not, it’s probably not from Him.

God is not the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Rather, He sent His Son that we might live an abundant life (John 10:10). He gave Him for us while we were completely undeserving. He accepted us into His family. He cares for us as any loving parent cares for their children. He continues to lavish unmerited favor and love upon us each day of our lives. Such a God truly is amazing. What are you waiting for? Taste and see His goodness today!”

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/10/taste-and-see/