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    That is really cute! I can see the cat curling at the nice hot coffee pot in my mind
  2. Thank you, very much, Beck! I had a lovely day!
  3. That is great news, Beck! I'm starting to feel my age To do anything takes me so much longer, so I can only do maybe a quarter of what I used to do and then I'm totally drained I'm systematically sorting through my stuff and getting rid of all those I hadn't used for a year and more. It's not easy, because I am sentimental But it needs to be done!
  4. Oh yes, that is true! Thanks Beck! How are you all doing?
  5. MM, now you have me so curious! Why not?
  6. A.W. Tozer put it this way, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Why is that? First, our Father God is the King of the Universe. As such, we are accountable to Him as our Judge. All of creation operates based upon a system of authority. Therefore, we are subject to Him, and we will be held accountable for how we live the life He has gifted and entrusted to us. Second, He loves us and wants us to be intimate with Him. Life, freedom, maturity and blessing come from walking with our Father God. The problem is, when we do not have a right perspective of His character, we are not as likely to draw near to Him to experience life and walk in freedom. This is the great transition of the gospel. All of us are born dead in sin with God as our Judge (Ephesians 2:1-3), but because of His great love for us, He provides the gift of life and faith in Jesus Christ so that He can continue to “show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7, ESV). Once we are saved by faith and made God’s children, we no longer relate to God as Judge but rather as our loving heavenly Father. When we are saved, our minds were not immediately reprogrammed. Sometimes we still see God as an angry Judge. Sadly, the lies we’ve believed about Him impact our ability to draw close to Him in love. Those same lies can also cause us to attempt to live independently or even in outright rebellion of Him. It is critical that we understand our Heavenly Father’s character so that we can draw near to Him in love and joyfully submit to Him as our ultimate Authority. We cannot escape our need to be close to Him, nor can we walk in freedom and the blessing of His protective Hand without willingly submitting to His Lordship. Love and submission go hand in hand. Jesus put it this way, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:10, ESV) Just as we will not love and voluntarily submit to someone who we believe is uncaring, unkind, mean, angry, etc., we will not love and submit to our loving Heavenly Father if we do not have a proper and healthy understanding of His character. Dear Saints, what comes to your mind when you think about God? Are you aware of the ways in which your parents or authority figures did, or did not, represent God well? What does your readiness to love and submit to God say about your view of His character? The most important thing about you is what you think about God. Dan Studt Freedom in Christ Ministries President, USA
  7. “I just don’t feel like doing it.” And so I did absolutely nothing on day one. I stayed in bed all day. Day two: I felt the same. Not only was I unproductive, but I was discouraged and overwhelmed with anxiety. Days melted into weeks, weeks into months, and before I knew it, six months was lost. I still had long-buried feelings of shame. I didn’t think I deserved to be forgiven. I felt unforgiven, unloved, and ashamed. I felt unworthy and condemned. These lies Satan fed me prevented me from believing God’s truth about myself. I knew about the freedom and abundant life God offers us, but I thought it was for everyone else but me. I was stuck. And I didn’t know how to get out of the pit. Maybe you can relate. Ed Silvoso says a stronghold is “a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable, situations that we know are contrary to the will of God.” Strongholds prevent us from seeing what is true because of how they make us feel. When we are adopted into the family of God, no one erases the “hard drive” of our emotions, memories, or mistakes. So we come into the relationship with our Heavenly Father with false beliefs and coping mechanisms. Neil Anderson describes strongholds as “mental habit patterns of thought that are not consistent with God’s word.” Mine needed to be dealt with. Maybe yours does too. We find the answers on how to do this in Ephesians 4:22-24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” So let’s break it down—how do we tell ourselves the truth? First, we must “put off the old self,” which means to move away from guilt, shame and blame through repentance and faith. Disown these things. They don’t belong in us. We evict these toxic attitudes towards ourselves by declaring God’s word over our lives and our whole being. This happens by understanding and owning up to our identity in Christ. What do I mean by “understanding our identity in Christ?” This perception is absolutely essential to living the victorious Christian life. No matter what comes our way, in Christ we are secure. Our mistakes should not define us. God doesn’t hold our sins, mistakes, or missteps against us. The real me is in my identity in Christ. Once we know what God says about us and believe it to be the truth, everything about how we view God and ourselves changes. If you are a Christian, then you can find the Identity in Christ statements that are true of you at the end of this devotional. I encourage you to read them, meditate on them, and declare them over yourself. Secondly, we must be “made new in our mind.” How is this possible? It is entirely available to each of us when we choose to allow God’s word to transform our minds by reading it, praying it, saying it, memorizing it, listening to it, and keeping it at hand. Romans 12:1-2 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Notice that Paul states that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. Our mind is where it all begins! The choice is yours: you must choose to think on what is true of you, allowing God to renew your mind and heal your hurts by the power of his word. Lastly, we must “put on the new self.” We discussed owning our identity in Christ, but the daily “putting on of our new self” happens most effectively when we choose to live in the truth by renewing our minds with the truth. Another term for this is “stronghold busting.” We must realize our belief system may not be in line with what God says is true in His word. As we allow God to bring to the surface lies that we have believed, we can examine each falsehood that is exposed, renounce the lie we have believed and announce the truth from God’s word. Choosing to do this for forty days is a powerful way to transform your mind. Are there situations in your past that have caused you to believe lies about yourself? If so, acknowledging them is the first step to being free from them. Until you deal with what is keeping you from believing God’s truth about yourself, you will stay stuck in the pit. Once you make the decision to start the process, God will help you take the next steps, just like He did for me. With His help, you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Come against the lies you have believed about yourself and start telling yourself the truth. Now! Let’s pray: “Heavenly Father, thank you for the truth. Help me to know the difference between the lies I’ve believed in my old self, and help me to take off the old self and put on the new. I need your renewal, restoration and refreshing – thank you for the invitation to be transformed. I ask you to show me your will – your good, pleasing and perfect will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner Author, FICM Field Staff and SW Regional Director of Care & Training Who I Am in Christ Statements
  8. Oh yes! 100% my thoughts too! We love you, MM!
  9. Oh my goodness, MM, you sure did an enormous amount of work! Wow! You've done a fantastic job! Thank you ever so much! I so love my furnishing to match!
  10. MM, I see nothing wrong with your pictures at all. The way you do it is great, through surely a lot of work! I would probably just take one ,or maybe two, pictures of the item and then just add one with all the swatches on. Hope this make sense.
  11. I hope you and Brian are getting better, Beck! Sorry, MM I though I have it ist , but now I can't find it. I seldom play with babies and kids - I usually start them as teens. How are you doing?
  12. Oh Beck! I am so sorry Do you have enough meds? Please take care! In the Name of Jesus I pray total and fast healing over you
  13. I have the limited edition - I do not know what the difference is, though. I have no idea what the Beta version is. Maybe Origin Beta?
  14. That really is a gorgeous farm. I have it downloaded and it looks fantastic, but I found it hard to play. I'm so sorry you are not well, Beck! Home schooling kids, are not an easy task! My daughter is also home schooling her kids. I tried to help where I can, but I have no training in teaching primary school kids and no idea how to do it I have 40 years teaching experience but always for senior high school. That is weird! I wonder why that's happening.
  15. Well, I'm still looking forward to see your lovely work, MM!
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