God is joy

If God’s not your joy, you won’t have joy inside or outside a relationship, you’ll just have joy counterfeits or substitutes which won’t last, maybe happiness that’ll last for some time but isn’t better than joy.

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The Female Singing Voice

Some women have such beautiful voices, captivating, enjoyable.
The way they handle notes and melody, it’s quite wonderful to hear, soothing.
They deserve respect for their efforts and skill, for practice and perseverance.
The female singing voice is a gift to humanity by God.
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Realize this

You’re not worthless.
You’re not no one.
You’re not a waste of space.
You’re not good for nothing.
God loves you.
Christ died for you.
You’re alive for a reason, for a purpose.
God gave you life.
You’re here to live, love & be loved, thrive, glorify God.
Realize this. God bless.

“Children of God in Christ” Note by me.

“Children of God in Christ” Note by me.

–Note: originally just a long comment on a site, shared here for others’ benefit and God’s glory–

1 John 3:2
“Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be: but we know that, when He will appear, we will be like Him; for we will see Him as He is.”

In Christ, thanks to His death and resurrection, we are accepted by and belong to God, and it doesn’t cost us who we’re truly called to be; it makes it not just possible and probable but certain that we will become who we’re truly called to be by our Creator and heavenly Father.
God is working in and on us from the moment of our spiritual birth, making us like Christ, which is His goal and our joy, because even as we are becoming more like Christ, we are not losing that part of us that makes us, well, us, because God wants sons and daughters, not clones and robots. God’s not trying to destroy our uniqueness, He wants it to be seen in Christ, for it to shine and grow and thrive in Him.
It may be hard to grasp but what He said in His Word is what He wills, desires, is doing, is working, is making, is perfecting, and He never drops or leaves unfinished what He has begun, especially when it concerns those whom He created in His image, fearfully and wonderfully made for His glory, to do good works which He prepared for us in Christ to do.

It’s said of Christians that “We are becoming what we already are.” We’re in Christ and we’re becoming like Christ, not in some New Age jargon sense, but in the only meaningful sense, in the way the Bible says. We are all unique members of the Body of Christ. Not one of us is put here to do the same thing in the same way as a brother or sister in Christ.
God has given us value, worth, significance, identity, purpose, reason, meaning, joy, dignity, not because we’re perfect or such awesome people but because He loves us, chose to love us, accepted us in Christ, made us for Himself, for His glory, so we’d live and love and thrive here and glorify and enjoy Him now and forever.
We’re here to preach the Gospel to the spiritually dead, to share our hope in Christ with others, to point them to Christ who is the Way and Truth and Life, Who’s the only way to the Father, Who’s the only one through whom we can be reconciled to God, saved from the coming wrath we deserve for all our sins, our disobedience and unbelief.
Thanks and glory be to God for His amazing grace, for Christ His Son, for God’s great love for us that nothing can separate us from. Glory to our amazing God, now and forever!

“Things We Face”

11/1/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Things We Face”

Serenity – we just don’t know it.
Obscenity – we’re used to seeing it.
Imperfection – we all share it.
Desecration – we ruin what’s sacred.

Destroying what we fear –
We’re far from that point.
Being happy in every day –
It’s elusive, not our purpose.

No sense in merely existing
When we’re called to really live.
No sense in keeping score
If we’re the only ones playing.

It’s just too dark here now
To see anything around us.
We want out of this place –
The labyrinth of our failures.

Light reaches us and we turn away.
Oh, we used to welcome the sun
But now we wait for the moon,
Just to get through another night.

Long, dark roads and dead ends –
It’s so familiar and so tiring.
Oh, it’s just wearing us down,
We’re just existing now, it seems.

Things we face
In everyday life
Can build us up
Or tear us down.

We can all really live
And not merely exist.
We can breathe again,
The air so fresh and new.

If it’s in our grasp,
What’s stopping us
From getting it now
And embrace change?

expectations and disappointments

Warning: great expectations may lead to great disappointments. Sometimes the greater the expectations, the greater the disappointments are as possible results. Much depends on what our great expectations are, though.

-thought by me

“Honesty Coupled With Truth” Note by me.

“Honesty Coupled With Truth” Note by me.

–Originally just a comment; shared here as a note–

Honesty’s great and better when coupled with the truth that can shine like a great light in the midst of half-truths and whole lies.
Where can more such honesty be found?
Cliches and small talk abound.
Introspection is like a lost art.
Insight seems to cost too much.
Concern for the state of one’s soul is too often pushed aside to much later in life.
Genuine concern for another’s spiritual needs to many seems to only take away time they’d rather use for something else (though of lesser importance and likely only of temporal value).

Seeking more such honesty as will surely take some work, to find it, and apply it to self to open a window to look within and say what’s really there, to let Christ illuminate it and bring out what’s hidden from all because of fear and pride still alive in self.