There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no-testing that can ever touch me until, first of all it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a GREAT PURPOSE, which I may not understand at the moment. As I refuse to become panicky, as I lift my eyes up to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will ever cause me to fret-for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is- that is the rest of VICTORY!!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Clean Up time"........

One of the most simple joys in life for me is what I call "hair therapy." Its my every 6-8 week appointment for a hair cut and sometimes color. Its not something my husband can appreciate because first of all he is a guy, and second of all he is going bald, sorry dear :) With short hair its something I have to keep up with but its not necessarily just about keeping up with my hair but about that time away for me to relax and have a break. I have an appointment scheduled this weekend and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

One thing though that always cracks me up is how much preparation we spend as women to go and get our hair done. I know before most of my appointments I try to wash and style my hair which is funny because then I go to the salon and they wash and style my hair. There is just something to be said about walking into the salon looking a mess, its like we are afraid for the person who does our hair to see our hair messy when the reason we are there is so that they can make it look better and maintain it to begin with lol. Maybe I am the only one that does all this work before an appointment but I know there are other instances we could talk about too. I know women who actually clean their houses for before the maid comes to clean their house. Now I can't afford a maid but if I could I would probably do the same thing :)

We are a society that is so worried about appearances and having it all together that we literally "clean ourselves up" before we go to get cleaned up. We try to minimize how bad it seems or how messy we seem because we are afraid. Should I really be worried if my hair stylist thinks my hair is a mess, isnt that why I'm sitting in her chair with foil in my hair looking like a crazy woman in the first place because I obviously need some help? We can say the same thing with a realtionship with Christ. We do we have such a desperate need to try and clean ourselves up before sitting at the feet of Jesus? We are all a mess and we all need the grace and forgivness of Christ, transformation is about realizing we are messy, broken and in need of a change. Its realizing we are in need of serious help and only the blood of Jesus can be that makeover we need in life. Its one of the biggest things I struggle with and a barrier I think is hard to overcome with people around us that don't know Jesus and that is the misconception, that in order to be allowed to have a relationship with Jesus we have to first be cleaned up. If I would have waited to be cleaned up and waited for my life to not be such a wreck before giving my heart to Jesus and trying a relationship with Him I think I would still be waiting. I on my own could never clean up the mess I had allowed myself to get in, I could never have cleaned up the hurts I had experienced or face the struggles in life each day we all face without Jesus first coming into my life just as I was, broken, empty and a mess and filling me up with His love and grace.

Romans 3:22-24 (AMP) "Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory [a]which God bestows and receives. [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus." Basically we read in scripture that not one person deserves the grace and love of Jesus more than another. You may have known Jesus for 50 years or 2 months, you may have heard about Him in Sunday school or seek Him for hours a day, but one thing I know for sure is that the love of Jesus doesnt discriminate and none of us are beyond the need of a Savior in our lives.

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