Thank you kindly, Vicki. I don’t know about jewels in a crown. I’m sure He will enjoy getting back whatever crown(s) He allows me lol. I thank you for your loving words and reminder of the encouragement you pour out here.
I wanted to privately message you, but I’m lazy, so I’ll say it here. When I first looked at your Headline, it had a different meaning to me than it does now. Well, it means the same thing but it has a different twist to it.
It started out (for me) as though Shame, being the reaction to sin was stealing joy that you had. I reread it, after what I wrote and doing a few other things since then and the message changed to me. It became “stealing joy is what shame is”. Or, Shame IS the stealing of joy.
In my head this makes far more sense as an epiphany than I can put into words and we now see that it isn’t me writing out prayers obviously. I’m just fingers.
I went from a poet to a first grader with a crayon and a wall.
But, I just wanted to share the intensity of a headline and how it changed as my perspective continues to look in different angles.
[New Living Translation]
2 Cor 7:10
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
This verse comes to me for you as well as: Romans 8:1 There is therefore NOW no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Notice the emphasis on the NOW because it is FINISHED!!! It’s a DONE deal! Everything in Gods kingdom is accessed via FAITH and I mean EVERYTHING!!! We can’t even please Him without it ! We need only believe His Word as the highest form of reality which is TRUTH and His Promises to us !!! Childlike faith believes what are Father says in His Word !! I pray your faith won’t fail you ! God bless you and don’t submit to any thoughts or thinking that don’t line up with the Word ! The battle is in the mind therefore we MUST cast down vain Empty base imaginations and Take EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ!! God bless you and Maranatha!!!
Oh, when those voices begin. The accusations, of unseen demons in our mind…digging up the guilt… “I know what you did” “I know how you lied” “oh how you disgust me”… “I know where you’ve been”… my reply,?
“But, I AM forgiven,… you may know where I’ve been… BUT, …I know where your going” turning the tables on those voices, taking the punch out of the fight… God forgives us, remind the little voices, and send them packing…
I can’t help it. But during those same times, I have sometimes responded with, “It must really bite the rancid taco for you to have had to give a golden fiddle to a boy in Georgia because you couldn’t even win a rigged fiddle playing contest of your own.”
I love it Jon…perhaps Jesus will slip one of those jewels in your crown that I spoke of earlier for your sense of humor…just for fun.
After all, who better than God has demonstrated HIS sense of humor with such magnificent, unique and odd creations…including us!