All posts by Brenda Friend of Jesus!

I am a very happily married woman with two grown children and I am happier than a pig in mud with what God has done in my life. I am a Christian writer who just enjoys sharing my perspective and testimony with others so that one might become encouraged by something I post. God is the ultimate caregiver and uses us as vessels to pour His love into others. I say if I can reach one soul for Christ with my writing then so be it. My life has become a living testimony to God and He has done so many good things for me and others around me. Be Blessed Love in Christ Brenda

UNdoing Those Floods

13323597_10207808646792832_614645307873717227_oPsalm 119:105-112 The Message (MSG)

105-112 By your words I can see where I’m going;
    they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
    from living by your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God;
    put me together again with your Word.
Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;
    teach me your holy rules.
My life is as close as my own hands,
    but I don’t forget what you have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
    but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—
    what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—
    I always have and always will.

Feeling any better now that you read through those 90 scriptures of who you are to God?  I know at first when someone proposed to me that I was good enough for God I laughed only because I knew how broken I really was on the inside.  Most could not tell from the outside that I did not have it all together.  Side note:  I still don’t have it all together.  I always dressed nice, not a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, and my makeup was always done and my hair styled.  I never left the house unfinished, on the outside.

For years I struggled with not being good enough, can’t do anything right and why does anybody even want me?  I was dealing with rejection and did not even know it.  Being a product of adoption, this played a HUGE role in my own identity.  If nobody wanted me in the first place why did God even allow me to be born?  If I wasn’t good enough for my first family, what good would I be to my new family?

UNWANTED. UNLOVED. UNWORTHY.

Thank goodness God came in like a mighty rushing wind and UNdid my flood of negativity. He changed my Unwanted to WANTED.  He converted my UNloved to LOVED.  He exchanged my UNworthy to WORTHY.

Because of the great love of a Father in heaven who loves me unconditionally even when I mess up and make a disaster of something, I am who I am today.  Now I can read through those verses and accept what I had originally UNaccepted.  How did this happen?  Well I assure it was not overnight.  The first step was trusting God.  Then I had to read the Bible verses and believe them as truth.  This is called renewing your mind.  Through those verses MANY aspects of wrong thinking were UNdone in His presence.  He renewed my mind and taught me what love really was.

Are you ready to be UNdone? It’s not often a pretty process and it might mess you up on the outside a little as you go through it but once the brokenness on the inside is healed then the outside will no longer be a cover up for the hurt but a true representation of your identity.  You will be glowing from the inside out and your life with be a living testimony to how good our God really is.

Dear God, I pray for my friend who is reading this right now.  I ask Lord that You would reveal Yourself to them in such a powerful way there will be no fear in trusting You.  I pray the healing will come quickly and they will begin to feel loved, wanted and worthy in Your presence.  Thank You Lord for loving them and accepting them just as they are, your beloved child.

In Jesus Name.  AMEN

 

From Drops to Floods

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But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
Man, I missed the mark again.  That did not turn out like I wanted it to.  I can’t do anything right.  I failed again. Everyone is going to be mad at me now.
Nobody likes me.  Nobody wants me.  Nobody want to hang out with me.  Nobody wants to spend time with me because _________________________.  (fill in the blank)  Everybody hates me, what good am I?
I feel like we think  plagues were just a thing of the past in Old Testament times.

BUT, I feel the devil uses counterfeit plagues to keep us in fear and bondage in our minds.  So many of us struggle everyday with our minds.  We never think we measure up to the standards of God or man.  We feel like no matter how hard we try nothing seems to turn out right and we think people are mad at us INCLUDING God Himself.

Ugh!  Stupid devil.  I am so tired of people living in fear of failure.  It causes so much stress and anxiety to good people.  God does not intend for us to spend one minute or even one second thinking that He is mad at us.  He gave up His only Son to die on a cross which took care of all of that.  Now He only sees us through His Son.

We are good enough.  We are worthy of love.  We are loved by God.  

If we could only wrap our heads around this every waking moment of the day we could live in a river of peace so deep and wide nothing much else would matter.  If we messed up at work we would just forgive ourselves and float down the river on our inflatable mattress without a care in the world.  If we felt like we disappointed someone we would just ask for forgiveness and continue on down the river, eyes on Jesus because in the end He is all that matters.

When those drops of doubt start invading out minds, its really hard to stop them because the devil will just keep bringing up your past and pretty soon you find yourself in a flood of disaster barely holding your life together.  Everything seems dark (plague of darkness).  Everything seems to be too noisy (plague of frogs).  Things seem to be so irritating (plague of lice, boils & locusts).  We feel like we have lost everything (plague of livestock and firstborn).  And nothing we seem to do makes us feel any better almost as if we have poisoned ourselves (plague of water into blood).

Do you see how twisted the devil has made or minds?  What a mess we seem to be…YET..that’s not how God sees us.  Let me show you how God sees us:

We are Loved.

We are Valuable.

We are wanted.

We are NOT rejected.

We are Blameless.

We are the Righteousness of God.

We are Worthy.

We are Friends of God.

We are God’s living stones.

We are Children of God.

This is how we should be floating down that river of peace.  Knowing who we are in Christ!  Spend some time today and begin to believe who you are in Christ.  Below are  90 I am statements, read through them  and begin to BELIEVE in who you are to God.

I am blameless and free from accusation. (Colossians 1:22) Christ Himself is in me. (Colossians 1:27) I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in Him. (Col. 2:7) I have been made complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10) I have been spiritually circumcised. My old unregenerate nature has been removed. (Colossians 2:11) I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ. (Colossians 2:12,13) I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden With Christ in God. Christ is now my life. (Colossians 1:1-4) I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Colossians 3:4) I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Col. 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4) I am a son of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5) I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing. (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5) Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother. (Hebrews 2:11) I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1) I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in a time of need. (Hebrews4:16) I have been born again. (1 Peter 1:23) I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5) I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a People for God’s own possession. (1 Peter 2:9,10) I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live. (1 Peter 2:11) I am an enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 2:11) I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by Which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) I am forgiven on the account of Jesus’ name. (1 John 2:12) I am anointed by God. (1 John 2:27) I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1,2) I am loved. (1 John 4:10) I am like Christ. (1 John 4:10) I have life. (1 John 5:12) I am born of God, and the evil one…the devil…cannot touch me. (1 John 5:`8) I have been redeemed. (Revelation 5:9) Over 90 Statements from Scripture Describing Who I Am In Christ My Nature In Christ I have been healed. (Isaiah 53:5) I am the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14) I am commissioned to make disciples. (Matthew 28:19,20) I am a child of God. (John 1:12) I have eternal life. (John 10:27) I have been given peace. (John 14:27) I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1,5) I am clean. (John 15:3) I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15) I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit. (John 15:16) I have been given glory. (John 17:22) I have been justified…completely forgiven and made righteous. (Romans 5:1) I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life. (Romans 6:1-6) I am a slave of righteousness. (Romans 6:18) I am free from sin and enslaved to God. (Romans 6:22) I am free forever from condemnation. (Romans 8:1) I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14, 15 Galatians 3:26; 4:6) I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17) I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who loves me. (Romans 8:37) I have faith. (Romans 12:3) I have been sanctified and called to holiness. (1 Corinthians 1:2) I have been given grace in Christ Jesus. (1Corinthians 1:4) I have been placed into Christ, by God’s doing. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things feely given to me by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12) I have been given the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) I am a temple…a dwelling place…of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17) I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 7:23) I am called. (1 Corinthians 7:17) I am a member of Christ’s Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30) I am victorious through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given to the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13,14) I am led by God in triumphal procession. (2 Corinthians 2:14) I am to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15) I am being changed into the likeness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18 Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:14,15) I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18,19) I have been made righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21) I am given strength in exchange for weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:10) I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life. (Galatians 2:20) I am a son of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26, 28) I am Abraham’s seed…an heir of the promise. (Galatians 3:29) I am an heir of God since I am a son of God. (Galatians 4:6,7) I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1; ! Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2) I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3) I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) I was predestined…determined by God…to be adopted as God’s son. (Ephesians 1:5) I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13) I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace. I have been made alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:5) I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven. (Ephesians 2:6) I am God’s workmanship…His handiwork…born anew in Christ to do His work. (Ephesians 2:10) I have direct access to God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18) I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19) I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence. (Eph. 3:12) I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 2:24) I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Philippians 3:20 Ephesians 2:6) I am capable. (Philippians 4:13) I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:13) I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been cancelled. (Colossians 1:14)

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Five Things to do Without a Cell Phone

But God reassured him, “Easy now. Don’t panic. You won’t die.”

Judges 6:23 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jdg.6.23.MSG

Middle of texting my bestie whom hadn’t had a phone in forever and my phone begins to act up. Ugh. My heart begins to beat a little faster. No. Don’t stop working. Phone starts barking codes and warnings. My heart races a little faster.  Okay. Calming down I pressed the off button thinking it will reset my phone and stop the panic rising within me…nope. Just a blank white barely visible screen.

Now last time my phone was acting up I had an almost sheer out panic attack. I could not imagine being without it. What if my kids needed to get a hold of me? What if my dad fell and could not reach me? What if work was in need of me? What if. What if. What if.  I was terrified to be disconnected. Not to mention what was I going to do with my spare time if I couldn’t play my games or scroll through my Facebook? 

This time I was calmer and I discovered a few things. Even though I was under a small panic attack on the inside I discovered just how attached I had become to this hand held device.  Time consuming. Life distraction. Focus thief. Disconnection device.  Sorry…just calling my cell phone for what it is.  I have become so wrapped up in the next event in my phone that I have been neglecting what is more important: LIFE.

So here are just 5 things I discovered while I went without a Cell phone for a mere 36 hours:

1. I still knew how to read an actual book.  It felt so good to actual hold a book and physically flip through the pages as I learned new knowledge for life.

2.  I could hear God more clearly.  I could just sit in silence with no background noise and feel His Presence and hear His voice. 

3.  I could get more housework done.  This might not seem like a plus aspect, however being distracted by Facebook and games I have neglected my duties as a wife.

4.  No one died because my phone wasn’t working. No one needed me in a desperate manner in those 36 hours. Life actually still went on as my phone was silent.

5.  Lastly I discovered a freedom that I had not know since the invention of the cell phone.  I do not need my phone for survival.  Life will continue to move forward.  Accidents will still happen.  People will still need each other and we can be found if needed some way.
So yesterday as I sat in the phone store and simply watched the lady open my phone up, remove the battery and bring life to my phone I was excited yet I was apprehensive.  I didn’t want to become a slave to my phone again.  I wanted the freedom I had without it yet I knew it was going to go have to be a slow detox.  So I think I am almost ready to let this go.  Almost. (as I sit waiting for church to start typing this blog entry on my revived cell phone).

Dear God,

Thank You for showing me that everything just goes on in life without being attached to my phone.  Help me in the coming days to experience the freedom of unattachment from earthly devices and strengthen my attatchment to You.  I long to dwell In Your Presence and hear Your voice.

In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Taking Control

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I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.
How am I going to fix this?
What am I going to do?
When will I be able to accomplish my goal?
Why can’t I figure this out?
Who am I going to consult with next?
Where am I going to find peace?
Are you plagued daily by these questions running through your head?  Bogged down with worry and stress about everything in life?  Can’t sleep?  Can’t rest?  Can’t enter into worship?  Well, I know you are not alone.  I bet millions of people from one end of this earth to the other are suffering while trying to figure out their next step.
God has only asked a few things of us:  love one another, be obedient to His Word and trust Him.  Sounds as easy as 1,2,3 doesn’t?  Well in today’s society the simplicity of what God requires as been contaminated with doubt, fear and worry…all instruments of the devil himself.  We find it so hard to unplug and unwind from our days as we are consumed with so many distractions and disasters in our lives.
God made an everlasting promise to us in Jeremiah 29:11 and to paraphrase, He has great plans for our lives, plans of prosperity and goodness…..no harm!  When we come to the full understanding of this we can than do the 1, 2, 3, but until we see just how much God loves us and that He is in control, it’s tough.
How do you escape from your mindless thoughts about how you are going to figure out your life, when you know full well that it’s God’s job to do that?  Pray for others.  Take the focus off from self and pray for others.  I prayed for my kids, my husband and anybody I could recall that needed pray from my Facebook friends on my way to work this morning. I did not even let the thoughts enter in of what I was going to  do.
By focusing and praying for someone else we are loving them, being obedient to God’s Word and trusting God for them.  It has to be a choice to pray but once you start, you will find yourself praying more often for others because it is destroying the endless rat race in your head.  Instead of trying to figure out what you should do next, you are asking God to bless and heal your family and friends.
Dear Lord, Help us all to find the simplicity of life.  Help us to focus more on others and to begin to pray for them instead of worrying.  We praise You and thank You for the mighty work You are doing in all of our lives.  We trust you with our lives Lord and we know Your plans for us are great, help us to believe in that promise.
In Jesus Name.  Amen.