Archive | December 2015

Perfectly Imperfect ~Pretty Lies by Veridia

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what is the good, well pleasing, and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:2

As we approach New Years Day, it is common to make New Years resolutions. The only problem is that many, if not all, of the resolutions that are made by the majority of people deal with the external being–Losing weight, eating right, working out, getting outdoors more frequently, etc. These are focusing on the outside…the looks, the appearance, the body image. They are temporary, and who determines when you have lost enough weight, whether you are eating right, or if you are getting outdoors enough? When is enough good enough? Who sets the bar? Resolutions to improve the external shell are wonderful, don’t get me wrong! However, if it is society telling you to lose weight, eat right, exercise more, than your resolutions will not succeed for societal views of perfection can never truly be achieved (hence the reason why resolutions typically fail)! After all, if we were able to be “perfect” then why the need to airbrush/Photoshop ads? Why would we need to starve ourselves or exercise till we break if perfection could be obtained?

Instead of focusing on the outside this year, take some time to devote to the inside…the heart, the mind, the soul. The goal of life it not to be perfect, for we are “perfectly imperfect” beings! The goal of life is to be perfected through the blood of Christ, who was born and died for you! The only way to change the outside, is to first change the inside. You were created by God on purpose for a purpose and your body is not yours…despite how you may feel! It is the Lord’s. If you focus your energy on God, his commands, his love for you, his sacrifice for you, his never-ending grace towards you, and his endless mercy, then you will see that you are perfectly imperfect, which is just how it should be! It is in our imperfections that we are able to see our need for God. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need him!! When you accept that you are imperfect, you can accept who you are, where you are, and how you look and feel about yourself. When God is at the center, the external becomes a part of the journey. However, if the external is at the center, you will never be happy because there is always someone prettier, handsomer, richer, smarter, more athletic, and on and on it goes. You will never find happiness or true joy if you try to reach the illusion of perfection!

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So, rather than focusing on the external this year, shift your center to the internal. Find your peace with God and with whom he created you to be. Find peace with all of you–your looks, your job, your family, your life. No matter how imperfect, you are in God’s hands and he will work all things out for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose—that is YOU! Believe me, I know hard times and how hard it is to see yourself as beautiful when life tells you otherwise!! Remember, you are “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT” and that is breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!!!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

May you pray more, dive into scriptural truths, and spend some time listening to God’s still small voice midst the noisy chaos of life! I assure you that when you do, you will find true joy in who you are, no matter the circumstances.

All my love and blessings for a wonderful, fabulous, enriching new year! ❤

Family and Friends @ Christmastime

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
~ Psalm 103:1-2

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     Praying you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to enjoy time with family and friends! I was so very blessed to be with friends, whom I now call family, and my wonderful son, who is growing into a fabulous young man. There were gifts given and received, food enjoyed by all, and sweets galore! The trivia games were a hoot and the laughter was the best gift of the day!! God has been so good. Despite the chaos, despite the storms that have occurred during the past year, and the busyness of life, God has provided a chance to remember what is important in this life! Christmas may be a man-made holiday, but the meaning behind it is precious and a constant reminder that we are forgiven, loved, and free to be what God designed us to be.

     May you rest in the knowledge that God calls you his own and wants to celebrate your life with you, turning even the hardest trials into the most joyous moments. All my love and blessings for a glorious new year filled with peace and grace overflowing! ❤

Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 1

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

Tomorrow’s the day
Celebration of Christ’s birth
Beautiful Savior

Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 2

So they hurrying off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen,
which were just as they had been told.
~ Luke 2:16-20

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Jesus Christ our Lord
Lying in a manger bed
Man’s treasure on Earth

Christmas Haiku Countdown 2015 ~ my bad!!

Tis the season for laughter and fun, love and blessings, giving and sharing!!  Tis also the season of busyness with family and friends…which is an abundant blessing in its own right.  I apologize for the Haiku countdown not counting down–I have been enjoying time with my quickly growing son, who is now 16, and friends, which has limited my time online.  So rather than trying to create 17 Christmas Haiku’s in one sitting….I am going to pick up where we are today.  May the blessing of life bring you social time away from the computer and phone screen…and face to face with family and friends.

All my love and Merry Christmas Eve! ❤

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Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 18

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
~ Luke 2:13:14

Jesus Christ is born
God and sinners reconciled
Praise and joy abound

Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 19

After they had heard the king,
they went on their way,
and the star they had seen when it rose
went ahead of them until it stopped
over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house,
they saw the child with his mother Mary,
and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasures
and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
~ Matthew 2:9-11

Behold the Glory
Star of wonder and delight
Hope for the nations

Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 20

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
~ Luke 19:20

God’s promise in Christ
A manger with a mission
Peace for all mankind

Christmas Haiku 2015 Countdown 21

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

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And the peace of God
Which transcends understanding
Comes through Jesus Christ