Friday, 21 August 2015

A-Z Challenge! AAAAAAAAA

I think it is time for a challenge.  To get the word mill working in my mind again.  I have been going through a very dry patch with regards to blogging and I think its time to get back into the groove.  So I am challenging myself with a weekly alphabetical challenge.  Not too much pressure you understand (insert stressed woman here).

Seriously though, I love blogging and for some reason I am just stumped!  There is lots to blog about and much has gone on in my life in the last year, but there seems to be a big disconnect when I want to get the words out into a blog post!

Oh well, there is no time like the present!



ACCEPTANCE

I think we all battle with acceptance at one time or another in our lives.  I believe that there was once a "thing" in my heart where I felt I was not good enough.  Its something I believe the devil used in my relationships with those closest to me, in order to make that "thing" grow into a belief that I was not good enough, or not acceptable the way I was.

However, there came a moment, a time, where it dawned on me that, "hey, wait a minute, if I am good enough for God, if He accepts me right here, right now, the way I am, then who are you (or me) to not accept me?"  Now, my feeling that I was not acceptable to others was in part circumstances and situations, and part my wrongful belief that I was not acceptable.

Romans 10v10:  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.


It is amazing how you determine your interactions by how you feel about yourself.  It took me a long time to get to the point where that "thing" in my heart was eradicated and replaced with the knowledge that I am loved, as is, by God!  Now, knowing that I am acceptable to Christ does not mean I stay in that place.  But it did free me to start trying to better myself and be more of who God created me to be.  In feeling the Lord's acceptance, or rather, in acknowledging His acceptance of me, I was free to grow.  Does that make sense to you?  Because before "knowing" and acknowledging that acceptance, I was in that place where you think "why bother trying?  No one will find value in me anyway, right?!"

Romans 8v31:  What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?

So, knowing and acknowledging God's acceptance, eventually leads to "feeling" that acceptance and also sets you on a path of relating differently to others because now, you know your worth, which is in Christ and not in what others think, or what we perceive others think of us, or frankly what we perceive and think about ourselves.

My encouragement to you this week is to affirm in your heart that you are well loved and fully accepted by our Lord!  That we are chosen, personally, by Him.  And that He loved us at our darkest.
 To me this just reeks of grace and mercy and as undeserving as we are, He never changes and what He says is the truth!  He loves us!  End of story!

Eph 1v4:  Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord is reminding me that acceptance, true acceptance, is in Him.  Its in the realization that our everything comes from Him, is managed by Him, is loved by Him.  We are truly rooted and firmly accepted by His love.  We are His, and in that there is no rejection.  Just pure love....

10 comments:

  1. Hi Tracy, one of mind :) I am doing an A-Z series on my Dutch blog (and I am halfway) and I recently started one on my English blog! It's fun, no pressure! I'll keep an eye on yours.

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    1. Hi Marja, oh wow, I will go over and check it out
      God bless

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  2. I have missed you, Tracy. I was just thinking of you the other day and realized I hadn't seen your post in my inbox in a while! It is always an uplift to see your name there. :) So happy you are back, and yes, thank God, if He accepts us that is truly all that matters. Oh, my, if this were not true, I would be in one mess. We left a long-term church affiliation, and we have been SO condemned by so many who do not understand our reasons for leaving. It took me a very long time to realize that God's approval of us is not contingent upon man's approval. What a relief! God bless you, sweet friend...thanks for pushing through the block and sending out encouragement. :)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you, you bless me big. I am sorry you have felt that from your previous church, and you are so right, we need to seek God's approval and not man's. I'll be popping over to say "hi" shortly.
      God bless

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  3. Hi Tracy! How fun to see you back! Thank you for your visit, it's been a long time.

    Using prompts to help with writing is a great idea. I think we have so many going on in life that it's often overwhelming to figure out how to express anything, there's just so much. I'm so glad that you've come over the ridge into the light of acceptance. Don't feel like the only person who's been through that! If God loves you and you are following Him, who cares what anyone else thinks?

    Have a great Monday!
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, yes, using the prompts is certainly helping to get the juices flowing again. And yes, knowing God's acceptance does make man's acceptance less desirable. :)
      God bless

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  4. Good on you Tract for getting back on the blogging bandwagon!! And what a fantastic idea the A-Z is!!! I'm impressed deluxe!

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    1. Hi Tehila, thank you :) and you are welcome to join in
      God bless

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  5. Welcome back Tracy. Like others I too have missed reading your blog and am glad you are back! I can recommend Marja's A to Z blog series. They are wonderful.

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    1. Hi Anita, yes, I too love reading Marja's blog and its awesome that we both happen to be blogging A - Z at the moment. Thanks for always visiting and commenting. I appreciate it
      God bless

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