Daily Archives: July 31, 2008

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Get on over to Denise of Sew the Word, a.k.a. Samaratan Women, and sign up for the incredible give-away!
She is so sweet to do this! For the Thankful Thursday post, head on down the page a bit!

Religion? Or Relationship

Before I get too far into this, I wanted to make sure you knew this IS Thankful Thursday. Every week we gather around and share what we are thankful for. It varies from air conditioners that work, dishwashers that have been repaired, healing for ourselves or loved ones, birthing of new babies…health, financial needs being met, jobs being secured, friends, family, but most of all, every-single-lady is thankful for salvation. For a relationship with Christ. Not religion. A true relationship.

Iris, the incredibly sweet hostess of Thankful Thursday has supplied us with the perfect verse:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.~ 1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV)

We are His girls. Did you know that? His. Bought with a price. Adopted into His family. Do you resemble Him?

I will start this off with a huge thankful for my dear sister Aimee. Each and every morning we have a time together on the phone. A time of fellowship with each other—and sharing the Word. Today I shared a verse from a Beth Moore daily devotional. It spoke of our “reflection of Christ”. Looking like Him. Representing Him. When I turned on my computer and went to a couple of devotional sites I found similar messages. They had no clue that I had just shared this same thought line with Aimee. Both of the sites shared about our reflection of Christ. The fact that we, as His daughters—should look like—His Son. Do we? I thought about this all day long.

I want the Father to see the reflection of His Son in my life. I want to resemble Christ so much that when others look at me—there is no doubt that I am His. Have you ever heard someone say of an adopted child, “she looks just like you”, or of a married couple of long years, “you’ve been together so long, you resemble one another”. That’s what I want of my life and spirit. I want my actions and attitude to resemble Christ.

That is hard to do sometimes. I mean, get real here. Think about how you feel when someone cuts in front of you on the highway—and you are in a hurry—going 70 miles per hour. Does Christ likeness flood your vehicle? Hmmm. Well, like I said. This is hard. For me anyway. It is something I am working on. Daily.

I want a relationship with Jesus that is real and EVIDENT. One that others— “want what I’ve got”. Don’t you want to be a traffic director? No, not the officer that stands in the road waving you forward or putting up his hand for you to stop. But the one that directs others—that are seeking the Way—to the Way. You point them, even take them, to the Way, the Truth and the Life.

A true relationship will be sought after. Anyone can “get religion”—but to develop a relationship—you have to stay in contact—constant communication with that Person. That’s what I want. How about you?

So—I am thankful for my family—my sweet man—who prays over me—for me and with me. I am thankful for my daughters and their families. I am thankful for my job and my co-workers. I am thankful for my church family, my health, my dishwasher, my washer/dryer, my AIRCONDITIONER, but most of all…..I am thankful for the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life on a daily basis. I am thankful for my relationship….with God, my Father–His Son—and the Holy Spirit. Daily.

What are you thankful for….Run on over to Iris‘ place….see what others are saying!