Thankful Thursdays

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!

18 thoughts on “Religion? Or Relationship”

  1. I love it when God reinforces a concept like He did for you. Thanks for a great reminder of whose we are, and who we’re supposed to reflect to the world around us.

  2. “I want to resemble Christ so much that when others look at me—there is no doubt that I am His.”Amen Amen Angie!! Me too!! I am sorry I missed your Sunday post. I would have prayed. But now sent a prayer for the joy of the Lord to fill your soul. I have had my pools of tears just as you have. It is amazing that His mercies new every morning restores our soul and we can get up and go again:) I think that sometimes He gives us the emotions of those days for His purposes. For instance a couple of weeks ago I was weeping throughout the day for my dad. I was so prayerful that day I knew the Lord was moving me to be that way. What breaks His heart should break mine too.Love ya!!

  3. Oh, Ang,Do you resemble Him?… This question should live in our minds every moment. Thank you for this post. I wish I had written it.Every week you encourage me with your words and more with your heart for our Lord. I love you so much. Hug Amiee for me too. Love Lynn

  4. Hey Angie,Oh, this was great. I really enjoyed your encouraging word and challenge to be a true reflection of Jesus for the world to see.Your song is just perfect too.Bless you sweet sister!!

  5. Great thankful post! I want my actions and attitude to resemble Christ too. I know how hard it can be at times. May God help us. Thank God for blessing you with family, loved ones, church and friends, and every blessings. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care and God bless!

  6. lovely reminder for us all…I live with strong conviction every day because being mistaken for LORD- bearing a strong resemblance to my Father – begins in my home…can’t get anything past those folks! LORD change us…

  7. Angie, I ADORE your image of people who have been married so long they resemble each other. In my day job, I work with the elderly and it really does happen that way! Thank you so much for linking this to how we want to resemble our Lord after spending many years together.

  8. Angie,Yes, that is what I want to!!! It takes daily effort for me as well.Taking time daily with your sister; such a great idea. Thanks for sharing your heart. You’re such a special person!Blessings!Cheryl

  9. I want to be like Christ too in action and attitude. I am thankful for my relationship with Him and His daughters– friends like you!Thanks, Angie, for being so loving to me. I appreciate your words. I’d love an email update about your writing when you are able. I know you are in a holding pattern. But just know, I’m here for you. It’ll come together in His time. His way. Love,Tiffany

  10. Oh Angie! This so much movee me: We are His girls. It is so beyond any human relationship. To believe that God loves you so perfectly. And the other point you’ve made, being reflections of Christ. That was so good!Thank you. P.S. There is a little award waiting for you in my place. Please stop by!Oh, and enjoy the week end!

  11. Angie,Your blog always makes me feel closer to you and Aimee. I loved how you mentioned your phone calls with your sister. How beautiful that you share scripture with one another. So beautiful.I am here at my husband’s office, my sister and her husband just left after eating lunch with us. I love hanging out with her and pray that she sees Jesus in me.Funny thing, “relationship” has been on my heart lately.You bless me friend.Love you! Joannep.s. I am already praying that I can make it back to She Speaks next year…just gotta visit you girls again!

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