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December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Christmas might be over but we are still celebrating all that this time of year can bring… family members visiting, naps in the middle of the day, snowy mornings, the glow of the fireplace,

Just a little excited to open his present!

Just a little excited to open his present!

game nights and new toys scattered about the house. Right now it is quiet in the house. Eli is taking his nap and Chase went to see The Hobbit with his parents. I gladly stayed behind to get a little “me” time. So what do I choose to do during my free time? Laundry and writing, what a good combo, right?

This Christmas was a little different though, not only was it my first one since being diagnosed but Lupus also made an appearance! That’s right, I was in a flare up! I went to bed Sunday night and tossed and turned all night aching and then Christmas Even morning my flare was in full swing. I have to say it was pretty upsetting to feel like poo during all of Christmas. I had my usual hip, knee and back pains, along with fatigue. But this flare was different, I had a new symptoms… my ankles were so achy I could barely stand to put weight on them. So with that I found myself on the couch with a heating pad around my ankles. It was definitely a little disappointing. I even got a little emotional about everything on the drive home. I didn’t want to be a downer let alone spoil anyone’s fun. But, then I think back to the last couples of days and think about how incredibly blessed I am! Not once during my flare up did I have to worry about cooking, doing the dishes or any of the clean up. The amazing women in our family took charge as I rested on the couch. And speaking of that… no one cared that I was sprawled on the living room furniture! I may have felt bad but I didn’t want to miss any of the excitement that Eli was having over his new toys! And let me tell you he was having a ball! I can still picture his face as he was opening presents!

When I think about the past few days all I feel is gratitude. I might have Lupus and sometimes it might make an appearance on a special day that I so badly wished it wouldn’t. But, my God has given me more than I could imagine! He has given me the love and support of my amazing family! I don’t have to let my bad days define me! Instead I can take joy in knowing that on those bad days God has given me people who I can turn to for help. Wow, what a blessing that is!

Well it has been awhile since I have done a regular Worship Song Friday, with Christmas each Friday was a Christmas song and then with all the traveling and family time we had it just has been awhile. I absolutely LOVE this song! It is so beautiful I can’t help but to sing along and worship my God every time I hear it! It’s a great reminder of the beautiful love story we have with Jesus!

Divine Romance by Phil Wickham

The fullness of Your grace is here with me
The richness of Your beauty’s all I see
The brightness of Your glory has arrived
In Your presence God, I’m completely satisfied

For You I sing I dance
Rejoice in this divine romance
Lift my heart and my hands
To show my love, to show my love

A deep deep flood, an Ocean flows from You
Of deep deep love, yeah it’s filling up the room
Your innocent blood, has washed my guilty life
In Your presence God I’m completely satisfied

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7 (NLT) 

I get so excited every time I sing this song! No matter who we are or what we have done we have freedom in God! What an amazing and joyful truth that is! When I sing this song and really think about the truth it holds I have this big silly grin on my face the entire time I am singing. Praise God for the freedom we have in Him!


 

Freedom is Here by Esterlyn 

Ohhh, Ohhh

The future comes alive
You speak your word and I
I’m running into your hope

Because I’ve seen your light
You bring my world to life
I’m coming after your love

Cuz I’m not shaken
I’m not not letting go

And everything comes alive
In my life as we lift You higher
Let Your freedom arise
In our lives as we lift You up
Sing it out
Freedom is here

So take the limits off
No matter what the cost
I’m running after your call
And I will run this race
See you face to face
Let your power overflow

Cuz I’m not shaken
I’m not not letting go

And everything comes alive
In my life as we lift You higher
Let Your freedom arise
In our lives as we lift You up
Sing it out
Freedom is here
Your freedom is here

I will not fear
I will not hide Your love, your love
All of my life
I can not deny your life

And everything comes alive
In my life as we lift You higher
Let Your freedom arise
In our lives as we lift You up
Sing it out
Freedom is here
Your freedom is here
Freedom is here
Your freedom is here

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)

I have no idea what you have gone through in your life to bring you to where you are today. We each have different past experiences, things that we are proud of and things that we regret. That is just part of life. The beauty of it all is that it doesn’t matter who we once were or the sins of our past. All that matters is that we have been made new in Him! He has given us a new life and so the person we once were no longer exists, we are a child of God! The hard part I’ll admit is that He not only forgives our past, He remembers it no more. We on the other hand will not have that luxury of forgetting, we will be our hardest hurdle to overcome. Take joy in the fact that whatever regrets you have are forgiven and forgotten by the One that truly matters. Stop torturing yourself when you have already been forgiven, and, since we cannot forget… then let’s look at our past as lessons learned. Lets us learn from our past to help the people that God has put before us!  What a way to truly worship God… by no longer torturing ourselves and truly embracing the forgiveness He gives!

 

 

You Are More by Tenth Avenue North

There’s a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered
And the shame she can’t hide

She says, “How did I get here?
I’m not who I once was.
And I’m crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love”

But don’t you know who you are,
What’s been done for you?
Yeah don’t you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling
That it’s not true tonight

She knows all the answers
And she’s rehearsed all the lines
And so she’ll try to do better
But then she’s too weak to try

But don’t you know who you are?

Chorus

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

I don’t know how easy it is for you to get out of a bad mood, but for me not so easy. My husband is so great, it’s literally like a light switch, one minute he is in a bad mood and then he can just flip the switch and its done, no more bad mood. I wish I was like that. I know that everyone is different when it comes to this. Some people are like the light switch and others are more like me, they need a minute to just let it go. No matter the case though we all have days where we may not have the best attitude. Maybe your attitude today was not exactly where it should be. The car wouldn’t start, got in an argument with someone, you ran late for a meeting, your dog got into something she shouldn’t have, it could be any number of things that can put us in a bad mood. The hard part for me though is telling myself not to dwell on it and to have a better attitude. This is an easier thought than it is to put into action. These two verses are both excellent for our attitudes and a challenge all at the same time. When things are going rough it is easier to focus on the negative than to turn our thoughts on Him and how this is not our home. I am the first to admit that this is hard. It is not the first thing that crosses my mind, yet we are supposed to focus on Him and not let the world get us down. We have all heard that laughter is good medicine, that reminds me of this verse in Proverbs. Negativity spreads fast, but happiness spread faster. Lets all commit today to actively change our attitudes when we are in a bad mood. Let’s focus on Him and spread the cheerfulness!