Thursday, January 19, 2017

don't you know who I am?

"By God's mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope." Ephesians 3:20

Needing to check out a book, i asked the student for his ID card. He didn't have it. Although his face was familiar, his name was stuck in the back of my head, so i asked his name.  His response was embarrassing... 

"Don't you know who I am??"

Ironically, his words were all too familiar.  In recent days, they've continuously pounded in my head. With fear, doubt or anger racing up my spine, i've heard this same question from God.   
"Don't you know who I am??"
Unlike the student, His name I always know, but it's His Power that sometimes escapes me. When the dark clouds thicken around, we don't readily see His Almighty, Powerful Hand -- yet, it is always with us, on us, by us and for us. Through each and every situation we encounter, God is already in the midst, orchestrating what He deems necessary and perfect.  Our part is to TRUST and BELIEVE and REMEMBER not only Who He is, but What He is... our Almighty, Powerful God.

Father, I KNOW You are working in my life; thank You. Thank You for loving me even more when i fall short on faith.  For when i am weak, You are strong.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

a Mighty Word ~ stay

"Be still and know I am God." Psalm 46:10

Sometimes when life is overwhelming, i just want to fly away.
But clip my wings, Father, because i KNOW the only place of true peace is with You.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

know your Supplier

"Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." 2 Cor 9:10-1

Make sure the one who feeds your soul, is the one who cares and loves you best.  Do not be weighed down with the lies of satan, but instead be filled with the Truth of God.
God, on days when life appears more wrong than right, i desperately need to just focus on You and feed on Your Word.  Thank You for your many blessings... family, friends, life, salvation. Help me keep believing and responding to Your wondrous love so i can kindly give to and care for others.

we are loved and chosen by God, 
He NEVER fails us,
veneal

picked by Him

"YOU are the apple of His eye!" Psalm 17:8

No matter how you look --

your color... 

your age...

your shape...

God says you are precious in His sight....

and He loves you.

We are each uniquely made and designed by God for His glory.





And anyone who touches you...


touches the apple of His eye.


Have no doubt, God will do anything for you...

you are His treasure.



we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Friday, January 13, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ quiet

"You're my place of quiet retreat, I wait for Your word to renew me."
Psalm 119:114


Be still my heart and listen. His Word holds my peace.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Thursday, January 12, 2017

the love of a father....

"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

By now, most of you have seen the special photo of father and son after the nail-biting Clemson win.  As a family member, i can verify this photo could have just as easily been taken after last year's gut-wrenching loss. The dedication and support of father is unswerving and unshakable whatever the outcome.  

Through the victories, defeats, heartaches, trials, accomplishments, dreams and mistakes, Bill's fatherly love for Cannon is solid and unshakable, an iron-clad safety net at all times. But as awesome as being united as 1981 and 2017 National Champions on the field, being united as believers in Christ with the promise of eternal life is even better.
How blessed to have the unconditional love of a father through all our wins and losses in life.  And we do!  As believers, our heavenly Father coos, woos, defends, cheers, corrects and loves us in all circumstances.  Nothing that touches us escapes His ever-present Hand and Heart.

What great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Oh how sweet the love experienced when we win, but oh how much sweeter our Daddy's love in all seasons. 

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

the children are coming! the children are coming!

"... (you are) His treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:6

I wasn't on a football field, but felt the need to brace for a tackle.

Eating out with my family, a student from school and her mom ran up to me.  I asked if she was ready to return to school in the morning.  Before she could even part her lips, her mom blurted, "Yes! Oh, yes! I cannot wait!  She is so bored at home I don't know what to do?!" 

I could only chuckle.  Quietly i considered this fact -  she struggled with one restless, wanderer at home, how would she cope with a classroom of 23? 
Friends, just a real, kind reminder, YOU are greatly loved, appreciated, valued and desired not only by God but by many others. 

Smile and feel the love.  You deserve it!

you are so loved and chosen by God,
veneal