The smile, laugh, and love I share with others is my living testimony to a Christ who rescued me and changed my life forever. He gives me the strength and courage to fight like a warrior. I see myself decked out in pink camo and combat boots, putting on the armor of God, wrapping myself in zeal as a cloak (Is. 59:17, ESV), not only for myself but for the freedom of others.

His gifts are precious and come in many forms that I can never imagine for myself. But they are not just for me, they are to help others too. The key is paying attention and being willing to go where He leads. My life is a token of His love and the patience He has with His children, as He waited for the day He could bring me back into the fold, and hold me in His loving arms, to one day accept Me home for eternity into the family of Christ. I was the lost sheep He came after with a vengeance, full of love, grace, and forgiveness like only He can do. I am forever grateful for that.

We should all see ourselves how He sees us and be happy about who we are in Christ. I don’t know about you, but I want to take care of my body, mind, and spirit as the temple of God (I Cor. 6:19, ESV). He created us to be like His Son Jesus; that is a tall order, but with the Holy Spirit inside us we can achieve anything because nothing is impossible with God (Matt. 19:26, ESV). We will never be without sin as Jesus was, but we can strive to be more like Him every day.

We should love ourselves as He loves us without regard to our mistakes, flaws, blemishes, and brokenness. He made each of us uniquely who we are. Our flaws are perfectly us – there is no one exactly like you or me. We are special just like all His creation.

I am still a work in progress. He is molding me to be who He created me to be. I want to use my knowledge wisely to help others grow and live their best lives by being an example, role model, and friend, but firstly a faithful servant of Christ.  Obedience to His Word is key to making this possible. I encourage you to read the Bible and pray for wisdom and discernment in how to apply it to our lives today. We cannot find these types of answers on our own or in any self-help books. A relationship with Christ is worth the effort and daily discipline it takes to reach the inner peace, healing, and joy that only comes from Him.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, ESV).

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