Rejection

“But he said to me. “My grace is sufficient for you; my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Let me tell you something, I am scared of rejection. The thought of someone, not liking my ideas, suggestions or even worse not liking me, puts me into panic mode. It gets so bad sometimes that I have failed to go to a job interview, or witness to a person that needs to hear about God or step out of disobedience to God’s voice. Am I the only one in this boat?

Rejection is just plain nasty. It is an ugly monster that rears its ugly head up to intimidate us. It makes us bring things to the surface that was hidden deep in our soul that traumatized us years and years ago.

I remember when I was a child I was always rejected to be on picked for a team at recess. I was an overweight child and not very athletic so no one wanted me on their team. I remember crying on the playground because all I ever wanted was to be wanted. I still struggle with this today. Every time I don’t get the invite, every time I get told my idea won’t work, every time someone corrects me about my attitudes (believe me I have plenty that God is still working on) it takes me back to that little girl on the playground.

Don’t we all desire acceptance? We all crave the affirmation of others. Satan knows this and uses that against us to make us think we are not worth anything. He is after all here to kill, steal and destroy.  He knows if he can steal our self-worth then he can use our past hurts and fears against us. He can make us weak!!

Jesus tells us differently. He tells us “His grace is sufficient. In the amplified bible it adds: My loving-kindness’, My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation.” He is more than enough. He also tells us that “His power is made perfect in weakness.” It is in our weakest time, that God’s power is revealed.

Rejection isn’t fun but we know that our Creator will never abandon us. We will always be His top pick. It is through Him that we can remain strong in our weakest points of life. Our past rejections can give way to the power and strength shown through us by Jesus if we just give it all to Him.

 

 

 

It’s not who we WERE but who we are BECOMING

Image

It has been a while since I’ve wrote anything in my blog but,  God has been pressing on my heart to get back to it. Blogging for me is not just therapy (which everyone that knows me knows how bad I need therapy) but it is also a way that I can minister to others and tell them about the good news and that news is that Jesus loves you!

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and kicks off Holy Week. Easter is a wonderful day indeed. Jesus my Lord and Savior rose from the grave proving that He was Lord and the Messiah. But Easter also has another meaning to me. Easter 2012, was the day that I broke loose those chains and weights that were holding me down. Easter 2012 was the day I became free, the day I became alive again. All that hurt and pain from my past was gone and I became new again. Christ freed me of guilt, shame, grief, hurt, anger, depression and so many other things I kept hidden deep inside. Because a man, who I never met, let Himself be abused, beaten, then nailed on a cross till He died just for me, I can say that I am finally free to live. His love changed me that day.

I am different than I was the day before Easter 2012. I am not perfect. I am human and I still fail Him on a daily basis. At the beginning of 2014 my motto was “Don’t just believe in God but Believe God” that has now changed.  God keeps evolving me into the creature He wants me to be.  Every day my old self dies and my new self appears. Every day I get closer and closer to what He wants for me. With every metamorphous I have, God’s destiny for my life unfolds.

Jesus love was not mine alone, He died for all of us. This Easter remember that through His death we might live in freedom. When Jesus was resurrected from the dead so were we. Through His love and Grace we can become a new being, a person fully alive. Through shedding of His blood our old self, our old hurts, our old ways (thank God for His forgiveness) have become white as snow. So take heed to me new motto and use it. Take a hold of this freedom we have in Christ. Remember: It’s not who we were, but who we are becoming