Unfailing Love~Friendhips Worth The Wait

 

1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Isaiah 53:2
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
Proverbs 31:30

Favor is deceitful, and beauty vain: but a woman that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
James 1:23-24
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

James 2:9

9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors

DEVOTIONALImage result for mirror

Lizzie Velasquez Story (video)
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Have you ever found yourself to be (on a less extreme scale) Lizzie? At some time in one’s life, perhaps they have found themselves to be either tormented or the tormentor.

Asking the Lord to search our hearts, I believe He will most definitely reveal things about ourselves that we either sincerely do not realize, we’ve forgotten or choose not to acknowledge. What we do about the areas He unveils is up to us.

I just lost my father when I started elementary school at age 7. Granted, there is never a “good” time for anyone to lose a parent. From reading and talking to counselors throughout the years, losing mine at such an early age was unfortunate.

Daddy’s have a way, even those who don’t vocalize it so much, of setting a daughter’s view on how she values herself.

Of course at that age, Daddy didn’t have an opportunity to get knocked off the pedestal I had him on as his little girl. I know he was human and made mistakes just as everyone else, but nothing wilted his reputation for me in the time I spent with him.

When I started school, I was made fun of for being unattractive and that continued on until I got to high school. I had friends, but few that did not make fun of me behind my back.

Middle school was the hardest. I had a severe under-bite with braces and Mom just moved me in 8th grade to a private school where everyone else had been together since Kindergarten.

I was, an outsider, who, after years of mocking, endured a year of bullying because I was an outcast and different. When I walked into a room, or my classmates passed me in the hallway, they would stick out their bottom jaw, say may name and laugh. I actually saw and heard some of the teachers snicker a few times.

Finally Mom allowed me to go to a public high school, which to some who private or home school sounds terrible, perhaps. This, however, was the first time I ever actually remember “blending in” and making actual social connection.

I spent four years without really being asked out on a date nor was I ever invited to a dance: Nevertheless, for the first time I could recall, I was not ashamed of the girl I saw in the mirror.

I was saved as a little girl, before ever even starting school. I remember pretending to “hold Jesus’ hand” as I wandered about and played in our old house. That is partially why I was so confused at first as to why the Lord allowed me to face what I did. I knew He loved me, so why did He allow me to experience such loneliness and isolation?

Skip forward a few years. How GREAT is our God! He blessed me with a beautiful, loving family, a precious, godly Mother and the most incredible friends! This is not to say that I am so friendly, look where that has gotten me, but to show how merciful and loving our Lord is to take a sad, lonely girl and deliver her into a friendship promise land!

Back then, I would have never in my wildest DREAMS, imagined my life would be so rich and full of people I dearly love and who love me for who I am!

Let no one say God is incapable of surpassing our greatest expectations! Praise be to the King of kings and Lord of lords! Every tear, each moment of sadness, the Father brought me to this point to glorify Him and so let those of us who are blessed say so! PRAISE GOD!

I don’t remember if my children remember the instructions I gave them as they were growing up, although I hope so. Treat every friend as though you are their only friend and even if no one in the world wants to be your friend, you’ve got Jesus.

prayer
Almighty Lord
We cry out to You
Abba, Father
You rescue us from the depths of despair
You fill us with peace and hope

For those who will believe
You give us promise of eternity with You

Never do You say our walk will be easy
Rather, You tell us that we will face challenges
But during our trials
We know You will never leave nor forsake us

We can hope in You
For You are the Only One worthy of our hope
Our faith
Our trust

You, O God, bless us immeasurably
And we give You praise

You are our Father Who loves us
More than we have the capacity to understand

Please forgive us when our hearts tend to be hard
Toward You
Against others
Please keep us from judging those around us
Based upon what we or the world determines is
Beautiful or deserving

We want to delight in Your daughters
Help us to be loving and lovely
Soften our hearts and sweeten our spirits

Please give us kind words
A nudge to hug a sister who may be hurting

For those who grow up without hearing they are
Adored
Please, Lord, make Yourself known
Give understanding that You determine our value
And You set us as the apple of Your eye
Your creation, cherished by the Creator

Praise to You for all you have done, are doing and will do
In our lives
To bring glory and honor to Yourself!

In the Name of Jesus
Who according to Isaiah, was not sent to earth
To attract others to Himself by stunning physical presence
But to draw unto the Lord
Those desiring radiance only found internally
The eternal
By the precious blood of the Lamb
Amen

SONGS
Beauty For Ashes

Audience of One

Who Am I?

Give Me Jesus

What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Friends Are Friends Forever

CREDITS:
God the Father, Sweet, Precious Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
My cherished family and darling friends, each one more of a blessing than they’ll ever know!
encouraging words
those who spoke cruel and hateful words the Lord used to grow me closer to Him
Lizzy Velasquez
google, google images, kingjamesonline, biblehub, youtube

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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