Another e-mail blog. Please pardon any aesthetic and/or grammatical errors you may stumble upon. It is late and I'm in the car, somewhere in Ohio. Or is it Indiana?
Just saw a sign. It's still Ohio for 26 more miles. Don't worry, I'm not driving, I'm happily passenger-ing. I'll share trip highlights soon but tonight I just want to share what is on my heart. A little road-trip food for thought.
First, I want to encourage everyone to practice speaking words of life into and over your family & friends, acquaintances & strangers. Tell them what they mean to God and to you. Write them a note. Thank them for pouring into you. Buy them a little something that made you think of them from the moment you saw it. Send a piece of snail mail (my favorite!). You just might have a lasting impact. Your encouragement, your little bit of love may be enough to get them through a tough time. You may never know the impact you make on someone's life by a small, heartfelt gesture. Or one day they may tell you and it will just mess you up/make you cry/humble you/remind you how faithful God is.
Second, don't ever stop celebrating your freedom in Christ! If you've yielded your life to Him He's brought you out into a spacious place- and He's brought you there because He delights in you (Psalm 18). Yes, YOU!
You- who still makes mistakes.
You- who yelled at your spouse and/or kids today.
You- with the extra 20/35/50 pounds you can't seem to shed.
You- with the dreams that don't seem to be coming true right now (or ever).
You- who struggles to stop comparing yourself to anybody and everybody.
You- who doesn't always "feel" so free.
The Lord of all the earth, Almighty God... He DELIGHTS in messy, imperfect, beautiful me & you.
He loves you AND He likes you.
He's rescued you from sin and brought you into a spacious place.
And I feel like tonight He just wants somebody to get this:
"I have brought you into a spacious place. And I want you to utilize it."
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