Beautiful Woman (poem)

Beautiful Woman
By Erin Lamb
May 29, 2012

Beautiful woman,
you are the epitome of creativity;
filled with grace
and showered with honor.
You are the workmanship of God.
The Creator of the heavens and the earth thought that you were a terrific idea.
He breathed life into His thoughts
and there you were.
He carved you out of beauty
and placed treasures in your heart.
Into you He placed wisdom, courage, and an intense bond with His heart.
You are His priceless possession.
Beautiful woman,
there is only one you.
There is no one on the earth that can do exactly what you can do.
What great joy!
What great elation!
He had to place His fingerprints on you.
So when He shines through you,
the world can see how brilliant and wonderful His work of art could be.
You are not to be hidden,
unloved,
or abused.
You are to be celebrated,
treasured,
and treated like a queen.
Lift your lowered head up high!
You are God’s beloved.
You are His Bride.
You are clothed in righteousness,
bathed in His love.
The fragrance of your beauty
is sent from above.
You are not less than, you are more than
you have ever considered yourself to be.
You were worth dying for.
You have a divine destiny.
Beautiful woman,
you have value.
You have worth.
You stand apart as a bright shining star
who is deeply loved.
There is not a place God would rather be
than in your presence
meeting your deepest needs.
You are His love.
You are His delight.
You are His beauty
and you shine so bright.
Beautiful woman,
there are treasures in heaven being stored up for you!
Won’t you dance under the covering of His love,
He has the best plans for you.
No one can take your gifts.
No circumstance can cause you to be displaced.
He will not be delayed,
nor His promises denied.
His promises for you
have been sealed in His heart,
etched onto the corridors of His dwelling and they will not be ignored.
Your desires are held there
being watered by love.
He cannot forget you.
You are His most precious one.
Beautiful woman,
bask in your beauty.
Hold your head up high
for you are a daughter of the King.
Live confidently, courageously, and boldly!
With Him you can accomplish anything.
Beautiful woman,
He longs to give you beauty for ashes,
joy for your sorrow,
and healing for your pain.
He longs to drape you in His riches
and trade your past for His marvelous plan.
He longs for your heart to know that no one can love you the way He can.

“Abba I ask for every woman that reads this poem to have a deeper revelation of Your love. To know the height, the width, the depth of it! May she hold her head up high not out of arrogance, but confidence in the fact that you don’t make junk. You make all things beautiful. I ask that you would remove any lie that tells her she is less than, inferior, timid, without hope, powerless, without beauty, and without purpose. She is here to shine brightly for you. Remove any comparison, jealousy, envy, self deprecation, and restore identities to be what you intended them to be.

We are women who are cherished by You! We are women who are deeply loved by You. We are not loved because of what we do or fail to do; by what we have or don’t have. We are loved because of who we are, the objects of Your affection. You made us beautiful and You call us loved. We are to be celebrated and honored. We are Your beloved. Bring freedom. Bring hope. Bring joy! Bring revelation of purpose. And most of all, keep us in the center of Your heart. In Jesus precious name, Amen.”

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Job (Testing and Trials)

Job (Testing and Trials)

By Erin Lamb

“Job was a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil (1:1). One day, Satan (“the Adversary”) appears before God in heaven. God boasts to Satan about Job’s goodness, but Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this bold claim, but he forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process,” from SparkNotes.

My pastor friend told me last week that going through trials is a compliment, a sign that God trusts you. I thought to myself, “God can You trust me less.” ☺ I can relate to Job. Can you? Maybe we haven’t had the exact same experiences of losing children, a spouse, our health, all our belongings all at the same time. But I am certain that we have all had our faith tested in some way. If we haven’t, then eventually we will. Jesus promised that in the world there would be trouble, but to take heart as He had overcome the world. The brief summary above tells us something about Job. He was not afflicted because he had done evil in the eyes of God. He was afflicted because the enemy wanted to steal his life and prove that Job would turn away from God.

The good things about Job’s life: He was well respected and honored by God. I love that God was boasting about Job in heaven. How great is it that Abba boasts about us? It does not matter if other people boast about you. What matters is what God is saying about you in heaven. To the people around you, even your friends and family, you may appear to be weak, sinful, and a mess. But in the eyes of God, you are more than precious. Job’s friends did not understand. His wife did not understand. But God did! God knows right where you are. He knows what is breaking your heart. He is boasting of your faithfulness in the heaven’s and He will give you double for your trouble. Job received double for what He lost. He did not curse God. Whatever happens to you, don’t lose faith in the goodness of God. You may have to cry it out, scream it out, counsel it out, but don’t lose faith in God. He is cheering for you! He will heal and restore you. He will never leave or forsake you. Dig in deep with Him. One thing I can promise, God is more than faithful.

What We Can Learn From Job:

1.      The devil must get permission to do everything he does. He is not all powerful. God would not allow him to take Job’s life. The devil is a created being with limited access to God’s children. He is not more powerful than God and operates on the leash God has him on. Big God; itty bitty devil.

2.      God was pleased with Job. So many times when we see people going through hard times we look for the sin in their life and judge them. It isn’t our place to judge. We have no idea what God is doing or what He will do.

3.      God will use any attack of the enemy for our ultimate good. I can’t always say that in the middle of a fiery trial, but I always see it in the end. God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. It’s a promise, and God keeps His promises.

4.      God knows we are human. We are not strong enough to handle all that life throws at us. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sustains us. If we try in our own human strength, we often fail. God is aware of that. He simply brushes us off and sends us back out! He says, “If you could do it on your own, you wouldn’t need Me.” As humans we will hurt, we will sometimes cry, we may get angry, and we may not understand. God is not intimidated by our weakness. God is attracted to our weakness. God is close to the broken-hearted. So if it hurts you, trust that He is closer to you than you could ever imagine.

5.      People may not ever understand. Job didn’t have an earthly advocate. His friends and family were less than supportive. But he did have God. God is the only One who understands 100 percent what is happening to you, even better than you do. He is the only One who can fix it. Don’t run from Him, run to Him.

6.      God thinks highly of you. I think so many times we see better than anyone else our failures, faults, and weaknesses. God sees His child. He sees the one He loves and would move heaven and earth for. He sees us through the eyes of love. He knows all there is to know about us, yet still yearns to be the center of our worlds. No one will love us like Him.

7.      Intimacy with God takes on deeper meaning in the trials of life. I thank God for the hard times because without them, I would not know the depths of His heart or have deep compassion for the hurting. It’s in those painful moments where you are sure your heart has broken forever and there is no hope, that He steps in and picks you up. He puts the pieces back together again. It is in those moments that you see that no one on this earth could even begin to compare with Him. You learn the rhythm of His heart. You learn the depths of His care. You learn things in the fire with God that no book can teach you and no person can snatch from you. You learn that when you survive what you thought would be the worst thing that could happen to you, that God is more than all powerful. He is a sustainer of life. So hang in there my friends.

God loves you. God is for you. He knows the way that you take. And He promises to be with you every step of the way.

“Abba I ask that for every person going through a fiery trial or who will be faced with a fiery trial that You would pour out Your sustaining power. Fill them from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet. Leave no part of their person untouched by Your hand. Do not allow them to faint under the hardships of this world for Your word says, ‘The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to Your glory that will be revealed in us.’ Help us to keep heaven’s perspective. Help us to fix our eyes on You. Heal every wound. Heal every hurt. Heal afflictions, diseases, emotional pain, physical pain, and do what only You can do. I bless each person with a deeper revelation of Your love, Your healing, and Your goodness. May the enemy be put to shame because the greater One lives in us. Thank you for Your love. In Jesus mighty name, Amen. Have a wonderful weekend.”

 

Change Your Mind & Change Your Life!

Change Your Mind & Change Your Life!

By Erin Lamb

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will, Romans 12:2. 

I love that God does not do all the work for us. Sometimes we wish for that. However, He does not intend to do everything for us. He gives us what we need to accomplish what He calls us to do. He gives us His Word as a blue print for how to live. He gives us friends and family to support the dreams He placed in us. He gave us desires and dreams so that we will use our imaginations and be creative.

God set it up so that we would be active participants in our lives. The scripture above is talking about our minds; renewing the mind. The mind is the place that sets the tone for the rest of the body. Where the mind goes, the body follows. Feed the mind junk and negativity, out pops negative attitudes and sinful behavior. Spend all your time watching movies or TV with immoral messages and questionable behavior, eventually you will find that your mind will dwell on those things. Satan did not force Eve to sin. He simply planted a doubt in her mind. He can’t force you or me to do anything either. He can only plant lies and watch to see if we uproot them or let them settle in.

So, what are you thinking? Are you thinking that you are a gift from God and He placed you here to change the world for the better? Or are you stuck with stinking thinking where all your thoughts about yourself and the thoughts of your future are bleak and grim? Are you partnering with God for change or waiting on Him to do all the work. Sometimes He does that (all the hard work for us). But often He says, “Come partner with Me to make your dreams a reality.” I heard a funny joke a few months ago. This man was praying to God over and over to hit the lottery so he could be rich. He would pray and pray…finally one day during his prayer time, an angel showed up and said, “Buy a lottery ticket!!!” Isn’t that like us? We want God to bless us while we wait passively and idly by. Well, sometimes that works, but other times it doesn’t. Also some things in life are just tragic, and we cannot change them. I am not speaking of those things. I am speaking of the things that are within our realm of being able to change.

When God spoke to me about doing a book, that still meant I had to finish writing it, edit it, research publishers, etc…it was a lot of work. I had to do my part. I love that TD Jakes said, “God blesses doers not just hearers.” So, if we want our lives to change, it starts with what we are thinking. Change your mind. Pray. Seek Godly counsel. And get moving. Want a new job, take some classes, research what you want to do, and start sending out resumes. Want new friends, get out and meet new people! Want companionship, leave the house and do things you enjoy. Want to lose weight, exercise and eat right. Tired of your current situation, think of ways to change it and act on it. Don’t limit yourself to your current surroundings. Doing the same things over and over yields the same results. In a bad relationship, do what you can to make it better, and leave the rest to God. I’ve wasted years being frustrated at things I cannot change, but I can change my mind. I can partner with God to change my life and my outlook. I can partner with Him to have the best life possible. I can surround myself with positive, healthy, and loving people who are seeking the best out of life.

No one can do all the work for us! We are the necessary participants in changing our lives. God will do His part, but we have to do ours. We ask, seek, and knock and put ourselves in a position to be blessed.

Lastly I will say that the people you allow to speak into your life and who you spend time with will impact your thinking. Are they positive? Are they seeking God’s best for you? Are they hearing from God or providing their human logic  or opinions? God always has something affirming to say, and He is perfect in wisdom. Even His correction leads to restoration and renewal. I recommend Him as the person to talk to the most and listen to the most. He is quite amazing! Not only that, He knows every detail about everything. So if He tells you something, you can be certain it’s the truth. ☺ 

“God will You show us the areas of our lives that we need to actively participate in changing. Help us to lay all that we cannot change at Your feet and pick up the pieces that are our responsibility. Help us to trust You as the One who has what is best for us. Help us to live life to the fullest and not wait on something better to happen in order to be happy. Help us to find our happiness and contentment in what is going on right now. We love You. Thanks for all you do and have done. In Jesus name, Amen.”