Wednesday, October 29, 2014

transforming the atmosphere...


Physicists and scientists agree that even an apparently insignificant event such as a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can affect the atmosphere in Alaska.

Isn’t it true that even a small thing, such as the beautiful hymn, Be Still My Soul, can transform the atmosphere in the room where it is being played?

The same is true for words…just a few encouraging words of Truth from God’s Word can transform the atmosphere of our thought-life.

Read these words out loud and see what happens to the atmosphere…

You are who God says you are…

In Christ, you are...
   BLESSED with every spiritual blessing,
      ACCEPTED in the Beloved Son of God,
         ADOPTED as a child of the King,
             CHOSEN before the foundation of the world,
                REDEEMED by His Blood,
                    FORGIVEN by His Grace,
                        LOVED with an everlasting love.

When you feel betrayed, God says: You are BLESSED
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph. 1:3)


When you feel ignored, God says: You are ACCEPTED
According to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Eph. 1:5-6)


When you feel abandoned, God says: You are ADOPTED
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. (Eph. 1:4-5)


When you feel inadequate, God says: You are CHOSEN
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Eph. 1:4)


When you feel rejected, God says: You are REDEEMED
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. (Eph. 1:7-8)


When you feel condemned, God says: You are FORGIVEN
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. (Eph. 1:7-8)


When you feel forgotten, God says: You are LOVED
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Eph. 1:4) 



Take a few minutes to enjoy Kari Jobe’s rendition of Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest)…

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.



Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

day 29 of 31 days of encouragement...linking up with Holley Gerth...

14 comments:

  1. Hey Beth ~

    It's so good to see you again this morning! That gorgeous bright image is a welcome start on this cloudy day. And His Word? ALWAYS, always a lamp to our feet, a light to our path.

    Yes, yes, He is the light we need.

    I hope you are well ...

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comments, Linda! I so agree with you, He is the Light that guides us, amen!

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  2. This is beautiful and very encouraging! I am your neighbor at Coffee for Your Heart. I'm so glad I stopped to read today. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer, for leaving your sweet comment!

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful encouragement! I am your neighbor at Coffee for Your heart and I'm so glad that I visited today.

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    1. Jennifer, I love being neighbors at Coffee for Your Heart, I stopped by your heart-felt post and left a note also...many blessings to you.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes. Beautiful encouragement and reminders we all need again, and again and again. He is so good and faithful. Thank you Beth!

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    1. Thank you, Jolene, I so agree with you...I appreciate your kind words!

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  5. Thank you so much for your encouragement! It's crazy how a few sour thoughts can totally change an atmosphere--but conversely, a few positive thoughts can do equal good. I struggle to remember this when working with underachieving students. I have to celebrate and encourage what they're doing right and not nag when they don't do right.

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    1. I so appreciate you taking time to leave such an encouraging comment! Working with underachieving students is certainly challenging, but I think you have hit on something very important there about how sour thoughts and words change the atmosphere, whether it's the self-talk your students have, or words spoken to them. Encouraging words lift us up...I believe encouragement is everyone's love language :)

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  6. Beth...I am reading and enjoying your posts...haven't had the energy to comment in the last 2 days as life has been so intense in the family..but please know what a blessing you are and how these messages which you take time to preare for us are manna for our thirsty souls and encourage us deeply.
    Love,
    Mary

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    1. Mary, you are such a blessing to me and so many others. I am praying for you in this difficult time that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is wrapping His Loving Arms around you giving you His peace that passes all our understanding.

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  7. It is so easy to get caught up in the world and what it says about us. But none of that matters! Praise God!

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    1. Sarah, Thank you for stopping by to leave your kind comment. I so agree with you! When I keep my eyes on Jesus, as the song says, the things of earth grow strangely dim, amen!

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