Shine Your Light

If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece, week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself or week 4 As far as the East is from the West click on their titles on the right.

Chapter 4 of the book is a more in depth study on forgiveness. This is a quote from Chapter 5:

We also doubt God loves us because we don’t think we are good enough. We’ve all had someone in our lives who told us that we aren’t pretty enough, smart enough or we weren’t good at anything. It may have been a parent, or a teacher or a friend. This was the initial cause of our low self esteem. But those people just didn’t/don’t see our potential. They didn’t see how well you could draw or sing or paint or write computer code or give advice. Everyone does something well, God just has to reveal it to you and then you will see just how good you are. You may know what it is but just haven’t shown it to the world yet. Are you afraid that no one will like what you are or what you have done? If God has given you this gift, it is something that is meant to be shared not hidden. Do not hide your light! (Luke 11:33)”

The title of the chapter is “Don’t Let Other People Change Your Self Worth.” There are people that make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. And unfortunately, if your self-esteem is already bad, it just makes you feel worse. Then your negative tapes start all over again. But God does not want that for you! God wants you to love yourself as much as He loves you! He says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” “You are His MASTERPIECE!” DON’T LET THE WORLD DICTATE WHO YOU ARE AND BASE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ON THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU. And this negativity may be holding you back from doing what God wants you to do. There are some visual exercises like the Favorite Body Part Exercise and the Velcro Exercise in “You are God’s Masterpiece!” that can help you overcome those obstacles and transform your negative tapes into positive ones. Or send this post to a friend who needs a self-love transformation.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

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Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

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As far as the East is from the West

Week 4 of the “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Bible study is here! If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece or week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself click on their titles on the right.

Here is the quote from Chapter 3:

We doubt God loves us because we have sinned and don’t think God will forgive us. But every human has sinned. Since the Adam and Eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree, there has been sin on earth. The Jews in the Old Testament had to sacrifice their animals for their sins to be forgiven. But praise God all we have to do is ask and our sins will be cast as far as the East is from the West. No matter how far we go, East will never meet West. All we have to do is confess and He will forgive us. “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9)”

Chapter 3 is called, “Why do we doubt?” I believe many people who are not Christians use past mistakes as an excuse not to believe in God or not to go to church. They say they are too ‘bad’ or flawed for God to accept them. Frankly, one of the best things God does is to wipe our slate clean and forgive us for all the bad stuff we do. Right? Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.” As far as I know, the east never touches the west. So we can be assured that our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. (The picture above was taken by me looking west off the Oregon Coast and I know that you cannot see the West Coast from there. So it is safe to say that my sins have been forgotten.)

Read Psalm 51. It was written by David after Nathan comes to him and tells him that God knows what he did with Bathsheba. In verses 2 and 9, he asks God to remove his guilt also. So we are not the only ones who feel guilt when we sin. But God can not only forgive our sins but take away our guilt. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ANY LONGER. YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK AND GOD WILL TAKE IT AWAY!

Another question I ask in the book is: “Do you think God is not big enough to forgive all sin?” GOD CAN FORGIVE ANY PERSON FOR ANY SIN. And He will do it. You only have to ask in FAITH. As it says in Psalm 51, He will wash you clean of all sin and guilt. This is one of God’s gifts to you. It’s rude to hand it back. So don’t try to bring the sin up again and think about it and role it around in your brain over and over. God has forgotten it and so should you. This is one of those times when you have to change your thinking and block thoughts of those sins out of your mind. (Phil. 4:8) Think on the wonderful things that God has done for you and not the negative things you have done.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets. 

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

Check out my other pages like Bible journaling, Self- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith, Tea and Word Linkup, Trekking Thru, Tuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word Filled Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Salt and Light, Tune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled FridayFresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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 Check out this new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh

This 7-day course will:

  • teach you 7 different Bible study methods  
  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

Plus, you can start any time, go at your own pace and you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials.

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Using the Love verses on yourself

From Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!”

LOVE IS KIND. It’s okay to be kind to yourself. But it’s also okay to paint your toenails if that’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday. Take a hot bath at the end of the day if that relaxes you. Or take the kids to the neighbor’s for ten minutes and take a walk around the block.” You are not only being kind to yourself but your husband and children if you have a short “kindness break.” Click To Tweet
LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED. So instead of bashing and insulting yourself when you get angry over something you’ve done, think of things God would say about you. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He loves me just the way I am. He wants me to be the best I can be.” We wouldn’t talk so harshly to our family or our neighbors so why are you talking like that to yourself? Again, change those tapes to the positive ones. When you are angry, stop and pray and ask God to help you change your attitude and give you something positive to say about yourself.

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Just like God doesn’t keep a record of your sin, you should not keep a list of wrongs you have done. DO NOT keep reminding yourself of your sins. Just like God has forgiven you, you have to forgive yourself. Click To TweetIn chapter four of my book I talk more about sin and forgiveness.

LOVE IS HOPEFUL. What are you hoping for? Are you hoping for a spouse? A child? A second or third child? A word from God about where and how to serve Him? A new job? A new house? None of these things are selfish. They are a part of life and God cares about each and every hope and dream. But please be reasonable. Don’t pray for a mansion when you can only afford a cottage. Don’t pray for a Mercedes when you can only afford a Chevy. God has a plan and it isn’t always what you want. But it’s the best thing for you.” If you have read about me, you know that I have five children. I reveal much more about what our family has gone through in my book. The last one graduated high school this last weekend and will leave for Marine Corps boot camp on Monday. So right now I am just hopeful he will be safe for the next four years. AMEN?!

LOVE PERSEVERES AND ENDURES THROUGH ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Remember the Footprints poem? There was only one set of footprints in the sand when the writer was going through the hardest times and Jesus said, “It was during those times that I carried you.” We may not “feel” like anyone is helping us. We feel alone and wandering in the wilderness but GOD IS WITH YOU. He is Emmanuel. He is Faithful and loves you without question no matter what you have done. All you have to do is ask His forgiveness and presence in your circumstance.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith, Tea and Word Linkup

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word Filled Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Salt and Light, Tune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled FridayFresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

This 7-day course will:

  • teach you 7 different Bible study methods  
  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

Plus, you can start any time, go at your own pace and you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials.

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You are God’s Masterpiece

This is a quote from Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!” If you missed the first week you can find it here.

‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ is found eight times in the Bible. Some translations say “love your neighbor” and some say “love one another.” If we follow Jesus’ example, he loved all kinds of people. He loved men, women and children. He loved people who were sick, lame and blind, even pharisees and tax collectors.

The Message version translates the second part of the verse as “Love other people as well as you do yourself.” But for those of us with self-esteem issues, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Frankly, its easy to love others and really hard to love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves down. We criticize the way we dress or cook or raise our kids.”

Is it the same for you? I am my worst critic. But when I realize it, I stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” These mantras work for a moment. But what we truly need to do is take a moment to pray that God will send his Holy Spirit upon us because He is “the source of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Holy Spirit can send God's lovingkindness upon us so that we can feel loved and love for ourselves and who He made us. Click To Tweet

YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. God does not make mistakes. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed.

So today’s lesson is: when you start to beat yourself up about something, STOP! You will never be perfect, but God loves you anyway!! And isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day?! In my book, you can find other ways to counteract those negative voices in your head.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Live Free, More Abundant Life, Salt and Light, Sitting Among Friends, Warriors of the Word

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled Friday, Fresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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Greatest love of all

June through August of 2017 I’m posting a Bible study based on my book, “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Here is a quote from Chapter 1, THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

God’s love is everlasting, never ending, faithful, and new every morning. Psalm 100:5 says, “His love endures forever.” In Jeremiah 31:3 it says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Psalm 103:17 says, “The love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear Him.” In John 3:16 it says God loves us so much He sent His only son Jesus to die on the cross. Even if you were the only person on this earth, He still would have asked Jesus to sacrifice Himself so that you wouldn’t have to go live with Satan after you died. That’s how much He loves you. Why would He not love us? He created us.”

If you are a parent, think about how much you love your child. If their life was in danger, you would protect them with your life, right? What about if it was your spouse? Or a parent? A sibling? Another Bible scripture says “ Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:7-8) So that is how God the Father and Jesus his Son express their love for us. Click To Tweet Jesus had a choice. In the garden he made the choice to go with those soldiers and be judged by the human priests. He made the choice to carry the cross up to the hill where He died.

What would it have been like to be in the presence of God? To see people healed and demons cast out? There is a christian song called “I can only imagine.” When I hear it, I have to close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to be with Jesus in Heaven or even with Him when He was here on earth while He was doing miracles and preaching. I’m sure it was much easier to stay focused and live a godly life. But it was also a harder time to live because they had no modern conveniences, such as cars, phones, microwaves, etc. And I like my kitchen appliances that’s for sure!

Praise God we have christian radio, christian singers and songs to keep us focused. It is one way I feel the love of God on a daily basis and keep my eyes and heart on Him. KLOVE is a national chain that has stations all over the US and they also stream their music online. It is definitely better than most of the songs out there that mostly are about sex, breaking up and booties?! I have always had a rule in the car that the driver gets to pick the music so the kids had to listen to mom’s christian tunes. And now, though not all of them are serving God, they still remember the lyrics of the songs. Seeds planted! With lyrics like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I can only imagine what it will be like,” “Live like you’re loved,” and “My Redeemer lives,” how can we not remember that He should be our number one priority?

So when you wake up each morning, I urge you to remember how much God loves you and set your mind and focus on Him accordingly. Click To Tweet Tune the radio to christian radio to surround you with the Holy Spirit, not allowing the world’s music into your car, house and mind.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Live Free, More Abundant Life, Salt and Light, Sitting Among Friends, Warriors of the Word

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled Friday, Fresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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