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Some days I fight hard to remember that His focus is on the inward appearance …that this outer life is just a vapor.

1 Samuel 16:7 (MSG)
But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

James 4:14  (AMP)
….. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].

Proverbs 31:30  (AMP)
Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!

 

I kept trying to fill the fame with what I thought my life should look like, but He had other plans. He wanted to fill it with His own.


Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].


  • imperfect prose - i love this debi. so convicting and true. xoReplyCancel

  • Tami - “what I thought my life should look like”
    So very convicting. It seems like this is a constant work in my life. I think we should be xyz and yet we’re not. We’re right where God wants us.
    Thank you for checking in on me. I am doing well. It’s hard to believe that Dad passed away 6 weeks ago tomorrow. Romans 8:28 :-) Truly this has been the push that I’ve needed to changes our lives (food).ReplyCancel

I know how the story ends; He LOVES me.

The Lord your God is with you, a Powerful One Who wins the battle. He will have much joy over you. With His love He will give you new life. He will have joy over you with loud singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLV)

  • Stacey - I have always loved that verse. Getting it fully into my head and heart for others is super dee dipper easy. God’s getting it there for me right now.ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Stacey….
      Funny how we can believe God for everyone else but ourselves. I am so much that way too…but am learning to push through my emotions to the Truth, and when I do, I see it. Believing is seeing and not the the other way around.
      Love you…ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Debi,
    Thank you! I’m writing this one on a card and committing it to memory.
    How KNOWING He loves me changes everything.
    So blessed to be walking this journey with such a precious friend with a heart to know HIM..
    Keep telling me what I need to hear.
    Love you and who you are!ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Jackie….
      Do you have any idea how much my life has changed since you walked into it?
      We’ll both commit this verse to memory…together…
      Love you too!ReplyCancel

It’s like she 1 always says, “People can’t patch up their old lives; they have to get a completely new one.”

John 1:12-13 (NLT)
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Zechariah 4:6 (CEV)
… I am the LORD All-Powerful. So don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit.

Jeremiah 14:22 (NLT)
Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain?
Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O Lord our God!
Only you can do such things.
So we will wait for you to help us.

The essential thing is knowing that I cannot live without hearing His voice.

Deuteronomy 32:46-47 Amplified Bible (AMP)
He said to them, Set your [minds and] hearts on all the words which I command you this day…  for it is not an empty and worthless trifle for you; it is your  [very
] LIFE .

Philippians 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
For to me to live is Christ… [the living Word]

  • Pamela - We used to have a chorus we sang — Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle. Don’t give up, God is still on the throne.” My daughter sang it, “Don’t give up, God is still on the phone.” I’m thankful we don’t have to have the availability of a phone to hear God’s voice.ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Pamela….
      How cute…..”God is still on the phone”
      and Amen to that…..so grateful that we don’t need a phone to hear Him:

      Deuteronomy 30:13-15
      Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it?
      But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.

      Love that!

      Thanks for sharing :) ReplyCancel