Today is Friday With Friends! Each Friday for the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to some of my favorite writers. Each has their own style, and all are worth your read.
Today… Ms. Patti Hazlett. I’ve never met anyone who trusts God more than she does. Life for her has been interesting as of late, and Patti just keeps looking up. She’s honest. Real. Inspiring. An example.
“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61: 10
“Did you know that Jesus loves you so much, that if you were the only person on Earth, he still would have come here and died for you?” They were my words. My daughter and I were talking about just how much Jesus loves her.
But, even as I spoke the words to her, I felt a nudge in my own heart asking, ‘Patti, do YOU really believe that?’
Honestly, sometimes I may not, really. And sometimes, while I may believe it, I don’t live my life like I do. My thoughts, actions and words do not reflect those of a Daughter of the King.
Wouldn’t you love it if just once, He would allow us to see ourselves the way He sees us?
What would life really be like if we were able to truly see ourselves as the valued prize that Jesus says we are? For me, it would change the patterns. Things that derail and hamper my ability to live for Him. Those character traits the enemy uses to attack me with in his quest to make me falter. Things like:
It’s the ugly that comes out when my unchecked emotions run amok. Ick. I don’t know about you, but when that happens, I want to crawl into a cave.
As Christians, we need to cast aside those old patterns of thinking and let it sink in how very much He really does love us. What Jesus did on the cross is unfathomable, but if we reflect on that act of complete sacrifice, we can begin to see just how great that love truly is. He REALLY would have come and died, even if there were only one.
That’s how much each of us means to Him.
I woke up one morning to the words of a popular song right now. Looking back, I really believe God was speaking straight into my heart.
You are more than flesh and bone
Can’t you see you’re something beautiful?
You’ve just gotta believe
Jesus, help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for.
Someone Worth Dying For – MIKESCHAIR
Do you remember the feeling on your wedding day? If you were like me, you wanted everything about your appearance to be perfect – hair, makeup, dress, smile, flowers. On the inside, my heart was bursting with love, excited and anxious to begin life with my husband. Well, as Isaiah tells us, when Jesus looks at us, WE are HIS bride! We are not only perfectly beautiful on the outside, His blood has made us perfect on the inside also.
He sees nothing but beauty when He looks at us.
Friends, if we could even remotely grasp this concept, think how dramatically life would change! We could replace those old, tired traits the enemy uses against us with new, powerful, Kingdom-building ones like:
I may not be able to “see” myself the way Jesus does, but I do see what he has done for me and continues to do for me every day. The blessings are immeasurable, and my thoughts, actions and words should reflect them.
Are you with me?
Patti Hazlett is a writer whose blog devotionals have struck a chord with her readers. Her ability to look at life through what she calls her “Jesus filter” has taught many life lessons and practical Biblical application. A later-in-life Christian, Hazlett struggled for years to connect the dots between her life and a life as someone who was saved. Her journey took a radical turn after a cancer scare and a heartfelt, honest cry out to God to use her for more than the life she was living. Today, she approaches every day with the prayer to maximize each moment for His glory.