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Why You Don't Belong in a Box. You Belong to God.

Earlier this week I posted something on Facebook about boxes, what they are in our life and how it's okay if we don't fit into one. That's what I'm talking about in today's video. What I want to connect it to is honesty. 

I have been hearing messages all week about being honest. I try to live my life as open and honest as I can. But I'm human, so of course I'll find stuff that I'm not being honest about and call myself out on it - whether it's holding onto old pain I'm scared to share, or it's something small in my everyday life today. Either way, being honest and facing our stuff - big or small, is not easy. I think it's difficult because it cuts right to our deepest gut level pain - I mean the stuff that goes way deep, or way back. We keep much of it inside because we're afraid of rejection if we ARE honest in the crazy, tough world. And forget it if we do share and we get rejected, then we just want to craw in a hole - or a box, and hide. But, it's so much better to get it out, which is what I hope today's message and my honesty will help you get to.

This week in her videos, Joyce Meyer talks about the sexual abuse she suffered as a kid. It's ugly stuff. It's almost tough to watch. But it's necessary. It's necessary for her to heal and for God to work THROUGH her so others can heal from their pain too. It is very powerful stuff. It's not for everyone, and not for every venue, but it is - for those who are willing to be honest with themselves. (If you are willing, you can watch the series from this week here on her website. I have her app which is great too. "One Life: Part 1 and 2" are the ones you want to watch.

If you think right now about those things you may not be honest about, maybe there are obvious. Maybe they are so deep, you haven't faced them in years. But you've got to get them out because they make us hide our light thinking we're protecting ourselves from the darkness when we're actually keeping ourselves in the darkness (of our box.) 

If you keep it inside you, self-defeat is waiting in the wings. But you don't have to do that. #1  We have a God who loves us and wants to heal us. #2 He wants us to help each other. Read the verse below. 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
— James 5:16 AMP

We have created boxes in our lives. Somehow others seem to have the prettier ones, the ones that fit better in this world (or so we think) and we wonder why ours don't match. But the truth is we were never meant to fit into their boxes or into our own box we've created for ourselves.

We don't belong in a box. We belong to God. Drop your box. Drop your idea of the boxes everyone else has, or thinking you have to fit into what someone else thinks is right for your life and just be you. Let God make you who he wants you to be. 

Here's an image you can download to remind you.

Also, reflect on this music video. Love this artist and song, but heard it at about 8am coming out of a workout class yesterday morning and it just got me. Maybe it will help you process where you are at.

 

 

 

"Greater", a Devotional from your Healthy Voice

In today's video message I played the song, "He Knows My Name" by Francesca Batistelli. Amazing song, voice and artist. Check her out. (If you've struggled on your journey with an eating disorder, you may relate to her longer version here.  But here's the basic video with audio if you just want to listen to the lyrics. Here's the actual lyrics if you want to read them.

I shared two verses from the Bible.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
— 1 John 4-6, NIV
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
— John 3:30, NLT

There were two more songs I wanted to share with you in your devotional time on this message. One is "Greater" by Mercy Me and the other is "Be Lifted High" by Elevation Worship. Both I wanted to share the video because one is inspiring visually and the other is great for worship.

 I shared was a quote from a book by a Pastor in North Carolina named Steven Furtick. His book is called, "Greater". Here's a link to lots of resources and the book. Here's the quote (long one!)

God’s greater purpose in any area of your life means giving up your false expectation of greatness to find the greater things He’s called only you to do. It means giving up on what others can do that you wish you could do and what you would do if you had certain gifts that you, candidly, do not have and may never develop. When you embrace the limitations of your current life situation and decide to trust God completely and cooperate with Him fully in this season of your life, even greater things are possible.
— Steven Furtick from his Book "Greater"

My final thought for you was to think about what or who you are putting on a pedestal that is greater than God. When in your life do you need to let go and let God make the plays and you step back on the sidelines?

Oh, and one more thing. Walk in Love who I mentioned at the end, here's their site. They make and do great things. Check them out, double props for being from my home state.

If all these resources hadn't been created by people who let God inspire their hearts, I wouldn't have been able to share the message. And if it wasn't for God, I wouldn't even know it. SO! Props to all mentioned here and for everything you do for His glory!!