Poem

How great are you,

Lord of Lords,

Your mercy each day is new,

King of Kings,

So strong and true,

All my best,

To Honor you.

~Anna Elizabeth

Anna Elizabeth

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Awkward and Awesome! Week 5

Hey, y’all! We haven’t  had a lot of awkward and awesome things happen to us this week, but we are thankful for not having many awkward things 🙂

Awkward:

Pressing the snooze button 5 times and then getting mad at your sister for not waking you up. AE

Awesome:

The lovely fall weather we’re having! AE, M, K

Warm soup on a cool day. AE

Verse of the Week: 10/21/2012

Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Anna Eizabeth

Perfectionism

Good evening! This is the post on perfectionism from my other blog. I’ve only really touched on the subject. My perfectionism struggle, as mentioned below, is connected to all this. Questions? Comments? Don’t worry, they’ll probably be a part 2.

Perfectionism.
Perfection.
Perfect

Our word “perfect” comes from the Latin word, “perfectus”, meaning “finished”, or “completed”. In modern day, “perfect” means, as a verb, “Make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible”, and as an adjective, it means “Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.”

What does the Bible say about being perfect?

Matthew 5:48 says, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”         ……..Ouch.            (If you wish to read it in context, here’s a link: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5&version=ESV  It’s part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount)

However, can we be good people at all, let alone perfect? As David wisely states in Psalm 53;

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.

God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.

They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
(emphasis added)

We are all corrupt in our nature. We are all sinful, rebellious creatures of God from the moment we were born. Any glimmer of redemption for us comes from Jesus, not from our good deeds, and anything truly good that we do, think, or say is really from the Holy Spirit working on our hearts. We are not powerful enough to overcome sin and death. We were hopeless. This is why God sent Jesus to be our Savior.

What does this all have to do with perfectionism?

My personal struggle with perfectionism has been believing that I can earn my way into heaven. Sometimes I don’t even realize that my mindset is actually that I need to earn God’s favor. That’s when I am called back to the truth.
Newsflash, Melody. You can’t earn heaven.

But Jesus earned heaven for us. He took the punishment we justly deserved. And he defeated death for us, His chosen people, so that we never have to fear death again. We never have to fear to draw close to our Creator. In that one perfect sacrifice, Jesus took care of our punishment once and for all.

Will we struggle with sin? Yes.

Can we ever be perfect by ourselves? Not a chance.

Will we ever be perfect? You betcha.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Jesus didn’t sacrifice for us, convert our souls, and then back off and leave us on our own. He sent a Helper, the Holy Spirit (who is God). Therefore, we are not on our own in this world, in our sin. God is with us.

And God WILL finish the wonderful work He began in us.

We are sinful. But someday we won’t be. Someday, when Jesus returns, or when He calls us home, we’ll go to be with Him. And we’ll be perfect, because Jesus was perfect for us.

We aren’t perfect. Yet.

Melody

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Anna Elizabeth

One of my favor…

One of my favorite songs.

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Amen. Amen!

Karen Joy-Anna

Song I learned

Jonah 2:9b

“…Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

At the camp I was at very recently, we studied Jonah and his life. It was fun, and I learned a lot. One of the things they focused on was this verse, (or part of verse) Salvation truly belongs to the Lord.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord, by Twin Lakes

You cast me into the deep,

You cast me into the heart of the seas,

The flood surrounded me,

All the billows and the waves I could, oh I could see.

——

“I called out to you, Lord,

In my distress, you, Lord, you answered me,

Life was fainting away,

I remembered you Lord,

And you remembered me.

——-

“Those who worship worthless idols,

Forsake their hope of love,

But with a voice of thanksgiving I can say,

———-

“Salvation belongs to the Lord, belongs to the,

It never has been up to me,

Salvation belongs to the Lord, belongs to the Lord,

You save sinners graciously!”

That was the song we sang at camp about Jonah. The camp people (Twin Lakes Fellowship)  created the song, and they did a really good job with it. I DID NOT MAKE IT UP! 😉

Anna Elizabeth