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Rejection is a Nine-Letter Word for Grace

 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38)

Jesus Knows Rejection

Jesus Knows Rejection

Years ago, I desired to join a community of believers who seemed to have a handle on support and service to others. They rejected me. I don’t know why to this day. But I can tell you that it hurt me to the core and caused me to question my worthiness in every area of my life, even my salvation. Rejection can do that to a person.

Instead of looking at rejection as a negative response from those I admire and with whom I’d like to be associated, God is teaching me to use rejection as a spiritual weapon in the form of grace. But before I can offer grace to those who reject me, God, also, must help me understand His grace to me.

Using the word rejection as an acronym, here’s what I’ve received by God’s grace through others’ rejection:

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Next week:
We’ll look at sheep on the battlefield. Study John 10 in preparation.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

The Perfect Gift

I know you received this a few hours ago. But I discovered there was no sound to the first one. Sorry about that.

This is the final product of the project I’ve been sharing with you since the beginning of December. I hope it blessed you. I sure enjoyed creating it. It now hangs in my mother’s living room. She was delighted to receive it for her 87th birthday.

Next week, I’ll share another art video pertaining to God’s grace. In preparation, study Ephesians 2:1-10.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Learning from Joseph’s Dilemma

Advent 2014

Day 3

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24)

MessengersGod seems to talk to me more just before I fall asleep or sometime during those hours of subconsciousness. Why doesn’t He speak to me during waking hours? The answer is obvious. I’m too busy … busy with life, busy with trying to resolve my problems my way, busy with consulting friends for answers. I’m busy with things that consume my thoughts and prevent God’s thought to enter the equation.

Perhaps that was Joseph’s problem too. When he learned about Mary’s pregnancy, he considered all the options, I’m sure. All the options he thought reasonable at least. Unfortunately, marrying an unfaithful woman was not among them.

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In preparation for tomorrow’s meditation, read Luke 1:39-56.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

Who’s Fighting?

Spiritual Warfare

Part 1

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

Join the Lord's Army

Join the Lord’s Army

Recently a visiting pastor told our congregation about a young woman who sat in a church service. Her spirit, dark and anxious, caused her to fidget in the pew as the preacher gave the altar call. The woman had a sorted past marred by witchcraft and drugs. No one in the church encouraged her to step forward, although some may have felt the Holy Spirit’s nudging. The service ended. The woman walked out and got in her car. Twenty minutes later…

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Next Week:

Prepare by reading, thinking about, and praying about Ephesians 6:10-11.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

We are the Reason

Eighteenth Day of Advent, 2013

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

Celebrating Life Eternal As I thought about doing the Advent blog this year, I decided to base each post on a Christmas song. I included contemporary, traditional, soloists, instrumental, dancers, hand mimes, adults, children, professional, and novice. Each night before bed, I prayed that God would awaken me with a song and a message for the day, which He has done graciously.

This morning, I woke with the song We are the Reason on my mind. Before starting my post, I opened my email. The first message I saw: Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I took that as confirmation for what I am to write today. The two statements go hand-in-hand.

Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s His birthday, right? We want to honor Him by remembering the miracles surrounding His birth. Drawing our attention back to that historical event reminds us of who He is, where He came from, and why He came.

Why He came…aah, the reason for the season.

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent,

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Forgiving God?

Soul Detox

Part 13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)

Unexpected 4 webTo many Christians, forgiving God is an unheard-of concept. God doesn’t need forgiveness…He does everything right and purposefully. And that’s the truth. He does. So how is it that we have to forgive Him?

I had never thought about forgiving our heavenly Father. I didn’t even know I had an anger issue with Him, until I attended a retreat several years ago. I’ve learned a few things since then. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Forgiving Unconditionally

Soul Detox

Part 11

So shall you say to Joseph: Forgive (take up and away all resentment and all claim to requital concerning), I pray you now, the trespass of your brothers and their sin, for they did evil to you. Now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of your father’s God. And Joseph wept when they spoke thus to him. (Genesis 50:17 AMP)

Man and womanHave you ever said you’ve forgiven, but—? I have. However, I am learning when I add the word “but” I still harbor some resentment. I continue to desire requital—payment or punishment of some kind.

For a long time, I struggled with forgiving people who seemed too unconcerned about offending me to ask for forgiveness. It never occurred to me that they could be unaware that they hurt my feelings. Although I said I had forgiven, deep in my heart, I refused total pardon unless they acknowledged the problem and asked for forgiveness. Wow! Did I have a lot to learn. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks