My Bible study group, the Ladies of the Lord (LOL), are doing Cindy Bultema’s study titled “Red Hot Red Hot FaithFaith.” It’s been a great lesson on lukewarm faith.

This past week we learned that God sees us in a positive light. While we might think of ourselves as fat, God perceives us as beautiful. The book suggests we list, from A – Z, how God views us. Let me tell you, once I was finished with this exercise, I felt totally blessed. There is no way you can feel down about yourself when you know God’s opinion.

God wants us to feel good about ourselves. He doesn’t want us to live with shame, guilt, or self-hatred. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 states, For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. He loves us so much, He calls us His children.

I thought it’d be good for you to do a list also. See what you can come up with. I’m not asking for all twenty-six letters, just five. I’ll start:

  1.             A = Adored
  2.             B = Beautiful
  3.             C = Capable
  4.             D = Desired as His child
  5.             E = Everything to Him

Now it’s your turn. Do any letters you like. I used the first five, but feel free to mix them up. If you’re adventurous, try Q, V, X, Y, Z.

I’d love to see your list. If you are willing, please post it below. It might help others know just how much
God's loveGod loves His children.

One thing I discovered doing this exercise was that I used terms that made me feel loved. That’s one of my insecurities. I have trouble feeling loved and thinking of myself as worthy. I wonder if you’ll fill your list out based on your insecurities also.

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We ask ourselves,  “who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous”?  Actually who are you NOT to be. – Nelson Mandela

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This is not an easy exercise, because we have a tendency to notice our flaws. However, God sees us through His eyes. Eyes that look up us with love and see how hard we are trying. No matter how often we make mistakes, God will forgive us because He loves us. We are adored, beautiful and capable. He desires us to be His children because we mean everything to Him.

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Most of us know the grief of losing a beloved pet. It’s a loss that doesn’t heal overnight. Friday, I had to put my dog to sleep. Gretchen had developed a tumor in her stomach, and if we didn’t put her down, it would eventually rupture causing her great pain. She was too good a friend to allow that to happen.

GretchenWhile it took strength, I did feel at peace regarding my decision. It had to be done. I knew it.

But during the procedure, at no time did I feel alone, though I chose not to have anyone with me. I felt God’s presence the entire time. I’m not sure how people who don’t have faith get through a hardship.

I thought instead of a Bible verse, I’d share this wonderful essay titled “The Rainbow Bridge”  a friend sent me. I’d never heard it before, but I can say it definitely added comfort. The author is unknown, but after a bit of research, I discovered it is believed to have come from a Norse legend. I hope it gives you peace if you’ve ever lost a pet you love dearly.

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.Gretchen

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

In loving memory of Gretchen Sandy Bain.

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