Welcome, friends. Today is the debut for the new series here at Finding Heaven called Break the Tape. Essentially, our goal is to identify the lies that repeat themselves over and over again in our minds, break the tape that automatically begins plays when ever we feel we've fallen short, and learn a new song to sing in its place.
Meet Jennifer Lee. Recently, we've been spending more time at each other's virtual places and I have to say that I am blessed every time I read her heart at Getting Down with Jesus. The woman has a way with words and Jesus has certainly had His way with her. The love of God is ever so evident in her words, her thoughts, and her passions.
Yea, I’ve been there. I’ve added up my past mistakes and failures, and let the sum of them define who I am:
Unloveable. Unavailable. Unbending.
I’m 40 years old, but I sometimes wear the names of my childhood:
Failure. Forgotten. Loser. Ugly.
But these old names? They fit us like a dress three sizes too small. They aren’t even worthy for the hand-me-down bin. Let’s toss them in the discard pile, and pick up the new names that He has given us:
Friend of God.
You and I, we are more than who we’ve been. So why do we slip on our old self and pretend it still fits? It doesn’t.
We’re caught between who we were made to be, and who we are becoming. God put a new song in our hearts, and He is doing a new thing in us, and He bestows new mercies every morning, and please hear this now: He who began a good work within us will carry it onto completion — even when our new selves try to pull our old, out-of-fashion labels from the back of the closet, and wear them like sackcloth.
We have been remade. We wear garments of salvation. And daily we are being reshaped into something more than who we were. We have new names — God-given and engraved for good.“I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it …”– Revelation 2:17
Wanna connect further with Jennifer, if you don't already know her? You can find her blog here and connect with her on Facebook here. Blessings await!
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Linking with Tracey for Winsome Wednesday, Emily for Imperfect Prose, and Shanda for On My Heart.