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Find out what pleases the Lord.
Ephesians 5:10
 Dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.  It is God’s will that we should be sanctified.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” — Paul
“For them I sanctify myself, that they
 too may be truly sanctified.” — Jesus
This post is dedicated to Angie, my Bible study leader. She inspires me each week and makes sanctification easy to understand by saying things like, “God keeps working and working on us until one day we are in glory with Jesus!” She also reminds us, “God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” 
2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Ephesians 5:8-10,
 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, John 17:19

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Your Valentine from God

I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you
on the palms of my hands ….
Isaiah 49:15-16
You are precious and honored in my sight. 
I love you.  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  I will strengthen you.  I have called you by name and you are mine.  I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.  Never will I leave you.  Never will I forsake you. — God
“May they know that You have loved them even as You have loved me.” — Jesus
Isaiah 43:6, 41:13, 41:10, 43:1, 49:15-16; Hebrews 13:5; John 17:23

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God’s Delight

As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. 
Psalm 16:3
The words we use to define ourselves and others are powerful.  Children are especially vulnerable to the labels that they are given.  Personally, I can identify myself as a stay-at-home mom and a Christian, or a soul sculptor and one whose life has been disrupted and is now daily transformed by Jesus ChristThe first descriptions sound safe; the latter ones inspire me.  What words do you use to describe yourself?  More importantly, what words does God use to describe you?  “Apple of his eye”, “beloved”, “friend”, “like a sheep who needs to be carried” …. You are invited to use God’s words instead of yours.   
Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s use of the term “soul sculptor” and by To Be Told, by Dan Allender, Ph.D.

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when you fast

“When you fast . . .” Jesus
Matthew 6:16
I think it is interesting that Jesus says “when you fast” — not “if you fast”.  It seems to me that fasting has become a optional spiritual discipline and not something that we are called to do.  One reason I think that this has happened is because we do not understand the “body’s participation in discipline, worship, grieving, and repenting” (McKnight). 
In Romans 12:1, we are urged to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, which becomes our spiritual act of worship.  There are many ways we can offer our bodies as sacrifices, but one way is through fasting.  The spiritual exercise of fasting presumes that we commune with God through our bodies ” (Hintz). 
Fasting gives us physical reminders that we receive our strength and nourishment from God.  In our self-indulgent world, fasting helps draw our attention away from ourselves and helps us focus on what is eternal.
Quotes are from the book : Fasting, McKnight and a book review by Marcy Hintz. 

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… the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14
One of the gifts that Jesus gives us is His glory.  Jesus gives us the glory that God gave Him (John 17:22).  As with any gift, this gift has to be accepted.  Jesus’ glory is accepted by believing with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).  When we believe in this way and accept Jesus’ glory, we act differently and our lives become radically transformed.
How do you define the word glory?  My favorite definition for glory is “majestic beauty”.  The dictionary definition of glory is:
glo·ry (glôr, glr)  
n. pl. glo·ries
1. Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
2. Something conferring honor or renown.
3. A highly praiseworthy asset.
4. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
5. Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence.
6. The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
7. A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity.
May the glory we have been given draw many people to have life in Jesus’ name (John 22:31). 
For my family and friends in Nashville, Tennessee.

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