A short letter from The Favorite One...



Thank You Jesus for all the love You show me everyday.
Thank You Jesus because I can look up to Heaven and know that You reign.
Thank You Jesus.

I love You God, I want to know You more and more.
Help me to embrace suffering, and surrender every part of my being to You.
Guide me in this process, remove everything that has been hindering me... But make me understand that all You want is me... You want my heart, You want my soul, and You want my thoughts to reflect You... The Real You. You love me, and You are crazy about me! My name is written on the palm of Your hand.

Spirit of the Living God, Sweet Comforter, You are the One that can lead me to the heart of the Father. You know every mystery hidden in His heart. You know every plan, You know everything about Him... Reveal Him to me, so that I may live again.

Beautiful God, I am Your Favorite! You chose me! You have set me apart for Your purposes. Oh, how I want to run to You... Teach me how to be obedient, and even in the midst of uncertainty, do not let fear rule over me. Thank You for each breath, and thank You for being with me until this very day. I love You... Let my deeds show this love.

Amen.

"I'll Crown You with My Love..."



Credits: Photo "Only happy when it rains" by EliseEnchanted (www.deviantART.com); video "Misty Edwards - Favorite One" by Birdiej89 (www.YouTube.com)

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The Pearl



Once upon a time there was a girl named Christie who was walking through a garden with her mother. It was getting late so her mother said: "Christie, let's go home. Your daddy will be back from work soon." As they were walking, about to leave the garden, something caught the little girl's eye. She bent to the ground, removed some withered flowers from on top, and picked the object. "What is it, dear?" Her mother asked. "Mommy, look what I just found!". It was a pearl necklace. Not a real pearl necklace, of course, but they were still pearls... White plastic pearls. Christie was super excited with her new necklace. It was actually her first necklace. Her parents never gave her one for they feared she might lose it. But this pearl necklace was special. She wore it every day. She even went to bed with it. It was her dazzling precious treasure.

One day, Christie's father when to her bedroom to read her a story. He read to her every night. After finishing reading "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" her daddy asked her: "My dear Christie, do you love me?" Christie immediately shouted: "I love you up to the sky, daddy!". "OK, if you love me, give me your pearls.", her father replied. "Oh, dad... I can't give you my necklace... But you know what? You can have my Barbie! She is amazing! She cooks and makes the best pasta. Yum! You are going to love her!". Her father said: "No honey, you can keep your Barbie. Sweet dreams my dear Christie." "Bye bye, daddy!", Christie said.

A week after, Christie's dad read to her again, this time he read "Thumbelina". He finished the story, and looked directly into Christie's eyes, and asked: "My beloved Christie, do you love me?" Christie replied: "Yes, daddy, yes! A thousand million times yes!". Then she hugged him and kissed her father's cheek. "Then give me your pearls." That was her father's reply. "Daddy, no, not the pearls, they're mine! But you can have my purple teddy bear, the one you brought me from Italy! Signore Violetto would be happy to be your friend. He is the best! Go ahead, take him, he can even teach you some Italian." Her father then responded, "No dear, Signore Violetto is happy living here in your room. I'll see you tomorrow sweetheart." "Bye daddy!" Christie replied.

Two weeks later, Christie's father went to her room to read her a bedtime story again, and Christie said: "Daddy... Before you start reading to me, I would like to give you something." She opened up a little pink bag and gave him her necklace. The pearl necklace. With tears in her eyes Christie told her dad how much she loved him and that she wanted to make him happy. Her father was very glad she gave him her cherished necklace. "My love, I am very happy you gave me your necklace." He hugged her and read to her. That night Christie fell asleep very sad, but she was happy to have given up her necklace, for she loved her daddy very much.

The next day, Christie woke up and the sun was shining brightly that morning. As she stood up from her bed, she saw something on her dressing table. It was a Daisy. And that Daisy had a necklace and a note attached to it. The note said: "I love you so much my dear Christie! As you gave me that something that was so significant to you, now I am giving something that is very special and valuable, a real pearl necklace. It is yours my princess. Love, your Daddy." ~ THE END



I hope you enjoyed "The Pearl". This is not just a story with a moral, it's our life story. As human beings, the world offers us cheap, plastic pearls. They look like they are real, but let us face it, they are not. We cherish these things, and we hold them close to our hearts, but in the end we realize they were fake, like Christie's plastic pearl necklace. But there is a Daddy who wants to offer us the Real Deal, the Real Pearl, that Real and Valuable Treasure, and what is that? It is Salvation. That Daddy is God, and He gave His One and Only Son Jesus so we can have the Real, Special Pearl. Not fake pearls, but The Real One. Jesus Christ gave himself up, and He was nailed to the Cross because He loved me, and He loves you, and He said: "You know what, I'll die for you so you can have the Pearl that my Father offers." That Pearl is Salvation my dear friend.

Jesus loves you. God loves you. He created you so you can live an everlasting and fulfilling life. You only have to accept Him in your heart, and you will have the Pearl. Do not settle for less. Receive the Pearl.



Credits: Photo 1 and photo 2 (www.deviantART.com), "The Pearl" story based on "Hidden Treasure and Pearl Necklace Story" (www.teen-beauty-tips.com/hidden-treasure.html) and "Stephanie Smith Interview" by liolmagazine (YouTube), "God is Jealous for You" video (PeaceWithGod.Net) -> CHECK IT OUT!

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How the Creator sees me

"he'll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs." ~ Zephaniah 3:17 (MSG)




Ever wonder what God thinks when He looks at you? I have. I can think of many answers, but I still don't have the "one". To be honest, I don't know if my flaws overshadow the thoughts He had for me when He created me... But I can truly say that listening to Kim's testimony gives me hope that one day I'll live according to the original plan He had for me. In the midst of pain, sin and figuring things out, we can trust today that Our Creator knows us and that His plans for us are beautiful beyond comparison.... FOR HE LOVES US, AND WE ARE HIS!

I invite you to listen to Kim Walker-Smith's testimony and let your heart be glad today because God, the Ultimate Dreamer, thought about you, He planned you before you were even born and He is still madly in love... WITH YOU.

XOXO, <3




Credits: Photo 1 "Musicbox Dancer" by gloglolittledreamer (deviantART.com) and video "Kim Walker - Testimony about God's love" by Silberlicht37 (YouTube.com).

* Kim Walker-Smith is one of the worship leaders in Jesus Culture. To know more about her and her ministry, make sure to check out www.onlyloveremains.com

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A Song of The Spirit: "I Knew What I was Getting Into"



"I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name, but I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into.

I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name, but I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into.

And I am not shocked by your weakness.
And I am not shocked even by your sin.
And I am not shocked by your brokenness.

I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you.

Cuz only I can see the end from the beginning.
And only I can see where this is going.
And only I can see the end from the beginning.
And I see in you the seeds of love.
And I see in you strength when all you see is your failure and all you feel is ashamed.
I can see deeper than that.
I know you better than that.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name.
I said it just the same.
I knew what getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.

Your only at the beginning.
You've only just begun and I know where you are going
And all you can see in the moment is that your hurting.
And all you can see in the moment is that your aching.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into when I called you.

Just don't give up.
And don't give in.
If you don't quit. You win, you win.

Just don't give up.
And don't give in.
If you don't quit. You win, you win.

Everything is in my hands.
It's going to be alright.
Everything is in my hands.
It's going to be alright.
It's going to be okay.
Everything is in my hands.
It's going to be alright.
It's going to be Okay.
And you don't have to pretend to be something or someone your not.
Cuz I know you better than that, even better, even better than that.
Listen my Beloved.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name.
I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you."



"...He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6 (NIV)


Credits: Picture 1 by andrez (deviantART), Picture 2 by ladytwiglet (deviantART), and lyrics of the Song "I Knew What I Was Getting Into" by Misty Edwards (www.mistyedwards.com)

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

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