Light Shine Bright: Get Out of Your Own Shadow

We get in our own way with “oops” posts. Things we didn't think all the way through, that once we give it more thought, or in many instances the next morning when your head isn't quite as foggy, we immediately take down. However, there is no deleting the post from people's memory once they have seen it. Worse yet, there is a perma data trail linked to that post. Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg for being so efficient!

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Light Shine Bright: Identity

By Kerry Cramton

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Have you ever felt called to do something greater, but fear and doubt sets in, or past failures make you feel unqualified and insignificant? Do you know that Jesus isn’t looking for perfection, He is looking for a vessel to pour out His anointing on? In your weakness you will find His strength.

Jesus isn’t looking for perfection, He is looking for a vessel to pour out His anointing on? In your weakness you will find His strength.
— Kerry Cramton

I think about the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well. How Jesus saw her, not for her faults, and he didn’t come to condemn her.  Yet, Jesus brought her hope. She said, “He knew everything I ever did.” (John 4:29) If you have read the story you will see she had multiple partners and I’m sure a laundry list of things she wished Jesus the Messiah didn’t know about her.  But when she realized who Jesus was, she had faith and she left her water pail and went to the city to tell the people about the Messiah. I believe she must have felt His grace and love just being in His presence. She left the well wanting to walk away from her past and walk closer to Jesus. She wanted the living water that He spoke of and how she would never thirst again.

In the book of John, Jesus says, “A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the truth worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23) There is such freedom in what only the blood of Jesus can do. He washes us white as snow and longs to redeem every part of our soul. When we give our lives to Jesus, He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us maneuver through this fallen world.

2 Timothy 4:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

He has given us these gifts through the power of the Holy Spirit; Power, Love, and Self-control. The Holy Spirit works through us! When we surrender our lives to Jesus, the fears that we once knew have to flee. We have a new identity in Jesus Christ our Lord and a Savior who saves us from the pits of death and resurrects us to have a new life in Him! We have to stand boldly on the truth in His word!

He told the Samaritan woman,“but whoever takes a drink of the (living) water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty anymore, but the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto eternal life.” (John 4:14).

These words should make you, just like the Samaritan woman, realize that THIS, THIS is the living water that you crave! You will never thirst again from this unfulfilling well of the world, this life was meant for more and you should be ready to fight for your true identity in Christ. When your identity in Christ takes root, it is one of purpose, accuracy, destiny, fearlessness.  I don’t know about you, but when I read the truth, a peace comes over me. I want to do the best for God every day to glorify Him. I know He has enough grace for me every single day because He says it in His word.

I love what the apostle Paul wrote, (1 Corinthians 15:9-10) “For I am the least [worthy]of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I once wronged and pursued and molested the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not for nothing (fruitless, and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

I will choose not to dwell on the past and I certainly will trust Him to not be anxious about the future. He says that through His Spirit; Power, Love, and Self Control are given to me! This is an eternal promise! Step out and trust that Jesus who created you, has enough grace for you today. He calls you His daughter. He sees the destiny for your life and knows what is best for you! Be bold, courageous and just trust Him to do a work in you!

 

Light Shine Bright: Healing So You CAN Shine

We are not broken creatures; we are daughters of the Lord Most High.  You are healed and whole because Christ is within you.  And if Christ is within you, then there is light.  Once you accept that healing and invite Jesus to work on your heart, the light is there.  Therefore, seek the Creator and all of His promises will enter your life, including the promise of restoration.  Once you kick-start your healing process, don’t be afraid to be yourself!  Our lights are the only things on earth that are battling the darkness, and we always need more of it.  Invite the healing, shine your light, and watch the world change.

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Light Shine Bright: True to You

Here's a little secret that I'm going to share about myself...I've always wanted the ability to step out of my body and be able to see how I'm seen or perceived by others. I'm not sure if this would be a blessing or a curse, but for someone who has always valued what others thought of herself, I thought that this would be a super-human power to possess. I was the child and even the woman sometimes, that would mimic how girls I admired or idolized acted. I wold try to copy how they talked, how they posed in photos and even how they wrote their name. In my mind, if I could take on their characteristics I would be able to be seen the same way that I saw them. Looking back now, the reason I desired this so strongly was because I was not comfortable in who I really was.

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Stop, Look and Listen

A couple weeks ago we had a beautiful snow fall. Church got cancelled and Kody asked our girls if they'd like to go call in coyotes. Of course my little adventure lovers were screaming in agreement because this would be a first for them.

We got them dressed in snow pants, coats, hats and gloves. I told Kody I wish we had more neutral colors for them to wear besides they're pink and turquoise coats, but he reminded me that coyotes don't see color.

"Oh, yes, then they should be good!"

 Notice Odessa's Nerf gun!!

Notice Odessa's Nerf gun!!

I don't think he really planned to actually call anything in, this was more of a learning experience for the girls. So the pressure was off, thankfully.

Locked and loaded they headed off to find a spot along a creek in the pasture.

 Ready to roll...

Ready to roll...

Kody explained to me that both girls had a hard time making it to their spot because they kept tripping over frozen cow patties that were hidden by the fresh snow. He said every time he looked back to make sure they were getting along alright one would be recovering from her fall or one would be flat on her stomach. Darn cow patties! Not to mention that it was still snowing and the wind was starting to pick up. My tough cowgirls!

So finally they found their spot and sat and waited. Sat and listened. I'm sure if you know any 3 and 5 year old little girls, sitting still and being quiet is excruciatingly hard! They literally cannot sit still for more than a moment.

My patient husband was teaching them a life lesson in this instant.

Stop...stop the motion, the busyness, the chatter in your head and quiet your spirit. When you do this there's something that happens. You may be conscious of your breathing, the beat of your heart and you will even be able to feel what parts of your body are tense.

Look...look for what God is trying to show you. It may be a flashing light up sign that helps you make a wise choice when faced with a decision or more than likely it' something very subtle. God loves to use His creation to speak to His creation. Sunrises and sunsets are something that always speak to me. As well as my horses and cattle.

Listen...listen for God to speak to you. My Pastor says this usually is a thought or words that come into your mind that sound way smarter and deeper than anything you could come up with yourself. Let those words wash over you. Meditate and focus on them.

Learning to take time to do this everyday I promise you will open your heart up to hearing from God on a more intimate level. A place in the Bible that Jesus spoke on this Stop, Look and Listen was in the Garden of Gethsemane. In Matthew 26:38, Jesus said, "My heart is overwhelmed and crushed with grief. It feels as though I'm dying. Stay here and keep watch with me." Jesus was wanting His disciples to be praying, to be listening and to keep watching not for the betrayer and his men to come and haul off Jesus to prison but to be listening to what the Father's heart was in this solemn, consecrated time. Jesus was preparing His mind and body to take on the sin of the whole world. To be separated from His Father for the first time ever because He would have to go to the pit of hell first before He was resurrected. At the same time, these men who had spent every day of the last 3 years with Jesus would turn their backs on Him. They would be persecuted and run. They may have been spared of this if they would've followed Jesus's orders to stay awake, listen and pray.

Be careful to take time each day to do this...especially when things are going good. This will help sustain you when things go wrong, when persecution comes and you're left all alone. You'll be peaceful in knowing that you're hearing Papa, you've been sitting still long enough to see His love and hear His heart.

 The Brave Hunters

The Brave Hunters

Much love,

Cooped Up Cowboy's Wife