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“Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” (Deuteronomy‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

As I sat at the Burger King restaurant last night after church, I was privileged to be hanging out with some special friends, the ladies from Teen Challenge in Russellville, AR. I sat listening to their stories, where they came from, the addictions and past scars they are seeking to overcome, and the scriptures that they are standing on to accomplish it. To me, I was sitting amongst the bravest heroes I had ever met: Those that will truly fight their personal demons!

One of them shared this verse with me and it immediately struck my heart. How many of us sit in our regrets, stained by sin and failure, cultivating and perfecting the hatred we feel for ourselves to the point that we could NEVER see ourselves as treasurable? I would dare say that it would be all of us and probably occurs everyday. 

So here is a word of hope for today! You are truly a treasure to God! Don’t focus on the failed opinions of others or even yourself. Get to know God’s loving thoughts towards you and grow in that beautiful relationship! You are free to be loved today! 

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I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” (Psalms‬ ‭9‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Tears flowed freely and unashamedly as the woman shared her testimony during the service. It was her personal story of abuse, violation, abandonment, and the subsequent years of alcohol, drugs, and hollow relationships that she ran to for help to mask the pain and keep living one more day. You could feel her hopelessness.

But then she spoke of meeting a Savior that loved her like no one ever had, giving her freedom to live, laugh, and even find love! Hearts were racing as she described her transformation by the Lover of her Soul!

While the story was heart-wrenching, the real beauty of the moment is what happened next. As the call for others in pain and life-torment to find their own freedom in Christ, people began to move to a church altar, allowing others to come pray with them. As years of collective grief began to pour out, it gave way to something more pure and electrifying: a joy and laughter that wasn’t there before, but was birthed anew, evidence that a life-change had happened!

And what was it that helped multiple souls stuck in hopelessness find freedom? Simply a soul that had found her own rebirth and did what the Bible said we should do, by sharing our personal tale of Thanksgiving with others! Take time this week to focus on what God has done for you. Share those stories because you never know when it might inspire a life-change in someone else! You are loved today! Feel it!

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In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” (2 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Jessica was a beautiful bride and her mother’s joy. But as she began her self-destruction with prescription drugs, it all became a nightmare. Finally, at a place of intervention in Arizona, surrounded by those who love her most, love stepped in and helped Jessica realize her condition and accept help. Today, according to interventionnow.com, she is completely clean, restored, and truly living again.

It is unbelievably hard to watch those you love become a hot mess, making chronically bad decisions and dragging the hearts of those they love into the abyss with them. Sometimes intervention works, but often it doesn’t, not if our “Jessicas” won’t admit to problems or accept help. Yet, our love must be greater than their determination, taking our loved one to the God of all Healing. God can fix what others call hopeless!

The Christ Life isn’t just about you, but also about those around you who need the peace and assurance that we strive to live in. No one knows God’s grace and abilities like you! You are not the Savior, needing to personally reclaim every broken life. But He does work through you. Let God help others through your willing life. You are loved today! Pass it on!