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I Choose You // Praise & Shine

Ephesians‬ ‭1:3-10‬ are some of my favorite verses in the bible because they tell us how God loved us and chose us even before the world was formed. There has never been a time in all of eternity when God did not know us. God doesn’t choose us because of our righteousness; we become righteous through Christ Jesus because God chose us. Jesus said in John 6:44, “No one comes to me unless the Father draws him…”

God created in us a desire to know Jesus. You are chosen! Because of this, you can live with assurance. Assurance that what God started, He will finish. It’s by the grace of God that we have the assurance of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

We have all fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus personally paid the price for our sins so we may live again with our Heavenly Father.

Never Enough Time // Praise & Shine

How do you spend your day? Do you throw yourself into a seemingly chaotic routine, rushing from place to place and chore to chore? And at the end of the day, do you feel like all busyness accomplished real work and made a real difference?

If you are like me, you can probably relate. I always find myself busy with something. The truth is, unless we are spending our days structured around the purpose God has established for us (Ephesians 2:10), we haven’t accomplished anything.

As Christians, we strive to live lives like Christ. Do you think Jesus spent his days rushing from one task to another? The answer is no. Jesus never tried to justify how He spent His time, nor did He attempt to make excuses for any aspect of it. Jesus lived His entire life without relying on the approval of others. He sought to please His heavenly Father and do what God asked of him.

Likewise, Jesus was never in a hurry. The Bible is filled with many examples of Jesus slowing down and, in prayer, doing everything with intention. He was never stressed by His day, and He only did what was truly important.

So, if you’re like me and you feel like your life has gotten completely out of control, take some time to reflect and evaluate how you are spending your day. Ask yourself, what am I doing? And is what I am doing vital to fulfilling God’s purpose for me?

When we take the time to prayerfully consider what God expects of us, we may need to make some tough choices about how we spend our time. Make changes to reduce your stress and workload while getting the most of every second you are gifted. Ask God to reveal what is truly important and pray for the Lord to help you be wise in the way you spend your time.

Priceless // Praise & Shine

When I think about my life, it is sometimes east to feel, worthless. It is easy to lose sight of just how much we are loved. The Bible tells us time and time again just how priceless we are to God.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ… (Ephesians 2:4-5)

…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us… (1 John 4:9-10)

God loves us so much that he sacrificed His only son for us. A priceless gift for us because in His eyes, we are priceless.

…The birds of the air to not so or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Don’t believe the lies or focus on your flaws. This doesn’t define you. Accept God’s gift of grace and be clothed in white. Every wrong made right because you are priceless.