Happy Friday!

I had coffee with one of my friends who happens to be a high school senior this morning. Such a joy. Fridays change as your school years pass, but there is STILL something undeniably wonderful about a Friday. I’m soaking that up today. (Thanks to my really really great mom who has my little companion with her for a few hours today).

No big personal stories on this Friday. Instead a direction for our hearts to focus on. Or for mine to focus on and for you to ponder :).

The past few days my heart has been stirring. Every time I start to talk to the Lord I feel the weight of his hand nearly saying ‘Stop.’ Well that’s interesting isn’t it?! But it’s the kindest kind of stop. It’s the stop that’s saying, ‘You’ve become giving heavy. It’s all about you talking to me, you pursuing me, you standing for others, you doing. Of course those are beautiful things, but THIS is all about Me giving to you, daughter. Stop. Quiet your heart. Be still. Don’t pray. Don’t lift a weight. Let me remind you of who and what I say you are and who I am to you. Be reminded! Let me talk to you.’

Today, I invite you to join me in quieting the heart. In receiving instead of giving. Instead of thinking. Instead of anything else…

This song has been my theme for the past few days. You may want to play it in the background as I list out a few verses of who our God says that we are for pondering:

From Christianity Today:

I am God’s child.
Galatians 3:26  “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…”
I am Jesus’ friend.
John 15:15  “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
I am a whole new person with a whole new life.
2 Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”
I am a place where God’s Spirit lives.
1 Corinthians 6:19  “ Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
I am God’s Incredible work of art.
Ephesians 2:10  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”
I am totally and completely forgiven.
1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I am created In God’s likeness.
Ephesians 4:24  “ and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”
I am spiritually alive.
Ephesians 2:5  “made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
I am a citizen of Heaven.
Philippians 3:20  “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
I am God’s messenger to the world.
Acts 1:8  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
I am greatly loved.
Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
My heart is going to be camping out here for a bit.  Not focusing on what I can do for Him, what I can say to Him, or how I can be like Him.  But instead, on who He says that I am, what He is saying, and simply receiving.  

Happy weekending y’all!
Abi