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Van Gogh.  Picasso.  Cassatt.  The names alone evoke images of world-renowned masters and their work–each artist  sharing a glimpse of the world as he imagined it.  Some images are bold and colorful; others a melding of shadows.

In the same way, God is creating His own masterpiece in each of us.  Every experience, circumstance, or emotion we encounter becomes part of the canvas–representing our struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows, secrets and revelations.

And, if we look carefully, we’ll notice the Master’s  brushstrokes.  Do you see them?  They’ve smoothed the rough areas and shed light on the dark places.  He’s taking painstaking care to create an amazing work of art–a representation of someone beautiful and unique–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)

The work may not be finished yet, but the outline is clear.  And the artist?  He already knows who you’ll become.  Perfect…incomparable…transformed.

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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody,  I think that is a much greater hunger,

a much greater poverty than the person  who has nothing to eat.

Mother  Teresa

“Did you believe the lie?”  I asked.  Surveying the room, I knew many of the women did–and probably still do.  But on that day I wanted to press into the truth–Christ came to remove the burden of those who are laden down.  He came to release those shackled by the chains of expectation, perfectionism, and human attainment.  He came to love the abused, the fatherless, and the unloved.  Christ came to provide freedom.  Have you claimed that freedom yet?

If you haven’t taken hold of it, today is the day.

Believe in His love for you.  You are His beautiful and precious child–“fearfully and wonderfully made”.  (Psalm 139:14)

Believe in His ability to release you from the memories or sins of the past for “His mercies are new every morning”.  (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Believe in His redemptive power and promise of a beautiful forever–“No eye has seen,  no ear has heard, no mind has conceived  what God has prepared for those who love him”.

Believe the truth, dear Friend.  Claim freedom today!

 

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