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God bless our broken souls. Amen…

Isaiah 53 King James Version (KJV)

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Bible, Personal Journey

Bible verses about comparing yourself to others

via biblereasons.com

“One of the fastest ways of discouraging yourself and getting trapped by the sin of envy is when you compare yourself to others. God has a specific plan for you and you won’t accomplish that plan by looking at others. 

Count your blessings and not the blessings of someone else. Let God control your life and give Satan no opportunity to discourage you from the purpose God has for you. Know that all you need is Christ. Set your mind at peace by focusing on the Lord.”

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What does the Bible say?

(All in The King James Version)

 

Galatians 6:4-5

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

 

2 Corinthians 10:12

 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 

James 3:16

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

 

Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

 

1 Corinthians 3:3

 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

 

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

1 John 2:15

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

Philippians 2:3

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

Galatians 1:10

 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

 

Isaiah 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?

 

Mark 12:30

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 

Psalm 37:5

 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

1 Timothy 6:6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

 

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

Psalm 136:1-2

136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

2 Corinthians 10:17

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

Psalm 139:14

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

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blogging, Faith

Unwaverying Joy

I tried to buy happiness, but I couldn’t find it on any rack or shelf. Always seeking confirmation and acceptance-the approval of another.

Now I am happy because I am unconditionally loved and never alone.

Love can only be found at the Cross. You can’t find yourself in the world, it’s way too easy to get lost.

Knowing who I am in Christ gives me peace so I’m able to live out His calling for my life, and my joy is forever unwavering.

addiction, Anorexia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Body Image, Bulimia, Confidence, Self Help

Beautiful

Post by Lynn Cowell

The gate called Beautiful might be the scale we hope will tell us the right number, the gym we join to become the right size or the mall we cruise through looking for the right outfit.

We go to the gate Beautiful and there we beg for what we need for that day: acceptance, approval and affirmation. It’s not enough to sustain us, though. Tomorrow, searching again, we’ll return.

With the power of the Holy Spirit we can say: “No more!” No more will we beg when Christ died to give us the acceptance we need. Let’s take His hand and look to Him each day for strength and approval.

You are perfect just the way God made you. That’s enough. You’re enough, precious one.

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blogging, change, Faith, Mental Health, Personal Journey

A sharp sting and dull ache at the same time.

Earlier today, while looking through the guest bedroom, I happened to glance up at an old, framed family photo. A thousand memories flooded my mind. The contrast between everything I know today…and who and where we were back then…is just jaw-dropping. Oh, how everything has changed. I’ve heard that my whole life, but this morning it really sunk in.

Of course, people change throughout their lives, one stage to the next. A sharp sting and a dull ache at the same time. The troubles we knew then were nothing compared to the ones to come. Gazing at myself in the picture, my tiny 16 year old body…frail inside and out, I recalled all I was dealing with at the time in high school. Rejection. Bulimia. Becoming a Christian. The successes in extracurricular activities. My broken heart. Comparison, comparison. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a teenager attending public school in today’s world…

Now, here I sit a strong woman of God. I’m no different than any other Christian, just trying to live the rest of my days faithful to Jesus, to God. My heart goes out to that confused and broken girl. In the end it was all in my head. Yes, I had some real issues to be tended to, but so much deception by the enemy himself as I chose Jesus. I didn’t know about spiritual warfare. At least not how real it really is.

Choosing Jesus is the best thing you could ever do. People won’t always understand why you’ve changed…how you changed. Your lifestyle, goals, worldview. Following Jesus means walking the straight & narrow road, traveled by few. Sometimes you feel alone, especially if you have no support at home. But you see, in this wilderness...you are transformed. In what seems to be the darkness, something beautiful happens. You find out who you are. That you were made for more. You are a Child of God.

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addiction, Eating Disorders, encouragement, Faith, Hope, Mental Health, self esteem, success

Soul Carrier

My body was never good enough as a teenager and into my early twenties. I had this poster of Britney Spears I held as my high standard. As close as I got…even being able to buy a single digit size 2 piece, It did NOT look like the poster! I absolutely did NOT look right. I shed so many pounds! I even did some toning and kickboxing and still no.

The fact is, not everybody’s body is gonna look like the 18 year old Britney Spears centerfold that I kept as a measuring tool!

I would NEVER accept the reality that only a small percentage of women have the physical makeup capable of pulling off a bikini look like hers.  But now, looking back as a 30 year old woman, I feel like a caged bird set free!!!

I found Recovery from my eating disorder at 22, but it was when I finally considered myself as my own unique type of beauty that things began to change. My stubborn self-criticizing mind fought it so hard. I resisted this new way of thinking to the max and then some.

Basically, to sum it up.,..

Through years of Bulimia, depression, therapy, Bipolar hospitalizations, eating disorder outpatient groups, and constant comparing myself to other women (famous and non-famous) I have learned that I am enough. I am okay. You see, for me it was all about rejection. The lies of the Devil himself led me to constant negative thought patterns, 24/7. I hated my life, my body…i hated myself. I was going against myself. My own worst enemy.*

*Note: I was NOT my own worst enemy. Satan, the devil himself was…and is now for everyone.

One day I had an awakening. This body of mine that I hated, the very cause of my unhappiness,  that I even self harmed over the years, was more than my body.

This is my Soul Carrier!

My flesh that I walk in and live in every day of my life contains something so delicate, so precious, so much more…

My Soul! My TRUE Being is operating from inside my now plus-sized, unique body. Becoming a Christian makes this the Temple of God. I am not my own. I was bought at a price. Though I didn’t believe that for years, the freedom I have NOW within the knowledge that I was believing lies…is priceless. Yes, ultimately it is

Jesus = freedom. You know in the Bible there’s a verse for this feeling.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:7

It is possible to absolutely hate yourself, what you look like & think your life is over…and still overcome it all to find peace that is out of this world. I’m here to tell you it can be done, no matter what the circumstances. Everybody has their own personal story and journey. All of the clothes I bought in debt, gym memberships, and all other attempts to perfect this look i had in my head, totally don’t have to have ’em! I am beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God Himself, just as you are! Shopping sprees, binging on sweets and stuff only puts a Band-Aid on the pain. There is relief. Peace, out of this world.

addiction, Eating Disorders, Life, self esteem

When We Swallow Our Pain

Emotional eating is an attempt to avoid the absence (of love, comfort, knowing what to do) when we find ourselves in the desert of a particular moment, feeling, situation. In the process of resisting the emptiness, in the act of turning away from our feelings, of trying and trying again to lose the same twenty, fifty, eighty pounds, we ignore what could utterly transform us.

But when we welcome what we most want to avoid, we evoke that in us that is not a story, not caught in the past, not some old image of ourselves. We evoke divinity itself. And in doing so, we can hold emptiness, old hurts, fear in our cupped hands and behold our missing hearts.
Geneen Roth

Life

Jesus + you

You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again

You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again

-Alive Again, song lyrics by Matt Maher

Posters, courtesy of Google.

My very life was spared a number of times while I was undiagnosed with Bipolar disorder, living recklessly, out of character, and out of mind.

I was a gambling addict for a long time. God miraculously healed me. I stopped having the urges to get scratch offs at 5:30 a.m. when I woke up to go to the bathroom. It was pretty rough.

It’s been a roller coaster ride, but I’m so grateful I am here now. I want to share this illustration of Baptism, becoming a Christian, with you. Coming to Jesus changes you. Not simply the act, but the decision to have this lifelong relationship with Him and to live for Him. We were made by God and for God.

If you need closure.

If you’re living in a hole of depression.

You hate yourself.

You believe you will never be good enough…

If you’re suffering in any way… Whatever your personal journey,

Jesus can fill in all of those gaps and comfort you like nothing else!

If you’re open to having a true relationship with Jesus Christ,

Today is the day of Salvation!

I encourage you to act quickly as the train may be leaving the station soon.

It’s a decision you have to make for yourself. I can guarantee you won’t regret it. 🙂

God bless!

2015, America, Christianity, current events, encouragement, end times, Inspiration, motivation, Self Help, the news

Literally Gonna Be Out of This World…

Jesus is coming soon for His Bride, are you ready? It’s literally going to be out of this world…

We’re going to a place where we are loved beyond measure with joy unspeakable. No more tears. No more will the people of this world tell us we’re not good enough or pretty enough. We will be changed in the blink of an eye. Our new bodies incorruptible and perfect. Immortal in Paradise.

Scars are gone. No more eating disorders or mental illnesses. No more disease.The paralyzed and amputees will walk and run. Living in perfect peace. No fear.

The deaf will hear the sweetest singing of angels, and the blind will behold the most breathtaking view from Mansions on high. And to be right there with The Almighty, and with our King, Lord Jesus Christ…I cannot imagine how great the comfort and relief.

Things are really shaking and quaking around the world. The final pieces of the last days puzzle are being put into place. Our Earth is about to endure a 7 year Tribulation. Hell on earth. People are protesting so strongly in Baltimore right now. I believe that the Baltimore riots taking place and those now happening in other cities are linked to all of the military activity in this Jade Helm 15 thing. If you haven’t heard, I suggest you look it up. Riots busting out right now nationwide + the Jade Helm/military events going on = no coincidence. A lot of us have been watching what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s about to get pretty crazy. Martial Law…?

So many people are oblivious to the reality that we live in today. This is far from the America I grew up in and knew as a child, and I’m 30 years old!

While the majority of the common people in the world sleep, the powers that be are wide awake.

Now is the time to prepare for the future. Hopefully you will consider Jesus right now if you have not done so already. It can save your life…eternally.

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God Bless