Before You Were Born

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.”
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)

Five long years of waiting to have a baby while Keith completed law school. Finally the day came to begin trying to have a baby.

In those days, women who thought they might be pregnant had to wait for awhile to find out. There was the lab test, a few days of waiting for the result, and then a call from the doctor.

It didn’t take long. Soon, I knew Kristin and started calling her Kristin, even though pregnant women didn’t regularly have ultrasounds back then. Most didn’t know the sex of the baby until the baby was born. But I knew. Everyone, including the doctor, tried to talk me out of referring to this beautiful baby in my womb as a girl. I didn’t know her like God knew her, but I knew her as Kristin.

God knew every cell in her body. He knew every day of her life and loved her. Every moment of her life had been planned. She was His masterpiece and created for good works, which He equipped her for, just as He delights in you as His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).

Friend, before you were born, God’s thoughts about you were more than you can count. He formed you in love. He knows your every thought, and He still loves you.

Before you were born, God knew you intimately.

Because God loves you, He sent Jesus into the world to repair our relationship with God. That relationship was hurt when we didn’t obey God’s commands. It’s like when we hurt a friend or family member. There’s a price to pay and forgiveness to be given.

The price for not obeying God is separation from Him. We chose to go our own way and sin against God. He grieves but honors our wishes. But He provides a way to turn from our sins and draw near to Him.

Jesus, our Creator and Savior, shed Himself of His glory for awhile and entered the world as a baby. He taught God’s ways, healed the sick, raised the dead, worked miracles, and paid for our sins. He took your sins and my sins upon Himself in a painful death on the cross. He was buried, but three days later, He rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God speaking on behalf of all who accept Him as Lord and Savior.

He holds out a free gift – life with Him forever. There’s nothing we can do to earn eternal life with God … it’s the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). We just have to accept this gift and open it.

Won’t you accept this free gift from the God who knew you before you were born and loved you? The God who knows your every thought, your every sin and fault, and still loves you. The God who wants you to live with Him forever in Paradise.

You can unwrap that gift right now.

Pray with me

God, I have not followed Your commands. I have sinned against You. Please forgive me. I want this gift of salvation. I want to spend eternity with You. I know that You know me better than I know myself and You still love me. You can make me new. I know that Jesus took my sins upon Himself and paid the price I owed. I accept Him as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

May I pray for you?

Father, thank You for this dear one who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. Fill those who just started walking with You and those who have walked with You for many years with Your wisdom, Your love, and Your peace. Guide us, Lord. For You knew us before we were born. You fearfully and wonderfully formed us into Your masterpieces. You knew our days before we were born, and You equipped us to accomplish Your works that are always good. We rejoice in You and honor You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Stumbling in the Darkness?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4

Jesus is all in all. He is God. In Him we find life and light for the way He wants us to walk.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Not too long ago, I opened my eyes to pitch black, not even a star shining through the windows. Peering into the darkness, I rolled out of bed, started walking, and fell onto the bathtub. Disoriented and going in a direction that I had not intended, I needed a flashlight.

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I Prayed for Death – God Gave Me Life

“God, I thought I was doing what You wanted me to do. I’m in college. I’m engaged to the man You prepared for me to marry. But, I’m in and out of hospitals. No one knows what’s wrong. What do you want me to do?”

Silence.

I endured three semesters; then, I gave up and went home … a college dropout … a failure at 19.

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Life with a capital L: a small group resource & my blessing

God has been at work in my life. For a second time, God sent me Matt Heard’s message to live life with a capital L.

Twelve days after my Mama stepped into heaven, I reviewed life with a capital L. This book helped me glean the richness of the journey Mama was taking as she lifted one foot toward heaven and eventually, the other, reaching her destiny and true Life with a capital L.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Mama’s Life in heaven.

I am so glad that Heard created a small group participants’ guide and DVD. The guide can be used in 4, 6, or 12-week sessions with the DVD and the book.

Heard uses every-day examples to illustrate Biblical concepts. For example, he describes the difference between a bucket and a pipe: if you pour water into a bucket, the water stays in the bucket and will eventually become stagnant; however, if you pour water into a pipe, the water flows through the pipe, much like when a Christian serves as a conduit for God’s love, showering it on others, and as a result, God pours more love into that Christian to give the love away.

What’s in the guide

In the participant’s guide, Heard provides the facilitator with tips on how to lead the group. The participant’s guide includes:

  1. Warm-up questions (before the video).
  2. Video reaction prompts.
  3. Word studies (to go deeper in the Bible).
  4. Group discussion questions.
  5. Closing prayer prompts.
  6. After session reflections.
  7. Resolutions (prompts for prayer, reflection and action throughout the week).

Personal reflection

Daddy’s journey to heaven was 15 years before Mama’s. She missed him so much. Often, she would ask me why she was still living. I told her that God wasn’t finished with her, yet, that God had something else for her to do.

I wondered why she had to go through the last few weeks of her life. I know now. In those last few weeks of pain, there were glimpses of heaven. She served as a conduit for God’s grace and love to spill out onto her caregivers and onto her children. She didn’t know the reason for those weeks, nor did I. I’m sure she knows now. I know now.

One caregiver said that she had not seen such peace in a hospice patient. Her conclusion: “She must have her spiritual house in order.”

Without a word, in dying, Mama pointed people to Jesus; Mama lived life with a capital L in her dying.

Final resolution

Matt Heard’s final resolution sums up Life:

I will keep in mind that my ultimate redemption is graciously secured and that Christ will get me home.

I will pay attention to today’s heaven moments – whether physical aches, unfulfilled longings, encounters with beauty, broken experiences, or opportunities to obey – and will hope for the day when Life with a capital L will no longer be diluted by a fallen body and fallen world.

I miss our morning calls, Mama. They were Life.
I miss you, Mama.

My tears are filled with your Life, glimpses of heaven.
I’ll see you in heaven, Mama.

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Make it Yours!

Above all, make it your resolution this week to ask God to show you the
path to living Life with a capital L.
My prayer:

Father in heaven, thank You, again, for Matt Heard and the message You have given him. Bless him as he seeks Your face, Your guidance, and Your future messages. Guide us towards a deeper Life with You. We want to be used by You. We love you, Lord.

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I unexpectedly received a copy of the Participant’s Guide and DVD of life with a capital L: Embracing your God-given humanity from Multnomah Books.