God’s favor

Seminary graduation photo (c.2013)

Although I didn’t like the original of this picture when my husband took it, I realize now that it’s my one and only “glamour” photo. Photoshop was the big rage at the time and he expertly made a few cosmetic adjustments. When he was done, I couldn’t believe it was the same photo!

Well, technically, it wasn’t the same photo. He added layers of filters. I even added an additional filter from Instagram today. #madenew #presentable

God’s favor is like that. He layers a shield of protection around our most vulnerable self (when we trust in Jesus’ ability to make us righteous). We can hardly believe that we are the same person compared to the times before Christ healed our hearts from sin sickness.

By understanding how much God loves me, I am also able to love myself and others. I John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

Sometimes what we see portrayed outwardly happens because of how God shields us inwardly. -Teresa #madenew #offermyselftoGod

Romans 12:1,2 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you,

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brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,

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 holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform

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 to the pattern of this world,

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 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

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Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is

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-his good, pleasing

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and perfect will.

Psalm 5:12 (ESV)

12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

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