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opening day memories

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Tomorrow is opening day! Been busy making cookies for the hunters and thinking about other opening days…this is Mariah and Joel’s first time to go out, 7 years ago. 🙂

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baby me :D

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A friend of mine posted something awesome on Facebook today, and it was just right for me on my birthday because I have struggled a lot to accept myself and my shortcomings all of my life. But God created me for a purpose:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you…”
(Jeremiah 1:5, AMPC)

Did you know that God was thinking about you before you were ever born? He knew everything about you before you were in your mother’s womb. He created you on purpose, for a purpose. He carefully planned who you would be, the color of your hair, and the color of your eyes and skin. He gave you gifts, talents and abilities to be used for His glory. He took one look at you and said, “Approved.”

No matter how you may be feeling right now, no matter who’s approval you didn’t get on this earth, know that Almighty God loves you and approves of you today. There’s nothing you can do now or ever to change that. You may be thinking, “I’ve made so many mistakes, how can God approve of me?” Understand that when God sees you, He separates you from your behavior. He may not approve of your actions all the time, but He desires to help you grow and make better choices.

Today, receive His love and acceptance. Allow Him to work in your life. Allow His love to empower and strengthen you because you are approved and equipped to live in victory all the days of your life!

This is my favorite baby picture of myself. I’ve been told that I was a cranky baby who cried a lot, and playing in the toolbox was one of the few ways to make me happy. One brother even said my nickname was Whineskins, but it’s highly probable he was lying. 😀

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prayer

I wanted to update my prayer request. My sister-in-law called yesterday and just said “Pray, please pray for me.” Her voice was just a weak raspy whisper and the line went dead as soon as she said it. I contacted family and friends and we’ve all been praying. Please continue praying for her salvation…we may never know if she gets right with God because she’s not communicating much now. My sister is there now and it’s down to hours or days at the most.