Just As I Am*


I am not enough; never have been, never will be. Even though a popular song says I am.

John 6:37 NASB

Everything that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I certainly will not cast out.

If I have no self esteem; then it cannot be low or high. There is no self in Christ. As He was self”less”, so should I be. Losing self is against the world’s viewpoint and against basic human nature. It is a daily battle. My identity is Christ and Christ alone. No adjectives nor pronouns. If there is no “I” or “me”, only Christ, then I am never a stumbling block.

He was ENOUGH. All that I am is Him. I walk, talk and think to glorify Him. I dress blessed, talk blessed and think blessed. The world will not look at me and think non-Christian, unloved, unwanted or undisciplined. I do not roll out of bed and drag myself to church for a blessing or feel-good experience. I go in reverence for worship.

Give Him your all, your real ALL. Your best, that is enough.

*JUST AS I AM - 
Charlotte Elliot 1789-1871 Public Domain.

1 Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

2 Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

3 Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

4 Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

5 Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

6 Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
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Why Nag God?


Repeating prayers is for us, not for God. He’s not forgetful, He’s not old. He does not have dementia. He cannot be confused. He can remember even if we just pray it one time; repeating them is for us it helps us but, just because we have only prayed it once does not mean it will not be answered.

Luke 18:1-8 NASB

18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged,
2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect any person.
3 Now there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’
4 For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect any person,
5 yet because this widow is bothering me, I will give her justice; otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge said;
7 now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long for them?
8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Jesus was saying to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5.) Always live with open communication, your line always open. Walk and talk with God so that any given moment you can listen to His guidance through the Holy Spirit speaking directly to your heart. We can utter a thanks for the beauty of His creation we see or hear. We can utter a request, an urgent plea. We do not have to wait to dial up and be connected. There is no buffering or slow internet speed. Your line is always up and running.

God hears our prayers. It does not matter if they are spoken aloud or in our heart. He answers immediately. God has no time. It is answered. We wait in our time for the answer. The answer shows up in time, on time, according to His plan. Many times the answer is to wait upon Him and His plan to unfold. Many times we do not like the answer and refuse to see it. we keep praying for the answer we want, not His will.

14 This is the confidence which we have [a]before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

1 John 5:14-15 NASB

In His will, not ours. To simply end with, “The will be done” will not help. We have to really have our heart open for God’s will and pray according to His will.

Are you willing for His will to be done?

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Spilt, but STILL


Isaiah 64:8 NASB But now, LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter, And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Your world might be collapsing and you feel crushed and broken.

James 1:2-4 HCSB 2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

COMPLETE work. If there is still a piece of you not yielding to His potter’s hands, you will be broken and reshaped, molded into His image.

God uses broken vessels, not perfect. The world sees people as perfect and good.

Broken? Let His light shine through your brokenness.

Romans 3:10 NASB As it is written: “There is no righteous Person, not even one;

Philippians 2:17 NASB

But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.

When your world crumbles and shatters you, God is STILL here. He is STILL on His throne. He is STILL in control. He STIlLL loves you. He STILL cares. He STILL has a specific and perfect plan for you. You can STILL trust Him.

If you truly are His, truly His servant, you are willing to be broken, reshaped on His potter’s wheel. You might be scarred, chipped, leak; not perfect yet whole…. STILL usable.

Broken pots spill more water

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Forgive, Forget


If God is for us who can be against us that means we cannot be against ourselves. When you repeatedly ask God to forgive you you are saying to Him, “I do not believe You.” When we think that we cannot forgive ourself we are not doing what the Bible says for us to do. God forgives us, the Bible says so. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to forgive ourselves forgiven is forgiven. It is satan that is eating you up inside and defeating you, not God. God forgives when you repent. Move on and do not look back. Forgiven is forgiven with God.

Romans 8:1-2 NASB “Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Acts 3:19 NASB “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;”

Psalm 103:12 NASB “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us.

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Want


Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

One of the most misinterpreted phrases of the Bible. The actual Hebrew it was written in means I lack nothing. Many Bible translations read, I have all that I need.

Want. Our world has a firm grip on wants. several generations now thrive in their wants. People’s wants surpass others needs. Parents wants surpass their children’s needs.

Psalm 16:5 GNT

You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.

I remember wanting a child. We even went through testing. We had been married almost 5 years. We were talking about adopting. Then the good news, I was expecting. At the beginning of my second trimester I got into trouble. I lost my child. The doctor ordered an ultrasound to view complications I was having. There was a baby, a second child. I had lost a twin. The doctor wanted to abort the baby. He insisted it was for my health, I might not survive. I wanted the baby and I needed to trust the Lord.

Months later in an emergency C-section my healthy baby was born. They lost me in the surgery as the doctor had worried but, God spared me. I spent 10 days in the hospital and months recovering. My baby girl was hearing impaired but healthy. We were both given a second chance. I named her reborn, Rebekah… in Christ Kristen.

God gave me a want He does that… He gives us blessings. Our cup runneth over.

Psalm 37:4 NASB

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

I would lose three more children I wanted. God will bless me in my fifth pregnancy with another girl. His blessed me and I called her my victorious, Victoria… child, Paige.

I wanted a boy. His chose to not give me a son. He knew my needs. My two girls were all I needed. He has now blessed me with two sons-in-laws and three grandsons. God’s plan was for me to raise two girls. That was all I needed.

When you trust the Lord with your needs, you will find that is all you really wanted. Ask Him for your needs and accept His provisions as all you ever wanted. That is when you will have true inner peace, contentment. That is all you ever really need.

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