Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Made by the Father (March 2013 Newsletter)


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. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! -Psalm 139:13-18

This month my best friends Andrew and Abby Layer received a miracle from the LORD in the form of Levi David Layer, a beautiful baby boy eight pounds, eight ounces and in perfect health. They looked at me and said, “It’s amazing how much you can love someone so much before they’re even born.” That’s the heart of Father God. He made us in His image. He dreamed us and imagined us and crafted us before we had breath. He had us planned for all of eternity. We were in  His heart and mind before time began. He dreams of us and plans for us and speaks into our existence with love, hope, and expectancy. He breathes His Spirit and His life into us and guides us as we grow up in the knowledge of Him.

The precious thoughts the Father has for us are more numerous than the sand on the seashore. He formed us in our mother’s womb. Before we were born, we had a calling and a destiny, and we were loved.
Though we are born in sin, we are born loved by God. He looks at us, and though marred and changed by the fall of man, He still sees His image on us. He still has the plan and the calling and the child of love that He dreamed of before time began on His mind. He still delights in who we were made to be, and in the fullness of time, He sought Heaven to find one who was worthy to redeem us, and found that the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ alone was worthy. Christ left His throne in heaven and laid His glory aside to be born as us, to live a full human existence, tempted and tried in all ways as we are. He fulfilled perfect obedience to His Father and His own calling to suffer and die on a cross so that we could be saved, healed, and delivered from the fall. He rose from the dead to give us new life and a new birth in Him, and now we stand redeemed by the blood of the lamb. We are born again, out of sin, and into a new life with God. We live as a new creation born into the redemptive plan and purpose of God, where the dream of who and what we were always meant to be is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. We walk into the calling, love, and life that God desired for us while He dreamed of us before our conception.

Now the Father calls out to a generation of lost children, drowning in sin and sorrow, evil and pain. He made these children for love and not for hate, for life and not for death, for holiness not for sin, but the world rages on unaware and unbelieving. Today men and women who were imagined, planned, and crafted as children of the King will live on in bondage, sin, and pain. Many will enter eternity unprepared. Some will take their own lives in despair. Today the loving Father reaches out with the arms of His Church to reach His lost children and restore them to who He always intended them to be. As redeemed Children of God we are the hands and feet of Christ, the voice of the Father to this world. May we be faithful and empowered to reach the Father’s lost children.

Read the rest of the March 2013 Newsletter.
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