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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 1: Goodbye Self


He doesn't ask for anything,

as it is never about him,

because it is always about someone else

because that is who he is~

my man whose birthday we celebrate today.

I am so humbled that GOD has chosen

Hoyt to be my husband,

who is a man of GOD

who wears JESUS like a piece of skin,

because that is just who he is

and will always be

because

he is all heart

every second of every day

and he doesn't even have to say any words.

I thank GOD for

knitting him together in his mother's womb,

breathing life into his being

on this day of yesteryear

when he entered into this world.

Happy Birthday Hoyt,

to my one & only

who lives out the

the truth that

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

because he knows how to

LOVE always~

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres"

(I Corinthians 13:4-7).

How does he?

Because

JESUS is the ONE

whom he follows so closely.

JESUS who LOVES beyond measure

you & me & everyone else

because

who would

who could do

what JESUS did on

that day marked as

GOOD FRIDAY

when HE spoke

HIS LAST WORDS

of the ultimate sacrifice that would bring

JOY to all mankind~

"IT IS FINISHED".

JESUS DID IT so we never have to.

HE GAVE HIS LIFE

so HE could give us our

REAL LIFE

that lives beyond the CROSS.

Today as we begin

our JOURNEY TO EASTER

drawing closer to

JESUS

by SURRENDERING

by FASTING from

those pesky pounds that strive to rob from our lives

THE PEACE

THE JOY

THE LOVE

that was birthed on that

RESURRECTION SUNDAY

where there were no chocolate bunnies,

but an empty grave

for HE HAS RISEN

so we will too!

Are you ready to lose the first "pound"?

Are you ready to make room for more of

JESUS

as you become less.

The first pound to go is

YOU

and that begins with

FASTING from yourSELF,

because

YOUR "SELF"

weighs you down.

Think about it.

When YOU

"Trust in & rely confidently on

SELF

with all your heart & rely on your

SELF'S

insight or understanding &

In all your ways know & acknowledge & recognize

SELF..."*

Is YOUR "SELF"

"able to make your paths straight & smooth

[removing obstacles that block your way]?"

(Proverbs 3, Your "Self" Version)

Hmm.

When SELF takes over it never ends well.

Do you need a divorce from YOUR SELF?

I divorced myself long ago,

the day

JESUS

reached down & grabbed me out of the pit that I was in

because

SELF

was getting in the way.

At the moment I grabbed HIS hand,

the divorce was final.

Are you ready to divorce YOUR SELF?

I know a great JUDGE who will do it for you &

HE won’t even judge you,

because it is YOU who HE wants.

"Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the LORD, and HE will exalt you [HE will lift you up, HE will give you purpose]"

(James 4:10).

Oh the STANCE OF HUMILITY

that surrenders

YOUR SELF

is where YOU become YOUR best SELF.

So let's FAST from SELF

today.

Every time you start depending on

yourSELF

deny YOUR SELF

and

"Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart & do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know & acknowledge & recognize HIM, & HE will make your paths straight & smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

(Proverbs 3:5-8 AMP).

Don't you feel lighter already?

Saying Goodbye SELF

has become so easy

the moment

you & I

will

"TRUST IN YOU"

(listen to the song below)



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