Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  As I finished my devotions this morning and sat down at the computer to type this blog my cell phone rang.  It was my sister-in-law.  She is grandma to the niece I said yesterday had indicated on Facebook she was coming tonight when I give my testimony here at Deer Flat.  My sis wanted me to know my niece is coming along with her mom and also my sister-in-law.  I don’t know if my brother will come, but that would be great too.

If there is anything God is driving home for me right now it is the fact that His Word is ALIVE.  I’ve heard this all my life and John says in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”  God’s Word is not given to us to only inform us.  Instead, the Word transforms us.  This recent trip to California is another example of how God is continuing to transform the lies I had inside my head which were Satan’s deceptions.  I’ve worked with Celebrate Recovery long enough now to know that these deceptions of Satan are one of his best ways to deceive us.  He causes us to believe all kinds of lies about ourselves and also about others around us. 

When I had the talk with my Aunt Billie yesterday afternoon I found out that my Uncle Will and I actually have characteristics alike.  All these years I’d believed he felt I was less than the other Lewis’ when all along he himself was trying to be a Lewis to please my dad.  My uncle was 12 years younger than my father and he lived much of his life trying to win my dad which never happened.  In the same way, I’d tried to do this with dad.  It wasn’t until my counselor had me confront dad a couple months before dad’s death that I began to start climbing out of the deception Satan had me trapped in. 

One of the beauties of God’s Word is its LIGHT.  When this LIGHT is shown into the darkness of Satan’s lies we can begin to see TRUTH.  God is doing this now for me in my own family.  I am so grateful for this.  This morning in Colossians 1:11 it says to endure hard times with “joy”.  As I was reading this I could understand more fully why God wants us to be joyful in our hard times.  When we are “joyful” we are believing God will address these hard times.  It is when we aren’t joyful that we doubt whether God will do anything with them.  God is teaching me of late just how much I’ve missed not being as joyful as I should be.  This is going to be an area of growth I’m working with.  Boy, do I love our GOD!

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