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Sisters…

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Today is my “little” sister’s birthday. As youngsters we tortured each other. (Ok, I tortured her.) But as an adult, there are few people I care about more than her. There’s nothing like the bond between sisters!

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And in the context of a blog largely about identity, sisters speak the truth about who you are, and have the authority to do so! Sisters double your wardrobe, and make sure you always look great before you leave the house.

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Sisters giggle late into the night with you because they get your sense of humor. Sisters always buy the perfect presents for you. Sisters always have your back – even if you are wrong! And sisters are always up for an adventure, no matter how crazy it may sound.

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My sister is my biggest fan and biggest critic, and wise enough to know when to be each. She knows all of my flaws, and loves me anyway. She is passionate. She is intelligent. She is witty. She is talented. She is my best friend. Happy birthday Kelly Linn!! I love you and miss you! And GO HAWKS!!

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Accept your Acceptance

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Accept your acceptance.

It’s a phrase I heard at a youth retreat I was working several months ago. I’m sure I’ve heard it before but somehow it struck me like a bolt of lightning this time.

Accept your acceptance. Within this simple three word phrase are so many truths that I find so difficult to grasp.

Accept your acceptance. I was struck by the implication that I am already accepted.

Accept your acceptance. Not earn your acceptance, simply accept that you’ve already been accepted.

I’m accepted. What does that mean? There are two definitions. First, acceptance means the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable. I’m received as adequate or suitable. By who? Is it really possible that God sees me as adequate and suitable? I’m so messed up! I’m so sinful! Doesn’t He know what I’ve done and who I am deep down inside? Because if He did He certainly wouldn’t want me. He’d certainly reject me. And what would He see me suitable and adequate to do? Doesn’t He know what a failure I am? Doesn’t He know how ordinary I am? I don’t have any special talents! What can I possibly do for God? And yet, He does know the depths of my brokenness and He finds me adequate and suitable anyway. And He does have a task for me and He’s the one who gave me the gifts and talents necessary to complete it, even if I can’t recognize it yet. And that brings me to the second definition.

Second, acceptance means the action of consenting to receive something offered. God is waiting to receive something from me. What do I have that He could possibly want? He wants me. He wants what He has deemed adequate and suitable. He wants what He gave me to begin with – gifts and talents that make me unique and special, adequate and suitable. He wants me. All of me. The good, the bad, and the ugly. He created me and only wants back what rightfully belongs to Him.

Accept your acceptance. God has accepted me. He has accepted you. He has found you and me adequate and suitable. He wants to receive what He has created you and me to be – and He will receive us just as we are. But we have something to do as well. We have to accept that. I have to accept my acceptance. And so do you.

1 Peter 2:9-10 …For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. ‘Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.’

What keeps you from accepting your acceptance?

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Welcome to MND GMZ Ministries!

Welcome to MND GMZ Ministries!! This ministry is committed to one thing – identity. Who are you? Do you matter? The world has a lot to say about this and the overload of information causes confusion and can play serious mind games with us (catch that – mind games). The good news is that God has even more to say about your value, worth, and identity. And what He has to say provides clarity and brings comfort. The world has bent and twisted the rules of how we define ourselves, it’s time we reclaim the rules and find identity in Christ, which was the way it was always been meant to be. In a nutshell that is what this ministry, and this blog, is all about.

My hope is that you join me by engaging in conversation with me and with other readers. Let’s dialogue with one another! Let’s make this a place where truth is spoken, lies are confronted, encouragement is offered, and blessings abound. The words may begin as mine, but my hope is that this is a space where my head and heart are met by the Holy Spirit and then taken further by your responses and thoughts. Let’s all follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads. Let’s journey together. Put on your favorite pair of sneakers (the crazier the color the better) and let’s walk towards greater understanding of who God is, how He loves us, and who He says we are. Let’s learn to live like we really, truly believe 1 John 3:1, “Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us – He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children (The Voice).”

Initially I began to write a paragraph thanking everyone who has already journeyed with me to this point. The paragraph soon became a page. Needless to say, I’m blessed! So for time and space sake, I say thank you to all of you who have already played an integral role in the launching of this ministry. You know who you are! I’ll end with a video by Jason Gray that has become an inspiration and a favorite of mine and a verse that I believe sums up my motivation and passion for this ministry. So again, welcome! I’m excited for the adventure ahead and hope you’ll join me.

“We want to tell you about the One who was from the beginning. We have seen Him with our own eyes, heard Him with our own ears, and touched Him with our own hands. This One is the manifestation of the life-giving Voice,and He showed us real life, eternal life. We have seen it all, and we can’t keep what we witnessed quiet—we have to share it with you. We are inviting you to experience eternal life through the One who was with the Father and came down to us. What we saw and heard we pass on to you so that you, too, will be connected with us intimately and become family. Our family is united by our connection with the Father and His Son Jesus, the Anointed One; and we write all this because retelling this story fulfills our joy.” 1 John 1:1-4