3.13.2018

I want to laugh!

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25

This is one of my favorite Scripture verses.
Strength.
Dignity.
Laughing at the future.
What a wonderful way to live!
The only way we can laugh at the future is to fully trust in the God who controls it.
We can only see NOW. He sees into eternity.
We have no idea what is ahead, and we can be pretty sure we will not like everything that awaits us, but we can stand confident and secure, ready to face whatever may come, because we know who HE is. A God who cannot lie. A God who promises He will never leave us or forsake us. A God who gives us wisdom whenever we ask. A God who is full of mercy and unlimited grace. A God who loves us with an everlasting love.

On my trip, I searched for one item in each state to take home as a memento of my time with my sweet sisters. In North Carolina, I found a lovely pewter bookmark, embossed with the state flower: the flowering dogwood. In Tennessee, I chose a coffee mug from Biscuit Love with the phrase, "Bless Your Start" imprinted on it. (A twist on the southern phrase "Bless yer heart" which, apparently, is a euphemism for, "Oh ... what an idiot." Makes me laugh every time I hear it!) And in Indiana, I found a treasure at a charming little shop in Newburgh called The Refinery. An ID bracelet etched with the phrase "she can laugh." It was perfect. And every time I look at it, I smile.

In a world that continually (though impossibly) tries to silence God, it was a delight to see His name and the words of Scripture boldly and joyfully displayed in the public square. 

Not only did I choose the bracelet because it highlights one of my favorite verses, I chose it because of the truth behind the entire Identity in Christ line.
I spent far too much of my life looking at myself through the lens of the world and what others thought of me rather than seeing myself as God sees me. Who I am in Christ is the only way I want to be identified. I am His. And nothing can snatch me out of His hands. 

God lovingly chose to create us in His image, and through the sacrifice of His Son, we were cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Because of this wonderful gift, we need never question our value or our worth for we stand perfect and COMPLETE in Jesus Christ - and safe and secure in the arms of the Father.

It is this safety and security, knowing who we are in Christ, that gives us the ability to laugh at the future. I want to be a woman who laughs. A woman who laughs because she is free from bondage and free from the opinions and criticisms of others. A woman who laughs because she was fearfully and wonderfully made and her soul knows it. A woman who laughs because even though she does not know what the future holds, she knows the One who holds the future.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25
Lord, may this verse become a synopsis of my life. Make me into a woman who believes "she can laugh" at anything and everything because her confidence is not in her circumstances or in people, but solely in You.

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