As a result of the beautiful work God is doing in the lives of so many, relationships are going deeper and bonds are becoming stronger. I am learning that despite what the enemy tells me, I do have an amazing group of true and loyal friends. One such example is my sweet friend, Emily Joy Lewin, also known as Shanaenae.
I lived in the Lewin household during the summer of 2009 and basically had the time of my life. I can honestly say it was the best summer I have ever had in my entire life. God strategically placed me less than ten feet from her bedroom- the perfect distance to have late night conversations and laughter, and still be able to make it to my bed without any danger. I must also say that it made it quite easy for me to turn off her light every night.
As each day passed, I grew to love Emily more and more. Her knowledge and wisdom are endless, and love for sharing is vast. These things combined were like a huge treasure chest where I could always find something new and exciting. Along with all of the serious stuff, Emily is just a huge bundle of fun. I think I have more inside jokes with Em than anyone else I know. And I have a lot of inside jokes.
Upon moving out of the Lewin household at the end of the summer, I was very disappointed that my time there was finished. After spending countless hours being upset about this, the Lord reminded me that the Lewins will always be a part of family.. I mean..once a Lewin, always a Lewin. Duh.
Over the past few weeks I have spent as much, if not more time at the Lewin household than I did when I lived there. I have had some of the most intimate conversations of my life with Emily during these times. Emily, although she has only known me for a year, knows more of who I am than almost anyone else in my life. Along with that, she knows my potential and knows when I am not stepping into the fullness the Lord has set before me. Because she knows these things so well, it is so very simple for her to call out the many lies that Satan tries to speak to me. It is such a blessing and honor to have someone care enough to speak truth into my life. With her sweet help, I have been able to speak the lies, proclaim them to be lies, and proclaim the truth in place of those lies. Speaking out is one of the most powerful things we can do as believers, for life and death are in the power of the tongue. To not only declare the lies and speak the truth in your own life, but to do so for a friend is so very sweet.
So, here is truth, plain and simple:
WE ARE BEAUTIFUL. Though the enemy would try to place the opposite idea in our minds, we know that we are made in the image of our Creator, and our God is a beautiful God.
WE ARE LOVED. How incredibly foolish for the enemy to tell us we are not loved, when our very own Father is love.
WE ARE WORTHY. Satan often tries to tell us that we are not worthy of the love of God. If we were not worthy, then why would He have Hi very own son die for us? He calls us His worthy children.
WE ARE VICTORIOUS. The lie that “if we even think in the direction of our struggles, we have already lost,” is possibly one of the stupidest lies I have ever heard. The battle has already been won. Thank you, Jesus.
WE ARE HIS. Satan may question our love for our Father, but the truth is that WE CAN’T HOLD OUR LOVE BACK. We are wild, abandoned and completely laid-down to Jesus.
BELIEVE THE TRUTH. REJECT THE LIES. SPEAK THE TRUTH. STOMP ON THE LIES. WE LIVE FOR THE TRUTH.