Do you ever get lines from 2 different songs stuck in your head at the same time, and it seems to make a new song?
Recently I experienced that with 2 scriptures. I kept hearing in my head, on a loop, "I only do what I see my father doing." and "He makes his sunrise on the wicked and the good." and it seemed like an answer to some things I had been wrestling with.

(As I sat to write this email, I looked up those scriptures and realized they were slightly paraphrased in my head, and there is even more if we look at the actual verses so here they are:
John 5:19 NIV "Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."
And Matthew 5:45 NIV "...He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.")

Lately, God has been working with me on one particular area in which I had not been a "doer of the word". 
Have you ever thought you "believed in" one thing or held a certain value, but then realized your actions are not reflecting that? God is currently walking me through one of these areas, personally.
James 2:6 says, ".
..But you have dishonored the poor?..."  I did not think I was "the type of person" who did that. I did not think I judged people based on their finances or background or struggle, and had a hard time feeling compassion for those who seemed to do that until I realized a sort of sneaky way my flesh was doing this.

I had been talking/praying not long ago about how I was realizing that there were probably people right near me who I could be serving and I was letting my own fear of meeting new people, etc. from seeing them. Not long after that, God sent me a family member who really needs what I have and it has really been a transforming experience for me. I am facing fears of protecting myself and what I have, I am facing fears of not being "enough" to help others/ share the gospel, and am facing biases I didn't know I had and God is replacing them with humility and reality. 
I was operating on lies 

One of the things I felt called to do recently was offer to host a Thanksgiving dinner for family members I barely knew who seem quite different from myself. They took me up on the offer and we had an absolutely wonderful and comfortable time.

We did end up having to skip church to be able to pull it off logistically, but even that was such a blessing. My son and I had our own "church service" before the cooking began and it was very encouraging. He was very excited by the idea and chose all our worship songs. I had no idea he was paying so much attention to the songs we worship to, but he knew which ones he wanted and knew them so much better than I expected. He also sang the most beautiful, original prayer over our meal, people said it almost made them cry. It was a really cool experience. 

This week, my devotional time was about Galatians 2:20 "I
have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

At first, this scripture sort of scared me, until I started seeing it like, the bible says, "Christ lives in me." That's what the bible says. The bible says, I am "a new creation in Christ."

I don't have to be afraid I'm not. The bible says I am. HE does all of that. I can ask Him

what that means, I can let it renew my mind, but it's not mine to figure out how to be or prove. I just have to be with Him and He will do and prove and protect and provide because His word says He will.


My prayer for us all this week, is that we will continue to be directed and transformed by Christ who lives inside of us.

-Lydia Kitchen






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