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The hidden half of domestic violence

How to have eternal life

Lying to Ourselves?

I got this from a friend of mine today. I hope that this will
touch someone today. A *SMILE* and a *HUG* for you. I know that
for some this past week has not been a very good week and I hope
this coming one will be a much better one for you and maybe for
someone out there the start of a new life. May God richly bless
you and keep you in His care and keep you safe. May He hold you
gently in the palm of His hand and touch your life with the
blessings of His peace, love, strength and hope.
In Christ,

Some of us spend our whole lives lying to ourselves. Perhaps
we pretend that we are 10 pounds thinner than we really are.  Or
"forget" to change the number on our driver's license when
we renew it even though we know it's been years since we
weighed 110 pounds. We put on our best faces for our friends
and the people we meet. We want to leave a good impression.

But deep down inside we know that we are really sinful. We
know the awful things we have done or said or thought, the
countless ways we have hurt others or failed to help them,
the selfish or hateful feelings we've had, and all of our
flaws can seem overwhelming. Sometimes we turn that pain-the
pain of knowing ourselves truly and honestly with all our
faults-into a kind of self-loathing. We "punish" ourselves in
a thousand different ways-by putting ourselves down or telling
ourselves that we are not worthy of God's love.

We hold ourselves to worldly illusions of perfection and
success-seeking to achieve the perfect figure, hairstyle,
clothes, and makeup. We set ourselves up for failure as we
attempt to be someone we're not. We think that if we can
somehow achieve this thing we call "perfection," we can be
worthy of or find this unconditional love we so crave.

Like Adam and Eve in the garden, we try to hide. We hide our
sins from the rest of the world. We hide our sins from
ourselves, burying them deep in our hearts where they fester
and burn, and we try to hide them from God.

But the truth is, we cannot hide from God. We cannot tell God
anything He does not already know. He knows everything. Our
very deepest thoughts and desires. Our best self. Our most
shameful self. The woman you are and the woman you want to be.
He sees your flaws and He loves you anyway.

There is nothing you can tell God that He doesn't already
know. Believe me, you cannot shock God. He's heard it all and
He's seen it all.

God knows everything about us-even the number of hairs on our
head. "And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered"
Matthew 10:30 He knows what is in our heart-the good and the
bad. He knows all about our sins and our failings-and He
loves us anyway!

God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to
leave us that way. He wants more for us-everlasting life,
complete unconditional love, happiness, peace, and joy-even
more than the blessings we want for our children. If you are
a mother, think of how much you love your own children-how
fiercely and intensely you want to love and protect them. Now
multiply that a million times over and you will begin to feel
something of what God wants for us, His children.

We can and must be open and honest with God-lay it all on the
line-the sorrow, the pain, the frustration, the things we've
done and failed to do, our thoughts and actions, the dark side
of us, the things we're ashamed of-in honesty and humble
attrition. Bring it all to Him and lay it at His feet. He
knows it all anyway. We can't shock Him. But we must admit
our sins to Him and to ourselves-so we can release them and
accept His gift of forgiveness and begin anew, washed clean
by His love and by the sacrifice of His son for us.

Sometimes I try to comprehend how much He loves us. I know how
much I love my own children-fiercely, intensely, like no one
else-God loves us that much and more. He also loved His son,
Jesus, that much and more. And still He sacrificed His only
son on the cross for us. Can you imagine watching your son
suffer and die-and such a horrible death, deliberately
inflicted by others, too? I can't. It hurts too much to even
think of such a thing. And yet He did.

" Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
   His faithful love endures forever.

In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
 and He answered me and rescued me.
The Lord is for me, so I will not be afraid.
 What can mere mortals do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; He will help me.
  I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

It is better to trust the Lord,
 Than to put confidence in princes.

The Lord is my strength and my song;
  He has become my victory.
I thank you for answering my prayer and saving me."

Excerpts from Psalm 118 New Living Translation

God loves you so much that He came to earth as a babe in a manger, leaving all
the splendor of Heaven and Freely giving Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of
all mankind! He did this so you could have eternal life, and spend eternity with
No greater Love is there than for a man to lay down his life for a friend.

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