A Group Hug

Hey, Darling Things! You guys just equipped me with some of the most profound material and insight I have ever seen in that previous post about “Acting a Fool.” Lord have mercy, I can’t tell you how many of those entries made me nod and say out loud, I’ve been THERE. Thank you so much for helping me out. I just closed the comments because the numbers can get so overwhelming that people tend not to read them anymore. I’m cutting and pasting them on a document and printing them out for a notebook I’ve already begun on the subject. You have helped me immensely. Pray that God will use this material to bring forth much fruit.

The thing that made me laugh out loud was the comment that I just brought in a few minutes ago on that post that said (in all caps like this), “Beth, WE WOMEN NEED A GROUP HUG!” Yes, we do! And I know a huge God who has everlasting arms and is up for the task! In fact, I’ll just quote the whole passage: (BTW, this was a memory segment I wrote in a spiral two years ago and still think about all the time)

“There is no one like the God of [you and me], who rides on the heavens to help [us] and on the clouds in His majesty. The eternal God is [our] refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out [our] enemy before [us] saying, ‘Destroy him!’ So [we] will live in safety alone; in a land of grain and new wine (new Welch’s for the Baptists), where the heavens drop dew. Blessed are you, O [Child of God]! WHO IS LIKE [US], A PEOPLE SAVED BY THE LORD? He is [our] shield and helper and [our] glorious sword. [Our] enemies will cower before [us] and [we] will trample down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:26-29 NIV

Girlfriends, we may have some sad and embarrassing stories back there but we are not a sad, pathetic people. Who is like us, a people saved by the Lord? We have a Healer! A God who grants “incomparable power” to those of us who keep believing Him. It is the same power that He exerted when He raised Jesus from the dead. (Ephesians 1:19-20) Lord have mercy, if He can raise the dead, He can heal our insecurities. Now, here’s what I want from you in response to this post. Write ONE PHRASE or ONE SHORT SENTENCE (no longer than that or they won’t be able to be posted here) that testifies who we are or what we possess in Christ. Let’s balance off the previous post with some mighty confessions that can help demolish strongholds of defeated thoughts that make us feel and act insecure WHEN WE’RE NOT. This is a defeated frame of mind, not a defeated state of life. If we’re believers in Christ, the truth is, we’re NOT insecure. But we do indeed feel that way. And too often behave that way. We need an overhaul, Girls. Let’s shake a little ground by confessing some Truth! These do not need to be anonymous. When you read these comments, say them out loud, personalizing every single one of them for yourself. You’ll feel the power of confession. Keep in mind, Girls, we most believe what our souls and mouths most often confess.

PS. As for our Siesta who is doubting her salvation even though she truly accepted Christ several years ago because somebody with authority told her he doubted it, please read Romans 10:8-10. If you’ve done or will do TODAY what those Scriptures say, you are as saved as Billy Graham. None of us lives consistently every moment but we press on toward singlemindedness.

It may take me a while to bring these in today so be patient if you don’t see your comment right away. The Mister and I had a slumber party last night and in a little while Mommy (who calls herself VVPG – Very, Very Pregnant Girl) will be over here and we’ll spend the day doing all sorts of things out and about. Curtis is speaking this weekend so Bibby is jumping with glee into her official role as family party animal. 2 Girls and A Boy just wanna have fun.

I love you guys!


200 Responses to “A Group Hug”

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  1. 101
    Brenda/El Paso says:

    I am His treasure. : )

  2. 102
    Anonymous says:

    Complete joy! In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

  3. 103
    Kathy says:

    I am somebody. I am loved. I am God’s daughter.

  4. 104
    Kali says:

    I am chosen by God to be His!

  5. 105
    Sara Re-nae says:

    I am the apple of my Father’s eye.

  6. 106
    Judy says:

    Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

  7. 107
    Anonymous says:

    what a friend I have in Jesus!

  8. 108
    Dori in Texas says:

    I can do all things in Christ.

  9. 109
    Grace and Friends says:

    I am more than a conqueror…

  10. 110
    Kristib says:

    We are more than conquerors!

  11. 111
    k and c's mom says:

    God is my refuge and my strength: a VERY present help in times of trouble.

  12. 112
    Cheri Bunch says:

    Hi Beth~ I just watched session 2 of the Esther study. I just have to tell you that you hit the mark for me on this one. struggle so much with my mom. She is the one in my life with a mean streak. I am nearly 50 and this woman is a champion at getting under my skin and digging my mean streak out of it’s grave. I cannot tell you how this video session ministered to me! I LOVE my MOM but I don’t LIKE her!!!! Thank you for helping me!

    Love to you!

  13. 113
    Anonymous says:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation! Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?!

  14. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Saw a sign today that I thought would go nicely:

    Jesus knows me this I love.


  15. 115
    Anonymous says:

    From the womb even till we are old and gray, God knows and loves us–not because of who we are but because of who HE is. . . magnificent.

  16. 116
    GentillyIzzie says:

    He is my all in all, loving me and fighting for me, and it don’t get much better than that!!!:)

  17. 117
    TraciG says:

    I was known in my mother’s womb… I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (to be me!)

  18. 118
    Gail J says:

    I ahve an inheritance for I the King’s daughter!

    Decatur TX

  19. 119
    McBetty says:

    He Created me in His Image.

  20. 120
    Anonymous says:

    “He is MY strength, MY personal bravery and MY invincible army…”
    Hab. 3:19 Amp Version



  21. 121
    mizbitz says:

    I am the Apple of my Heavenly Daddy’s eye!!!!

  22. 122
    Melissa May says:

    I reflect His glory and grace as I trust (BELIEVE!) Him!

  23. 123
    Anonymous says:

    He hasn’t given me a spirit of fear…ala insecurity…but of power, or love and also a sound mind!

  24. 124
    Anna says:

    I will think on things that are true and pure, and I will take hold of the joy that is found in obedience.

  25. 125
    Kim from PA says:

    Yeah God!!!

    The LORD shall guide me CONTINUALLY and satisfy my soul.
    Isaiah 58:11
    I’m BELIEVING GOD!!! Kim

  26. 126
    Anonymous says:

    “For I AM the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm, Jacob (Kimberly), O little Israel, For I Myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your (Kimberly’s) Redeemer, The Holy ONE of Israel. Isaiah 41:13-14 AMEN we praise you LORD!

  27. 127
    Denise - Groves says:

    God loves Me!

  28. 128
    Cindy in SC says:

    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a,b

  29. 129
    Vicki says:

    He will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear, but when I am tempted, HE will also provide a way out so that I can stand up under it!

  30. 130
    Jennifer says:

    I BELONG TO HIM! I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.

  31. 131
    ~windi says:

    He has forgiven me, I am forgiven, washed clean and pure in his sight.
    He loves me, I am loved with an everlasting never-ending unconditionallove.
    He delights in me, I am delightful, enjoyed, desired,sought after.
    He protects me, I am protected, shielded, gaurded.
    He is my Father, My daddy….I am his precious child.

    ~windi, Travelers Rest, SC

  32. 132
    Missy says:

    I am a new creation in Christ! (2 Cor 5:17).

    He came that we might have life and have it to the FULL!! (John 10:10

  33. 133
    michellepack says:

    I am His baby girl 🙂

  34. 134
    Jill says:

    I am called out of darkness into His Wonderful Light

  35. 135
    TammieFay says:

    Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea. The Great High Priest whose name is Love forever lives and pleads for me….(Heb.7:25)Behold Him there the Risen Lamb. My perfect, spotless righteousness. The Great Unchangable I AM. The King of Glory and of Grace….(2 Cor. 5:21)

  36. 136
    Edwards Family says:

    i am his

  37. 137
    Anonymous says:

    I AM LOVED!!!!

  38. 138
    Taria M. says:

    “In him we were also chosen, having been predestinted according to the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

    Eph 1:11-12

  39. 139
    Renee says:

    D – Daughter of the King
    A – Accepted & Adopted
    U – Undeniably HIS
    G – Graciously Saved
    H – Healed & Holy
    T – Treasured possession
    E – Eternally Secure in Christ
    R – Redeemed by Royal Blood

  40. 140
    Kay says:

    I am a co-heir of Christ!

  41. 141
    Blessed Little Girl says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

  42. 142
    Anonymous says:

    Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear for I am with you,
    Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Joshua 1:9
    Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

    Psalm 139
    1 O LORD, you have searched me
    and you know me.
    2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

    3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.

    4 Before a word is on my tongue
    you know it completely, O LORD.

    5 You hem me in—behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.

    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

    7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?

    8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

    9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,

    10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

    11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”

    12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

    13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

    15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place.
    When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

    16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
    All the days ordained for me
    were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

    17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!

    18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand.
    When I awake,
    I am still with you.

    19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
    Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

    20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.

    21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
    and abhor those who rise up against you?

    22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.

    23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

    24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

  43. 143
    Marina says:

    God lives in me, and His love is made complete in me!!!! (1 John 4:12)

  44. 144
    Anonymous says:

    I have forgotten the former things and am not dwelling on the past. See, He has done a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? He is making a way in the desert and streams in my wasteland!

    Amanda in Rock Hill, SC

  45. 145
    maria says:

    In Christ, I possess a peace that makes NO SENSE to most people – it passes understanding!

  46. 146
    Anonymous says:

    We search for answers in life, but Christ is the only answer we need.

    Blessings to you all!
    Powell, TN

  47. 147
    Rebecca says:

    God gives me the power to overcome anything and everything.

  48. 148
    Anonymous says:

    I am Loved!


  49. 149
    Lee says:

    I am a WORK IN PROGRESS! “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 1:6

  50. 150
    Amy Ekis says:

    He has given me everything I need for life and godliness though my knowledge of Him who called me by his own glory and goodness! (2 Peter 1:3)

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