Well, Girl ~ A Book Review

There are so many quotes I would love to share with you. But I think it would be way better if you just read the book and experienced it yourself. So I’ll hold back and only share a few!

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“Guilt is being sorry for something you have done. Shame is being sorry for who you are.”

Shame keeps us wanting and the enemy uses it to keep us stuck. Oh the freedom you can have in Jesus! He chooses to dwell in you! Do not be ashamed of who you are. If you are always focused on what you should be, you’ll never look up at the One who died for you and made you who are.

One of the things Jami talks about in her book is how we’re always “starting over”. If we fudge on our diet we tell ourselves we’ll start over on Monday.  And then we throw caution to the wind and eat whatever we want the rest of the week because “we’ll start over on Monday”. We tend to do the same with God. If we mess up we distance ourselves from him with the “I’ll start over on Monday” mentality. But we don’t need to do that! We don’t need to stop and start with God. He is constant and His love is constant.

We’re never completely happy with our weight, with our appearance, or with our wellness. Whether we’re perfectly thin and “healthy” or overweight and unhealthy, He loves you just the same. No more, no less.

While this is not what I would call a step by step weight loss program, it does provide you with a new way of thinking and feeling. And that in turn can be what you need to get over the yo yo dieting and loathing cycle.

“But while we are never separated from the love of God, if you add even a touch of the law, you are no longer experiencing grace. Grace is everything.”

Jami has a way of helping you to visualize and deeply feel the love God has for you. I found tears streaming down my face as I realized how much I was missing this. We’re so hard on ourselves. Saying things we would never imagine uttering to someone else. Jesus doesn’t think these things about me or you. 

“If there were any scenario where He wasn’t utterly crazy about you, He would have spared His beloved Jesus the agony of death on a cross.”

Boom! What a realization. I felt it down to my toes!

I believe you’ll find joy, humor, and peace when you read Jami’s new book. As Jami always says- Jesus be all over you friend!!!

*You can order this book through amazon, kindle, barnes and Noble, and most other book retailers.

 

 

Do We Really Know What Jesus Would Do?

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In bible times Jesus was not what anyone expected Him to be. The religious leaders hated him. He condemned their self righteous way of life. He told people to love their enemies, to respect political authority, to turn the other cheek. He shocked people with His solutions to the worldly conflicts. In almost every aspect of His life, He did the opposite of what people expected. He came into the world poor and surrounded by animals in a barn. He didn’t rise up, become an earthly King, and give the Romans their just punishment! His teachings left people a little confused. We want revenge, an eye for an eye! We want to cast blame on others and for everyone to like us. We surround ourselves with people just like us and avoid people who are not. And yet, these are the opposite ways in which Jesus lived his life.

And now I wonder if Jesus were walking the earth today, what would He say to us?
What would He do? We may think we know, but honestly we don’t. I think both Christians and non believers alike would be speechless and humbled if He were here speaking to us now. He might tell us things we wouldn’t expect (or want) to hear. Just like He did when He walked the earth 2,000+ years ago.

With recent events, I have seen people twist scripture to support their opinions on the conflicts going on in the world. What I see again and again though, is Jesus NEVER supported hate towards ANY group of people. Remember the good samaritan story? Samaritans and Jews hated each other. And yet Jesus told them no matter who your “neighbor” is, you treat them with love and mercy. The Samaritan not only helped the Jew, he went beyond! He showed such compassion for this man he was supposed to hate that people were in awe. This was Jesus’ example of how we are to treat everyone we come into contact with.

It makes my heart ache when Christians use the Bible to try and support their skewed and hateful opinions. This is not how we shine our light in the world. This is how we push people farther from the truth and love that they could experience through a relationship with God.

Next time you engage in a conversation, whether its face to face or online, ask yourself:

Am I showing truth and love in a surprisingly different and impactful way?

Or

Am I discouraging people who need Him most from being drawn into a life changing relationship with the one who taught us to love above all else?

It’s easy to get caught up in arguing your points and beliefs. Unfortunately it quickly turns into wanting to be right so badly you turn to insults, scare tactics, and ugly words. Even when other people resort to these things, we cannot. Jesus stood his ground and fully lived out an incredible and unconditional love, even when others were malicious towards Him.

We cannot be perfect. We are human. But we can do our best to live out the many examples He gave us. It’s a tough world out there friends! The bible tells us this. Being a christian doesn’t mean a life of worldly peace, worldly prosperity, and everything we desire. It means heartache, trials, and trusting God when all else fails to make sense. But we know when this life is over, we will go to be with our Heavenly King in heaven where pain is no more.