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Editor’s Note: 2016! WOW! Are you ready for a new year?! Did you start the year with New Years’ resolutions? Perhaps, you are starting this year wondering how 2015 disappeared so quickly. 2016 begins a new adventure for Given the Time. This will be a year of focusing on who we are because of the Cross of Christ. There are more than 7000 promises God made to us through His Word, the Holy Bible. We hope you will take time to study and consider what God has promised you for 2016, and who you are because of those promises.

One of the ever increasing concerns in our world today is identity theft and having our personal identity compromised by one who wants to use it to perpetuate a crime. While we are bombarded with messages urging us to be vigilant to protect our identity from such manipulations, how many of us take the same precautions to protect our identification from the negative labels that run through our own minds or that bombard us about who we are as women? For example, perhaps you were called clumsy as a child so now believe you are hopelessly uncoordinated, or you were told your nose was crooked, so now you look in the mirror and believe you aren’t pretty, or you look in the mirror and don’t see a face that would grace a cover of a swim suit publication so you think of yourself as ugly, unworthy, or unattractive.

The Enemy seeks daily to steal our identity. Not through the misuse of a driver’s license or a credit card scam, but by planting negative comparisons of ourselves through words and images that bombard us through social media, television, radio and even from those we associate with daily. John 10: 10 reminds us that the purpose of the Enemy is to steal, kill and destroy. We alone can remind the Enemy who we are because of Jesus Christ. We alone can take the more than 7000 promises God gave us in His Word and remind the Enemy that He doesn’t get to steal our identity, our peace, our joy, our hope.

Our Heavenly Father, God Himself, gives us hope, peace, and assurance through the Holy Spirit as we trust in His Truth (Romans 15:13). Let’s choose 2016 to be confident and full of assurance, because God knows our name—He has our name written on His Hand! (Isaiah 49:15), God loves us, even with all of our flaws and quirks—He loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Furthermore, we can know that God leaps for joy over us and sings a happy song over us (Zephaniah 3:17).

The words of He Knows My Name, by Francesca Battistelli, are resonating through my head as I bring this year to a close. I am grateful that while the world around me may not protect my identity, or even know my name, I can enter 2016 with the confidence that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, wants His best for me, and knows my Name.

Oh, Holy God, thank you. There is just nothing else to say, but thank you–for knowing who I am and who I can be; who the best me is. Thank you Lord God, that I don’t have to question my identity in You. You know me, and love me just as I am. Help me be bold to stand confident before the world, assured that because You love me, all things are possible and that never will You give me more than You can handle in my life. I trust You, Lord God, with 2016 and will stand each day in awe of Your amazing grace. Amen


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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

before you were born I set you apart;

I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5

I was at a conference recently and went up to the speaker to greet him as we have known each other for 13 years.  It was a thrill that he didn’t recognize me because I have changed so much physically over the past 7 years as God has brought healing to my body and alleviated many of the health challenges that kept me immobile in a wheelchair.  We laughed and caught up.  But, as I drove home that night, I couldn’t help reflect on the fact that I don’t have to re-introduce myself to my Heavenly Father or my Lord Jesus Christ.  I am known by God.

God made me and knew me before I was born (Psalm 139).  God made me (Isaiah 42:5).  Yet, the best part of that is God knows me better than I know myself—He knows the plans He has for me (Jer 29:11), He wants only the best for me and loves me despite of my imperfections and fails.

God knows all of the good, the bad and the ugly and loves me anyway.  God has poured out His grace so that I might know Him.

Today, I will spend time listening to His whispers of love from the beauty in the world He created for me to enjoy, in the laughter of my daughter and grandson and from His love letter to me—the Holy Bible.  May you join me in hearing today—God Loves You.

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