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1354 - 1371, Ephesians 2:11-13

1354. I was FORMERLY...SEPARATE FROM CHRIST 
1355. Now I am included in the covenants of THE PROMISE
1355. I have HOPE!
1356. NOW I am IN CHRIST
1357. I am no longer FAR AWAY because I have been BROUGHT NEAR...
1358. By and because of the BLOOD OF CHRIST (Nothing I have done, will do, or will ever be worthy of...simply a gift of incredible sacrifice)
1359.The January Joy Dare suggestions: Yesterday - 3 sounds you hear...
          The fan in my boys room - and quiet boys :)
          The clock ticking
          My fingers clicking away on the keyboard
1360. The January Joy Dare suggestions: Today - 3 ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God...
          Restored relationships
          Someone telling me that I have made a difference in their life (so amazed that He uses me despite my MANY imperfections)
          Daily forgiveness
1361. Blake and Cole helping (genuinely helping) me take the decorations off the tree
1362. Their delight in paper towels ("Look Cole, It's snowing"...as they threw the ornament coverings in the air over and over)
1363. A change of heart 
1364. Catching up on laundry - and even getting a bit more organized
1365. Imagining what my children will be like the next time we have a Christmas tree in our living room
1366. A husband who loves Jesus
1367. A husband that I love - and like :)
1368. Watching our barn (well officially a garage shaped like a barn) progress 
1369. You - if you are reading this, you are a genuine blessing to me.  I had no idea how much I would enjoy blogging...and am still shocked (and blessed) when people tell me they are reading it.
1370. Blake, right now, in his room singing "and I'm so happy, so very happy"
1371. People responding to my plea for "thankful fors" in the facebook gratitude community :) :) :) 


Ephesians 2:11 - 13
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

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