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Greatest Gift Love Newsletter

Greatest Gift Love Newsletter

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Love is the Greatest Gift one can ever receive. It is shared by God with us through His Son Jesus Christ. There is no greater exchange policy in the universe.
Love is the Greatest Gift one can ever receive. It is shared by God with us through His Son Jesus Christ. There is no greater exchange policy in the universe.

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Published by: Joanna Fruhauf of Gracious Vine Ministry on Apr 29, 2013
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09/20/2013

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My Testimony,
There is so much I could tell you about, but i am going to focus on one aspect of mylife. My Insecurities. Growing up in a good home, with great parents, I can’t blamethem. These were internal lies that I BOUGHT into all on my own. I believed myself to be the least among my friends, the ugly duckling, the incompetent one, weak one,the fearful one. My insecurities, overwhelmed me often, and I would follow the pathof least resistance with my friends, which unfortunately led me down some darkalleys.I had a friend that convinced me, because I was always so afraid of things, that weshould have scare tactic wars with our sisters...and she being such a good friendwas going to help me be less fearful but taking me to movies to ‘desensitize’ me -Well that didn’t work!I was always very concerned about my ‘appearance’, how I was ‘perceived’ byothers...and yet I could do nothing about it. I refused to be the one to rock the boat,and say that we shouldn’t do something. Until I realized it was going down a deadend with certain people. It finally struck me and I determined that I would NOLONGER be subject to the whims of others. I made a very visible stand and startedgoing back to church. I did lose All those friends, but found that my new life, was fullof peace, joy and a strength, that was not based on someone else. Instead it was avery real assurance inside my heart and spirit that God loved me and valued me.That my worth was not based even on my own understanding of my abilities but onHIS abilities working through me.Today, I am a singer/songwriter, lead worship, travel and speak at many events. I amfairly confident when I get up to speak or play, lead a conference or retreat, that itcan be accomplished with a certain amount of authority. BUT NOT ALWAYS!!!Years ago - asked by worship leader to put up song transparencies, kept putting upthe wrong songs, so embarrassed....stepped down...pouted, turned off machine andsat down - ineffective....because my focus was on me....today I want the focus to beon Christ, His wonder, His power, His transformation, His Authority, HiS GIFT of  AMAZING LOVE!!! - Over the course of Time, a Great Exchange has takenplace...Christs vantage point for mine. Christ value of me - far greater than I couldhave sought for myself....value of $100 always the same because, the authority saysso.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 yet for your sake he became poor,
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Everyone enjoys a gift exchange
IF
you walk away withsomething better than what you gave up!In Christ - we have been freely given all things.
 You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
 
~Author UnknownGod's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
 
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.
 
~Author UnknownThe manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
 
~PierreCorneille,
 Le Menteur 
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love is a VERB, and ACTION not a feeling, not an emotion. IT is a forward giving of oneself to others, regardless of reciprocation. Feelings are waves of emotionalinvolvement resulting from and left in the ‘wake’ of Love.
Philippians 2:4-8
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 
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who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equalitywith God a thing to be grasped, 
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but emptied Himself, taking the formof a bond-servant,
and 
being made in the likeness of men. 
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Beingfound in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becomingobedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
 Gift EXCHANGE

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