WeUsed2bu http://www.weusedtobeyou.com For Such A Time As This Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:12:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 He Knows His Plans For Us http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/he-knows-his-plans-for-us/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/he-knows-his-plans-for-us/#respond Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:12:27 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13565 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV

Dear Sisters and Friends,

How are you?

Really, how are you doing? Are you walking with the Lord? Is He on your mind every day? Do you struggle with the stress of life in the world, while knowing that you are called to be in it and not of it? Are you hurting or lonely? Do you celebrate your victories, and find courage to keep seeking His call on your life?

We are doing the same.

Life is hard, at least for us. Getting older doesn’t mean that things always get easier. Maybe some of our battles are won, but others come and try to take us out, to get the better of us. But if we are in Christ, we know it will NEVER get our best, because He is our highest and best, and He can’t be taken from us.

These past seasons since Lisa, Trophy of Grace, went to be with the Lord, have been long and difficult. We have faced trials that, as the Apostle Paul once said, have made us despair even of life (2 Cor. 1:18). Yet, God always shows Himself faithful. We live. We work. We pray for healing. We trust. And we keep believing in Him to do what we cannot, so He will get the glory.

We do not know what the future holds for us, for you, or for WeUsed2bu. But we know Who does, and He not only gives us His hope, He IS our hope. We will keep trying to meet your needs as long as the Lord allows. He called us to this ministry, and we will trust Him to do the good work He began until He says it is completed. We love you, and we are thankful for you allowing us to speak into your lives.

“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” –Colossians 1:24-29.

Love always, sisters.

Beloved by Him


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Born This Way: My Journey From Sexual immorality To Total Deliverance http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/born-this-way-my-journey-from-sexual-immorality-to-total-deliverance/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/born-this-way-my-journey-from-sexual-immorality-to-total-deliverance/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:57:41 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13559 mend-broken-heart(Note to readers: Contains graphic content.)


Until now, I have never confessed my greatest secret to anyone. For more than 25 years, I firmly kept hidden the one thing about me that could change the way my closest friends, children, immediate and church family views me. This secret, that I am finally free to share with the world, is that I was gay, and believed for more than a quarter of a century that I was born that way.

You may wonder why I kept my lesbianism a secret for so many years, especially since homosexuality is so widely accepted today, and laws are always being modified in support of the gay community. Truth is, I could never find peace with being who I was, because as a child, I learned early on that homosexuality was wrong, and if I dared embrace it, my final destination would be hell.

It is now twenty-five years later, and I am, finally, able to tell my story. I can honestly say that any such testimony shared prior to now would’ve been incomplete. It is as a result of God’s love, mercy, grace, and Spirit that through this journey of hurt, pain, shame, loneliness, confusion, depression, yet understanding, conviction and deliverance, I am able to stand with the full-backing of the Holy Spirit, share my testimony, and possess the unwavering power needed to withstand the type of fire that comes as a result of such a testimony. I know that from this point forward, my life will be under a microscope. But I welcome it. God has given me a testimony. I no longer struggle with the sin of homosexuality! I no longer feel imprisoned in my body, and, now know for certain that I was not born this way.

When the Bible speaks of homosexuality, the emphasis is placed on the behavior, not the condition. God loves us all – whether homo or heterosexual. It is sin that He condemns that ultimately leads us to hell. The Lord’s words on homosexual behavior, just as with any other sexual immorality, is that it is sinful (Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Kings 14:24; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; and Jude 7).

Still not convinced? Below is my story. It is a raw, unmanicured account of my journey to, through, and now beyond, homosexuality and sexual immorality. Please read, analyze, and dissect my testament. I have made every attempt to leave out no detail. I realize something that may be embarrassing for me to share, may be the one thing upon which you, the reader, and I relate. My prayer is that you or someone you know is encouraged to confront the culture, overcome what may be a spirit of perversion, and surrender to God his or her will, natural desires, and human understanding. Let God Free you, too!

Bitter: My Journey To Temptation

I was 11 years old the first time I kissed a girl. Although homosexuality was becoming more and more acceptable in society, I couldn’t let go of the little knowledge I had about God. And that was that this (homosexuality) was something that He did not approve of.

For a long while, the fear of going to hell, especially for something I should be able to control, governed my actions. Well, that, and twice as much, the shame I would feel if people knew the truth. So, as you could imagine, I made every effort to conceal my desires. For a while, I was able to refrain from physically acting on my emotions. But that only lasted for a short while. By the time I was 14, I would find myself overwhelmed with lustful desires and consistently watching lesbian pornography in an effort to satisfy my flesh.

The transition to this alternative lifestyle wasn’t instantaneous. With every boundary I pushed, lesbianism consistently crept in. Yes, watching the porn made the doors to this life visible. But the doors were first opened when I learned that my best friend had these same feelings and, in confidence, admitted to me that she was bisexual. I, now, had someone with whom I could relate. Her confession somehow gave my desires validation or justification. Still afraid to tell her my true nature, I just pretended to be curious and eventually allowed her to guide me beyond the doorway and even deeper into this seductive lifestyle.

Bondage: My Journey Through Captivity

By my 31st birthday, I’d grown sick of men. My mind was set! The relationship with my kid’s father had hit a dead end, and he’d been added to my long list of men who could never be trusted. So when my best friend suggested that she, her girlfriend, and I hang out to celebrate that evening, I was down for whatever. To be honest, I was hoping that the girls would invite a fourth friend/date for me. I vividly remember going to the Men’s Macy’s and choosing the nice metro DKNY gear that was hanging on the mannequin. This wasn’t my first time. I’d shopped in the men’s department before. Wearing men’s clothing made me feel dominant, so it was exactly what I needed to make me comfortable in the upcoming role I was to play that evening. I didn’t want it to be apparent that I was my dressing like a dude, so I softened up my look with some sassy red pumps and fly accessories.

Eventually, we all – my best friend, her girlfriend, my surprise date and I – met up, and immediately my pre-meditated plan went into action. I intentionally got extremely drunk, so I would be able to blame ANYTHING THAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED on the alcohol. I knew that tonight would be the night that I actually sleep with a woman. I was anxious, but at the same time scared. Scared that folks may know that beyond the alcohol, this was really me. Scared that this may really be me! But, I soon convinced myself that there was no reason to worry. IT WAS THE ALCOHOL because without it, I wouldn’t be able to do it. And IF something should happen, it would be my first and definitely, my last time. And one time clearly wouldn’t qualify me as gay … so I thought. Needless to say, it went down that night and to my detriment, “It was intoxicating!” I think I was more drunk from the encounter than I was from the actual alcohol. Before I knew it, I was in a sexual relationship with a different woman. Every time we were together, it felt right. But, when apart, it was as if I had all my senses. I would question myself and God, wondering, “Is this real?” But it had to be! It felt too natural not to be – even more natural than being with a man. Things soon began to accelerate quickly. I constantly found myself making excuses–justifying my behavior. My mind went from “I will never be with a girl” to “Ok, I’m with a girl but only this once.” I tried to convince myself that “It’s just sex.” But deep inside, I feared that it was more. I really tried to tell myself that the emotions I was experiencing were just surface. I really believed, at the time, that “I would not be with another girl,” “Nor, would I ever be in a real relationship with a woman.” But, that wasn’t true. I would soon be with yet another woman and in a homosexual relationship. I was going deeper and deeper. And the longer I was with this woman, the more apparent it became that I could never be with a man again.

Bond-servant: My Journey Beyond the Sin

Now, you may expect me to say that when I got saved and joined a church, I was instantly freed from homosexuality. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. God did free me from sexual immorality, but it would not come directly. There was a process, a new journey, if you will, that God had to take me through. He would guide me on an expedition back through my past, painful memories, and regrets, in order to move me forward and beyond my sin. God had to first allow me to revisit the hurt and the many uncomfortable truths that led me to the comforts of this lifestyle which, now I understand, was designed by the enemy long ago to hinder my spiritual purpose and destroy my soul. Giving my life to God and accepting him as my Lord and Savior was just the beginning. It would take several years post salvation for me to freely serve God – free from guilt and shame, transparent, and able to share my testimony without the fear of judgment.

Throughout my process to freedom, contrary to what many may expect, never did God confront my homosexuality. Instead, he challenged me with the fact that I, like any other person, was born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Homosexuality was just one of the manifestations of my sinful nature and personal circumstances combined. God made me fully aware of my sin through his word; and, eventually, led me to realize that I was not born this way, but was motivated by the seducing spirit that was in harmony with my flesh. Learning that this behavior wasn’t uncontrollable or innate, I began to question God even more. I wondered, “Lord, if I was not born this way, why do I still have these desires, even after the cross? Even after confessing my sin and living a life of denial?” Dealing with the mind games and the shame continued to hold me captive. Even by this time, knowing that I wasn’t born this way, in my heart, I made myself okay with the fact that I was going to die this way. Knowing I wasn’t born like this should’ve made things easier–given me hope. But, it didn’t. I’d been robbed of the one excuse I had for not being able to control my behavior. Sure, I believed that God could free me, but I couldn’t imagine how. I’d already given my life to Christ. I expected God to heal me immediately. But, he didn’t! And I didn’t know what else I needed to do to overcome. I had no point of reference to go to. There was no one that I knew personally that could walk me through this process. Though my Pastor, and those I valued spiritually, knew of my past lifestyle, I still felt alone. I wasn’t ashamed to tell them that I was gay as much as I was to share that, even after all these years post salvation, I still feel perverted in my mind. What would they think if they knew that there were nights when I would just cry because I couldn’t understand why these feelings wouldn’t go way?

Before-hand: The Examples God Gives

But all of my questions would be answered when God began to meet me where I was. The Lord gave my pastor messages like “Abandonment,” which was about making the decision to leave your past behind you and never return; “Walking through Eternity Blindfolded,” which emphasized how we carelessly go through life without considering the spiritual consequences; and “The Women that Was Still Not Loosed,” which explained why we often remain bound even after salvation. After hearing these Spirit-led messages, I began to clearly see God and understand why I was still bound. Every message had one common theme: It is time to let go of the things that keep us bound. The things that we suppress and hold on to. The things that hinder us from moving forward with God. To answer my questions of “why” and emphasize the need to let go, God would use two biblical references: the Children of Israel post Egypt, and the Woman with Infirmities.

First, consider the Children of Israel and the Exodus journey from Egypt. Before allowing the Children of Israel to enter into the promised-land, God had to first change their mindsets. He had to cure the root of their behavior, so that they wouldn’t carry the ways and behaviors they’d learned in Egypt into their future. Had they not undergone the process, they would eventually return to that which was familiar. Being free or saved and having the title “Christian” doesn’t automatically change your behaviors. When you confess and accept God as your Lord, he leads you through a process of understanding, challenging that which you’ve always believed, and gives you the supernatural strength to overcome that which you would’ve otherwise remained a slave to. That being said, God had to teach me through the preached word that although I was living a life of salvation, there were still things in me that He needed to remove – behaviors that would hinder my walk with God.

God also allowed me to see, through the message entitled, “The Women That Was Still Not Loosed,” that just like the woman with infirmities, I had a weakness – a sickness- that I’d learned to live with. This woman had gone to church 18 years, but could not walk straight as her soul was crooked. I, like the woman, was also sick with an infirmity of the flesh. I’d struggled with something with which, I knew, God was not pleased. And I needed to understand “why.” Why was I still this way? No, I did not act on my emotions or put myself in a position to feed my flesh, but it was difficult not to – the feelings were still there. After a while, I just accepted that this was who I was. We say it all the time, but “killing my flesh,” carrying the cross, was a daily practice for me. I was sick, perverted, and had been for a long time. Hearing about this woman, who too had considered her ailment a permanent part of her being, gave me hope. Knowing that God saw her crookedness, and thought it not just necessary, but imperative to heal her and on the Sabbath, encouraged me. I realized that God was waiting for me, just as He had for the woman, to show myself faithful despite my infirmity. The woman could have allowed her issue to hinder her walk with God, but she did not. She, like I, had grown to hate the sin, and consequently, denied her flesh in an effort to remain faithful to God. As a result of her faithfulness, God healed the woman of her infirmity, her weakness; and would soon heal me of my mine.

Brokenness: All A Part of God’s Plan

What felt like breaking, was part of God’s plan. Without even realizing, my healing process had begun. But freedom wouldn’t come without God first revealing the root of my weakness – the culprit behind my sexual immorality. Through a series of messages, God allowed me to see that what kept me bound by my own flesh and hindered me from moving forward in him, was unforgiveness. Hard to believe that I, failing to pardon the behaviors and actions of those that wronged me, had caused myself to become bitter and resentful, and to seek acceptance in hidden places. Unforgiveness had become the fuel that drove my lustful desires. It was “why” I was the way I was. You may be wondering, just as I did, “What does unforgiveness have to do with my homosexuality?” Truth is, it has a lot to do with it. God can never truly hinder us from the manifestations of a sin without uprooting the cause. This process, for me, was very painful, because it meant remembering and facing things that I spent much of my life trying to forget. Things that unknowingly, shaped my life and the way I’d chosen to live.

God dug deep into my past. He illuminated the relationship that I had with my mom – the blame, hatred, anger and, resulting unforgiveness I held in my heart, even beyond her death. He took the time to show me where, in my abnormal childhood, it all began. Somewhere in-between my mom’s addiction to drugs and alcohol; the verbal and physical abuse that would result in my having bruised and blood clotted eyes; and her cocaine-addicted “minister” fiancé who would sexually abuse me when she wasn’t around, I began to hate my mother. I resented her for not believing that it was her man that introduced me to pornography at the age nine, and then progressively moved to molesting me. I resented her for choosing this man over me, bringing him into my life, and then failing to protect me from him. During the time of abuse, from both my mother and her fiancé, I sharply recall my little brother not being touched or beaten. It was then that I first desired to be a boy. I started wearing my hats backwards and standing over the toilet to tinkle. I dressed like a boy in hopes of him not being attracted to me. Since he never touched my brother, I figured if I portrayed myself as a boy, he would not touch me either. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I dove so deep into this role that unnatural affections began to blossom within me. Before I knew it, the interactions with my mom’s boyfriend and my dressing like a boy had become consistent. Things progressed so quickly – I was changing, but no one had noticed. Not even my mom. So, a week before their wedding, I finally gathered the nerves to tell her what had been going on, and my worst fear was proven. She did not believe me! Even with physical proof of molestation and rape from the Rape Crisis Center, she still took the side of her fiancé. And after I exposed the abuse, my mom blamed me for her boyfriend leaving and then attempted suicide in front of me while begging me to change my story. In the end, he had abused me and it was entirely my fault!

Needless to say, my mom and this man were back together within weeks. And by now, news of the abuse had spread. Armed with the knowledge that my mother did nothing to protect me, the brothers of my mother’s fiancé, who were also ministers of the church, began molesting me. The relationship between the molester and my mom eventually ended, but she continued the relationship with his family, and so continued the molestation. Even his teenage relatives would have us – kids – perform sexual acts on one another. After a while, it all became the norm. Having experienced perversion at such a young age, I was exposed to many things. My mother, using my premature knowledge of sex to school me on how to manipulate men, told me at age thirteen, after asking for lunch money, “With a body like that, you should always have money!” She was implying that I should use my body to get what I wanted. This advice, from the woman who was supposed to love me more than anyone else, coupled with the ongoing abuse from men, would be the propeller to my deep rooted journey along this twisted path of sexual immorality. My being violated by a man, not only initiated the transgender desires, but fostered my perverted thinking, and established a place for very unnatural cravings to blossom – exponentially.

Before long, I would assume the identity (mentality) of a male and build my whole life around this warped, distorted view of the life I believed God had created me to live. The desire to be loved and feel wanted, while broken with unforgiveness, had landed me in this secret life of homosexuality and sexual perversion. Was I born in sin? Yes. Was I born this way? No. Personal circumstances, uncontrollable by me, produced, in me weaknesses – sexual immorality. The enemy, then, exploited those weaknesses by presenting me with temptations that fed my immoral desires while filling my mind with crooked thoughts. Such thoughts led to my corrupt beliefs and consequent actions. Looking back, there were so many things birthed out of my travesty of a childhood – hatred, anger, jealousy, alcoholism, drug use, prostitution, and homosexuality. Though I kept my homosexuality a secret, it was a way of escape for me. No one knew but me. No one could control this life but me. Whenever I felt, broken, hurt, or confused, this was the life to which I would turn. Had it not been for the Word of God, this way of life would have been a permanent part of my being. I am, today, filled with joy to know that God saw my crookedness, and thought it not just necessary, but imperative to heal me after all these years – even after building a life around this lie. All God was waiting for was for me to show myself faithful despite my infirmity.bigstock-The-words-Free-Yourself-on-cha-33017438

I could’ve allowed my past to hinder my walk, and at times I thought it would, but I never ceased to seek God’s divine deliverance. I believed that the life I lived was wrong in the eyes of God, and grew to hate that which God despised. IT WAS HARD but through the grace of God, I was able to deny my flesh because, more than anything else, I wanted to be faithful to God. As a result, today I am healed. I am free of my infirmity, my weakness. It’s funny how God does things. All this time, I was looking for God to confront and remove the homosexuality. But He didn’t. Instead, He delivered me through a process that prompted me to confront my past. Through His word, He led me to understand that I was not born this way, and that my response to what happened to me led me down this path. In order to truly be free, I had to face the worst part of my past and sincerely forgive all of my predators, including my mom. The process wouldn’t be easy. There was no praying the gay away, nor any five-step program to reference. At times, I even wished that there were messages of condemnation to make me feel horrible, but there were none of those either. I now understand that my deliverance could only come one way. God had to take me on this step-by-step process to not only show to me that I was not born this way, but to show me how the things hidden in my heart kept me in bondage. Freedom was possible. But in order to taste this freedom, I would have to gather the courage to confront who I really was, forgive all who had wronged me, and denounce that which I’d come to believe as truth. Now, I can truly say with an open heart that I AM FREE and I was NOT BORN THAT WAY!!!

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We’re Back http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/were-back-3/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/were-back-3/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:21:24 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13544 4624012_f496The counselors of WeUsed2bu are (just about!) done with their summer break, and will be taking questions again. If you had previously left a question over the break, it will be answered shortly. Thanks for your patience!

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV

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We Are On Summer Break http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/we-are-on-summer-break/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/we-are-on-summer-break/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:38:16 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13539 bigstock-i-love-summer-on-the-beach-vac-24983753The counselors of WeUsed2bu will be on break for summer. We will return August 17 for questions. Until then, feel free to search the extensive archives of Q & A’s and articles that can be of encouragement to you. Have a safe and joyful summer and remember, God works all things together for good for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

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Happy Easter! http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/happy-easter/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/happy-easter/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:50:07 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13490 woman20praying20at20foot20of20crossMay you be filled with joy as you remember the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15, NKJV

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Remember His Sacrifice Every Day http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/remember-his-sacrifice-every-day/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/remember-his-sacrifice-every-day/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=9239 Written by Trophy of Grace

nailcross“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:6-11

During the Easter season believers and followers of Christ remember the awful torture that our Lord quietly endured for our sins. We know that He did not deserve to die because He was sinless and innocent. There was no wrong found in Him. He was murdered by those who feared His influence and authority. They wanted to silence Him and the Truth that He spoke. He was the spotless lamb lead to the slaughter to become the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins. He died so that all who believed in Him could have right standing with God. (John 3:16)

Christians not only reflect on the extreme act of love that He showed by laying down His life for us, but we rejoice in the fact that death had no power over Him. He was resurrected from the grave on the third day just as the prophets predicted. Now all followers of Christ rejoice in this because we know that He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died believing in Him who will also be resurrected. We rejoice because death has lost its sting!

My personal favorite reflection during this resurrection holiday is meditating on the fact that the veil in the temple in Jerusalem that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died. The veil was a representation of how sinful man is separated from God. But when Jesus died with our sins on that cross, that veil was miraculously torn symbolizing that now all believers in Christ can go into the presence of God for help, to worship, and to give thanks, it no longer has to be just the high priest. Because of the shed blood of Jesus our sin no longer separates us from God. (Hebrews 4:16)

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Easter isn’t the only time that we should reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord. We should reflect daily on the sacrifice that our Lord made for us and remember that He died so that we could live our life here on earth more abundantly. Not for us to be walking around beat up and overcome by the trials and tests that we must go through. He died not only that we could be saved but so that we could manifest in our lives the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ Jesus. By manifesting His power and love in our lives others will see and be drawn to Him. They will desire the peace, joy, love, patience, perseverance, kindness, and power that they see in our lives.

If we truly love the Lord with all of our hearts then we too will lay down our lives for Him and become living sacrifices. We will become living testimonies, His conduits of love, and vessels of honor used to bring Him glory.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Father let us not ever take for granted what Jesus did for us. Let us remember His sacrifice daily and may that motivate us to truly be about Your business. Help us to love others more and share the Gospel of Christ without fear of persecution but with a spirit of power of love and a sound mind. May Christ our Lord be glorified in all that we do..in Jesus name..Amen..



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The First Christmas Carol http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/the-first-christmas-carol/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/the-first-christmas-carol/#respond Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:09:12 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13483 1322174_merry_christmas_and_happy_new_yearBy Lynn Mosher

What is one of the best elements about Christmas, aside from the obvious of Jesus’ birth? The presents? The tree? The food? Nope! For me, it’s the music!

I love all the Christmas music. So many wonderful carols have been written over the years. Do you know which one is truly the original?

It’s the Song of Mary, which is called the Magnificat and it is found in Luke 1:46-55.

Mary’s song starts out with these beautiful words in verse 46, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”

I don’t think we fully understand what magnifying the Lord means. The Old and New Testament words mean essentially the same: to grow, to make great, powerful, or important, promote, praise, increase or enlarge, esteem highly, lift up, exalt, extol, and so on.

The English dictionaries define ‘magnify’ as to increase in actual size, enlarge, exaggerate, amplify, intensify, to extol, praise, glorify, to make seem more important, and so on.

Did you catch those last three? Praise, glorify, to make seem more important.

As the result of our praising God, we enlarge His image and His power, intensifying them more than our circumstances. The disciple John said it most succinctly, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 NKJV)

I know there are things you praise God for – your family, your friends, your home, your job, but do you thank Him for the things you have that millions of people around the world do not have? Like your haircut, your toothpaste, your nice, hot shower, your mattress, your shoes, your make-up, your razor, your TV (which is questionable!), your car, your cell phone, your computer, your dishes, your washer and dryer, your dishwasher, your refrigerator or even the little bit of food you may have in it?

We are so much more fortunate and blessed than two-thirds of the world, and yet, we whine when our new shoes pinch our feet!

Paul commanded the Ephesians to sing spiritual songs and to make music to the Lord in their hearts. He knew how to do that despite his circumstances.

When the stream of joy dries up and disappears, do as Paul told the Philippians to do as he wrote from a Roman jail, saying, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4b NKJV)

lynnmosherFrom His feet, Lynn
“Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 AmpCurrent post: The Basement



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Do I Actually Need To Go To A Physical Church Every Week? http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/do-i-actually-need-to-go-to-a-physical-church-every-week/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/do-i-actually-need-to-go-to-a-physical-church-every-week/#respond Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:58:40 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13476 M Writes:

I’m in college, out of state, and I don’t go to church because I watch my home church (which I love!) online. I do go to a weekly college campus ministry. But do you think I actually need to go to a physical church every week? Thanks!

Admin Writes:

Dear M,
We are so glad to hear that you are still pursuing the Lord while in college, especially since many young Christians statistically fall away in early adulthood. This is such a critical time to seek the Lord and hold fast to Him! There is no season in life when our relationship with God and our obedience to His Word is less important than our life circumstances.

It’s great that you are watching service online. Being fed the Word from a solid Bible-teaching resource is always a blessing. However, we would encourage you to try and find some type of fellowship, whether it is a college small group or local church, in which you can be a part. It’s not because God is keeping attendance :) The Bible tells us to not give up meeting together because we can encourage and be encouraged (Heb. 10:25). Not only will you be blessed by worshipping with other believers, but you can find an opportunity for relationships that bring mutual accountability, help, and edification through the love of the Holy Spirit at work in you and others.

So be bold! Step out of the boat, keep your eyes on Jesus, and see what He might have for you outside your comfort zone. And remember we are here for you too!


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We’re On Break http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/were-on-break/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/were-on-break/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:14:19 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13470 dnfrThe counselors of Weused2bu will be on break until Tuesday, November 4. Any questions submitted from today on will be answered when we return. In the meantime, please feel free to utilize our extensive library of q&a’s on dozens of topics, as well as the many articles that can be found in our Building Your Faith category. We trust the Lord will provide His knowledge and wisdom, and will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory!

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Enter Our Fall Giveaway! http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/enter-our-labor-day-giveaway/ http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/enter-our-labor-day-giveaway/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:26:24 +0000 http://www.weusedtobeyou.com/?p=13452 Did you have a great summer? Are you looking forward to fall?  It’s time for back to school, sweater weather, and pumpkin everything! Enter our Fall giveaway, and you could kick off a season full of fun with two prizes:  A copy of Joyce Meyer’s book, Be Anxious For Nothing, and a live concert DVD from Ocean’s Edge, a worship ministry of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.  Just leave a comment on this post with your name and tell us your favorite fall tradition.  If you live outside the U.S.A. and it’s a different season, you can tell us about that, too! The winner will be randomly chosen October 1.  Wherever you are, whatever season you’re in, remember that the Lord loves you, He has great plans for your life, and He wants you to have joy in Him every day!

“Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” -Acts 14:17 (NIV)



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