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It takes courage to speak & stand tall (lots & lots) OR it just takes the Lord standing by your side

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

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Jeremiah wasn’t so sure he wanted to be a spokesperson of the Lord.

Yet, it was written that he was foreordained to do so, and the Lord stood by his side.


I’m pretty sure no one truly feels sufficient to be a spokesperson for the Lord.


I’m wondering about the things WE may feel insufficient in, yet WE may have been born to do.


Can YOU think of something YOU feel guided to do, but don't believe YOU are capable of, so YOU choke them down or hide?


Well, with faith in Christ WE can ask for direction to follow the promptings of our heart, and ask Him to stand beside us.


Christ can totally be our/YOUR partner.


We just need to ask, nothing wavering, trusting in the Lord's righteousness to be our guide.


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Jeremiah chapter 7

I NEVER thought in a MILLION YEARS that I’d create art expressing my faith, nor did I ever think I’d be bearing my testimony on social media & creating wide-margin scriptures, journals, and gospel art to draw nearer to heavenly things and help others as well.


Yet, here I am because of a prayerful plea to know what God wanted from me.


And a message came, soft, yet clear- CREATE.


I created more of what I was familiar with:

sewing

cooking

decorating my home


Maybe you've asked this question and tried the ways you already knew.


When I exhausted all my normal tries, I decided to try something new.


I started drawing.


I had not drawn anything since I was in grade school, except the art class I took in high school, which clearly shared that I was not a natural.


But my past didn't matter,

pretty soon, I was drawing everyday,

definitely not fantastic pieces of art,

but I noticed that every day & every drawing had a message for me,

and often times a message to share with my family and/or friends.


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Faces of Faith - Stand Tall Dream Girl

Drawing faces of faith lead me to the scriptures, which led me to draw nearer to Christ,

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Let Him Lift YOU - Grieving Card

which led me to Heavenly Father,

which led me to the scriptures again,

which led me to the women in the scriptures,

which led me to Heavenly Mother,


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Heavenly Mother Art - Like a Hen Gathers Her Chicks

which led me to the power of the priesthood,


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Heavenly Parents - power of the priesthood

which led me to understand that I could bless & protect my family by drawing upon the Lord’s power,


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Heavenly Parents and Jesus Christ

which led me to a believe more,

hope more,

and rely more on the atonement of Christ which is God’s grace & mercy and the gift of eternal life.



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This focus has kept me from backsliding, as spoken of in Jeremiah chapter 2.


It has kept me focused on faith in Christ.


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I feel this is the message Jeremiah was trying to convey to the people in Jerusalem.

And all of the Prophets since.


"Stay loyal to the royal within YOU."


You may like to listen to Harold B. Lee's BYU Devotional "Be Loyal to the Royal within You"


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Keep moving forward in faith.

Return to Him again and again,

WHATEVER stage you are in.


Plant YOUR roots in the Lord, and HE will water them & YOU will grow in Him.


I pray that we may cry to Him for courage & strength, health & healing and that our hands will be used as His, built from His roots flowing in His living waters.


May YOU feel His blessings upon YOU now.


❤️⭐️

Michelle Gessell

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