Sculpted in Truth

Sculpted in Truth no parts

God’s Word states in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (NIV). The word handiwork is defined as “work done personally and intentionally by the hands.” When we receive Christ as our Savior, our life is not ending, but really just beginning. We are part of God’s new creation, according to 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). We can know by reading these scriptures that God has personally created us by His own hand, and He continues the process of making us into the creation He wants us to be.

Have you ever seen a piece of jewelry called a cameo? A cameo is a gemstone usually made of onyx, sardonyx, or agate. Shells are also used for cameos and generally yield the most delicate pieces. The most common expression of the cameo, which you probably have seen, is a profile or portrait of a woman’s head. Cameos are most often worn as jewelry and are usually set in gold or silver and worn as a brooch or necklace. When a cameo is created, there are layers of different colors. The carving is set upon the contrasting type of material, which provides a background of another color to set off the figure. Therefore, in a cameo, there is an ability to see the figure, which has been carved. The light, in contrast to the dark, enables the piece to showcase its distinguishing beauty.

In the Bible passage of John 17, John writes of how Jesus prays that His followers will be set apart and sanctified from the rest of the darkness of the world. What Jesus prays in this prayer relates to us today as His followers. He shows us by His words that His chief concern is that we live a life that glorifies God. In our life experience, there are many entanglements that try to influence and grab us, but one of the messages in this passage is how to overcome or stand out from the world. In verses 13-19, the Lord prays for our sanctification. He gives us the gift of His Word to enable us to walk in the way of holiness. Verse 17 states: “Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth” (NIV). Because God is truth, He is true and faithful in all that He says and does. Therefore, His words are truth. He can use the truth to sanctify us and to set us apart for holy living. Just as the wire carries electricity to the light bulb, God’s truth carries God’s power to our lives. We are sanctified in and through God’s truth.

Just as the face of each cameo is unique and the jewels are different, so are you different from anyone else. Just as the cameo is cut away from the plane surface, likewise, God cuts away those things, situations, or attitudes that no longer need to be part of your life. As this happens, it can seem difficult or painful, but ultimately, a more beautiful, holy woman of God emerges. As a woman of God, you are in the lifelong process of sanctification, and it happens in your intimate journey with the Lord as your jeweler. You are truly His own beautiful handiwork – a masterpiece of His own making.

I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth. As You sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified” (John 17:13-19 NIV).

You’re the King’s Daughter

Kings Daughter

Please don’t be offended that I walk with head held high.

That my bearings somewhat regal, or there’s purpose in my stride.

It’s not that I’m conceited.

It’s that my destiny is divine, and so my eyes are focused and I cannot waste my time.

I boldly face my future, and build upon my past.

I’m guarded by the spirit and walking in God’s path.

I’m pure; I’m wise and holy. I’m excellent in God’s sight.

I’m strong; I’m whole, and perfect. Outstanding in His light.

So do not be confounded by my confident confession.

And do not be dumbfounded when I overcome oppression.

For Jesus is my Father, I’m an heir to His throne.

I’m ruling in the Earth realm, but in Heaven is my home.

Therefore, I’m not troubled by the tempter’s evil snares,

nor will I hinder, by daily trail I bare.

When life puts the pressure on, be sure I won’t be braking.

I am a King’s Daughter; I’m royalty in the making.

Serving God as His Daughter

Serving as His Daughter

  Sometimes you might feel like nothing in your life is going right! It’s during those times that you must try to find the good in your life – even if it is something that you may often take for granted, like the simple fact that God put breath in your body that day! We […]

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God’s Grace Is Sufficient – Part 2

Last week, we learned the importance of leading our children by our example and guarding our tongues by allowing God to temper our speech. This week we continue on with more ways that God will help us to raise godly children. Pray with and for your children. My children and I prayed together before they […]

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God’s Grace Is Sufficient – Part 1

Gods Grace

  Today’s Christian mother is challenged by outside influences like never before. Christian values that once kept our family, community, and nation cohesive are being attacked. Numerous subcultures defy the Christian way of life and push for an age of greater tolerance. This is all leading to the breakdown in family relationships – especially between […]

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A Spa for the Heart


How would you like to spend a whole year at a spa for free? That is exactly what Esther got to do! All of the young, beautiful women in the entire kingdom were gathered and given beauty treatments for an entire year. At the completion of that year, the women were presented to the king […]

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Three-Fold Foundation for Fall and Winter Wellness

The last picking of fall’s garden filled the bushel baskets in Grandma’s cellar with bold colors of gold, orange, and green. That “fresh-picked” fragrance from the bushel baskets would just briefly cover the musty smell of the cellar. Our barn boasted hefty hay bales that were ready for the cattle’s winter feedings. My new school […]

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Living Life by God’s Design – Not by Default

Living by Gods Design Not Default

  We only get one shot at living life – one chance. Why, then, would we ever spend it passively, in a mode of default? According to the dictionary, default is defined as “a failure to act; inaction or neglect.” To translate that, living by default would mean a failure to show up for our […]

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Discover Your God-Given Purpose – Part 2


  Last week we learned how to look to God as our designer, be open to His will for our lives, and to understand how our life experiences are all part of discovering our purpose. This week we’ll review three additional keys to unfolding His plan for our lives. Look to Your Intrinsic Gifts What […]

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Discover Your God-Given Purpose – Part 1

What a day

“You are who God says you are!” Anyone who attends Word of Life Christian Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, has heard our anointed pastor Dr. Mark T. Bagwell shout these words from the rooftops! One of the things I love most about our church is the steadfast encouragement to be all that God has created […]

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