Thankful to Be God’s Child

Thankful to Be God’s Child

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?’” (Luke 3:7).

I’ve been wondering lately why God warned me of the wrath to come and chose me to be one of His children. I can relate to the apostle Paul when he said, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:18). It’s not because God saw someone with a lot of talent and a bent to do right. Instead, I believe He felt sorry for a girl that had nothing going for her. He saw what I could be and began to make me into that person.

There are times I feel like He should just give up. Things that I should have learned by now are still a trial as I realize how far I have to go before I will be like my Lord. And yet I press on, wanting to please my Master in spite of my struggles. He could have left me to wallow in the slums and live a life of hopelessness, but He didn’t. This alone should spur me on to keep fighting the good fight. I’m thankful that “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 145:8). I don’t deserve that love but I need Him more than ever before.

Thank You, Lord, for saving me and rescuing me from myself. Please complete the work you’ve begun to make me more and more like You.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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  1. Reply August 14, 15:09 #1 Scotty Searan

    I have many questions my self and I fight bouts of self pity and wonder what good am I to anybody. Even asking myself what good am i, that I have failed to obey God’s will for my life so many times.

    But then I realize Jesus not just feeling sorry for me, but has compassion on me to give His life for me.

    Then I realize then that He has gone to many save and care for flock.

    Jesus Christ the great Shepherd loves his crippled and wounded sheep and throws them not away.

    Jesus just keep on loving and forgiving me.

    Thank God for that.


    Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)

    My Help and My Deliverer
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    40 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
    and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

  2. Reply August 14, 21:20 #2 Sony Elise Author

    I have been the queen of self-pity lately but I know that doesn’t do anyone any good. I don’t know why trust is always such a struggle but I, like you, am thankful for God’s mercy and compassion. He doesn’t throw the clay away, but He keeps molding it into a vessel that He can use. I praise Him for that!

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