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What Makes You Stand Out

What Makes You Stand Out
by Hannah Keeley

This past week was Vacation Bible School at our church. I don’t know about you, but VBS to me means three hours of stillness in my home and I look forward to it like a preschooler longs for Christmas morning. The kids had an awesome time. I got caught up on the laundry and my writing. And at the end of the week, we all celebrated with a big performance at church.

So, there I was, in the crowd. I was sitting near the back of the church while all the kids filed out and filled up the stage. They began singing, but just like every other parent there, I was frantically looking for something…

What Makes You Stand Out

–MY CHILDREN!

My eyes kept scanning the group trying to pick them out of the crowd. I admit I wasn’t listening to the song or paying attention to the dance moves. I was busy doing what a mom does best–find her kid! First I spotted Klara, then Kenna, then all was right with my world. I could sit back and enjoy the show.
I want you to understand something today. God is searching for you. 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him.” Do you realize what this means? He’s looking for someone who will trust Him enough to let Him do what He does best–victory!

God wants a victorious life for you. He wants a life of success and abundance. Some people aren’t trusting Him at all for that and they gripe and complain all day about their lives. Then there are some people who say they trust Him, but in the back of their minds, there is doubt and stress.

But, then, every once in a while, there comes along a rare person who is totally sold out to God. That person says in their heart, “I don’t care what my circumstances look like right now. I’m believing God for the victory. He is coming through for me in a greater way than I can even imagine. I’m not going to doubt. I’m not going to stress out. I’m going to have joy and peace and know that my God is faithful!”

I believe you are that person or you wouldn’t even be reading this right now. I believe you are that person who has the faith to shine out in a dark world! Because THAT  is what gets God’s attention! While I was looking for my kids in that VBS crowd, I was looking for the purple headband I gave to Klara to wear, and the orange striped shirt that Kenna was wearing. But when it comes to God seeking out His army, He looks for that bright light of faith!

That’s what got the attention of Jesus that day in the crowd. Everyone was pushing in on my left and right. It was like a big, fat mosh pit! Then, suddenly, Jesus stops!

“Who touched me?” He asked. The disciples thought He was crazy. Everyone was touching him! They were pressing in from all sides. But Jesus felt that distinct touch of faith that sets that rare individual apart. He felt it, and He responded to it!

A woman who had an issue with bleeding was pushing through the crowd, believing that if she could just touch His robe, she would be healed. And, sure enough, as soon as her hand grazed His garment, she was healed. The power of God didn’t automatically pour out of Jesus. If so, everyone who had touched Him that day would have been restored completely. Jesus FELT the power pour from Him the moment her faith touched Him.

God is searching for you right now. No matter what you are dealing with, or what past you are hauling around, God wants to restore you completely and give you the abundant life He created you to live. But you’ve got to stand out in the crowd. You’ve got to exhibit that quality He is looking for. You’ve got to have FAITH!

Today, I want you to believe God. I want you to fully rest in the assurance that what He says about you will come to pass. He says you’re healed, so you’re healed. He says you’re rich, so you’re rich. He says you’re forgiven and set free, so you are. Quit believing the lies that God wants you to suffer through this life. Jesus already took our suffering. God’s goal in redemption was to treat you as if sin had never happened. Accept that abundant life. Reach out and grab it by faith!

I hope this has blessed you, but don’t let that blessing stop there. Someone you know needs this message today. Please post it on Facebook to share with your friends. You could be that light in a very dark day!

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Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!

Check out Hannah’s Website Here!

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