the.truth.in.love the.truth.in.love

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Leah Marie Meneses(Birkenbach)  In awe of the Only Living God✝ πŸ‘‘ Jesus = Lord 🦁 πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸ€΅Tito's bride biblical counseling student πŸ“– 🎢 @poiema.music πŸ“· @poiema.photos

My first flower child, and Tito happened to be there to witness w/ me, so I guess he's the father (7.15.18). πŸ€£πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŒ» I planted her from a little seedling🌱 :')πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ€— She's a triplet, entangled at the root with two others, so I call them Trinity πŸ”ΌπŸ˜†
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I love not only how sunflowers are bright like the sun of course, but in their center is the Fibonacci sequence! -- the mathematically engineered spiral based on a special repeating sequence of numbers found all over in nature (link to a beautiful video illustrating it in my profile description). Such awesome craftsmanship/DNA programming by the same Creator/Master Programmer ✝ who made me, too!
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P.S. Different people over the years who don't know each other have nicknamed me Sunflower. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ƒπŸŒ»
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#flowerchild #fibonacci #math #programming #DNA #deoxyribonucleicacid #holygeometry #fibonaccisequence #sunflower #sunflowers #sunflowers🌻 #gardening #kawaii #kawaii🌸 #numbers #fractal #fractals #geometry #twinning #engineering #design #intelligentdesign #Godscreation #creation #nature #garden #heehee

Nothing you can say can tear me away
From my guy
Nothing you could do, 'cause I'm stuck like glue
To my guy
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I'm sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like birds of a feather we stick together
I'm tellin' you from the start
I can't be torn apart from my guy
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Nothing you could do could make me be untrue
To my guy (my guy)
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie
To my guy (my guy)
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I gave my guy my word of honor
To be faithful and I'm gonna
You'd best be believing
I won't be deceiving my guy
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As a matter of opinion, I think he's tops
My opinion is he's the cream of the crop
As a matter of taste to be exact
He's my ideal as a matter of fact
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No muscle bound man could take my hand
From my guy (my guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place
Of my guy (my guy)
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He may not be a movie star
But when it comes to being happy, we are
There's not a man today who can take me away
From my guy
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There's not a man today (or any day) who could take me away
From my guy (Tell me more!)
There's not a man today who could take me away
From my guy
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- Mary Wells
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"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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Romans 8:37‭-‬39
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#lovefromabove #thankyouJesus #agape #everykindoflove #rideordie #Romans8

From high school, to the valley of the shadow of death and rebellion against our Maker and 5 years of separation from each other, to being reuinited and getting intensive soul surgery by our Lord... So thankful for the community of Christ's hands and feet upholding us, and especially Christ Himself, who is The Best Friend of every soul who has been awoken to the Light, by the grace of God and nothing else. By the GRACE (unmerited, unconditional love and benevolence) of God we are who we are, and His GRACE is NEVER in vain. Three years of marriage. Seven years of reunion and being together day by day. We are wretched sinners, and we cling to Christ, and He gives us the strength to bear each other's burdens, and to ask for help from our Heavenly Father and the community He gave us.
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Don't be fooled, we are all a hollow shell without Christ's sacrificial Love poured out on our behalf, and His hands and feet working in the Church. We are not even CLOSE to perfect. But God uses every shred of our foolishness and PRIDE to humble us and cause us to see ever more clearly that ✝HE✝ is the ONLY Way, Truth, and Life. Apart from ✝HIM✝ we are and can do NOTHING.
#SoliDeoGloria (to God ALONE be the glory, forever!)

Still learning this lesson 4 years after I posted this πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚
-Excerpt from When People Are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch.
Loving others so they'll love you back isn't loving others... "We love because He first loved us." Thank God that Jesus didn't care about rejection and mocking, and still went to the cross for the very ones who mock Him still today; without His selfless love there would be no hope for us at all.
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#leahsbiblicalcounselingjourney
#edwelch #edwardwelch #whenpeoplearebigandGodissmall #biblicalcounseling #biblestudy #peoplepleasing #fearofman #flattery #confrontation #fear #boldness #truthinlove #speakthetruth #evenifyourvoiceshakes #pushover #peoplepleaser #servantofGod #truelove #reallove #christianbooks #christiancounseling #counseling #sacrifice

😍 Left: Mother holding sister
Right: Grandma holding mother. 😍
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The arts in general and writing seem to be in my DNA (all of ours, in our own way). Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and my family at large tend to be writers + artists/musicians of some sort, even if not by trade (there are exceptions, especially in the sciences, and even a compassionate, mentoring police chief/evangelist... wait... he was a writer, too...). It's a wonderful way to get busy living once you accept as God's sovereign plan the way He's lead you to be who and where you are. πŸ™βœπŸ˜
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Side note: before our culture became so consumeristic, engaging in the arts first-handedly was definitely more of a commonplace thing. But now, we generally outsource creativity to experts, and the average person doesn't even know how to carry a tune, cuz the speakers are on way too loud to hear our own voices... And then there's the horror of hearing your own voice recorded for the first few times... Now that's terrifying. It can sound much worse than it is, causing self-consciousness.... And then there are those who for want of fame (lacking understand of the myriad uses for the arts apart from gaining attention) have no self awareness about how...unpracticed...they actually do sound... Lol. I'm still degrees of both now, still in process to offer up a gift that is well-crafted when I do share my "songs".... #theprocess is #endless πŸ˜…
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#sanctification
#LaurenJensenBirkenbach
#family
#Godslove
#blacknwhitephotography
#familyphotos
#imagoDei
#Godisincontrol
#Godissovereign
#sovereign
#writersofinsta
#christiancreative
#legacy #dna
#Scandinavianheritage
#nostalgia

People are more important than success. (Mom, little bro, and me, 20 years ago.)
And we'll always be holding those little hands at heart. :)
#imagoDei #eternalsouls

Fierce love for lil bro.πŸ”₯❀️
Always, and would take a bullet for ya. πŸ’‘
#beardsofinstagram #humblebeastrecords #lilbro #siblinglove

Happy Baptism, Gerina! Blessed by God's amazing grace in you, spilling onto my life. Also, y u r so cute?!?! πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ€—πŸ˜™ @gerina0
#dimplesfordays

This fairy in boots is my spirit animal.
Jojo is a costume designer, and a great illustration of creativity mixed with a healthy amount of ambition. She works in the field of her dreams, with vision, passion, and assertiveness. Proud of you, sister friend!
@jsiu01 πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜˜

πŸ•―οΈMommy in HeavenπŸ•―οΈ
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice ofΒ theΒ archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.Β Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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"For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them." Psalms 139:13‭-‬16
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My mom's days were numbered by God who gave her life, even before she existed. She did not leave too early or too late, but right when God meant for her to leave this earth. And her physical death was not the end, but a new beginning, where she entered the presence of her Savior.
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"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
John 17:3
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❀️ Never forgotten ❀️
#LaurenJensenBirkenbach
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#mothersday2018 #eternallife #ripmom #missyoumom #thegospel #goodnews

:)πŸŒŒβœ¨πŸ‹πŸŽπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸŒπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸŒ„πŸŒŒ
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" Genesis 1:27‭-‬28
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Both men and women are called by God to cultivate order and beauty in His creation, as His image-bearers, taking dominion over it. Our genetic design as male and female is refreshingly different, and the roles we have differ in certain ways according to that design by our Maker, but we were made for the same Ultimate, multifaceted purpose... Which includes not only ruling over the earth, but, in doing so, to chiefly glorify God and to enjoy Him forever -- in the beauty of His existence and His wonderous attributes displayed in the universe He spoke into being!
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"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
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(a collage of 3 different Bitmojis to get the right expression + other images using PicsArt app :) #notimpressive #justFYI) ...I need a drawing tablet...
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#genesis #psalm8 #Romans1 #dominion #imagodei #imageofGod #madeinGodsimage #adamandeve #bitmoji #picsart #picsartedit #christiancreative #reformedbaptist #reformed #scriptureoftheday #biblejournaling #bibleverses #cosmos #thecosmos #thestars #theuniverse #universe #carpediem #complementarianism #proverbs31 #proverbs31woman #presuppositionalapologetics #dignity

God desires and requires genuine worship, in "spirit and truth," yet, without discounting that whatsoever, I must not offer to God only the future version of myself, lest I fall into the trap of only offering Him the mere scraps of who I am today (in my deeds, and in the level of honesty in my prayers). It's a subtle way to procrastinate on living for God in reality -- waiting to clean my life up in a perfectionistic way before I can serve God is just an excuse to live for myself in the "mean time" -- the only place in time where I actually live!
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"Then Moses said to the Lord, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.' The Lord said to him, 'Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.'" Exodus 4:10‭-‬12 .
"Then I said, 'Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.' Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.' Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" Isaiah 6:5‭-‬8 .
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photo by @praisee ❀️
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#convicting #cslewis #clivestapleslewis #spiritandtruth #trueworship #brokenvessel #instrumentofmercy #graceofGod #abideinChrist #John15 #Exodus #burningbush #Isaiah6 #sanctification #amazinggrace #awretchlikeme #reformedbaptist #reformedthuglife #JesusisLord

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