Sit still. Take a deep breath. Listen to these words.

You are beloved.

Let those words reverberate throughout your being. Let them echo in your mind and whisper in your soul. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more or make God love you less.

This is the healing power of Christ Jesus.

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He returned to the man of God with all his attendants. He came and stood before Elisha, saying, “Now I know for certain that there’s no God anywhere on earth except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant.”

2 Kings 5:15

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Naaman returns to see the prophet Elisha, but this time they are not there to boast about Naaman’s greatness; instead, they are there to witness Naaman’s confession. Naaman stands before the crowd and proclaims that it is God and not he who rules the earth. The Naaman who stands before Elisha is not the same man who stood there just days before. He has changed – and the change is more than just his skin.

As a teenager, I always dreamed of changing my hair color. I wanted it to be blue, purple, or pink. Now looking back, I do not think it was really about the color of my hair. I think I just wanted change.

God calls us not to change superficially but to transform completely. Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is.”

Kelli Kirksey

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Dear God, I do not just want to change; I want to be transformed. I want my heart to look like your heart and my mind to be on your business. Help me to discern the things that are important and let go of those things that are trivial. Amen.

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You are seen.

You are known.

You are loved to the very depths of your being.

Now go and share that love with the world.

This is the healing power of Christ Jesus in you.


Kelli Kirksey

Kelli Kirksey lives in Greenville, SC where she serves as a member and deacon at Augusta Road Baptist Church. She is married to Will Kirksey and has four children.

Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor For Piano, Op. 13

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