Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Made in the Image of God: Part 3 (Conclusion)

My husband and I chose to change the patterns and practices in our home. Our children have not grown up with WT. They are wonderfully and fearfully made, and they have a confidence in this
truth that I have not seen nor experienced. But as I am seeking and finding a new image of God, and as I stay in recovery from WT, I am focusing on how God sees me—via passages, such as Psalm
139:1-16 (The Message):

139 1-6 GOD, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
7-12 Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.

And why are our perceptions of God important? Because, The essence of the Christian faith is the establishment of a relationship with God, which, in turn, is based on the individual's perceptions of God. Thus, the perception of God is crucial to laying a foundation for faith. Furthermore, trusting and submitting to God are considered essential to spiritual growth. Understanding individuals’ perceptions of God is essential to comprehending
individual relationships with Him (Tisdale et al., 1997). The question then arises of how individuals form perceptions of God.

[Perceptions of God Held by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse” by Elizabeth J. Hayduk, 2005]

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer,
Canada

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