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I think it is important for me to explain what The Lesser Me blog is all about in order for you to understand my purpose and desire for you, as my reader. I had been praying for about 2 years for God to reveal to me what he wanted me to do in His kingdom by using the gifts He has blessed me with. One day during my prayer time, He revealed to me how prideful and arrogant I truly was. He began to lovingly dissolve my ego. This has been an ongoing process since that day. He showed my mind’s eye that when I offer myself to Him, He replaces me with His fullness through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. That image has been engraved into my heart since. Soon after, God started prompting me to write and paint. I was obedient, even at 2am sometimes, I would sit straight up and start writing on whatever paper I could find near my nightstand. God continued to reveal to me through prayer that The Lesser Me was the name of whatever ministry He was going to point me towards.

There was a pruning time, when I thought God was showing me what the The Lesser Me was all about, but in reality he was showing me areas of my life that needed pruning and shaping before he could reveal to me the big picture of what The Lesser Me was truly about. He knew exactly what needed to be taught and applied to my life before I would fully understand and grasp the name that He had put on my heart years ago. Loving The Real Me (my next blog) goes into more detail about this pruning and shaping process. God had to reveal my selfishness in order for me to rid myself of my pride and ego! When  looking back, I realize that it was God pruning me of my self image. God had to do a lot more pruning before I realized that the deeper meaning of The Lesser Me stems from John 3:30 which says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I would like to take a closer look with you at that passage in John chapter 3, which explains this concept much better than I ever could.

In John chapter three, John the baptist and his disciples were in Aenon near Salim baptizing a group of people, when the disciples and a Jew began to argue about purification. This argument brought them to John the baptist for reasoning. During this conversation with John, they expressed concern about the people that were beginning to leave John’s following to join Jesus’ following at the Jordan river. They were doing this to be baptized by Jesus instead of John.

John’s response to their concern was the foundation of what I want The Lesser Me to hold true to.

  1. In verse 27, John replied “No one can receive anything unless it is given to him from heaven.”

John understood that all good things things come from the Father, and John was truly grateful for the coming of Christ! In fact, John made it very clear from the beginning of his ministry that his purpose was to lead others to Christ, and point the way to the coming messiah. John, at this point in time had met Jesus, and even baptized Jesus. He knew Jesus was the son of God and was joyful to hear people were following Jesus instead of him.

  1. John then says in verse 28, “I am not the messiah, but sent ahead of Him…”

John’s ministry had pointed others to Jesus from the beginning. Matthew 3:3 is a testament to this saying, “For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah (Old Testament prophesy) who said, “A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: prepare a way for the Lord; make His paths straight!”  John’s ministry had been a prophecy through Isaiah from before his time. His mission was to prepare the hearts of men before the coming of Christ. And that is exactly what John had been doing.

In Matthew 3:11, we see John saying, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove His sandals.”

John understood who Jesus was, he believed in His divinity and humanity, His purpose here on earth was truly to save His people from their own sin. John knew how little he truly was in the presence of Jesus. This is apparent in Matthew 3:13-17 where Jesus asked John to baptize him, John’s response was, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me.” In which Jesus replies, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John was obedient to Christ, and baptized him and we see that immediately the heavens were opened and the trinity made it’s only appearance on earth. I guarantee John the baptist was a true believer, and had faith in Jesus from that moment on… if ever it had wavered before… never again.

  1. John then says in verse 29, “He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete.”

John is calling Jesus the groom, giving him full support in his marriage to the bride (his people).  John understood that he was Jesus’ helper, to be His advocate while here on earth. John had to give Jesus center stage, as the groom in order to be the best man. John knew that in order to grow the kingdom on earth, he must lose popularity and fame, and in turn Jesus must gain it!

So, what was John really saying to this group of disciples and the Jew who were arguing that day? He was pointing the big picture out to them. He made it clear to them that he was joyful in hearing that the whole purpose of his ministry was now being fulfilled through Jesus, the son of God! I am sure in that moment John was bubbling over inside with the knowledge that others were now starting to see what he had already seen in Christ.

I want so much for God to use me in His kingdom before the coming of Christ. My prayer has been for years, God, use me up! Give me the resources and knowledge that I need to speak to others about your love and spread the gospel to all nations as Jesus commanded me to do. God made it abundantly clear to me that I needed to humble myself and become less before Christ to allow the room Christ needs in me to be great! Then he could fill me up with His love and wisdom so I could accurately share the gospel with you. So this is what I have been striving for, pruning myself through God’s word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Today I am so excited to begin to share with you my personal walk with God. My hope is that you will see how imperfect I am, yet still see Christ shine through me. We are all in need of a savior!  God’s love is so amazing shown by His grace and mercy on us through the death and resurrection of Christ. My end goal in this blog is for Christ to have victory over me!

When coming up with my logo design, I started researching what imagery I wanted to add to The Lesser Me words. I hoped that every time I looked at the logo, I would be motivated to continue to serve in His kingdom with my end goal in mind. The palm leaf in scripture represents victory. And my end goal is for Christ to have victory over me. When I found this out, I put it all together with a gold ring which represents all things leading back to Christ. Because it is only when I am in Christ that through Christ victory can be acheived over me!

I am planning to do a giveaway every other week (between blogs)! This week I plan to give away a necklace of the artwork I created for this blog! (See below)

To enter to win you must:

  1. Read the blog
  2. Like it
  3. Comment about the blog
  4. Like my Facebook page
  5. share it on your Facebook page!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I will announce a winner every other Tuesday, on Facebook, and tag each winner. I hope you are looking forward to this as much as I am! I love giving things away!!! So, if you miss reading my blogs the day they are posted you still have a week to enter the giveaway before I announce the winner! Each blog will have a new piece of artwork with a new necklace design. My hope is that each necklace will remind you of the blog that spoke to your heart so when you wear it, you are reminded through God’s Word (which is powerful) of the wisdom you gained through it! I will also have each necklace added to my online shop (which will launch in a few weeks) and local shops at Miss Behaven in Georgetown,Ky and Inspired Designs in Cynthiana, KY. I do want you to be aware that I promise to tithe 10% of my profit to my local church, and another 5% will go towards a form of women’s ministy.  So, knowing that some of your purchase will be returned to the kingdom I hope will sit well with you.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that this blog was able to explain to you my vision and hope for sharing the gospel with you. I truly am thankful to have any viewers, because I know everyone is so busy with life, so I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read through my heart and get to know me more, and hopefully get to know Christ more too!

I will announce the winner of the John 3:30 necklace on Tuesday, April 10th at 8pm on my Facebook Page, The Lesser Me! So, like, comment, share, and I hope you win this little gem!

 

25 Comment

    1. Thank you so much! I am so thankful you stopped by! I hope you will continue to read more as I post. I am so thankful for the gifts God has given me. Hope you were blessed!

  1. You are such a blessing to me and all those that you touch through your God given artistic gift and your heart of sharing the love of God in your daily walk with Him! Excited to follow along with you in this journey of “Life”

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I appreciate it! And thank you for taking the time to read my post. I hope you were blessed. Come back soon 😊

  2. You already know how I feel about your art and I can hope and pray that God will lead me where He would like to use me as well.

  3. I love this! Found your site through my good friend Elizabeth Simpson. I love your artwork and your heart for Jesus! I run Farmhouse on Five Mile blog, which I started over a year ago, but am still slowly digging my way through FOFM as a whole and very much in a spot in my life where I am trying to figure out where he wants me and how he wants me to use my gifts. Sometimes I even doubt myself- thinking I’m mistaking my gifts for my passions- and questioning if I’m doing things the way I’m supposed to be.. Reading this post reminds me of what I know in all of that…deep down I am not fully trusting Him and still holding back in fear. It’s easy to, “want to please” God but all the while not realizing that we aren’t being humble in that, and that we can be so selfish sometimes. The way God revealed that to you is compelling! This post really has encouraged me to take a step back and pay attention to my prayers and to meditate more alone time with God. I don’t think I allow myself enough room in my day to fully listen to Him! Love the blog, keep it up! As a fellow blogger, I’ll definitely be reading and looking forward to more!

    1. I love your blog too!!! I had a chance to read some the other day! We should meet up for coffee soon! Or tea 😉 I am so thankful you stopped by. It is so refreshing to hear you say those things, because I struggle with the same things! At the end of the day God knows our hearts and will be faithful always! He will even use our selfish tendencies for His glory! (Which is exactly what my next blog is all about!) even if it is to teach others through my failures to bring Him glory… He will use me if I am willing. Thanks again for your input! I look forward to getting to know you better! 😊

  4. I must decrease. It speaks of how big we think we are. This is also one of my favorite scriptures. It goes hand in hand with Proverbs 3:5-6 for me. I want to be in charge, I want the answers now, how much is ALL?!
    Thank you for allowing God to mold you and work through you for not only yours but now many others to benefit. Look forward to seeing His word in Your hands ❤

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, how prideful we are to think we are anything in comparison to Him! Humbling myself is a daily process, I am in need of a Savior, daily. I hope you visit again soon! 😊

  5. Absolutely beautiful. I love to read your words! I look forward to reading more and seeing more of your beautiful creations!

    1. Thank you! I am so thankful you took the time to read my blog! 😊 I am glad you enjoyed it! There is lots more to come, so come back soon! 😉

  6. Great beginning s Amanda. I love your 💓 and your art. Way to commit to a schedule, share your goals, vision and passions. I think Jesus is glorified already as I was blessed by your obedience!

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