Ephesians 1:5
he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--

Have you ever seen the musical, Annie?  Things weren't exactly going well for Annie at the beginning of the musical.  She was orphaned and left in the hands of Ms. Hannigan (No one liked Ms. Hannigan).  Annie remained upbeat through it all and eventually something GREAT happened, she got adopted by an awesome man who loved her so much.  I'm sure all of the other kids wished they were Annie.

You see Annie wasn't just adopted by someone ordinary, she was adopted by Mr. Warbucks, one of the richest, most influential men!

We have it better than Annie!  God saw us before we were even formed and said, "YES, that's MY CHILD!"  It was His pleasure to adopt us!  We now have an unfair advantage in life because we were adopted into royalty!  We are children of God!

When you received Christ, you became HIS child.  Your Father is RICH, POWERFUL, LOVING, INFLUENTIAL, ALL-KNOWING, PATIENT, and KIND.  When you go to Him, go knowing that He is YOUR LOVING, GOOD Father!

In the musical, Mr. Warbucks wanted to give Annie the world.  He would do anything for that girl. It's the same with God, He loves you so much that He even sent His son to die for YOU!  God is not holding out on you.  Just like Mr. Warbucks with Annie, God has supplied you with everything you will ever need to not only survive, but to THRIVE.

Welcome to the royal family, friend.  It's a good life.

#startrejoicingnow

Be blessed,
Ally

1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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