Don’t Wait


If you wait until your life is perfect to be thankful, you’ll be waiting until you get to heaven. 

Don’t wait. 

Embrace the imperfect now. 

Enjoy the imperfect you.

God has no plan to make your life perfect but He will use your imperfect life to perfect His work in you. 

“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Have a good weekend!

Awareness

If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God.

If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.

If you have to make a do to list – put living in the joy of the Lord #1.

“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:11 MSG‬‬

Take care of what you need to take care of today but make room for God to interrupt, intervene and weave His perspective into each thing you must do. 

Are you so busy that you are missing God?

Are you working for God or working with God?

How will being aware of God’s presence impact you today?

May the awareness of God supercede all else and may you be filled with the peace that passes understanding lead by a Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.

Strength to Get Up 


Inexplicably and when it seems completely impossible, somehow- God can and will give you strength.

Strength to get up. 

Strength to take care of what needs to be taken care of. 

Strength to make the hard decisions.

Strength to hold onto hope. 

Strength to hold onto Him. 

He gives strength to the weary.

I know that many of you are facing situations that are draining your strength and leaving you feeling powerless. 

It is okay to admit you are not okay.
That you are tired and feel powerless right now. 

God does not ask you to “fake it until you make it”. 

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What do you need strength for today? 

What does it look like to admit you need help rather than “fake it until you make it”?

May you find the strength to do what needs to be done,find your way into His rest, be replenished by the Savior Himself and walk forward in a power that is not your own.

More Than Cared For


You are more than cared for in Christ- you are called, loved, kept and cared for.

You have been invited to live in this relationship with God Almighty: as a trusting child to a faithful Father. 

You are loved. 

You don’t have to strive to take care of “number one” or stress to win the approval of mankind. You are God’s and in the care of Jesus Hismself.

He will walk with you, guide you, bring you back when you wander off and challenge you to trust more, believe more and let go of fear more everyday. 

Accept God’s invitation to live as His cherished child. Live loved. Let Jesus take care of you. 

I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are you living in the invitation of God?

Are you receiving His love or so caught up in what you are  doing that you are missing it? He is loving you, are you recognizing it? 

Are you living like your cared for or like you have to take of yourself? 

Amazing Grace 

The same God who set the sun with enough energy to burn as long as it must has given you everything you need to accomplish what he has called you to do. 

He apportioned the exact right amount for it. Don’t worry about running out of it, for you are not the keeper of it. You are the receiver of his grace and all he asks of you is to trust him and use everything he has given you. 

Don’t hold back, don’t portion it out. 

You do have time. 

You do have the strength. 

You are able because you are wrapped in the amazing grace of God. 

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. Ephesians 4:7 NIV

What do need God’s grace to do today?

Minute By Minute 

Desperate:
1 a : having lost hope b : giving no ground for hope 

You are desperate when you run out of options. When you have done all you can with what you have and come up wanting. 

You are desperate when you realize you have no control. No control of how others react. No control what others think. No control of what others choose.

You are desperate when you find out you are sick, really sick and man doesn’t have the perfect answer or a promised treatment to ensure recovery.

Desperation feels horrid. It feels scary. You only get there when you have burned through hope and have nothing left.

And yet desperation drives us to our knees.

To an honest place where we admit we have no power, no actual control.

It is the realization that we are impotent to procure any real change, unable to bring about that which we desire.

When we have nothing left, we have everything to gain.

Why? Because we throw ourselves on the mercy of God and admit the truth. We are human and not small gods. We are mortal and God is the immortal, all powerful, omniscient God.

It is actually the safest place to be when we feel the most vulnerable. 

When we are just surviving hour by hour- we find God is walking with us minute by minute.

“Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.”
Psalm 31:14, 15 MSG

“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down(relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] “
Hebrews 13:5 AMP

If you are in a desperate place right now, let go and throw yourself on God, because you are in good hands when you are in God’s hands. 

Are you in a desperate place? 

What can I pray for you? 

What does walking with God minute by minute look like to you right now? 

Where Is Your Head? 


There is a war for your thoughts, for your imagination.

A battle for your ability to imagine your day, your tomorrow, your future. A war for the direction of your thoughts and your ability to imagine  your relationships, your job, your home life. 

The ability to imagine is a gift or a curse depending on the foundation of that imagination.

Many people believe that you can’t control your thoughts or the direction of them but that is not true:

“For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 

For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭NET‬‬

The imagination nourished by the Spirit of God is life and peace. 

The imagination anchored to the flesh is fear and death.

The thing is, you get to choose. You have free will and God will never take it from you.

What you think, how you think is up to you.

You can go the way of your nature, of your personality, of your circumstances, of your experiences in this world, and follow them all the way down to hopelessness,

Or

You can go the way of Jesus and surrender to the Spirit of God, His nature, His power, His perspective on your circumstances and follow Him all the way to peace that passes all understanding. 

This is not about creating your future with positive thoughts.  This is about consciously choosing to fix your mind on Jesus Christ and allowing Him to change your outlook. 

“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NET‬‬

Where is your head today? 

Surrender your thoughts, your imagination to Jesus and allow Him to fill it with His thoughts towards you. 

What are His thoughts toward you? 

Be anchored to Jesus and use your imagination to create a future of life, peace and power. 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Be Set Free

John the Baptist faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

He was unique, the work God gave him to do was unique and he faithfully did it. More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah. 

He replied with this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus. 

There is only one Savior and it is Jesus Christ.

You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job (and He is good at it).

Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus. 

Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment. 

When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.

Pride is a funny thing. It burdens you with a sense of importance that only you can fulfill.

Humility is NOT about being painfully aware of all the things you can’t do, it is the ability to know who you are and who you are not. 

It is about faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given you, whether for 2 people or 10,000, without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.

Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. 

Humility sets you free to do what God had called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

Be set free. Be Humble. Faithfully point people to Jesus.

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Strength for Today


Good morning, my friend.

This morning I am praying for you.

I am praying for you to be filled with strength.

Strength to love, to walk,to work,to hold on to hope and let go of fear. Not by your strength but by God’s.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

To be strengthened not from your limited resources, but from God’s unlimited ones.

Not to “look strong” on the outside to others but to “be strong” on the inside through Jesus.

“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit“. (Ephesians 3:0, 16 NLT)

Because He has unlimited (and glorious) resources, you can be sure that whatever you are facing, God can and will provide you with what you need today.

Don’t look for the solution to come from an outside source but open your heart to receive a glorious infusion of inner strength delivered by the Spirit of God Himself.

Receive Him.
Rest in Him.
Walk in His strength today.

I am so thankful for you.
You are going to make it.

Don’t 

Don’t you dare give up.

There are gifts that only come by facing the hard things.

There is growth that only comes form holding on to God through the tough times.

There is maturity that only develops as you persevere when everything around you is uncomfortable, difficult and hard.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)

Don’t give up.

Hold on to God like He is your Savior and let perseverance finish it’s work.

If you quit halfway through you will never know what God has for you on the other side of it.

Don’t quit. Buckle down, hold on and ride out the storm.

You are worth it.