Do Yourself A Favor

You need to rest physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

What does rest look like in real life?

It looks like:

Pausing the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by anxiety and the need to control everything and everyone. 

Getting out and enjoying nature.

Laughing with your friends.

Playing your favorite game with your favorite people.

Reading a good book.

Turning from fear of tomorrow and leaning into trusting God for today.

Resting is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” (NIV)

Do yourself a favor and rest in God’s power today.

Are You Stressed?

Are you stressed?

Of course you are, so am I.

There is a lot to be stressed about.

That is why we need to take a break from over thinking.

That is why we need to take a break from fear.

Take a holiday from doubt.

Take a permanent vacation from unbelief. 

Forget it all and make space to remember who you are in God and who God is in you.

You are God’s child redeemed by the blood of Jesus, embraced within the Father’s heart and filled with the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind for all that you will face.

Hebrews 4:11 says, “So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.”  (TPT)

Break away from stress today and take as much time as you need to rest in the truth that you are loved.

When You Are Tired

When you are tired, don’t quit, rest.

When you are tired, go to Jesus.

When you are worn out, His arms are open.

When your To-Do List is too long and you are overwhelmed, lay it down.

Get away, get out and get renewed.

With Jesus.

So you can be reminded that He is God and you are not.

So you can be reminded that the world keeps turning because He IS.

So you can learn to live in the unforced rhythms of grace instead of the anarchy of urgency.

So you can live free and rested in His love.

Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” MATTHEW 11:28-30 MSG

Take the Day Off

The observance of taking a day off of work was established from the beginning.

And God was the first one to rest. 

He created the world and all that was in it. 

The air we breath, the bodies we inhabit, the wonder of the natural world.

Then He took a day.

He rested and celebrated. 

He appreciated and enjoyed.

He called it Sabbath and told humans to do it once a week with Him.

Take a day, once a week to rest, celebrate, appreciate and enjoy this beautiful life with God.

You will be surprised at how much you need it. 

You need it.

It is an offer that still stands and because of Jesus it is available to all who need a spiritual rest as well as a physical one.

Hebrews 4:9 says that “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” (NIV)

Take a day, maybe this day, and let it revive your soul.

Distracted by Worry?

Small worries can become big distractions.

They distract you from living loved and loving fearlessly.

If it is something within your power to change, ask Jesus to give you the courage to change it. 

If it is something out of your control, something you have no power to change, ask Jesus to meet you in the place of your fear and give you the power to release it to Him. 

Jesus is bigger than your fear and able to provide what you need.

May a small worry be transformed into a powerful moment to release and trust in the One who holds the universe (and you) in the palm of His hand.

Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25, 26 NIV)

What is distracting you today?

It’s Not Easy

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.”

Matthew 5:1-2 MSG

Sometimes Jesus calls you to climb. 

He draws you away from the noise of the crowds to a quiet place where He can speak to you. 

A place that you can hear Him clearly with no distractions. 

He wants to show you something new.

When Jesus calls you to climb with Him, you can bet that it is for your benefit.

You can also bet that it isn’t going to be easy.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

When Jesus calls you to climb higher it is to make you stronger.

If you are feeling lost in the crowd, maybe it is because you don’t belong there. You belong to Jesus and He is calling you higher.

What you learn there will change your life.

What mountain is Jesus calling you to climb with Him today?

Heart Work

“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:3‬ ‭NIV

A crucible is used to melt the silver and gold so the impurities of the precious metal will rise to the top.

When it does, the refiner will skim it off. 

It is the same with your heart. 

The Great Refiner can use the fires of life to expose things that don’t belong there. 

In His kindness, He will bring them to the surface to clear them away. 

When He brings it to the surface, it means that you are ready to deal with it. 

Your job is to stay in His hand, deal with what comes up (which almost always begins by forgiving yourself or others) and allow the healing balm of His love to make you new.

How is your heart? 

What is Jesus bringing up?

What do you need to do with it?

God’s Faithfulness Knows No End

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalm 119:116 NIV

There was a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken.

I didn’t know how we were going to make it.

We were living in Las Vegas and our neighborhood edged the Red Rock desert.

One morning I got up early and took a walk.

With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to pray and breathe in the presence of God.

The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees. As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it, the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began.  

I heard God’s whisper in my heart, “Hold on. Your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”

It was a turning point for me.

I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.

Hold on, my friend, your hopes are not lost. 

Jesus is faithful to complete what He started in you. 

He will sustain you and strengthen you in it. 

God’s faithfulness knows no end.

You Are A Masterpiece

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians  2:10 NIV

My friend, you have been chosen by God and your life is being crafted into a masterpiece.

No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and no matter how many times you go back into the workshop) God knows what He is preparing you for.

Trust His vision and His heart.

You are His.

Let His love shape you and His grace empower you.

Let His power grow in you and His peace flow through you.

Then receive with joy the work He has given you to do today.

Limitless

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.-EPHESIANS 3:20 THE PASSION TRANSLATION

To doubt is to be human.

We don’t trust each other and we don’t trust God.

We have been hurt and we have been let down.

We are not sure of so many things in life and doubt gives us a chance to step back and look again before making a decision.

But one thing you never have to doubt is the power of God’s love. 

You don’t have to think twice that God can do the impossible in you.

That He can accomplish in you what you can not accomplish in yourself. 

When you turn yourself over into His open hands, into His powerful love – He gets to work.

His love transforms, energizes, heals and forgives. 

His love recreates, redeems and restores.

His love inspires, empowers and enables you to become who He created you to be.

And in the process you get to see Him do in you and through you more than you could ask or imagine.