Wait 

I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands. (Psalm 119:166 NIV)

Sometimes you have to wait. You have to be patient. You have to let go of your need to control and jump in to fix it your way and satisfy your need to push forward and make something happen just because you want to.

Sometimes, Jesus askes you to chill out and trust him. To wait and to not do anything as he prepares the next step, the next place, the next relationship, the next ministry, the next thing.

Wait for his salvation instead of trying to manufacture your own.

Wait…but don’t just wait.

Wait in hope.

Wait in faith.

Wait in love.

Wait for God to what only He can do and meanwhile do what only you can do.

Pursue the direction He has already given you and feed hope.

Be faithful to what He has already given you to do and feed your faith.

Work hard to love those around you because they need to be loved.

Waiting is not passive but an internal expectation of hope for the future while actively working on what God has already given you to do today.

Trust Jesus enough to not know what is going to happen.

Sometimes you only get direction for one step at a time.

Take the step.

Wait.

Wait in hope.

Wait in faith.

Wait in love.

Rest in Jesus.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God is not done with you. He may have put a pause on things but you can trust him to complete what he has started in you.

Wait.

Grasping

“A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in GOD brings a sense of well- being.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:25‬ ‭MSG‬‬

It is exhausting to live your life grasping for security but not ever really holding on to it.

It can be triggered by envy, fear or sometimes a sense of personal failure. It is always triggered by focusing on “me, myself and I “.

It is based on the belief that you don’t have what you need or enough of what you need to be secure, so you keep grasping for it in relationships, personal accomplishments, financial security and so on.

The original Hebrew word used for “trust” in the verse above means “secure”.

You can live your life from a place of security instead of insecurity.

That security is found in the love of God.

Put down the worry and fear that is plaguing your life and lift your hands in worship.

Spend some time in the presence of Jesus. You will find more peace in worshipping God than you ever will by focusing on yourself and what you lack.

You do not need more of you (or a better you, a better relationship or more stuff) to be more secure- you need more of God.

You are his precious child. That doesn’t mean life’s journey will be easy, it means that He will supply you with what you need to live it.

You can stop trying to feel secure in who you are and embrace the reality of whose you are.

Your identity comes from Jesus, not your family or lack there of, not from your accomplishments or short comings, not from your success or failures but from him.

My prayer for you today is that you infurl the grasping grip of insecurity and lift them up in worship to God. May you worship him for who he is and be reminded whose you are.

Tree by Tree

“LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In California, we lived in valleys that were surrounded by mountains but here in Florida, we live in flatlands that are surrounded by tropical jungle. Dense and dark looking (at least to this city girl’s eyes) and I shutter to think of what lives there.

The first month we were here I got the opportunity to watch a plot of it being cleared. What seemed impossible slowly materialized before my eyes. Every time I drove by, a little more of it had been cleared, a few more palm trees pulled out. By three weeks into it, it was a bare scarred piece of land had been stripped clean and walled by the jungle on two sides. It rains every day here in the summer and less than month later, grass was growing and the land looked as if it had never been a jungle at all.

It reminded of what my friend, Rene wrote me after she moved to Tennessee:

“I was looking out my back window into the forest, thinking how beautiful it was. I was also looking at how dense it was and that I could not see my way through. It made me think of how often we can not see a way through, but God can. We don’t even know what is on the other side. Is there a cliff, an ocean, a valley?

That day in Streams in the Desert, the verse was Joshua 17:18. “The forested hill country will be yours.” All I could think about is how? It said, “God instructed them (the tribes of Israel) to clear the forest.” It also stated, “Gain wealth from the terraced slopes that are now hidden by the forests.”

I realized that God was saying to clear the forest it needed to be tree by tree, action by action. I also loved that by doing this God will bless you with the territory you are discovering.

To gain His will it is tree by tree.

I have been waiting a lot. So, for me, it meant to take action. To do! I can not stay in my camp among the forest waiting while I tend to that.

It is time to knock a few trees down, and as I do, I also realized things will become clearer. God is going to show me the way.”

Maybe today you feel like the territory God has given you is lacking room to grow in or that it is as uninhabitable as a dense jungle or forest.

I want to encourage you to take hold of the lot you have been given and begin to go after clearing it, tree by tree with His strength.

You don’t have to do it all today. Just tackle the tree that is right in front of you.

Deal with one issue at a time.

Reconcile one relationship at a time.

Be obedient to Him one day at a time.

Trust Jesus to make a way where you can see no way.

It is time to grow. To get out of the place you have been camping and begin to tackle the land God has given you.

God has already given you what you need to do it.

Unless

“Unless the LORD builds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You can rise early with worry and go to bed exhausted.

You can carry the weight of the work you do, the life you live and carry it squarely on your own shoulders.

The more you do, the more than must be done. The more you succeed, the more you must succeed. The best you did last week pales in comparison with the best you must do this week to keep your head above the water of whatever sea you are sinking in.

“Unless the Lord builds the house….”

Unless the Lord builds the marriage, the ministry, the job, the life….

How does God do this?

A better question is “How can I stop building my own kingdom and allow God to build His through me?”

For me, the answer involves surrender, obedience, getting out of the way and asking God to show me a new way to build. A new way to live. A new way to love. A new way to lead. Not the world’s way, not the ways I know from experience but his.

I ask Jesus everyday to show me the why, the how and the way he builds lives, the way he loves and the way he leads.

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

May you get out of your own way today.

May you surrender your “this is the way I’ve always done it” for “Jesus show me a new way”.

May you obey and put into practice what God shows you.

May today be the day that you love a little bit more like Jesus, lead a little bit more like Jesus and allow yourself to rest a in his grace a whole lot for it.

Personal Bravery

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

The Lord will give you what you need today. He will BE what you need.

God knows what you are facing and does not cower from it.

He stands, he fights, he pours courage into you to rise up and walk forward in spite of it.

Your circumstances may not change but they will not have the same effect on you. They will not cause your heart to swell with fear because it is already filled with the presence of God himself.

Your circumstances will not stop you from going forward but will be a catalyst to your growing to new heights in Christ.

Don’t look to the world to give you what you need.

Look to Jesus.

Ask him to be your personal bravery and give you strength to face whatever heights you must climb today.

Trust Him. He will give you what you need to do it.

He is good like that.

Have a wonderful day spending time with Jesus and drawing from Him what you need.

God Doesn’t Give Up


One of my oldest and dearest friends got a call from her twin brother late one night. He was calling from jail with his third DUI. Before he even began to talk, she felt God drop a message in her heart for him. She told him that she wasn’t mad at him but that he would keep finding himself in that kind of situation until he realized how much God loves him, until he stopped running from that love.

When her brother told her he wanted to change, she didn’t believe him anymore. He has told her that too many times to count.

She didn’t believe her brother anymore but she believed God.

That night her brother believed God too. He got involved in Celebrate Recovery, quit drinking and now goes to a church he loves.

My friend told me this story with tears running down her beautiful face and said, “God doesn’t give up.”

I had tears running down my face as well because in the twenty years we have been friends, I know one of her most fervent prayers was that her brother would know Jesus like she does.

I want to remind you today that God doesn’t give up on people.

Sometimes it takes longer than you want it to but God hears your prayers and loves the people you are praying for more than you do.

Jesus doesn’t give up.

You may stop praying about it.

You may stop believing it can ever happen.

You may have lost faith in a person.

You may have lost faith in yourself and your own ability to change.

But God doesn’t.

“Love never gives up.”

1 Cor.13:7

Never.

God is not asking you to believe in others or even yourself anymore, He is asking you to believe in Him.

He is the faithful Savior who paid the ultimate price to redeem the lost, reinstate the prodigal and recreate the unrecognizable with the unrelenting love that flows from his heart.

What do you need to believe God for today?

Who do you need to believe God for today?

Strong in Grace

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Qhat does it mean be strong in grace?

It means that you understand and admit that your flesh is weak and recognizing that it was, is and will always be weak. It is flesh. It will always fail.

The more you are able to readily you embrace the truth that you will never be strong enough in your flesh, the more you can embrace the reality that you need God.

And when you readily embrace God and His help in every area of your life- you are learning to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

We perceive weakness as failure, God perceives it as the reality of the flesh.

Jesus does not ask you to make your flesh stronger. He asks you to make your dependence on Him stronger.

What are you depending on Jesus for today?

Your Road


Where are you headed?
What are you believing God for?
What does God have on your horizon?

When your eyes are on the ground as you walk, you can only see the next step and it can seem like you are not going anywhere at all.

Look up from your feet.

See farther down the road.

See with eyes of faith what might be there and keep walking forward.

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.

Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is.

See things from his perspective.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

The road you are on may feel long but God knows where it’s headed and knows why you are on it. He wants to share His perspective with you. He wants you to see what He sees.

If you are struggling today with anxiety or discouragement, I’m asking Jesus to pour His faith into your heart and show you His vision for your future.

Don’t give up, look up.

Don’t quit now, God has more for you.

The best is yet to come.

Start Now 


You can start now.

You don’t have to wait for the right conditions in your life or until you have more time or money.

You don’t have to wait until you are stronger or smarter or better behaved.

The grace God has given you has nothing to do with how strong or smart or well behaved you are but you have it none the less. It is yours.

Grace that allows you to change, grace that inspires you to change.

Grace that gives you strength and wisdom and impacts you now.

“God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!

We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life.

This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears.

He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11-14‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This grace has been bought by the blood of Christ and applied to your life now.

The same grace that saves you for all eternity transforms your life today.

Starting now, you can begin to live differently, think differently, love differently.

Starting now, you can live the life God has shown you, the life you have been reborn in Christ to live.

Not tomorrow, or later-when-everything-is-easier but today.

Don’t wait one more second to live in the grace God sacrificed to give you.

Start Now.

Possible 


What are your plans for today?

When you are hopeful, those plans are exciting.

When you are stressed, those plans are surviving.

When you are discouraged, those plans shrink to bare minimum.

God wants to expand your perspective and challenge the boundaries of what you think is possible.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked, “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You question the possibilities not because you doubt God but because you doubt yourself.

You judge the possibilities of today based on what you can do and God is asking you to judge the possibilities of today based on what He can can do.

My friend, I’m praying that Jesus will expand the boundaries of what you think is possible and take the limits off what you think God can do through you with what you have and where you are at.

Life in Christ means you are not depending on youraelf for it but fully depending on him.

“When God gives you a clear determination of His will for you, all your striving to maintain that relationship by some particular method is completely unnecessary. All that is required is to live a natural life of absolute dependence on Jesus Christ”

– Oswald Chambers.
“My Utmost for His Highest”.

What are beleiving God for today?

How are you limiting him?

What do you need to do to bust your faith wide open and believe that all things are possible with Jesus?