Feel It

Jesus allowed himself to feel emotions, all of them. 

He mourned.

He loved.

He was angry.

He was thankful.

He knew that feelings are a gift and a part of being human.

He knew that feeling emotions is a part of being alive.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 says,

“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”‭‭ Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NIV

‬‬As you give your emotions space to exist, you give permission for it to move through you instead of getting stuck in you. 

You have to feel it, to heal it. 

Don’t stuff it down, bring it to Jesus.

Grief

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35 NLT

Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you don’t deal with loss, it means don’t deal with it alone.

It means that you have a Savior who goes with you into the depths of grief.

One who walks with you through the fear, the anger and heartbreak of it all.

He will hold you when you collapse under the weight of it and strengthen you as you deal with reality.

With Him you can courageously face the pain of loss as you hold onto the hope of heaven. 

That You May Know Him

” in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” 

Colossians 2:2-3 NIV

May you experience Jesus today as your

loving Savior, 

close friend, 

trusted counselor, 

reliable guide, 

powerful redeemer, 

hope giver, 

grace maker, and sovereign Lord.

Amen. 

Be Kind

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians 4:32 ‭NIV‬‬

Someone needs you to be kind today.

To preach without words.

To listen without judgment.

To speak the truth in love.

To serve without complaining.

To be brave.

To be real.

To be available.

Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.

Always Loved

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.” Colossians 3:12, The Passion translation

Apparently, it is hard for humans to believe that we are always and dearly loved by God.

The New Testament repeats this sentiment over and over again – you are loved by God.

Always.

Now live like it.

Live from it.

Make God’s love your wardrobe.

Wear all it’s styles – mercy, kindness, gentleness, unoffendable love.

If God is not offended by your brokenness and humanness, how can you be offended with others?

Wear His love like a warm coat in the winter.

Wrap it around you.

Make it the decision maker of your day.

Make it be what people first notice about you.

May the always-there-love-of-God direct you to immerse yourself in the power of kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness as you go about your day.

Same Love

“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:9, The Passion Translation

Jesus spoke these words to his friends right before He laid down His life for them.

Can you imagine how God the Father loves God the Son?

It must be amazing to be that secure in how God feels about you.

Jesus experienced the love of God every moment of every day with nothing hindering it.

That didn’t mean His life was without pain or trial.

On the contrary, the life of Jesus was full of pain, fear, anger and loss.

He wept. He yelled. He made people angry -so angry, in fact, that they plotted to kill Him (and did).

Yet, He lived loved.

Without reserve.

He fully offered all He had and all He knew.

It’s the same love.

The same love God has for Jesus, He has for us.

Generous, strong, real, glorious love.

Jesus offers this same unrelenting love as the nourishment we are meant to draw from as we live each moment of our lives. The good and the bad times, the amazing and the heartbreaking times, the sweet and the bitter times.

Every single one.

God’s love doesn’t change towards us according to what is happening to us. It is the fuel that gets us through it all.

May this same love be a balm to your soul today as you face whatever realities life is bringing to you.

Love Never Gives Up

“Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:7, The Passion Translation

The sentence above is the closing sentence of a paragraph about love.

We read the words and long for the truth of them to be real in our lives.

We long for more.

We are made for more of this kind of love.

We try to love like this and fail miserably because we are human.

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.

But we stop believing the best. We give up. We get tired.

But God does not.

He does not give up.

He does not let go.

His love is a safe place of shelter for all who need it.

And we all need it.

If you have given up believing the best for yourself, your loved-ones or your circumstances, cling to the truth of this passage.

This isn’t about you trying harder to love better, it is about you burrowing into God’s strong love for you and letting Him believe the best is yet to come.

We take failure as defeat.

God takes failure and forms it into hope.

That is how He loves.

May the love of God hold you when you are tired, give you hope when you feel lost and enough light for the next step you need to take today.

This Is Love

This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then ‘loving one another’ should be our way of life!”  1 John 4:10-11 The Passion Translation

We are loved long before we love God.

However, it seems to me that the majority of the time, we are trying to grow our love for God instead of living in the expanse of God’s proven love for us.

We work hard to do the right things instead of simply resting in the righteousness of Jesus, the rightness of Jesus.

He was right with God, He sacrificed Himself so we could be right with God. It’s done.

That is it.

That is love.

When we stop striving to be good enough for God to love and simply receive the unearnable love of God, it feels like a gift.

Because it is.

Are you living loved or striving for it today?

You are accepted right this minute. You are forgiven right this minute. You are delightfully loved right this minute.

Receive the gift of being ridiculously loved right this minute.

Then love someone else in the same way God is loving you: ridiculously, completely and luxuriously.

May the luxurious love of God for you transform the way you see yourself and treat yourself today. Then may it spill over onto everyone else.

God So Loved

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16-18 Message Version

Found on poster boards at football games and tucked into the edges of cups at In and Out Burger (or at least they used to be, I haven’t checked lately), this compact verse holds the essence of God’s heart.

It is about His love.

His love for you, for me and for whoever you see today, wherever you go.

It is so familiar that our own hearts can skip over the awe-inspiring wonder of it: God loves this world and every person in it, so much so, that He gave of Himself. He sent a representative out of his own house to set the record straight about who He is.

God loves, forgives, restores, reaches out and meets people where they are, wherever they are.

He comes to us long before we come to Him.

He loves us first and we respond to this amazing, self-giving, capitol Love.

Jesus did not come to condemn but to rescue.

Who? Me and you and everyone.

That is truly good news.

May you allow the wonder of this all encompassing love reinvigorate compassion for yourself as well as for every other human being you interact with today.

In His Sight

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

Jesus entered brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world.

He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

When you are overwhelmed with the difficulty before you – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible.