Take a Deep Breath

Today may you experience Jesus and know Him as your

loving Savior, 

close friend, 

trusted counselor, 

reliable guide, 

powerful redeemer, 

hope giver, 

grace maker, and sovereign Lord.

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

Colossians 2:2b-3 NIV

Take a minute to breathe Him in

Stubborn and Courageous

Motivation quote: “Be stubborn about your goal, and flexible about your methods.” – GnomeAngel.com

Change doesn’t occur without courage.

It takes a special kind of stubbornness to start a new thing in your life and to change the course of it.

It is a stubbornness to keep going against the odds and swim against the current.

Life in Christ means that you are being called upon to be a pioneer. He is calling you to be the first in your family to stay married, to break the cycle of unhealthy habits or to break the cycle of emotional or physical abuse.

But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:32-39‬ ‭MSG‬‬

God is asking you to be a change-maker and to be stubborn about it.

Be stubborn about your goals but flexible about your methods.

Jesus never did the same miracle twice.

Each one was different and unique.

Be creative, use what God has given you and fight for change. 

Change worth having is worth fighting for.

Go ahead – be stubborn and courageous today.

Be Kind

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

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

Not Easy But Worth It.

Relationships are not easy.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.

You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw, it is not.

Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.

Persevere.

Go toward the problem.

Reach out.

God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”‭‭

Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Fix Your Eyes on Him

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 began and finished this race – this faith journey of trusting God while dealing with the reality of the broken lives living in a broken world.

Jesus entered this 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.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God. He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

When you are overwhelmed and the difficulty before you begins to weigh you down – fix your eyes on Jesus.

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

You were His reason so He could be yours.

A Life in the Making

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In the artist’s hands, paint becomes a masterpiece.

In the carpenter’s shop, wood is transformed into a beautiful table.

It is cleaned and prepared to be formed into the Master Craftsman’s vision.

It is cut.

It is pressed together.

It is sanded down.

Different parts are chiseled down with great skill until they are a perfect size. Not too big, not too small as they must be strong enough to stand under great pressure.

They are wrapped tight.

Then sanded, sealed, and polished.

When all the parts are ready, they are brought together. By force and pressure, they are joined by glue or secured into place by the hammer and nail.

In the Master’s plan, it is given for use.

By the Master’s hand, it is created as a gift.

By the Master’s desire, it is used as needed.

“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 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.

A Weed or a Wish

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You can see the world around you with all it’s colors, faces, places, things and still miss the miracles God is doing in it.

You can hear the world around you with all it’s noise, music, conversations, sounds and still miss what God is saying to you. 

It is easy to see the mess, the chaos, the problems, the pollution. It is easy to hear the negative words, the off key singing, the construction zone noise. 

It is natural to see all that is wrong and hear all that is loud.

It is supernatural to see all that God is doing and hear all that God is saying in it, above it and around it. 

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭16‬ NIV)

How you see the world around you makes all the difference in how you experience it. 

Ask God to help your eyes really see and your ears to really hear Him today. 

Don’t live blind, live blessed.

It’s Going to be a Bumpy Ride…

You have been redeemed by Jesus to live a God discovering, God serving, God-ordained life.

But that doesn’t mean it is easy. 

There will be storms that you must go through.

There will be higher altitudes to climb to.

There will be unexpected turbulence along the way.

I dislike turbulence. It’s always unexpected and it always makes me feel afraid as the plane passes through it before it returns to normal.

God doesn’t cause the disruptions but He will use them, if you let Him.

He will use them to teach you how not to give up.

He will use them to strengthen your faith.

He will use them to forge your character.

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-4 NIV

My friend, Jesus knows where you are on the journey and what is disrupting it. He is with you and will not leave you in it. Hold onto the truth of His love and let that truth bloom into hope.

The turbulence will cease and you will get to where God wants you to be.

Fruitless…

 

Jesus had a teaching moment with His disciples that is easy to miss and easy to misunderstand. 

On His was to cleanse the Temple, Jesus spoke these words to a fig tree: “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” (Mark 11:14)

You see, the tree was advertising that it had fruit with its full leaves. When He checked it, the tree had none and Jesus is not a fan of false advertising.  

On their way back, they saw that it had withered to its roots and was utterly dead.  

The world says fake it until you make it but God is never okay with us pretending that everything is okay when it is not.

He would rather that we would be honest and say to Him, “I’ve got nothing today and I need help.”

My friend, you do not ever have to “fake it until you make it” with God. Be honest with Him today knowing that He is ready to give you what you need.

Time to Climb

“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.

Jesus loved the crowds. He taught them, healed them and fed them but the teaching He was about to give was not for the crowds, it was for the climbers.

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?