Trust God

Trust in the Lord and do good;” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭NLT

The word trust in Hebrew means to lean on and be boldly confident in.

You are made to be boldly confident in your Creator.

He not only sees what could happen right now, but He also sees what could happen in the future.

Trust Him.

He is in for the long game and loves you relentlessly.

Trust God and don’t be idle.

Get moving.

Make a plan.

Be proactive.

Be productive and creative right where you are, as you wait.

Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see about the future that you miss what you can do now.

Focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy that Jesus has already set up for you to experience.

At Your Darkest

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”  –1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, run to Jesus.

He came for you.

His arms are wide open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

He has forgiveness in his grasp and is ready to graciously pour it out to you.

He does not expect you to be perfect.

He expects you to let His love heal you when you are at your darkest.

A Quiet Secure Place

“I’m asking GOD for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.

I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.”

Psalm 27:4-5 MSG

King David’s prayer was to live WITH God every day. 

To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe place to escape to when the world goes nuts.

He lived in a palace but longed to live in the temple with God.

The one thing David longed for, Jesus made a possibility. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, you are able to experience this kind of relationship with God every day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Are you stressed and overwhelmed today? 

Escape to the presence of God within you and let the beauty of the Holy Spirit fill your soul with peace that is untouched by the world and all it’s pressures.

So Close

“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus came so that you could live so close to the Father that the shadow of His love would cover you. 

He went to the cross so that the presence of Almighty could be a refuge from the storm raging around you.

He came to be a fortress of peace to run to when you are weary of fighting. 

Jesus defeated death and cleared the way so you could be free to live fully in the power of God.

He is the door into the refuge of God’s presence and the key to open it is trust. 

Are you trusting Jesus today or are you trying to do it all yourself? 

You Are Loved

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

Mark 10:22 NIV

Jesus saw the man who was right in front of Him and loved him 

Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

This is how Jesus loves.

When Jesus looks at you, He loves you.

He loves you for who you are right at this moment.

He doesn’t love you for who you may become or only if you will get better.

Jesus loves you. 

This love pursues, heals and is what inspires people to love others the way Jesus loves them. 

Do you know today that Jesus loves you like this? 

Chosen

“For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:9,10 NLT

Jesus came to complete this promise,
to reclaim you,
to reconcile you to God,
has chosen you,
pursued you,
paid for you,
cherishes you,
will not abandon you.

Jesus will whisper this truth to you every day, in every way He can until you will believe it, embrace it and live in it. 

YOU ARE HIS.
YOU ARE CHOSEN.

Reread if necessary.

Quiet Strength

A great life requires quiet strength.

A strength that gets up when it is tired.

Does the right thing when it doesn’t feel like it.

Holds on when it wants to let go.

Pushes through when it would be easier to quit.

It isn’t pretty.

It is strong.

It has scars.

Quiet strength doesn’t stop.

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.”

Colossians 3:12 (MSG)

The life that God has called you to live requires a quiet strength and a steely determination.

You can’t do it without Jesus and He doesn’t ask you to.

The quiet strength of God defies logic and grows in what seems to be an impossible place.

Don’t give up.

Stay faithful.

A Careless Life

There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.”

Matthew 6:25, 26 MSG

Life with God is about being filled with His love and then pouring it out on all those around you.

It is worshipping Him when we wake, when we walk, when we clean, when we work, when we eat, when we get dressed.

It is knowing you are saved by grace and reconciled to Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

It is knowing He loves you because you are His kid and He enjoys spending time with you.

My friend, you are a child of God who is cherished, chosen and provided for.

Live in the freedom of His love.

Live care-less in the care of God.

Live more in this truth and less in the lie that you are valued because of what you look like, eat, wear or do.

This life, this love, this security comes from Jesus and is unshakable.

The rest is frosting.

Yours to Experience

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Where you dwell is where you live. 

Where you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth and get ready for your day. 

It is the place where all your “stuff” is, no matter how much stuff you have. 

It is the place at the end of the day that you surrender to sleep and recharge.

You are made to dwell in the shelter of God’s presence. 

To wake to His love, live in His love, rest in His love.

This is the reality bought for you through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

It is yours to experience.

May you dwell in the center of God’s love today.

Your Love Life

“Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1 MSG

My friend, go after a life of love.

Having more money, more stuff or more accomplishments will mean nothing if your life is void of love.

Life with Jesus is a lifestyle of loving God and loving people.

As Jesus teaches you how to receive His love everyday, He will teach you how to love others.

That is it. 

It really is that simple.

Who are you going to love today?