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. 

Go Toward 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

Turbulence

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.

What Do You See?

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

You can hear the world around you with all it’s noise, music, conversations, sounds and 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 see and your ears to hear Him today. 

Don’t live blind, live blessed.

No Need to Fake It

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.

Resting Is Not Optional

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional – Your body needs it every day.

So does your soul.

You are made to work and to rest.

To give and to refill.

To refuel and refresh.

Rest isn’t just about stopping, it is about refueling energy.

You need to refuel the energy of your body and soul, spirit, and mind.

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons but especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional.

It is mandatory.

It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

How will you recharge your soul this week? 

Walk In Love

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 NIV

Love always takes a step of faith.

It always feels like a risk.

It is always worth it.

Jesus died for you so that you could live in the fullness and freedom of His love.

God will work in you but He will not walk for you.

That is up to you.

What does walking in love mean to you today?

Hold Tight

“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23 ‭MSG

What promise are you holding onto today?

For me, it is this one:

“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

It is a reminder that it is not my work that transforms me but His.

My life’s work is to focus on my relationship with Him. 

What a great job description: grow my relationship with God and let Him grow me.

What promise are you holding on to today? 

Hold tight to Him and trust Him to hold tight to you.

Directed Into Love

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” Thessalonians 3:4-6 NIV

Jesus loves you so much that just a glimpse of it is powerful enough to start an avalanche of transformation in your life.

He came to direct you straight into God’s arms and into His love.

What do you find when you are surrounded by God’s love?

Hope, courage, perseverance, acceptance, purpose.

You are created to be immersed in the love of God.

Take a moment and say this, “Jesus, fill me with the truth of Your overwhelming love for me. Surround me with it and draw me into the center of Your love right now.”

Grab your glimpse and let it fill your soul.

Take A Deep Breath

Take a deep breath.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever today brings, I want to remind you to trust God in it.

Trust that He has your present provided for. Jesus will give you what you need when you need it to deal with what is happening right now.

Trust that He will heal your past. There is no sin stronger than the blood of Jesus and there is no hurt His love can’t heal.

Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand. Jesus is preparing a place for you and preparing you for the place. Stressing about it helps no one. Rest in Him and wait.

Take a deep breath and fix your eyes on Jesus. 

Trust Jesus.