“I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.”Jude 1:1 NLT
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.”Ephesians 3:16 NLT
Strength to love, to walk, to work, to hold on to hope and let go of fear.
Not by your strength but by God’s.
To be strengthened not from your limited resources, but from God’s unlimited ones.
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 NIV
Which side of the comma are you living in?
Take delight in the Lord,
And he will give you the desires of your heart?
What you focus on determines how you experience Him.
When you are focusing your life on delighting (joy, great enjoyment, and pleasure) in the Lord, the world seems like a wide open space for you to experience with someone you love.
When you focus on the desires of your heart, the world seems a small closed space in which you can only see what you don’t have and experience and envy what everyone else seems to have.
I’ve learned that my desires are not good taskmasters but they do make great idols. They also make flawed foundations for a relationship with God or anyone else.
I’m not saying that your desires are bad, in fact, I believe that the Lord puts loads of good desires in your heart: the desire to love and be loved, to connect and be connected to, to cherish and to be cherished. What I am saying is that if the focus of your life is getting your desires met that you will be miserable and probably not even know why.
Living on the delight side of the comma means that your focus is on your relationship with God and being delighted in Him, by Him and with Him and trusting Him with the rest.
There is sweet freedom found in delighting in your relationship with God while letting Him hold all your desires to do what He may. He is a good Father and knows you more than you know yourself.
How are you delighting yourself in the Lord?
What is making you miserable?
What side of the comma are you living on?
“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”
Romans 13:11 MSG
If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God.
If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.
If you have to make a do to list – put living in the joy of the Lord #1.
Take care of what you need to take care of today but make room for God to interrupt, intervene and weave His perspective into each thing you must do.
Are you so busy that you are oblivious to God?
What does being aware of God’s presence mean to you?
How can you make that happen?
May the awareness of God supersede all else as you are embraced by a Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write”
– John Adams
For this and so much more, I am celebrating America today.
Not because we are perfect but because we are tenacious.
Not because we have it all together but because we are willing to try and keep trying to get it together.
Not because life is easy but because life has always been hard, will not get easier but we are willing to work hard for life.
I celebrate today because I can write, think, speak and pray out loud as an American.
Tonight as I watch the fireworks being lit and fired, I will be thankful that I am alive today in this country at this time.
I will pray that this year I will read ferociously, speak fearlessly, think authentically and write faithfully because I have the freedom to do so.
“I’m thanking you, GOD, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.” Psalm 9:1, 2 MSG
What are you going to do with your freedom this year?
“And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed.”
Deuteronomy 15:13 NIV
My friend, when you have been released to live a new life in Christ you do not begin your new life empty-handed.
In the Old Testament when God laid out to the Israelites how their community would work, He put in a clause to assure that those who found themselves in desperate financial situations would have a way out. If they sold themselves into slavery to survive, they would not have to stay a slave forever – it could only last 7 years. Then their owner must release the slave and send them away with the means to begin a new life.
It was called The Lord’s Release.
Jesus is the fulfillment of The Lord’s Release.
God will use what the enemy meant for harm to bring you good and fill your hands with blessings.
God will give you what you need when you need it.
You are not empty handed as a child of God.
He may not show you the end of the new road you are on but He will give you the strength to take each step on it.
You are provided for, equipped and empowered to walk in freedom in Christ today.
Go after all God has called you to do!
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
Psalm 37:3 NLT
After yesterday’s command of “ Do Not Fret” comes the how: Trust in the LORD.
Trust means to lean on and be boldly confident in.
You can be boldly confident in the Lord because He knows what is happening even if you do not. He not only sees the short game – what will happen right now, but He also sees the long game – what will happen down the line.
Trust and do good.
While you trust in God, don’t be idle.
Be productive and creative right where you are.
Dwell in the land – focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy.
This season will change and a new season will be upon you before you know it.
Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see that you miss what you can.
Someone within the reach of your grasp needs a hug, needs prayer, needs someone to encourage them – be that someone.
This is your land – where you are today. Make the most of it. Invest in it. Decorate the walls and take pictures of it.
Celebrate what God has given you.
Whatever your day may bring, my friend, I am going to ask you to move the focus of your energy from fretting to trusting. Lean on Jesus and ask him to sharpen your senses to see the wonder around you.
Trust. Dwell. Enjoy.
How are you leaning on Jesus today?
What do you need to be doing while you trust God?
What are you celebrating?