Unending Grace

“It was God giving me the work to do and God giving me the energy to do it.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10-11‬ ‭MSG

God gives you work to do and His unending grace to do it. 

When you love others, you are a part of the divine work of God on this earth.

When you honor them, you extend His grace where it is most needed.

When you leave judgment behind and lead with mercy, you show His heart to the hurting.

It’s your job to love them and God’s job to transform them.

He is good at His job.

We don’t have to figure out how God’s grace works, we just have to extend it lavishly on the hurting and broken world around us.

The Fuel That Drives Your Life

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

You are saved by grace so that you can:

Love by grace,
Forgive by grace,
Grow by grace,
Give by grace,
Work by grace,
Eat by grace,

Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead so you can have full access to it.

So you can live every moment of your life in the grace of God through Jesus.

May the grace of God be the fuel that drives your life today and every day.

Hold On, Keep Going.

Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be.

Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go, sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you.

Even Paul the apostle felt this way:

“but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NIV

God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet. 

He believes in you more than you believe in yourself. 

He is working in you so that you can embrace the future He has for you.

Keep going. 

Keep pursuing. 

Press on.

Lean Into It

“The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this.”

Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21‬ MSG

The world gives us great lessons on how to fake it until you make it, how to function in dysfunction and how to “live well” while being utterly broken inside.

The life lessons Jesus gives is how to “live whole” through a relationship with Him.  

He teaches you how to live loved.

How to live trusting and trusted.

How to live nurtured and nourished.

How to lead yourself and how to lead others with love.

But it takes time.

Jesus will not give up on you.

Don’t give up on yourself.

Let Him love you.

Lean into His love and let Him do His work in you.

A Safe Place to Hide

“For you are my hiding place;

you protect me from trouble.

You surround me with songs of victory.”

Psalm 32:7 NLT

Sometimes you just need a place to hide for a while.

Something happens and you feel vulnerable and wounded.

You want to crawl back under the covers and not face the world.

There is a place to hide in for a while that is a healing place.

A safe place.

And that place is God, Himself.

Today, you are invited into the very center of God’s love.

It is an invitation to “Hide here.”

Let Him embrace you and hold you.

Allow His love to cover your soul.

Ready for Today

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God will equip you with everything you need to do His will today.

Wherever you are.

Whatever you are dealing with.

God will equip you. 

Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Forget about yesterday.

Be fully present to today and receive what you need to face it.

Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Some seasons are harder than others.

Sometimes it seems like having a hard heart is easier than feeling the pain of having a soft one.

But a heart is meant to feel, not be numb.

Your heart is made to process the pain.

When you harden your heart instead of processing the pain, you lock the pain inside with no way out. 

My friend, don’t harden your heart.

Push through the hard season but don’t do it by hardening your heart.

Guard your heart, grow your heart and fill your heart.

Don’t just get through today’s struggle, process it.

Feel it, embrace it and let it work all the way through and all the way out.

Stay Put

“Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬ MSG

Stay where God has called you to be.

If where you are is boring, stay there.

If where you are is overwhelming, stay there.

If where you are is fun, stay there.

If where you are is challenging, stay there.

God will give you the strength to withstand the monotony, wisdom to navigate the stress, clarity to get the most out of the challenge and vision to conquer the fear.

Look to God for your identity, your purpose, and the strength to live it out.

Hold the high ground. 

Stay where you are.

Think Before You Speak

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I want to remind you that your words hold power.

They set the tone of the conversation.

They communicate your heart.

They can encourage and lift up or they can destroy trust, discourage, and complicate the entire situation.

Before you speak, ask yourself if your words are going to help the situation or hurt it?

When in doubt, don’t say anything at all.

Spend your time speaking the words you want to say and applying self-control to the ones you don’t.

My friend, may your words bring healing to those who desperately need it today and empower those around you to be courageous in pursuing the potential God has put in them. 

Stay Calm

But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides, they had no way out and no way forward. Their newfound freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.

It seemed like an impossible situation.

They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is. They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them.

They did not know God…yet.

When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, stand still. 

When going forward looks impossible, stay calm.

Jesus goes before you.

Jesus goes behind you.

Jesus stands next to you.

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. 

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

Just stay calm.

You get to know God as you trust Him to be God in your life.