And in Truth

“..and in truth.”

1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NIV

God will never ask you to love someone and lie to them at the same time. 

He does not ask you to avoid the truth or use His love as a cop-out to deal with the truth.

He does not ask you to stay locked in a silent prison of fear while you “act” love out.

Sometimes it is harder to love in truth than it is to love in action. 

Whether that means talking or listening, truth is the only foundation of love. 

Be brave.

Being Brave

You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not making your decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it.

Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.

That is being brave. 

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Be brave.

People Need You

And you need people.
You are created to be in relationships.

However, relationships are not easy and because of humans, they are endlessly complicated.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.
You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw altogether but God created you to be connected.
Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.
Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
“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
Be brave and reach out today.

What Jesus Prayed for You


Jesus prayed that you would not be isolated from the world, but that you would infiltrate it with His love.

He prayed that you would be protected from the evil one as you audaciously pursue living out the great commission.

He asked that you would know that you don’t belong to this world but are meant to transform it.

He prayed that the truth and power of His Word would make you whole and complete.

He prayed that His Father would give you marching orders to bring light to the darkness.

And just to make sure you know that he was praying for you, he added:

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.”  John 17:20 NLT

Today’s post isn’t about what you should pray but what Jesus is praying for you to live out every day.

Be Bold Today.

What do you need to do to answer God’s prayer for you?

Quiet Words

If you are looking for good advice, ask the quiet person you respect and admire.

Ask the one who knows you and knows Jesus.

Ask the one who doesn’t offer their opinion at every opportunity but rather waits for permission to speak into your life.

Be brave.

Ask the questions you need answers to. If they are wise, they are safe. Seek them out.

If they are loud, manipulative, believe they are always right and get mad when you don’t do what they say…avoid them.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes ‬ ‭9:17 NIV‬

What do you need wisdom for today?

Who has God put in your path to help you?

Don’t let fear stop you from getting the guidance need.

You are worth it.

Being Brave 


You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not living by sight, not making your choices and decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even you don’t feel like it. Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.

That is being brave. 

Being brave is choosing to take the leap and then getting to work when your feet hit the ground.

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Keep hoping and trusting God.

Don’t lean on your understanding because it can only be based on your past experience. Jesus wants to help you create a new future not help you relive the past.

Trust him. 
Look to him for guidance. 
Ask him for strength. 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go, he will keep you on track. 

He will help you to keep going forward as you are being brave. 

Possessing Peace


Don’t be deceived into believing that more things will make you happy.

Don’t be duped into thinking that more stuff will make your relationships better.

“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is not encouragement to stuff your feelings and not deal with conflict, within or without.

This is a reminder to deal with the conflict. 

To push through the uncomfortable space of it.

To be brave and talk. 

To speak the truth in love. 

Peace never comes by ignoring the conflict but only throuh dealing with it. 

More than that, peace starts with you and God. Get your heart right with God before you deal with the hearts of those you love and live with. 

And then deal with it.

Do the hard work of communicating all the way through so that you can enjoy the blessed moments of life when you are at peace with God and at peace with others. 

You don’t need a luxurious environment to posses luxurious love. 

Don’t be passive with love and don’t look to possessions to solve your problems for you. 

Look to Jesus to give you what you need today to break through and possess peace in your most important realtionshops – those in your home.

Be Brave 


Be brave.

Reach out.

Do the extra-ordinary thing.

Go the extra mile.

Hug them.

Be wise.

Be prayed up.

Be obedient to the little nudges from God(especially the ones that push you outside your comfort zone).

Follow through.

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick.

Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech.

The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ MSG)

God has put you where you are for a reason.

Be brave and be there when the opportunity opens for it.

Don’t Bury It


“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“So the servant buried it. Kept it safe for his master. He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it and believed the fear.”

When the time came to give account for it, his master wasn’t happy and was not impressed.

He had given his servant something with the expectation that he would do
something with it.
That he would grow it. Work it. Risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.
You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

Speak Up

“Speak the truth in love”
(Ephesians 4:2, 15 NLT)

It is not easy to speak the truth. In fact, most of the time, we don’t even know what the truth is. We are so used to covering it up, rationalizing it away, or white washing it, that getting down to the core truth is difficult.

I think the most challenging thing about being in a relationship with God is that he is always getting down to the truth. He is not satisfied with any falsehood residing with his loved ones. He searches, probes and exposes the truth. Then he challenges us to do the same in ourselves and the relationships we live in.

Before you can speak the truth, you have to know what it find out.

Then, speak up.
Open your mouth and be brave.

But there is more: speak the truth in love.

Don’t open your mouth and be brave until you can do it from a motivation of love. Not the emotion of love, but the commitment that it is.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV)

My challenge for you today is this: in every situation, conversation and relationship, speak the truth in love.