When you are tired, don’t quit, rest.
When you are tired, go to Jesus.
When you are worn out, His arms are open.
When your To-Do List is too long and you are overwhelmed, lay it down.
Get away, get out and get renewed.
So you can be reminded that He is God and you are not.
So you can be reminded that the world keeps turning because He IS.
So you can learn to live in the unforced rhythms of grace instead of the anarchy of urgency.
So you can live free and rested in His love.
Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” MATTHEW 11:28-30 MSG
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Proverbs 3:3 NIV
Let love rule the day.
Love is faithful or it’s not love.
Love is truthful or it’s not love.
Love honors or it’s not love.
In Christ, you are reborn in love.
Surrounded by it, filled with it and moved to serve by it.
Be faithful to finish what you start, make promises and keep them, and honor your commitments.
Don’t overcommit or over promise.
Let your yes be yes and no be no.
God’s love is infinite but you are not.
You are a unique finite expression of the image of God, created on purpose with a purpose and equipped by the Spirit of God to live it.
You don’t have to fulfill everyone’s purpose – just yours.
As you do, let love and faithfulness never leave you.
Keep them close.
May God give you courage today to continue in love when the road gets narrow and follow through to the end when you want to quit.
The glorious riches of God have not been used up.
His resources have not been depleted.
His kingdom does not work the way the earth’s kingdom does.
It does not go bankrupt, it does not come with sanctions.
God’s measure of giving doesn’t mirror man’s way of giving.
He does not give according to your goodness but according to His own.
All of it is accessed through Jesus Christ.
He is the bridge between you and God.
He is the payment for your sin.
He is the redeemer of what has been stolen.
He is the restorer of what has been lost.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NIV
God is able to meet your need today.
What do you need?
Jesus is able.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”Philippians 3:12 NIV
Today, I want to challenge you to let go of some stuff and take hold of some stuff:
My friend, let go of trying to earn God’s love.
Take hold tightly to God’s grace.
Let go of your fear of failure.
Take hold of your faith in Jesus.
Let go of perfectionism.
Take hold of the vision Jesus has for your life.
Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.
Take hold of the hope of love’s transformation.
Let go of trying to control everything.
Take hold of trusting Jesus with it all.
Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that He will continually press you to press on.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
Philippians 3:12 MSG
Yesterday is gone, take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you today.
“When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.”Romans 4:17-18 MSG
Dare to trust God wherever you are and in whatever you are facing.
Even if you’re feeling hopeless.
Stay on the journey.
Though everything in Abraham’s life seemed to indicate otherwise, he chose to focus on the power of God and not on the impossibility of the promise God had given him.
I am sure that there were times that Abraham barely believed and struggled with massive doubt. I am sure that there were days that he was holding on to a thread of hope, he was human.
God will not take away your humanity or your emotions.
His plan is to work through both.
God has called you to trust Him, lean on Him and rely on Him as you walk the road before you.
Stay on the road.
Walk forward with the confidence that you may not know where you are going, but God does.
His promises come with His power.
Power to base your faith on what God can do, not on what you can see.
Hold on, my friend, you may have only had a thread of hope but in Christ, that thread is stronger than what you face and will hold against that which you fear.
I grew up about an hour or so from the beach in Southern California.
Unless you know that you are going to the beach, it just feels like you are stuck in the worst freeway traffic of your life: standstill traffic with smog.
But then you turn a corner and there it is – the sand, the waves and the beauty of the beach.
My friend, you don’t know what this next year will bring.
The journey so far may have been difficult and you don’t have much hope for it.
“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.”
Psalm 25:4 NLT
Don’t give up.
There is more for you and for all you know, it may be just around the corner.
And it will be breathtaking.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godʼs will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
You know that moment when your phone or computer is not working the way it should?
It’s response time is slow and simple things become frustrating.
Instead of wrestling through it or simply giving up, the first thing to try is to refresh the screen or app.
If that doesn’t work, you shut it down.
The screen goes blank and you have to wait for it to restart.
It is the same with your mind.
When you are tired or overworked your response time slows down and simple things become frustrating, instead of wrestling through or simply giving up, take a break.
Unplug from the world around you and plug into God’s love for you.
Rest in His grace.
Refill your soul in His presence.
Even if it is just for a minute.
You will be amazed at the difference it can make.
This quote is from Abraham Lincoln
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
How do you walk in faith?
One step at a time.
Perseverance and determination is needed.
Don’t give up.
Take another step.
Your Heavenly Father is cheering you on.
He is proud of you.
My friend, may you take one step of faith at a time into every new area that love takes you.
“Love never gives up.”
1 Corinthians 13:4 MSG
So much can be communicated through a small touch.
A reassuring pat of the hand.
A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.
Holding a hand.
A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good, and make a good thing great.
Small touches are difference makers in a relationship and in our lives.
They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.
When we struggle, when we are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.
It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love until we can’t give them anymore.
For your loved ones in your home, hug them, hold them, touch them.
For your loved ones outside your home, save them up, and send virtual hugs until it is safe to embrace them.
Today is my virtual hug to you.
Life in Christ means that you are being called upon to be a pioneer.
He may be calling you to be the first in your family to break the cycle of unhealthy habits or to break the cycle of emotional or physical abuse.
He may be calling you to start a new business to help people that need it or create a home unlike the one you grew up in.
“But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.”
Hebrews 10:32-39 MSG
God is asking you to be a change-maker and to be stubborn about it.
Be stubborn about God’s goals but flexible about your methods.
Jesus never did a miracle the same way.
Each one was different and unique.
Change worth having is worth fighting for.
Go ahead – be stubborn and courageous today.