Living in the Shadow of His Love

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“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.””

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It can be exhausting to find rest.

If you look to a person to provide rest, a safe place to hide, a security in an insecure world – they will fail you because they are fallible human beings. At their best, they are as broken as you are and looking to you to find rest.

If you look to a job or career as a place of safety, security, or fulfillment you may have seasons of it but economies change, companies change and you change. They are at best a temporary place of financial security.

Even if you look to the church to be a place of rest, it can fail you because the church is made of people. The Word says to find rest in God, not the church. You go to church to learn, grow, give, serve, bless, be blessed and so on.

Go to Jesus for your salvation, your refuge, your direction, strength, peace, and abundant life.

The church is only there to point you to Jesus.

The only true place of refuge, security, peace and rest is in the shadow of the Almighty God. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to stick close to Him, so close He can put His arm around you. So close, the shadow of His unending grace covers you.

Jesus came to clear the way for you to experience your relationship with God like this.

He is your refuge.
He is your fortress.
He is your Father and you can trust Him.

He is your place of rest, not just when everything is going good but when everything is falling apart.

He is your refuge when you are tired of fighting the battle.

He is your fortress when the battle is too much to take.

My friend, whatever today brings – may you dwell in the shelter of the Most High God and stick so close that you live in the shadow of His love. 

Heavenly Peace

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As you count down the days to Christmas, take a minute to focus on what is important and in the craziness continue to refocus on your Creator.
It is His love you are celebrating.
This miraculous gift of the Son, this unquenchable love of the Father, this daily guide of the Spirit.
“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Instead of replaying past moments or creating perfect scenarios in your head of the near future, let it be what it will be. 
Enjoy the imperfections of this day and those to come.
Know that everything “being perfect” will not create the feeling of fulfillment you are looking for.
You are looking for love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness…. and these are fruits of the Spirit (not fruits of the season). 
May you be filled with the Heavenly Peace of God’s Spirit as you walk among the complicated chaos of the humans around you.

Less is More

  

Less things, more realtionships.

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

You don’t need more things.

You need peace, satisfaction and fulfillment.

Peace comes from God.

Satisfaction and fulfillment comes from your relationships with God and with others.

When your things are getting in the way of your relationships, the things need to go, not the relationships.

Less Is More

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

The Word of God has always said so,
less is more.

You don’t need more things.
You don’t need more jobs.
You don’t need more money.

You need peace, satisfaction and fulfillment.

Peace comes from God.

Satisfaction and fulfillment comes from your relationships.

When your things are getting in the way of your relationship, the things need to go (not the relationship).

You will take only two things to heaven with you: your relationship with God and your relationships with people.

Get rid of the stuff.

Hold on, fight for, prioritize and invest in your relationships.

You Complete Me

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We long for wholeness. We seek it and try to find it in all kinds of ways: diet, exercise, relationships, education, career, hobbies or anything else that promises the elusive prize of fulfillment. We taste it in moments then chase after it to feel it again. At least I do, maybe I am the only one.

None of the above list is wrong and each one has some merit of fulfillment. But through those things you will never find the wholeness, the completeness you seek.

It is God’s plan to “complete” you.

He wants to bring you to a place of wholeness and maturity that will enable you to fully enjoy your diet, exercise, relationships, education and hobbies (and get the most out of them).

It is an inside work before it has outside evidence.

It is faith working in you.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2, 3 NIV)

It comes by facing the hard things. Holding on in the tough times. Persevering when everything in you wants to run away because it is uncomfortable, difficult and hard.

God says:

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)

Don’t give up. It is hard.
Hold on to God like he is your Savior and let perseverance finish its work.

We quit halfway through and wonder why we always feel “half done”.

May today be the day you don’t quit. Buckle down, hold on and ride out the storm.

You are worth it.