Down to the Details

“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17, The Message Version

It’s the small things.

The little moments of mundaneness.

Little packages of wonder filled with gratefulness that come to us through what Jesus has done for us.

He brought the good news of heaven into lives of all who live on earth: you are loved, precious, valuable and through His sacrifice for you, reconciled to God.

That means that you can do a cannonball into the ocean of God’s love for you every day, in every way, down to the details of your life.

Dive in deep into His all encompassing love for you and allow this great love to drench what you say, what you do and overflow onto others.

Real Rest

 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.

Psalms 91:1 NIV

You were made for rest and rest is God’s gift to recharge you.

Truly resting is the commitment to honor God and honor the body He gave you.

Real rest is a lifestyle of accepting God’s love, care, provision and salvation.

Real rest is having a daily relationship with the Most High God and letting Him bear your burdens.

Real rest is leaning of His strength when you don’t have any.

It is not a waste of time but a way to make the most of it.

It is not about being lazy but about being wise.

Rest is not a frivolous excuse to get out of something, it is the conscious choice to trust Someone so much that you can close your eyes and sleep.

This is real rest and this is what Jesus bought for you.

The Most Important Thing

What is your priority today?

When the word “priority” was introduced and used in the English language it was not plural, it was only singular.

It meant, what is the one most important thing you need to do today?

Modern life has pluralized it into “priorities”.

Now we have five top priorities rather than one. Our culture is now more about trying to figure out what is THE top priority out of the five top things that must be done today.

I vote that we make priority singular again, especially now as we are waist-deep in the busyness which leads to hurriedness which leads to a distracted, harried pace of life.

Make your relationship with God your first and only priority. 

Let Him love you and fill you with the strength and grace you need to do the rest of the things you need to do today. 

When you do, you will be pleasantly surprised by how that priority will impact everything else in your life. 

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

Matthew 6:30-33 MSG

How God Loves

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

Do you know that God loves you when you’re mad at Him? 

Do you know that God is with you when your heart is heavy and you are overcome with sadness?

He does.

He doesn’t just delight in you when you are delightful.

He doesn’t just love you when you are loveable.

He loves you every moment of everyday, walks with you through the struggles, the heartaches and the darkness. He holds out His arms to you, invites you to rest on His lap and then gently sings a song over you.

To remind you that you are loved.

Because you are.

Truth

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“..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.

Flawed

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Your life with God is a journey. 

It isn’t a skill to excel in, it is a relationship to have.

Through the good times and bad times, the easy times and the hard times.

Through ALL the times.

The longer you follow Jesus, the more you realize you need Him.

My college pastor said it was like this,  “The closer you get to bright light, the more you see the flaws you have”.

It was good to know that the closer I get to God, the more I will see my imperfections and know more intimately my own flaws.

It was good for me to hear early on that in my walk with God I would never get to a point of “being an expert ” or “being perfect”.

“Brother and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV

We tend to focus on all the things we are not, all the things we haven’t conquered, all the things we haven’t grown in.

All those things take your focus from God and put it on yourself.

So, forget it. 

Forget it all.

God didn’t choose you because someday you would be perfect. He chose you because He loves you and He is perfect enough for the both of you. 

Forget what is behind you even if it happened five minutes ago.

Love God for who He is and let Him love you for who you are: His kid. 

Ready and Waiting

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“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything.  Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Isaiah 30:18

When the boys were in elementary school they got out at 2:20pm and I would try to get to the school at the latest by 2:00pm so I can get a good spot in the pickup line. If you have ever experienced the stress of picking your child up in the craziness that is the end of an Elementary school day, you know how important this is.

One day I had to pick them up early from school and as we walked from classrooms to the car, Kyle looked at all the cars waiting in line and said: “Oh, they are already here?” Then he said, “I thought you just got here right when school is out”. I said, “Nope, if I waited until then I’d be way in the back of the line, so I get here early so I can be right on time for you.”

As I pulled in to wait in the pickup line the next day, I thought about Kyle’s perception, “I thought you just got here right when school was out.”

We forget that most things are not always as they seem but only as we see them.

Just as I made a point to be at the school early so that I can be “on time” for the boys, so God is working in ways we can’t see and don’t know about in our lives. He is going ahead, preparing the way and getting His grace and power ready to be right on time in our lives.

Even as we pray, Jesus is preparing to be right on time.

I can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in my life or in yours, but I know He is working. I don’t know how he is going to meet your need, but I know He will. I don’t even have to worry about the whys or hows. I only have to “wait” for Him which means to expect, look and long for Him, for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship!”

I am praying that you will experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship today. That you will know that while you may be surprised about what is happening in your life, Jesus is not.

He is ready and waiting for you with His love, peace, victory, favor, and joy to give you what you need today.

How Regret Can Be Gift

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God knows you.

He knows your strengths and weaknesses.

He knows every regret you have ever had and why you have it.

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.”

Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭1‬ NIV

More than that, God knows how you can grow from it.

God can change your regret into a gift.

God can turn a memory of disappointment into a moment of discovery, a revelation of wisdom, a catalyst for change.

You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to live with regret.

In Christ, you are a new creation and have His power within you to change, to transform, to grow.

Useless regrets are the ones you don’t learn from.

May there be NO useless regrets in your life.

May you learn from every one of them.

May God use every regret to set you free to be who He has created you to be.

What regret can God transform into a gift today?

The Weight of Anxiety

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In order to cast ALL your anxiety on Him, you have to move your focus from your anxiety to your Savior.

You are focused on what you’re worried about, what you can’t control, what you are not strong enough to carry. You are focused on the problem and how heavy it weighs upon your shoulders. You are focused on your own hands when God is asking you to focus on His heart. 

He cares for you.

He cares for more than you can comprehend. 

When you are in the middle of a fierce storm feeling out of control and tossed around, you ask Jesus, like the disciples did in Mark 4:38, “Do you even care that I’m in this storm? I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t cause it to happen and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it through.” 

The answer is yesHe cares. 

Yes, He knows.

Yes, He can handle it.

In fact, the Hebrew word used for “care” in both the above passages is the SAME word used in 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV):

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The word “cast” is a word picture of throwing something very heavy and getting it out of your hands.

Jesus can handle whatever you are carrying. He who carried the weight of your sin can carry the weight of your fears.

Does God care? 

Yes, He absolutely does.

Show Me How

  
There is nothing more amazing than the moment you “see” the life God has called you to live.

Things that have blinded you before are gone and the chains that have bound you to repeat the past are broken by the power of Jesus Christ.

You see it.

But you don’t know to live it.

“Show me how you work, GOD;
School me in your ways.
Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth”. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭4-5‬ MSG)

God wants more than for you to just “see” the vision He has for you- He wants to live it. But God also knows that you don’t know how to.

He is not asking you to do it alone, He is asking you to do it with Him.

He wants to take you by the hand and gently show you how He works and how to work out in reality what He has shown you.

You are in a relationship with a living, powerful, amazing God whose ways are higher than yours and He lovingly, longingly desires to teach them to you.

When you first see clearly the life God wants you to live, don’t get overwhelmed by the vision of it, dig down deep into the relationship He wants to have with you to it.

He will never ask you to take more than one step at a time. He will never require you to live more than one day at a time.

See it clearly, then take your focus off the vision and focus on the nailed scarred hand offered to you.

Lean on Him, learn from Him, obey the small nudges and follow through on the little things He asks you do.

There is nothing more amazing than the moment you “see” the life God has called you live, expect for the relationship you get to have with the amazing God who has called you.

Focus on the relationship and He will bring the rest into your reality.