Limitless

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.-EPHESIANS 3:20 THE PASSION TRANSLATION

To doubt is to be human.

We don’t trust each other and we don’t trust God.

We have been hurt and we have been let down.

We are not sure of so many things in life and doubt gives us a chance to step back and look again before making a decision.

But one thing you never have to doubt is the power of God’s love. 

You don’t have to think twice that God can do the impossible in you.

That He can accomplish in you what you can not accomplish in yourself. 

When you turn yourself over into His open hands, into His powerful love – He gets to work.

His love transforms, energizes, heals and forgives. 

His love recreates, redeems and restores.

His love inspires, empowers and enables you to become who He created you to be.

And in the process you get to see Him do in you and through you more than you could ask or imagine. 

His Grace is Sufficient

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV 

I am so glad I don’t have to pretend to be perfect. 

I am glad that the more I embrace my weakness, I am given the key to walk confidently in God’s strength, power, and peace. 

Not by willing myself to be strong but by laying down the illusion I have to be.

Not by working for God’s approval but by resting in His love. 

Not by memorizing words but by allowing the grace of God to permeate every fiber of my soul.

Are you done trying to be perfect?

Good. 

Now may you truly rest in the abundance of God’s amazing, all encompassing grace delivered to you wrapped in the love of Jesus.

Hold Tight

“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23 ‭MSG

What promise are you holding onto today?

For me, it is this one:

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 

 ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It is a reminder that it is not my work that transforms me but His.

My life’s work is to focus on my relationship with Him. 

What a great job description: grow my relationship with God and let Him grow me.

What promise are you holding on to today? 

Hold tight to Him and trust Him to hold tight to you.

God’s Not Finished

“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 2:20 pm and I would try to get to the school at the latest by 2:00 pm so I could 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 could be “on time” for the boys, so God is working in ways we can’t see and don’t know about in our lives.

The verse above was fulfilled through Jesus and through Jesus God’s will can be fulfilled in your life. 

God is not finished with you.

He is going ahead of you and preparing the way for you.

His grace and power are ready to be right on time when you need it.

 

By the Grace of God

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Good morning,

I wanted to remind you that 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,
LIVE every moment of your life in the grace of God through Jesus.

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

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

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

Jesus died for it.

God is There With You

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is with you.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes and He will bring encouragement, strength, direction, and peace drawn from the unchangeable depths of grace that you will never be able to exhaust.

Wherever you are, God is with you today.

 

Beyond Forgiveness

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Living in hurt because people I loved lied to me in the past doesn’t help me live in peace now. It clutters my soul with bitterness.

Nursing the regret of dealing with people whose pride cut my life to shreds doesn’t help me heal but keeps me living wounded.

Living wounded is not God’s heart for my life or for the state of my soul.

Forgiveness is vital to the soul.

It is balm and healing. Relief and redeeming.

It is vital because you are valuable.

God wants this for you so much that he paid the price on the cross to guarantee you could receive it and give it.

But God has even more for you and your life.

Jesus spoke of it to the crowd that followed Him up a mountain:

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it.

And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff.  Live generously.

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:38-42‬ ‭MSG‬‬

What does life beyond forgiveness look like to Jesus?

It is living a life of generosity.

Someone takes advantage of you- give them what you have and move on with your life. Let it go. Forgive them. Ask God to bless them. Someday you may even be able to bless them yourself.

In this way, you will be living in the abundance of God’s love instead of the famine of past hurts.

God doesn’t deny that bad things happen or that people might take advantage of you but He also doesn’t abandon you to it. He empowers you to forgive, reminds you to let go and pours out His Spirit on you so that someday you can even become a blessing to them.

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in Christ, you can.

Crazy right?!?

No, you can’t do it on your own.

It is possible only by God’s grace, mercy, and power.

True freedom is living generously in your heart, spirit, and soul. It is going beyond the bare minimum to abundance in Christ.

Just start with a prayer:

“Jesus, set me so free from bitterness that I can live in your abundance in every area of my life. You made the way, help me to live it.  In your Name, Amen.”

My friend, may you be empowered by Jesus to live a life filled with freedom, wholeness, and generosity in every area of your life.

From Here to There


God’s love is so expansive that there is room enough for you and room enough for all you know. The cross does not have a limited space available sign on it. Jesus stretched out His arms for all of humanity.

God has embraced you completely, placed you within the unearned luxury of His love and given you a part in it.

“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.”
1 Corinthians 15:10 MSG

Don’t let God’s grace go to waste.

Don’t let your insecurities dictate your obedience.

Don’t let fear hold you back from living and giving God’s love.

God has placed you where you are for such a time as this.

Embrace it in grace.
Engage in it with grace.

Generously receive it and generously give it.

When you find yourself here, smack dab in the center of God’a grace, you can’t help but want to reach out to those who don’t know that there is room in God’s love for them to.

Don’t waste a second. Someone out there desperately needs to know it.

Hand of Blessing 

  

“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You may feel like you are on your own to deal with life. That you are on your own to deal with stress. On your own to make it happen, whatever “it” is, but you are not on your own, you are God’s beloved child. His love goes before you and his grace follows behind you. You are cherished and provided for, guided and anointed to walk confidently in God’s love. 

God goes before you to make a way where there seems to be no way, he sets up divine appointments for you to walk in and he brings people across your path that need you. He blesses you with what you need to do what he has called you to do. 

His hand of blessing is on your head.

That means in ALL that you do, big or small, his hand of blessing is on it- because his hand of blessing is on you. 

My prayer for you is that you will begin to see yourself in the light of God’s passionate love for you:

He has chosen you.
Rescued you.
Provided for you.
Forgiven you.
Equipped you.
Goes before you. 
Follows up after you. 

God’s love is not like man’s love. He is not controlling you, He is surrounding you with Himself and there is more freedom in his presence than anywhere else in the world. 

“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Jesus, you have permission to live fully in God’s grace and walk confidently with His hand of blessing on you. 

You are blessed, now live it! 

Prepared

  
Each season comes with it’s own challenges, wonders, griefs and gifts.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Just like the seasons of nature, the seasons of life can bring dramatic change. 

Change alone can be the biggest challenge in a new season but don’t let it trip you up. 

God knows your journey and where you are on it. 

We may be surprised, but He is not. 

You may feel unprepared, He is not. 

In fact, He has already given you what you need to rise to the challenge of it. 

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God has not only prepared you for the path, but He has prepared the path for you.

As you are walking with God, He is working in you. Preparing you to be a blessing,  to be a light, to be a bringer of His love to your family, your friends and anyone else that crosses you path.

Go forward.

Walk in God’s confidence,
rest in God’s grace,
and give God’s love extravently to those who need it (which is pretty much everyone, including yourself).