Do Yourself A Favor

You need to rest physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

What does rest look like in real life?

It looks like:

Pausing the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by anxiety and the need to control everything and everyone. 

Getting out and enjoying nature.

Laughing with your friends.

Playing your favorite game with your favorite people.

Reading a good book.

Turning from fear of tomorrow and leaning into trusting God for today.

Resting is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” (NIV)

Do yourself a favor and rest in God’s power today.

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. 

Hold Tight

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

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23 ‭MSG

When you are feeling overwhelmed with the task before you, it is important to keep a firm grip on the promises of God.

Like 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 God that does the transforming work in you and it is God who continues it.

It is His work, not yours.

In the light of God’s saving love, my life’s work is to focus on my relationship with Him. 

I get to focus on growing my relationship with God, growing my trust in God and let Him grow me.

He always keeps His word and will be faithful to complete the good work He started in your life.

Hold tight to His love and His promises.

God will not let you go.

Enough For All

God’s love is so expansive that there is room enough for you and room enough for every person you know.

The cross does not have a “Limited Space Available” sign on it.

Jesus stretched out His arms for all.

God has embraced you and placed you within the unearned luxury of His love.

“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 fear hold you back from living in and giving God’s grace to someone who needs it today.

Return and Reset

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:7 NIV

Don’t let a bad attitude rob you of a good opportunity.

When the world crowds in on you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment to chill out and remember that God is good and has been good to you.

Breathe in the truth that He loves you right now, where you are.

His love can reset your perspective and return your internal state from “fret” to “rest.”

Unwind your worry.

Reset your soul.

God has called you to be a change-maker where you are.

The very best way to change your attitude is by reminding yourself who God is and who you are in Christ.

He will give you everything you need, including reminding you to get out of the way.

Let go of all the things you can’t control today and reset the one thing you can – your attitude.

What does re-setting your soul to rest in Jesus look like for you today?

The Why of Christmas

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV

 The heart of Christmas is the heart of God revealed through Jesus.

The why of Christmas is because God didn’t want heaven without you. 

The promise of Christmas is that no matter who you are, Jesus came so that you could be in a thriving relationship with God today and for every day after until you step into eternity.

God’s Purpose For Your Life

“We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but GOD’s purpose prevails.” ‭

PROVERBS 19:21 MSG

God’s purpose for your life is that He would have an unhindered relationship with you through Jesus. 

His plan for your life is for His love to restore you completely into who He created you to be.

This life is not about doing all the right things, it is about letting Jesus grow the right things in you. 

The wonderful thing about being in a relationship with God is that while our plans don’t always work out, God will always work His purpose into them.

God loves you whether or not your plans fail or succeed. 

He loves you.

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.

The Power of Yes

“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:7 ‭MSG‬‬

Don’t underestimate the power of a quiet yes to Jesus.

A quiet yes whispered in surrender and hope.

A quiet yes, because Jesus hears you even if you whisper.

A loud NO, because the enemy doesn’t.

The temptation to listen to the lies of the enemy is strong because he is repeating to you the lies you already believe are true.

Yell a loud “NO!” to the lies and a quiet yes to the truth of God’s love for you. 

When you call out to Jesus, He will show up. 

Today is your day to shout:

“No, I won’t settle for less.” 

“No, I won’t quit.”

“No, I will not shrink back, I will push forward.”

My friend, don’t settle for less than what God has for you. 

Call out to Jesus today. 

Love Never Gives Up

“Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:7, The Passion Translation

The sentence above is the closing sentence of a paragraph about love.

We read the words and long for the truth of them to be real in our lives.

We long for more.

We are made for more of this kind of love.

We try to love like this and fail miserably because we are human.

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.

But we stop believing the best. We give up. We get tired.

But God does not.

He does not give up.

He does not let go.

His love is a safe place of shelter for all who need it.

And we all need it.

If you have given up believing the best for yourself, your loved-ones or your circumstances, cling to the truth of this passage.

This isn’t about you trying harder to love better, it is about you burrowing into God’s strong love for you and letting Him believe the best is yet to come.

We take failure as defeat.

God takes failure and forms it into hope.

That is how He loves.

May the love of God hold you when you are tired, give you hope when you feel lost and enough light for the next step you need to take today.