God’s Love

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

Proverbs 19:21 MSG

God’s purpose for your life is that you 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 works His purpose into them.

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

He loves you.

In Your Darkest Moments

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, know that you are who Jesus came for.

Run to Him.

His arms are open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

This is not about being a perfect Christian, it is about letting Him love you when you feel like you are at your darkest.

Even There

Thursday
Do you have something in your life that you don’t think God can change?
I call those things, my “even there” places.

You know, the places that you don’t think God can reach.

That thing you think God can’t change or that place that you don’t believe God can help.

Psalm 139:9-10 says,

“If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”
(NIV)

No matter how difficult or dark your situation, Jesus can guide you out. He will give you the support you need. Because of Jesus, God’s power flows unhindered to you. His healing love can wash over you. His help is available to you.

There is no place that God can’t reach, heal, and restore even there.

Strong Love

Tuesday

God will use the challenge you are facing today to show you how strong His love is.

How good He is.

How much He loves you.

How much He cares for you.

Faith in the Father’s love is what held Jesus to the cross, not the nails in His hands.

The Father’s love is not a weak thing. He is able to hold unspeakable pain and unquenchable peace at the same time.

In these uncertain times, fear roars ferociously to unseat our peace while the Father’s love meets us in the midst of chaos and brings His to us, Himself, His presence.

He is with you right now.

And He IS love.

“Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God. Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love.

Here is how God showed his love among us: God sent his only Son into the world so that through him we might have life”.

1 John 4:8 -9

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Friday
“I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
You don’t have to strive to take care of “number one” or stress to win the approval of others.
You are called by God.
You are loved by your Heavenly Father.
You are cared for by Jesus.
You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to live loved. 
You don’t have to wait until you get your life altogether or until you “get better” at whatever you are trying to get better at.
Because of what Jesus did, you have the right to live as a cherished and loved child of God every day, including this one.
And as you do, you will not walk alone, Jesus will walk with you.
He will be your companion and guide you.
He will remind you that you are chosen by God to make a difference today in the world you live in.
He will remind you that your value doesn’t depend on what others think of you but it is anchored on what God thinks of you.
He thinks you are His amazing kid and loves you when you are a mess and loves you when you are all cleaned up and in every moment in between.
It is time to start living your life in solid truth of God’s call, love, and care for you.
Don’t wait until tomorrow, start living in it today.

Awake and Aware

Tuesday

But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:11 MSG‬‬

If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God.

If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.

If you have to make a do to list – put “recognizing God ‘s presence” in the top spot.

Take care of whatever you need to take care of today but make sure to make room for God to interrupt, intervene, and weave Himself into each thing you do with His love, His mercy, His perspective, His grace, His strength and His joy.

If you are wondering whether God is present in your life, He is and He longs to connect with you. You are one of His favorites.

What does being aware of God mean to you?

Have you been so distracted that you are oblivious to God?

May the awareness of God supersede all else as you are embraced by a Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.

Love Life

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You have been made to love and be loved.

You seek it and you are made to need it.

The only way to get what you need to be is by love, in love, through love. Not just any love – not your spouse’s love, your friend’s love, your boyfriend’s love or even your mom’s love. When we look to them to give us what we need, we find they are just like us- flawed human beings doing the best they can and in need of love themselves. They will fail you and are not meant to fill you or fulfill you.

It is God’s love that can fill you, fulfill you, change you. His unending, unchanging, un-quitting, transforming love. The love you need is God’s transforming love.

“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”

1 John 4:16-17 NLT

You are created to be connected to the amazing soul healing love of Jesus.

If you are hungry, the only way to get the nutrients into your body is to open your mouth and eat. If you are dying of thirst, the only way for you to quench it is to drink. The only way to be transformed by the love of Jesus is to open your heart and ask Him to fill it.

Open your arms and embrace it. Take a big breath, exhale rejection and inhale His amazing unconditional love. Feel the warm arms of acceptance wrap around your soul and let Him lift your burdens. Accept the liberation of divine forgiveness.

Reach out right now and lean into your new love life in Christ, your new identity as God’s beloved, grab hold of a new force of love previously unknowable and now possible because of what Jesus has done for you.

My friend, God has created you to live a full amazing love life and you don’t need Valentine’s Day to celebrate it.

Because of Jesus, you are loved every day and through Him can love others every day.

Happy Valentines Life in Jesus.

May you feel as loved as you are. 

 

Ready to Help

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Faith is trust.

Striving is not the solution.
Stressing out is not the solution.
Surrender is the solution.

Surrender yourself to God.
Surrender your situation to God.
Surrender your fears to God.

This isn’t about giving up but it is very much about giving over of yourself into God’s hands.

Not because you understand how God can work a miracle but by believing He can work a miracle.

Surrender is about trusting Him to be who He is your loving Father.

Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you, we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what.

Who or what can get to me?”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Surrender your fears and embrace faith in your loving heavenly Father who sent His Son to die for you so that He could have you for all of eternity. 

He is faithful.

He will not fail you.

He will not abandon you.

Your Father is here, ready to help.

What do you need help with today?

 

 

 

Expansive Grace

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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 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 embraced in the center of God’s grace, you can’t help but reach out to those who don’t know that there is enough room in God’s love for them too.

Don’t waste a second.

Someone out there desperately needs to know it.

Love in Action

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“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NIV

The Greek word for “love” here is agape. It is the description of God.  A love that gives generously, cares first, forgives first, extends endless second chances and never gives up.  It is the word that describes who God is: uncontainable, unrelenting, unending, unchanging LOVE.

Love is heaven’s greatest treasure and earth’s most desperate need.

It is why Jesus came to earth. He brought Himself, then took upon Himself what separates us from receiving this love. Then He rose again to make it available for all who would receive Him.

God has put people in your life that need to see His love in action.

Let God love through you.

Love them authentically, without expecting anything back.

Find a need and fill it for them.

Forgive first, not because they deserve it. 

Give them a second chance.

Don’t give up on them and ask God to show you how He sees them.

Love founded in truth and put to action is the most powerful force in the world.

Who has God given you to love?

How are you going to love them today?