Chosen

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There are other moments of rejection that give you soul scars. Moments that become memories that hide in the silence and shadows of your heart. They feed into the fears of “not worthy” and enable the core insecurities of “not enough”.

God’s Word brings light to the shadows and His voice to the silent places in your heart.

Jesus came to bring to completion the Word spoken in Isaiah:

“For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:9,10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus came to complete it,
to reclaim you,
to reconcile you to God,
has chosen you,
pursued you,
paid for you,
cherishes you,
will not abandon you.

Whispers of rejection will remind you of past rejections. They will taint every relationship and interaction you have.

You fear rejection but Jesus came to empty that word of its crippling power.

He is the God who says to you:

I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”(NIV‬‬)

I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you. Don’t panic. I’m with you. ‭‭‬ ‭(MSG‬‬)

‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you;” (‭NKJV‬‬)

Jesus will whisper this truth to you every day, in every way He can until you will believe it, embrace it and live in it.

YOU ARE HIS.
YOU ARE CHOSEN.

Sorry for yelling at you but you haven’t been listening.

Listen and believe.

Reread if necessary.

When to be Thankful

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If you wait until your life is perfect to be thankful, you’ll be waiting until you get to heaven.
Don’t wait.
Embrace the imperfect now.
Enjoy the imperfect you.
God has no plan to make your life perfect but He will use your imperfect life to perfect His work in you.
“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬
I was talking to a friend of mine and asking her how she was doing.  She said, “Better, because I’ve stopped asking God to change others or to change the circumstances and have started to ask God to change me. And it’s the first time I’ve had peace this year. He is changing me and I am so thankful.”
When is it the right time to be thankful?
Right now.
When is it the right time to shift your focus from what God should be doing “out there” to what God wants to do “in here” (points to self)?
This minute.
Don’t wait one more second.
Be thankful in the imperfect now.
Be thankful for the imperfect you.
Jesus is.
He loves you as you are today and he will work with you to grow you into who he created you to be.
Jesus is using your imperfect life and imperfect self to do a beautiful perfect redeeming work in you.
Let him.
May you let go of all you can’t control today and give yourself permission to enjoy the imperfect now, embrace your imperfect story and lift your soul up to your perfect, loving, amazing, forgiving, life giving God.

Cast

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

You focus on what your worried about, what you can’t control, what you are not strong enough to carry. You focus on the problem and how heavy it weighs upon your shoulders.

You focus on your own hands when God is asking you to focus on His heart. 

He cares for you. 

He cares for more than you even realize. 

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 yes, He cares.

When you are burnt out and overwhelmed with life, you go to Jesus like Martha did in Luke 10:40, and ask,  “Don’t you care that I’m doing all the work and no one is helping me?”

The answer is yes, He cares.

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.”
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Does God care? 
Yes, He absolutley does. 

Starving

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When you listen to the world and take in “all they know” it is like eating fake food. It temporarily fills you up but it is missing any real nutrition for your spirit. Then you find yourself hungry again, starving in fact, for something more.

“My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!— insatiable for your nourishing commands. And those who think they know so much, ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it!” Psalm 119:18 MSG

You have a spirit inside you that is hungry for the Word of God. It is food for your spirit and the fresh water that your soul craves.

You can sit down to eat at a table laid out with the best food and still not take a bite. The chef can make a meal for you, but you must decide to eat.

Seeing everything that God is doing as everything he already has done, leaves your spirit starving. It keeps your eyes closed and your heart hungry.

This is how you can go to church every week and still spiritually starve. The preacher has prepared the message- will you eat, can you see the miracles God is doing?

You need to eat everyday to grow and thrive.

Get filled up.

Bask in God’s presence.

Eat well from the Word, in fact – snack all day long. Listen to podcasts, listen to last Sunday’s sermon again, surround yourself with worship music.

The stronger your spirit is, the more you have to give.

The more you give, the more you live.

Somedays, Water for the Soul and Open Eyes

Today’s CoffeeTime Devotion is brought to you from the Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonette on New York’s Upper West Side. It is a charming diner that was established in 1925 with stools that spin at a working old fashioned “soda fountain” where the men behind the bar still wear white costs. For the past couple of years, my friend would text me when she was eating breakfast there and it was a “someday” destination dream. “Someday we need to do breakfast with me here”. Someday arrived Sunday before last. The coffee was amazing and the Walnut Cinnamon Raisin French Toast was off the hook. It was everything “someday” should be including sharing it all with a good friend.

I am trying to get back into the swing of things here back at home including getting in the Word. I am having a tough time. I opened the Word last night and was reading it but nothing stood out. Does that ever happen to you? It happens to me all the time. I went back to the portion of Scripture that I was reading last night and this morning it was like a new experience. It is funny how that happens.

The Word of God for my soul is like water is for my body. Sometimes, I know I am soul thirsty for it and take big gasping gulps of the Word. Other times, I sip it slowly and savor it’s refreshing effect on my heart. Most of time, I just make sure I get some in because I know it is vital for life. It is the single most importing thing I do to truly thrive.

This is what I was reading:

“Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.” (Prov. 16:2 MSG)

We so often look into mirror to judge how we are doing. We see that something or somebody “looks good” on the outside and assume that they must be doing good. However, this was the very deception used in the garden. The fruit looked good. Not everything that looks good is. Not everyone who looks good is. Just like you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you can’t judge a person or their life by how it looks either.

God doesn’t.
He doesn’t judge you by your reflection but by your heart.
How are you really doing?
How is your heart?

Lord Jesus,
Give me eyes to see beyond the reflections and ears to really listen to those around me today. Help me to see past the presented image of things and see them for what they really are.
Give me courage to look at my own heart and root out the things that are not good there and get rid of them. Show me what you see and may I live accordingly.

Amen.

Love you, friend. Have a great eye opening day in His Presence.

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