It’s in 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.

Are You Stressed?

Are you stressed?

Of course you are, so am I.

There is a lot to be stressed about.

That is why we need to take a break from over thinking.

That is why we need to take a break from fear.

Take a holiday from doubt.

Take a permanent vacation from unbelief. 

Forget it all and make space to remember who you are in God and who God is in you.

You are God’s child redeemed by the blood of Jesus, embraced within the Father’s heart and filled with the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind for all that you will face.

Hebrews 4:11 says, “So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.”  (TPT)

Break away from stress today and take as much time as you need to rest in the truth that you are loved.

When You Are Tired

When you are tired, don’t quit, rest.

When you are tired, go to Jesus.

When you are worn out, His arms are open.

When your To-Do List is too long and you are overwhelmed, lay it down.

Get away, get out and get renewed.

With Jesus.

So you can be reminded that He is God and you are not.

So you can be reminded that the world keeps turning because He IS.

So you can learn to live in the unforced rhythms of grace instead of the anarchy of urgency.

So you can live free and rested in His love.

Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” MATTHEW 11:28-30 MSG

Never Lose Sight

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

Jesus entered brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world.

He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

When you are overwhelmed with the difficulty before you – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. 

Hidden Treasure

” in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” 

Colossians 2:2-3 NIV

My friend, God has placed all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge in Jesus and Jesus is for you.

My prayer for you is that today you will experience Jesus as:

loving Savior, 

close friend, 

trusted counselor, 

reliable guide, 

powerful redeemer, 

hope giver, 

grace maker, and sovereign Lord.

In His Name, Amen. 

Loss

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35 NLT

Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you don’t deal with loss, it means you don’t deal with it alone.

It means that you have a Savior who goes with you into the depths of grief.

One who walks with you through the fear, the anger and heartbreak of it all.

He will hold you when you collapse under the weight of it and strengthen you as you deal with reality.

With Him you can courageously face the pain of loss as you hold onto the hope of heaven. 

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 1 Corinthians 1:3 MSG

Don’t Dissolve It, Resolve It.

Relationships are not easy.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.

You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw, it is not.

Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.

Instead, go toward the conflict and talk about it. 

Be courageous.

Don’t give up on the relationship, work on it. 

Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”‭‭ 

Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Don’t dissolve the relationship, resolve it.

The New In You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

What does God do in you through Christ? 

He creates “new” in you.

New identity to live from.

New power to live with.

New hope to live for.

New relationships to grow in.

Jesus makes you new.

Old things have lost their power and new things are rising up.

God, through Jesus, is presently re-creating you and He never stops.

What is the new thing God is doing in you today?

May you live fully in God’s love for you and the wonder of the new things He is doing in you. 

Anxious?

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬

NIV

Do you know what to do with worry?

Here, God says to cast it all on Him. 

What does that mean?

Cast means to toss. You can’t throw something without letting it go. 

All means to give Jesus every irrational fear, every overwhelming worry, as they come to you.

Your anxiety means not to deny it but to name it. Acknowledge it. Name the fear underneath the worry – then cast it onto God. 

Anxiety – the greek word used here literally means to be drawn in two different directions and be torn apart by it. What a great picture of what anxiety feels like.

On Him – where do you put that which is tearing you apart? Put it into the hands of Jesus. He is strong enough to hold it, carry it and handle it. 

Why?

Because He Cares – and it means that God is “caring for you right now in this present moment” – what are you anxious about right this minute? God cares about it too.

Right this minute God is caring about you.

For You.

What are you supposed to do with worry? 

Look at it, name it then throw it totally on God and ask Him to take care of you as you deal with it. 

A Matter of Perspective

Perspective is powerful. 

Jesus said how you see the world around you, impacts you:

How you look at the world around you impacts how you experience the world within you.

“Your eyes are windows into your body.  If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”‭‭ 

Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Have you “dropped the blinds” and given up?

If so, you are in a dark place. 

Jesus came for you. 

He came to unleash heaven’s light and love in you. 

He came to heal the hurts and tend the wounds that fester distrust and fear.

He came to restore wonder.

He came to restore you.

My prayer for you today is that you will open your heart to be filled with God’s love and let it open your eyes to see yourself and the world around you in a new way – the way He does.