Let All That I Am

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”    Psalm 62:5 NLT

All that I am

Daughter, wife, mother, friend, dreamer, detailer, realist, writer, speaker, cook, cleaner, pastor, inspirer, frail, my own worst critic, stubborn, strong, passionate, fearful, faithful, wonder-full, beauty-full, worry-full, redeemed, restored.

Rest…

Hush anxious thoughts. Put down the to-do list. Quiet fear. Close the door. Rest in abandon. Embrace peace. Breathe silence. Cease to think, worry, or wonder. Just be.

Before God…

Not before bills. Not before responsibilities. Not before failures and faults nor achievements or success. Before God the Creator, Provider, Peace Maker, Redeemer, Savior, Lord, Father. Sovereign, Merciful, Strong, and Gentle. Powerful, Passionate, and Purposeful.

For my hope…

Tender expectations of possibility. Easily bruised. Unrealistic. Fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. Hope.

Is in Him…

Wrapped in the arms of grace surrounding the soul. Hope not in temporal things but in the eternal One God in three expressions- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hope not in temporal circumstances but in the embodiment of LOVE itself.  

The Fuel That Drives Your Life

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

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

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,

Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead so you can have full access to it.

So you can live every moment of your life in the grace of God through Jesus.

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

Ready for Today

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God will equip you with everything you need to do His will today.

Wherever you are.

Whatever you are dealing with.

God will equip you. 

Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Forget about yesterday.

Be fully present to today and receive what you need to face it.

Stay Calm

But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides, they had no way out and no way forward. Their newfound freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.

It seemed like an impossible situation.

They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is. They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them.

They did not know God…yet.

When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, stand still. 

When going forward looks impossible, stay calm.

Jesus goes before you.

Jesus goes behind you.

Jesus stands next to you.

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. 

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

Just stay calm.

You get to know God as you trust Him to be God in your life.

Finished

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬ NIV

After the unfair trial.

After the man’s judgment.

After the sentence to death.

After the unbelievable physical pain.

After receiving horrific judgment and sin of the world upon Himself.

Before His final breath.

“It is finished.”

My sin paid for. 

My debt paid.

My forgiveness, offered.

My redemption, complete.

My relationship with God, possible.

Before you ever began, He finished it.

What To Do With the Future

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5  NKJV

When you commit your way to the Lord, you are putting the direction, the journey, and the destination into His care.

Commit your path, your direction and your next step to God.

Give your future to Him.

I know it is scary. 

I know you don’t know what will happen. 

I know you feel out of control. 

Pry your fingers off the fears you have for the future and give them to Jesus.

Lay down the cherished dreams of a perfect life and roll those over to Jesus as well.

Your expectation of a perfect life without pain or heartache is not reality and doesn’t help you deal with it. 

Jesus will help you with the reality you are facing today and reality of what you will face tomorrow.

Focus on your relationship with Jesus and let Jesus focus on your future.

What are you trusting Him with today?

Say Yes to the Impossible

“By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said.”  Hebrews 11:11 MSG

We are born dreamers.

As children, we see the world around us and dream about being a part of it. 

We dream about what our place in the world will be, what we will do, and who we might become.

The dreams revolve around us and what it will mean for us if those dreams come true.

As we grow up, there are some dreams that hold onto us more than we hold onto them.

It is those dreams that feel devastating when they shatter and remain unfulfilled.

We put them in the realm of impossible.

When the Lord told Abraham that Sarah would give birth, she overheard it and laughed (Genesis 18:11).  She laughed not because she thought it was funny but because she thought it ludicrous. The dream of having children probably died when she was in her 60s or 70s.  She had accepted her barrenness.

My friend, God often challenges what you have already accepted.

He will speak a word to you that seems impossible.

Something that seems ludicrous.

Something that you gave up on and now He is asking you to pick up again.

He is asking you to dream again but this time to dream it differently.

How? By placing your hope not in what the dream will do for you but in what God wants to do through you.

God asked Sarah to dream again. She knew she could not make it happen, she already tried. But somewhere deep inside she chose to trust God to do the impossible.

My friend, put your hope in God today.

And when He calls you to believe in the ludicrous dream again, say yes. 

When Risk Is a Refuge

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”   Nahum 1:7 NIV

Every time you step out in faith in Jesus, it is a risk.

Being faithful to Jesus may look like being a failure to the world.

He may ask you to leave what you know, sacrifice whatever is needed, and embrace a temporary difficulty for the hope of a future promise.

Know that even though the risk seems great, a life lived in faith in the Son of God means that every cross He asks you to bear leads to a resurrection to a new kind of life you have never lived before.

This is the prayer I am whispering over you today, “Jesus, take care of my friends as they step out in faith. Thank you that they are trusting you as they face risk. Reward them with courage and vision and do what only You can do – the impossible in them and through them. In Your Name, Amen”

While You Wait

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 MSG

You can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in your life but He is working.

You don’t know how He is going to meet your needs, but I know that He will.

You don’t have to worry about the why’s, how’s, or when’s.

Jesus comes to you so that you can receive all God, your Father, has for you.

I am praying for you to experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship while you wait for Him to do what only He can do.

I am praying that you will experience His victory, favor, love, peace, and joy, while you wonder how He is going to do it.

I believe that God is preparing things for you right now and that they will be right on time (maybe not your time but in His time).

While you wait, trust.

While you trust, worship.

While you worship, rest.

Have an amazing day enjoying what you have while you wait for what God is preparing for you. 

Your Words Are Powerful

Words are powerful.

In fact, your words have more power than ever before.

The words you say to yourself and the words you say to others.

Your words can spark hope and inspire people or they can light a fire of fear and paranoia. 

Choose life. Choose hope. Choose care. Choose encouragement.

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

James 3:5 NIV

God has given you the great privilege of being the spark that lights the fire in the hearts of the people you are connecting to. 

Whether it is a fire to warm and nourish others or one that burns and destroys them is up to you.

Use your words to light a fire of faith in someone’s heart.

Encourage, uplift, pray for and love those around you today.

Say the words that matter and impact other’s lives.