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

Distracted by Worry?

Small worries can become big distractions.

They distract you from living loved and loving fearlessly.

If it is something within your power to change, ask Jesus to give you the courage to change it. 

If it is something out of your control, something you have no power to change, ask Jesus to meet you in the place of your fear and give you the power to release it to Him. 

Jesus is bigger than your fear and able to provide what you need.

May a small worry be transformed into a powerful moment to release and trust in the One who holds the universe (and you) in the palm of His hand.

Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25, 26 NIV)

What is distracting you today?

Unlimited Riches

And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.”-EPHESIANS 3:16, THE PASSION TRANSLATION

Don’t you just love a big unveiling?

A new car, a new product, a new vision that will change life as you know it.

Today there is to be a great unveiling for you.

It is the unveiling of the unlimited riches of glory that God has already given you through Jesus.

It is the lavish outpouring of God’s favor upon your life. 

It is the glory and favor of God’s limitless love continually filling your soul to the brim until you can’t contain it any longer.

This is the life you and I are called to in Christ.

It is a life of living in unlimited divine love that fills you with supernatural strength and power.

It is yours through Jesus.

All yours.

To live in today. 

Who Is God?

“So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth.”-EPHESIANS 3:14-15, THE PASSION TRANSLATION

When you realize how much He loves you.

When you receive the truth that He knows you, loves you and has chosen you.

When you know that nothing separates you from Him, not even your own sin.

When you enter into His arms and allow Him to embrace you.

You can’t help but fall to your knees in awe.

Who is God?

He is a father.

The perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on earth.

Who are you? 

His beloved child, invited into an eternal relationship with Him beginning now.

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. 

How To Enjoy the Journey

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Being humble means you can lead others without being bossy.

Being humble means that you can be happy and content when you are not in control.

Being gentle means that you have unclenched your hands from steering the direction of your life and have let Jesus take the lead. 

Being patient means bearing with those who don’t deserve your patience and loving people who are not easy to love.

This is about the little things that can undo our composure: the unexpected phone calls, the interruptions that add or postpone your to-do list, the change of plans because some people are unorganized.

These are the moments when being humble matters the most.

These are moments when being gentle makes all the difference.

These are the moments Jesus shines bright through you and you enjoy the journey better than you used to.

May you so confidently know who you are in Christ that you are able to gracefully engage with all that challenges you today.

Joy Stealer

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” 

Galatians 5:22-23

What steals joy?

Envy.

Comparison.

What restores joy?

Your relationship with God through Jesus.

He does not compare you to anyone else and doesn’t expect you to be like anyone else.

He expects you to be you.

He is the Spirit of Love that abides in you and delights in the unique, amazing, incomparable person that He created when you took your first breath.

You are precious to God.

You are His kid.

He doesn’t compare you to anybody else.

Don’t let envy of someone else’s place steal the joy of yours today.

God’s Passionate Love For You

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”

Philippians 1:6 MSG

My prayer for you is that you will begin to see yourself in the light of God’s passionate love for you:

He has chosen you.
Rescued you.
Provided for you.
Forgiven you.
Equipped you.
Goes before you.
Follows up after you. 

Whatever you are struggling with today, I want you to remember that you are surrounded by God’s love – even if you don’t feel it, don’t know what to do with it and have no idea how to receive it.

He is for you.

He will help you.

He will not give up on you.

He will finish what He started in you.

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.