“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
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”1 John 4:16 NIV
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”1 Peter 4:10 NIV
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”
Proverbs 24:16 NLT
What trips you up?
How do you fall?
Is it overthinking, overeating, over-controlling, overworking, oversleeping, over-it-all-so-I-am-quitting everything?
It really isn’t what trips you up that is dangerous, it is what keeps you down when you fall.
You are human.
You are loved.
God is not done with you.
You have a purpose.
God has a vision for your life.
Get up and take a one step toward it today.
After a month of the world living at home, we are all experiencing the power of words. The words on the news, the words on social media, and most definitely, the words spoken in your home.
Here are a few small sentences that can make a big difference to someone you love today:
Don’t give up.
I forgive you.
I love you.
I miss you.
Pray for me.
Go for it.
Which sentence do you need to say today?
Jesus used small sentences too:
You are forgiven.
Stand up and walk.
I am He.
Pray like this.
Which one do you need to hear today?
The most important things are said in the smallest of sentences. Use them, receive them, say them to someone who needs to hear the truth of them today.
I just want to remind you that you are loved.
You are loved today wherever you are: at home, in a hospital, doing online school, on a Zoom meeting, doing the dishes or distracting yourself on YouTube.
You are loved whether you are doing good or not so good. Whether you feel you have a handle on all the anxiety or you feel like the anxiety has a hold on you.
Jesus loved you at the worst you have ever been, He loves you where you are today and will love you where you are tomorrow.
This is the relentless love of God and I am praying that it will give you the courage to do whatever you must do today.
May the God of uncontainable love drench you in His presence. May His awe-inspiring grace recharge your hope and fill your faith with the courage to trust Him. May you never forget that He has you in the palm of His hand.
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 the unbearable separation from the Father.
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.
Your life with God is a journey.
It isn’t a skill to excel in, it is a relationship to have.
Through the good times and bad times, the easy times and the hard times.
Through ALL the times.
The longer you follow Jesus, the more you realize you need Him.
My college pastor said it was like this, “The closer you get to bright light, the more you see the flaws you have”.
It was good to know that the closer I get to God, the more I will see my imperfections and know more intimately my own flaws.
It was good for me to hear early on that in my walk with God I would never get to a point of “being an expert ” or “being perfect”.
“Brother and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,”
Philippians 3:13 NIV
We tend to focus on all the things we are not, all the things we haven’t conquered, all the things we haven’t grown in.
All those things take your focus from God and put it on yourself.
So, forget it.
Forget it all.
God didn’t choose you because someday you would be perfect. He chose you because He loves you and He is perfect enough for the both of you.
Forget what is behind you even if it happened five minutes ago.
Love God for who He is and let Him love you for who you are: His kid.
You are loved.
You are loved every day of your life and will be loved every day until your death and then beyond into eternity.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NIV
You Are Loved.
Because of the cross, nothing can separate from the love of your Heavenly Father and therefore nothing should separate you from it.
All of these were taken and paid for by Jesus so that you can live in the glorious freedom of being a cherished child of God.
So that you can experience your life like a child who feels safe and secure: explore, enjoy and play.
You have nothing to fear and nothing to prove.
Live loved today.
You don’t need more stuff.
More things will not bring satisfaction or peace.
More stuff will not make your relationships better.
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs 17:1 NIV
Peace never comes by ignoring the conflict but only through dealing with it.
Don’t stuff your feelings, deal with them.
Push through the uncomfortable space of it.
Be brave and talk.
Speak the truth in love.
You don’t need a luxurious environment to possess luxurious love.
Don’t be passive with love and don’t look to possessions to solve your problems for you.
Look to Jesus to give you what you need today to break through and possess peace in your most important relationships – those in your home.