If I Can

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Sometimes your “ifs” are not because you doubt God but because you doubt yourself.

You are judging the possibilities of the future based on what you can do and God is asking you to judge the possibilities of the future based on what He can do.

God continually wants to expand your perspective and challenge the boundaries of your possibilities.

Most of the time it is because they are too limited.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?’ Jesus asked. ‘Anything is possible if a person believes.’”
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Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’m asking God to blow your mind and give you a glimpse of His purposes and plans for your future.

I’m praying that He will expand the boundaries of what you think is possible and take the limits off what you think God can do in your life.

What do you need to do today to bust it wide open and begin dreaming again? 

Uncomfortable

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God will keep you accountable to live according to your full potential.

Not as a punishment but as a part of a thriving relationship of love.

Because Jesus loves you, He will challenge you.

He will challenge your status quo.

He will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and live out there.

And when you’re uncomfortable zone becomes comfortable- He will call you out …again.

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ MSG

God loves you just as you are but that same love won’t let you stay that way.

Sloppy living isn’t about appearance or how your life looks to others, it is about how your life looks to God.

Sloppy living is when you have stopped risking and reaching but have shrunk back and self-protected.

Sloppy living is settling when you are called to soar.

Sloppy living is when you have delegated the Great Commission to others instead of doing it yourself.

You are not called to live a comfortable life, you have been called to abundant life in Christ.

You have been called to go.

You have been called to grow.

If you think that God is calling you out of your comfort zone- HE IS.

It’s time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and live the life God has created you to live.

What comfort zone is Jesus calling you out of today?

Today’s To Do’s


Do more than survive today, enjoy it.

Do more than endure it, embrace it.

Trust more, worry less.

Authentically connect with someone.

Delegate what you can,
Pour your heart into what you can’t.

Walk in the embrace of God’s grace.

Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master.

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I wanted to remind you to set the priority of who you are over what you do.

You are God’s child, cherished, loved and embraced by Jesus.

Give yourself permission to fill your heart with adoration and your spirit with worship this morning.

Then begin.

A New Way to Live 

  

Your nature.
Your upbringing. 
Your personality.
Your past experience. 

The above determines how you interact with your world and the people in it. It is what you learn as you grow up and fall back on when you are tired. It is how you live.
 
In Jesus, you have been equipped to interact with your world in a new way. You have a new way to love them.

One that is not based on your nature but on God’s, not based on your upbringing but on God’s out pouring. 

No matter who you are or where you come from, in Christ, you get to learn how to love God’s way. The way He originally created you to live. The way Jesus loves you. 

It isn’t about habit building. 

It is about habit surrendering and God embracing. 

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. 
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12 MSG

Compassion – moved to action from a heart that is stired with passion to reach out and love someone who could never repay you and has nothing to that would benefit you. This is how Jesus loves you. 

Kindness – a way of life that sees others with eyes that see past the superficial and hands that reach out  regardless of worthiness or an expectation of repercussion. This is how Jesus loves you. 

Humility– knowing your worth and not making it the requirement for someone else to know it before you will love them. This is how Jesus loves you. 

Quiet Strength, Discipline – the kind of strength that gets up when it is tired, does the right thing when it doesn’t feel like it, holds on when it wants to let go, pushes through when it would be easier to just stop. The kind of strength that isn’t pretty, it is sturdy. It has scars. It doesn’t stop.

This is how Jesus loves you. 
This is your new way to live.

Living Well

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Living well before God looks very different than living well before people.

It is not about doing more or looking better.

It is about being real and looking for opportunities to serve, to give, and to bless.

“Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers.

All we care about is living well before God.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭20-21‬ NIV)

Don’t be distracted from living your purpose and keeping your priority to please God, not people.

What does living well before God mean for you today?

If

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Life is hard work. What God has given you to do is hard work. It is valuable and important but God never promised it would be easy.

How you do your work is what will change the experience of it from stress to passion.

“If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them.

Keep a smile on your face. Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.” (Romans 12:6-10 MSG)

Whatever God has given you to do:
-do it from the heart
-don’t add on worldly expectations
– let God have the stress
– ask God for the passion

If you are feeling stressed, ask God to show you why you are where you are.

Then smile and get to work.

Roots

Roots are important. They are the vehicle of life giving nutrients to trees and the mystery beneath the surface that keeps them alive. Roots are vital without them a tree would literally fall over. The deeper the roots go the higher a tree can grow.

I have a tree in my front yard. The roots are coming up and taking over. Not a good thing. We are renting right now and have informed the owner. Eventually the tree will probably have to be taken out the same way our neighbors did a few months ago. Have you watched a tree removal company work? They are amazing. They pulled up with their truck and shredder. Within an hour, they cut down the tree, the stump and shredded it all. It was kind of sad actually that something that took years to grow disappeared in an hour.

I digress – back to my point. Which is this: I want strong roots in my life. I don’t want them in my yard, but I want them in my heart.

On this Friday morning, I woke up praying for you.
I pray that you, my friend, have roots and wings.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)

I pray that your roots run deep and wide. That you are so strongly connected with God today that gnarly strong bands of love, loyalty, faithfulness and grace invade every area of your life like the roots in my front yard are invading every inch of it.

I pray that today you will have power to truly take hold of God’s all encompassing, crisis surpassing, past erasing, future embracing love. When you grasp this, even just a little bit of it, it will give you wings to rise above your circumstance and soar in your purpose.

Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them. — Jonas Salk

God is a good parent.

It is time to rise up and soar towards your purpose. Know whose you are and where the home fire’s burn. Know that you are loved with a love that is higher than the highest mountain summit, deeper the deepest cavern of the sea, wider than the expanse of east to west and with a reach long enough to rescue you from the darkest, dingiest place of shame that sin sucks you down to. Use that love to fly up and away. To explore and exercise what you have been taught. To pursue the passion that is placed in your heart as a gift and the purpose that has been placed in your spirit as a guide.

Yes, today, I pray that you will have roots and wings.
Happy flying Friday my friend!

I got four comments left on yesterday’s post and I felt the the “Queen of the World!“, lol. Yes, it is the little things that make my day. I love sending out these words to encourage you and am so encouraged by every word you send back to me. Thank you!

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