A Weed or a Wish

You can see the world around you with all it’s colors, faces, places, things and still miss the miracles God is doing in it.

You can hear the world around you with all it’s noise, music, conversations, sounds and still miss what God is saying to you. 

It is easy to see the mess, the chaos, the problems, the pollution. It is easy to hear the negative words, the off-key singing, the construction zone noise. 

It is natural to see all that is wrong and hear all that is loud.

It is supernatural to see all that God is doing and hear all that God is saying in it, above it and around it. 

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭16‬ NIV

How you see the world around you makes all the difference in how you experience it. 

Ask God to help your eyes really see and your ears to really hear Him today. 

My friend, don’t live blind, live blessed.

Don’t Give Up

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When you feel like giving up, don’t.
There are gifts that only come from facing the hard things.
There is growth that only comes from holding onto God through the toughest times.
There is maturity that only develops as you persevere when everything around you is uncomfortable, difficult and hard.
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV
Don’t give up.
Hold on to Jesus like He is your Savior and let perseverance complete you.
If you quit halfway through you will never know what God has for you.
He has a plan to complete you, to bring you to wholeness, to bring the parts that are broken and disconnected together knitted by His grace restored by His strength completed by His love.
Don’t quit.
Buckle down, hold on and keep trusting.
You are worth it.

Run

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“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often called the “Hall of Faith”. It tells the stories of those who served God with great passion and unflinching faithfulness through the toughest of times. They suffered, risked, obeyed and trusted God to do what only He can do.

This verse says that their lives, their testimonies of how to trust God are like having a great grandstand of faith leaders cheering you on as you follow Jesus. What are they telling you? They are telling you to throw off everything that hinders and run the race God has called you to run.

Not your mom’s race or your neighbor’s faith race but your faith race. 

They are telling you to keep focused on the finish line and lay down whatever is weighing you down from getting there: other people’s opinions, irrational fears,  fear-laden doubts, time-wasting worries. 

They know that a life of faith isn’t easy.

And that the only way you can do it is by keeping your eyes on Jesus.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, my friend, take a deep breath and run your race. 

 

 

What Drives Out Fear?

Love does. Perfect love from a sinless Savior who sacrificed Himself so that you could live unhindered by fear and wholly in His love.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus came to the earth He created for one thing: to perfect love. The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless, it means complete…completed completeness.

A love that bleeds when the lash tore open His back and the splintered wood of the cross dug into it.

A love that persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished”.

This love has been made completely complete. The debt of sin has been paid and the great chasm between God and man has been crossed.

When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave it’s tentacles around your feet to trip you up, You must remember this fact: You have nothing to fear.

Christ took your punishment completely so that you could let His love complete you. It is perfect love and in it, you are made whole.

Jesus walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that and it is His love that sets you free to love as freely and completely as you are loved.

What drives fear out?
The love of Jesus.

Hang your hat on it and get down to the business of loving others with the confident abandon that comes with it.

Live It

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Being right with God isn’t the hard part, the hard part is learning how to live it out.
You have lived a long time being broken. A long time learning how to cope with it, how to function in it. The good news of Jesus Christ is that He has taken your brokenness upon himself and in return offers you wholeness. To restore your mind, heart, soul, and spirit to God’s original design.
He wants to teach you a new way to live.
How to live whole and treasured.
How to live trusting and trusted.
How to live nurtured and nourished.
How to love and be loved.
“He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21-24‬ MSG)
It takes time and perseverance.
God provides the time, we provide the perseverance.
Don’t give up.
Every day you are learning how to live restored in Christ.

When You Feel Like Giving Up

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When you feel like giving up, don’t.
There are gifts that only come by facing the hard things.
There is growth that only comes from holding onto God through the toughest times.
There is maturity that only develops as you persevere when everything around you is uncomfortable, difficult and hard.
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)
Don’t give up.
Hold on to Jesus like He is your Savior and let perseverance complete you.
If you quit halfway through you will never know what God has for you.  He has a plan to complete you, to bring you to wholeness, to bring the parts that are broken and disconnected together knitted by His grace restored by His strength completed by His love.
Don’t quit. Buckle down, hold on and keep working.
You are worth it.

Small Touches 

Love never gives up”.
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4 MSG‬‬

So much can be communicated through a small touch.

A reassuring pat of the hand.

A hug.

A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.

Holding a hand.

A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good and make a good thing great.

Small touches are difference makers in a relationship, in a life.

They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.

When we struggle, we when are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.

It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love.

Wherever you are at in any of your relationships it might be a small touch that makes a difference.

Don’t worry about starting big- start small.

What small touch do you need to receive?


What small touch do you need to give?

Push Through

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God doesn’t want you to have a life that looks good. He wants you to have a life that is good.

That means facing the challenges, sticking it out thru the hard stuff to learn the hard lessons.

The hard lessons are the ones that give us the truths (and strength) to live a good life.

Your identity is in Christ, not a title, a position or job.

Your worth is who you are, not what you have (or don’t have).

You are loved completely, endlessly and for all eternity because you have been embraced by God.

You were made for more than just an easy life.

You have been made to live a God ordained, Christ centered, Holy Spirit powered good life.

Push through the hard stuff to get to the good stuff, to the peace that passes understanding and the faith that does not depend on circumstances.

I know it is hard.

With Jesus, you can do the hard stuff.

Difficult Roads


I grew up about an hour from the beach in Southern California. Unless you know that you are going to the beach, it just feels more like you are stuck in the worst freeway traffic of your life. Standstill traffic with smog.

But then you turn a corner and there it is- the sand, the waves, the Southern California beach.

You don’t know what God has for you around the corner, my friend.

Sometimes, you can’t even guess.

The way there may not be pretty or easy but Jesus is faithful to complete what he has started.

Keep going.

“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:4‬ ‭NLT‬

There is more to see, more to do and it is going to be breathtaking.

How to Get Unstuck

It is easier than you think to get stuck.

To find yourself in a place that you didn’t expect to be

but unable to continue on to the place you are supposed to be.

 

You are not where you were.

You are not where you should be.

You are stuck somewhere in the middle.

 

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb,

“You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

Deuteronomy 1:6 NIV

 

The children of Israel found themselves in the same situation.  A great shift, a great crisis had arisen and the only life they knew changed.  It was good change but all change is hard. Yes, it was the best thing for their lives but they were about to go into the unknown future with an unknown God. For most of them, they had just met Yahweh. They knew Him from the stories of their ancestors who knew Him.  He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The day God defeated the Egyptians in the Red Sea was the day that He began to be their God.  That was the day that there was no going back.

You have come to that place. You came to the crossroads of spiritual crisis and Jesus has become your Savior, not your parents or your friends Savior but your Savior.

The Israelites had been journeying for 40 years and eleven months on a journey that should have taken 11 days. They were stuck on the mountain.  God lead them into the wilderness but He never intended them to live in the wilderness. Before them was the Promised Land. A land for them to conquer, settle in and prosper in. But they were afraid. They saw the giants and established city walls and were discouraged. They only saw the insurmountable obstacles in front of them instead of seeing the unlimited power of their God to overcome those obstacles.

It is easy to see why: the promised land holds fierce battles, starting over and learning new skills (like how to grow your own food. No more mana in the promised land). 

In the life of a Christian, the promised land is living fully in Christ. Taking hold of His promises and living in His power. It means following, obeying and trusting Him in all circumstances. It also means that there will be fierce battles with your flesh (which would rather go back to slavery and assured  of being fed)  starting over again and learning new skills.

It is time for you to go forward.

It is time to leave the mountain you have been stuck on and move on to the life in Christ that has been provided to you by the cross. It cannot be earned but it must be possessed by you through obedience.

How do you get unstuck? Stop listening to your fears and start obeying your God. You have been in this place to long. Get off your mountain. God has more for you, go forward and get it.