Don’t Dissolve It, Resolve It.

Relationships are not easy.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.

You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw, it is not.

Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.

Instead, go toward the conflict and talk about it. 

Be courageous.

Don’t give up on the relationship, work on it. 

Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”‭‭ 

Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Don’t dissolve the relationship, resolve it.

The Freedom of Forgiveness

“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” Matthew 6:12 MSG

Forgiveness sets you free to live the adventure that God has for you.

And it allows you to be free from how others impact you.

Forgiveness is a relationship word that begins with our relationship with God and then with our relationships with others.

And at its heart, forgiveness means to let go.

It is daily to keep us right with God and right with others.

Taking stock, taking responsibility.

Receiving grace, giving grace.

Living forgiven, living forgiving.

Everyday.

Jesus lived like this and then said, “follow me.”

What do you need to ask for forgiveness for?

Who do you need to forgive today?

Your Promised Land

Your promised land is right before you.

It is where you are, transformed by God’s transforming love:

It is your heart and mind transformed by God’s love.

It is your relationships transformed by God’s love.

It is your workplace transformed by God’s love.

It is your parenting transformed by God’s love.

It is you – transformed by God’s love and God using you to transform your surroundings.

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15 (NIV)

Ask God to give you His vision for your life.

See it through His eyes.

Taste the bounty you will cultivate.

Feel the joy of living it.

Be filled to the brim with the love of God and then let it overflow to everyone around you.

This is your promised land.

You don’t have to wait for it, begin to live in it today.

God’s Agenda

“He has given us a new life because we are united with Christ Jesus. He saved us so that now we can do good things in our lives. Those are good things that he has already prepared for us to do.“

EPHESIANS 2:10

God’s agenda for your life is dripping in love and mercy. 

You are redeemed to live a new life in Christ. 

This new life comes with new things to do with new people to partner with. 

Things that He has already prepared for you to do and people He has already put in your path.

Living God’s agenda in your life doesn’t mean that nothing gets done, it means that your to-do list doesn’t determine your impact, God does.

Surrender your to-do list and ask God for His.

You won’t regret it.

So Close

“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus came so that you could live so close to the Father that the shadow of His love would cover you. 

He went to the cross so that the presence of Almighty could be a refuge from the storm raging around you.

He came to be a fortress of peace to run to when you are weary of fighting. 

Jesus defeated death and cleared the way so you could be free to live fully in the power of God.

He is the door into the refuge of God’s presence and the key to open it is trust. 

Are you trusting Jesus today or are you trying to do it all yourself? 

Go Toward It

Relationships are not easy.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.

You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw, it is not.

Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.

Persevere. 

Go toward the problem. 

Reach out. 

God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”‭‭ 

Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Your Take

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  

2 Peter 1:2-3

All relationships have to be give and take in order to be healthy.

This includes your relationship with God.

Your “give” to God: to journey with Him and hold nothing back.

So what is your “take”?

Your “take” is to partake of God’s promises, dwell in His presence and walk in His power in every area of your life. 

This taking is not a selfish act, it is a trusting one.

How is your relationship with Jesus today?

What do you need to recieve from Him?

What is He asking you to give?

Lip Service

“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

Isaiah 29:13 NIV

In a relationship, lip service does no one any good.

Not in your relationship with Jesus, yourself or anyone else. 

It is better to be honest with what is going on and how you are feeling.

That is the only way any relationship thrives. 

Do you feel stuck or numb in your relationship with Jesus?

Be honest with Him about where you are at and how you are feeling. 

Be honest about what is going on in your heart.

You don’t need flowery words or religious words.

Just be honest.

No lip service needed to access the heart of God.

Change

Wednesday

Seasons change.
Children grow.
Jobs come and go.
We grow and change.
Sometimes the seasons of our lives change gradually, gently.
Sometimes life brings a storm that strips you bear and changes the season overnight.

With all this change all around, how do we manage?

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6

He is our anchor in the storm,
Our guide through the wilderness,
Our peace in the chaos,
Our security in the economy,
Our friend in the darkness,
Our God clothed in light.

Everything else will change, but He will not.

May you find rest in the refuge of the unchanging love of God in whatever season you are in. 

Not Easy But Worth It.

Relationships are not easy.

They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.

You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw, it is not.

Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.

Persevere.

Go toward the problem.

Reach out.

God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”‭‭

Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬