Peace in the Middle of Chaos

“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If this Christmas you are looking for love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness and more, look to God.

He has them for you.

All you have to do is ask.

He will give them to you.

This Christmas season, instead of replaying past moments or trying to create perfect moments in the present, let each moment be what it will be.

Enjoy the imperfections of this day and those to come.

Know that everything “being perfect” will not create the feeling of fulfillment you are looking for.

It won’t give you the peace you seek.

That only comes from God and is available regardless of what is happening around you.

Friend, my prayer for you today is that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly Peace that God gives to help you as you walk among the complicated chaos of the humans around you.

Amen.

Beyond Measure

God loves you beyond measure.

“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.

You are loved today, tomorrow and will be loved every day until your death and then beyond into eternity.

Nothing can separate you from God’s love. 

Not fear.

Not shame.

Not worry.

Not finances.

Not circumstances.

Not the rules of men.

Because of Jesus you can live in the glorious freedom of being a cherished child of God.

Are you?

On Being Brave

You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not making your decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Trusting God for the impossible.

Choosing to believe the truth instead of giving into the lies.

That is being brave.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Be brave.

How to deal with change

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

Seasons change.

Relationships change.

Children grow.


Jobs come and go.


We change.

Sometimes the seasons of our lives change gradually, gently. Other times, it changes suddenly with the force of a brutal storm that strips you bare and changes the season overnight. In Southwest Florida, we call it Hurricane Ian.

Yes, life changes.

God does not.

He is our anchor in the storm,
Our guide through the wilderness,
Our peace in the chaos,
Our security in the unstable economy,
Our light in the darkness, Our hope when fear beckons.

He is Jesus.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”’
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Everything else will change, but He will not.

May you find rest in the refuge of the unchanging love of God and be bold in the midst of the unexpected changes you are experiencing today.

A Quiet Place In A Noisy World

“I’m asking GOD for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.

I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.”

Psalm 27:4-5 MSG

King David’s prayer was to live WITH God every day. 

To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe place to escape to when the world goes nuts. 

He lived in a palace but longed to live in the temple with God.

The one thing David longed for, Jesus made a possibility. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Because of Jesus, you are able to experience this kind of relationship with God every day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Are you stressed and overwhelmed today? 

God is with you.

Allow the Holy Spirit to be the calm in the middle of the chaos and quiet in the middle of the noisy nonsense of the world.

Sufficient For Today

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

The last two weeks have been exhausting and amazing.

Exhausting because a Category 4 hurricane hit where I live. Everything stopped and then in about 24 hours the race began. The race to check on people, help people, to get water and food for people and more. It was amazing because people came together from all walks of life to help each other.

In the midst of it all, I am so glad I didn’t have to pretend to be strong.

I am glad that the more I embraced my weakness, I was able to lean into God’s strength, power, and grace.

Oh, the richness of God’s amazing grace.

Grace to get up each day knowing that He would give me what I needed for the day.

Grace that took the little I could do and use it to help someone else.

Grace to lay down everyday and rest because I knew God’s grace would be there tomorrow.

I didn’t have to will myself to be strong but by laying down the illusion I have to be.

Admitting my weakness opens me up to receiving God’s grace laden strength and moment by moment I have what I need to make it through.

Are you done trying to be strong?

Good. 

Now you are ready to fully receive the abundance of God’s amazing, all encompassing grace delivered to you wrapped in the love of Jesus each and every moment you need it.

When You Know

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 NIV


When you know you don’t have what you need.

When you wake up tired.

When you are facing the day wondering how you are going to get through it.

When you feel like you have nothing left to give.

That is when Jesus said you are blessed. 

Why? Because when you know you have nothing, you are ready to receive God’s everything.

Because you are covered by grace.

Life with Jesus isn’t about how much you have or how much you can do

It is about coming to Him with empty hands and letting Him fill them with His love, mercy, strength and power.

My prayer for you, dear friend, is that you let go of trying to be strong enough and embrace the grace available to those who know they have nothing without God.

Roots

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6 NIV 

Two weeks ago, a Category 4 Hurricane hit my city. There was catastrophic flooding and sustained winds of 130-150 mph for 8 hours that tore through the city of Cape Coral. Among the damage were the trees, the bushes, the plants. Two weeks later, we have power and water back but the landscape has changed. Last week, I went out to our back yard and looked at two of my favorite bushes. Both looked bare, brown and dead. Yesterday, I went out and realized one of them was still alive, budding tender green leaves. It looked dead and barren but it was still connected to its roots.

It was still rooted.

I’ve begun to look around the city as I drive and at this point it’s easy to see what trees are alive, they are the ones who are rooted and because they are rooted, they are blooming again.

Strong roots will withstand the fierce winds of life.

My prayer for you today is that your faith is so rooted in the love of God that it will hold when the storms rage over your life.

My prayer for you is that no matter what you’re facing today, that you will lean into Jesus and that His strong bands of love, loyalty, faithfulness and grace will hold onto you.

I pray that you will experience this love, His love, that is higher than the highest mountain summit, deeper than the deepest cavern of the sea, wider than the expanse of east to west and is stronger than the winds of trial than come to devastate.

If you’re breathing, you have roots.

I pray that you will allow God’s all encompassing, crisis surpassing, past restoring, future embracing love surround you, hold on to you and help you get through.

Amen.

Real Rest

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.PSALMS 91:1 NIV

You were made for rest and rest is God’s gift to recharge you.

Truly resting is the commitment to honor God and honor the body He gave you.

Real rest is a lifestyle of accepting God’s love, care, provision and salvation.

Real rest is having a daily relationship with the Most High God and letting Him bear your burdens.

Real rest is leaning of His strength when you don’t have any.

It is not a waste of time but a way to make the most of it.

It is not about being lazy but about being wise.

Rest is not a frivolous excuse to get out of something, it is the conscious choice to trust Someone so much that you can close your eyes and sleep.

This is real rest and this is what Jesus bought for you.

Do Yourself A Favor

You need to rest physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

What does rest look like in real life?

It looks like:

Pausing the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by anxiety and the need to control everything and everyone. 

Getting out and enjoying nature.

Laughing with your friends.

Playing your favorite game with your favorite people.

Reading a good book.

Turning from fear of tomorrow and leaning into trusting God for today.

Resting is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” (NIV)

Do yourself a favor and rest in God’s power today.