Regrets

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“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. (‭Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭1‬ NIV)

God knows you and loves you.

He knows your strengths and weaknesses. He knows every regret you have ever had and why you have it.

More than that, God knows how you can grow from it.

God can change your regret into a gift.

God can turn a memory of disappointment into a moment of discovery, a revelation of wisdom, a catalyst for change.

You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to live with regret.

In Christ, you are a new creation and have His power within you to change, to transform, to grow.

Useless regrets are the ones you don’t learn from.

May there be NO useless regrets in your life.

May you learn from every one.

May God use every one of them to set you free to be who He has created you to be.

What regret can God transform into a gift today?

Be Here

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As you countdown the days to Christmas, take a minute to focus on what is important and in the craziness continue to refocus on your Creator.
It is His love you are celebrating.
This miraculous gift of the Son, this unquenchable love of the Father, this daily guide of the Spirit.
“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Instead of replaying past moments or creating perfect scenarios in your head of the near future, be here.
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.
You are looking for love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness…. and these are fruits of the Spirit (not fruits of the season). 
Be here.
Love here.
Give yourself and those around you lots and lots of grace here and now.
Have a be-present-and-filled-with-the Spirit day. 

Permission to Rest

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

Not just your body but also your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons, especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional. It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

Your Gifts

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The gift that you are with your smile and words, 
your hands and heart, 
how you cook or clean, 
create or organize, 
how you lead and follow, 
bless and pray 
is meant to be given, not hidden.
God has given you gifts. 
All kinds. 
Some come as talent.
Others are revealed in character. 
Some are gifts to you as well as through you that bring such joy to you that you can’t bare to share them.
Some are so close to your heart that you are afraid to reveal them. 
But gifts are made for giving.
Salt is made for seasoning.
Light is made for lighting. 
Gifts are made for giving.
The more precious they are to you, the more powerful they will be for others.
The gifts you have been given are to be given away: to serve, to love, to mend, to tend, to bless, to build. 
“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
Shine.
Season.
Give. 

Permission to Rest


Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, everyday.

Not just your body but also your soul, spirit and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons, especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional. It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

There is No Such Thing as Normal


I want to remind you today that there is no such thing as “normal”.

Life does not move in simple horizontal lines, plotting along connecting dots. We are not given a coloring page per season of life and asked to simply color inside the lines. Life happens…death happens. Circumstances are far out of our control.

You are a child of God who has been made to rise to the occasion. Deal with the reality. You have been empowered to fill the need presented to you with all the gifts and grace God has given to you.

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

I want go encourage the brave ones who read this blog to never give up.

When you feel that you can’t take one more step, or that you can’t move one more inch forward – that is NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP, it is the moment to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

Don’t worry about defining yourself within our culture.

Don’t limit yourself by trying to find a place to fit.

Do all that you are called to do, all that you are called to be, in the season you find yourself in, with the tools at you have in your hands.

With bold and strong colors – fill in the lines of your season then draw outside of them. Live outside of the lines of others expectations and opinions.

Live for God.

“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Your voice matters. What you are doing is important. Your input is vital and needed.

There is no such thing as normal- let go of trying to be normal and go after fulfilling your present purpose in Christ.

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Wherever God has placed you, whoever He has surrounded you with, whatever job He has given you to do, He has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

“You are the salt of the earth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV)

You are to be a precious “additive” to the world you live in and in the work you do.

Salt is valuable as well as enhances whatever it is added to.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued.

And they are valuable to God- so valuable that He paid the ultimate price to love them.

May God shake you up today and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God.