On Hope

“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 NIV

God’s divine power through Jesus has given you everything you need to live the life God has given you.

To the call He has placed upon your life.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy.  

If it was easy, you wouldn’t need God’s power to do it.

You will need Him. 

You will need His power to keep going in spite of the obstacles, the setbacks, the failures, and the frustrations you are facing.

Good thing you have Him. 

The promise is yours.

Grace and peace are yours in abundance.

Anchor your hope on His word and live fearlessly the beautiful life before 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.

At your darkest

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, run to Jesus.

He came for you.

His arms are wide open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

He has forgiveness in His grasp and is ready to graciously pour it out to you.

He does not expect you to be perfect. 

He expects you to let His love heal you when you are at your darkest.

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.

Letting God Use You

A pencil in the hand of a master writer is a tool to tell a powerful story. Your life, in the hands of a loving God who sent His own Son to redeem you, is a story of grace that He is writing every day.

The most powerful thing you can do today is let Him.

I want to challenge you to take whatever is happening in your life today and surrender it to God. Then surrender yourself to Him and ask Him to use you to help someone else.

My friend, I want to remind you that you are chosen, held, directed and purposed in the strong hand of God to be used by Him, right where you are, whatever your life looks like.

And He will.

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.

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.

Need Grace?

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” 

1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭23‬ NLT

Need grace? 

Today you may be venturing into unknown territory and uncomfortable terrain.

You may need to have a hard conversation with someone you love.

You may need to extend mercy for someone you don’t love or don’t know.

Whatever happens today, my prayer for you is that the unstoppable grace of Jesus will be with you.

His grace is the very grace of God that was with Him as He walked on the earth, went to the cross and rose from the dead.

His grace is to you, for you and in you.

With Him, you can face anything that comes your way.

Be Strong

Thank you! Everything in me says ‘Thank you!’ …Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.

Psalm 138:1-3 MSG

‬‬The true secret of “living large” isn’t about outside income, it is about inside strength.

The moment you cry out to God in weakness, He meets you with His strength.

Strength that comes from the truth of God’s love for you.

Strength that comes from worshipping Him.

Where worry constricts your heart, thanks-giving and worship expands it.

Worship opens your heart to gratitude and gratitude opens your eyes to see possibilities instead of problems. 

Call out to Jesus right now and ask Him to fill you with divine strength to be who He has created you to be today.