His Treasure

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”  Matthew 13:44-46 NLT

In the above verse, Jesus is telling His own story.

The story of a man who found something so precious, that he happily sold all he had and paid the price for it.

Whatever your day looks like, I pray that today you stop for a minute and realize that your Savior sees you as a priceless pearl worth leaving heaven and all His rights for.

The reason He came to earth as a babe to redeem the treasure that is worth the high price He paid on the Cross- YOU.

You are His treasure.

Treasure

 

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!  Matthew 13:44-46 NLT

In the above verse, Jesus is telling His own story.

The story of a man who found something so precious, that he happily sold all he had and paid the price for it.

Whatever your day looks like, I pray that today you stop for a minute and realize that your Savior sees you as a priceless pearl worth leaving heaven and all His rights for.

The reason He came to earth as a babe to redeem the treasure that is worth the high price He paid on the Cross- YOU.

He is your Savior and you are His treasure.

Take a Deep Breath

Today may you experience Jesus and know Him as your

loving Savior, 

close friend, 

trusted counselor, 

reliable guide, 

powerful redeemer, 

hope giver, 

grace maker, and sovereign Lord.

” in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2:2b-3 NIV

Take a minute to breathe Him in

Strength For Today

 

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“Give us today our daily bread.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lord, give me what I need for today.

Not what I needed yesterday.

Not what I will need for tomorrow.

What I need today.

Today’s strength.

Today’s sustenance.

Today’s vision.

Today’s peace that passes understanding.

It might look different than I expect it to but it will do the job nonetheless.

You are amazing like that.

Thank you, Lord, for today’s provision, for today’s daily bread.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

You Are Not A Tree

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“and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations”

Luke 24:47 MSG

I have come to treasure the gift of repentance, a word that simply means to turn around. To change. To move from where you are and head in a new direction.

There is no freedom without repentance.  The freedom that comes from recognizing your sin and being able to lay it down before God. There is no greater sense of peace than the one that comes the moment after receiving God’s forgiveness.

There is no greater sense of purpose than accepting God’s power to make a 180-degree turn and change.

This doesn’t just happen once. It isn’t reserved only for “the first time” you recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation but is a privileged right of every child of God, no matter how long (or how little) you have walked with God. It is the ONE thing that keeps your relationship with God thriving and alive.

Get before God and lay down what is holding you back.

Every day.
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once a year.
Whatever it takes.

The more the better. One of the reasons I need to go away by myself is that I need the time and space to squirm, to be real before God, to mourn my own weaknesses, own my mistakes and get neglected areas of my heart right with God.

And that takes courage because after repentance comes life change.
God gives you the power but you have to apply it to your life.

Be brave.

I want God’s prosperity in my life. In my mind, my heart, my health, my relationships and my ministry. But that means some things must change. I love the quote that says “if you don’t like where you are at, change it. You are not a tree”.

No, you are not a tree, you are a child of God.

What things do you need to be brave about?

When was the last time you found freedom through repentance?

Possessing Peace

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Don’t be deceived into believing that more things will make you happy.

Don’t be duped into thinking that more stuff will make your relationships better.

“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is not encouragement to stuff your feelings and not deal with conflict, within or without.

This is a reminder to deal with the conflict.

To push through the uncomfortable space of it.

To be brave and talk.

To speak the truth in love.

Peace never comes by ignoring the conflict but only through dealing with it.

More than that, peace starts with you and God. Get your heart right with God before you deal with the hearts of those you love and live with.

And then deal with it.

Do the hard work of communicating all the way through so that you can enjoy the blessed moments of life when you are at peace with God and at peace with others.

You don’t need a luxurious environment to possess luxurious love.

Don’t be passive with love and don’t look to possessions to solve your problems for you.

Look to Jesus to give you what you need today to break through and possess peace in your most important relationships – those in your home.

Unfazed

  
Unfazed.

It doesn’t mean that you aren’t human or don’t feel discouraged, drained or tired.

It means that you won’t quit.

It means that you will hold onto God when you have let go of everything else and let Him hold onto you.

It means that you know you are weak but you also believe that God can be great in you and through you.

It means that you have decided to live for Him no matter the opposition, the hardships, the impossibilities or even by the let down from the un-fulfillment of your own expectations.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭7-9‬ NIV)

May you be unfazed by the difficulty before you and filled with God’s strength to face the world courageously, armed with a treasure so great that the only One who could pay for it was God’s own Son.

You hold within you a costly love that has already been paid for so that you could give it away for free.

“Freely you have received; freely give.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭8‬ NIV)

A Very Merry Christmas.

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Good Morning my friend- or whatever time of the day you are reading this. My weekend was packed full of delightful things like the WM Christmas Banquet on Friday Night, meetings to plan upcoming events on Saturday and then the Christmas Party held at my house for our Student Ministries Leaders.

Oh, how blessed I was to be able to share with the lovely ladies at our church on Friday Night. The message so burned within me that I found myself sharing it over and over to different people over the weekend who needed to hear the heart of it: that they were the treasure Jesus left heaven for. That they were not the trash that the lies of the enemy bombards them with but a treasure that the truth of God’s Word proclaims them to be.

So many times in the past couple of weeks my heart would fill with a prayer for women to hear the truth and see themselves as God sees them. My eyes would suddenly sting with tears for the ones who live their lives feeling like abandoned trash instead of a cherished treasure. My heart would pray that somehow, I could bring the passion of God’s love into the cadence of my words and clearly deliver it’s message. So often I found myself weeping in the car, reaching up to wipe the tears that would suddenly surface at the power of God’s Word and the beautiful pictures in Matthew 13:44-46:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! (Matthew 13:44-46 NLT)

In both of the above verses, Jesus is telling his own story. The story of a man who found something so precious, that he happily sold all he had and paid the price for it. Whatever your week looks like, I pray that today you stop for a minute and realize that your Savior sees you as a priceless pearl worth leaving heaven and all his rights for. The reason he came to earth as a babe to redeem the treasure that is worth the high price he paid on the Cross- YOU.

My prayer is that you will lay down the lies that haunt you at the foot of that Cross and allow yourself to be wrapped in the embrace of God’s grace. That the brand of “broken and worthless”, is destroyed by the light of His love. That you would know you are valued not because you are good but because you are chosen. That you are forgiven not because you deserve it but because you receive it. Cherished not because you love Him, but because he first loved you.

The holidays are so busy,may they also be laced with the awareness that people are the real treasure of it. And may you begin to experience the joy of seeing others (and yourself) as God does.

That is what makes this a very Merry Christmas.