The Me I Don’t Want to Be

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“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Galations 5:16
Jesus, keep me from me.
 From the “me” that gets wrapped up in itself.
Keep me from over-analyzing every single word of every conversation trying to dissect what they might be thinking and how I should have responded differently.
This one thing alone will sap my energy to the point I am exhausted. This one thing keeps my attention on myself and I completely miss what You are doing all around me.
Keep me from being obsessed with myself.  Obsessed with how I look, how much I eat or don’t eat, what I wear, etc. By depending so much on the outward, I neglect filling up the inward with Your presence, power, grace, and love.
I just need a nudge from the enemy.  He doesn’t need to work that hard to send me down a path of self-distraction that I completely miss the joy of life’s little moments.
May this be the last moment I think about myself. May my focus and energy be to worship and magnify You. May my eyes be open to see what You are doing where I am and wholeheartedly celebrate it. May I uncover every moment of joy you have prepared for me.
May I walk in your purposes and every time I’m tempted to go down my familiar self-obsessed roads, give me a nudge to get me back on track.
Keep me from me and hold me close to YOU today.
In Jesus Name, AMEN.

In Season

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There are seasons of life that you are where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing. You are “in” season. You are inspired, motivated and moving forward.

Then there are seasons when you feel downright out of it. You are not where you want to be and not doing what you think you should be doing. You are in an “out” season. You are discouraged, unmotivated and stuck.

God will use you in both.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”

2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬ NIV

In fact, it is often the seasons that knock you to your knees that impact other people the most:

  • When the diagnosis doesn’t shake your faith. 
  • When you face a hard time but it doesn’t harden your heart.
  • When you are brave in the face of uncertainty and transparent as you lean on God for strength. 

Be prepared to walk with God in the good times and bad, easy seasons and hard ones because God is prepared to walk with you through it all.

If you are available, He will use you to minister to those around you.

God’s love is always in season, may you be filled with it today.

Living Pilgrimage

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A pilgrimage is defined as a journey to a sacred place.

When you are pursuing a thriving relationship with God, you are not just on a pilgrimage, you are living one.

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭84:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Every place you invite God into becomes a sacred place.

Your home.

Your job.

Your relationships.

The pilgrimage for a Christian is not to go somewhere that God has been but to allow God to be with you where you are right now.

In your weakness.

In your bitterness.

In your frail humanity.

Into the reality of your life.

Jesus comes in and gives you what you do not deserve but cannot live without. He gives you love, forgiveness, strength, peace, joy, hope and eventually eternity.

Where do you need to invite Jesus into today?

One Thing


In our multit-asking mounting pressure culture to juggle your life AND plan the your future well, there is a prayer whispered from the heart of a king that reveals to us the secret of the One Thing.

The former bear wrestler, lion chaser, singing sheep keeper that faced the giant and beheaded him. This king who was the warrior worshipper prayed for this:

“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

It is the secret that David shouted out and the source that fueled his life.

He knew that ONE THING was needed above all others :to live WITH God every day. To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe house to escape to when the world goes nuts.

David lived in the palace but longed for the Temple.

The ONE THING thing David longed for is the very thing Jesus experienced and prayed for you to experience:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭17:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus prayed for you to experience this kind of relationship with God everyday, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Enjoy God.

May your day be filled first with this one thing and may all the rest of life be impacted by it.

Mighty God

  

Who God is:
Mighty Savior.

Where God is:
With you. 

What God does:
He saves you.
He delights in you.
He calms your fears.
He rejoices over you with singing. 

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.””

‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭
3:17 NLT‬‬

In Jesus this verse has been fulfilled. Because of Jesus, I can experience the reality of walking with God every single day.  A reality where I am aware of God’s saving power.  A reality where I can experience His delight in me. 

Just the concept of God’s delight for me blows my mind.  I don’t delight in me. I wake up with a mental tally of all the things I’m NOT doing right and all the ways I am not loveable. Yet God, who is perfect and holy, delights in me. He lives with me as I do really boring stuff like the laundry. He is singing songs of joy over me as I sort through the monthly bills wondering how we are going to make it. He smiles with me and enjoys all my quirks. 

Because of Jesus.

This  reality CAN be my experience but only if I allow it. If I lift my eyes above my present circumstances and see all the way to heaven. 

This reality has already been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. It is mine as I receive it, as I walk in it, as I think more about what God thinks of me rather than what I think of myself. 

Can you hear His joyful song over you? 

Do you know He delights in you today? 

Have you lifted up your eyes to see your mighty Savior today because He is seeing you.