Being Present in the Present.

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Stay on the path God has put you on.

Be present.

Stay focused on the main goal of this season.

Do what God has given you to do where you are.

Don’t worry about what others are doing or getting.

Don’t wonder where others are going or what others are giving.

Focus on what is important today.

Focus on why you are doing it.

“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

Jesus has promised to be with you and is ready to help you in every situation that presents itself to you.

Ask God for help and focus on being present in the present.  

Daily Routine

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Make worshiping Jesus a part of your daily routine.

Wash your face.

Brush your teeth.

Worship Jesus.

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.    

Hebrews 12:28 NLT

When you worship, you open your heart to be filled with His unshakable kingdom. A kingdom not of this world that changes the world.
When you worship and see Jesus for who He is, you see the world around you through His eyes.
And you love more, hope more, give more.
Worship fills you with the wonder of heaven and an awe for the one who left it to rescue a lost world.
And when you are full of heaven, it overflows to the earth.
May you be so full of heaven today that it overflows in moments of awe on the mundane moments of your day and make them…heavenly.
You were made for this. 

Trust, Dwell, Enjoy

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Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

After yesterday’s command of “ Do Not Fret” comes the how: Trust in the LORD.

Trust means to lean on and be boldly confident in.

You can be boldly confident in the Lord because He knows what is happening even if you do not. He not only sees the short game – what will happen right now, but He also sees the long game – what will happen down the line.

Trust and do good.

While you trust in God, don’t be idle.

Be productive and creative right where you are.

Dwell in the land – focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy.

This season will change and a new season will be upon you before you know it.

Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see that you miss what you can.

Someone within the reach of your grasp needs a hug, needs prayer, needs someone to encourage them – be that someone.

This is your land – where you are today. Make the most of it. Invest in it. Decorate the walls and take pictures of it.

Celebrate what God has given you.

Whatever your day may bring, my friend, I am going to ask you to move the focus of your energy from fretting to trusting.  Lean on Jesus and ask him to sharpen your senses to see the wonder around you. 

Trust. Dwell. Enjoy.

How are you leaning on Jesus today?

What do you need to be doing while you trust God?

What are you celebrating?

Stay, Do, Focus, Trust

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Turn my way, look kindly on me, as you always do to those who personally love you. Steady my steps with your Word of promise so nothing malign gets the better of me.

Psalm 119:129-136 MSG

Stay on the path God has put you on.

Stay focused on the main goal of this season.

Do what God has given you to do where you are.

Don’t worry about what others are doing.

Don’t wonder where others are going.

Focus on what is important today.

Focus on why you are doing it.

Trust God to finish what He has started in you (because He will).

Ask God to steady your step and walk forward with confidence.

Trust 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever today brings, I want to remind you to trust God in it.

Trust that He has your present provided for. Jesus will give you what you need, when you need it to deal with what is happening right now.

Trust that He will heal your past. There is no sin is tronger than the blood of Jesus and no hurt his love can’t heal.

Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand. Jesus is preparing a place for you and preparing you for the place. Stressing about it helps no one. Rest in Him and wait.

Take a deep breath and fix your eyes on Jesus.

Trust.

The Wonder of Worship

  

Because God is glorious, He can use authentic praise uttered by the weakest of us to establish a stronghold against the enemy.

Because God is awesome, He can use the weakest vessels to silence the strongest foes.

Your praise will shatter strongholds and your worship unleashes God’s glory in your life.

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (‭Psalm‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬ NIV)

It doesn’t matter if the praise comes from the mouth of a child or is expressed by one who whispers in wonder at the beauty of a butterfly.

To worship the Creator is to fill your soul with life. To praise the Almighty is to wage war against fear.

Your words become weapons in the hands of a Mighty God. It does not matter who you are or how you see yourself. You are His child.

Don’t focus on the battle, focus on the praise.

Don’t focus on the warfare, focus on the worship.

Lose yourself in the wonder of His presence and let God fight your battles today.

The Line

  
There was a line of air between the ramp I walked down and the airplane I flew in last night to go down to Southern California. I could see straight down to the ground below. It is only a couple inches wide but every time I take that last step, my heart skips a beat and I know it is a commitment.

I am committing my time, my trust and my very life into the hands of pilot and crew. I am trusting that we will fly. I am trusting that we will arrive safely to our destination.

I love to fly. I actually find it very relaxing but every time I cross that thin line of air, my heart picks up a beat. It always feels amazing to fly and that it has become a normal mode of transportation for human beings.

I wonder if the crew who fly everyday have lost the wonder of it. Doing
something everyday, no matter how miraculous it actually is, can become monotonous, normal and joyless.

Your life with God is like that. It is amazing and miraculous. Instead of a line of air you must cross, it is a line faith.

The first time you cross it, you know it is a miracle. You know it is a gift.
You know that you are committing your time, your trust and your very life into a relationship with the living and Almighty God. You are trusting that it is even possible to have a relationship with God. You are trusting that in the end of it all you will arrive safely to your final destination- eternity in heaven.

But then you cross that line day after day, year after year and forget that faith is a miracle. It can too easily become monotonous, normal and joyless.

It takes intention and a good reminder to wake yourself up to the wonder of life with God now and for all eternity.

“You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing.

Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭8-9‬ MSG)

Have you lost the wonder of your faith in Christ Jesus?

Did you know that you can love and trust God daily but it won’t be filled with laughter and singing unless you remember the look down at the thin line of faith you are crossing. Until you remember the miracle you are living.

Every day, in every way that you cross it, it is a miracle that you get the privilege of living out.

You will live it out best when you take a moment to recapture the wonder and take hold of the joy of crossing the line of faith.