Get Real

Jesus loves you.

The real you.

Not the one you think you should be but the person you actually are with all the contradictions within you – good, bad, helpful, hurtful, humble, prideful, broken, healed.

Jesus does not expect you to be perfect, He expects you to be real.

Real with who you are, where you are and that you need Him.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you;”  1 Peter 5:6 MSG

Let go of who you think you should be and embrace who you are today.

Jesus does and loves you.

Let Him.

The Awareness of God

But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.”

ROMANS 13:11 MSG

If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God’s love for you.

If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.

If you have to make a to do list – put “recognizing God‘s presence” in the top spot.

Take care of whatever you need to take care of today but make sure to make room for God to interrupt, intervene, and weave Himself into each thing you do with His love, His mercy, His perspective, His grace, His strength and His joy.

If you are wondering whether God is present in your life, He is.

He longs to connect with you. 

You are one of His favorites.

What does being aware of God mean to you?

Have you been so busy that you are missing God presence?

May the awareness of God supersede all else as you are embraced by the Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.

An Invitation to Stop

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

Matthew 11:28 NIV

This is Jesus’ invitation to you to stop striving and rest.

The Greek word for “rest” in Matthew 11:28 means:

1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength

2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest

3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation

It is His invitation for you to take a minute or an hour to simply stop.

Stop producing, stop creating and simply breathe.

Close your eyes to look at what is going on inside of you.

Remember that your value to God is not what you do but who you are.

You are His beloved child.

He loves you when you are “doing good.”

He loves you when you are struggling.

He loves you when you are failing.

He loves you.

It is not a one-time invitation, it is a a daily invitation to come to Jesus and be reminded who you are.

Are you tired?

Come to Jesus, His arms are open.

Return and Reset

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:7 NIV

Don’t let a bad attitude rob you of a good opportunity.

When the world crowds in on you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment to chill out and remember that God is good and has been good to you.

Breathe in the truth that He loves you right now, where you are.

His love can reset your perspective and return your internal state from “fret” to “rest.”

Unwind your worry.

Reset your soul.

God has called you to be a change-maker where you are.

The very best way to change your attitude is by reminding yourself who God is and who you are in Christ.

He will give you everything you need, including reminding you to get out of the way.

Let go of all the things you can’t control today and reset the one thing you can – your attitude.

What does re-setting your soul to rest in Jesus look like for you today?

Your Love Life

“Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1 MSG

My friend, go after a life of love.

Having more money, more stuff or more accomplishments will mean nothing if your life is void of love.

Life with Jesus is a lifestyle of loving God and loving people.

As Jesus teaches you how to receive His love everyday, He will teach you how to love others.

That is it. 

It really is that simple.

Who are you going to love today?

Drenched

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”

Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Jesus opened wide the door for you to walk with Him every day and draw from His unquenchable love to pour into every area of your life.

My prayer for you today is that you would be so drenched in the love of Jesus that it drips off you and onto everything you touch.

God So Loved

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16-18 Message Version

Found on poster boards at football games and tucked into the edges of cups at In and Out Burger (or at least they used to be, I haven’t checked lately), this compact verse holds the essence of God’s heart.

It is about His love.

His love for you, for me and for whoever you see today, wherever you go.

It is so familiar that our own hearts can skip over the awe-inspiring wonder of it: God loves this world and every person in it, so much so, that He gave of Himself. He sent a representative out of his own house to set the record straight about who He is.

God loves, forgives, restores, reaches out and meets people where they are, wherever they are.

He comes to us long before we come to Him.

He loves us first and we respond to this amazing, self-giving, capitol Love.

Jesus did not come to condemn but to rescue.

Who? Me and you and everyone.

That is truly good news.

May you allow the wonder of this all encompassing love reinvigorate compassion for yourself as well as for every other human being you interact with today.

Surrounded by Love

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You may feel like you are on your own to deal with the stress of life.

That you’re on your own to make it happen, whatever “it” is, but you are not on your own, you are God’s beloved child. 

You are surrounded by LOVE.

His love goes before you and His grace follows behind you.

You are cherished and provided for, guided and anointed to walk confidently in God’s love.

God goes before you to make a way where there seems to be no way.

He sets up divine appointments for you to walk in and He brings people across your path that need you.

He blesses you with what you need, to do what He has called you to do.

His hand of blessing is on your head. He has hemmed you in His love.

That means in ALL that you do, big or small, His hand of blessing is on it- because His hand of blessing is on you.

My prayer for you is that you will begin to see yourself in the light of God’s passionate love for you:

He has chosen you.
Rescued you.
Provided for you.
Forgiven you.
Equipped you.
Goes before you.
Follows up after you. 

God’s love is not like man’s love. He is not controlling you, He is surrounding you with Himself and there is more freedom in His presence than anywhere else in the world.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Jesus, you have permission to live fully in God’s grace and walk confidently with His hand of blessing on you.

You are surrounded by Him. Set your fear aside and walk confidently in His love today.

What Trips You Up?

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
    But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What trips you up?

How do you fall?

Is it overthinking, overeating, over-controlling, overworking, oversleeping, over-it-all-so-I-am-quitting everything?

It really isn’t what trips you up that is dangerous, it is what keeps you down when you fall.

You fell.

You are human.

Get up.

You are loved.

God is not done with you.

You have a purpose.

God has a vision for your life.

Get up and take one step toward it today.

How Jesus Loves

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

Mark 10:22 NIV

Jesus saw the man who was right in front of Him and loved him 

Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

This is how Jesus loves.

When Jesus looks at you, He loves you.

He loves you for who are right at this moment.

He doesn’t love you for who you may become or only if you will get better.

Jesus loves you.

This love pursues, heals and is what inspires people to love others the way Jesus loves them.

Do you know today that Jesus loves you like this?