Bloom!

sun glare poppiesIn life it is easy to become discontent. We can look at what everybody else has. When we do this, we make the comparison that either we have more than someone else, which leads to pride, or that we have less than someone else, which leads to envy. The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence, it’s just greener where you water it.

When you come into relationship with the God of the Universe by accepting Jesus, you receive eternal life. This life is joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit. This gift from God is not external but internal and we experience it from the inside out.

Now as we spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer, worship and reading the Word, we sense His peace, joy and well-being. There is nothing in the world that compares to God’s presence. It is in His presence we are healed, restored, and made-whole: all the things that can never be bought.

As we grow in our walk with God, we will grow in our ability to be content. We will become grateful for all the good things in our life. We can focus on what we do have and not on what we don’t. As we begin to settle into all that God has blessed us with, we will bloom where we are planted.

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The Only One

Field of blooming Lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) at sunsetWe can put too much stock in people’s opinions of us. If we feel they approve then we think we measure up, or if we feel any sense of disapproval we can become insecure, as if anyone’s opinion of us changes who we really are.

We are made in the image of an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnibenevolent being who hung the stars and created everything in existence. When we start to understand who God is then we will better understand who we are. God has no limitations and the more we understand who He created us to be, the more we will live a life without limits.

God not only created us but He radically loves us. He sent Jesus Christ to earth to live a sinless life for us, to die on the cross as us and to be raised from the dead for our justification, so we could be eternally His. Now we simply receive Jesus’s righteousness by faith and we become the righteousness of God in Christ. There is no effort on our part, we simply believe.

When our confidence grows strong in God alone, we will not be shaken by people’s opinions. No longer will we thrive when people approve of us or be crushed when they do not. We will be able to walk confidently and securely, because we know that we are approved by God who is always with us, for us and on our side.

Hebrews 12:2 –  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Under the Waterfall!

iStock_000016759123SmallAs we travel along the path of life, we can face detours and distractions. If we get caught up in either we can get off course. Our purpose in life is too important to allow life’s silly dramas to drag us down.

As we receive Jesus into our hearts, we come into relationship with our Heavenly Father. Now when we face obstacles and challenges, we can come boldly to the throne room of grace in time of need. Our Father God always has our best interest at heart and we can receive His help, grace, and wisdom for every situation in life.

As we spend time in prayer, worship and reading God’s Word, we will sense the presence of the Lord. In God’s presence there is fullness of joy. We can entirely relax in His presence, because He loves us unconditionally. God’s love and forgiveness flow like a waterfall washing away our guilt, shame and condemnation.

The more time we spend under the waterfall, the more we will walk away refreshed, renewed and ready for God’s purpose for our life. God’s plans for us are massive, unchanging and eternal. So, knowing the magnitude of our calling, we can journey through life with a steadfast gaze, focusing our eyes on Jesus. When we do, we will find that everything peripheral will fade in the distance.

Made to Reign

iStock_000016623146SmallWe can work so hard to try to have people approve of us. We wear certain clothes, own certain possessions and even choose certain career paths just to get a stamp of approval from people. Unfortunately, people are changeable and fickle, we can never please all the people 100% of the time. Instead of working so hard to earn approval from people, we can actually take the time to discover who we really are and what we are created to do. There is nothing like relaxing into your true identity.

God had us in mind from the beginning of time. He formed us with our personality and preferences. He gave us our talents and gifts. He placed us in our families, location and time for His purposes. We were created to overcome every obstacle and challenge we face because we are made to reign.

When we accept Jesus into our life, we come into relationship with our Heavenly Father. Now we can spend time getting to know the one who created us. Our Father God is the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnibenevolent King of the Universe. He runs the cosmos and yet knows the number of hairs on our head. Through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, we can have an intimate, loving, parent-child relationship with our “Abba” Father God.

As we grow in knowing our Heavenly Dad, we will grow in knowing ourselves, because we are made in His image. As we receive the unconditional, unfailing, infinite love of God daily, we will begin to effortlessly change into His likeness. Just as a seed is planted in the ground and begins to grow, so do we as we spend time in prayer, worship and reading of the Word. Our lives will begin to blossom and flourish and we will discover over time who we are in Christ and what God has created us to do.

Romans 5:17 – For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

The Path

iStock_000001832109SmallThere are times in life when we face setbacks. We can be heading down the path of life and everything seems as if it is falling nicely into place. However, if we are not careful we can get off course in an instant and find ourselves lost. It is easy to go in circles when you journey without a guide.

God so loved the world that He sent us Jesus, to live a sinless life for us, to die on the cross as us and to be raised from the dead for our justification. Jesus did this so we could receive His righteousness and we could be reconciled back to our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. As we cultivate our relationship with God, we can know that our guide is good, for us, on our side and will never ever leave us. God will always get us back on track and keep us on course.

As we spend time in prayer, worship and reading of the Word, we will become more attuned to God’s leading. We will be able to sense which decisions to make and opportunities to take. He will lead us into green pastures, near still waters; and He restores our souls (Psalm 23:2-3).

 

Psalm 23:3 – He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

The Secret Place

Flower field at sunset.At times in life, we can struggle just to make it. We juggle roles and responsibilities, we work harder and harder and often find we are no further ahead than when we started. If we do everything out of our own strength, we will become exhausted and burned out. We weren’t made to do life all on our own.

As we come into relationship with the God of the Universe by accepting Jesus into our hearts, we come into relationship with the one who made us. God becomes our Father, and we are never alone again. God had us in mind since the beginning, He formed and shaped us, created us for a purpose and understands what makes us satisfied and fulfilled.

As we seek God in prayer, worship and reading of the Word, we find the secret place. In this private time with God, we can cast all our care upon Him because He so dearly cares for us. As we leave our times with God, we will be lighter and freer. We will have given God the burdens that we were never meant to carry; and in exchange we can receive His joy, peace and well-being.

Now life can be an exciting adventure. As we follow the shepherd of our soul, we can live a passionate life of faith. Our Heavenly Father empowers us to overcome every obstacle and challenge we face. He will open doors of opportunity and lead us to an abundant life where we thrive and prosper in every realm.

Psalm 91:1 – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 

Peace

iStock_000036735846SmallLife can be chaotic at times. The economy can shift, people can be fickle and our circumstances can turn in a moment. It is easy to become fearful when things change. However, if we try to keep everything the same, we will be very unhappy people because change is one of life’s main guarantees.

However, God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His covenant with His people has changed. There was a time when our right standing depended on our actions; but now our covenant depends on believing in Jesus’s actions on the cross. Jesus lived a sinless life for us, died on the cross as us, and was raised from the dead for our justification.

When we accept Jesus, we receive son and daughtership. We become children of God and we enter into a divine relationship with our Heavenly Father. Now we are the righteousness of God in Christ by simply receiving Jesus into our heart.

As children of God, we have constant access to our Heavenly Father. We can spend time with Him in prayer, worship and reading of the Word. We can bring to Him all of our worries and concerns and receive His peace and well-being. We can be refreshed in God’s presence and empowered to soar above every obstacle and challenge in our life. Now as we face change, we can do so with confidence that we are not alone. God is with us, for us and on our side.

Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”  

 

Made For This!

grass and sunsetIt’s easy to become burned out and discouraged. We can feel used, alone and unloved. We try to gain people’s love and approval; we try to get from them something that we can only receive from the one who made us.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we come into relationship with the God of the Universe. God becomes our Father and now we can receive from Him continual love and acceptance. We were made for love and to love; and as we begin to daily receive love and allow it to pour out of us, we will begin effortlessly to become all that we are called to be.

We can begin to step into our purpose and destiny as we grow in the revelation of God’s love for us. As we relax into our true identity in Christ, we will become confident in who God created us to be and what He’s created us to do.

As we follow our amazing savior along the path leading to abundant life, we will find joy, peace and restoration for our souls. Even when we face obstacles, God’s grace empowers us to soar above every difficulty and challenge in life. Our lives will become like a well-watered garden, lush and green, and flourishing in every season of life.

Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden,  like a spring whose waters never fail...

 

Abundantly

flower_and_blurred_background_206798We can sometimes feel burdened by demands placed on us to provide, produce and perform for others in this life. If we live with a demand mindset we always live under stress. We will ultimately disappoint people because we are finite and only able to do so much on our own.

When we accept Jesus in our hearts, God becomes our Heavenly Father. We are no longer alone, now our Father in Heaven is with us, for us and on our side. God’s supply and provision is inexhaustible. Now we can have a supply mindset instead of a demand mindset.

One day when Jesus was preaching and teaching, crowds began to develop. The Bible says there were over five thousand men, with women and children gathered. The disciples urged Jesus to send the crowds home to find food. Jesus told them to feed the crowds. The disciples had a demand mindset while Jesus had a supply mindset. As the disciples looked around for something to feed the crowd with, they found one boy who was willing to offer his few fishes and loaves of bread.

Jesus blessed the boy’s meal, and there was enough for everyone, including the disciples, who picked up 12 baskets of leftovers. When we bring the little we have to Jesus, He blesses it. We find provision from unexpected places; our resources last longer than we ever thought possible.

Jesus is the bread of life. He is our provision and as we follow Him, we can live without worry and fear of lack, knowing our good shepherd leads us into abundant provision, supernatural rest, and the restoration or our souls (Psalm 23:2-3).

Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

UNLEASHED

iStock_000026288818SmallIn life we can try to measure up to every standard that the world throws at us. We get pressure to become society’s “ideal.” However, the truth is we are all individuals and we’ve all been created specifically for a special destiny and purpose. Our fingerprints are different and our DNA is unique.

We have so many voices speaking to us about our identity, it is hard to know whom to believe. Marketing firms have agendas and people have unrealistic expectations, but there is only one being in the universe who actually knows us better than we know ourselves.

When we come into relationship with our designer, we catch a glimpse of the blueprints to our destiny. In the beginning God purposed who we would be. He designed us with special skills, giftings and abilities; and then placed us in our time and location for His mission and plans. As we grow in knowing God, we will grow in knowing who we really are.

Jesus lived a sinless life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. He did this so we could be reconciled to God, saved from destruction, restored body, spirit and soul, and empowered and equipped to fulfill our unique destiny and purpose on the planet.

Now we can seek our Heavenly Father daily in prayer, worship and reading of the Word and receive His unfailing, unconditional and overflowing love. This radical love leads to a life unleashed and on mission for God’s cause on the planet, restoring mankind back to Himself.