FUELED!

iStock_000001832109SmallSometimes in life we can lose our passion for the things we do. We go through the motions and do what needs to be done. However, without passion we will never fulfil the dreams in our heart. Passion compels us through the difficult seasons.

We were created to fulfill a specific purpose on planet earth.  God gave us our unique set of fingerprints and our individual DNA because we are so special and unique. Only we can accomplish what we’ve been designed to do and be.

God not only created us unique but He loves our uniqueness. Instead of trying to be like everyone else, we can relax into our own skin and be us. As we seek God daily in prayer we will get more of a revelation of who God is and who He has called us to be.

It’s during our times with God in prayer, worship and reading of the Word that we rediscover our passion for our mission in life. God’s plans are bigger for us than we can think, ask or imagine. As we are fueled by passion we will fulfill the dreams in our heart.

Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

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Flourish & Thrive

Dawn sky over the flower field, nature backgroundSometimes we don’t have all the answers in life. We want to be able to figure things out and make sense of everything, but some things we may never fully understand on this side of eternity.

The one thing we don’t have to figure out is God’s love for us. He demonstrated this when He sent Jesus to earth on a search and rescue mission for us.

God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son to live a perfect life for us, to die on the cross as us and then He raised Him from the dead for our justification. Now we can simply receive Jesus’s right standing with God the Father by faith.

As we spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer, we will grow in the revelation of His love for us. We may never be able to conceive of how massive it is, but we can experience it. And in time as we become rooted and grounded in this amazing love, we will begin to flourish and thrive in life.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His ]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Full of Purpose!

Ocean at nightWe can go through seasons of life feeling empty inside and all alone. We can try to fill that empty space with romance, people, drama, bad food, mood-altering substances or mindless entertainment.

No matter what we try to fill the emptiness with, nothing can truly fill it long tern except what it was made for. There is a God shaped hole in everyone of us, that only He can fill. God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Jesus to earth for us to reconnect us back to Him.

Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can receive perfect standing with God through Jesus and His finished work on the cross. This is the free gift of salvation: our part is to simply receive.

As we commune with our Father God daily in prayer, we will find ourselves full of God’s Spirit. We will sense peace that transcends understanding, we will feel the presence of God that brings fullness of joy; and we will in time step into a thriving life full of the purpose we were made for.

Psalm 57:2 – I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

Immeasurable

Magic pink rhododendron flowers on summer mountain.In life we struggle sometimes just to get by. We can come up short in different areas and wonder if we’ll even make it. The truth is we were not born just to muddle through, we were born to thrive.

We were made by the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, infinite God of the universe in His image. He created us in His image so we could be in relationship with Him; so we could be His children.

Even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He made a way for us to be reconnected. The Father God sent His best, His son Jesus, to earth for us to live a perfect life that we could not live, to die on the cross for our sin, and He then raised Jesus from the dead so we could be raised to new life with Him.

Now as we live this new life with Jesus, we can step into everything that we are created for. As we spend time with Him in prayer daily, we can pray big prayers. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think or ask. Instead of just getting by, we can move to reigning in life through God’s abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness. (Romans 5:17).

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, 21 to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Enlarge!

clouds on sunset over field with barleyWhen we travel along the road of life, we can encounter detours. We can waste energy being upset and angry because the path we wanted to take is under construction. However, if we relax and stay attentive on the new journey, our eyes will be open to new opportunities and divine connections.

God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to earth for us. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, He died on the cross as us and He was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can have His right standing with God by simple faith.

As we cultivate our relationship with our Father God daily in prayer, we can sense His Spirit leading us. God is with us, for us and on our side. As we go throughout our day we can stay connected to the source of life and become more and more aware of His presence leading us, guiding us and providing for us.

God has a huge destiny planned for us. It’s bigger than we can hope, think or imagine. It will always look somewhat different than we expected. God’s destiny will always lead to a legacy. It will involve helping people and bringing Heaven to Earth. As we bring our dreams to God, He will expand, enlarge and empower them for kingdom purpose.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…

Every Season

iStock_000041779274SmallEvery season has its good and bad qualities. Autumn is beautiful as the leaves turn. In winter we have the holiday season. The spring brings warmth and new life and summer is our time to relax and enjoy fun in the sun. Seasons of life come and go and we can learn to enjoy and appreciate the good in each one.

The Bible says there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:11). As we go through each season of life we can learn to be content, Our Father God loves us so much that He sent us Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between Him and us. He sent Jesus to live a perfect life for us, to die for our sins and then He raised Him from the dead so we could have right standing with God forever.

We now can have a relationship with the God of the universe daily and come to His throne room of grace in time of need. As we go through the good times and the hard times we can know God is with us. When we spend time in prayer, we can sense His beautiful presence where there is fullness of joy. We can experience the peace of God that transcends all understanding; and we can leave our times or prayer with a sense of well-being despite our circumstances.

In every new season there will be the good and bad. When we stay close to Jesus in prayer, worship and reading and meditating on the Word, we will find a place of divine contentment. It is a place that strengthens us, no matter the circumstances. As we completely lean upon our Lord Savior, we can trust that He will strengthen us for all things.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Within

iStock_000016542591SmallIn life we can feel that we are always missing something. We look around and see that others have something we want and we try to get from people temporal things to make us feel better. If we do, we will find that things are never enough.

Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is within you (Luke 17:21). As we receive Jesus into our heart, the wealth of the Kingdom is in us. We are reconnected to the source of life from the beginning and we experience true life.

Jesus said that the enemy came to kill, steal and destroy but that He came to bring life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). As we grow in our relationship with God, we will find the true riches: love, joy, peace, and well-being.

As we daily cultivate our relationship with God by spending time with Him, in prayer, reading the Word and and times of worship, we will find that we cease to look for fulfillment in outside sources. When our God-shaped hole is filled by the love we were always meant for, our true selves begin to emerge and we become everything we are made to be.

Luke 17:21 – Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Eyes on the Goal

misty morningWe can become disillusioned in life when things turn out completely different than we had planned. We can head in one direction but without a steadfast focus on the goal we can end in a million others. The reality is it is never too late to get back on track with our destiny.

We were made intentionally for a specific purpose. We are completely unique and individually designed. We are made in the image of the infinite God of the universe for relationship, to be a part of the family of God.

As we accept Jesus into our heart, we become children of God. We have constant access to our Father God in prayer. We can daily go boldly to the throne room of grace in time of need and seek God’s perfect will for our life.

When we feel off track we can spend time in prayer with our Father God to get direction. After times in prayer we will instinctually know which decisions to make and opportunities to take. As we keep our eye on one goal which is knowing God, we will effortlessly find ourselves right where we are suppose to be.

Philippians 3:10 – I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Annual Fall Post: Falling in Love

Vintage photo of dandelion field in sunsetFall is one of my favorite times of the year. Autumn colors burst on the scene, the temperature begins to cool and pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the coffee shop menu. The lazy days of summer transition to the busyness of fall activities. School is back and routines are set. We are back in the game of life, working towards our goals and accomplishing the vision set before us.

My favorite thing of all about fall is the wardrobe. Flip-flops and tank tops are replaced with jackets, scarves, hats and boots. Layers are back, and style is in. It’s almost as if fall gives us permission to declare not only our taste in fashion but our own unique sense of individuality.

A beanie and combat boots indicate our downtown grungy side. A blazer and scarf reveals our sense of sophistication, and flannel and skinny jeans tell everyone we’re with the band. Whatever our tastes and preferences are, they have been placed in us for a purpose.

We are all unique and completely individual. No one possesses our DNA. No one has our particular set of fingerprints. No one on earth is like us. We are all a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece. The mold was broken when we were made. Deep down inside we know this and that is why our uniqueness flows out of our core in different ways. It can be seen in our sense of fashion, in our sense of humor, in our taste in music. Our individuality can be seen in the passion for our causes, in compassion for hurting people, and in our hobbies, academic pursuits, choices of vocation and avocation. When we embrace our identity and individuality we declare something deeper about eternity.

However we have been shaped and molded, it is for a specific purpose and reason. We are neither an accident nor a mistake. No matter the circumstances of our birth, we are destined to be here. We actually have been plucked from eternity and placed into our specific location and time. No matter the obstacles we face or the challenges we encounter, we were born to conquer them all and reign in life.

The infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent Creator of the Universe designed us and knows our detailed workings. He understands how we are wired and what makes us tick. And even more than all of this, He loves how we are wired. He loves our uniqueness. He loves everything about us. He created us. There is nothing about us that is a surprise to Him. He is not caught off guard, nor taken back. We are actually His idea and design.

God not only loves everything about us, He loves us. Even when we were not interested in knowing Him or HIs plan for our lives, He loved us. He has always desired a close relationship with us. He desires family. He sent His very best from heaven to earth on a seek-and-rescue mission for us. God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ came to this earth for you and me. He came extending grace not condemnation. He came offering forgiveness not judgment. He came for relationship not rules.

He knew the price that would have to be paid for mankind to be reconciled to the Father God and He chose to pay that price. Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth for each and every single one of us, because we are not able to. Jesus died a criminal’s death on the cross for our sins, so we would not have to. And Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification, so we could forever have right standing with Him by simple faith.

God’s perfect love and justice were poured out on the cross for you and me. Every sin, mistake and shortcoming has been paid for on the cross at Calvary once and for all. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become the righteousness of God in Christ. All we do is simply believe. Even if we’ve thought that God was mad at us, we were wrong. God’s love is infinite, His mercy and forgiveness unending.

As we seek our Father God in prayer, we can catch a greater glimpse daily of His radical love for us. As we grow as people of love we will begin to sense the calling we were made for. Once we begin to become rooted in the knowledge of God’s love we will get a fuller picture of our purpose here on earth.

Receiving God’s love allows us to return that love to Him, which then overflows onto others. No matter the individual specifics of our calling, the core of it will always be love. As we meditate on God’s love, we will find ourselves falling in love: in love with God, in love with our purpose, in love with who we have been created to be.

As we enter this busy season of fall, we can stay centered at our core of our being knowing that we are deeply loved. Loved people love and the more we receive His love the more we will effortlessly fulfill the purpose and plan He has for us; the more we will become everything we are destined to be.

 

 

Approved!

iStock_000001832109SmallIn life we can feel as though we are always coming up short. We try to please people and make everyone happy but it’s never enough. The truth is no one has ever made everyone happy at the same time.

If we worry about everyone’s opinions we can get so caught up in trying to make them happy that we forget that that is not our purpose. We’ve been created for a mission, a reason and a plan and we will only discover that plan by spending time with God.

God so loved the world that He sent His only son Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus came on a seek-and-rescue mission to save that which was lost. Even when we were not interested in a relationship with God, Jesus paid the price for our sins, so we could be reconnected to our Father God.

Now as we spend time in prayer with the Father, we can get a glimpse of God’s massive love for us. The more loved we feel at our core, the less we will need everyone else’s approval. When we are filled with unconditional love, we stop trying to get from people what they could never have given us in the first place.

Galatians 1:10 – Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.