Be Here

iStock_000021263546LargeWe can feel so rushed in life. We try desperately to get to one place or another. We occupy our minds with what is coming next and we forget to be in the moment and engage the present where life actually happens.

God made us on purpose for a purpose. His plans are infinite and His timing perfect. He created us for love not control, relationship not rules, and mission not existence. We are made to grow, develop, flourish and thrive.

Even when we were disconnected from the God of the Universe, He did not leave us that way. He sent love incarnate to earth for each and every one of us. On earth Jesus embraced the sinner, healed the sick, touched the leper and loved the outcast and misfit. Jesus laid down HIs life so we could be reconnected to the Father and have His forever endless life.

As we receive Jesus into our hearts, we become children of God upon whom He lavishes His love. We can spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer, resting in His beautiful presence. We can emerge from these times freer and lighter, able to seize our day with confidence. We can be people who engage the present, love the people God brings into our path and effortlessly over time we will transform from the inside out into everything we’ve been made to be.

Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 3 John 1:2, 1 John 3:1, Psalm 16:11, Matthew 11:28, John 15:5, Psalm 45:12

Magnificent Design

misty morningIn life we can try to fit into some sort of mold. Even if that mold is different than the mainstream mold, it’s still a mold. The truth is that the mold that was made for each of us broke after we were shaped and fashioned.

God made us unique. Each of us have our own DNA, fingerprints and unique destiny. If we try to pretend to be someone else, who will be us? We were made on purpose for a purpose and no one else can be or do what we’ve been put on the planet to be or do.

To know who we are we must know our designer. Our God is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnipresent King of the Universe. He is gloriously infinite and yet completely concerned with the smallest detail of our life.

God’s love is unfailing. He chose each of us to bear His image, and through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross we can be His children. Now we can know our Heavenly Father intimately in this loving parent-child relationship.

The more we abide in prayer, the more we will know who He is and who we are meant to be. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, receiving His radical, unfailing, unconditional love, the more we will effortlessly transform from the inside out into the incredibly magnificent person we always knew we really were.

Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:13-14, John 15:5, Romans 12:2

Light & Easy

iStock_000027392983SmallLife can be full of pressure and demands and if we are not careful we can be crushed underneath them. We were actually designed to carry a light and easy weight so that we can flourish and thrive in life.

God created us for love, relationship and mission. He made us to lavish His love upon; to be in a healthy relationship with Him and others; and to fulfill a specific God-given purpose and destiny here on planet Earth.

As we come to our Lord Jesus in prayer we can give Him all of our heavy weights: worry, sickness, disease, depression, anxiety and stress; and receive all of His light and easy weights: love, joy, peace, comfort, a sense of well-being and excitement for the future.

The lighter our suitcase the further we can travel on this journey in life. The lighter we are the healthier our souls will be. When our soul is healthy it will manifests itself to the outside, so that overtime we are flourishing and prospering in every realm.

1 Peter 5:7, Genesis 1:26-28, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 11:28

The Divine Guide

iStock_000016759123SmallWe can find ourselves lost on the journey of life. We find one day that we do not even recognize who we are in the mirror, and we wonder how on earth we got to where we are. When we are lost we are also one simple prayer away from being found.

God created us for forward motion. He made us to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. No matter what circumstances come against us, we are built to overcome every challenge and obstacle in life.

Even when we lost our way, God never gave up on us. He sent Jesus Christ to earth on a search and rescue mission for us. As we receive Jesus into our hearts, we become children of God and reconnected to the source of life forever.

Now on this journey of life we can have a divine guide. As we follow our Lord Jesus, we will lack nothing. He will lead us into lush provision, peace that transcends understanding and the restoration of our soul. We will see that goodness and mercy pursues us all the days of our lives as we dwell in the community of believers forever.

Genesis 1:26-28, Luke 19:10, Romans 8:17, Psalm 23

The Healthy Soul

iStock_000040895658SmallAs we travel along the path of life we can find that at times we move at different speeds. Some seasons we seem to be going effortlessly down hill, while at others we feel as if we are going straight up not making any progress at all.

We were made for incremental organic growth. Just like a seed planted in good soil, we are created to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. Through every season we need a good gardener to keep our soil healthy. As we come to our Father God through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, we come to the good gardener of our soul.

As we remain in Christ in prayer and meditation on the Word, we will see our souls exposed to the water of the Spirit and the light of our Lord Jesus. As our souls become healthy, overtime we will see the other realms of our life become healthy as well. We will find that health makes its way from the inside out.

As we rest in the unfailing love of our beautiful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will find that we step into the unforced rhythms of grace. As we walk with Jesus and learn from Him, He won’t put anything ill-fitting or heavy on us. Each step we take with Jesus, we become lighter and freer because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We will find that growth is not the goal anymore, it is a by product of a healthy soul.

1 Corinthians 3:7, Psalm 1, John 3:5, John 8:12, John 15:5, Matt 11:28-30

Love Conquers All

NatureIn life we can find ourselves trying so hard to prove who we are. We work for a title or position to get that proverbial pat on the back. However, true greatness is not found in those things; it is found in the ability to love selflessly.

The creator of heaven and earth made each and every one of us in His image. He shaped us and placed us in our time and location. God stamped us with our unique DNA and designed our individual fingerprints. Each one of us is made on purpose for a purpose and we are all intrinsically valuable.

God made us to have a constant connection with Him, the source of life. Even when we were disconnected, He sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus laid down His life for us, so we could exchange our identity as “separated” to His identity as “beloved child of God.” Jesus took all of our sins and mistakes at the cross so we could take His innocence and right standing with our Heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ the King of Kings didn’t rest on His title and position but instead He emptied himself of status and became a servant for us all. Our glorious Servant King still serves us today as we come to the throne room of grace with our petitions and requests. Our God hears us and He is faithful to answer our prayers.

As we are still before the presence of the Lord, we can commune with His beautiful Holy Spirit. After these times of prayer, we find ourselves full of what matters the most: joy, peace, gratitude, contentment and a heart to love selflessly.

John 15:13, Psalm 139:13-14, Genesis 1:26-28, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16, Philippians 2:17, 1 John 5:15, Galatians 5:22-23  

Navigating the Journey

iStock_000011739783SmallIn life we can find ourselves in unchartered waters. We wake up to find that we may once have known everything but now we know nothing at all. We fear that we may get off course, stranded or even worse that we might shipwreck. The truth is we are not alone on this journey. We are simply one prayer away from help and wise counsel.

God created us for connection. He made us for a constant connection with Him and for others as well. Even when we wanted nothing to do with God, He didn’t leave us disconnected. God sent His very best to earth for us. Jesus came to earth and laid down His life for us so we could be reconnected to the source of life from the beginning.

As we are reconnected to God, we become His children and heirs. We can be filled with the knowledge of our Father God’s will in spiritual understanding. As we spend time in our devotional times of prayer we can commune with our Heavenly Father. We will leave these times instinctually knowing what direction to take and what decisions to make.

Our Father God will never leave us stranded. He is with us, for us and on our side. He didn’t hold back His only begotten son, how much more will He not freely give us all things? If we lack wisdom we can ask and He will give liberally. If we need help, we can boldly go to the throne room of grace in time of need. So we can have peace that transcends understanding and know that God is with us and will work everything out for good.

Genesis 1:27-28: God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Colossians 1:9 – For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Hebrews 4:16 – Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Restore. Renew. Regenerate.

iStock_000039873530SmallSometimes in life we can feel empty and dissatisfied. We can believe the lie that if we gained something then we would be happier. If we gain status, a title and position, approval from the right crowd; if we were thin enough, good looking enough, smart enough, or educated enough, we would finally be just fine.

Sadly, we strive for things in life that do not satisfy for very long. Being content has nothing to do with our outside circumstances of life and everything to do with the inside condition of our heart.

God made a way for us to have His life on this side of eternity. Not just existence but abundant life that is endless. Jesus left heaven for earth so we could have this abundant life that heals, restores, renews and regenerates.

As we receive Jesus in our heart our inside world becomes right side up again. We can access the peace of God that transcends understanding, we can find fullness of joy in His presence; and we can be content in all things because we are connected to the source of everlasting life.

Psalm 42:7Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Philippians 4:12-13 – 12 – I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Soar Above

iStock_000025918156SmallIn life one day it can be sunshine and blue skies and the next we can find ourselves outside in the harsh elements in a mega storm. When life changes in an instant we can run to refuge for safety and comfort.

Our God is our refuge. He is our strength and strong tower. No matter the traumas and dramas we face in life we can run to our Father God in prayer and receive mercy, protection, comfort, counsel, provision, and strength.

God is love and He loves us unconditionally. He sent Jesus to us long before we ever wanted anything to do with Him. Love incarnate lived the sinless life we could not, He died on the cross for our sins, past, present and future, and He was raised from the dead for our justification.

Now we can receive Jesus into our hearts, and be connected to the source of life from the beginning. Our inside world becomes right side up again. No matter the storms we face we can have peace that transcends understanding, because we know our Heavenly Father loves, accepts and approves us and that He is with us, for us and on our side.

The more we know that we are not alone and we are unconditionally loved, the more we will soar over life’s challenges and obstacles and find ourselves smack dab in our purpose and destiny effortlessly fulfilling our mission in life.

Psalm 46:1 The VoiceGod is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe

1 John 4:8 – The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Ephesians 3:18-20 – may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 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…

Love Permeates

iStock_000026288818SmallIn life we can question our worthiness. We can wonder why we are here on planet earth and what value we bring. If we believe the lie that we are a mistake or we have nothing of substance to contribute, we will give up on the incredible destiny and purpose we were made for and simply resign to exist.

We were not created to just exist but to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. We were made in the image of the infinite God of the Universe. He created each and everyone of us marvelously unique. We all have our own fingerprints and individual DNA. God created us with all of our strengths and preferences in mind. He made each of us a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Even when we were disconnected to God, He made a way for each and every one of us to be reconnected to Him. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification.

As we receive Jesus into our heart we can be connected to the source of endless life. We can find our intrinsic value and our unique purpose in the arms of our loving Father God. As we spend time in prayer, we will begin to really know unconditional love. We will begin to experience unconditional love. We will see this unconditional love permeate our core.

The more love we allow ourselves to receive, the more we will appreciate our own value and purpose. We will begin to step into the purpose and plans we were made for; and our Father God will weave our life with others into a beautiful tapestry of His destined plans. As our lives of purpose intertwine with others on this destiny road, we will see the Kingdom of Heaven taking ground on planet earth.

Psalm 139:13-22 MSG – Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;  you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea.

Ephesians 2:10 NIV – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 3:18-20 MSG – I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.