All Things Beautiful

IMG_2655 2We face different seasons in life. We can soar through a summer season and forget that winter is not too far away. No matter the season of life we can learn to adapt and change and find the beauty; for God makes all things beautiful in its time.

God created us amazingly unique. We are made to grow, develop, flourish and thrive body, spirit, soul. He made us to bear His image and steward His plans on planet earth.

Even when we wanted nothing to do with God, He loved us. His love is infinite. He demonstrated this love when He sent His precious son to earth for us. Jesus showed us the way to life and life everlasting.

Now because of the finished work of the cross we can receive Jesus’ gift of righteousness by faith. It is by the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace that we reign in life. Now no matter the season we are in we can know that God is with us, for us and on our side.

God goes before us and prepares the way. He is our rear guard and He leads us into lush meadows, near still waters and He restores our soul. Mercy and goodness follow us all the days of our life as we dwell in God’s community of believers forever.


Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:17, Psalm 23

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Spring Forward

cropped-cropped-istock_000008606850small3.jpgAs the season changes from winter to spring we get a picture of God’s rebirth on the planet. Life that has lain dormant under the earth awakens, producing beautiful species of flowers and flourishing blossoming trees; and everywhere we look we see new life.

Spring reminds us that God is a God of second chances. Just like the life that’s been buried under the surface in winter, we too can bury our hopes and dreams deep in our own heart. These dreams are not dead, they are just simply dormant.

We were made in the image of the infinite God of the universe. God made us for love, relationship and mission. He fashioned and shaped us for our purpose and placed us in our time and location to steward His plans.

Even though life can have a way of discouraging us and we can all go through winter seasons, God never gives up on us. Even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He sent His precious son to earth for us. Jesus embraced us, restored us, and He ultimately paid the highest price for us by giving His own life for ours in the great exchange.

As we receive Jesus into our heart, we receive God’s rebirth. We are reborn into God’s kingdom of light. We enter a constant clean slate and a forever second chance because of Jesus’ gift of righteousness. As we begin to discover our new identity in Christ, we can come to our Father God in times of prayer and begin to allow those dreams to rise in our heart.

The more we become centered in our new identity in Christ, the more we will allow ourselves to dream again. The more we meditate on God’s unending love for us, the more we will become fearless. As we step out in faith, we will see God’s supernatural power at work in us and through us. As we keep our eyes fixed on the Altogether Lovely One we will find ourselves in “God’s supernaturally abundantly above all that we can ask, think or hope.”

Genesis 1:26-28, 1 John 4:18, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21,

Ephesians 3:18-20

Limitless

Pink HydrangeaAs we journey through the seas of life, we can find that some are calmer than others. If we venture past what’s safe and known, we can find ourselves in unchartered waters. There is no reason to fear, because when we abandon the familiar, we will discover what we are really made of.

We were not made to just exist, we were made by the Living God for love, relationship and mission. God created us in His image uniquely magnificent. He has put in us our gifts, talents and abilities for the purposes He made us for. He plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to thrive.

Even when the world became upside down and we lost our way, God didn’t leave us that way. He so loved us that He sent love incarnate to earth for us. Jesus embraced us, restored us and ultimately laid down His life for us. He gave everything at the cross so we could receive everything the Father has for us.

Now we can be children of God and heirs according to the promise. As we commune with our beautiful savior in prayer, we can be energized for our purpose and calling. God will lead us into our destiny which will be intertwined with others. Together we can believe for things that have never been done before. As we focus on the Altogether Lovely One, we can find ourselves doing the impossible.

Matthew 14:28-30, Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 1:3, John 3:16, Romans 8:17, Ephesians 3:18-20

The Great Exchange

Sunset on the beachIn life we can struggle just to make it through. We can feel as though the whole world is against us, and if we believe we are here on planet earth all alone, we will feel utterly defeated. The truth is we are only one prayer away from rescue by the cavalry.

We are made in the image of the infinite God of the Universe. We are each designed individually, fashioned for our unique purpose; and placed in this planet to steward God’s purposes and plans.

Even when we lost our way God never gave up on us. He sent His perfect love to earth to reconcile us back to Him. Jesus walked the earth embracing the sinner, the misfit, the outcast. He healed the sick, fed the hungry and set the captives free. He loved us so much that He laid down His life for us so we could have God’s endless life.

Now we can receive everything won for us at the cross in this great exchange. We can bring Jesus our sin, sickness, fear and despair and receive His righteousness, health, wholeness and peace. Because of Jesus and His finished work on the cross we can be healed, healthy and whole, body, spirit and soul by simple faith.

As we grow in the understanding that God loves us unconditionally, we will begin to thrive in life. The more we meditate on God’s unending love, the more we will effortlessly transform from the inside out into who we have always been designed to be.

God will place us in community where we can flourish. He will take all of our individual purposes and weave them together into a beautiful tapestry of His plan. We will begin to soar over obstacles and challenges, and as we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, we will find ourselves in a place of victory reigning in life.

Romans 10:13, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 3:18-20,

Psalm 92:13, Romans 5:17

Made For This

iStock_000035870426SmallIn life we can fail miserably at things. We can give it our best and we still don’t measure up. The truth is we weren’t made to do absolutely everything. We were made however for love, relationship, and mission.

God created us unique with our own strengths, talents and abilities. He fashioned us like no one else. No one else has our unique DNA or fingerprints. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece made in the image of the God of the universe.

Even when we lost our way in this upside down world, God never gave up on us. He sent His only son to earth for us because of His great love. Jesus lived a perfect life for us and gave His life as us, so we could exchange our identity as “separated” for his identity as the “beloved child of God.”

Now as we receive Jesus in our heart, we are not only image bearers of God but children of our Heavenly Father upon whom He lavishes His love. As we grow in the understanding of what our Father God has called us to and fashioned us for, we will find that we excel in our purpose. God will cause us to flourish and thrive despite obstacles and challenges, and as we stay connected to Him, the river of life, whatsoever we do will prosper.

Genesis 1:26 – 28, Psalm 139:13-15, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:1, Ephesians 3:18-20, Psalm 1:3

Make Whole

almond flowersIn life we can find ourselves feeling hurt, betrayed, used or rejected. We can find it hard to trust again. We can even bring past situations into present realities. The truth is we were made for love. God created us for relationship and mission. He plucked us from eternity into our time and location to steward His plans and purposes.

God loves us so much that even when we became separated from Him, He sent love incarnate to earth for us. He knew that without Him, we would decay, so He sent us a savior. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we are reconnected to the source of life forever. We can be filled with the love of God which covers our sins and heals our soul.

Now as we come to our beautiful savior in prayer, we can bring our broken pieces. We can give our Lord all of our trauma, hurts, rejection, fear and unforgiveness and receive His healing, wholeness, acceptance, peace and divine forgiveness; which we can release to others.

In this world we all will have troubles. Where there are people we will have misunderstandings, hurts and betrayals, but God can heal us everytime. He causes us to rest in His presence and as we allow Him to carry all of our cares, we will emerge lighter and freer, able to thrive and flourish. As we fix our attention on the Altogether Lovely One, we will find that we are healed, made whole and over time we will transform from the inside out into the person we were always designed to be.

Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Peter 5:7, John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matt 11:28, John 15:5, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:2

A Real Rest

River WaterfallWe can be fearful of the future because we don’t really know what is ahead. We can try to make all sorts of plans to ensure everything goes well, but the truth is that we know that we cannot control all of life’s variables.

God created us to be light and free. When Jesus walked the earth He offered people a real rest. He called to all those who were weary and burdened to come to Him and He would give them rest.

As we come to Jesus and receive Him in our hearts, we can find God’s supernatural rest. We can be filled by God’s Spirit and have the peace of God that transcends understanding. As we learn to live and move in Him, we will find more and more that we have nothing to worry about it.

Our God goes before us and prepares the way. He leads us into green pastures and He also is our rear guard. As we rest in His beautiful presence, we can know that we will lack no good thing. As we stay focused on the King of Kings and not our problems we will effortlessly step into all the good things that God has prepared for us.

Deuteronomy 31:8, Genesis 1:26-28, Matthew 11:28, John 15:5, Acts 17:28, Psalm 23, Psalm 34:10, 2 Corinthians 3:18

The Path

many daisy flowers at sunset in summerWe can get lost on the journey of life. Without a good guide and map, we can find ourselves on the wrong path. Thankfully, we are one prayer away from a course correction.

Each of us are made in the image of the God of the Universe and as His image bearers we are intrinsically valuable. We are not just valuable but greatly loved.

God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to earth for us so we could be connected to Him forever. Now we can have a relationship with our Father God from the inside out.

As we receive Jesus into our heart, we receive His Spirit as our divine guide. As we walk along the path of life we can be led by our guide and look to the Word of God which is our map.

The Shepherd of our soul will lead us into lush meadows, to quiet pools to drink from and He will let us catch our breath and send us in the right direction. His beauty and love will chase after us, as we stay planted in the community of believers forever.

Hebrews 4:16, John 3:16, Romans 8:14, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 23 (MSG)

Nothing to Prove

blooming cameliaIn life we can go to extraordinary lengths to prove that we are somebody. We dress for success, we work hard for the promotion, we possess all the new toys. Somehow we feel if we have it all together on the outside, then no one will know that we have no clue who we are on the inside. However, who we are on the inside is who we actually are.

We were made in the image of the omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, infinite King of the Universe. We are intrinsically valuable because we bear His image. God uniquely fashioned us and plucked us from eternity and placed us into our time and location.

Even when the world became upside down and we became separated from God, He loved us so much that He sent Jesus Christ on a search and rescue mission for us. Jesus came to earth to save us so that we could forever be connected to our Heavenly Father.

As we receive Jesus into our heart, we are connected to the source of life from the beginning. We come into a loving parent-child relationship with our Father God. We can go to His throne room of grace in prayer and find out more of who He is and who He has created us to be.

The more we experience His love and grace, the more we will begin to become secure at the core of being. We will relax into our own skin and as we continue to focus on Him over time we will transform from the inside out into who we really are designed to be. We will find that we no longer have anything to prove and that we are proud possessors of all that can’t be bought.

Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 3:18-20, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Matthew 5:5 MSG

Soul Transformation

Lacy phacelia fieldIn life we can be made aware by others of our flaws and shortcomings. Society is quick to point out everywhere we do not measure up. The truth is that it’s not our shortcomings that keep us from our destiny, since we all have them, it’s focusing on them that is the problem.

God chose us to bear His image. He made us with our unique DNA and He intricately designed our fingerprints. He chose our personality, gifted us with our strengths, preferences and talents. He even knows our weaknesses and loves us anyway.

We may never be perfect this side of eternity but we can grow, develop, flourish and thrive. God loved us so much that even when we become disconnected from Him, the source of life, He sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus came to save us not condemn us. He even gave His life for us so we could have His right standing before God.

Now we can boast in our weaknesses and trust God’s transformation process. As we bring our broken parts to Jesus in prayer, He mends our hearts and heals our wounds. The more time we spend in communion with Jesus in prayer, the more we will bear the fruits of His Spirit such as love, joy and peace. Just like a butterfly leaving its cocoon, we can leave our times with Jesus transformed from the inside out ready to defy gravity.

Psalm 139:13-15, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 15:5