Through the Storm

iStock_000016542591SmallAt times we can feel as though the world is crashing in from every side. We can feel trapped as if there is no way out. However, when we can stop listening to our emotions, we will find there is always a means of escape.

God created us to flourish. He made us in HIs image for relationship and mission. He plucked us from eternity and placed us on the planet to grow, develop, flourish and thrive.

Even when we became disconnected from God and lost our way, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us. God’s love became flesh and moved into the neighborhood for us. Now we can receive Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross and be reconnected, redeemed and restored to our original purpose.

The more we commune with our Lord in prayer, the more we will step into what we are made for. When our obstacles and challenges seem too much to bear, we can pray for help and our Father God will deliver and empower us, so we are able to soar over the storms of life and find ourselves in our purpose and destiny.

Hebrews 12:2 – “Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

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Worlds Collide

photo (23)We can go through slumps in life and want to give up moving forward. However, slumps are just temporary and our destiny can impact eternity; so taking the next step towards our dreams is vital.

We were made in the image of God to overcome adversity, for an adventurous journey, and to impact others for good. God shaped our gifts and talents for our specific call in life, plucked us from eternity and placed us on the planet for mission.

Even when we lost our way God sent His rescue plan in the form of His beloved only son. Jesus gave up Heaven for earth to save us not condemn us. He laid down His life at the cross, so we could receive His righteousness by faith and His abundant endless life.

Now we can wake up to God’s fresh mercies every day. We can spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer and be fueled with passion for the King and the Kingdom. As we step out in faith we will find grace and supply for our destiny and true fulfillment as we bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.

Matthew 6:9-10Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”

 

Seeing Grace

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Crops from The Harvest Community Gardens

We can try to project an image of perfection but the real us has flaws. Fruit and vegetables in an organic garden look much different than those at most supermarkets. Organic produce has flaws and each one is unique in shape and color, while often non-organic produce appears flawless and bright in color. However, looks can be deceiving because it’s  the organic fruit that has no poisons and a multitude of nutrients and minerals.

We were made in the image of God on purpose for a purpose. We have been created with our individual strengths and talents because we have been shaped and fashioned for our unique destiny and call. We also have our own weaknesses and inabilities because we are finite human beings.

The God of the universe loved us even with our flaws and failures and sent His only son Jesus to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us back to Himself.  As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love.

As we cultivate our relationship in prayer with our Heavenly Father, we will grow in knowing who He is and who He has designed us to be.  The more we meditate on how unconditionally loved we are, the more we will relax into our own skin. As we become authentic people who are comfortable with our strengths and weaknesses, we will become people who can accept others with their imperfections as well. The more we become people of grace, the more people will see the God of grace.

2 Corinthians 12:5 (NLT) – That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.

Gain Strength

821a8785We can be filled with enthusiasm for the dreams in our heart. However, we can lose sight of them because of delays and disappointments. Thankfully, our dreams have no sell-by date. We can simply begin again to work towards our vision.

We were created for an exciting destiny filled with adventure, overcoming adversity and impacting others for good. Each one of us is specifically designed for a unique purpose towards God’s plans on the planet.

When we disconnected from God, we went off mission. God loved us too much to leave us lost. He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue and redeem us. Now as we receive Jesus into our hearts we receive His identity as the ‘beloved’ child of God. We are now children of the Father upon whom He lavishes His love.

God’s dreams for us will always take longer than we think and will impact more people than we can imagine. As we wait upon the Lord we will get fresh strength, we will run and not grow weary. As we execute the Kingdom dreams in our heart, we will see Heaven come to Earth and we will leave the planet better than we found it.

Isaiah 40:29-31 (MSG)He energizes those who get tired,

   gives fresh strength to dropouts.

For even young people tire and drop out,

   young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

   They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

They run and don’t get tired,

   they walk and don’t lag behind.

CARED FOR

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe can search for love in all the wrong places. When we fill ourselves with temporal things we will find we are still empty, because there is a void deep down in our heart that is only satisfied by infinite love.

God is love. He created us in His image for family, relationship and purpose. He shaped us uniquely with our own individual DNA and intricately designed fingerprints because we are that special to Him. He cares for each and every one of us more than we can comprehend.

When we disconnected from God, we lost our vision and we lost our way. God’s love left Heaven for Earth to rescue us. Jesus embraced us, healed us and set us free. He gave His life for you and me at the cross and now we can be God’s very own children upon whom he lavishes His love.

Now we can daily come to the throne room of grace in prayer and receive the love of God poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The more we allow God’s love to fill us, the more we will experience peace that transcends understanding, fullness of joy and a confident expectation of good. Our Father God’s love causes us to become people of love; because loved people love.

1 John 4;8 (MSG) – The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

 

Beautiful Day

IMG_2946We can face storms that leave us shaken and we can find it hard to move forward in life. There will always be another storm but there will also always be another beautiful sunny day.

We were made to overcome adversity in life. We bear the image of the infinite God of the universe and are intrinsically valuable. We are fashioned for a purpose and a destiny.

We became disconnected to our creator and we lost our way. God loved us too much to leave us all on our own, so He sent His precious son to earth to rescue, redeem, reconnect and restore us back to Himself.

Now as we receive Jesus we can daily come to the throne room of grace in time of need. As storms come we can run to our strong refuge for shelter, protection and safety. Our Lord will see us through every obstacle and challenge in life and grace us for each day we face. As we get our eyes off our problems and onto our loving Savior, we will find that we soar over every storm.

Marked for Destiny

willamette valley closeSomewhere along the path of life we may have forgotten why we are here. We can think it is to have a nice life and to make it through, but the truth is we are here to make the planet a better place.

God created us on purpose for a purpose. He made us to bear His image. He fashioned us with our strengths, giftings, talents and abilities. He designed our unique DNA and intricate fingerprints. We are marked for destiny.

We were placed on the planet to flourish and thrive. However, when we lost our connection to our creator we began to wither and decay. The world became upside down and we became disconnected. We couldn’t see the God who made us.

The God of Heaven and Earth sent His only begotten son to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us back to Himself. As we receive Jesus and His finished work, we receive son and daughtership.

As children of God we carry authority on the planet. As we step into our calling we bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Planet Earth as we serve, love and help others. As we receive the abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness we reign in life.

Matthew 6:10 – “Bring about Your kingdom.  Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.”

Seeing the Beauty

mountains-panorama-1It is easy to think upon the negative. We can follow negative thoughts so far that we believe that things are hopeless. The world is full of brokenness and suffering but it’s also full of beauty and overcoming those things as well.

We were made for an intimate loving relationship with our creator, healthy relationship with others, and mission. We were designed to overcome adversity, help others and leave a legacy on the planet.

God plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to steward His plans. Even when we forgot about God, He didn’t start over. He loved us so much that He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue, redeem and restore us back to our original design.

Now through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, we can be children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love. As we spend time cultivating our prayer life, we can get our minds off the negative and onto our beautiful savior

As we look to Jesus we will be changed in His presence. We will begin to see that all things are possible for those who believe. As we meditate on what’s true, noble, authentic, lovely, and gracious, we will become people who see the good in others and circumstances, and overcome in life.

Philippians 4:8 (MSG) Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly

In the Moment

mountains-3As we walk along the journey of life we can pick up things that are heavy to carry: worry, shame, guilt, regret, fear, condemnation, bitterness. All of these things slow us down and cause us to stop moving forward at some point. However we don’t live in the past or the future, we live right now in the present and that’s where we can access amazing grace.

We were made to be light and free. God created us in His image to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. He plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to steward His plans.

God not only created us but He desperately loves us. God loves us so much that He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue, restore, redeem and reconnect us to Himself. Now through Jesus and His finished work on the cross we can enter into the Great Exchange.

Now we can come to our Lord Jesus in prayer and exchange our sin, sickness, fear, and depression for His righteousness, wholeness, peace and joy. As we daily come to the throne room of our Father God, we will receive grace in time of need. As we stop focusing on what was behind or what lies ahead and we focus on the present, we will sense all of God’s strength, provision, protection, wisdom and guidance for today.

Matthew 6:25-26 – “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “

Engage.

ViewtyIn life we can discover that we took the wrong turn somewhere along the way. We can find ourselves on the path that leads to nowhere. Engaging our GPS can get us rerouted and back on track to where we were originally headed in no time.

We were made for connection with the infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, King of the Universe. We are created for an exciting destiny of overcoming adversity, impacting people and leaving a legacy on the planet.

When we lost our connection we lost our vision. We thought we were here to set up our little kingdoms on the planet but we are actually here to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. God saw us lost and on our own and loved us too much to leave us that way.

He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue, restore and reconnect us back to Himself. Jesus gave everything at the cross for you and me so we could have everything that the Father God has for us. Now we are children upon whom the Father lavishes His love.

As we cultivate our relationship with our Father God in prayer, we will be led on the path towards our destiny and purpose. God is able to take everything we’ve done or that has happened to us and work it all out together for good.

We will find that as we engage our Father God in prayer, worship and meditation on His Word that we will transform from the inside out into who we are meant to be, land where we are called to be and step into all that we were fashioned to do since the beginning.

Proverbs 3:5 (MSG) – Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.