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.”

Eyes on the Prize

ViewtyWe can be so distracted with molehills that we turn them into mountains. We can feel paralyzed in life and fear moving forward. However, if we can move our focus off the problem and on to the goal we will have the strength to stand up and take that first step towards destiny.

We were made to overcome every obstacle, challenge and adversity that comes our way. We were created in the image of the omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnipresent King of the universe. As image bearers we are intrinsically valuable and designed for victory.

We are not just image bearers but we are radically loved by our creator, so much so that God sent His precious son to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us to our Himself. Jesus embraced us by taking our place at the cross so we could take His place as the ‘beloved’ child of God.

As we receive Jesus we receive His gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace that causes us to reign. Now we can come boldly to the throne room of grace and receive help in time of need. As we behold the glory of our Lord Jesus, we will be effortlessly transformed from the inside out. As we focus on Him and His victory at the cross, we will run and not grow weary, we will soar over obstacles and challenges, and we will find ourselves in our divine calling flourishing in every realm.

2 Corinthians 3:28 (MSG)Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

BE STILL

photo (96)We can have a million things to do and forget the one thing to be. If we don’t take moments to rest and simply be in the present, we will only be a person in motion, not a person moving forward.

We were made for communion with our creator, healthy relationships with others and a wonderful destiny to steward. Somehow we lost our way but God didn’t leave us disconnected.

Love incarnate came to earth and embraced us, healed us and set us free. Jesus rescued us when He took our place at the cross so we could have His place as the ‘beloved’ child of God. Now we can simply receive His gift of righteousness and be God’s very own children.

The more we sit at the feet of our Lord Jesus and receive love, the more we will become people of love. As we take moments through our day to listen to the Spirit’s guiding we will intuitively know which paths to take and which decisions to make. As we become people who receive the abundant supply of grace for today, we will step into all that God has for us since the beginning.

Ephesians 2:10 (The Voice) – For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.

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