Choosing Him

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Today we have a choice. And I hope that we choose adoration over anxiety, worship over worry.

I hope we choose to remember that He is always stronger, always bigger, always the God who overcomes.

This is how His joy becomes our strength, how His grace sustains us. This is where He gives peace. This is where we live by faith and not by emotion or what we can see.

Today, we choose trust. We choose joy. We choose gratitude. We choose truth.

We choose praise.

Take Courage

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Keep hoping. Keep trusting.

He who has promised is faithful.
His goodness is sure.
Step by step, He gives us exactly what we need.

So we take these words of Jesus and we hold them close- “Do not be afraid; just believe.”

We wait on Him and He gives us the strength and courage we need for this minute, this hour, this day.

Help us to know how near You are, Lord. Help us to understand again how deep and wide and great Your love is for us.

Help us to see, all over again, how Your love never, ever fails.

the One Who Holds Us

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Even when uncertainty runs through our days, we can rest. We still have peace. We still have hope.

Even we don’t know what happens next or the whys of it all, we DO know the One whose heart is always for us…the One who is steadfast. Unchanging. Unshakeable.

His word endures. His purpose endures. His love endures.

And so we rest, secure on this foundation that does not move and in His love for us that does not falter. We have peace in His plans, even when we don’t yet know them, because His compassion for us is unending. His ways are unerring. He sees behind us and He goes before, working all things for our good.

Our hope is in Him, in who He is — our faithful Father, holy and true and powerful.

So lay down your burdens, heavy-hearted ones, and let Him take care of your tomorrow.

He doesn’t let us down. He doesn’t forsake us. He doesn’t fail.

Something New in Me

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He says give Me your dry bones, stumbling feet, stone-hearts, darkened eyes. Give Me your hard-of-listening ears, your doubting spirit, your weary hands. Give Me your tired out and thirsty lives.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” He is the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Him?

He is the God of never-too-late. He is the God of here and now, the God of every tomorrow. He is the God of second chances, of life out of death, of beauty from ashes. He is the God of rivers-in-wastelands and trees springing up in the desert.

In Him brittle and desolate bones find life again, dry bones begin to dance. Feet dragging through dust start to run without growing weary, those tired feet walk and do not grow faint.

Let Him have the heart broken and barricaded, hurt and hardened. He will replace it with a heart alive in fresh mercy, in perfect love that has no fear.

Our blind-to-His-way eyes will see and our distracted ears will hear, if we are brave enough to step out of our noise (oh, there is so much noise I make for myself) and wait in His presence.

God here with us, Emmanuel, this is my offering: a willing heart and my mustard-seed (I believe; help my unbelief) faith.

And this is what I ask- to be renewed and transformed, with the mind-of-Christ — for this is our hope, the power of our God in us.

He is the weak-becomes-strong God, the praise-becomes-our-song God, the mourning-and-weeping to dancing-and-joy God.

He is the God who breathes, both gentle and fierce, new life into our aching spirits. His joy infuses new strength into our hands, our feet, our souls.

Please breathe into me, here and now. Let the flame of Your Spirit flourish bold and bright within my heart.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

(Passages from Isaiah 40:28, Jeremiah 32:27, Matthew 19:26)

For the Thirsty Soul

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“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”-John 4:14

Is your heart yearning for something? Do you feel a longing for a soul filled with peace, joy that doesn’t evaporate when your circumstances change? Are you thirsty for something deeper than surface happiness, something more than living the status quo?

Come to this living water. Talk to Him, wherever you are. You are invited….to all who are thirsty, God says ‘come’…and in His presence, you’ll find delight for your soul. You’ll find the something more you need. You’ll find Him…and, remaining in His love, you’ll never thirst again. He is our portion now and forever…and when we put our trust in Him, what we find is that He is always, always enough.

In His Presence

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I’ve been filling out calendar pages and making lists today to prepare for the second half of 2016. I tend to get overwhelmed with so many things to do, buy, plan, and attend. My mind begins to wonder about the what-ifs and unknowns of the coming days.

So it is especially good to know that here, at the close of day, He goes before me and makes my path straight…so I can surrender all these things to His keeping and just BE for a while. I can lean into the heart of the Father and just rest…and all the while, He is bringing the pieces of this life together for my good. My future is in His hands and so I don’t need to worry…my part is to trust in Him while He guides my feet one step at a time.

Yes, it is good to be near Him, my refuge, my portion, and the strength of my heart..for it’s here that I am welcomed and my spirit is restored. It’s here that I can breathe easy, secure in His faithful love.

Whatever your circumstances are tonight, I hope that you can take time to unwind your worries in prayer, letting Him calm your heart like the good Father He is…there is no need for striving in His presence, no need to stay strong…come into His presence (right where you are!) and you will find that there is rest and there is love waiting for you.

 

I Have Decided

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This morning, let’s go ahead and make it clear. Let’s make the choice. We will not give ear to the enemy. We will not allow doubt or fear, accusation or the threat of insufficiency dwell in our minds. We will not allow deception to divide our hearts. We will not passively listen as the enemy tries to divert us from our purpose and God’s promises for us.

We are not helpless, for the Helper has come and lives within us. We are not defeated, because Christ has overcome sin, death, and darkness. We live-move-breathe in FREEDOM because of the cross. We are not barely making it, sure to fail, or only slightly acceptable in the eyes of God. We are REDEEMED. We are wearing HIS righteousness. We are LOVED. Not only can we come boldly into the throne-room of God…He has made His home within us!

We have the strength of God Almighty upholding us today. We aren’t going to be perfect, but HE is and His grace is sufficient in our weakness. We are not defenseless, because He has given us His word and His Spirit. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have the power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

So we know who we are – sons and daughters of God. We know who He is – good, perfect in all His ways, mighty. We know His promises – all things new, all things working together for our good, all things complete in Him. We know what we have been given – His own power, His authority, His presence…

Knowing all of that, it is up to us to make the decision.

We can open our ears to the enemy and let him tell us everything we don’t have, what we are not, and how we don’t have enough to offer….OR we will use the weapons we have been given – faith, truth, the very Words of God – to cut his lies off from our hearts.

Let’s stand up and walk forward today in our rightful inheritance of peace and joy, secure with our Father going before us, knowing that offering ourselves to Him is enough. Let’s put aside the things that trip is up and put our confidence in Him. Let’s love and live to bring Him glory.

Decide here and now with me– we will NOT allow the lies of the deceiver to take up residence in our minds today.

God ALONE reigns in this home, this life, this heart.