Monday Encouragement No. 3

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 24-25

God is ABLE! To keep us from stumbling. To provide an escape when we are tempted. To present us as a spotless bride. To deliver us from ALL fear and attacks of the enemy. We are hidden with Christ in God for all eternity. We can find rest in knowing that our abilities are not what matters most, but rather God’s ability to keep His promises and sustain us by His Spirit with the grace needed for this very moment.

Monday Encouragement No. 2

“See that you do not despise or think less of one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven [are in the presence of and] continually look upon the face of My Father who is in heaven. [For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost.” Matthew 18:10-14

I’m sure that we can all think of a person (or people) in our lives we are praying the Lord will continue to search out and pursue until He has won their heart. Be encouraged today that Jesus will not lose one person entrusted to His care – and that He is interceding with you on behalf of the “lost sheep” in your life. I pray that we’re reminded today of the patience, sweetness, passion and kindness that Jesus showed each of us while we were still lost sinners, without hope in this world. May He restore to you today the joy of your salvation and the tenderness that came with the discovery that He has always been your first love and will be so continually throughout eternity.

Monday Encouragement No. 1

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:22-25

Speak strength to the weak places. Last week, I was reminded that the “mountains” in life won’t move if I don’t even have the courage to speak to the “mole hills”. Whether you’re facing a mountain today or something that may not be as intimidating and appear as a mole hill, speak God’s truth and life over circumstances, decisions, loved ones and yourself. Our mole hill moments can become mountains if we let them. So, to each mountain and mole hill, may we proclaim His sovereignty and truth, believing that He is providing everything pertaining to life and Godliness and every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus!

Praying you have a great week! If anyone has any specific prayer requests for this week, please message me or share general asks in the comment section!

on the shores…

The angel of God, who had been going in front of the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of the cloud moved from in front and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. It was a cloud along with darkness [even by day to the Egyptians], but it gave light by night [to the Israelites]; so one [army] did not come near the other all night.” Exodus 14:19-20 (AMP)

With three days to go until the wedding, the question I’m asked repeatedly is, “How are you doing?” I don’t understand why there is a hush in my spirit and my words fail to come together. God’s Word is alive and active, and it’s the only Place I can find language in the thick of transition.

Lately I’ve been reading about the Israelites leaving Egypt after 430 years of living as slaves in a foreign land. Today, I read the above verses, and I noticed for the first time that God’s Presence moved from leading in front to standing behind the Israelites. They were delivered from harsh slavery with taskmasters that demeaned and abused at every opportunity. The Lord moved after the Israelites observed the Egyptians pursuing them. When the Presence of God moved behind them, they could no longer see the enemy.

In this account of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, I found my language. With the wedding coming up, it feels like I’m standing on the shore of the Red Sea, looking back at that which used to keep me enslaved. Instead of seeing the enemy, the sin I lived in before Christ won me over and brokenness – all I can see is God’s Presence. He has delivered me from all of my enemies, even the one of self-destruction. And, instead of seeing fear on every side, all I can see is Him, protecting me, directing me, and instilling a peace my mind can’t grasp. The unknown path of deliverance and freedom before me. The promised land awaiting, full of potential and part of the inheritance God has in store this side of heaven. Changes abound all around, yet the true and unrelenting Trustworthy One is in my midst, shaping and molding me in further preparation for this new union.

A year later…

One post per year is a good pace, right?

Some thoughts…

Is this what we want? To be swept up in a love so secure, passionate and lasting that not even death can extinguish it? A love so deep and real that only eternity is sufficient enough for us to explore the breadth, width, length and height of it? What if unconditional love became our most precious commodity? Our prized possession? And furthermore, what would happen if we actually walked in the reality that love is not some fleeting feeling but the Person of Jesus Christ in all His fullness? He is God. God is love. Therefore, Jesus is love made manifest in flesh and blood. I’m faced with a choice – trust my whole being to the immutable character of this perfect God or rely upon the transitory nature of my temporary affections to motivate and drive everything I do. The former yields compassion, life, understanding, healing and purpose, the latter builds walls which keep love from entering in or pouring out onto others. May our lives be marked by the former.

dearest you…

You have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. I pray that this post finds you well and that joy unspeakable overwhelms your soul as you get lost in the goodness of our God. He loves you so, dear one. Even if you doubt it sometimes, His love for you and His tender compassion toward you will never ever change.

You will never be forgotten or overlooked by the One who made you. He sees you and knows you like no one else ever could because He is perfect and perfectly loves and cares for you. The One who made the stars you see at night looks upon you with such favor and He is so proud you, dear one. Yes, you! You are the apple of His eye and the one in whom He delights. You don’t have to earn His approval. He has always wanted you and He always will.

the first snow…

That Sunday brought with it the first flurries of the quickly approaching winter. Anxiety then came about driving in it (which I am always hesitant to do and will avoid at almost any cost). There is a big window in the cabin where I stayed, and I stood inside watching the snowflakes fall silently as my soul ached to have that quiet assurance of unassuming loveliness. Each individually designed snowflake was a reminder to me of the grace of God falling upon that which appears to be dead, but in reality is being covered with the captivating beauty of snow until the warmth of spring awakens the flowers to bloom once again. The cold of winter and the early dark of night seem so harsh, but could it be that I shall yet find unheard riches in Jesus during the most unexpected season? In Him, my soul does hope.

enter in to…

…everything that awaits you.
…all the beauty available for you.
…the place where shame and guilt are but traces of the past that you no longer entertain.
…the fullness of life.
…the place where the demons that you used to keep company with no longer have a hold on you.
…the freedom that was bought for you.
…the place where your heart and soul can be restored.

No place is too far – no thing is too great for the love of Jesus to overcome.

through the fog…

“You will no longer see Me through the darkened lens of sinful man.”
One sentence revealed and I was undone. This is not the first time truth has broken through the fog of misunderstanding nor will it be the last. The question from within me came like a crashing wave against an immovable rock, “What have I been believing about You?” I was holding myself back from Him and He was asking for all of me. My fists were still clenched around messages received from others that I had translated onto the character of the One for whom I was made. Images and events flooded every nook and cranny of my memory as God tore through the depravity of my own soul and spoke my name so sweetly. He is so near, friends. Count the cost, but say yes to surrendering everything. And if you find within you the need to hold onto anything other than Jesus, tell Him that you are willing to be made willing. He didn’t hold back anything when He left the 99 to find each one of us. He sees you. He knows you. He loves you with indestructible intensity.

reminders (part three)…

1.1.2012
Tear filled eyes
Tightly clenched fists
My King sat facing me
Asking me to let go
Of What I had been holding
Loosened fingers unfolding
Revealing blood soaked hands
Stained by the sins of harlotry
Of idols served in times passed
He was there when two lines appeared
Pleading for my heart
But I was unwilling to consider
His way for me
My Beloved’s tear soaked robe
Used to wipe my stained hands
Cleansed by my Savior
White as snow
His blood for the healing
That only grace could provide
Where was I when He laid
The foundations of the world
His ways before mine
My King’s heart beckoning
Beating to the rhythm of mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Be still and wait for Him
Do not be downcast O my soul
The stains are gone
Your children are home