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Grace + Truth

I was reminded recently of the power of grace + truth. You must have both. And what binds those two together bringing transformation, bearing fruit and distinguishes us as Christ followers is love. I heard a recent message and the pastor states grace without truth leads to relativism. Truth without grace leads to religion. We need both in everyday living - grace that saves us, and truth that sets us free. Grace saves, truth frees, and love is what binds it all together with a spirit of humility and servanthood. All throughout scripture, that is the image and picture we see in how we are to live as Christ followers. We extend grace towards one another, and we speak truth in and with love from a posture of humility and servanthood. Finally, we cannot neglect the necessity and power of prayer in our daily lives, decisions and relationships because we want to be led by the Spirit of God and not our own understanding. 

Know Yourself

Get to know yourself. And know your worth. I'm not talking about being a diva, self-centered or self-absorbed. It's actually the opposite. We lay ourselves down or the image of who we want to be or project to be. We can only fully know ourselves - the truest and purest version of ourselves by and through the one who created us, spoke our life into existence and continues to speak life into our spirit. We can only know our worth when we look intently into the face of the one who is alone worthy of all honor and glory.  With all of our seeking and searching and running...the Father says seek me, search me, and run into my arms to be known, to be seen, to be heard, to be found. The beginning to knowing ourselves and becoming truly who God has created us to be is the beginning of the end of self pursuit. And now, the pursuit of Christ. To seek Him and to know Him is to find ourselves in Him. Completely and wholly and securely identifying with Jesus Christ, and carrying the identify

Protected

There is truly no safer place than in the Presence of the God Almighty. To be found in Him. Hidden and tucked in the shadow of His protective and power wing, abiding in His word, and cleaving to Him alone. There has never been a time where many are seeking protection and peace. The assurance of something greater than ourselves and our ability to take care of ourselves.  I am so grateful that God is my hiding place. And in my weak moments when I feel like giving up, He never once has given up on me. He's holding onto me -- and as I set my gaze and heart towards Him, He'll lead me to paths of peace because He goes with me.  God is my covering and I daily choose to submit and surrender to His Lordship. It's not restrictive and limiting but frees me to truly live not in fear. It's actually a beautiful exchange --- everything that is less than for everything that is more than enough. 

Super Tuesday

God is still on the throne and in Him alone we trust. It's super Tuesday because Jesus is King and He's got us. God holds us and the world in His hands. We can walk in peace and confidence in our great God and Savior. Scripture says it best and here are just a few truth and promises:   "You will keep the mind that is dependent on you  in perfect peace,  for it is trusting in you." Isaiah 26:3  "A king's heart is like channeled water in the Lord's hand: He directs it wherever he choses." Proverbs 21:1 "We know that all things work together  for the good   of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28   " We know that all things work together   for the good   of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." Matthew 5:9  "Many plans are in a person’s heart,  but the  Lord ’s decree will prevail." Proverbs 19:21 "But I promise you,  no weapon meant to hurt you will succeed,

Principles vs. Personality

In a current culture where it seems a greater emphasis is placed on personality versus principles, we must be cautious, especially when making decisions. Our decisions should be based on principle and value versus simply and solely on a personality or personality figure. Of course personality may and does play a role and part, and there is an appropriate time and place for those types of situations. However, weightier the decision that has a long term or far reaching affect should be considered and weighed through principles, and for me, biblical principles, values and policies. Someone's personality is not necessarily the same or fully and completely reflective of their character - integrity, moral or ethical quality. While one can and may influence the other at times, character is the essence and core of a person and personality is a persona that is often changed and adapts to meet whatever situation or group the person is attempting to appeal to, influence or win over.  For thos

Beautiful Things

There are countless ways - whether through words, adjectives, images, and probably to include a few hand gestures, grunts and sounds (yikes!) to describe 2020. And I do think it's all valid and within reason considering every thing that has transpired and continues to transpire this year.  However, as we quickly approach the holiday season and inch closer to rounding out this year, I cannot shake these words that are continually brought back to my remembrance.  No matter where I turn, what challenge or uncertainty I face, how complicated the situation, and even for those moments of victory, ease and rejoicing, I cannot escape these words, beautiful things. I keep running into it, as if I am marked and literally hemmed in from every side, from the top of my head to the soles of my feet, and washed over and over again in the truth that God makes all things beautiful - in His time and in His perfect, good and sovereign ways.  In the natural, how seemingly oxymoronic or paradoxical but

Voice

It's so vital to learn to trust the God at work in us. Again, the One who calmed the seas with one word, the One who heals, sets free, and delivers. Jesus Christ, the One who conquered sin and death, and rose back to life. He, that God is at work in my life and He lives in me. So while I do not put trust in myself, I can trust and honor the new creation in me that is being daily renewed through sanctifying grace. Because I am in Christ, I can and should have confidence in my decision making ability, my thinking, my convictions, my beliefs because all of that springs forth from my personal walk with the Lord. I should live firm and free, not because I have it all together or know all of the answers but because I am rooted in Christ, firm in His truth, and yielded to the work of the Holy Spirit. I can be confident but boast only in the Lord.   If I have learned anything from dysfunctional or toxic environments, the one marker is you begin to feel small. You feel less. You actually fe