Living in Christ daily allows him to awaken inside me what is hidden, broken, distraught and disheveled. The inner place where my soul is unleashed, allows God’s word to grow within me, faith is developed for my future; it lays ahead of me. Breath life into my soul, Lord. May I see your humanity, as it relates to my personal struggles. May change happen, letting go of what does not benefit me, as I lean into your direction and wisdom. This is my prayer.

The simplicity and beauty of nature.

I must be willing to say Yes Lord. Heal me. Help me. I bow my head in total adoration, with a heart overflowing with love for the One who came to earth, to relate to me, just as I am.

Jesus. Born in a manger. Lowly. Dirty. Next to sheep, cows, chickens and dirt. Set in a cow trough on hay.

God’s power displayed though Jesus, by using a humble and obedient servant, Mary – and her beloved Joseph.

God knows what I need. What WE need. Each of us have a unique perspective, lifestyle, pains, hurts, discouragement, failures….. shall I go on? You get where I am going. Life. It’s real. It’s good, and it is tough. But HOPE with God’s GLORY, is what we can rely on. Always. Forever. Until eternity comes we choose to live on our own strengths and wisdom, or ask the One who knows what we should do. What a wonderful PARENT God is.

He is in Heaven…. in his holy thrown. Surrounded by what he made as perfect. But this world is not perfect. The Devil, Adam and Eve erred. Hence, we all now suffer at their choices. They chose the fruit. Now we need Jesus to redeem us/me.

Think about it, Jesus is Immanuel. God with us. Jesus understands me, and you. He helps our weakness (when we ALLOW him to). He shares in our joy, pain, ache, happy times – through it all. He is with us. How comforting.

God is with every single person. The Buddhist, The Methodist, the tax collector, the rich, sick, poor, the drug induced, alcoholic, healthy, happy, sad and the lost….. he is with all people. He made each and every living creature.

Stop for a minute. Think of the worst person and the best person you know. God is with both. He loves both. He wants relationship with e.v.e.r.y single human being. As some reject God’s goodness, others run towards His love….. we all have a choice. We can seek Him, or reject Him. He waits patiently until we come to the place of unwavering desire to live in the goodness of His love and parental guidance. It’s a choice. Satan choose to go his own way. Eve chose to try the apple, out of curiosity.

Until the end of the age. Immanuel, he is with us. He is a good good Father. He is Faithful. He is with us.

Jesus understand everything about you. Each weakness, (and yes we all have a set of them), the joy we have, the pains, concerns and circumstances. Oh, how he is with us giving peace, when we allow him to take us to that sweet quiet and soothing creek of his protection. Just as a parent soothes a child as he cries. Jesus does the same for us.

He is with us until the end of time. No matter what happens in the world. The worst things – he is totally aware of. Trusting Him during those times is pivotal so we don’t lean into worrying nor fear. He is God. Master of the whole Universe. Nothing gets past Him.

His voice leads us. Imagine this: The Messiah ~ on a chariot, descending on a fiery cloud. He emerges. He came to this world as a baby, out of the womb of Mary. Laid into a bed of straw in a manger. Humble. Sweet. Loved. Powerful. Yet he lessened himself so we can relate to him. What a powerful thought. THAT, my friend, is pure love.

Simple

Plain

Ordinary

Jesus! What a gift from God.

Not one person is beyond the reach of His hand. He is our helper. Our Guide, the One, the Only purified Son of the Living God. He is the everlasting One.

God gives us favor as he did to Joseph and Mary, because they were faithful. In obedience, even in the unknown, risking shame and scorn from “people”, they said YES Lord. We will go, That is pure love. Because they went, they gave birth to Jesus, in the flesh, the One Son of God, Child of Mary to save the world.

There are no limits nor boundaries, God’s mighty hand reaches from Bangladesh to Texas ~ from Pekin to Peoria and beyond. He is with us always and everywhere we go.

Simple

Profound

Timeless

Boundless

Jesus relates to you and I. He offers hope. What an extraordinary love.

Will you trust Him today? In the midst of any crisis, virus, need, sickness, confusion, lack…. no matter the situation….. lean into Christ. He knows. He has been there. He wants to lead you. He leads me, even when I wander like the one sheep that walks away from the group. He calls your name. His peace is beyond anything this world can offer.

Father, we come before you today, trusting you in all your glory. You have the power to stop any bad or negative thing that comes our way. You are the Author and Finisher of my Faith, I want to lean into you, casting all my cares into your hands. Take them, fix them, fix me, help my heart and mind to line up to you every moment of every day. I love you Jesus. Amen.

It is time to rise up into NEW life.

Struggles are real. Troubles will come and go. But standing firm in the foundation of GOD’s love, grace and heart will guide you to GO IN and possess what he has planned for YOU to do. To possess means to TAKE ACTION. Do it. Do it afraid, do it when you feel confident. Just take that step.

Fear  will stop progression. That is the ultimate plan of the enemy of our soul. He does NOT want us to succeed. He wants to hinder our walk and our path. He attacks with schemes so sly – and sometimes so obvious. Take heed. Be aware. Even if we trip, fail or totally mess up today – tomorrow is a new and fresh day. God’s got our back. Never look down, keep your shoulders back, and be secure in who you are in Christ, and that those around you will see His goodness that lives in you, no matter the circumstances!

God has ADOPTED YOU into HIS family. You are anointed, blessed and highly favored. You are blessed coming in and going out. God created adoption papers! he will never leave you nor forsake you. No.matter.what.you.have.done! You belong to God! Jesus is and was the sacrifice for your life. Trust Him. He loves you with an everlasting love! Your name is written in His Word. He has set you free, so you can soar to new heights!
No living in slavery, we don’t have to finance our adoption. We don’t have to complete a “to do list” to conquer or pay for His love for us. Just accept His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
He gives the invitation to come and thirst no more!

Keep in prayer – God search me, and know my heart, let me not become self absorbed – but focused on the plan where you can USE me to make a difference on this earth.

Live a life from orphan to an HEIR!  You have JOY, PEACE, FREEDOM, LIFE! so REJOICE in the LORD always – and again I say REJOICE

His river will flow through you as you keep drinking His cup!  Rejoice, and always give thanks, for He is certainly good!

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So, today I write to ask you, do you love Jesus? Really love Him?
Is He the Center of your life? Every day? Or just when you are in a crisis? Or, maybe, he’s the center of it, if life is going well?
Have you ever ignored Jesus as he waited in the bleachers, to sit in the sidelines as you took the reigns in your life, without seeking Him first?




Which somehow then led, in the game of life, loosing track of where He is, and life got messy. (Much like in a game of football, as a player may look over to locate their family member in the bleachers, but everyone blends in like a tootsie pop – he/she is there rooting you on, but WHERE are they? You need that security, but all the “Tootsies” seem to look alike, but the game rushes on  – like life does – and you loose focus of your biggest coach and cheerleader).  Then life got amok.

Life, guaranteed, at some point, brings pain, sorrow, difficulties, the seemingly endless struggles, and issues, problems that now and again seem overwhelming. Those seasons that appears to have no end, a dry and barren place. But in the poverty (lack, inability, inhibitions) is the opportunity for God’s generosity to shine through.  Oh he knows each fallen piece of our lives. He meets us, his only condition, is to love him, praise him, and meet with him with a pure heart – not sometimes, but daily!  Go to him with empty hands – lift your hands up, as you raise your heart to His. Release the worry; break the cycle of trying and doing.

Focus on Him – omitting all the distractions that pull for your attention – for just a short period of time, it will lead you to the living waters that will refresh your spirit. He is the River of Life.  Pour into Him. Praise him, even when you don’t want to. Lift up His name in adoration, for he cares for you! Never, ever give up hope. Let his Light Shine over and in your soul. His compassion fails not. Opening your heart to His wonderful gift, He awaits to heal you, and answer your every need. God takes the trauma of life and reverses it, forgetting it to bring you newness and a refreshing fullness that only He can do. 
  
Will you let Jesus on the field with you, to be the guiding defense AND offensive player in this game called life?
Praying to the Father:
Father thank you so much for your grace, love and patience with me. I come before you with a humbled heart, releasing every pain, hurt, injustice, along with doubts, fears and confusion (which I know are from the enemy) and lay them down at your feet. You are my Defender, my Coach, my Righteous One, who takes well care of all the details of my life. I find rest in you…. And not in the things or people in my life. You are my Joy, my Song, my Heart, I love you so much Jesus, and want you to go before me in every circumstance, I trust you wholly to take care of everything, because you promised you already did it at Calvary. I rejoice, as I sing and dance with freedom that comes from you. Give me rest and  wisdom  for each day, as I   thank you for my complete life, which  is just perfect as I lean into you to direct my path.

Here’s a great song, by the amazing Israel Houghton, take 6 minutes, meditate on His love for you.. call out to him and let him take over every part of you! 







Scriptures:
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 KJV2000
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.   1 Peter 5:7 NLT
 
But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.  
 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead       
1 Peter 1:3 NLT
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort. 1 Corinthians 1:13 GWT

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV





**note: photos in today’s blog are not those of Photos by Design. They were found randomly on the internet , therefore do not want to take credit for them.