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.

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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.

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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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God has blessed us with His awesome mercy – receive that gift freely.
 Do not give up – seek God with all your heart mind and soul,
he will give you restoration in the places that are needed.

Don’t live in the past, nor in deceit or in shameful secrets.
 Live in the Light of His salvation and in truth and honor. God is pleased with that.

Do not hold back the veil of the gospel of Jesus to those who need to hear the Word and need salvation. If people reject the Word, then pray for them. You have heard the adage, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Same thing applies here. Speak God’s love and grace to those you come in contact with. I
f they receive it, bless them and let God’s mercy and everlasting love shower them,
they will blossom into all He has for their life.
Pray for those blinded by today’s tricks, schemes and lifestyles that go against God’s plan. They do not understand Jesus is the Savior, and he is made in God’s own image.
We don’t proclaim this in ourselves, but by God’s truth and His Word,
it is our testimony of what we know, the Grace he has bestowed upon
our lives as we seek to serve our Wonderful Master and Savior.

God’s light shines through us, darkness is no longer surrounding us because
 we have chosen to live as Christ, in His marvelous light.

We have this treasure in clay jars, it is an extraordinary power that is from God – not from us. We have many pressures but we are not crushed, we go through perplexities in our lives but do not have to live in misery. Persecution comes our way – but He never leaves us. We are struck down, but not destroyed. Why? Because Jesus lives in us; He died for us that we would LIVE. So that when life knocks us around, pushes us, strife comes along, we can stand back up – stronger than before because it is these times of stressors that we grow our testimonies. The messes in life that come along, well, they become our messages. As we stand strong in adversity, it gets people paying attention. When we are weak he is made strong! People notice when they “think” you should be weeping and falling apart, yet you are calm and collected 
 in the midst of adversity. It is then, we get the awesome opportunity
 to share God’s amazing grace with others. They can SEE we are different.

And it is all a process, being renewed, we don’t give up – the inner person is being restored, because of Jesus in us. We can’t boast of this in ourselves. We must proclaim it is Jesus. We don’t focus what we can see or feel. That is temporal. We focus on the unseen; this is what faith is all about. The eternal glory of God’s plan for our lives, as we walk it out, moment by moment, day by day. Glory to Glory!

Here are some scriptures to read through  – journal , highlight, seek God as you read through the verses, and find out what He may want you to learn from them personally.

2 Thes 2:2-5
2 Corinthians 4
Ephesians 4:1
Matthew 6:33
Matthew 5:16
1 Peter 2:9

Lets pray:
Lord, we thank you for your mercy. Thank you that you lead us each individually to the paths you destined for us. Let us be tender to the leading as we want to share the Gospel with anyone we come in contact with. Let us always be on the lookout for those moments that we can give testimony to the store clerk, repair guy, teacher, family member or coworker. They are all watching our every move. When life gets tough, let the tough get going, towards the mark that lead to you Jesus. We want to win souls for the kingdom. It is at hand for such a time as this. Amen