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Last week was the shortest day of the year.  Already we see the days lengthening and changing, the weather attempting to be warm to lure us into the promise of spring.

Seasons change.  With new seasons of the year come new opportunities, experiences, weather patterns, habits, blessings and “hassles”.  Each winter I end up buying new winter gloves because invariably the ones from the year before have wandered off into who-knows-where land.  When the bite of a frost chills me to the core I always long for the sunshine of summer.  But I love winter for pumpkin soup and hearty roasts.  I love winter pjs and slippers, the roar of the fire and the coziness of a blanket.  In winter you can snow, in summer you can surf.  Summer speaks to me of ice cream and walking along the beach, and lazy afternoons with a book and sunglasses.

As with the seasons of the year, so life changes.  It has its own seasons.

There are seasons of growth and harvest.  Seasons of productivity and creation.  Seasons of depth and preparation.

What season are you in?

Every season has its opportunities, experiences, patterns, habits, blessings and “hassles”.

Here are 3 things I do to appreciate and maximize the season I am in: Read the rest of this entry »

Now I have to warn you… this song is not for the faint hearted.  It will mess with you.  In all the good ways.

I tempered the storm
Though your faith was small
I prayed while you slept
And the night waged war
We stood in the fire
And we walked on sea
And we drank of the wine
That was made of Me

Don’t turn your eyes from Me
For My love won’t be undone
Don’t hide your face from Me
For My light has surely come
Surely come surely come

I carried that cross
And I felt your pain
I took up your crown
And I wore your shame
And death was a fire
And its teeth were grim
But I left it behind
Along with all your sin

Lord I hear You I know You’re there
Closer now than my skin and bones could dare
Breathing deep within me
You are always with me

I can see You where eyes can’t stare
Brighter now than the sun could ever dare
Breathing all around me
God I know that You are here

For I’m Yours and You are mine
And my soul knows well
You are here

You are here
And my soul will praise You
And my soul will praise Your Name
Singing Holy is Your Name
Jesus
Jesus

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Today we have a choice.

How do we live?

Broken or whole?

Ruined or restoring?

Shadow or light?

Today God invites you to walk a new road, into wholeness and restoration.

He is the God who rebuilds the ruins and reestablishes cities.  He makes all things beautiful in His time.

In this process, of wholeness and restoration, we must choose the yes.  We are active participants in change.  We partner with God in saying YES and by taking a hold of the future He promises.

We renew our mind, aligning our thoughts with His Words, His truth, His love.  We take captive any thought that seeks to keep us adrift from His love and purposes, that seeks to entrap us in ruin and brokenness.

The Word of God is the truth we should write on our hearts.

Anything that doesn’t ring with that revelation and love and rightness must be discarded and a new thought, a new way, a newness must be adopted and embraced.

It is often said, that as you think – so you will become.

What a promise filled statement.  What you think so you will become.  Do you see?  That means we are not “stuck” in today, in the broken spaces, in the ruins of our life.  We are not held prisoner by our fears and doubts, by our rejections and disappointments.   We do not need to live in the shadows.  We can be more.  We can be whole, free, transformed.

What we think – we will become.

Choose to think free.  Choose to think new.  Choose to think loved.  Choose to think whole.  Choose to let light in.

Life life through the filter of God’s truth and love for you and through you.

Allow Him to write line by line a new story on your heart.

Awaken my soul God, towards you.

That I may love you as you deserve, that I may honour you, that I may live for you.

Help me to see you, that I may seek you.

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“Lamentations 3 tells us “His compassions are new every morning.”  God’s compassions, or mercies are available minute by minute, step by step, decision by decision, reaction by reaction.  We don’t have to get bogged down and label as unable.  We just have to ask God for forgiveness and move on. I am a woman on a journey of learning how to make sure my reactions don’t deny Christ’s presence in me.  ~ Lysa Terkeurst

Grace covers me.  All of me.  There are no spaces of my life where grace and the good news of the gospel cannot flow and bring hope.

No matter what I do, I am covered by His grace.  No matter who I am, I am covered by His grace.

On my best days, and my worst.

In my strength and in my weakness.

This is the good news for everyone.  No matter how dark you feel your soul is, no matter how wild your behaviour, know that the grace of God is enough.   More than enough.

Grace invites us to draw near when we would hide.  Grace comes and sits beside you in your aloneness, in the space you shut everyone out.  It shines light into the corners where we shrink away.  It takes our hand.  It wipes away tears.  Grace is the new morning, the fresh start, the clean slate.  Truly.  Really.  Totally.

There is nothing we can do that will disqualify us from His love and make Him turn away from us. Read the rest of this entry »

“How you are internally poised will affect how far you go in living out the destiny God has for you” Charlotte Gambil

Are you at peace on the inside?

Living with hope?

Holding on with faith?

These internal poises will affect how you live out your life and how you live your purposes.

I want to be someone who lives with purpose, on purpose.

The peace I have on the inside is a gift from God.  There are times I am so messy and up and down!  There are times my thoughts rage against me.  My worst enemy lives between my two ears.  But the Bible says that God gives peace that is beyond understanding, that doesnt require circumstances to be a true peace.

The hope I live with comes from a confidence that God is who He says He is and that He is good, and great.  My hope is founded upon His character.  It also is a gift that He gives, an ability to see the world through the lens of His power and heart.  The world may be dark and my life surrounded by struggle but because of the promises of God I can live with hope.

The faith I hold onto isnt something I work up or work out.  It isnt about being good enough, trying harder or being more spiritual.  The object of my faith is worthy of the faith and trust I put upon Him.  Jesus.  It’s not my faith that is special but Jesus that is worth it.  I hold onto faith because His promises can be trusted.  I have seen it in my own life.  I have seen it in others.  Life is a journey and I hold onto God’s hand as I navigate every pathway.  Even in my weakest moments I know that it will be okay because God is with me.  Even in the mess of life I know that I am loved, chosen, called, liked, accepted.

My poise is a response to God.  It is a response to His love, grace, faithfulness and power.

It lives and breathes His peace, hope and faith.  It is fueled by His love.

THAT is what empower me to live the plans and purposes of God.  Himself.

How are you living your life today?

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Too many people are content to live a life of information rather than revelation. But knowledge alone will never inflame a sustained blaze in you to love Jesus passionately. Only revelation will do that ~ Banning Liebscher

Boom.

What a challenge.

Like the Israelites in the desert we need daily manna – our daily bread.  We cant live on yesterdays bread, on yesterdays win, on yesterdays information.

To sustain our relationship with God – just as sustaining human relationships, say between husband and wife – you need fresh communication and connection.  Fresh revelation.  Fresh love.

To walk with God it must be real every day.

Sunday to Sunday will not sustain you.  It will not feed the fire.

We are saved by grace, and we respond to grace.

Its not about working to keep our love hot, but we do need to work to keep our love hot.  Sounds like a contradiction right?

It’s not about being better, working harder, doing more, trying more.  It is finished.

But it is about receiving and living in response to that love and grace.  It’s about talking hold of the amazing opportunity we have to know God, and make Him known.  It’s about saying YES to the invitation to draw near.

Imagine a couple that said I do, exchanged rings and then walked down the aisle never to speak to each other again.

Hot love?  Fresh passion?  Real relationship?  I think not.

We have the amazing invitation to know God, really know Him.  He is worthy of all worship and honour.  The Creator of the Universe calls us to draw aside and seek Him, to find Him.   Revelation sustains us.  That wonder and awe that revelation brings stirs our hearts to love God more.  It provokes us to worship Him.  It demonstrates how real and wonderful He is.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

Yet….

Let’s put down our excuses and respond to His love.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

Oh God, we worship You.

You are more than words can say.

You are holier than we dare imagine.  Our minds cannot contain your glory.

All that is within me leans towards you, you are my God.  You are my Lord.  You are my Saviour.

I rest in your grace, comforted in your strength, covered by your unending love.

There are not enough words to express how thankful I am, how grateful I am, how my love responds to you….

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To live by faith you’re going to need to become very familiar with your bible. You’re going to need to saturate your mind with the Word of God. If your faith isnt rooted in God’s promises, its not scriptural faith. Prioritize the presence of God in your daily life. – steven furtick – Sun stand still

There are going to be times when life throws lies at you.

Everyday there are people that may attack us or live out of their own pain, and we just happen to be in the way and the first person they can lash out at.

Everyday people will let us down, unintentionally and intentionally.

Everyday there will be situations that stretch us, that test us, that turn up the pressure.

Everyday the enemy will aim fiery arrows at us.  His objective is to kill, steal and destroy.  He has many tactics and strategies to bring darkness.

Everyday he will weave words of deception and accusation around us, works of death and discouragement.

Everyday that internal voice we have wrestles with the cacophony of opinions around us, deciding which we will align ourselves with and agree with, deciding which we will discard and deflect.

Everyday it can feel like we’re drowning.

Every day we need the Word of God to proclaim TRUTH to us.

What is the truth of what God says about who we are?  Accepted.  Loved.  Welcomed.  Called.  Liked.

What is the truth of what God says about your situation?  All things work for good for those who love Him according to His purpose and plans.

What is the action of God at this moment?  He is at work to protect and encourage you, give you hope and peace.

God wants to saturate us with His hope, life, love, grace and peace.

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