Day 52: more

More.

A greater or additional amount or degree. More. It’s what we want, depending on what IT is. More.

Less.

A smaller amount of. Not as much. Less. It’s not what we want, depending on what IT is. Less.

More or Less.

LIFE.

Do we want more or less? This life or His LIFE?

 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

I want MORE, much MORE of Jesus. He is the One, the ONLY One who came so that we could have LIFE and have it abundantly.

I want LESS, much LESS of me and the ways of this world.

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

When the cares of this world try to choke out the glory of God or blind us to Him and His creation. When the god of this world tries to distract us, may we cry out, “We want MORE of JESUS!”.  When the enemy tempts us to do things in our own strength and focus on ourselves, may we cry out, “We  want LESS, much LESS of that. We want to rely on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith for everything!” and do this MORE, much, muCH MORE!!

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

How about you? What do you want more or less of? Are you tired and worn? Are you discouraged? Are you hopeless? What is it that you want? Whatever it is, God’s got it and He knows your very needs and mine before we even ask Him. So we ask Him.  He knows all about us and is waiting for us to stop trying and start trusting Him.

Do not be like them , for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  Matthew 6:8

He has got all we have need of and MORE, so much MORE.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

May my heart and yours desire More of Him and less of ourselves. May we ask Him for ALL we have need of knowing that He is MORE than enough and MORE than able to provide for us. May we not settle for LESS than God’s best! Thank You LORD!

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—MORE than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are MORE than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 31-39

 

Day 46: wake up!!

Jesus is beauty and He is alive in you!! Believe it! You’re beautiful 🙂

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 

May my heart and yours rejoice in the truth of who Jesus us and what He has done for each one of us. May we choose LIFE on this day and declare the beauty and majesty that dwells within us. All other ground is sinking sand! May my heart and yours receive and declare His great love for us and who we are in Him. We’re beautiful!! xo

Day 42: the BEAUTIFUL

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3

There is a place where beauty dwells, just beneath the surface of the lies. It is there. It is cloaked by a veil that must be torn back. But it is there. It is waiting. It is stirring. Beauty can not be restrained. The battle ensues and the ugly is on display. Seen for what it is. It is terrifying. It wages a fierce war. It does not play fair. Nor would it. It’s goal is to kill, steal and destroy. It does not want beauty to be revealed and it will do anything to see it die. Truly die.

Ugly begets more ugly. It doesn’t stop. It perpetuates more and more until it completely shadows what is real and what is true. It doesn’t want you to see what really lies underneath, for if you saw, really saw,  you would never settle for a false imitation.

But Jesus. Jesus came to set the captives free. To dispel darkness. To reveal truth to us. To reveal the BEAUTIFUL. Jesus is BEAUTY and He made each one of us to be BEAUTIFUL and shine for the glory of HIS NAME. And we are!!! And we do.

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.  Matthew 11:12

In The Beginning

“so give me strength to die myself. so love can live to tell the tale.” the garden by needtobreathe

May this story come forth mightily in the name of Jesus.  In His way and His timing. Moving forward in the light of His glory and grace.

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Day 30: Just As I Am

Have you ever pretended to be someone you weren’t? Have you found that your responses have not always been authentic? Have you ever lied? Have you ever believed your own lies? Maybe you don’t lie. Maybe you are actually super conscious of this fact. What then of your image? Are you really who you portray yourself to be to others? Are you known, truly known?

I believe we all have worn masks at one time or another. Often times, for me, I haven’t even realized it. They are so comfortable. They fit so snugly, I just assumed that was who I was. At the least it was who I wanted to be. What’s wrong with that?  That is who I am.  Plus, would anyone really want to see or know the REAL ME? Could they handle the truth? Could I?

The masks we wear do two things. 1) They keep our true identities hidden and 2) They protect our true selves from being revealed. But then they do something else. They trap us. They conceal the very essence of who God created us to be. We become a product of our own making. Image managed and controlled, but fake. They keep us from being who He made us to be and fulfilling the purposes He has planned for us.

So what do we do with this? Who then are we? Who is the real person behind the mask? How can I tell?  Can I take the mask off,  or has it simply become so much a part of us that we can not pry them off?  What is my TRUE IDENTITY?

There is one who knows us better than we know ourselves. He knew us before the foundations of the universe.  We can be real with Him. He doesn’t want us to hide from Him any longer. He wants it all. He knows all about us anyway. And He can and will gently remove our masks.

May we surrender control of our masks. May we let Him reveal our true identity. May your heart and mine be open to His truth. May we lean on Him and other members of the Body of Christ to help us come out of our hiding places and our places of comfort and safety to fully embrace the reality of who we are in Christ. May we see and understand that He has good thoughts toward us and that in Him, we are safe.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”.  Jeremiah 1:5

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Psalm 139

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

 You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

Day 28: A New Adventure

/adˈvenCHər/

Noun
An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
Verb
Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown territory: “they had adventured into the forest”.
Synonyms
noun. venture
verb. risk – venture – hazard – jeopardize – dare – jeopard

Precisely! And adventure is all of the above. And I am excited by all of what it says, except for perhaps, the HAZARDOUS part.

haz·ard·ous

/ˈhazərdəs/

Adjective
Risky; dangerous.
Synonyms
risky – perilous – dangerous – unsafe – precarious

Adventure can be hazardous? Okay. This does make sense. But why do we risk it? What is it for? Why not just play it safe with our lives and just self-preserve? What thrill could be so worth putting ourselves in harms way?

Has it occurred to anyone that we do this all the time, and often without the sense of adventure that goes along with, ADVENTURE? We can never be so sure if we are in a risky, hazardous situation. After all, this is life. Life is not a promised. It is unscripted. Life is a gift. And it can be taken at any time without much, if any, notice to us. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to live life in LIFE! Living versus existing.

May we look to our Creator for the adventures He is calling us to. May my heart and yours be awakened to the adventure in every day life. May we wake up each day with a fresh, new sense of adventure as we head out into this uncertain world laden with risks. May we take a strong grip of the One who can keep us safe through the most hazardous circumstances and be filled with a boldness and courage because He is with us. So exciting!!! Thank you Jesus!

 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28: 16-20

ad·ven·ture