July 30, 2012

Let something GOOD be said

Let something *GOOD* be said. 
Your words have the power to influence, bring life, to build, and to heal. Let your words be filtered through GRACE and use them for GOOD. 
 Proverbs 15:4 Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.

Lighten up!

 "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes!!! 
Saying AY-OH!!!!!
Gotta let GO! 
I wanna celebrate and LIVE my life!" 

Lighten up!!!!!!! :)

Don't carry burdens you weren't meant to bear.  Matthew 11: 28-30  "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."   LET it GO!!!  And live your life the way it was intended for YOU to live it!

July 23, 2012

Give. Love. Make Peace.

Give. Love. Make Peace. Extend Grace. 

......................Because life truly is too short to be spending it on anything less than God's grace.
Romans 12:18 As much as it depends on YOU....make peace. 
Psalm 34:14 Pursue peace with ALL men.

Grace is not mine to decide who to give it to or when. It's just HIS to give through me to WHOMever.  We are called to make peace.  We are called to love.  We are called to give.

  Jesus never withdrew His touch from those who needed it most and deserved it less.  He made no distinction between social status, peer groups, political standings, the rich, the poor, the sick or the well.  He simply gave unrestrained by opinions or judgments.  He simply changed lives with an audacious Grace that never showed differential regard for any one person.   Perhaps if we all look beyond ourselves and our need for Grace and begin to pour that same Grace we need onto others we will begin to see a supernatural healing permeate the environment.  After all....we are all broken people in need of a Savior.  We are all in need of Grace.  There is someone beyond your 4 walls who is in need of Grace. Someone who has no idea where to find the hope they need to keep going.  YOU have it to give.  We can be influenced by the world around us and allow it to rob us of giving and receiving grace or choose to be an influence and be the change agents that can transform lives and bring HOPE into the darkest of places.

Give without hesitation.
Love without reservation.
Make Peace.

Luke 6:38 Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.

July 22, 2012

When Hope Runs Out

Why is it so easy for us to believe that God can do the impossible but when the unexpected happens suddenly we are paralyzed with doubt and fear?
.....If we can trust God for salvation.....which was his greatest miracle....the redemption of ALL MANKIND.......then why can we not trust Him for the lesser things?
Suddenly what we know about God is no longer enough for us. The situation is too great a matter and GOD is no longer enough.

The man came to Jesus because his little girl was sick. "If only Jesus could come.....all will be well". But just like so many of us his hope was hijacked on the way to his miracle. They said she was dead. Now suddenly Jesus wasn't enough to meet this man's need.  
Hope reached a dead end for this man. 
He believed Jesus could meet His need.....except....this one. 

It was TOO late for the man.  Too late for Jesus.

 Jesus proved him wrong of course and the little girl was brought back to life. 

....................... I am suddenly reminded of a powerful TRUTH. 
The Truth that trumps *ALL* that *IS*. 
HOPE doesn't run out. The one who can create the universe with a word....the One who can command the storms, the One who can bring to life what was once dead....still concerns himself with your most hopeless situation and surprises you with this Truth....NOTHING is impossible. HE'S GOD!!!!!!! It's easy to believe for lesser things.....but here's the thing.....His hope reaches the darkest of places. 

...................It's never too late. 

Even when the tides turn against you in the middle of believing....

Help is on the way. And miracles have a way of riding in to save the day.....if only you can believe.

July 17, 2012

It Is Finished

Jesus' final words on the cross:

 When He defeated death, hell, AND the GRAVE...........when He endured all that He did and through it all left an EMPTY tomb.........He was saying to you, "YOU CAN TRUST ME".
You can trust Him with it all. Nothing is wasted in the hands of the one who can redeem it ALL. There is nothing so insignificant or so great that His grace is not great ENOUGH to reach it. He is...always has been....always WILL be....ENOUGH. You can trust Him. Because of everything He accomplished on that day.....EVERYTHING can be redeemed.  Everything.

Remember Whose You Are

Psalm 42: 8 "When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you.......".

I rehearse EVERYTHING I *know*......of YOU.  It doesn't matter where you are or how you got there. There is someone GREATER than your disappointments. Greater than your pain. Remember WHO it is that's got a hold of you. Take into account and rehearse line by line everything you KNOW about Him. 

Remember His ways.

....He promised to NEVER abandon you and whatever it is that has broken your spirit...it will not ever consume you. If you need HOPE.....then look to the One who is greater than it all. He's got all the peace and hope you need. And He's got a perfect track record.......He won't fail you now. .......Remember who you belong to,

Just *DO* it ~

"Just do it"

Don't WAIT until circumstances are in your favor or WAIT till the conditions are just right or WAIT till you can fix what's broken for you to do what God's put in front of you to do. 

Run your race with diligence.
...in spite of the conditions. In spite of circumstances. In spite of what's broken. 

Do it broken. 
Just do it......and leave the broken things to God. In your obedience He will see to the other things. He will bring redemption and restoration. He will fix what's broken. He will also give you the Grace and endurance to do what He's given you to do. He's had a plan in mind from the beginning;).....you do YOUR part!!!......He will do HIS!!!!!....TRUST Him:)

Hebrews 12:3 keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!