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May I Not Conceal Your Love And Your Faithfulness

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.We shouldn’t hide it – that light that beams from within our souls. Our hearts are not meant to be camouflage canisters, tucked away for safekeeping. They are made to palpitate in severity for the King of Kings.

Let the world see your life chamber beat with robust rhythms. Don’t quench that love that flows from the sparkle in your eyes and the crevices of your smile. You make a difference when you radiate Christ.

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. – Psalm 40:10

We are beckoned to share the luminous blessing of our salvation. How could we hide such a rich treasure that makes our souls soar and dead bodies come to life?

Broken and alone, this world is seeking. People are searching for the light your body houses – the light that scorches isolation, fear and discouragement. You carry a powerful light, sweet child of God! You carry the truth that will cut through falsehood.

You will meet resistance. Remember the darkness cannot tolerate the light for in its presence, it dissipates. Hold fast – and stand firm. The steadfast heart is rewarded with crowns of splendor.

Fasten your feet to the bedrock of your Savior’s loyalty. Like a knight dressed in solid silver, hold up that sword and shield in courage. Shout in clarity the battle cry of strength and victory.

Do not be ashamed of the Gospel, dear one. Evil will try to make you feel afraid and humiliated of your moral stances – but resist this vile untruth. Focus on the sweet fruit from the vine of the LORD.

The vine always provides the life sustaining nutrients in order to sustain the plant. Drink up the provision of the King. His nourishment will equip you for every challenge you may face!

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That I May Gain Christ!

For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. – Psalm 107_9.jpgWe all enjoy accolades and the allure of the glittering, glowing lights of grandeur. Like moths we circle the beams of carnality. We reach for that golden hoop that will somehow satisfy that fleshly taste for fulfillment.

But will clutching that sparkly prize fully gratify?

We can bathe in the riches of this world and dine on the fanciest meals of lobster and caviar; however, these temporary things will only make us happy for a time.

Eventually the shine will rust and our hearts will grow restless once again – looking for something bigger, greater and fancier to satisfy!

But, oh, to feed on the manna from on high!

That is the lasting serum that will stick to your stomach and bones. In comparison to the treasures from heaven, worldly things are just rubbish. They are simply leftovers, good for nothing.

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ. – Philippians 3:8

Things of this world – fancy cars, luxury boxes at sporting events, endless riches and high-rise condos mean nothing when thinking of the glory and grandeur of heaven.

All that matters is if we know Christ. For if we have that relationship, we are rich beyond compare. Emulating his fruits and drinking from his overflowing fountain of life is life altering.

Break free from the desire of carnal possessions. Strive sweet seeker – for the godly, the supernatural. There you will find peace and fulfillment. Do not trust in manmade trinkets, but trust in the promises of the Most High.

For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. – Psalm 107:9

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God Calls You Beautiful Regardless Of Your Shape, Color & Size

curvy-barbie-dollStanding ovation and a thunderous round of applause for Mattel! Their new line of Barbie dolls is definitely something that I can stand behind and cheer on.

According to Mattel, Barbie will now come in four body types and seven skin tones, with 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. In all, 33 dolls will roll out in stages, spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said.

Ever since I can remember, I have loved playing with Barbies (no shame that I still enjoy wondering through the Barbie aisle at Target).

When we were younger, my sister and I would play beauty pageant competitions with all our dolls lined up – each one participating in the evening gown and talent categories.

Now – don’t get me wrong, I was not mad at Mattel before for making their age-old dolls in the same shape and size. The tiny waist lines and generous chest sizes did not bother me as a child – or the blonde hair for that matter (since I am a redhead).

It did not alter my self-worth or make me cringe at my shape – simply because I did not stack up to the image of my pretty Barbie dolls.

That’s because I have known for a while that my worth is not defined in what I look like or how tiny my waist line measures.

Every girl, who is a child of the King of Kings is breathtakingly gorgeous in their Creator’s eyes!

“And You call me beautiful. And say You’ve loved me all along. And You’ve always held the keys to unlock my soul. Oh, You call me beautiful.” – Ginny Owens

It is truly a breath of fresh air and a reminder (even though I am sure that Mattel did not intend for this type of reminder) that God calls you beautiful regardless of your shape, color and size.

He created you in his image – and said you were ‘very good’ in your mother’s womb.

“For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” – Deuteronomy 7:6

Bravo Mattel! I really hope this new roll-out of dolls truly impacts young girls and hints (even if in a discreet way) at the loving nature of Our Creator God.

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The Keys To The Kingdom

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven...The Kingdom of God – we get a glimpse of it with our finite eyes. It glows in the pupils of our earthly wonder and amazement. However, we miss the grandeur of this holy place if we fail to look through heaven’s eyes.

Our Maker has handed his children the keys to such a hallowed ground. This should make our bodies shake with delight. Nothing can compare to the riches housed beyond the gate of this beautiful kingdom.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 16: 19

Can you wait for the day that we can call the Kingdom of God home? Pulses racing and heart pounding, we will walk up to the entrance enthralled at the beauty that surrounds us. The beauty that is unmatched – because Christ’s throne is stationed in this heavenly abode.

However, it is important to remember – Jesus’ kingdom is not just planted in the watercolor sky. His kingdom is alive inside each and every believer. He lives in you – and that key is imprinted on your pumping heart.

For the Kingdom of God is already among you. – Luke 17:21

If you are a believer, Jesus lives in you. And, you house the Holy Spirit. Though you are not in a physical kingdom (that day is coming!). The King lives in your spirit. He moves in your midst. What a wonderful realization!

Like an invisible shield, our LORD is there to protect, defend and offer so much love to your weary heart. Trust, look up to heaven and cling on to your key that offers life.

May we truly digest that the Savior of our Souls breathes deeply throughout the chambers of our hearts. May we feel his love and earnest affection today and always!

Say aloud today – his kingdom is alive in my heart, and he has handed me the keys to unlock wonders beyond compare. With every beat of my heart, let me acknowledge his kingdom and radiate his supreme light.

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The State of The Heart

beauty heartThe heart – it serves as a pumping vessel in your body. Producing and circulating blood within your veins before you were born up until the day you physically meet the LORD.

You can feel it’s gentle pumping in your chest – it’s a life force and truly a gift and miracle from God.

This muscle is one of the most important organs in our bodies. We cannot function without it. However, this muscle serves a dual purpose – one physical and the other spiritual. It is a telling picture of the beauty that lives within our souls.

“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Is your heart clean? That’s a question we must ask ourselves daily. Has bitterness, envy or how about anger clogged the arteries of your sturdy, vital chamber?

The state of our hearts is crucial to our effectiveness – for our Maker. How can we share Christ’s love, when our heart is overcome with burdens of dirty matter? When our hearts are congested there is no way for the sunlight of God’s precious love and encouragement to shine forth.

That’s the thing about inner beauty: Unlike Physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding them in its embrace, making them more beautiful too.     – Unknown

Dismiss those thoughts that will obstruct your beautiful heart from serving its dual purpose.

Let others get a glimpse of that pristine vessel that the LORD can use for his glory! Fill your lungs with the LORD’s praises and let that praise seep down deep into the chamber of your soul.

Every day – preform a heart check. Look and truly evaluate the state of that pretty heart.

If there is anything that is preventing that heart from pumping at full capacity – dismiss it, in the name of Christ. And, replace it with the marvelous wonders of God’s promise and his grace.

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The Lord Will Fullfill His Promises To Her

_Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!_ - Luke 1_45Dear gentle woman, full of hopes and pretty dreams. Lift your head up high, feel the weight of that crown on your full head of glorious locks. Smile into the sunlight and lap up those precious promises engraved by the hands of God.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” – Luke 1:45

Why is your soul forlorn dear one? Can’t you feel the fire within your soul – that powerful spirit that strengthens you and sustains you?

Do not fear. The angels of old have repeated this phrase time and time again to the followers of Christ. Take those words to heart and digest them.

With God you are mighty, apart from him you are a simple shell of a being. Breathe precious daughter of the King. Inhale the fragrance of his pledges to you. Trust in this man of his word.

“And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:20

You are not forsaken. You are not forgotten. You are not abandoned. In fact, you are right where the Savior wants you – in the palm of his stable hand.

Can you feel his presence – that peace that descends on your spirit? He cares for you with an unmatchable love. He longs for your joy to be complete in him. When you hope wholeheartedly in him, you will not be disappointed.

“… those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” – Isaiah 49:23

Lay yourself aside sweet child. Shed that skin of old and lather yourself with the soft newness of God’s promises and covenant – made to you.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

The LORD will fulfill his promises, and in Christ – your storehouses will overflow. Trust, seek and knock – and he will open that sturdy door and welcome you into his glorious presence beaming with affection.

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Don’t Let The World Change Your Smile

Life is good and it is full of miracles and blessings. We just need to recognize them

So often we focus on the heartbreaking moments in life. We read the news headlines and grieve – our spirit weeps. Everything is so bleak it seems. Our pretty hearts are overwhelmed with talking heads reiterating heavy topics and pointing out the flaws and misdeeds in others.

However, remember, all in all – life is good.

Though it is important to be aware of what is happening in this foreign world we are dwelling in, it is also critical not to fixate on the miserable. Focusing on the dirty and despondent things will only alter our character. It makes our hearts drop with despair.

Don’t let the headlines of this fallen world change your beautiful smile, dear one.

You can be in the world, but not of it. However, it begins in the mind. We are charged by God to think on whatever is lovely, admirable and praiseworthy. Fill your thoughts on Christ’s glory and his victory over sin.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17

Let’s clear away that saltwater that has eroded our light cases, and look with clear eyes and positivity at the life that God has breathed into our bones.

When feelings of sadness and despair creep in our racing thoughts – combat them with the victory that is swimming in the bloodstream of Christ.

Think on Daniel being delivered from the lion den of death, Moses parting the waters for the Israelites to pass through or Abraham’s tears when the LORD saved his son from the alter of demise.

Life is good and it is full of miracles and blessings. We just need to recognize them. Tune out the evil one’s rhetoric and listen to the beautiful music of God’s redemption and grace.

You are in his hands, and his eyes sparkle at his workmanship. Smile with a toothy grin in purity and complete joy. Don’t let the world claim such a rich blessing.

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A Little Bit of Coffee & A Whole Lot of Jesus

-Outside the will of God, there's nothing I want. Inside the will of God there's nothing I fear.- AW Tozer.jpgIt’s the beginning of the week and new challenges are ever present. You sip on coffee in bed and anticipate the day ahead – you can’t predict what you will face; but you anticipate your actions.

Breathe, dear one. Just breathe in this new day and year. Hold that warm mug of coffee and pray to the one who made your inmost being. He is with you and will help you conquer this day ahead. That coffee, though a kick starter, cannot truly ignite that beautiful heart – but Jesus can.

“Outside the will of God, there’s nothing I want. Inside the will of God there’s nothing I fear.” – AW Tozer

Devote this day to him. We need him. We long for him. Our lips are parched and need to be watered by his words. For his words are the only things that can satisfy our dry, cracked skin and make them whole again.

Let God move through you this day – and may it be our goal for the reminder of the year. We need to push self out of the way and let God reign supreme. For he alone can remove stress, worry and fear and truly make it flee from our lives.

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19

May our lungs inhale his peace today and exhale tension. Let us cling on to his goodness and cast out that fear that haunts our earthy vessels.

We are children of the King of Kings. Let your heart dance in a sea of assurance and blood-pumping joy. God has commanded health over your body and soul. Claim that rich health.

Sip on your coffee, sweet one. Allow it to warm your body and give you that morning boost. However, rest in the comfort that all we need is Jesus and his marvelous power to fuel our lives today and through eternity!

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Rebuild The Road, Clear Away The Stones

Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.We often walk on rickety trails – cobblestone paths that are missing rocks and gravel that has overtime crumbled. Dilapidated highways appear faded.

The once black asphalt is light gray and it has been worn down by the circulation of heavy trucks, foot traffic and various other pollutants.

New shoes laced up and ready, we are hesitant. Should we march down the pathway so unstable? Should we expose our shiny new sneakers to a trail of such snares?

The beautiful blessing is – we don’t have to expose ourselves to the elements of such weary travels. The LORD our God has gone before us – and coated the road ahead of our anxious legs. We must be ready to run forward with a banner of truth and praise.

God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.” – Isaiah 57:14

What amazing grace our God has showered upon his people. He has repaved the road under our feet and rebuilt the pathway – that would have only offered us despair.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8

Walking forward with humility fortified by God’s power, may our steps only lead others to the throne room of God’s precious grace.

Soften our hearts like clay and mold that ruddy earth into a pristine vessel of compassion and sincerity. May we praise you in full affect – for it is by your strength these stones of calamity have been removed.

It is by your sturdy hand that the cities and highways, ram shackled in the distance, have been restored.

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Be Who God Called You To Be, Not Who The World Wants You To Be

Be Who God Called You To BeCold, clammy hands – they reach for you with vigor and empty promises for broken triumphs.

With a crooked smile, this earth clutches your neck and tries to turn your focus. It beckons you not to look to the majestic mountain caps for strength. It quietly whispers to you – that your power does not come from the brilliant heavens above.

But, you know better.

In a serpent like voice, masked in sugary sweetness – a shiny apple projected in the distance dazzles your eyes like glitter in a water basin. With every sodden ripple – this fairy dust shimmers.

You know the difference between allusion and reality.

This world will encourage you to jump ship – to trust in its paper thin objectives. It will urge you to renounce the truths etched in solid bedrock by the mighty hands of God.

However, you know your source of true strength.

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.” – Proverbs 3: 21-22

Be who God has called you to be, not who the world wants you to be.

Listen to the wisdom of the LORD – not the knowledge simply echoed by hollow mouths. Fools, dressed as royalty, will call out your name. Their words will entice; however, these sweet words of nothing will also destroy.

You were not placed on this earth to deteriorate – but to flourish.

The Forest of Forgery may invite you to explore its grandeur and beauty. It may charm you with its lush foliage and dew scented vegetation. However it will want you to dwell in its heavy covering and blend in with its decomposing leaves.

You were not made to be moss wedged to the bottom of rotting tree trunks and clinging to displaced pebbles. You were designed to be an exquisite flower with a distinct smell and vibrant magnetism.

Whatever asks you to forsake the Rock of Ages and swim along with the school of fish heading into the belly of the whale – is not worth your time or energy. It will steal from your purpose.

Listen to the Maker. Look to the one who sits in the watercolor clouds on high. Let him fill your heart with potency and anoint your words with valor.

It’s much better to frolic in the fields despised by others – than to dwell in the pocket of pleasure that will eventually choke your flora of faith. (Genesis 13)