When I Rise – Give Me Jesus

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. – Proverbs 8_17The sleepy sun rises in the distance – over the hills, meadows and tall buildings. The warmth of its glow tickles our skin and quickly welcomes us to a new day on this earth. Every single day we have an opportunity to make a mark, imprint on a life and breathe his glory in this rocky terrain.

However, what we set our minds on – impacts what air we will expel onto others. Do we start our days with doubts and worries of events in the future? Do we dread the routine of life to miss out on the opportunity that presents itself to us like crackling fire works?

We must start the day with an outlook – one focused through heaven’s spectacles. May we truly ask for the eyes of Christ each morning. I pray for us – in the morning, when we rise – that we seek Jesus.

“In the morning, when I rise – give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,

You can have all this world – just give me Jesus. – Songwriters: C.S. Brown

Give Me Jesus lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

It’s a precious time – one so intimate and necessary. A time in stillness and quiet when we can truly listen for our Father and set our minds on things above for the day.

Just as an athlete has a regimen of weights, cardio and diet, our fuel comes from the pages of his promises. We desperately need to be centered in his righteousness.

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. – Proverbs 8:17

He has lined his children’s trail with precious gems. However, they are hidden riches and he calls us to search for them, seek them out – and share them with others.

Seek God – sweet one, from the tranquility of your home, from the stillness of your work-space or in the quiet in your car. Open his words and let them change you from the inside out.

He is waiting to speak to us – and show us the path he has ahead of us.

If we seek, we will surely find.

Advertisements

The Simple Moments Define Us

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. – Luke 16_10Simple moments. How often do we discard them and seek for the earthquake, colossal happenings in life? We look for the blessings from heaven that everyone will notice. The big events that show up like fireworks in the night sky. The ones that require a parade with confetti and multicolored streamers. 

 

We wish for the moments that we think will escalate our purpose and journey on this earth. After all, didn’t God call us to do big things? 

 

Yes, God did call us to do big and mighty things; but, it’s easy to discard the hours spent snuggling your smooth skinned baby still wrapped in diapers, that spontaneous heart bursting hug from your toddler, that home cooked meal that nourishes your family’s bodies, that quick conversation with your neighbor, or that fragrant vase of wildflowers on your desk sent from your adoring spouse or  childhood friend. 

 

These are the little things, right? 

 

We look at these moments as mundane. They are everyday happenings; but, these are the moments that define us. These moments are the pieces of the quilt that determine the elaborate cloth design on our exterior and interior. 

 

What design will you choose? 

 

“…the quality of your life and the character of your person is primarily shaped and defined by the 10,000 little decisions, desires, words, and actions you make every day. Even when we experience a life-altering event, we will have 10,000 little moments to respond to it.” -John David Tripp 

 

We must never ever give up on doing big things for God! Never. He has called us to be giant slayers! However, even King David had mundane moments in the field – looking after flocks of woolly sheep. In these moments his character was formed. 

 

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” – Luke 16:10

 

We must cherish the little moments and think of them as building blocks – ones that strengthen character, faith and trust. 

Pick Up That Robe of Righteousness & Keep The Faith

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his headChild, hold your hands out – open your palms to the heavens. Though they appear empty to worldly onlookers, they are gloriously full. You, my sweet one, are filled with my goodness. I have breathed my spirit over your life. My luminous riches sparkle through your eyes. They are pools of my compassion, grace and never-failing truth. You are my witness. You are my voice.

You are precious – never forget that promise. You have been refined by the fire and like a costly diamond – developed into a radiant jewel under pressure. Don’t give up – you are making a difference even though you may feel useless.

Sweet child, you are my hands and my feet. I have commissioned you to speak my message and exude my love on this earth. Waves may feel like they are crashing over your body; but, I have breathed the strength of my victory over you.

Pick up that robe of righteousness – and keep the faith.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. – Isaiah 61:10

I love you, dear one. I am with you – wrapping you in an eternal love highly sought after. Shine your light to the nations. Never cower in fear – for I am beside you.

Open your hands, child and fill the abundance of all I am offering to you. Step forward – for you are protected and my right hand will save you from despair.

 

Beauty Out Of Broken Vessels

He makes beauty out of broken vesselsChild,

Bring to me your broken pieces. The ones you carry with you and cling on to so tightly – for I make beauty out of broken vessels. I restore shattered pottery into true works of art. You are not as broken as you think, sweet child. Your restoration is just around the corner.

Look to the light. Let it warm your skin and feel my presence all around you, dear one. You are the workmanship of my hands – and I am doing a new thing in your life! Trust in my compass – it has never led you in the wrong direction. You will never slip or stumble following my illuminated path.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. – Habakkuk 3:19

Listen for my voice. It may be quiet – so you really must seek it out. It is calling for you sweet child of mine. Devote time in your day to be still before me. I will speak and show you great and mighty things to come.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3

Let not your heart be troubled. You are the apple of my eye, and just like I know all the stars by name – I know your name dear one. You are my treasure. Trust, wait and seek me out. Expect only the best – for that is what I desire for you!

It’s Your Father’s Good Pleasure To Give You The Kingdom

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12_32.jpgYou are a Kingdom-Giver, sweet Jesus!

When we think we have lost our way, have run out of all options – and are all alone on the treacherous cliff – you call out to us and say, ‘I want to give you the whole Kingdom!’

The ENTIRE Kingdom.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

– Luke 12:32

You want to crown us with gold and wrap us in the robe of your power and might. Yet, we have to embrace this beautiful offer.

Your radiant kingdom is not of this world – it’s heavenly.

Often, we reach for splendor in the fleeting, in the temporary, and we are blind to your very hand that is stretched out in front of our faces with the purity, joy and everlasting nature of your precious promises.

Like sheep, we find it easy to nonsensically follow the herd and overlook the shepherd at the front of the flock! But, how foolish to neglect the one who leads us to safety, provision and rest!

He is the one who has seen our deepest needs, observed our depravity; and he has still claimed ownership over us!

Rejoice, sweet sheep! Your Father desires to give you the Kingdom. Claim that mighty Kingdom promise today!

Cast Your Cares on Him

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.For the weary, broken-hearted, heavy laden and depressed: I say to you – cast your cares on me.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

Breathe it out sweet child – all that tense fear and emotion that ensnares your beautiful soul. Let that breath out, expel all the hard routines of life that press on your spirit and soul.

You clench your fists and worry in vain, sweet one. For it is not you who controls your destiny, I am the Master of your eternity sea; and, it is my choice to take on your burdens – both light and small.

Trust me, and hand over that backpack of stones. Remember, I chose to take the nails for you and have called you to be a light. You are needed on this terrain to walk uninhibited and urgently.

Focus on the goodness of my Word and breathe in that mercy. Let this mercy fill the chambers of your lungs. Inhale and exhale the sweet honey of my security.

The evil one wants to hold that heart captive and burden it with apprehension and fear.  I am with you child –you lose sight of that truth at times; but, I am ever-present – always.

Day to day earthly chores, routines and schedules press against you and you lose hope.; but, I am in the everyday steps you take. I am with you when you wipe that nose of that crying toddler, when you work late at night on a project for your job, when you feel like your world is crashing in on you – I am there saying – ‘give me that burden, sweet one.’

Trust. Seek. Follow.

Look for me in the small – for it is my strength that sustains you in all situations.

There is no more blessed way of living, than the life of faith based upon a covenant-keeping God – to know that we have no care, for He cares for us; that we need have no fear, except to fear Him; that we need have no troubles, because we have cast our burdens upon the Lord, and are conscience that He will sustain us. – Charles Spurgeon

Finding The David Within Me

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of tThe stones rattle in my hands. Perspiration and fear. Am I strong enough, brave enough to face this giant in the forefront?

His eyes are locked on mine – inciting terror and doubt; and his body hovers over mine in stature and girth. I feel his humid breath hit my face. He is hungry and ready for a fight.

Am I able to defeat such a beast? I am not able, but GOD is able. And, my hope, trust and all my strength must come from him – and him alone.

David didn’t need to know Goliath’s strength because he already knew God ‘s.

So, here I stand with my enemy sneering in my face. Looking at my small frame amused that I would choose to face such a menacing figure. But, he doesn’t know my GOD.

He doesn’t know my GOD holds the power to defeat sin and death. My GOD can supply all my needs. My GOD can scale walls and speak to the winds and waves. My GOD can raise men from dead to life. My GOD can walk on water and shut the mouths of lions; and my GOD lives within me.

Small stones with Jesus can conquer the scariest of opponents. He has equipped me with the powerful phrase – ‘it is written’ and given me the sword of his scripture.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

I hold my sword up to the sky in the battle and in peace – for you have given us the keys to victory. May we look at all our enemies and valiantly state in their presence, as Jesus did in the wilderness, ‘it is written.’

Relying on God Has to Begin All Over Again Every Day

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done. —C.S. LewisIt’s a daily choice – wake up, deny self and decide to use my breath that day to worship and depend on God. When our cold feet hit the floor in the morning, it’s a choice we make: carry a torch for Christ or clothe ourselves with worldly wonder.

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done. —C.S. Lewis

Self-interested, worrisome and surface, the skin nature whispers melodically and plants thoughts of doubt, disbelief and instability in our minds.

You will never get ahead focusing on God alone, this fiendish voice whispers.  Focus on you – and your needs, first.

However, this voice is dead wrong.

We mustn’t believe one word of the trash that is spewed from the Father of Lies.

We were made by God and for God. His hands formed our frames to breathe in synchronization with his beautiful breath. It’s our purpose to fix our eyes on the One True King. That’s our calling.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:1

It’s our charge to carry a flame and illuminate the dark places with the lantern we carry within our souls. Yet, it is our choice to ignite that flame every day.

We either walk around unlit and unusable or magnificently glowing – tapping in to our true value.

May we live a life in a state of worship – always singing praises to the Creator God. While at work, while at home, while enjoying life – may this simple state of mind pervade our bodies.

We were made by God and for God – what a delightful truth to digest.

You Stand With Me in Low Places

No matter what I have, Your grace is enough. No matter where I am, I'm standing in Your love. – Tauren Wells _ _Hills And Valleys_You stand with me in the low places – when I am covered in the mire and the vines from the jungle hinder my clear view. You hold me when my tears are heavy and my outlook on life – is muddled and seems truly terrifying.

When I can only hear the distant roar of predators in the valley, you speak force and courage to this feeble heart. Though it might appear to my finite eyes that I’m encased in a valley of dry bones, you’ve shown me time and time again that you can breathe life into parched and thirsty situations.

When I cry out for you … you answer in a thunderous way. You, LORD, water my dehydrated heart and truly reignite my heart strings to pump with vigor once again. May I always remember God that I am not alone in the ravine. You walk beside me – waiting for me to call out to you in my desperation.

In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. – Psalm 34: 6

But, I am never desperate in your hands. I am safe, secure and loved. You remind me of the steadfast armor you have given me through your sacrifice.

I am safeguarded from the arrows that glide through the thin, humid air. These weapons will not crush me. I will walk away unscathed – for you are there with me in the battle of this life.

There are hills and valleys in this life; but, you, LORD, are with me in all places – and in the in-between.

May I truly learn to praise you on the mountain top with elevated arms and in the trenches with open fists. You are making me strong, complete and resilient in you.

No matter what I have, Your grace is enough. No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love. – Tauren Wells | “Hills And Valleys”

Lead me, guide me. May I feel you standing beside me, holding my hand. I am not alone in the maze of this life. I have a guide who can tear down barriers and scale walls. Hallelujah.

Planted In The House of The LORD

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, Shall flourish in the courts of our God. - Psalm 92_ 13Outstretched and extended, my roots prod deeper and deeper into the rich soil of your goodness. They yearn for your splendor, provision and peace.

The grass withers and the flowers fall; so, it is my desire to stand firm like a mighty oak tree – planted secure in the House of the LORD.

The winds cannot move an age-old mighty oak. They might attempt to rattle the sturdy structure; however, it’s trunk alone is vast, and its root system stretches out for miles.

Just a small seed at my conception, may the shell of my exterior crack and my root system encompass vast quantities of distances – branching out far and wide.

Secure the stem of my soul to the water source of your mercy and grace. Unshaken, fixed and fortified – this is my fate when I tap into the aquifer of everlasting life.

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord,

Shall flourish in the courts of our God. – Psalm 92: 13

With the wellspring of life fueling my growth, energy and delight, I can flourish into a mature tree. Fully developed, I can stand firmly fixed with your power working through me. Braided down deep in the soil, my soul is interwoven with your everlasting truth.

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3

Brandish your glory through my sturdiness. Let it be evident for all to see.

In the storms of this life, it is my prayer that my root system is not shaken but only implants itself greater into the enriching soil of your harvest.

Make me into a mighty oak for the exhibition of your power, this is my prayer.