List of Love

14 Jul

I had a wonderful conversation with a young woman who loves Jesus with all her heart but was struggling with feeling guilty about putting God on her daily list of things to do. Where do our sweet minds come up with these things Sisters?

What could possibly be offensive to God about our planning to spend time with Him?

Beloved, God is the original planner. ♥

Why would we believe that taking our spiritual disciplines, time in His Word and time in prayer, seriously would be received with anything but JOY by the Lover of our souls?

God planned to call you near before the creation of the world.

I don’t think He minds a bit when you plan to answer that call and draw close. I think “lists” have gotten a bad rap because we have equated them with a heart that is done with God once you’ve put a check mark by your daily devotions, worship or prayer time. That’s a whole different issue. Compartmentalizing and sequestering God has nothing to do with the list of things you need to get done today.

Don’t let the enemy convince you that God doesn’t enjoy seeing your determination to spend to time with Him take written form.  Don’t give the joy of  scheduling time to talk with Him away to the voice of guilt inside your heart.  Those whispers do not come from your Father.

You hold onto wanting time with Him that badly. You keep organizing your chaos to include Him. You put His Name down on that list and you make that big red check mark for all the heavenlies to see.  Sister, your written intention may look like a to-do-list to you, but I believe that to the God who wrote your name in the Book of Life and checked it off with the bright red blood of Jesus . . . it looks like love.

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Let Your Cape Fly!

4 May

“Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.  1 Chronicles 28:20

 

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We kneel before the Mighty One and ask that He empower us to be Grace Warriors.  That He fill us with the courage necessary to lay hold of the holy destinies He has called the Daughters of the King to live out.  We pray for the humility of the Lamb and the power of the Lion to fall upon us in perfect unity to conquer with love the spheres of influence He has placed us in.  O Lord, let us stand firm in our Kingdom Sisterhood as our capes fly in the hurricane winds of the Spirit to fully apprehend and decisively lay hold of the width, length, and breadth of the love of Christ Jesus.  May we understand the measure to which you have equipped us and comprehend the super abundance of love, compassion, tenderness and joy that flows within, through and about us.  Open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our hearts to live for you. 

In the Name of our Mighty Messiah we pray. 

Amen

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:17-19

#grateful

 

 

 

 

Uncomplicated Love

2 May

JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW

FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. . .

Gospel love is choice.

Biblical love does not flinch.

It is messy, it is bloody, it is relentless . . .

but it is not complicated.

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Be imitators of God, therefore as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

#grateful

 

The Testimony of God

13 May

Have you ever considered that God has a testimony?

A formal statement spoken in the court of the heavenlies regarding YOU?

A written recounting of His story specifically with YOU?


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This was the verse that ran through my heart recently as I listened to two beautiful Sisters share their heartfelt desire to make the transforming work of their Father and the limitless goodness of His love known to their community.  It struck me as these Beauties spoke about the tenderness and compassion of God that the enormity of His testimony, the magnitude of His story, is too much for one person to tell so He etches Himself across our hearts in unique and personal ways to give us each a portion to share.

Our testimonies are His pages and His chapters unfolding across time and space to speak the fullness of Him into the very place and appointed time He has determined we should live.  You, Sister, are here and now to live His story to the full. To know and enjoy the One who has spoken the formal statement of His love over you with one Word:  Jesus.

And praise His Matchless Name, the Author of Life continues to write His life story over our hearts.  He continues to weave the beauty of Himself over our days and He splashes His unending love across our pages.  He performs personal wonders in our lives as we live out the testimony of His miracles side-by-side.  He brings each of our short stories into a seamless novel of redemption and invites us to share His glory with the world. O Lord, may we never shrink back.  May we always announce through word and deed that You still etch Yourself on hearts today, that Your testimony is salvation, and the ultimate triumph, the final miracle of the Messiah in our day, is yet to unfold.

Jesus did many other things as well. If everyone of them was written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.   John 21:25

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O Sister, Rejoice! and again I say rejoice! YOU are a portion of the testimony of God, a piece of His story! YOU are a beautiful page in the Lamb’s Book of Life and your most magnificent chapter is waiting in Glory!

 

The Miracle in the Manger

24 Dec

creation swap 22155_Christmas_BellsI love Jesus. He is my Savior, my Rescuer, my Friend.  He is the One I trust will be there when I need a heart to hide to in. The One who finds joy in my company. The One I know will never tire of me or find me to be too needy. He is just IT to me and the idea that the King of Kings would stoop from heaven to show love to this ordinary woman often overwhelms my heart until the joy of being His slides down my cheeks.

I am no one special to this world. I hold no place of great esteem or importance. I am insignificant in the landscape of this temporal life. But to the heart of Jesus, through the eyes of God, nothing could be further from the truth. Not for me and not for you.

Christmas Day is the announcement that He finds you, that He finds me, to be special. It is the trumpet call declaring our importance to Him. It is the Star He hangs to shine on those who are far off and it is His chorus, filling the sky with the heavenly host to say to every man, woman, and child “You matter to me!”

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Love gifted to us as a Baby was not delivered to the wealthy, to the influential, to the movers and shakers of the day. He was given to a young girl who appeared to the world to be nothing special. Gifted to a Hebrew carpenter who held no lofty position.

The Star, heralding the arrival of the King did not shine with revelation on an exalted inner circle of priests and scribes. It lit up the night sky for a group of outsiders. Unknown, unnamed men from the East, foreigners and strangers with no standing in the Hebrew community.

And the glory of the Lord, the angels filling the sky with praise, did not proclaim the birth of the Good News to kings and nobles. The messengers of God shared the dawning of Salvation with shepherds who lived in fields seemingly influencing no one. They were unesteemed and insignificant in the landscape of their temporal lives.

Don’t you see that stooping down from heaven and gifting the ordinary with the Extraordinary has always been God’s way? The Baby in the manger held in His tiny chest the tangible heartbeat of the Living God and no matter how ordinary we may feel . . . the Heart of the Extraordinary still beats for us in personal, real and tangible ways today.

The Gift of Christmas is still being given to those the world sees as nothing special. The Light of the season still dawns from Glory to shine for the unknown and the unnamed. The glory of the Lord stills fills the skies and proclaims the message of Love to the unesteemed and the insignificant.

The Extraordinary sees you as anything but ordinary. You will never be the nothing special, the unnamed, or the insignificant to the heart of God. He loves you so and has gifted you with the priceless life of His Son. The Christmas Child has come, Dear Sister. The cry of the Babe of Love has pierced the night and the Light of the World has dawned.

creation swap JOY 3763_Christmas_1_of_2_(REVISED) ribbetPonder these things in your heart. Treasure His grace in your soul. For blessed is she who has believed that all the Lord has said to her will be accomplished. There are no limits where the Beloved of God are concerned nor are there any boundaries that can hem His holy blessing. O Sweet Sister, embrace the full of Him in the celebration of this season and may you experience the miracle of the manger as never before. Merry Christmas

 

Session 6: Dressed for Success

16 Nov

 

  • Only when we love one another well –out of His heart and not out of our own—will we have something that attracts a watching world.
  • Only when we are tender to the hurts of one another will the injured and wounded come out the shadows.
  • Only when we walk in forgiveness as we have been forgiven will the lost step forward.
  • And only when we wear grace for one another on our sleeves will we dress in the humility and gentleness that will turn heads.

You Sweet Sister have been clothed by the Most High. The Name of Jesus covers you from head to toe. The Spirit Himself has dressed you in holiness. And the Elohim, the All of God, the eternal, independent, true and holy One, has crowned you with life and Girlfriend, believe me when I tell you –it looks good on you. May you wear it well!

 

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

THANK YOU FOR THE JOY IN THE JOURNEY!

Session 5: Rooted in the Heart of God

9 Nov

Wonder not if you are loved, protected, desired, and cared for, Sweet Daughter of God, when you encounter disappointment and disillusionment with yourself – grace does not depend on you.

 

Do not try to puzzle out His affection, His heart provision, or His ache to see you walk in redemption when you meet with seasons of darkness and distress. CLAIM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD AS YOUR OWN!

 

It is not the will of God that you should be downcast, yoked to shame, or chained to the past –fear not; you are free. Breathtakingly free!

 

  • Free to look up and gaze upon glory.
  • Free to peer into the heavenlies and anticipate the certainty to come.
  • Free to be filled with Hope and life here and now and confidently expect the joy of eternity.

Colossians 3:1-3 from the Message . . .

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.

Session 4: Laying Down Roots

2 Nov

Receiving is not a passive activity.  It’s pulling up close beside a thing and reaching out by volitional choice for all that is made available.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.  Colossians 2:6-7

What will we reach for of Jesus?

Out time is now and our place is here.  Our God, who is a consuming fire, is a blaze within us!  He has appointed us and anointed us to be convinced of Him on the inside and bear the fruit of that conviction on the outside.  We better lace up our hiking boots Girlfriend because we’ve been called to the top of the mountain!

Session 3: “The Everything of Jesus”

26 Oct

Sister, when we come to know Him that way, when we set everything else aside and we get serious about the business of making the “The Everything of Jesus” everything to us – we will leave Miss Layla’s lowest level of heaven in the our rear view mirrors and live life at a height that we have not begun to imagine.

That, Beautiful Reader, is just a glimpse at our incomparable Jesus.

Does He not take your breath away and fill your lungs with holy air simultaneously?

Is your heart not moved to a holy hush and wild exultation at the same time?

Are you not dazzled by the Bright Morning Star, the Light of the World?

May we never get over Him.

 

 

Daughters of the Star Breather!

20 Oct

WE ARE DAUGHTERS OF THE STAR BREATHER!
Made by the Creator of Heaven and Earth, Brought to life by the death and resurrection of the Son, called by name, placed here and now to serve in the army of saints!  Set in against the darkness to absolutely shine!

You are huge to the heart of God and He has given His all that we might be women

  • Steeped in faith
  • Living to love
  • Anchored in hope
  • Fueled with the Holy Spirit to burn Bright!

And here’s what I know Sister –A Holy Fire like that will not be contained!

 

A Body filled with those kind of women, no matter how small, will begin to believe beyond themselves, to love one another in the Name of Jesus, and to stand firm in the confident expectation of the Hope of Glory.

May it begin with us!

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