15We can feel very apathetic in life. We give up on our dreams and try to muddle through just to make it. However, we were made for an exciting journey full of challenges and obstacles to overcome. As we continue pursuing our dreams we become people who are unfazed by whatever life brings.

We are made for victory. God made us in His image for intimacy, relationship and mission. He shaped and fashioned us for our individual destiny and placed us on the planet to multiply and flourish.

As we became separated from our creator and original plan, God set a rescue plan in motion. He loved us so much that He sent His precious only son Jesus Christ to earth to redeem and restore us. As we receive Jesus we become children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love.

Now we can know that our Father God is with us, for us and on our side. If He wouldn’t spare His only son for us, what else would He not freely give us? As we face obstacles and challenges we can come boldly to the throne room in prayer in time of need, and receive grace. God’s abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness causes us to reign in life.

Romans 5:17 NLT “…But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.”

River WaterfallWe can try to project an image of who we are because we are afraid of revealing our true selves to others. If we wear a facade we keep ourselves from being hurt but we also keep ourselves from being loved.

We were made for love, relationship and mission. God created us in His image. He shaped and fashioned us with our own DNA and intricately designed fingerprints. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece made on purpose for a purpose.

God not only created us but He loves us unconditionally. His love is so great that He sent His precious only son Jesus to earth to rescue us when we lost our way. Jesus exchanged His life for ours, so we could receive His identity as the beloved child of God and receive His endless life.

Now daily as we meditate on our beautiful savior and His finished work on the cross for us, we will begin to experience the extravagant love of God. The more we experience God’s love, mercy and grace, the more we will allow our guard to come down. We will open up to others to have intimate genuine relationships simply because loved people love.

iStock_000016010984SmallWe can be worried about our future and make decisions out of fear. We shrink back from life, hunker down and just to try to make it through. No matter what we’ve believed, we are not here to just survive, we are here to reign.

We were made in the image of God on purpose for a purpose. We are shaped and fashioned for a loving parent-child relationship with our creator, healthy relationships with others, and an exciting adventure of bringing the kingdom of heaven to planet earth.

As we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord we can put our lives in His strong capable hands. Jesus left Heaven to rescue, redeem and restore us to the Father. Love came to earth and embraced us, healed us and set us free. He gave His life for you and me, so we could have His identity as “the Beloved” child of God. Now we have endless life in Christ and a forever fresh start.

The more we meditate and understand our righteousness in Christ, the more we will rest in our beautiful Savior’s arms. As we become people at rest spiritually we are able to place our trust in our Lord Jesus and step into the grand adventure of the cause of Christ. We will join others bringing heaven to earth, impact more people than we can imagine and leave a legacy on the planet for the Kingdom.

Matthew 6:10 (MSG) – Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best—as above, so below.

blooming cameliaWe can be frustrated with our progress in life. We can dwell on all of our faults and shortcomings, failures and mistakes. However, our mistakes are not what define us, it is our value that defines us.

God made us in His image, and that makes us intrinsically valuable. He shaped and fashioned each of us individually with a specific purpose in mind. He made us for love, relationship and mission.

Even when we lost our way God sent love incarnate to earth to restore, redeem and reconnect us back to Himself. Now we can receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross and receive an endless fresh start. We become the righteousness of God in Christ.

Now no matter where we are or what we’ve done, we can begin to step into our specific purpose and destiny. Just as a seed that looks nothing like the plant it will become, we too can be planted in good soil, the body of believers and begin to grow, develop, flourish and thrive.

As we seek our Lord Jesus in prayer we will be watered by the spirit and warmed by the light of the Gospel. Just like the seed in the ground we will grow into something beautiful that is able to bear fruit and nourish many.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”

photo (24)There are times in life when we feel stuck. We can wonder why there is no growth and we try to force things. When we force change it is often short-lived but lasting change requires the right factors in play.

When a plant is growing in a garden it requires certain elements: light, water, good soil. After a good rainstorm, the plants can grow exponentially. The rainwater causes the plants to thrive and it loosens the soil which makes it easier for the gardener to remove harmful weeds from the root.

As we cultivate our relationship with our Heavenly Father by abiding in Christ, we will see organic increase in our lives. Our soul will become healthy as we meditate on the love of God and on our righteousness in Christ.

As our soul becomes healthy, we will begin to prosper in every realm. The more we seek our Lord Jesus in prayer and behold His beauty, the more we will be transformed into the Altogether Lovely One’s image from glory to glory. As we mature we will bear fruit, the fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Isaiah 45:8 – Skies above, open up and let the clouds rain down righteousness! Let the earth below sprout triumph and justice.

1345God created the earth, the seasons, day and night and time on this side of eternity. Just as we have natural seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall, we also have seasons of life. God makes all things beautiful in its time.

God made us in His image for love, relationship and mission. He placed us on the planet to steward His plans. Even when we forgot Him, He didn’t forget us. He sent Jesus to earth to rescue, redeem and restore us to our original purpose.

As we receive Jesus, we receive God’s endless life. We become children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love. Now we can be led by the Spirit of God into all truth. As we seek God daily in prayer we will intuitively know which decisions to make and paths to take.

Even when others can’t see the change in us, we can know that God is changing us from the inside out. As we abide in Christ, we will begin to bear the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. As we stay hydrated by the Spirit of God and warmed by the light of the Gospel we will be a well-watered garden flourishing in every realm of life.

Galatians 5:22-24 (MSG) –He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way…

Vintage photo of dandelion field in sunsetWe can go through life trying to live up to people and society’s expectations, opinions and standards. However, when we are true to our specific calling in life we may disappoint some people in the process but we’ll ultimately make the world a better place.

We were made unique. We have our own DNA and intricately designed fingerprints because we are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. God created us on purpose for a purpose. He fashioned and shaped us for our specific distinct mission.

Even when we lost our way and forget our assignment, God didn’t leave us disconnected. He sent Jesus to earth to restore us back to Himself and to our original design. Jesus gave His life for ours at the cross so we could be back in perfect relationship with our Father God.

The more we understand the love of the Father, the more we will relax into the person we truly are. We will begin to discover the marvelous destiny to which we’ve been called. As each one of us, with our own individual strengths and giftings, unite with other believers in one purpose, we will bring Heaven to Earth, serve mankind, and leave a legacy on the planet.

John 17:23 – I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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The Community Gardens in Oklahoma City

We can be extremely frustrated in life when things don’t work out in the time frame we think they should. Fruit that grows on the vine will taste sour if it’s picked too soon, some things take time to sweeten.

God makes all things beautiful in its time. He created us in His image for love, relationship and mission. Even when we lost our way, God sent His precious son to earth to rescue, restore and redeem us.

Now we can receive Jesus’ righteousness by faith and be reconciled to our Father God. As we come into son and daughtership with the King of Heaven, our Heavenly Father lavishes His love upon us.

The more we understand how much we are loved, approved and accepted in Christ Jesus, the more we will begin to know our true potential and purpose in life. In time the fruit of our lives will be sweet and nourishing not only for us, but nourishing for others as well, so that  they too are able to know their full potential and purpose in life.

photo (73)We can find that we are struggling in certain areas of life. We can try to hide and put on a facade, but healing happens where there is honesty and transparency.

God made us to be in constant union with Him, to have healthy relationships with others and to steward a divine purpose. He loved us so much that even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He still sent His precious son to earth for us.

Jesus gave His life in exchange for ours, so we could be the righteousness of God in Christ. Now we can know that God is with us, for us and on our side. We can know that He sees us righteous through the lens of Jesus, so we are able to be open up and be honest with Him and receive the healing we need.

As our Heavenly Father’s children we can boldly come to the throne room of God daily and receive the abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness that causes us to reign and flourish in every realm of life.

Romans 5:17 …those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Flower field at sunset.We can become very frustrated in life when things take longer than we expect. When we try to force results it can lead to burnout. However, if we focus on making things healthy, then we will see growth because healthy things grow.

When a seed is planted in the ground it is important that the soil be healthy and that the seed gets plenty of water. Once it breaks the surface it will need sunlight too. When the plant has the right elements it will begin to flourish and bear fruit.

As we plant our lives in the church, the community of believers, we are planting in good soil. As we seek our Lord Jesus in prayer we are being watered by the Spirit of God, and when we meditate on the Word of God we are being exposed to the light of the Gospel.

These elements cause us to flourish and prosper in life. We can’t force ourselves to grow but the more time we spend with our Lord Jesus in prayer and in the Word, the more we will transform from the inside out into all we are designed to be and step into all that we are called to do.

John 15:5 (MSG) – I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.

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