Lightening the Load

821a3724In life we can find ourselves in seasons that seem hopeless. We can lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel but as the saying goes, if you are going through hell, keep going. We may feel like giving up but God never gives up on us. He has a future and a plan for our lives. No matter what we face we are one prayer away from help.

God created us to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. He chose us to bear His image and made us for relationship and mission. He loves us so much that when we became lost He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us.

Love incarnate embraced us, healed us, and set us free. Jesus gave His life for ours as a ransom at the cross. Now through His finished work we can enter the great exchange. We can bring Jesus our sin, sorrow, trauma and fears and receive His righteousness, peace, joy and hope for the future.

No matter our problems in life, when we give them to Jesus He lightens our load. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The more time we spend in prayer with the Altogether Lovely One, the more we will transform effortlessly from the inside out into who we are truly created to be. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will find that He changes our circumstances and leads us into our destiny and purpose.

Romans 8:32, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18

Rhythm and Flow

iStock_000001832109SmallWe try so hard to make everyone happy at times that we can lose ourselves in the process. Knowing who we really are brings clarity and purpose in our relationships.

We are image bearers of the infinite God of the universe. God shaped us in His image and placed us on the planet for relationship and purpose. Each of us are wonderfully made and God’s unique masterpiece.

Even when we became disconnected to God, He so loved us that He sent His precious son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Jesus gave His life for ours in exchange at the cross. He finished the work of reconciliation so we could be children of God.

Now we can spend time with our Lord Jesus in prayer and get a larger revelation of who He is, and who we are in Him. As we grow in grasping our identity as the righteousness of God in Christ, we will effortlessly see change in our relationships.

We will begin to set healthy boundaries and look for purpose in our friendships. As we lean on and trust in our Heavenly Father, He will lead us into the community of believers where goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and our cup runs over.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 12:2, Psalm 23:5-6, Psalm 92:13

At Rest in the Storm

iStock_000007440404SmallAs we sail on the journey of life we can find that storms appear without much warning. A seasoned sailor will tell you that if you cannot get to solid ground immediately, don’t panic: face the storm. A boat has a better chance of not capsizing if it turns to face the waves head on.

One day Jesus and the disciples were in a boat on the sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep on a cushion at the bottom of the boat. A great storm arose and the disciples began to fear that the boat would capsize. However, Jesus remained asleep.

Jesus’ disciples were so afraid that they woke Him up to save them. Jesus simply commanded the storm to be still. He modeled rest for His disciples in the midst of a storm and He spoke peace to His circumstances.

We can receive Jesus’ rest. As we spend time with our beautiful Savior each day in prayer, we can enter that “supernatural rest” that Jesus has won for us by His finished work on the cross. This rest is not dependent on outside circumstances it is a state of the heart.

As the storms of life come, we can have the peace that transcends understanding and face our challenges head on. We can trust that our mighty savior is in our boat. Our Lord will calm the raging storms in us and cause us to soar over the ones that we face. We can know that God is working out everything in our lives for good as we trust in Him.

Mark 4:35-39, Matt 11:28, John 15:5, Philippians 4:7, Hebrews 4:1, 1 Peter 1:6,

Romans 8:28

Real Love

IMG_0003 2We can believe one thing and find out that something else is true. When our expectations are dashed we can find it hard to believe for good things again. The truth is, a setback isn’t permanent unless we hold on to it.

We are made to be resilient. God chose us to bear His image and He designed us to flourish in life. Even when we became disconnected from Him, He sent Jesus to earth to rescue and restore us back to Him. God never gives up on us or on the purpose He has made us for.

Jesus came to earth to save not condemn. He embraced the sinner, healed the sick, touched the leper and set the captives free. He showed us what real love is when He laid down His life for us at the cross. He paid for Sin with His life, so we could receive God’s endless life.

Now through the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace, we can reign. Even when we face setbacks or discouraging situations, we can know that they are temporary. Our Heavenly Father is working out everything in our life: the good, the bad and the ugly for our advantage.

As we grow in our understanding of how much we are loved and cared for, we will find it easier to rise again and again. Our Father God will cause us to soar over obstacles and challenges and the more we trust Him, the more we will find ourselves stepping into all that He has designed us to be and do.

Psalm 34:19, Romans 8:37, Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 11:29, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:17, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:18-20

Our Design

iStock_000016929850SmallWe can feel pressure to be something that we are not at times. The pressure can even come from ourselves and It can be ever so subtle. It will always ring a bit hollow when we try to be something that we are not. However, when we relax into our own skin, into who we really are, we will find that we have nothing to prove.

We were made to be vulnerable and intimate in relationships. This is impossible when we don’t even know who we are –  and who we are is amazing. God created us unique and special. He designed each of us with our own DNA and intricately designed fingerprints. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

We are so valuable that God not only chose us to bear His image but He sent His most precious only son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Love incarnate came to save the world not condemn it. He even gave up His life for ours, so we could receive His identity as the “beloved child of God.”

Now through Jesus Christ’ finished work on the cross, we can receive everything the Father God has for us. We can know our true identity. We can discover our unique purpose for the planet. God will lead us to others and intertwine our destinies into a beautiful tapestry of His purpose. We will find that the more we fix our eyes on Jesus, the more we will effortlessly transform from the inside out into who we are designed to be and fulfill what we are designed to do.

Psalm 139:13-15, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Psalm 92:13, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18, John 15:5

Step Out

FXP18968We can try to be like everyone else. We give up the dream in our heart and try our best to blend in, but the truth is we are not a dime a dozen, we are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

We are God’s image bearers and intrinsically valuable. We have our own individual DNA and intricately detailed fingerprints for a reason. We are made for a unique purpose.

Even when the world became upside down and we became separated from God, He never gave up on us or our purpose. He loved us so much that He sent His beloved precious son to earth for us.

When Jesus walked the earth He invited all of us who were weary and burned out to come to Him. He offered us His easy and light yoke in exchange for our heavy weights and burdens. Jesus gave His life for us at the cross so we could have God’s continuous endless life.

We can bring our fears, disappointments, flaws and shortcomings to Jesus and receive His peace, righteousness, wholeness and restoration. Now we can begin to dream again and start to step out in faith.

The more we focus on the Altogether Lovely One the more we will transform from the inside out into who we really are designed to be. The more we know that we are deeply loved and highly favored, the more we will relax into our own skin, and step out in faith into our unique calling and purpose.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, Matthew 11:28, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 3:18-20

All Things Beautiful

IMG_2655 2We face different seasons in life. We can soar through a summer season and forget that winter is not too far away. No matter the season of life we can learn to adapt and change and find the beauty; for God makes all things beautiful in its time.

God created us amazingly unique. We are made to grow, develop, flourish and thrive body, spirit, soul. He made us to bear His image and steward His plans on planet earth.

Even when we wanted nothing to do with God, He loved us. His love is infinite. He demonstrated this love when He sent His precious son to earth for us. Jesus showed us the way to life and life everlasting.

Now because of the finished work of the cross we can receive Jesus’ gift of righteousness by faith. It is by the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace that we reign in life. Now no matter the season we are in we can know that God is with us, for us and on our side.

God goes before us and prepares the way. He is our rear guard and He leads us into lush meadows, near still waters and He restores our soul. Mercy and goodness follow us all the days of our life as we dwell in God’s community of believers forever.


Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:17, Psalm 23