1345When we have a dream in our heart it’s like a seed that is dormant deep down in the soil. At the right season and with the right elements that seed can begin to grow into a beautiful flourishing tree.

The God of the Universe made each of us in His image on purpose for a purpose. He created each one of us unique. We have our own individual DNA and intricately designed fingerprints because we are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Only we can do what we’ve been designed and assigned to do.

God not only designed us but He radically loves us. When we lost our way, He looked to us and saw His image as a loving parent looks to their precious child. God sent His very own son Jesus to reconnect us to Himself and to restore us to our original purpose and design.

As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross we become God’s very own children upon whom He lavishes His love. We receive the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace which causes us to reign in life.

As we cultivate our relationship in prayer with our Heavenly Father, He will bring those dormant dreams back to life. As we trust in and rely upon Him, He will lead us into our destiny and purpose. As we allow the dreams of our heart to fill us with vision, we will be fueled for our purpose so that our dreams grow up strong and tall making a difference in the world around us.

Proverbs 16:13, Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, 1 John 3:1,

Romans 5:17, Ephesians 3:18-20

Lofoten coast at sunset, NorwayAt times in life we can feel empty and unsatisfied. We can try to fill ourselves with temporal things: ficke people, bad food, mindless entertainment or even with addictions and self-destructive behavior.

The truth is, temporal things only fill us for awhile and they never really seem to satisfy. We were made for unfailing, unconditional, and unending love. God is love and His love for us is more than enough.

As we receive His precious son in our heart, we receive His gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace. This gift makes us whole and restored and releases us into our purpose and destiny.

As we fill up on the love we are made for, we will begin to transform from the inside out into the person we were designed to be. We will stop looking to outside sources to make us complete. We will become confident steady people, comfortable in our own skin and able to make a difference in the world around us.

1 John 4:8, John 3:16, Romans 5:17, Romans 12:2, John 15:5, Ephesians 2:10

ViewtyWhen you plant a seed in good soil it needs lots of water to survive. Once it begins to grow and break the surface it will need sunlight as well. A plant is designed to thrive when it has all the right elements.

We too are organic beings designed to flourish in life. God made us in His image for love, relationship and mission. we were made on purpose for a purpose. We are special and unique, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Even when we lost our way. God wouldn’t leave us that way. Jesus left Heaven to come to earth. He embraced us, healed us, and set us free. He gave His life for you and me so we could be the righteousness of God in Christ.

As we receive Jesus into our hearts we become children of God. We too can ensure that we have the right elements to thrive. As we plant our lives in good soil, the community of believers, we will begin to grow and mature.

As we spend time in prayer, we will be watered by the Spirit, and as we read and meditate on the Word of God we will receive the light of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we rest at Jesus’ feet daily and receive His love, approval and acceptance, we will transform from the inside out into who we were always designed to be and step into all for which we were made.

photo (22)When you plant a seed in good soil it needs water to survive. Once it begins to grow and break the surface it will need sunlight as well. A plant is designed to thrive when it has all the right elements.

We too are organic beings designed to flourish in life. God
made us in His image for love, relationship and mission. we were made on purpose for a purpose. We are special and unique, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Even when we lost our way. God wouldn’t leave us that way. Jesus left Heaven to come to earth. He embraced us, healed us, and set us free. He gave His life for you and me so we could be the righteousness of God in Christ.

As we receive Jesus into our hearts we become children of God. We too can ensure that we have the right elements to thrive. As we plant our lives in good soil, the community of believers, we will begin to grow and mature.

As we spend time in prayer, we will be watered by the Spirit, and as we read and meditate on the Word of God we will receive the light of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we rest at Jesus’ feet daily and receive His love, approval and acceptance, we will transform from the inside out into who we were always designed to be and step into all for which we were made.

Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, John 15:5, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 2:10

821a8785In life we can find that we are too busy, too consumed with deadlines and too focused on getting everything on our plate done. If we are always moving on to the next thing we might miss the new thing.

God makes all things new. He created the heavens and earth. He created us for connection, relationship and mission. He plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to flourish.

Even when we got lost along the way, God never abandoned us. He sent His son Jesus to rescue, redeem and restore us. Jesus gave His life for ours so we could be children of God.

Now as we cultivate our relationship with Jesus daily in prayer and abide in Him, we will find the unforced rhythms of grace. We do not have to be led by a long to-do list, instead we can be led by God’s Spirit. We will be led into the new things that God is doing, the open doors of opportunity and the purpose and destiny for which we were made.

Revelations 21:5, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, John 15:5,

Psalm 23:5-6, Psalm 1:3

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn life we can find that we struggle to be accepted so we try to live up to society’s standards.  We find that we try to look the part, sound the part, play the part and that we lose ourselves in the process.

God created us for a parent-child relationship. He doesn’t want any of His children to be exactly the same, so He fashioned and shaped us all uniquely. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with our own DNA and intricately designed fingerprints.

God placed us on the planet to flourish and thrive in the purpose He made us for. When the world became upside down we lost our connection to Him and our purpose. God loved us so much that He sent us Jesus to rescue, redeem and restore us.

As we receive Jesus we are reconnected to our Father God. He awakens us to our original purpose as we abide in Him. The more we know at the depths of our being that we are accepted unconditionally by the one who made us, the more we will be comfortable in our own skin and at home in the purpose for which we were made.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16,

2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:10

photo (92)We can go through life disappointed when things do not turn out the way that we want them to. We can think that our dreams are finished. The truth is the dream for which we were made has no sell by date.

Not one of us is an accident. We were made for God’s purpose and plans. We bear the image of the infinite God of the universe. We are made with a place in our heart that only God can fill.

For so long we went without the ability to fill that place with His love so we filled it with temporal things. However God wanted that place so much that He sent Jesus to earth to win us back. Jesus gave His life for ours in exchange so we could be blameless children of God.

Now we can know that everything God has for us, will come to pass as we trust in and rely upon the Holy Spirit. God’s timing is perfect and His hope does not disappoint. As we focus on our beautiful Lord and Savior we will find that we transform from the inside out into who we are made to be and step into what we are made to do.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-16, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 5:5, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18, John 15:5

IMG_0003 2In life we can feel the pressure to be perfect. We try to be good enough, smart enough, thin enough, young enough and everything to everyone. The reality is we are not perfect and we will always fall from the heights of that ‘perfection’ goal.

However, we can rest in knowing no matter how far we fall God is always there to catch us. We are organic beings, not soulless machines. We are made for incremental growth with the occasional exponential leap.

A plant grows effortlessly when it’s planted in good soil and has enough sunlight and water. Occasionally after a heavy rain it will grow exponentially. The same is true with our soul, the more we spend time soaked in the presence of God’s spirit, the more we will find that we transform radically from the inside out.

God’s love for us is unfailing and unconditional. Jesus paved the way for us to receive this extravagant endless love. Now we can rest in who we actually are and allow Him to bear the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. We can stop trying to be somebody else and enjoy who we’ve been made to be; and discover what exciting purpose we are made for.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 1:3, 3 John 1:2, John 3:16,

Galatians 5:22-23, Psalm 139:13-16

Hi everyone, today’s blog is my video testimony. I recorded how I came to my faith and what inspires me to write Flourish. God’s love pursued me and radically changed me. His love is relentless, unfailing, overwhelming and unending. I pray this video blesses you and if you know anyone who struggles with the same issues please feel free to share it.

Be Blessed!

 

photo (34)Sometimes we can begin to think we are all alone to fight the battles of life. We worry that no one will be there for us when we need them the most. The truth is, we are one prayer away from the cavalry’s rescue.

We are not designed to do everything all on our own. God made us for co-union, connection and community. We are made for an intimate relationship with the King of Heaven and Earth, healthy relationships with others and a movement of love.

When we lost our way, God loved us too much to leave us far off. He set the redemptive plan in motion by sending His only begotten son full of truth and grace. Jesus left Heaven for earth to save us not condemn us, offering His life in exchange for ours.

Now we can know we are never alone. God is with us, for us and on our side. We have constant access to the throne room of grace in time of need. As we spend time communing with our Lord Jesus in prayer, worship and meditation on the Word, we will find that we transform effortlessly from the inside out into the people we were always made to be.

We will be led to good soil, the community of believers where we can plant our lives so that our roots go down deep. We will find that our relationships blossom and our leaves become lush and green, and whatsoever we do prospers.

Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, Romans 8:32-39, Hebrews 4:16, Romans 12:2, John 15:5, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Psalm 92:13, Psalm 1:3

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