misty morningWe can become disillusioned in life when things turn out completely different than we had planned. We can head in one direction but without a steadfast focus on the goal we can end in a million others. The reality is it is never too late to get back on track with our destiny.

We were made intentionally for a specific purpose. We are completely unique and individually designed. We are made in the image of the infinite God of the universe for relationship, to be a part of the family of God.

As we accept Jesus into our heart, we become children of God. We have constant access to our Father God in prayer. We can daily go boldly to the throne room of grace in time of need and seek God’s perfect will for our life.

When we feel off track we can spend time in prayer with our Father God to get direction. After times in prayer we will instinctually know which decisions to make and opportunities to take. As we keep our eye on one goal which is knowing God, we will effortlessly find ourselves right where we are suppose to be.

Philippians 3:10 - I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Vintage photo of dandelion field in sunsetFall is one of my favorite times of the year. Autumn colors burst on the scene, the temperature begins to cool and pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the coffee shop menu. The lazy days of summer transition to the busyness of fall activities. School is back and routines are set. We are back in the game of life, working towards our goals and accomplishing the vision set before us.

My favorite thing of all about fall is the wardrobe. Flip-flops and tank tops are replaced with jackets, scarves, hats and boots. Layers are back, and style is in. It’s almost as if fall gives us permission to declare not only our taste in fashion but our own unique sense of individuality.

A beanie and combat boots indicate our downtown grungy side. A blazer and scarf reveals our sense of sophistication, and flannel and skinny jeans tell everyone we’re with the band. Whatever our tastes and preferences are, they have been placed in us for a purpose.

We are all unique and completely individual. No one possesses our DNA. No one has our particular set of fingerprints. No one on earth is like us. We are all a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece. The mold was broken when we were made. Deep down inside we know this and that is why our uniqueness flows out of our core in different ways. It can be seen in our sense of fashion, in our sense of humor, in our taste in music. Our individuality can be seen in the passion for our causes, in compassion for hurting people, and in our hobbies, academic pursuits, choices of vocation and avocation. When we embrace our identity and individuality we declare something deeper about eternity.

However we have been shaped and molded, it is for a specific purpose and reason. We are neither an accident nor a mistake. No matter the circumstances of our birth, we are destined to be here. We actually have been plucked from eternity and placed into our specific location and time. No matter the obstacles we face or the challenges we encounter, we were born to conquer them all and reign in life.

The infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent Creator of the Universe designed us and knows our detailed workings. He understands how we are wired and what makes us tick. And even more than all of this, He loves how we are wired. He loves our uniqueness. He loves everything about us. He created us. There is nothing about us that is a surprise to Him. He is not caught off guard, nor taken back. We are actually His idea and design.

God not only loves everything about us, He loves us. Even when we were not interested in knowing Him or HIs plan for our lives, He loved us. He has always desired a close relationship with us. He desires family. He sent His very best from heaven to earth on a seek-and-rescue mission for us. God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ came to this earth for you and me. He came extending grace not condemnation. He came offering forgiveness not judgment. He came for relationship not rules.

He knew the price that would have to be paid for mankind to be reconciled to the Father God and He chose to pay that price. Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth for each and every single one of us, because we are not able to. Jesus died a criminal’s death on the cross for our sins, so we would not have to. And Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification, so we could forever have right standing with Him by simple faith.

God’s perfect love and justice were poured out on the cross for you and me. Every sin, mistake and shortcoming has been paid for on the cross at Calvary once and for all. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become the righteousness of God in Christ. All we do is simply believe. Even if we’ve thought that God was mad at us, we were wrong. God’s love is infinite, His mercy and forgiveness unending.

As we seek our Father God in prayer, we can catch a greater glimpse daily of His radical love for us. As we grow as people of love we will begin to sense the calling we were made for. Once we begin to become rooted in the knowledge of God’s love we will get a fuller picture of our purpose here on earth.

Receiving God’s love allows us to return that love to Him, which then overflows onto others. No matter the individual specifics of our calling, the core of it will always be love. As we meditate on God’s love, we will find ourselves falling in love: in love with God, in love with our purpose, in love with who we have been created to be.

As we enter this busy season of fall, we can stay centered at our core of our being knowing that we are deeply loved. Loved people love and the more we receive His love the more we will effortlessly fulfill the purpose and plan He has for us; the more we will become everything we are destined to be.

 

 

Approved!

iStock_000001832109SmallIn life we can feel as though we are always coming up short. We try to please people and make everyone happy but it’s never enough. The truth is no one has ever made everyone happy at the same time.

If we worry about everyone’s opinions we can get so caught up in trying to make them happy that we forget that that is not our purpose. We’ve been created for a mission, a reason and a plan and we will only discover that plan by spending time with God.

God so loved the world that He sent His only son Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus came on a seek-and-rescue mission to save that which was lost. Even when we were not interested in a relationship with God, Jesus paid the price for our sins, so we could be reconnected to our Father God.

Now as we spend time in prayer with the Father, we can get a glimpse of God’s massive love for us. The more loved we feel at our core, the less we will need everyone else’s approval. When we are filled with unconditional love, we stop trying to get from people what they could never have given us in the first place.

Galatians 1:10 – Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

iStock_000033541504SmallIn life we can make the decision to play it safe. We can take the path of least resistance, so that we avoid all awkward and risky situations. However, we are given one shot in life to live it to the fullest, and that life will never exist anywhere near our comfort zone.

We were made for greatness. Everything about our being is fashioned for the destiny God planned for us. He thought us up from the beginning of time and placed us into our location and time for a special purpose and a plan.

As we cultivate our relationship with our Heavenly Father, we can daily catch a glimpse of God’s plan for our lives. As we seek and spend time in His presence, we will instinctually know which decisions to make and which opportunities to take.

As we step out of our comfort zone and into everything we are called to, we will find our lives enlarged and our potential unleashed. As we fully devote ourselves to the King and the cause, we will become everything we were designed to be.

Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

 

flower plant on summerIn life we can find ourselves outnumbered. Our problems, challenges and obstacles can back us into a corner. If we fight this fight all alone, we will ultimately become discouraged and give up in life.

You plus God equals the majority. God loves us too much to leave us alone or outnumbered. He sent Jesus to earth on a seek and rescue mission for every single one of us. Jesus lived the perfect life for us, died a criminal’s death for our sins and was raised from the dead to new life so we could be justified before God and have His right standing.

As we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, we become God’s heirs and a member of His family. God is infinite, omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent. This simply means that God is all-powerful, all-existing, all-knowing and all-good.

When we need wisdom we can go to God in prayer and receive wisdom. When we need mercy we can go to God in prayer and receive mercy. When we need help, we can go to God in prayer and receive help. When we feel alone, we can go to God in prayer and sense His beautiful presence reminding us that we are no longer alone. Our Father God is with us, for us and on our side.

Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Dawn sky over the flower field, nature backgroundThere are times in life that we find that we are just going through the motions. We fulfill our responsibilities, or do what we have to to get by but we feel nothing on the inside. life is meant to be seized not endured.

We were built for eternity. God imagined us up and placed us in our time and location. He created us for an exciting life powered by Him. No matter the circumstances of our birth, we were made to overcome all of life’s obstacles and challenges.

God sent His only begotten son to earth for us. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life we could not live, He died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can receive God’s right standing by faith. It is in the abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness that we reign in life (Romans 5:17).

As we cultivate our relationship with our Heavenly Father, we can ask Him for His abundant grace for every situation. We can sense a peace on the inside so deep at our core that natural circumstances can’t shake it. We can even come to a place of contentment whether full or in need. When we are fueled by God’s love and engaged in life, we will find the path to our destiny and step into all that we are created for.

Philippians 4:12-13 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength

NatureWe can fail to live up to our own expectation and be our own worse critic. The grace that we extend to others we can also extend to ourselves, because in reality we are just as imperfect as everyone else.

There was a time that right standing before God meant obeying the law. Obedience meant blessing and disobedience meant cursing. The law was introduced to show men and women what God’s standard was. The law never gave any power to men and women to fulfill it.

God found fault with the covenant based on the law so He sent Jesus to fulfill the law perfectly for us. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can receive Jesus’ right standing by faith.

When we receive Jesus’ righteousness we have the power to live righteously. When we receive God’s love we are able to love well. When we receive God’s acceptance we become people of inclusion not exclusion.  As we grow in God’s love and grace, we will become lovely gracious people, the salt of the earth and lights set on a hill that shine and reflect the glory of God.

Hebrews 8:8 – But when God found fault with the people, he said: “The day is coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

Love Conquers All!

iStock_000027392983SmallSometimes we get caught up in the trivial things of life. We can be so distracted and annoyed by the little things that we fail to recognize all the wonderful things around us.

God created us to reign. We are made in the image of God for fellowship with Him. We are made to be loved and love, to enjoy life and to thrive. Now we can come to God daily through Jesus Christ His son in prayer, and receive fresh revelation of His love for us.

As we meditate on God’s massive love, the afflictions and annoyances of life become eclipsed by this love. When we feel loved deep down in our soul, we can look over those things that are out of place. We can press through the resistance and the opposition because love compels us onward.

Loved people notice blue skies. Loved people are in awe again of sunsets and sunrises. Loved people appreciate the simple things. As we grow and cultivate our love relationship with God, we will become people who see the beauty and the good in the brokenness around us.

Song of Solomon 2:15 – Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

iStock_000016542591SmallIn life we can feel that we are insignificant. We can think we are just another face in the crowd. When we do we live lives less than our full potential. The truth is we were made for something far bigger than we can imagine.

Each and every single one of us was created with a special purpose and plan in mind. Our destiny is stamped in our individual fingerprints and we are marked with our unique DNA. No matter the conditions of our birth or how we got here, we are on this planet for a secret mission that we will only discover when we collaborate with the Great Designer.

God designed us and placed us in our time and location. He made us for relationship with Him, to receive love and love in return. And even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He sent Jesus to earth on a search and rescue mission for us. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, He died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification.

Now we are perfectly righteous through Jesus by faith and not by works. As we receive Jesus into our heart, we become alive again to the purposes and plans God has for us. The Holy Spirit will rekindle our passion for our purpose and God will establish our path and lead us into our incredible destiny.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The Best!

iStock_000014156955SmallSometimes we can go through life preparing for the worst. We don’t mean to be negative but our minds can just go to the worst possible scenario in a second. Unfortunately when we plan for the worst, we sometimes close the door to the best.

God sent us His best. Even when we were not interested in God, He sent Jesus to earth for us anyway. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a criminal’s death and was raised from the dead so we could be justified before God forever. As we receive this free gift of salvation, we become children of God.

As God’s children we can cultivate our relationship with our Father God every day. We can spend time with Him in prayer, we can worship Him with music and song; and we can spend time reading His Word and meditating on scripture. As we spend time in God’s presence we will sense His peace and experience His fullness of joy.

God’s plans for us are bigger and better than we can imagine. As we trust in our Father God, we can relax into His grace and we can know that not only is He working out everything together for good for us (Romans 8:28), He is also preparing an amazing future (Jeremiah 29:11). The more time we spend with God, the more our faith will rise, the more we will begin to think positively and carry a confident expectation of good.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

 

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