iStock_000026288818SmallIn life we can find that we are no longer full of passion or excitement. We lose our dreams along the way to maturity and then we just try to figure out how to survive and exist.

We were made for so much more than we can ever imagine. God created us for purpose, destiny and legacy. We have been plucked from eternity and put into our time and location. Nothing about us is an accident. We were made on purpose for a purpose.

God loved us so much He sent us His best, Jesus. He did not withhold Jesus from us, that’s how valuable we are to Him. Now we can grow in knowing our Father God and His massive love for us. As we discover who He is and His great love for us, we will grow in discovering who we are and what we have been fashioned to do.

Jesus paid the price for our every sin when He went to the cross, and then He was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we are the righteousness of God in Christ.

As our identity becomes rooted in Jesus, we will begin to look past the self-imposed limits in our life. We can start believing for the impossible again. We can start dreaming again because with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26 – And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

iStock_000040895658SmallIf we go through life trying to win the approval of people we will never be at rest. People’s opinions are fickle. The crowds can love us one moment and turn on us the next. We were made for the approval of just one.

Jesus Christ is perfect and approved by God. He came to earth to live a perfect life for us. He went to the cross to die a criminal’s death as us; and God raised Him from the dead, so we can be justified before our Heavenly Father forever.

Jesus is our approval. We are perfect in Him. The Father God sees us through the lens of Jesus Christ as we receive Him into our hearts. Now we can rest in the unfailing love of God and in Jesus Christ and His finished work at the cross.

As we enter this supernatural rest we will find peace. This peace transcends all understanding. We no longer will have to perform to receive approval, we can now live in God’s approval. As we grow in the revelation of how high, long, wide, and deep the love of Christ is, we will effortlessly become people marked by love.

Ephesians 3:18 – may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…

sisterhoodI have been nominated by Rachael Neville for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I wanted to thank her and this is her beautiful blog, Life is a Beautiful Mess:

Here are questions for me:

  1. Were you raised in a Christian home? I was not raised in a Christian home. I was raised in a loving home with amazing parents and I did have an on fire for Jesus praying Grandmother.
  2. What or who inspires you to blog? I had a desire for several years to start a blog and around a year ago I had a dream where the Holy Spirit told me it was time and to call it Flourish.
  3. What is your favorite scripture? This is a hard one, there are so many. Matthew 5:8 – The pure of heart will see God, I would say is at the top with several others.
  4. What type of music is your favorite? I love worship music Bethel, Hillsong, & Chris Tomlin.
  5. Are you actively involved in outreach? Yes, I am beginning a Gardens project that I believe will work towards fresh food give aways to underserved communities and a social enterprise that will help women at risk be trained in job skills and gain employment history. I will have more info on this shortly.
  6. Have you ever been on or plan to go on a Mission trip? I have been on 3 short-term missions trip: Rwanda, Cambodia & NYC
  7. What is your favorite way to witness to others about Jesus? I love to smile at people. It opens so many more doors than one can imagine.
  8. Have you ever experienced writers block? When is comes to academics yes but for my blog if I relax and trust the Holy Spirit, He will inspire me.
  9. If so…what are some things that help you when you experience writers block? Prayer, prayer and more prayer :)
  10. What is your favorite subject to blog about? Jesus and Grace <3

I nominate the following:

Life is a Beautiful Mess

http://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/

http://karriewilson.wordpress.com/about

http://mlsgregg.com/about/

http://booknvolume.com/

http://lisajohnson401.wordpress.com/about/

http://bible-daily.org/about/

http://iftodaywehear.wordpress.com/

http://redeemingthemes.com/about/

http://nottheformerthings.com/

My Questions for you

1. What or who inspires you to blog?

2. Who led you to Jesus <3?

3. What is your favorite scripture?

4. Have you ever been on or plan to go on a Mission trip or been involved in outreach?

5. Have you ever experienced writers block?

6. If so…what are some things that help you when you experience writers block?

7. What is your favorite subject to blog about?

8 What impact do you desire to make on the world?

9. What is your favorite city?

10. What is your favorite quote?

Thank you again Rachael <3

Flower field at sunset.We can go through life looking at what we do not have. We can feel short changed, or overlooked. The truth is, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, it is just greener where it’s watered.

Psalm 1 talks about a flourishing tree that is planted by the rivers of water; its leaves stay green and it bears fruit in season. The psalmist likens this tree to a person that meditates on the Word of God. He says that whatsoever this person does, prospers.

As we come to Jesus Christ in prayer and meditation on the Word of God, we will find our lives watered and our souls healthy. God desires for our souls to be healthy and prosperous in every realm. Just as any good father wants the best for his kids, so does our Heavenly Father desire the best for us.

The Father God loved us so much He sent us His very best Jesus Christ. Now we can daily walk with the gift of Jesus Christ’s righteousness and the abundant supply of grace and reign in life. As we get our eyes off of others and on to Jesus our provider, we will find peace, joy and divine contentment. With Jesus as our source, we will find that we have all we need.

Psalm 1:3 – He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

 

The Loved!

Vintage photo of poppy field in sunsetSometimes we can wake to realize that we don’t know who we really are. We thought we were who we were told we were. We go through life coloring inside the lines, doing what’s expected of us or we rebel and do the opposite. Either way our life decisions are based on a supposition that we are one sort of person or another. The truth is we are so truly unique. We have been designed on purpose for a purpose, and only our designer knows what that purpose is.

The God of the universe made each and every single one of us for love, family and relationship. He created each of us unique and different. None of us have the same fingerprints or DNA and none of us have the same destiny or purpose.

As we grow in knowing our Heavenly Father and His massive radical love for us, we will grow in knowing who we really are and what we’ve been created to do. As we connect daily to our Father God in prayer, worship or reading and meditating on the Word of God, we will be filled with a peace that transcends all understanding and we will find fullness of joy.

If we want to know who we are, we can look to Jesus. We are invaluable to Him. Jesus gave His life for us, so we could be children of God and citizens of Heaven. Now in Jesus we are perfect, whole, and redeemed. As we go about our day to day life, we can know that we are loved. This unfailing love leads us to the revelation of our identity and the discovery of our destiny.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.

Colorful summer landscape in the mountainsIn life we sometimes feel that we do not measure up. If we lack confidence we can project our insecurities onto others. We were made on purpose for a purpose, so we have nothing to feel insecure about.

We are created in the image of a perfect God and we are His handiwork. Everything about us at our core reflects the magnificence of God! Our DNA is unique and our fingerprints are like no other, because God wanted us here on this planet for a special destiny.

God not only created us with our strengths, talents and abilities, He actually loves them. So we don’t have to fear not measuring up. Even where we feel weak, we can rest on God’s strength and grace.

Paul the Apostle said that he boasted in his weaknesses so that the power of Christ could rest on him. As we come boldly to the throne room of Grace, we can exchange our flaws, imperfections and unrighteousness, and receive Jesus Christ’s purity, perfection and righteousness.

As we grow in our understanding of God’s love and purpose in our life, we will begin to become confident in the person God created us to be. Confident people are comfortable in their own skin.  They will dream big and risk more than playing it safe because their confidence is nott in whether they succeed or fail, but it is in who created them and who they were made to be.

2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Meadow on a sunsetIn life we can be driven to succeed. We work harder and harder to accomplish status, fame or money. However, no amount of prestige or affluence fills the void inside for long. We’ve been created with a God-shaped hole that only the King of the Universe can fill.

God created us for love and relationship. We are made in His image for family. Even when we were far off, He never gave up on us. God sent Jesus on a search and rescue mission to earth for each and every single one of us.

Now through Jesus’s finished work on the cross, we can receive His righteousness by faith. As we receive Jesus into our hearts, we become children of God.. We can then boldly come to our Heavenly Father’s throne room of grace in prayer and spend time immersed in the love of God.

Jesus’s incarnation paved the way for us to be right with God and revealed to us God’s character and likeness. Now we can know Him intimately. As we cultivate a relationship with His spirit we will find that we are transformed into His character and likeness.

As we commune with our Lord Jesus in prayer, worship, and partaking of communion, we will sense wholeness of being. His blood was shed for our forgiveness and Jesus’s body was broken for our healing. Nothing in life completely fills us, or makes us whole except for intimate communion with our Lord and Savior.

Luke 22:19-20 – Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.

iStock_000034449374SmallIn life we can try to be the person that other people want us to be. We try to fit in with the “in crowd” by pretending to be someone we aren’t. The truth is that wearing a facade gets old. Whatever we do to get certain people to like us, is what we’ll have to keep on doing to keep them liking us.

The real you was made to shine. God created all of us unique and special. He formed us on purpose for a purpose. No matter what lies we believed about why we are here on this planet, the truth is we were made for a destiny and purpose like no other.

Even when we didn’t want God in our lives, the Father God sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus made a way by living a perfect life for us, going to the cross as us and being raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can simply receive Jesus’ righteousness by faith and be connected to our Heavenly Father forever.

As we spend time in prayer, worship and reading and meditating on the Word of God, we will begin to know our Father God more and who we’ve been created to be. As we fearlessly begin to step out of our facades and into the real us, we will begin to stand out. Becoming comfortable in our skin takes courage, but the more we relax into who God made us to be, the more we will effortlessly know our calling and destiny.

As we pursue all that God has created for us since the beginning of time, we will begin to shine. The light of God’s love will reflect off of us and on to others. As we become the confident people of God we are called to be, we will fulfill every purpose in our lives. We will allow others to be themselves as well and help them to discover their true calling and purpose.

Daniel 12:3 (The Message) – Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.

iStock_000016722672SmallIn life we can find that we are short of time, ability, and resources to accomplish what is in our heart to do. We were never created to fulfill our dreams alone. Every God dream will involve others to accomplish the vision.

God created each and every single one of us on purpose for a purpose. He designed us for love, family and relationship. Even when we were not interested in God, He sent Jesus to earth on a search and rescue mission. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us, and was raised from the dead for our justification. So now we simply receive Jesus Christ’s righteousness by faith.

As we cultivate our relationship with our Father God in prayer, we will get a deeper revelation of who He is and who we’ve been designed to be. As we spend time in the beautiful presence of God, we will release our worries and fear to Him and sense His peace, freedom and fullness of joy.

God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can hope, think or ask. As we grow in our relationship with our Father God, we will begin to be rooted and grounded in His love. As we become people of love, we will effortlessly begin to love others.

As we unite as the family of God, we will find that our dreams are shared and intertwined. We can find that as we pool our time, treasure and talent together we will fulfill all the dreams God has put in our heart to accomplish.

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

 

yellow flowers and morning dewIn life we can try to measure up to people’s expectations. We try to look the part, speak the part and even make life decisions based on what other people will approve. The truth is that there is no better recipe for misery than basing our life choices on other people’s opinions. We were made to be ourselves, nothing more, nothing less.

God made us unique. He created us with our own DNA and individual fingerprints because we are the only human being in the universe like us. Our call, our purpose in life, the plan God has for us is individualized and special. To know our unique purpose takes knowing our designer.

Each of us were made in the image of the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient infinite God of the universe. Our gifts, strengths, talents and abilities are all a reflection of our Heavenly Father. We can know Him more as we grow in knowing Jesus. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3).

As we receive Jesus into our hearts, we will find ourselves connected to our Father God; and as we spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer, worship and reading and meditating on the Word of God, we will sense our calling.

God will work in us to will and do His good pleasure. He will give us a passion for the things and people He’s called us to fight for. As we rest in God’s love and focus on Jesus, we will find ourselves effortlessly exactly where we are supposed to be, doing exactly what we were designed for, becoming the people we are exactly supposed to be.

Philippians 2:13 – …for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

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