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.

Wild mountain flowersWe can pursue happiness in life, but the truth is that happiness can be elusive. If our ultimate goal is to be happy, we may make decisions to avoid roads that have obstacles and challenges. The road to our destiny is not always an easy one but it is always worth it.

We are made for a purpose and a destiny. God created us in His image for love, relationship and mission. As we receive Jesus into our heart, we are adopted into the Kingdom of God. We can receive all the blessings of son and daughtership. As children of God we have access to the throne room of grace.

As we spend time in prayer, worship, and reading and meditating on the Word of God, we can grow to know our Heavenly Father more. We can be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. We can get a deeper revelation of God’s radical love for us and a sense of the purpose and plan He has for our life.

No matter what we face in life, we can know that our Heavenly Father is with us, for us and on our side. As we follow the purpose and call in our life, God will work in us to will and do His good pleasure. As we fulfill our purpose, we will sense true fulfillment. Even when the road is full of obstacles, we can be filled with so much peace and joy, that we will soar past the challenges in life and into everything we were made to do and be.

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

Chutzpah!

Magic pink rhododendron flowers in the mountains. Summer sunriseIn life we can find that the odds are stacked against us. We can be short of resources, time, talent and even hands to help. As long as we have a little chutzpah, we can go further than we ever imagined.

We were made on purpose for a purpose. God created us so special that He stamped us with individual fingerprints and unique DNA. Only we can fulfill the mission we were sent to earth for and only we can become the person we are called to be.

As we receive Jesus Christ into our life and His finished work on the cross of Calvary, we are adopted into the family of God. We become citizens of Heaven, and children of the King of Kings. We can cultivate our relationship with our Father God in prayer daily and immerse ourselves in His radical love for us. This love transforms us into the person we are destined to be.

As we step into the dreams that God has for us since the beginning, we will see the ‘super abundantly above all that we can hope, think or ask’ coming to pass in our life. Nothing is impossible for those who believe. As we trust in our Father God to lead, guide and empower us, the dreams in our hearts will come to pass.

Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

 

Gold solar field of sunflowers in Tuscany, ItalySometimes we can try to escape challenges and obstacles in life, but the truth is no matter where we go, there we are. Our outward circumstances will never be perfect on this side of eternity, so why let it stop us from being content?

We were made for greatness and that road is not always an easy one. We were made on purpose for a purpose. God created us for love, family and relationship. He also designed us with all our individual preferences, strengths, talents and abilities for our specific purpose and calling.

Even when we were far from God, He didn’t leave us separated from Him. He sent Jesus to live a perfect life for us, to die on the cross as us and then He raised Jesus from the dead for our justification. Now we can have Jesus’s right standing with our Heavenly Father through simple faith.

As we grow in this relationship with our Heavenly Father in prayer, we will find a peace and contentment on the inside that is not determined by outward circumstances. As we become rooted and grounded in God’s radical love, we will begin to thrive and flourish in life. God’s love will shine through us from the inside out.


Psalm 16:9 (The Message) – I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.

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