“But I love it God”

Isaiah 30:18 MSG

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
    He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
    Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

When I first saw this picture on Instagram I thought wow–this is so true. People have since then re-posted it and I tried to find it’s origin online and couldn’t.

I think it’s the perfect picture of trusting God because so often we aren’t ready to let go of what is in our hands thinking it’s the best that’s out there. But God always has better. It’s not our faults though and this lack of trust originated in the garden when Eve was so easily talked out of God’s kindness and best intention for her.

Even if our gut tells us–this is the best there is we need to magnify the voice in our soul and spirit that says THE BEST IS YET TO COME. God’s not finished..He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. Good things take time.

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Hiatus 10.16.14 – 10.19.14

Sorry for the silence guys! I was attending the 2014 Hillsong Conference 2014 in New York City. It was 12 hour days and wonderful–albeit exhausting! I can’t wait to share my notes and all from the conference with all of you but in the meantime back to the grind!

I love this scripture because it’s continually challenging. God doesn’t always require BIG faith. In His Word He says that you can have tiny faith, small enough as a mustard seed, and you will be capable of great things. In a way that takes the pressure off right? You don’t always have to be a Wonder Woman of faith or a Superman of faith. But at the same time you can wonder—is my faith smaller than a tiny mustard seed? Do I not believe even that small in a particular circumstance?

Today just remember that God is working with you where you are at…even if your faith is small. Also–if you are facing challenges that seem immovable take a moment to reflect if you need to increase your faith. Maybe you need to take a step forward even though you don’t believe in the outcome. God is there.

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Wednesday Inspiration 10.15.14

This is a simple thought for today. Sometimes you wonder why things aren’t being done–whether they are in your workplace, in your home, in your social life, whatever it might be. I can certainly confess that this is frustrating at times because you can feel like you are ALWAYS stepping in where there is lack and don’t always get a break. I’ve definitely heard myself saying “I don’t get it–why am I the only person that thinks to do this?” It’s not pride. It’s frustration.

One of my biggest pet peeves, especially in the Christian world, is when people see a need or a person who is lonely and do nothing. It’s especially irritating in the day in which we live when everything is visible on social media. I caught myself becoming angry when I saw a picture was posted and every comment was praising one person in a group of friends and a stranger, an outsider asked a question and no one answered. Maybe this seems like a dumb thing to be upset over but I’ve seen this in the church as a whole for most of my life. I hope it’s not intentional but regardless of motives I think it’s a sad day when people are wrapped up in the praises of their social group so much so that they miss an opportunity to include others. Jesus didn’t walk around with his disciples like the Kanye West of the New Testament looking at others outside his group like “Ain’t nobody fresher than my clique, clique, clique, clique, clique” – so why are we?

I challenge you to really look at what you may or may not be doing to see others and the needs around you that lay—outside of your group. If you are already seeing those people and needs don’t resent it, or doubt it. You are covering areas where others haven’t and that is a blessing not a hassle. And if you are guilty of only looking after you and yours, I don’t want to scold you. I want to encourage you to open your borders. Look around. Take someone new in. Take a chance.

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Tuesday Inspiration 10.14.14

As awful as life can be and things that happened in our past — it’s important to remember ALWAYS that nothing is wasted. From personal experience I know that statement can make you feel cynical depending on the severity of your pain or horror of your experiences but it doesn’t make it any less true. I was thinking about my ex the other day. I’ve had some dreams the past few weeks and he was there. And at first I chalked it completely up to Satan trying to pick at wounds to see if they still hurt. I haven’t cried. I haven’t thought about it long after I’ve woken up. These are all good things. Signs of recovery even. Signs that pain has healed. I might not be 100% immune to that past sadness but I’m close.

Anyway I was thinking about it again just this morning after another dream, and it made me remember that I let go. There were moments where I questioned letting go even though it was a toxic situation. There were moments where I was grateful to have let go. There were moments of loneliness where I felt like having that relationship, no matter how bad, was better than nothing. There were moments where I’ve allowed the Enemy to whisper lies like no one will ever love me like he did, and really the list goes on and on. And this doesn’t have to be a relationship. I’ve learned over the past few years to let go of a lot of my expectations of what I thought my life should be. Where I should be. Who should be there with me. What I should be doing. And really you begin to realize that all of that stuff is amazing to you, but actually garbage. Sounds harsh right? But it’s true. The things I valued had a shelf life. Meaning they either ended quicker than I thought or were good and just not capable of lasting forever.

As I’m typing this the phrase “every good and perfect thing comes from above”. And it’s true. Do I still wish sometimes I would meet my husband already? Yes. Do I wish I made more money? Yes. Do I still wonder if/when my dad will ever get saved? Yes. Do I have all sorts of hopes and dreams and desires? Yes. But every day needs to be a sacrifice of what you think and want because you know God has better.

In Luke 9 (MSG) Jesus says:

23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?

In Matthew 4 (MSG) Jesus says:

18-20 Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.

21-22 A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father.

I love the simple fact that these men dropped what they were doing. In one story they dropped their nets in the middle of fishing, and in the other, they left their boat and father behind to follow Jesus. Granted today we are not fishermen but this applies. What if your net/what you’ve been trying to catch needs to be dropped. You don’t need to keep going on dates to find the “One”, you don’t need to send out 100 more applications for a job, you don’t need to keep seeking validation from your group of friends, or posting selfies on Instagram hoping to catch attention or praise. You need to drop those nets. You need to step out of the boat you think is going to take you somewhere–maybe it’s a job, maybe it’s a move out of state away from your church, whatever it may be. You need to get out of that boat to follow God on foot even if it seems like that’s the long way to the final destination.

I think we have a tendency to plan our lives and ultimately we risk settling for what we think is a good idea when God has a bigger picture that we can’t see.

What can you do today to leave behind the life you have planned for the one that God has waiting for you?

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Monday Inspiration 10.13.14

It’s Monday. You could be facing all sorts of things. You could be studying for a test that you are scared to fail. You could be starting a new job. You could be moving back in your home after a separation in your marriage. Whatever situation you are facing today I want to encourage you to remember why you started. It’s hard to be human sometimes and to feel like you are drowning in confusion and wondering why God would allow pain or suffering into your life.

As annoying honestly as it is to accept sometimes—pain is gain. In our human weakness we don’t want pain. We can get resentful of it. We don’t want to feel it. It’s not…natural to desire suffering. The one verse that gives me encouragement when I go through hard times like this is Isaiah 66:

7-8 “A woman does not give birth before she feels the pain. A woman must feel the pain of childbirth before she can see the boy she gives birth to. Who ever heard of such a thing? In the same way, no one ever saw a new world begin in one day. No one has ever heard of a new nation that began in one day. But when Zion feels the pain, she will give birth to her children. In the same way, I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.”

God is not sadistic. He does not revel in our suffering. Birth for example is arguably life’s greatest miracle and yet women do not seamlessly endure childbirth. There is blood, sweat, tears, the whole deal, and the strange part is that women are still having children. This temporary pain does not stop them from wanting the child. In the same way we can endure suffering, confusion, and all these feelings with a mustard seed of faith and confidence that it is not forever, and it will result in something new. Something that will make the pain worth it.

Remember why you started.

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Thursday Inspiration 10.9.14

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Today was far too busy to start with a positive thought but I can end with one before bed. The Lord is with me and His words are everlasting in hope, truth and love.

Matthew 24:35-44 (MSG)

32-35 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

Wednesday Inspiration 10.8.14

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Last night I had a series of disturbing dreams–one of which involved me getting fired from my current job. I didn’t wake up afraid but it made me think about this quote I wrote and put up on my Instagram. I’m doing very well at my job. Yes, there are still occasional mistakes or things I can improve on but the CEO and my co-workers are very happy with me which is a great feeling. However, the enemy will never sleep. He will ALWAYS look for an opportunity to sneak into your thoughts, dreams, or attempt to plant a seed of doubt and worry. Think about it this way–if God is allowing you to succeed, the enemy is threatened. He wants nothing more than to make you question yourself.

Instead of allowing these worries or dreams or whatever it might be to take up residence in your mind and heart–see it as an opportunity to notice where you are doing well and where you are thriving. Sounds strange right? But really if the Enemy is dogging your tail on this–chances are it’s something He sees as a threat and doesn’t want you to be enjoying your success or feeling confident.

Psalm 91:1-16 (MSG)

91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
    not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
    not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
    drop like flies right and left,
    no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
    watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
    and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
    I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
    give you a long drink of salvation!”

Tuesday Inspiration 10.7.14

John 2 MSG:

She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

“Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

I’ve been thinking about this verse for a while now. So much so that it’s been a screenshot in my phone gallery for months. I was reading it again today and it made me think.

1. How weird would it be to fill pitchers with water knowing that you’re out of wine? Unless the people at the party were EXTREMELY drunk–you wouldn’t be able to fool someone into thinking your water was actually wine. Even though looking back in time we know Jesus was capable of all sorts of miracles–these people weren’t aware. It would have taken a lot of faith to fill a pitcher with water–and carry it across the room–and look down right before you pass it to the host–and see it was still clear, regular, water.

2. In the Message (MSG) version it says clearly that these pitchers were used for washing–not for drinking. I never noticed this before.

Today after re-reading this verse I’m left with this one thought: Maybe God makes you carry your normal, “boring”, old, dirty bath-water, life because He knows that it is in the journey–the walking out, you will be transformed. You don’t see it. Perhaps you feel foolish even because you see the old-state, but while everyone else is expecting the “cheap stuff”, the old, broken, former state of your life, God has the last laugh. One look at you, one “taste” of you and no-one can question that God has saved the best for now–the best version of you. The new creation.

So how about today, instead of focusing on the dirt, the former things, the things we are still waiting for a breakthrough on, we listen to Mary who said “Whatever He tells you to do, do it”. Maybe then, through the journey, you will see a glimpse of His glory through you.

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