Sunday Rest #6

GRACE.  We can’t escape His favor. We can’t outrun His lavish love. He chases after us with limitless affection. This free gift is available to us all. No one is excluded.

GRACE. We just have to reach out and take it. Then our hearts can’t help but say thank you for the rest of our days and into eternity. Because our debt has been paid. Our Savior has saved the day.

GRACE. We get to walk in newness of life. We are the blessed recipients of unending acceptance. The heirs to a promise of everlasting life. The chosen One chose us before we were ever born.

GRACE has made a way for all to come. 

“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”- John 1:16

“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”- Ephesians 4:7

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”- Ephesians 2:8

 

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A Heart Like Mary

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Today, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a contributor on the wonderful blog, FLOURISH! I was asked to write something relating to Christmas and the holiday season so I chose to write about one of my favorite women in the Bible, Mary.

Here’s a tidbit:

Mary’s whole perspective on the news that she would be carrying the Christ-child was seen through the eyes of gratitude.  Instead of viewing nine months of pregnancy as an inconvenience, she saw it as an opportunity.  There was a chance that she could have been shunned by society by her unmarried status but instead, she chose joy.  In fact, Mary is so aware of her lowly state that she recognizes the importance of God noticing her by declaring that she is blessed.

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Come to Me

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Come to Me and breathe

Fill your lungs with My peace

I am here to give you rest

Nothing can take you away from Me.

Come to Me and eat

My word is all the nourishment you need

I am the Bread of life

Feast on my goodness when you are hungry.

Come to Me and sleep

Hours of worry only bring you anxiety

Be lulled by My songs

I will comfort you with My sweet melodies.

Come to Me and be

Stillness in My presence brings relief

Let Me guide you to the Truth

For there is nothing else that will set you free.

NaBloPoMo November 2015

Morning Mindset

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Take a minute and focus your heart this morning.

Focus on the good things that God has done for you.

Focus on the truth instead of the lies.

Truth like:

God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) 

You are never, ever alone. (Joshua 1:5)

The mercies of God are new every single morning. (Lamentations 3:23) 

You are a son or a daughter of God. (John 1:1)

There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) 

God’s perfect love casts out all fear. ( 1 John 4:18)

Let these promises wash over your heart today. Let them invade your thoughts with the good news of the gospel.

“Jesus loves YOU 

This I know

For the Bible tells me so…”

NaBloPoMo November 2015

A Different Kind of Gratitude

I have the privilege of writing for the amazing blog, FLOURISH, today! Come on over and check it out.

It’s all about being a child again…

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Here’s a snippet:

I love this time of year. The vibrant colors of Fall and the crisp, cool temperatures invite me to take a walk down memory lane. The smoky scent of burning leaves always puts me in a nostalgic mood. I feel like a five year old again.

There is just something about the holidays that awakens the childlike heart within me.
There is so much excitement to be had, so much giddiness to take part in; and so much happiness to be found.

Remembering….

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A Love Revolution

Psalm 119:32 – “I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.”

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When I think of having my heart enlarged, I think of the Grinch off of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Remember the ending when he realizes that all the toys he stole from the Who’s down in Whoville should be returned? When he realizes that the little Who’s care more about each other than they do the gifts? And his heart grows three sizes that day? Yeah, it’s my favorite scene.

I was thinking about this Christmas classic and I realized that the above verse directly relates to the movie. David is saying in Psalms that he will do what God commands with fervor and passion. He is saying that he loves God’s word so much that he’s not just going to obey, but he’s going to lovingly obey.

But, the key to his following God’s commands with such excitement is in the second part of that verse: “For You will enlarge my heart.”

In order for David to pursue Christ’s law, he has to have a larger heart.

Why did the Grinch decide to give the things back to the Who’s? Because God enlarged his heart with love for them. And not just a little bit of love. A whole lotta love.

Did the Grinch initially have the heart to love them this way? No.

Do I typically want to love others (especially people I don’t understand)? No.

But God commands us to love. It’s not just a passing sentiment that He hopes we’ll grab onto. For the greatest commandment is, after all, to love.

Now, I know our lives are a bit more complicated than the Grinch’s. I mean, we’ve got bills and doctor visits and cranky coworkers and kids that spill hot cocoa on the couch. (That last one may or may not have just happened at my house.)

But, I don’t see a disclaimer or escape clause in David’s words. For goodness sake, he had a ton of responsibility too. He did have a kingdom to run!

No, I think David was at a place in his story when he realized that this life thing is WAY better if we’re doing it according to God’s law of love.

I feel like I am at that same place in my story as well. Being a lover of God’s word only comes after I allow Him to grow my heart to an abnormally large size.

His love in me is the only thing I need to be a passionate pursuer of the truth.

His love in me is the only thing I need to help others realize that they are also loved.

A Bigger Heart = A Love Revolution.

NaBloPoMo November 2015