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Bye ,Bye Should

 

 

 

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. 

Galatians 5:1

How many times do you do something because you "should"? What is the conversation you have with yourself just before you do it? How does it feel? Now think about the things you do because you have a passion for them and a freedom and a love for them, you do them because you love, because you care, or because it's fun, or there's joy. Or, you do them because you know that down the road your actions will greatly improve the foundation of your family, so you want to build roots out of love.  

If your life is living in a mode of "shoulds" then I want to challenge you to think outside the box.  Say bye bye to this, and hello to something far more amazing. Options. Freedom. Choices.

God put us on this incredibly beautiful earth with an unbelievably large mix of variety. In that, He has given us freedom to love each other, play, create, learn, grow, and be with him.  He said be free, live free, you are free! The sacrifice he gave for our freedom was the cost of his own child, so I'm certain that he meant exactly what was said: live a free life, take your stand!

So, bye bye, Should!

Hello Free.

Are You Planted?

 

 

 

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God, they're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers-- never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

Jeremiah 17:8

Have you ever gone through a drought in your life? A period of time that has felt thirsty for something more? I know I have.  I've gone through periods like that more than once, sometimes I've wandered through a dry wilderness during those times, other times I've been planted in a garden with firm roots, trusting in the providence of God. As I look back on both experiences, the one of being planted firmly in the garden is far better. Standing firm with God no matter what the circumstances can be very difficult, but in the end it proves to be worth the storm. Trusting Him through each season, even when it looks bleak, when the garden is being pruned, or winter snow is covering it for a season, trust holds on.

Let him grow your roots deep in the garden today, so nothing can sway you. His blessings come with trust, and as your roots grow, others will benefit from them. You wil be a blessing, and your garden will grow.

Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, may you be blessed with deep roots and living water, and an abundant garden.

Are You Planted?

 

 

 

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God, they're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers-- never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

Jeremiah 17:8

Have you ever gone through a drought in your life? A period of time that has felt thirsty for something more? I know I have.  I've gone through periods like that more than once, sometimes I've wandered through a dry wilderness during those times, other times I've been planted in a garden with firm roots, trusting in the providence of God. As I look back on both experiences, the one of being planted firmly in the garden is far better. Standing firm with God no matter what the circumstances can be very difficult, but in the end it proves to be worth the storm. Trusting Him through each season, even when it looks bleak, when the garden is being pruned, or winter snow is covering it for a season, trust holds on.

Let him grow your roots deep in the garden today, so nothing can sway you. His blessings come with trust, and as your roots grow, others will benefit from them. You wil be a blessing, and your garden will grow.

Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, may you be blessed with deep roots and living water, and an abundant garden.

 

Your Super Power

But God rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you. 

Isaiah 60:2b

Wherever you are and whatever you may be doing this is a promise that you have, God rises on you, and his glory breaks over you!  Just imagine it---because of his brightness all around you, actually resting upon you, YOU light up darkness with your presense. His glory breaks over you and there is light!

I don't know about you, but I think this is exciting. This is a super power. God's super power in you, and it changes lives, atmospheres, attitudes, hearts, and tiny moments.  Do you ever have those days when it feels like you just can't? When it feels like everything is working against you and life is heavy?  I want to encourage you to think about this on those days --think about your super power.  Think about God rising on you and his glory breaking over you.  When that happens his light is going to spread.

Throughout my life I've battled with various attitudes, beliefs, lies, and disappointments.  At times it's been very challenging to figure out what the truth is, or to remain in the truth once I find the truth.  But, one thing has remained consistant and that is the perseverance of God's love towards me and his light  on the path in front of me. He never gives up. I might continue to fail in one way or another, but he shows up with his glory and reveals a way.  He promises to open doors when we knock, to provide when we ask, to shine light when it's dark, and to never leave us. Do you believe his promises and are you asking him to show up? 

Today, as you walk through your day, I bless you with the glory of God on you. May you shine with his presence and may others see his light when they are with you.

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