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Reality Is....

.....the reality, however, is found in Christ. 

Colossians 2:17

One of my favorite books is the Velveteen Rabbit. I've read it numerous times, and read it to my children. I've related to the rabbit's question, "Am I real?" I use to ask myself that question all the time, and I truly wondered if the very essence of myself was real.  Then, I came upon this line in the Bible, "the reality, however, is found in Christ."  It was with that one statement that I began the quest to know Christ, believing that if I could know Him, I would know me.  My persistant question of being real would be answered.

Last night, my daughter and I were listening to music, and one of the songs was titled "Im just trying to be real." The song was heartfelt and emotional, but didn't mention the connection with Jesus.  It did, however, bring me to a place of review.  The artists singing this song were dealing with an onslaught of feelings and memories and through that they were trying to be real. I recognized that everyday, as I encounter Jesus, being real has become my reality too.  As I embrace the reality of Who He is, I embrace the reality of who I am.  Just like the rabbit, as he embraced himself, the worn ragged self, and surrendered to that reality, he became real.

I am broken and imperfect, yet so whole through the reality of who Jesus is. 

Is your reality embracing the person of Jesus?  Are you deeping the essence of who you are through the reality of who He is?  

Do you have a deepening reality in your heart, mind, and soul today that lines up with the reality of Christ?

Reality is Christ!

Pray for Redding

Redding CA is in great danger right now as wild fires are burning.  Redding is a city of 90,000 people, and a huge evacuation is in process. 

May the Hand of God protect the citizens of Redding, and our friends. 

Pray for His mighty hand to stop the fires and for rain to pour from the heavens. Pray for safety and protection.

Pray for God's mercy to be with each citizen and for the abundance of life.

Keep praying with authority, strength, and love.

Do You Believe?



The story of Thomas, the guy who had to actually touch the wounds in the hands of Jesus and in His side before he could believe that Jesus was alive again, is a lot like me.  Except, sometimes I can touch, see, and still not believe! As I prayed for God to reveal truth to me, He has revealed to me that there are just some things that I simply do not want to believe! It can be right in front of my face, all the evidence right there, but my unbelief is stronger than my belief. So, my prayer is changing, and I am asking God to give me the Spirit of belief, and with that Spirit of belief, I too will heal the sick, raise the dead, and have the power of His Spirit in such a way that there will never be any unbelief!
Thomas believed as soon as he touched the wounds of Jesus, that's all it took! And, then Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing."
He closed my eyes last week and asked me to walk by faith. He asked me to believe! And, I have had to pray for Him to heal my unbelief! To believe, at all times, to be sightless and walk  along His path with my hand in His hand. His leading, His calling, His way. Only He can see the future, but I will believe it turns out well, for the outcome is eternal.

The Woman that Reached




She slipped in from behind and touched His robe. She was thinking to herself, "If I can put my finger on his robe, I will get well."  The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up.  She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.

Mark 5:27-29

The story of the woman that bled for twelve years, then reached out and touched Jesus is the story so many of us have.  I know I do. I have felt like I'm literally bleeding to death, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, just like this woman who I imagine felt like she was ready to give up due to the constant flow of blood she dealt with.  She was oozing with pain. In her culture, because of her condition, she was a reject. She was a desperate woman in need of a miracle.

I've been thinking about this story a lot this week. And, I want to ask you this: Where are you reaching?  Everyone has something, and everyone needs to reach for help, where is your reach aiming?  I've reached lots of places, all of them futile until I reached for Jesus. He fills the empty spaces, He heals the wounded and the bruised hearts, he gives the strength that is needed to walk the journey of life. In my desperation, He reached back. 

Today, don't be afraid to reach out, and notice the change.


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