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Wrapped in Beauty

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Romans 4:7-8

In this verse in Romans, Paul is quoting from Psalms 32:1-2. David was a man after God's own heart, yet he was also a man that was well acquainted with sin. Afterall, he did sleep with another mans wife, then he killed that man so he could marry his wife! There was no sacrifice in the old testament for either of these sins, yet God covered him and did not exact the required punishment from him for these sins.  If David had been punished for his sins, it would have been put to death.

This is what God does for you too. God refuses to count sin to your credit when you have sinned. He has put His righteousness on your account instead! He has taken you in all your mess, and completely wrapped you up in all His beauty, and He wants you to claim it

You can't work for His beauty. It's already wrapped all around you. You can share it's power with others, it's amazing light; and as you do His beauty increases. 

You are standing in Christ Jesus, and He is perfect. When God the Father looks at You, He sees His Son!

As he is, so are we in this world. 

1 John 4:17


Living Limitless

Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we'll never comprehend what he knows and does.  God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked in the ditch.

Psalms 147:5

There have been times in my life that I've believed the lie that I am limited in the way God wants me to live. Yet, God is limitless in His strength and goodness, He is there for me when I need Him to put me on my feet again and to push the wicked aside. Yet, still the lie of being limited will crowd out freedom. God is far beyond what I can see, think, or imagine. At the same time, He reveals Himself to me in wondrous ways so I will be free and not be limited, if I choose to be. If I take the step down the road of faith. That road can look endless at times, which ironically leads to the thought of limits.

My lie on being limited is rooted in fear. Most lies are. As I continue to take steps down that road, I continue to see that I'm believing a lie, and the truth is I can rely on God's limitless strength as my own.

What are some of the lies that you believe today that keep you from walking down the road of faith?

Blooming Against the Odds





Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do right in the sight of the Lord as David his father had done, but he made molten images for the Baals.

2 Chronicles 28:1

Ahaz was a very evil king. He was the father of Hezekiah. When Hezekiah was a small child, he lost his brother to the evil hands of his father in a sacrifice to his god. Hezekiah grew up with evil all around him, yet he had a profound desire to be pure and worship the one true God. His childhood did not determine his future! Instead, he bloomed against all odds and became hungry for God.

Hezekiah learned to take a traumatic childhood and use it for good. He taught an entire nation about the one true God. He was resilient, loyal, and passionate. 

How are you blooming against the odds in your life today? What is God taking from the ground you thought was lost and planting seeds of abundance?  

Today, I bless you with hope. I bless you with the courage to know that God turns life around just as He did for Hezekiah, and He brings up beautiful blooms through odd places. I bless you with the love and compainship of others to walk alongside you to remind you, and hold you when needed.

Have you left the Orphanage?

On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. 

Esther 8:1

Esther was a young orphan girl cared for by her cousin Mordacai. The King Ahasuerus banished his Queen, and in turn took in all the beautiful virgins in the land. Esther was included. She was a Jew, but Mordacai had instructed her to not reveal that to anyone. As it turned out, Hamon, the King's right hand man hated Mordacai and plotted to kill all the Jews.  This was later, after Esther was chosen to be Queen.

So, Esther went from orphan girl, to Queen. A Jewish Queen with a secret. She worshipped the God of heaven. And, now she recognized that there was a plot to kill her people. There was also a law that she could not go before the King uninvited. But, Esther was not an orphan anymore, she was a Queen. And, she was a brave one too. She quickly took action, she rallied her trusted people, she sent a message to Mordacai, and she instructed them to fast for three days. No food or water. Please pray!

She then went before the King, and he openly accepted her. She invited him to come to her chambers for dinner with the dangerous Hamon. She did this twice before making her request to the King! Esther was wise and did not rush into anything, but chose her timing carefully.

The King was furious when he learned that his Queen was in danger, and Hamon was put to death! 

I love the story of Esther. She knew who she was and she knew that she had power to use. She knew that God had put her in the office of Queen for a reason, and she was willing to put her own life at risk to save many lives. She did not shrink back in fear, but she rose up and took dominion over the threat of death and she fought for the life of her people. She did not allow her background of loss to rule her, but lived in the present time of being royalty!

Are you living as Royalty? Or as an orphan? 

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