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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.

Wait!

 

 

No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4

One of my daughter's favorite words is "wait"  She says it all the time at random moments, and most of the time we are not sure what we are waiting for. The word "wait" can just suddenly burst from her mouth.  God has called me to wait so many times, there are areas in my life that I'm still waiting on. It use to feel like a random, harsh word from him, but now I am seeing that when God calls me to wait it is because He is working for me in ways that are amazing and undeniably beautiful. I may not be able to see all that he is doing or hear about his handiwork at the time, but when I am able to wait on him, the end result is incredible. When I am able to wait and listen to his gentle, soothiing voice, the reward is far beyond anything imaginable.

Is there something you are waiting for? Does it feel like it's never going to happen? Does God keep repeating the word "wait"? Is he prodding you to rest in his wait and enjoy this very moment, while he works for you? What is the promise you are waiting for? Do not let impatience knock at your door, just wait and watch for the timing of your God.

 

His Promise

 

 

 

 

 

Look, I've written your names on the backs of my hands. The walls you're rebuilding are never out of my sight.  Your builders are faster than your wreckers. The demolition crews are gone for good. Look up, look around, look well! See them all gathering, coming to you?  As sure as I am the living God-God's Decree- you're going to use them to dress up like so much jewelry, you're going to use them to dress up like a bride. And your ruined land? Your devasted, decimated land?  Filled with more people than you know what to do with!  And your barbarian enemies a fading memory. "It's getting too crowded in here, I need room" and you'll say to yourself, "Where on earth did these children come from?"

Isaiah 49:18-21

I've been reading through the Bible this year and with each day it has been beautiful to me to see the numerous promises from God. I love the one above. I love that He has my name on His hand, a permanent tatoo. I love that He sees the good in my life and He knows all about a life that needs to be rebuilt. The days that I feel weak and I think that it's all for nothing is a lie, for my builders, which is the strength of Jesus, is much stronger then the weakness. He sends away all the demolition crews and clears the areas of my life for freedom, life and boldness. He continually is bringing me into new lands where the enemy fades and the family of life gathers around me to rejoice!

This is your promise too! Are you building new walls of strength and light? Are you bringing in new family that gathers around you with love and hope? Is your strength gaining and your beauty blossoming?  God is dressing you up in His light today, are you looking around in wonder?

Your name is on His hand, forever.

 

Heart Talk

God, you did everything you promised, and I'm thanking you with all my heart. 

Psalms 56:12

My week has been one of thanking God for bringing His promises together for me and for our family.  I've spent some time recounting all that He has done for my heart, and the words He has so graciously spoken over my life, and my heart has been full of thankfullness towards Him. 

What is God saying to your heart today? What are the promises He has fulfilled for you, and how are you expressing your thankfullness to Him today? How is He expanding your heart?

He has challenged my heart to look deeper this week, to stand firmer, and to be resolute in all that I know of what is true. He has reminded me to be true to who I am, and not cave in to what I perceive others might be thinking. He has confirmed over and over again that I hear His voice and my heart beats with His.

How does He speak to your heart?

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