Resting in His Love

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. Psalm 1:3


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Regain Your Sight

Regain: to get again; recover; to succeed in reaching again; get back to

As we embark upon a new year, I believe that our gracious Father is presenting to us a RESET button. This isn’t about resolutions. This isn’t about reaching a goal that solely depends on our willpower. No, this is about our God-given purpose on this earth that by grace we can carry out. Whatever you were assigned to do last year but for reasons known between you and your Creator, hit the reset button and begin again.

It’s not too late.

Don’t let fear rob you of what God already said was yours. Don’t wallow in the “what-ifs” of the year gone by. Don’t condemn yourself for not following through. Instead praise God for lessons learned. Thank Him for the wisdom and strength you have gained. Remember, He is a God of perfect timing. So while you may think you are behind schedule, you may find that you are right on time. Beloved, He already knew the path you would take, along with the detours and rest stops that came along on the journey.

Life may have delivered you a series of trials and setbacks that blinded you. Cry out to Him to help you see again. He is gracious to reveal what He wants you to do. Declare that this is the year of regaining your sight and you will succeed!

And Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni (my Master), let me regain my sight.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith [and confident trust in My power] has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Jesus on the road. Mark 10:51,52 (emphasis mine)

The blind beggar in the book of Mark simply wanted to see. His simple request matched with His faith gave way to a miraculous healing. Your request to begin again and your faith in God will also give way to supernatural vision and direction. Hit the RESET button and set out to have a victorious year in Him!

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Finish The Work

Whatever God has assigned you to do, do it. Do it when you cannot see the reward. Do it even when you feel stuck and stagnation starts to set in. From the moment that we were conceived, God breathed into us a purpose for our lives. We are purposed to glorify Him, to bring honor and fame to His name. How He chooses to do that in my life will look different from yours. We are uniquely handcrafted by the Father and filled with His Spirit to carry out His intentions for our lives.

Did you catch that last sentence? Whose intentions? It is God. When you realize that, humility sets in. It is not about me and what I feel about it, rather it’s about God. If it is His intentions and His purposes then it is also in His strength. The days will come when the monotony of life sets in. Day in and day out, you may be doing what He has called you to do with no fanfare. You may feel uninspired, tired and empty. Does that mean that you no longer need to continue to walk in obedience? No way! If God did not tell you to stop, then my sister, you must continue to fight through what you are feeling and keep doing the work He has called you to do.

So use your voice to sing. Write the book that has been on your heart to write. Teach the children God has called you to teach. Be the entrepreneur that the world needs. Mother those little blessings God has given you. Put on canvas those creative designs that He has so blessed you to create. Whatever it is, do it! Remember, it is God who gives strength to the weary. It is God who wipes the tears of the broken and tired. It is God who puts in us all we need to carry out the work that He has set before us. His mercies are new everyday. So that means, each morning that you arise, no matter what the day looked like before, it is a brand new beginning with the slate wiped clean to do what He has called you to do. Finish the work!

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24


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Just Jump!

On a recent vacation, I was faced with two choices: jump or stay stuck. I eventually chose to jump but the internal dialogue that I had within myself shed light on my ability to trust. As always our loving Father NEVER misses an opportunity to teach us His life lessons. There I was just having completed a major feat for me in zip lining! The joy of gliding in the air right next to the trees was simply exhilarating. As I wrapped up my adventure, the next step was to then drop down to the lower level from the platform that I just landed on. I was still safely tethered and all that I needed to do was to be lowered down. One would think this to be the “easy” part, but not for me. There was no way I was dropping ALL the way down there, no way. One look down below and I had made up my mind. I even asked the poor guy could I just walk down? Surely, there were a set of steps somewhere. He said no and went on to explain that I would be fine and there was someone who was waiting there ready to catch me. Still unmoved and not quite convinced, I asked him if I could sit down and then slide off? And that’s exactly what I did, with eyes closed, I scooted off that platform and dropped down. And there he was, that someone who was waiting for me, able and fully capable to attend to me. Isn’t this what faith and trust can sometimes look like in our faithwalk? There are times when God is leading you somewhere and you cannot quite see the path. You don’t even understand His plan. He may have called you at a time in  your life where quite honestly, you are comfortable right where you are. Remember the story of Abraham? Read along:

The Lord said to Abram,

   “Leave your land,
    your relatives,
        and your father’s home.
Go to the land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation,
I will bless you.
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you, I will curse.
        Through you every family on earth will be blessed.” 

So Abram left, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. Genesis 12: 1-4

A place that was not known to Abraham. The reality of leaving all that was familiar. Many promises from a faithful God and a heart of obedience prompted Abraham to follow and obey. You see, the jump was filled with too many uncertainties even after a successful run at zip lining. Would I hurt myself upon landing? Was the rope really secure? Yes, all valid things to ponder when dealing with man made things. But the pondering should stop when we are following God. He can never lie, hurt you, deceive you or mislead you. Where He leads you is sure to be full of promises. What He is calling you to do has a divine purpose to it and it is a part of His Masterful plan. “God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7

No condemnation is upon you if you find yourself being stuck because of fear. Simpy spend some time in prayer and share with God all that you are feeling, He already knows. Allow Him to soothe your heart. Let Him in so that you can begin the process of letting go and trusting Him wholeheartedly. Perhaps you are reading this because God has declared that now is the time for you to “jump” into His plans. He is waiting there for you. He is able. He is full of love and He is ready for you to move in accordance with what He is already doing. Let go and jump.