Purpose beyond the clouds.

I don’t often get the opportunity to look at Gods creation uninterrupted. The hustle and bustle of daily life is often all consuming. It can so easily steal the joy of recognizing God through the simplest of ways. But In the times I can look up, I always see Him there. I am reminded of His magesty, His splendor, and His omnipresence. I am reminded that not only is the creator of all that I see, but the creator of all I can’t see. I remember that there is purpose beyond the clouds. There is a home I am striving to get to. There is a spiritual kingdom I am working in that is bigger than the constant emails, text messages, phone calls, social media feeds, deadlines, and demands.

I remember that there are those out there with darkened hearts still. And I remember that it is my job to shine the light of Jesus into their lives and bring them back to a purpose greater than themselves.

I also remember that the greatest way to shine light into those darkened hearts is to live out my own purpose. To live out love and kindness in the least to greatest aspects of my life. I must live out my purpose at home for the ones I know and love. I must live out my purpose in the world for the ones I don’t know but learn to love.

I must live out my purpose in front of the ones who hurt me, betray me, use me, abuse me, hate me, accuse me, lie about me, misunderstand me, mistreat me, slander me, gossip about me. I must never stop recognizing and honoring God and giving Him thanks for the creation that is me.

The only way to do that is by being who He created me to be, and not a single thing less.

The Lord lead me to Romans this week, and this verse hasn’t left my mind since.

I want to know God and reflect Him for all that He is. I don’t want to miss a single part of Him. I want to know Him as creator, and also as my very best friend. What a wonderful God we serve that would desire more than our praise for what He created, but desire to then have a personal relationship with His creation.

Don’t miss out on a single aspect of the Lord. He is calling us closer as the world is calling us further away. Draw near to Him. There is so much more than we could ever imagine waiting there. ❤️

“For even though they knew God [as the Creator], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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It’s found in Him.

As we celebrate our independence in this great country, I am extra thankful for our freedom to worship the One in whom true freedom lies. While things have and will continue to change regarding our freedoms here in the United States, I never have to worry about Jesus changing anything. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I can surrender my life to Him daily and continuously find freedom in Him.

He set me free from sin and death.

He set me free from an eternal hell.

He set me free from addictions.

He set me free from bondage.

He set me free from guilt.

He set me free from shame.

He set me free from eating disorders.

He set me free from bitterness.

He set me free from unforgiveness.

He set me free from sickness.

He set me free from the weight of other’s opinions.

I could go on for days with all the freedoms I have found in Christ. It never fails that when I go to Him in bondage to something, He always sets me free. It may take some hard work on my end. It may take dying daily. It may take picking up my cross and carrying it when I don’t want to, but it’s there. The only true freedom we can count on in this life is in Jesus.

If you know Him, thank Him for that freedom, and continue to seek freedom from anything that causes you to be bound.

If you don’t know Him, find Him today. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day for true freedom. ❤️

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He’s not done with you yet!

After hearing some powerful words this past Sunday, I’ve been pondering some of them in my heart this week.

I’ve been in some really crappy places over the last few years. I don’t just mean uncomfortable places, I mean places that broke me. And while I would never and I mean never want to experience them again, I am thankful for the breaking that took place when I surrendered my shattered heart to the Lord.

He broke off insecurities.

He broke off the lie that I wasn’t enough.

He broke away roots of bitterness I had towards my self and others.

He broke away unforgiveness for my self and others.

He broke off eating disorders.

He broke off weaknesses, mental, spiritual, and physical.

In my broken places, the Lord didn’t just put the pieces back together. He took His time to make sure that every piece that didn’t need to be there was destroyed.

It was hard.

It was hard to let go of some things.

It was hard to let go of some things.

It was hard to admit some things to myself and others.

It was hard to accept the state of some parts of my life.

It was hard work breaking habits.

But the Lord took His time with me. He was patient, and kind. He was gracious and forgiving. He was and is everything I need for this journey I am on. He is still working on me. The journey isn’t over for me. The journey isn’t over for you. Perhaps it’s just really beginning.

When I was ready to give up on my self, and couldn’t see past the place I was in, Jesus stepped in. He reminded me of greater purpose in me. He reminded me that He created me for so much more than I was living out. He reminded me of all the beautiful things He put inside me as He fashioned me into creation. He started putting only the pieces that were like Him back together in me. I began to see my life change. He is still working on me, and I am still seeing His glory displayed as the changes come. I believe He wants to do the same for you.

Take him your broken pieces. Let Him have His perfect work in you. Don’t give up. Jesus is calling you on a journey towards Him today. He hasn’t given up on you! Will you take the first step? ❤️

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Philippians 1:6 KJV

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It’s not what it looks like.

I don’t know what you’re going through today, but I know it’s not what it looks like.
On the absolute worst days of my life. The days with inexpressible grief, or anxiety, or panic. The days when I experienced a level of heartbreak beyond anything I’d know. All those days have something in common. They were all the beginning of a beautiful season of the Lords grace and strength abounding in my life.
Gods strength shows up when ours runs out. So it would only make sense that through our hardest battles, when our strength goes quickly, that the Lord would be able to display His in a mighty way.
It doesn’t mean we aren’t going to still feel. It doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have to fight. It doesn’t mean we aren’t going to hurt. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to want to give up. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to be really hard. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to get weary.
What it does mean is that we won’t have to do any of it alone. We can depend on a mighty, steady, powerful strength to carry us through each and every exhausting day. We can find rest and peace in knowing that Jesus is holding us together when our circumstance is trying to tear us apart. We can find hope in knowing that we will see victory, because Jesus is always victorious. We can know that we will learn and grow in His presence. We can find reassurance that He will heal the broken places as we spend precious time in communion with Him.
What looks like your weakest moment today, is simply another opportunity for the Lord to showcase His magnificent strength in your life. He loves you child. He will never stop fighting for you!❤️

. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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He wants to lift you up.

Follow Jesus unapologetically. An abundant life doesn’t come from a place of comfort.

Make the hard decisions.

Do the hard things.

Say what needs to be said.

Be quiet when you need to be quiet.

Do the hard work.

Deal with your shortcomings.

Trust in the Lord.

Ask Him for help.

Follow His lead.

Stop the sin.

Do everything in love.

Love others even when it’s hard.

Don’t be a people pleaser.

Be a Jesus pleaser.

Fast.

Pray.

Read.

Today as I though about all the things I have been longing to see in my life, but haven’t, the Lord just reminded me of a few things. First, some of them I’ve only thought about, and haven’t actually asked Him for. Then he began to speak to my heart about all the things it requires to live the abundant life He died for me to have. Some days I hit the mark, others I fall terribly short. But I’m becoming more consistent, and I’m beginning to see changes.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but I believe if we make the effort to be consistent in the Lord, we will begin to see things we could have only dreamed of before. The Lord is faithful, but we must be as well.

He loves you, and wants the very best for you. He wants to lift you up. Don’t forget that!

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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When no one else can help me, Jesus can.

Have you ever been in a place where no one could help you? I have. It’s a place that leads to great despair if you let it. It’s a place the enemy loves to show up and feed you lies of hopelessness. It’s a place where people love to say “everything happens for a reason” becuase they don’t have any answers for you. It’s a place you feel like absolutely no one understands what your heart is feeling. But Its also the place where Jesus shows up as a very present help in your time of need.

I won’t go over all my life’s woes with you, but I will tell you this, even those that love me dearest have not been able to help me in certain circumstances. There are trials in this life that will show up without warning. And although you may have the very best doctor, lawyer, friend, family, counselor, banker, the best anything, they won’t be able to help you.

You can quickly get frustrated, even angry with these people because of their inability to understand where you are, much less offer you assistance. The enemy uses that to drive a wedge between you and the people who love you most. So just don’t do it. Don’t put people in a place on Jesus belongs. Don’t look to them for help they can’t give. Be thankful and apprentice for their awkward attempts to help, knowing their heart is in the right place. Stay close to your supporters even though that’s all they can offer sometimes. Let them pray for you. Let them love you. But don’t put your hope in them.

Put your hope in Jesus. Lean into Him with everything you’ve got. Hold on to Him. Hold onto His words. Hold on to His promises. Hold on to that name.

His name is above every name.

His name causes mountains to crumble.

His name causes walls to fall.

His name chisels away even the hardest of hearts and makes them new.

His name breaks addictions.

His name causes strongholds to loose.

His name restores marriages.

His name brings the dead to life.

His name brings provisions from nowhere.

His name feeds the hungry.

His name heals the sick.

His name cures diseases.

His name defeats giants.

His name brings down the mighty and raises the meek.

His name brings wisdom.

His name brings knowledge.

His name changes lives.

Jesus. He’s all you’ll ever need. Don’t be discouraged in your time of trouble. Whatever it is you have your hope in today besides Jesus, is simply sinking sand. Call on that name today for help instead. Call on Jesus today. He’s right here waiting with exactly what you need. ❤️

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”

Philippians 2:9 KJV

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You aren’t in this thing alone!

It is so easy in times like these to believe the lie that you are in this life alone. But that’s exactly what it is, a lie. You aren’t in this life alone dear one. There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and saints with arms wide open to travel this road with you. ❤️

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT.

Throughout the years this has proven true in my life over and over again. It took me a long time to become wise to this fact. For so many years, I hated to let anyone know when things were going wrong in my life. I didn’t want to share my tragedies. I considered it to be a sign of weakness, like there was something wrong with me. In reality it was nothing but pride. It was okay for other people. I didn’t mind praying for, and encouraging them, or helping them in any way. I just didn’t want that in return. I wanted to be strong enough to do it my self.

What I didn’t realize, is that by doing so I was cutting out my main source of strength, Jesus. When we rely on our own strength to get through this life, Jesus will not force His strength on us. He will let us use our own strength, which doesn’t last long. I was often attacked and defeated in my struggles, mainly because I was alone. Jesus tells us that we will never be alone as long as we rely on and trust in Him. In other words, as long as we have Jesus we don’t have to be defeated.

But it doesn’t end there. God created man in His own image, and then created woman so man wouldn’t be alone. He then came in the form of a human and experienced the strength of human relationships. So it’s really an understatement that He gets it. He doesn’t want us to be alone in this life. So much so, that He encourages us so much to be there for each other. For the strong to bear the infirmities of the weak. Considering we all will have sorrow and tragedy and weaknesses in this life, we can’t always be a part of the strong crowd.

I didn’t completely learn this lesson until my first miscarriage. Things had already started to go badly, and I’d already started to try and conceal it. So much so, that I went on to church for music practice on Easter morning. So what happened? I miscarried there. There was no hiding it. Everyone was going to know. I hated that, until it was the best thing that could have happened under the circumstances. I didn’t know how much support I was going to need. I didn’t realize that not only was my own strength nor going to cut it, that I would have to completely lean on Jesus like I never had, but I would also need the prayers and ongoing support of those around me for a long time in that area of my life. I would end up going through it twice more.

It’s a device of the enemy to make us think that we are better off alone, that we don’t need anyone and can do it all our selves. He is a liar. We will be defeated every time we go at it alone. We must walk with Jesus, and encourage and help others in our strengths, and allow others to encourage and help us in our weaknesses.

Don’t buy the lie that you are in this thing alone! Jesus is there every step of the way, and there’s an army of saints ready to lift you up! ❤️

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The promise of rest.

Rest is a scarcity in this world today. We work harder and longer than ever. We have church, spouses, kids, friends, social obligations, and responsibilities that just seem like they won’t wait. We are drawn in by social media feeds, the latest tv series, and news broadcasters telling us of the latest chaos. And although it seems like rest is a thing of the past, there is a place we can find it right in the middle of the busyness. ❤️

““Praise the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
1 Kings 8:56 NLT

It’s amazing to me that I can read these words, written so long ago, and know that they are still true today, and that now I am considered to be part of His people. What an amazing truth that is.

I look back at all the things the children of Israel went through. There were many years, even decades, with trouble on every side. They suffered great loss, great trials and learned so many lessons the hard way. But in the midst of that the Lord was faithful to give His people rest. It’s an amazing thing the Lord does when He gives us rest. We can be in the midst of the toughest battle, and find rest in Him. He gives us rest in our body, and even more importantly rest in our minds, heart , and spirit. There is no rest like that we find in the Lord. We can tell Him our troubles, pour out our hearts to Him, even complain and ask questions. He hears it all and is faithful to give us rest through all our troubled times. When it doesn’t even make sense that we would be rested and renewed, His presence allows us to do just that.

Not one of His words has failed.

Not one word.

He will always make sure His promises come to pass.

He will do exactly what He says He will.

Now sometimes there are contingencies on us doing what he’s required in order to see His word and promises come to pass in our lives, but none the less His words are truth.

I love that about the Lord.

His rest and promises are beyond our understanding, but beyond priceless in the hectic lives we live.

Find rest in Jesus today. This promise is for you too. ❤️

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Give it up.

In this world, our trust is shattered time and again by people. But there is One in whom we can put our trust in which we will never be let down. His name is Jesus. ❤️

I’ve had trust broken in the most intimate of relationships. It is a gut wrenching heartbreak when it happens. You’ve opened up your heart, let guards down, broken the walls of protection, only to be betrayed. Its excruciating. But there’s one place I never have to worry about that.

When I put my trust in Jesus, I am never disappointed. I am never let down. I am never belittled, betrayed, talked about, criticized. I am never made to feel insignificant, rejected, lesser than. I can pour out my heart in confidence that I will be met with the deepest of loves.

So why is it so hard for me to really just pour my heart out to Jesus every day? Mostly because of me. I don’t want to feel the feelings. I don’t want to rehash the failures of my day. I don’t want to admit that I need help. I don’t want to admit that I am a million miles from where I want to be. It really comes down to pride. But as with any sin, I am only hurting myself when I let that pride stop me from pouring out my heart fully to the Lord each day. Because when I do, I find everything I need.

There is peace, strength, courage, love, hope, victory, power, resilience, zeal, freedom, just to name a few, when I go to Jesus. He has every thing I need. He is everything I need. And when I pour out my heart to Him, and trust Him with my life, I am whole, and complete.

When I don’t, I suffer. My anxiety rises. My irritability increases. My tolerance is low. I am less forgiving. I am defensive. I am quick to speak and slow to hear. I am a mess. But the minute I just begin to pour a little drop out to Him, a “Lord I need your help!” the floodgates burst open when I am met with the sweetest love I’ve ever known.

So whatever it is on your heart. Whatever you are trying to do or fix on your own. Whatever you don’t want to rehash. Whatever you don’t want to say out loud. Whatever the weight on your shoulders today.

Give it up.

Trust in Him in all things.

And pour out your heart before Jesus.

You will find everything you need right there. ❤️

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Just believe.

With so many impossible situations staring me in the face today, I have to remind my self of the One to whom NOTHING is impossible. ❤️

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This verse is ringing in my ears today, as I take on my part of making the impossible happen. Just believe. It’s so simple, yet I find myself doubting so many times.

Today I will put al doubt aside, and remember Jesus.

I will think on who He is.

He is a miracle worker.

He raises the dead.

He opens blinded eyes.

He makes the lame walk.

He takes nothing and creates something.

He opens doors.

He clears paths.

He defeats enemies.

He provides abundantly.

He restores the broken.

He heals the sick.

He is the lover of my soul.

He is my best friend.

He saves.

He delivers.

He keeps his promises.

He makes the impossible, possible.

He will do it again!

He will do it for me!

He will do it for you!

Just believe on Jesus today friends. Breakthrough is coming! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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