Do You Feel Alive?

God wants to turn every mess into something of worth.

He gives beauty for ashes. Things that seem worthless, He transforms like gold. What seems like the end of us, He turns into a testimony, bringing joy to us and others.

Like a potter with clay, the Lord is molding and shaping us. He seals our hearts with untainted love, and we find we are never alone even when others are absent. This process in the journey can be painful, but will cause us to feel fully alive.

We need not fear His hand upon us. Christ’s nearness is our good. All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Him. As we do even the pain of His “fire” freeing us from the negative things that afflict us will be a welcome help.

All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you feel like you are reading a foreign language. Or maybe you’re turned off from hearing about God. Honestly, in my experience, this is probably that things in life or people have caused you to be turned off of things that seemed to be God but were of man and therefore without life and joy.

Religion and ritual can be a terrible task master, and this is not Christ’s heart toward us. He directs a heart connection, a relationship with us that is ever growing, not our performance and perfection. Continue reading

Loved When All You Can Do Is Be

Some days are harder than others. We experience challenges. We face issues that changes the course of the day. We deal with chronic pain for which healing has yet to come.

Or maybe we feel like we aren’t doing enough as we watch others never seem to go through the hardships we face daily and have maybe even experienced for years.

God sees you. He loves you. He says that you don’t have to measure up to any standard but His.

Even when all you can do is simply be, you are loved by God.

It doesn’t look the same for another person as it does for you. He knows the trials, the pain, the weaknesses. He only wants your heart.

Maybe no one else will hear and no one else will see, but God sees you and you matter to Him. He hears your every heart cry and He is a Father who loves you.

If all you can do is simply be with Him, He’s okay with that. He knows you inside and out, through the good and the difficult.

Many others are out busily doing for every other purpose under the sun, but even in the difficulties before you, you are still pressing into Him.

Just being with Him. This counts far more than you know, beloved. It counts to Him and is more precious than all the world in His eyes because you are His precious and dearly beloved.

May His love, peace and joy cover you and fill you to overflowing this day.

Roses Have Thorns: Allowing God to Refine Us

Sometimes our journey of friendship with God isn’t all roses. Roses are beautiful and lovely in appearance and fragrance. They are given to show love, that we are held dear to the heart of the Giver.

But roses also have thorns. When we pick up a rose, we are careful to avoid grabbing the stem where a thorn resides, so we are not stabbed by it. At the same time, we know the thorn is there as we acknowledge it by our making room for it.

When we pursue the Lord, we cannot ignore the hard things. We know they are there. God knows they are. He sees our hearts and all we go through, and He wants to touch our lives even in these areas. But if we pretend these things don’t exist, it can hinder Him from fashioning us in those areas.

Impurities must be brought to surface for the revealing of the fine silver that is us.

It is in the refining that the beauty is able to come forth. Ashes before beauty. The coal before the diamond. But if the pressure upon that coal is hindered, the diamond will not fully come forth.

It is painful at times, but He is worth it, and His glory to be revealed in us is worth it.

Let Him bring the fullness of His character forth in your life. He makes all things beautiful in His time. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.