7 Days Away…

In spite of God’s word that his offspring would be as many as the stars (Genesis 15:5), Abraham agreed with his wife to sleep with her slave, Hagar (Genesis 16)… Twice he lied about his relation to Sarah, which affected other households (Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis 20)… EVEN STILL God was true to his promise with the birth of Isaac (Genesis 21).

Five Minute Friday: Sunrise

Sunrise… hmmm… a smile from God… I don’t know that I’ve actually seen the sun rise, but I can remember one moment on a women’s retreat at the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs, Arkansas where I fell in love with nature.

It was early and cool out as I sat outside just taking in the beauty of the moment. It was slightly foggy still and I remember seeing a squirrel scurrying about from one spot to another. I remember feeling a sense of peace and in awe of God’s creation.

I imagine seeing a sunrise would be just the same, but more captivating…. (time)...

This picture is a perfect illustration of what I believe I’d feel… God’s love. Him smiling down on me. Refreshed! I really don’t have the words to describe it, but it would indeed be the most heartwarming feeling in the world.

Imagine God’s love rushing over you like a flood… covering you… overpowering you, but in a good way… how awesome is that!

How do you see God in a sunrise? I’d love to see what you see!

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Five Minute Friday: Design

I’m reminded of Psalm 139:14 that says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV). I also love the NLT version, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

Somewhat of a novice graphic designer, when I saw today’s prompt word was design, this is what came to mind.

And when I consider the verse above, I’m thankful for the sovereignty of God to create and design us in so many unique ways. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made – I remember reading somewhere about how God took his time to intricately design each of us in such a way that we (time)… are able to complement each other’s gifts, talents, skills, and needs.

And it’s not about perfection… says the perfectionist (tendencies…lol). As seen in the image above, even every line, every wrinkle, every wave is intentional. Often times we get caught up in appearances, but also what we have or don’t have compared to someone else. But when we remember that God, the Creator of all things (lest not forget all things he made was good), God the Designer of our very being knew what we needed in ALL ways to fulfill the purpose we’ve been birthed for.

I also want to highlight from the image above… I don’t know if you see it, but I see the silhouette of a woman. Now, I imagine God, the potter, and we, as the clay. While from the outside we see lines, wrinkles, and waves… when the veil is removed, a beautiful soul emerges. My, My!!! People may only see your scars, your flaws, your mistakes, or setbacks… but you’re still here meaning God is not through with you yet. Each day we awake He’s still molding us, conforming us, transforming us and even designing us. Not all designs are permanent. They change over time. As we grow in his word, as we evolve, guess what? We change too. So, let’s remember that specifically, not all designs are permanent. The beauty of something that’s not so pretty now has yet to be revealed. But even in the stage of un-prettiness, let’s accept and love what’s still a creation of God.

I know I went different places with this one, but hopefully something tugs at your heart and your perspective, your lens!

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30 Days of Giving Thanks ~ Day 30: The Armor of God

We have made it to Day 30!!! TGBTG! But the thanks doesn’t stop here, so keep giving thanks. Keep praising His name above all names.

I think this is a good way to end this #30DaysofGivingThanks with the acknowledgment of the armor of God!! Ephesians 6:13-17 breaks down what this armor looks like: (1) Belt of Truth, (2) Breastplate of righteousness, (3) Gospel of Peace (feet), (4) Shield of Faith, (5) Helmet of Salvation, and (6) Sword of the Spirit.

I am thankful that I don’t have to come up with my own weapons to fight with. That I don’t have to depend on my own devices (even though we often do). I’m thankful that I have the privilege to wake up each day and pray the armor of God over myself. I’m thankful to know I’m covered from the top of my head to the soles of my feet and all around. The two that really stick out to me is the helmet of salvation – thank you Lord for keeping me sane and in my right mind! For teaching me how to take captive thoughts of self-sabotage and defeat.  I’m also thankful for the Sword of the Spirit, his word… I don’t have to try to come up with witty responses to the enemy’s attacks. All I have to say is, “It is written…” and the right scripture ALREADY written for me.

I’m curious to know which armor piece most speaks to you?

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30 Days of Giving Thanks ~ Day 29: His Covering & Protection

I am beyond grateful & thankful for how God has and continues to cover and protect me from seen and unseen dangers, not to mention situations I’ve gotten myself into, but didn’t have the courage to walk away from.

Have you ever experienced that before? You sign up for something or enter into some relationship (personal or professional) and realize you shouldn’t have. Sometimes we get in too deep and don’t know how to get out, but thankfully, we can call on Abba Father to rescue us (admittedly, sometimes he does, sometimes not).

Sometimes his protection and covering looks and feels like rejection, and its up to us to change our perspective on how we look at situations and acknowledge the hand of God at play.

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30 Days of Giving Thanks ~ Day 28: Redirection

Whew! Talk about confused. Ever had a plan, but it wasn’t exactly God’s plan? Ever had your mind set on something, but it didn’t quite work out as you hoped? Signed up for something, only to have to pull back?

Often times we hear rejection is often God’s way of protecting or redirecting us. Sometimes we’re not the ones being rejected, but the one who has to do the rejection. Not an easy stance, but I can remember a Facebook post that was very much received as a warning that staying in the wrong place too long can be a dangerous thing.

I’m thankful for the redirections in my life because unfortunately I’ve not always seen people for who they really were (even beneath the whole spiritual, only do what God say persona), and sometimes we overstay our season (plant, water, nurture). So, yes, God has to redirect us when we are not quick or bold enough to leave or not aware of the danger to come, at which point we just have to trust God to lead the way.

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30 Days of Giving Thanks ~ Day 23: Identity

If we’re not careful we become any/everything to everybody EXCEPT who we were created to be by and for the God who created us.
I can’t express enough how important it is to be clear on our identity, who we are according to God’s word!!! So many people caught up because of identity issues. Having struggled with it for a long time myself, yes, I’m humbled, grateful, and beyond thankful for HIS Identity, for having the mind and will to finally accept who HE says I am!!!
One of my favorite songs by Hillsong, I am “Who [He] Say[s] I Am” https://youtu.be/lKw6uqtGFfo
Align yourself with who God says you are and there you will find peace. No, not everyone will agree or accept, and you have to be okay with that because they’re not your Creator!!!