Permission

“This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭

As I walk through a difficult part of my life, I’ve come to need the Holy Spirit more and more. Like never before…my thirst for His presence is not quenched with what I received yesterday…I need a fresh taste for this day.

As much as I’ve struggled and stumbled through the unknowns of this season in my life, I’ve been given this opportunity to experience an intimacy with and dependency on the Holy Spirit that I never would have if I hadn’t been driven to my knees.

In my brokeness, I reached out and asked for His presence…for His fruit, for His gifts…all of it! It was scary and a bit weird…awkward even…but we have a good good Father in heaven that LOVES to give good gifts to His children!

Have you asked for His presence…His anointing…His baptism…His fruit…His gifts? He is so generous with Himself…to spare nothing to save us…to spare nothing to be near us!

I am convinced that if we want to see the Holy Spirit move in power then we have to give Him permission to move in our lives…surrender whatever it is that is stopping you…fear, pride, past hurts…even other well meaning people…

So often we say we want to be disciples of Jesus…to walk and love as He did, but we stop just short of really giving ourselves to Him…to truly inviting Him into those secret places. We’ll gladly invite Him to save us, but not to lead us.

Great and powerful miracles await us when we invite the Holy Spirit to fill and consume us. That we may live a new life in resurrection power for the same power that raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us! Give Him permission to move!

#vulnerability #freedominchrist #dontbeafraid #surrender #trust #layitdown #fathersheart #faith #holyspirit #scaryprayers #openhands #kingdom #permissiontomove #movement #giftsofthespirit #fruitofthespirit #intimacywithgod

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Forgiveness and Freedom

Forgiveness is a gift I want so badly from others when I’ve messed up and hurt those I love. And yet, forgiveness is something I have such a hard time giving when I’ve been hurt.

Oftentimes, I’ll think I have forgiven an offense, but something will trigger an emotion or remind me of a past hurt and the unforgiving comes roaring out like a lion. It can be scary. The power of unforgiving is consuming. It becomes a prison.

Jesus commands us to forgive because He has forgiven us of our sins. This forgiveness isn’t to let the offender off the hook, but to let us out of the prison of unforgiveness and shame. Christ came to bring freedom. To bring life. Life abundantly. Forgiveness finds freedom!

#forgiveness #freedom #christ

Tremendous Collision

The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God. – Chambers

I love this quote! I’m a visual person and this paragraph always makes me think of a the dramatic ending of a superhero movie where the hero sacrifices his life for others.

Of course, the Cross was no movie and Jesus did lay His life down to save us. The Father’s heart was revealed in this plan of redemption…this bringing us back home.

How we can so easily forget the great price You paid for us!!!

May we never forget all it cost You to save us from our sin. For those who have forgotten, remind them. Forgive me Lord for forgetting and neglecting the gift of salvation you’ve given. Shake us out of the doldrums where we’ve been lulled to sleep by the shiney things of this world that distract and temp us away from the best You have for us. Speak loudly to those who think they know more than You with high sounding philosophical arguments but yet speak no good thing. Help us to love and live as Your precious Son did. In Jesus’ name amen.

#cost #confidence #wakemeup #fathersheart #collision

Weaknesses

No one wants them…the world tells us they are bad, shameful, contemptible…we try to hide them…mask them…deny them, but we all have them: weaknesses.

I have loathed mine…always wishing, hoping, and praying them away…yet, they remain. They have been such a cause of frustration, anger, anxiety.

Once again, the Lord, as He actively pursues my heart and my affection, has brought me to a new understanding of weakness. As He and I delve deeper into my weaknesses, I am seeing them not as shameful things to be kept hidden, but opportunities for Him to be glorified…for His name to be lifted up and beauty made from dust.

Out of the Father’s great heart and love for us, He allows our weaknesses as opportunities for intimacy and dependence on Him. In His desire for our love, our affection, and our faith, He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to help when we are weak…when we have no words to utter…when our giants are so overwhelming, His power gives us strength!

Straight out of the Father’s lavish, extravagant love, we, though weak, are made strong, made more than conquerors, made victorious!

Thank you Jesus for showing how weakness is strength…for you left heaven to take on flesh, weaknesses and frailties yet without sin to take our punishment…And now, the same power that raised you from the dead is the very same power that dwells in all believers!!!

Today, I don’t celebrate my weaknesses, but I celebrate my Lord and Savior, who loves me even in my weakness! To make much of Him!

#weakness #hisstrength #faith #holyspirit #freedominchrist #freeindeed #fearnot #worship #power #fathersheart

The Beauty of Kindness

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭

Yesterday, I was at Market Basket and I ran into my friend, Priscilla. It was so nice to chat for a few minutes, as we are both busy…work, kids, life.

As we were chatting, out of the corner of my eye, I caught someone looking at me. I turned to look and saw a woman that I recognized from high school. I think she was a few years older than I. As I turned back to Priscilla and continued our conversation, I didn’t acknowledge the woman, because I honestly didn’t think she would remember me.

As the woman was leaving, with her cart full of groceries, she once again caught my eye. She smiled brightly at me and waved hello, her pretty blue eyes shining beautifully.

This small act of kindness blessed me more than I realized a wave and smile could. Her kindness revealed fear in me…fear of being rejected or overlooked…unrecognized.

I’m so thankful this woman didn’t let fear stop her from being kind. She has inspired me to allow interruptions to trump schedules or even impromptu grocery store chats, because honestly, how long did it actually take me to smile and wave…to just recognize and acknowledge her presence? And the blessing of her kindness is such a gift. A beautiful gift.

In a world where we can be anything we want, let’s be kind!

#kindness #beauty #bekind #lifelessons #interruptions #fear #rejected #seen

Toils and Tasks

“The day will come when Jesus will give the rewards, and He makes no mistakes, although some people may wonder how you came to merit such a reward, as they had never heard of you before.” – Streams in the Desert

I love this quote from #streamsinthedesert …it reminds that my God sees me in the middle of my tasks…that I don’t need a stage, bright lights, or large following to be going about the Lord’s business.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭

Sweet friends, wherever you are today, whatever you’re doing take a moment to pause and remember the Lord in your midst…He is there…He is present and sees you. No task is too small to matter to Him. He sees all the diaper changes, mountains of laundry, and messes cleaned. He sees when you are overlooked by your boss and when someone else takes credit for your work.

Trust in His faithfulness…His goodness…and His purpose for your life.

Walk in confidence knowing you are seen and extravagantly loved by the One who saved you!

#joy #location #presence #jesus #leapforjoy #refuge #jesusgirls #encouragement #elroi #trust #expecting

Friends

“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Exodus‬ ‭17:12.

Fighting a battle is exhausting. I’m so grateful for this reminder from Exodus. The Lord calls us to fight our enemy, the one who is hell-bent on our destruction. To raise up the Lord’s standard and wave his banner of Love and Truth over His lost world and reclaim what the enemy has stolen.

I love the image of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms when he was too weak to do it. Friends who come and support when I’m battle weary are literally answers to prayer. Those who stand in the gap and offer up prayers when words fail and my faith falters. Those who speak truth and life into the weary and worn out places of my heart.

Thank you Father God for my Aarons and my Hurs. I am so grateful for the many times they’ve lifted my arms in battle. Thank you for your word that renews and encourages. Help me be an encouragement to someone today in Jesus’ name amen

#friends #jesus #support #faithful #relationship #friendship