I know what is bestYou may not always understand, child, but I have your best interest at heart. Think back to all those times when you prayed and prayed for something. At times I answered with yes. Occasionally I said no. And a few prayers remain yet unanswered.
I know what lies ahead for you. I have guided you toward certain decisions and warned you against others, for your benefit. I did the same for my people Israel-warning them about the consequences of selecting a king. Still, they demanded one on their terms. And my people were never the same.
Though you are pone to push ahead and ignore my warnings, I will continue to respond "yes," "no," or "not yet" out of love for you. When you trust me with the answers, I will rejoice with you in your successes. And when you fail to heed me, I will grieve with you, and then urge you to keep moving forward, never forgetting the lessons you've learned.
In my handsPrecious one, do you know who is responsible for your life? Sometimes you live as if it's you and you alone-a surefire path to exhaustion, isolation, and bitterness. But I say to you, child: you belong to me, and you are my responsibiliy. So trust in my goodness. I will only work good in your life. Trust also in my greatness, because I can do anything. Orchestrating the details of your life is no more difficult than setting the planets in their orbits-and I did that with ease.In my hands3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Follow the example of my servant Mary, who willingly entrusted herself to me in a time when she least understood my plans. Have faithin me and me alone. And remember: when you feel stressed, nothing thrills me more than hearing you say, "Lord, I am your servant. I place myself-and my life-in you hands."
I am hereChild, I am at work in your life, especially in the times when you don't sense my presence or understand my path. I am here in your question. Even when you are anxiously seeking me like Joseph and Mary sought Jesus-wondering where I have gone-I am with you. Do not fear.I am here3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Sometimes you fret, wondering if I'm still watching over you. Things happen that don't make sense, causing you concern, fear, panic. My child, I am never apart from you; I never lose control or forget you. You are engraved on the palms of my hands. You are the apple of my eye.
No need to come looking. Sit quietly before me. I'm here.
You are my masterpieceOut of all my creation, do you know what I consider my masterpiece, my crowning jewel? You.You are my masterpiece4 years ago in Drama More Like This
You have great worth in my eyes, beloved. I made the world for you to live in, enjoy, and care for. Each tiny flower, each fluttering butterfly, each vivid sunset is my love poem to you. You are more valuable to me than the Earth, the sky, the animals, and the rest of my creations combined. While you are unique from all other persons, you share similarities: a bit of heaven in your inmost being and my reflection in your life. It was my pleasure to take extra care as I fashioned you from the dust of the Earth.
On the days when you feel put down by others, remember that you are precious in my sight. My masterpiece.
Audience of oneDear one, don't worry. I see what is done in secret, and I remember every faithful act. I am your audience of one.Audience of one3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Sometimes you wish others would notvie too; it's natural to want to be praised. But don't get caught up in the desire for recognition. People don't see what I see, and they don't value what I value. Truly, it is your heart that is most important to me.
No matter how small your gifts seems, of how little you think you have to give, you serve me well when you give your all, quietly.
After all, I am watching. And I don't miss a thing. Especially when you act in my name.
BoundariesMy child, I am a God of order. The boundaries I have established provide order in this fallen, chaotic world. They were not giving to hinder you freedom but to show the joy and rewards that come with living within their saftey. With great care I determined what behaviors would bring my people the Ten Commandments.Boundaries3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Each commandment was carefully written with my own hand. And as you heed each one, you will discover my bountiful blessings. Some rewards are clearly spelled out for you, like having a long, full life if you honor your parents. Others you will realize fully when you are with me in Heaven.
Beloved, consider these boundaries as an act of love. I want to keep you safe and whole. Obedience helps you stay that way.
AlwaysI keep my promise. I also honor the covenants my people make it my name. Long after generations pass, I remember and uphold those covenants because I am eternal.Always3 years ago in Letters More Like This
The covenant of friendship is especially dear to me. I honored Jonathan and David's vow of loyalty, even after Jonathan's death.
A covenant of friendship is never wasted. Even if a friend proves less than loyal, I know your heart, and I reain steadfast and true. You never have to worry about my commitment to you.
Dearest one, I have promised never to leave you or forsake you, even in the worst of times. That s my covenant to you. Always.
Have you heard?With Adam I spoke face-to-face. With Elijah, I spoke in a whisper. Paul heard me speak from a blinding light. Samuel didn't recognize my voice at first; but once he knew it was me, he was ready for my message.Have you heard?3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Have you heard my voice lately? In the loudness of life you may not hear me calling. But I do beckon you-in your conscience and in depths of your heart; when you read my Word and when you pray.
I love it when you talk. I love it when you quiet yourself-even amid the noise-and spend time with me.
One day, we'll talk face-to-face! But until then, keep listening for my voice. If you pay attention to mine, you won't confuse it with other voices in this world, for I speak only what is true, just, lovely, and pure.
Precious one, tune your ear. I am calling to you. Come talk to me.
Day 7: A God Who LovesMy God is a God who lovesDay 7: A God Who Loves3 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
My God is a God who watches over me and wants to
Know me and be with me
Because my God is the God of mercy
The God of peace
The Savior of all who are unworthy
And the Healer of all who are unclean
My God is the one willing to touch the untouchable
To speak to the unmentionable
To heal the incurable
And to breathe life into the lost
Because my God is a God who loves
Who loves to walk beside you, in front of you, behind you, along with you
He is the God who carries you when you can't walk on your own
So let him hold your hand and bring you along
Because God does not say
Follow me and I will love you
I love you anyways
I love your imperfections and your misinterpretations
I love your flaws and your strengths
I love you at your best and at your lowest of lows
I love you when you worship and when you weep
When you feel unlovable and when you feel invisible
I love you for you because you are my creation
So follow me.
My God is a God who loves
Who loves so m
Taking the first stepMy child, I am the Creator. I set the clouds in motion and the sun and moon in place. I snap the winds and tame raging seas. Folding back the waters of the Red Sea or stilling the floodwaters of the Jordan River has always been child's play to me.Taking the first step3 years ago in Letters More Like This
All I required of my people Israel at the Jordan was for them to step into the river. This act of faith was the first necessary step towards the land. When they moved, I moved.
Beloved, I am still in business of doing amazing works among you. You just have to take the first step in faith and obedience. The best way to do this is to keep your eyes on me, not the floodwaters of yours circumstances. When you move, I move. Are you ready?
A humble heartI love a humble heart. Consider the example of my Son. In humility, he gave up everything to be with you on Earth-all to fulfill my will. His earthly forefather, David, had a sililar heart, intent on glorifying me in everything he accomplished.A humble heart3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
My child, whether I ask you to give your all or whether I give you great success, be humble. You don't need people acknowledging your sacrifice or applauding your success-knowing I am proud of you should be enough!
Dear one, you won't ever go wrong when you center yourself in my will. Beacuse of your dedication to me, I can hold you up for others to emulate. And as long as you are humble, others will follow your example.
In your humility you bring me honor. In your success you bring me glory. Your willingness to be used to further my kingdom brings me joy.
You are mineLet me remind you of who you are and help you embrace your identity as my child. Everything changed between us when you asked my Son to be your Savior and Lord. I sought you out, wanting to adopt you into my family, and you responded to my invitation. In that moment you became not only my child but a priest-someone with the privilege of calling on me directly at any time. You were appointed to do my work and show the world what it means to be chosen.You are mine3 years ago in Letters More Like This
You are royalty, a child of the King. You are holy, for my Son died to take away your sin. And you, precious one, are mine.
My breath brings lifeSometimes I seem far away, and you feel that everyone has turned against you. Sometimes life beats you down and you wonder if I care.My breath brings life3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Beloved one, I am here. Right here. Ready to reveal myself in the ways you need me most.
The searing heat of anxeity and suffering can make you feel as spiritually dry as dust. But even in those times, you can come to me for refreshment. When you think all hope is lost and nothing could possibly change, I am your oasis, eager to welcome you into my shelter and fill you up again. Simply come to me.
When you do, I will bring new life to your dry bones. Right here, from this dusty ground, I will bring forth abudant new life. A river of water that will quench your thirst.
Can you taste it? Come to me and drink deeply. Hope once again.
My wayBeloved, I set you on a path straight to me. My road directs you to joy and purpose. As you travel on my road, be alert to distratctions that cause you to wander off-course.My way3 years ago in Letters More Like This
My followers have always faced difficulty, for my way is narriow and few choose to walk in it. But you have chosen my way, precious one. You have decided to take the narrow path, to stay close beside me, to walk in my footsteps. When you're that close, my child, you never have to worry about getting lost or going the wrong direction. I will guide you. Even as troubles arise, I will be with you.
Guard your heartHow I love to watch you grow and take risks! As you're maturing, you want to stretch, test your wings, make decisions for yourself. You want to run ahead and experience new things that will add richness to your life. I understand all of these desires, child. But in the process, I want you to also grow in grace and faith, and in your knowledge of me.Guard your heart3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
So guard your heart. Be wise, be careful, be pure. As you experience the exciting new things life has to offer, establish good boundaries around yourself. Resist temptation and draw near to me. Let my wisdom keep you safe.
I have given you promises and commands that will protect you. Write them on your heart and mind. They will nourish you, guide you, and keep you for all the days of your life.
Walk with meWalking with me is not a complex endeavor, my child. Many people claim that I make too many rules, or that I require too much of them. But what do I require of my children? I made it clear through my prophet Micah.Walk with me3 years ago in Letters More Like This
I desire that my people act justly towards others-beinf fair, honest, filled with integrity. That they love mercy and pass it along to everyone they meet. And that they simply walk with me, in humility and thankfulness for all I have done.
WHen my Son came, he said it another way: he told his listeners to love me with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love their neibhbors as themselves. Different words, same messsage.
Love me. Love others. Not complicated at all.
Let's do this togetherBelvoed, I know the fear that creeps into your heart when I call you, the fear thaat the task is beyond your ability. You worry that I have somehow made a mistake by calling you. I know your unrest, your uncertainty, my child. Most of all, I know your potential. I am willing to keep working on the masterpiece that is you until you reach tht potential.Let's do this together3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The task may be challenging, but it is never impossible. Jeremiah had a tough job and faced many difficulties, yet I was always with him. You will encounter difficulties as well, but my power is greater than any problem that comes our way.
Lean into this challenge. Push ahead with the confidence that I am right besides you. We're in this together.
My power is in youMy child, my offer of the Holy Spirit power stands for all times-not just the first cenutury. My Spirit is the fire that still ignites the body of Christ. Through him, I offer you the power to help change a world starved for good news.My power is in you3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Be filled with my Spirit, beloved. The words you speak and the actions you take on behalf of my Son will be drenched with power and saturated with life, because I will speak and act through you. You dont have to "feel" powerful; in faith I work through you, regardless.
As you dedicate yourself to me, there is no limit to what I can accomplish through you.
I will wipe away your tearsBeloved, one day I will gently touch your face and wipe away your teats. Tears you've shed in sorrow over sin. Tears over the pain in your heart from regret. Tears for the loss of loved ones to sickness and death. Tears from the hurt that people inflicted upon you. Tears of frustration and anger.I will wipe away your tears3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
I know about tears; my Son wept at the grave of his beloved friend Lazarus. One day tears will be no more. There will be no more reason to cry, for I will remove all of that regret and loss and hurt and frustration and anger. Gone.
I will replace your sorrow with myself, my love, my presence.
I will make all things new.
Light and lifeSaul didn't make just one decision that put distance between us. Sadly, it happened over a long period of time. I reached out to him repeatedly, but he refused my advances.Light and life3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
I am calling out to you, my child. I love you! But when you don't listen to me, when you sin and don't repent, when you close off parts of your life to me, you build walls between us. I stand aside and wait-I won't just barge in. But my desire is for us to stay close that the moment a wall starts to rise betwwen us, you will sense me reaching out to you and we can take it down together.
Child, listen, follow... and open even the darkest parts of yourself to me. I'm here to bring you light and life.
Held secureA tent held securely by tent pegs does not flap about in the breeze; it remains securely grounded. This is my plan for you, my child. Your life could be like that tent, buffeted by the winds of others' opinions...except that I have a better plan.Held secure3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I want you to be so grounded in the truth of my Son-the firm foundation of your faith-that when others challenge you, you will not be blown about by vain philosophies. Instead, your words and convictions will be ones I provided through my Spirit.
With this foundation, no one will be able to move you from your position of faith. But you will move others by the power of my Spirit.
I am on your sideBeloved, I know you sometimes feel as if no one is on your side, especially when you are the only person standing for what is right. But you are not alone. In fact, as my child, you are never alone. Jonathan knew my power and strength and pelied upon me when he was vastly outnumbered by the Philistines. With my help, he overcame the enemy.I am on your side3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Come to me with your battle and your fears. The size of the problem does not affect my ability to act. With me at your side, you will conquer the problem that once seemed insurmountable! Remember, for me nothing is impossible.
With youWhen you were a child playing your favorite game with your favorite friend, I set you there. When you developed your first crush, experienced the flutter of infatuation, and fell in love with someone who loved you too, I set you there. When you stood with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face at ocean's edge, I set you there. At each moment of your life, I have been right there with you.With you3 years ago in Letters More Like This
My servant David had no idea he would become king of Israel as he tended sheep all those years. But I placed him on the throne to shepherd my people.
My dear child, you can't imagine what I am preparing, but I also have surprises for you. In this moment in time, remember: I have placed you where you are for a special purpose. And I am with you always. Even to the end of the age.
My love letterI applaud your search for truth and meaning. I gave you an inquisitive mind-one that refuses to accept an opinion purely at face value but keeps searching for truth. I have written a beautiful book with you in mind. In this volume, I tell the breathtaking story of my Son's sacrfice for you and his miraculos defeat over your greatest enemies-Satan and death. I explain my amazing plans for your life and direct you on the best path to achieve your purpose.My love letter3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Study this book, for my words give life, wisdom, and guidance. As you eagerly examine the Scripture, you will see my love more clearly. You will better understand my kingdom and my purpose for your life.
I long to spend time with you daily. Read and reread my love letter to you. Listen as I speak to you with grace and wisdom.
SING YOUR PRAISESing to God! Praise his name!SING YOUR PRAISE3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Praise his love,
And his Joy,
And his Peace!
Praise his patience,
Praise his son!
Praise his love,
And his sacrifice,
And his life resurrected!
Praise them both!
They give you love!
They give you life!
They give you light!
Sing your praise to them!