Living a life without the influence of fear 



Let’s be honest, fear is a very common reality in our lives. We let our emotions to dwell in fear whenever something becomes out of reach, or when we feel we are not in control of something or someone. If we forget our keys, we immediately allow fear to creep into our hearts and think “omg! Did I loose them?” Images of all kinds of scenarios will run into our minds until, we find the dreaded keys that decided to hide in the pocket we never use. We can replay this scenario throughout the day many, many times and in many situations. 

Our society has changed the word “fear” in many instances to “stress”. We allow fear or stress to be a cushion for our emotions. We let it be the cup that holds our coffee. 
What if I told you, that as God’s children we must be intentional on resisting fear inside our hearts? That God wants us to not be afraid of anything? God has a way for us to handle the darts of fear and stress that attack us every day.
Jesus, our perfect example, was never swayed by fear. He did not permit fear to be the standing ground for anything that he did. Not even when he was a child. 

At 12 years old, he traveled to Jerusalem with his parents and headed to the synagogue to learn from the elders. In the process, he is “lost” by his parents for 3 days. When they ultimately find him at the temple, he is very clear to his mother, who is frantic (I would have been a hot mess) about loosing “the son of God” and demands an explanation from him. He replies to her, “mother, Didn’t you know I will be about my Father’s business”. He knew what he had to do, and he wasn’t afraid, not even at that young age.  
So let’s think about what are the places that fear creeps in and how to stop it. 
Fear will immediately show you the worse case scenario. It’s task is to render you hopeless. Expectation is a fruit of faith, so if you allow expectation to grow to counter the fear of being hopeless, you are allowing faith to grow in your heart, thus dissipating what fear could have caused inside of you. 
Fear has no place in your heart when you are secure in your actions. Even though we might not know where our solution comes from, we know that “all things work for good for those that love Him”. Regardless of the outcome, this is where we grow in faith! We KNOW wholeheartedly that God is acting in our favor! Fear is easier to ignore when you have a way out.
The most important part is to be intentional and recognize when fear is at work! Catch it, recognize it, and reject it. 
The enemy recognizes that if he keeps you looking at the fear, you will not grow in faith. Fear is the number one thief of the goodness of God. Not because the goodness of God is not there, working for us, but because we can’t see it! Sometimes we are so afraid of what might happen that we are not willing to consider steps to move into the promises that God has for us! And that’s what the enemy attempts to do through our whole lives, confuse us with fear, letting us assume that “stress” is actually part of who we are, but it’s not! Fear and stress are not yours, and they MUST BE DEFEATED! 
To live a life without the influence of fear is a hard task, but not impossible. It’s an exercise that we can take on,every day, on the smallest of things. That way, when the bigger ones come, you my friend, will be ready to allow the fruit of hope and expectation to do it’s job in your heart. If you feel overwhelmed today, ask God to give you bravery, to open your heart and mind to His thoughts, and to remind you when you have to reject what’s in front of you. Don’t worry, God is on your side. And if He is with you, who can be against you? 

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My worth is not dependent on the amount of friends I have.
My worth is not dependent on the eloquence of my words.
Or how many people think I’m smart and funny.
My worth is not dependent on my successes or failures, nor any public or private achievements.
My worth is valued on the life of One Man.
He, who gave it all for me, is all the worth I ever want and ever need.
He, who did not stop at anything to pay the price I could never pay.
He is my worth.
He is my standard.
He is my beginning and end.
With Him, there’s All. Without Him, Nothing.
If I find my worth in Him, and He gave His life to give you worth, how I can not value you?
Your worth in my eyes is not dependent In the amount of friends you have.
Your worth in my eyes is not dependent on the eloquence of your words.
Or how many people think you are smart and funny.
Your worth in my eyes is not dependent on your successes or failures, nor any public or private achievements.
Your worth in my eyes is valued on the life of one man.
He, who did not stop at anything to pay the price You could never pay.
He is your worth.
He is your standard.
He is your beginning and end.
With Him, there’s All. Without Him, Nothing

Freedom from Fear

The disciples were petrified through the storm. Everything around them was saying that they were going to die. They did have one “small” advantage against the winds and the waves though. Jesus was on the boat.
Right after Jesus puts the storm in its place, he asks this question to the disciples, “why are you fearful? Have you lost faith in me?”
When we lose faith, the automatic response from our hearts is FEAR. 
But how do we beat fear? Can we have advantage against fear? 
Let’s bring our attention to what happened just after Jesus took the disciples from one side to the other and brought this storm. They are brought face to face with 3 completely different types of fear, and 3 completely different outcomes. 
The first one is the meeting with the man with 1000 demons. The word of God says that after Jesus sets him free, the people in his town were afraid. They ask Jesus to leave, they’re scared of what other stuff can “come out” in their land. 
Fear will keep you seeing the freedom we can have in Jesus.
The second happens right after this encounter, as they head back home. The woman with the 18 year sickness finds a means to touch Jesus and be healed. Jesus feels the surge of power come out of him, and asks “who touched me?” Full of fear, she says it was her.
To step out of your fear out of obedience to the call of Jesus, will bring you peace and healing.
The third comes as Jesus utters these words to the woman. Friends of Jairus, tell Jesus not to bother coming to see his daughter, because she just died. Jesus says to Jairus directly:

   

 “Jairus, don’t YIELD to your FEAR, have FAITH in me, and she will live again”
Fear wants you to surrender to it, because the only way fear wins, is IF YOU GIVE UP AND GIVE IT AUTHORITY. 
His response to Jairus is completely backwards from the response to the disciples when they came out of the storm. 
Counteract fear with faith. 
The definition of “yield” is: surrender, admit defeat, back down, give in, give up the struggle, show the white flag. 
Don’t surrender

Don’t admit defeat

Don’t back down 

Don’t give in

Don’t give up the struggle 

Don’t show the white flag
The opposite of Yield is RESIST.

Something very powerful happens when we allow fear to grip our hearts. It takes away our desire to hope, to dream, to believe in the impossible. It was not an automatic response from the disciples to know that he had authority over the storm. But they needed to live through it so they could KNOW. 
Storms bring out the authority of Jesus into your life. 

Fear wants to steal your breakthrough or delay your breakthrough. 

When we don’t YIELD to fear, our faith will grow. 

Hebrews 11:1 says “now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It’s the evidence required to prove what is still unseen”. What other things does God have in store for your life that you haven’t seen yet!!! Do you believe Him? Don’t YIELD to Fear! RESIST! 

The Good Samaritan 

Not many passed by the road where he was abandoned.It was all a blur, all he was trying to do was get home. 

Thugs had found him during the journey, and not just stolen everything that would have been worth something, they also beat him to a pulp. 

His thoughts were no longer to survive, but just to not breathe any more, and for the pain to end.

Coming in and out of consciousness, he knew he was close death. “Let it just happen quickly”. 

He saw someone heading his way from afar. He tried to signal, but he was in so much pain that it was to hard to move. He then noticed that he was a Jewish priest, and his heart skipped. ” I won’t die here!” He thought to himself. 

But when the man got closer, he noticed his predicament, and he purposefully made his way to the other side of the street.  

Then, after hours, a religious man, a Levite, made his way through the now darkened road. He, also, crossed the road to not deal with him.
Night came, and with it, the despair of knowing that there was no one that was willing to help him.  
Then, a Samaritan man, passed by the same road. 
He didn’t cross the road. 

He kneeled down beside him was moved with tender compassion for him. The man, in his weakened state started to cry. He wondered if it would be better to just die there, the pain was so unbearable that the slightest move caused him agony. His helper, without considering death an option, started to give him first aid. Pouring olive oil on his wounds, disinfecting them with wine, and bandaging them to stop the bleeding. When he felt he had prepared him well, he took him to a room where he can rest and heal. With that not being enough, he advised the innkeeper that whatever the debt of this stranger, he would repay him when he would get back from his trip. 

We don’t know the rest of this story, we don’t even know if it actually happened, but I have a feeling it did. Someone out there helped someone broken to the point of death, in that moment, he did not consider the repayment for his sacrifice, or the law of separation between Jew and Samaritan. He did not consider that the man was naked or that he was going to be late. He did not see the gravity of this man’s wounds as a reason to not help him. 
He just did it.

It is easy to carry a title beside your name, but it is better to have a soft heart, so when compassion knocks on the door, you let it come in and fill you. Jesus said we will be known by the way we love others, something I can say is so needed right now, right this minute. Let your actions not be moved by selfish propaganda but by a heart filled with love and compassion. 

Favor and Grace 

How would your life change if this morning, as you woke up, 2 huge angels stood right beside your bed?

Big, strong, nothing can’t beat me angels. As you wake up they say “Good morning, ( your name)  your Father in heaven has allowed you see us, we are here to make your life easier. My name is Favor and his, is Grace. Whenever you need either one of us, just let us know and we will act upon any and all your requests. Now get up so you can start your day”. 
How would you respond to that and what would you do? How would it shake up your faith? The possibilities are endless right? 
Guess what! Favor and grace ARE right beside you. They will follow you till the very end of days, every single promise that God declared in His word are this tangible in your life. We can sit and stare at the circumstances that raise against us but I want you to be encouraged! Even though you might not see them with your human eyes, they are right there. The only reason favor and grace are not in a physical form around you is because without faith, we can’t please God. Because He LOVES us He wants to build that muscle that is called “faith” inside of your heart! Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. He wants you to TRUST in HIS word and KNOW that favor and grace ARE THERE! He wants you to believe that Provision and Healing will follow you around, every day, and are there too and they are God’s promises to us! 
What promise do you want to see today materialize? Which ever one it is, KNOW, that’s all of them are that real. 

When we blindly trust in Him, our faith stretches, and we are able to move on to the next place in our walk with the Lord. I think we have such a hard time sometimes trusting Him In the small stuff. Because small stuff sometimes are not things we pray about. But believing His hand is on the little stuff, day to day things that overwhelm you, make your character grow. Then, when the bigger things come, you are ready. We think He doesn’t care about the little things of life, but He does, care SO MUCH! He loves you unapologetically, and He will always make a way for you so you know His goodness. Today, I want you to be encouraged, so that way when you need any of these, Favor, Grace, Peace, Provision, Healing, Wisdom, think of them as big tall angels, waiting for your command. Even though you don’t see them, do not doubt, they are right there. They are better than angels, they are our inheritance that was bought with Jesus blood. And nothing, can ever take that away from you. 

The case towards individuality 

We are called to stand out, not to fit in.
How many of us have a really hard time with this statement? Ok, let’s try it, close your eyes, and think of yourself in a classroom where 1000 students, all wearing white, and you alone are wearing black. How do you feel? Do you stay? Do you leave?
Standing out is something that many of us don’t want. We are taught by our society that it’s good for everyone to look the same, wear the same style clothes (Fashion), have the same size, do the same things. We live in an era where most of us do not find being a misfit, a good thing.
I think being afraid of individuality steals from the power of creativity in our lives. And being creative is the tool God uses to make us unique. Most of the time, creativity will push you into your destiny. Creativity makes you just like your daddy, the Creator. God created everything that you see around you, and the individuality of His creation is so apparent, that we can look at the details of all the many leaves that trees have, the beautiful details on the flowers. The gorgeous sceneries from one part of the earth to the other. That, my friend, is your Creator.  
Sometimes we doubt that God made us any different than the guy sitting in the other cubicle. I didn’t think He made me much different. I guess, I can say I did feel different but not THAT different. I honestly doubted that there was something special in every person in the world. But, we are all , so different! In every which way form you could ever think. Your fingerprint is your first artwork to this world. You might think you look like someone but even twins have differences. And, Our life process makes us completely different from one another’s. In God’s eyes, you are created with such love and thought, everything about you is different from everyone else. 
I tend to imagine the bible in my head a lot and I can see God taking His time, with the dirt in His hands. I used to imagine God creating a palm-sized man, but these days, I like to think of Him making man in the same size as Him. Watching, forming him to His image, every part of Adam, like the sculptor that He is.  
If you are having a hard time believing that you have been made wonderfully and perfectly different by your Creator, I want you to look no further than 2 guys in the bible that changed the course of the Israel. Moses and David. Moses didn’t think he had it in him to go to pharaoh and make him release God’s people. He told God he couldn’t do it! Send someone else, he said. Yet God patiently built courage inside of him, and Moses did it! He did the task that he had been born to do. And David, full of courage decided to go against Goliath and when the King gave him his armor to protect himself, he realized the armor was not gonna allow him to fight the giant and he goes against the 9 foot guy with the weapon he has used in the field, a slingshot. Guess what, the little shepherd boy kills the giant not a the third or fourth try, but on the FIRST! He fought the giant with the tools he knew and God gave him the giant. If you want to be David you gotta be willing to take on the Goliath. If you want to be Moses, you gotta be willing to stand up again pharaoh.
Do not doubt that God has placed inside of you the tools to overcome any and all obstacles to succeed. No matter how old you are, where you were born, if you went to school or not, God has a special plan for you! You have been created for a time like today! Your possibilities are ENDLESS. 
I love Romans 8:19, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed”. What an awesome promise! Why do we have such a hard time believing that THIS promise is for us? Because this society wants to steal your unique ability of being what God has called you to do! If it can steal your belief from uniqueness you will forever be like everyone else. So, my hope today is that you believe in your heart that the dreams that are in your heart are not there because you put them there, but be cause God put them there. So, go get them!
I leave you with one of my favorite verses in scripture, what the angel said to Mary when she described herself as an average girl, 

“Not one promise from God is empty of power, for with God there is no such thing as impossibility” Luke 1:37
 

The Exit Strategy 

I see it around me all the time. A bride comes in with a big entourage, finds a particular dress that she absolutely loves, comes out of fitting room only to get a motionless response from her group. They don’t like it. Their response questions everything she felt for the dress, and against her own emotions, decides this gown is not the one for her. Has this ever happened to you? 
Today I want to talk to you about discouragement. Discouragement is the killer of hopes and dreams. It will tie you to the things you desperately want to change in your life. It will keep you looking at the circumstance, not at the solution. It will not let you take changes, it will slave you. Discouragement is slavery and it’s contagious!   

Moses was called to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. In this horrible time of slavery for them, Israel receives God’s promise of deliverance from a very unlikely source. This man was an introvert, he was hiding outside of the city because he had killed someone, he was afraid of what Pharaoh would do to him if he found him. He was not known for his faith, yet God places him in the right place for him to accomplish this task since childhood. We all know the story of Moses’ mom putting him in a little basket in the river to save him from being killed. After he got over himself (for 5 minutes), Moses delivers the news to the Israelites, 
“.. But they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and hard labor” Exodus 6:12
To hear the discouragement from the people brought back the feelings of inadequacy inside of Moses! He didn’t recognize himself good enough for the job because he wasn’t a fluid speaker. What he didn’t see in himself was that God was preparing him for this job throughout all his life! Who else could have walked in palace and gotten to talk to pharaoh? 
Moses had to go to pharaoh 12 times before he finally allowed the Israelites to leave. 12 TIMES! But guess what, HE LET THEM GO! discouragement is a reminder that breakthrough is at the door!
I want to encourage you today! Do NOT look at the mountain ahead, but look at Him who has promised you out of your darkest hour! Remember, He IS capable! He wants you to take ownership of your victory! The Israelites did not know God had started their exit strategy when Moses was born! So be encouraged that He, who delivered two million Jews out of the hand of pharaoh, He has an exit strategy for YOU! 

Open letter to my gay and lesbian family

It’s been a rough past 7 days, hasn’t it. My heart broke into thousands of pieces as I watched the nightmare that happened to you on Sunday. I say this to you, because it could have been you, it could have been any of us. It could have definitely have been me, too. Along with this atrocity, this senseless shooting, something else happened that broke my heart a million times more. Some humans decided that it was ok to condemn you. You, the one with the open wound, the one with your heart in your hands broken of despair and anguish. As fear entered your heart, some chose to expose their selfish desire for judgement, calling themselves pastors, teachers, God lovers. They chose to ignore your pain, the wounded soldier, and kick you where you thought it couldn’t hurt more. Claiming to know what God thought of you, they made their assumptions known and that probably caused you to harden your heart to the One who is more heartbroken than all of us, God. In His name, a shooter murdered your friends and in His name, strangers condemned you. That is not the God that I know.

I wanted to introduce to you, my friend Jesus. As I write this letter to you, I’m reminded of how He is called “the man of sorrows” in scripture. It says ” He was rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem”. Pretty much like you. His friends where fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes. He made a lot of wine at a wedding when they ran out and feed a multitude of over five thousand with five fishes and two breads. He gave sight the blind, touched lepers and healed them, raised dead to life and healed every kind of sickness that existed. His message was a message of love and redemption and He was despised by religious leaders for it. They felt that His message of love would destroy their religion. They followed Him around to kill Him because of it. Religious leaders of His time did not understand Jesus, and they rejected Him and killed Him. His message didn’t come with a set of rules, it didn’t come with strings attached and they hated Him for it. Jesus was a threat.

So you see, it doesn’t surprise me that religious leaders today reject you, too. Maybe because they don’t understand the immense love Jesus has for you. So, I wanted you to know how much He does, love you, excessively and extravagantly. He loves you today and he knows you more than your closest friend. No strings attached. His words resonate in my heart as I write to you, ” for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”. This is for you, and He still loves to heal broken hearts, I know because He healed mine.

Today, I ask you not to judge Jesus for the opinions of some of His “followers”, and the reason why I unquote it is because, Jesus said his friends would be known by the level they love people, so you can make your own assumptions on that. So I offer you my friend, Jesus to you, and His simple message of love.

God bless you.

Judge and Jury

A couple of weeks ago, a story broke out on the news about rape. It was a story that is far too common in today’s world and it resonated with so many of us for many reasons. It was not a new story, but how the case unfolded was new and unprecedented. A college student rapes an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, he is caught in the act by two hero students that stop the attack and hold him until police comes.
Fast forward to court proceedings and he is given a sentence of 6 months in jail after he is found guilty. People all over the world are outraged and the story becomes viral. We hear the letters written to the judge by the victim and the perpetrators’ parents, both expressing their emotions and asking for justice. Yet, this judge decided to give this student a 6 month jail sentence for such a crime and the world is outraged.  
Something happened when the judgement came down for this perpetrator. The judge now, is being judged by every one else as just as bad as the one that committed the crime. Is that fair? I would say that It comes with the job. When you become a judge, you are saying that you are fit enough to make decisions that are going to change people’s lives. Not just that, but you swear upon it. As a judge you have to measure the amount of evidence that is brought to you. Not many judges make quick decisions on guilt or innocence, but I am certain that it is not an easy thing to do. If there is a guilty verdict then the judge has to give the punishment of the crime. The judge is being the face of justice, not just for the victim, but for the person that is standing there for the crime as well. In this case, many felt that the punishment did not fit the crime and it has come to a point where this judge might even loose his job. People from everyone claim he is unfit to be judge and from what I remember, a petition was being passed on and they were already at 2 million signatures. 
We fast forward again to this weeks’ shooting in Orlando where 49 people are dead along with 53 injured and there is a lot of judgement coming from everywhere. The news are bringing information on the shooter and his family, as we learn more and more of who committed this crime and what his intentions where. We feel the outrage of the world for such a heinous crime.  
Along with the news, opinions started to pop up. Many well known pastors and leaders in the christian community came in solidarity with the gay community, praying in support of the victims and the families. But, we also found people that seemed as if they had no heart, no compassion for someone’s pain of a loss one. We saw videos of Pastors rooting violence towards the gay community, and people joining to applaud their behavior quoting scripture. A lot of opinions to say the least. It’s been a long couple of days. 
This morning, I remembered the judge in the rape case and something resonated inside of me. I am sure if he would have know the backlash his decision was going to bring out, he would have chosen a different punishment. I wonder if he wished he didn’t judge that situation that way he did. If he still had the same conviction that he chose right. I then realized that I don’t ever want to be in the judges’ shoes! That is not a job that I want! You see, being a judge in this earth makes you a human judge, a judge that can make mistakes. For this particular judge it has made him just as bad as the perpetrator of this horrific crime. Could it be that judgement can make me just as guilty as the person that committed the crime? Actually, there is scripture that says that, it was written by Paul to the church of The Romans, he says:

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”  Romans 2:1

Why do we put ourselves in the judges chair over and over? Do we feel that we have the obligation? We don’t! NO! Jesus said in John 8:15″For you’ve set yourself up as judges of others based on outward appearances, but I certainly never judge others in that way“, but He just didn’t say it there, He asks us to refrain from judging others many times throughout his time on earth. We all know the scripture “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” Matt 7:3-5. Strong words from Jesus. 
Today, I felt this as a gift from heaven! I don’t have to judge anyone! My input is not necessary! And it honestly made me so happy! I don’t have to decide if anyone is guilty or innocent, I am called to love like Jesus loved. I am called to be compassionate, I am called to feed the hungry and bring good news to the broken! I am called to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. Regardless of the choices that someone can make in their lives, who ever they are, wherever they’re from, it shouldn’t matter. I am the least to give judgement on anyone. This week taught me that lesson loud and clear. Jesus said Our love toward people is what would show the world we were His brothers and sisters! (John 13:35). Our behavior is shaping the view of Jesus in people that don’t know Him. Think about this! 

I read a great quote from Shawn Bolz yesterday, he said “the fastest way to become the devil is to try and become God”. Judgement is playing God. Are you ready for that commitment? I know I am not. And I don’t want to be judge, I will leave that job to the one that sits on the Throne of heaven. Next time I want to pass judgement on someone I will remember that judge, and choose not to.  
Blessings,
Macky 

Jesus and one of world’s smallest seed

Isn’t it amazing that the time that Jesus spoke about faith He decided to compare our requests to a mountain, and our requirements of faith to a seed? This picture is a mustard seed. As you can tell, it’s really small. Yet, Jesus compared the faith we need for miracles to be “at least” this small. When the disciples asked Him to grow their faith, this was His answer! Isn’t this amazing? It’s kind of like when your kid asks you to give them the PlayStation of their dreams and you want them to know the value of money, so you sell it to them for a dollar.

Jesus wanted us to understand that it was not about how much faith you or me can have, but how capable He is to move any obstacle in our lives. He wanted us to understand that It has to do with ACTION. “If you have faith, SAY TO THE MOUNTAIN”! It’s not hope the mountain moves, pray the mountain moves, watch the maintain move, NO! He tells us to speak to the mountain and tell it what to do. It takes a mustard seed of faith for you to speak to the mountain. And what is a seed anyway if you don’t plant it? When we activate our faith by speaking it out it’s like planting your faith so it can grow. And Jesus said God will honor your faith! In HIS words, “It (the mountain, sickness, money issues, anything you feel is beyond your control) will move, NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU“. Matthew 17:20

So today, I want to encourage you, to step out in faith and speak out where you want to plant your faith. You can tell me, ‘but I don’t have much faith, Macky! I don’t even know what I believe!’. Jesus compared the amount of faith you need need to move a mountain to the size of a mustard seed… Which is pretty much nothing, so I think He wanted to tell you, you don’t need much, just speak to the mountain, my friend. Speak to the mountain.

My opinion on opinions 

Presidential elections brings out the politician in all of us. I was the first in line to post about how I felt about the candidates. This year, it has been much harder for me to grasp the intensity of it all for so many reasons. I am sure you all have things to say about this year’s choices. But this post is not about who to vote for or why. It’s about me, about how I am supposed to change my surroundings. What do people really see? Does anyone want to hear my words? Maybe, I think in my realm of work a lot of brides want my opinion, but I can’t make choices for anyone. We all have the opportunity to make our own choices.  As a lover of Jesus, it’s so hard for me not to constantly talk about Him. But I don’t want my words to be the only thing that screams Jesus in my life.  
Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done” Matt 8:4
So my point is, regardless of who you vote for and why, always remember that it’s our lives that scream out God’s influence in our lives. That will always shout a lot harder than our Facebook posts.

Jesus said it so clearly that today my prayer is just this. “Father, please let me be an example to others of your love and kindness, let no word out of my mouth hurt anyone or keep anyone away from your kingdom, may my testimony show your goodness and faithfulness as I learn to walk in Your ways”

Thankful

As we take the dirty plates to the kitchen and we get ready to say goodbye to our loved ones, I ponder on this holiday that reminds us to be thankful for what life has brought us. And it has brought so much change for me. 2015 has been a year of change, of connections and blessings that I could have never dreamed of. The hardships even though they have been there are not of importance because of every single blessing that has arrived. My life will be forever changed so today, this thanksgiving 2015, I want to ponder on the future.  I am learning that to trust God in your life is to expect His hand in my future, in my day to day and know that He is there watching every single step.  
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

Jeremiah 29:11 msg 
He knows what He is doing

He has it all planned out 

He won’t abandon me 

He has planned my future 
So my daily challenge is to leap into Him, breathe Him in with everything I got. Seek him with my every choice and keep my eyes open in expectation for what He’s about to do in my life. ❤️

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