Starting Over
Can there be a greater gift than to be able to start over, to leave the past behind with all its baggage?

False Gods
False gods are screaming out to us, “trust me, believe what I say.” What false gods are you worshiping, that you trust? Destroy these false gods before they destroy you

Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence.
Oswald Chambers

Courage to Look Inside
We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harbouring before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage?

What is the Parable of YourLife?
Can you sum up your life with a simple, short story? What is the deep meaning it holds?

You Are More
Don’t dull your life by missing this point: You are more than statistical chance, more than a marriage of heredity and society, more than a confluence of inherited chromosomes and childhood trauma. More than a walking weather vane whipped about by the cold winds of fate. Thanks to God, you have been “sculpted from nothing into something.”
(Psalm 139:15 The Message Bible)

How Do You Handle A Crisis?
“I did not care whether everyone knew how bad I was, I cared for nothing on earth, saving to get out of my present condition.”Oswald Chambers on responding to God’s call in his crisis.
In My Utmost For His Highest

There are two types of wisdom; wisdom to address worldly matters, and the higher wisdom to connect with God, to know how to please Him. “Prayer is life’s greatest time-saver, so don’t remain confused. Ask God for His wisdom.” Charles F. Stanley Bible Study Notes

Whom to Seek for Enlightenment?
“People might tell you to ask the fortune-tellers, consult the babbling astrologers, conjure the dead to tell the living what’s to come, but shouldn’t they ask their God?”
NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes

What Is Competing For Your Attention?
A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in.
From My Utmost for His Highest Classic Edition, January 27

A Snow Day
God’s grace is like a snow day. Think back to when you were a child. When it snowed you had a snow day-a day to relax, free from school, homework and tests. It just came down from heaven.

Give Someone Good News
Someone is hurting today. Give that person some good news. It may be as simple as a smile, kind word or loving action. It may take the form of enthusiasm or encouragement. Or perhaps what is needed is endurance or tenacity. Whatever it is, brighten someone’s day with good news.

We all have visions. They may be of two natures: ours and God-inspired. Our visions without God’s blessings may appear important, but in God’s grand scheme are not, so why pursue them? God’s visions require God’s power. If, then, we become discouraged in our ability to pursue His visions for us, it is only because we have not sought His power. The  choice is: leave the vision unfinished or allow Him to empower us to finish it.

So Why Try?
You Cannot Argue Someone Into Being a Christ Follower.
So why try?

The desire must come from within and these are those kinds of desires:

The desire to change where change seems impossible.
The desire for hope when hope is not present.
The desire to possess something that is not attainable by human means.
The desire for meaning when surrounded by a life that sucks the meaning out of you.
The desire to be truly alive when the glitter of life falls to the ground.
The desire for unmerited blessings when everything you possess is not enough.
The desire to be forgiven when you realize that you need forgiveness.
The desire to be loved when you realize that you are unlovable.
No one but Christ can fulfill these desires.

Your Eli
Who is your Eli that needs to hear God’s message? (Samuel telling Eli of God’s message against Israel.)
1 Samuel 3:15

Worship In Truth
Are you noticing what is important to the Lord? It’s not the size of your offering that matters; it is the trust of your heart to give everything you are and dedicate everything you have to Him. It is not the beauty of your praising, giving thanks, singing, praying, or giving financially that moves Him; it’s your motivation—your true feelings of love and adoration for the Lord.

As you prepare to worship God in spirit and in truth, examine the reason you are approaching His throne. Is it to further your goals or to experience His loving presence? Is it to get something you want or to give Him your utmost devotion? As Philippians 3:3 instructs, “Worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” It will not only satisfy your being but will also build intimacy in your relationship with Him.
NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible on Psalm 51

What is Faith?
To believe without seeing, to go without knowing, to walk without fainting, to succeed without success

Who To Hold Onto?

When the best of me is barely breathin’
When I’m not somebody I believe in
Hold on to me
When I miss the light the night has stolen
When I’m slammin’ all the doors You’ve opened
Hold on to me (Hey)
Hold on to me

Hold on to me when it’s too dark to see You
When I am sure I have reached the end
Hold on to me when I forget I need You
When I let go, hold me again

By Lauren Daigle

Your Solar System
What is the center of your life? What does your life orbit look like? What is the gravity that holds your life together?

In The Grasp
What are you holding onto that is holding you back? What has you in its grasp that you must destroy? What part of you are you reluctant to lose? Therein you will discover your false god.

The Great Irony
The invisible God we worship is more real than the reality we see.

You cannot remain alive if your heart goes on holiday.
You cannot remain moral if you take a moral holiday.
You cannot remain spiritual if you take a spiritual holiday.

Did The Bottle Let You Down?
Tonight the bottle let me down
And let your memory come around
The one true friend I thought I’d found
Tonight the bottle let me down

Words and music by Merle Haggard

The bottle is a metaphor for all the false gods we turn to, to do for us what they cannot do. We believe they are true friends, but they are not. There is only one True Friend.
1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God
New International Version

What is your true you? How much makeup do you have on? What happens when the tears fall? Are you performing for the crowd, or do you have a more important audience?

Is Your Smile Painted On?
While the tears on my makeup melts my painted smile into a frown
The crowd thinks I’m a dandy, I’m Bandy the rodeo clown.
Bandy The Rodeo Clown, sung by Moe Bandy

What is your true you? How much makeup do you have on? What happens when the tears fall? Are you performing for the crowd, or do you have a more important audience?

Ephesians 4:5-6
one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
New International Version

What IsYour Job?
Your job is to do what you can do, not what you cannot do.

“…my job now became only to provide the loaves and fish. It’s His job to perform the miracles and produce the results.”
Dallas Jenkins explaining the success of his TV show, The Chosen, and how it was born of failure.

Matthew 14: 17, 21
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish.
The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
New International Version

How To Live Abundantly
Living abundantly does not mean spending lavishly. In fact, it may mean the opposite, depending upon how you define abundance.
If living abundantly means enjoying free gifts, then it is merely a matter of discovering these gifts. 
If it is a sense of freedom, then we must brake the chains that bind us.
If it is not about things, then we need to look at relationships.
If it is not about getting, then we must look at giving.
If it is not about worldly activities, then there are higher pursuits to consider.

Psalm 36:7-9
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Psalm 132:15
I will abundantly supply what she needs; I will give her poor all the food they need.
New English Translation

Knowing that your future is absolutely assured can free you to live abundantly today. Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources. Abundance is at the very heart of who I am. Come to me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need-and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Com to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.
Jesus Calling for Christmas, Sarah Young

1 Peter 1:4
…an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
New English Translation

Be The Miracle
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.”
Phillips Brooks

And All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich)
This declaration that “all manner of thing shall be well” does not eliminate misfortune, sickness or death. It is pointing to what all the respected wise ones say about the ability to find peace, and even joy, in the eye of the storm — to come to trust that there is something that transcends chaos and impermanence. (Found on Google)

Herein is the key to this expression-trust. It is not sufficient to merely say the words, but to trust in them, to believe them. And to believe them one must embrace the foundation of this belief.

Our Life’s Work
John 15:5-7
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned”

It is clear that we are not to live a life unto ourselves: a life for ourselves only. Our purpose is to live to bear fruit, blessings to others. And we cannot do this apart from being in, abiding in, drawing vitality and endurance from Christ.

What Do You Want?

What Do You Want?

If you want to be joyful, attach yourself to someone who is pure joy.
If you want peace, connect with someone who gives total peace.
If you desire security, invest in someone who is unchangeable.
If you must change, believe in someone who has unlimited strength.
If you truly want to live, accept the one who gives life.

Whatever it is you want, desire, need-seek the One who is the source of all.

It’s Easy To Go To The Wrong Place

Where do you go to change what you cannot change? To find what you lack to make you whole?  

Have you gone to the Bible and left confused? To religion and left empty? To church and left disappointed?

These are not wrong places to go, but they are not THE place. THE place is a person, not a book, not a ritual, and not A place. Christ said, “Come to me.” (Matthew 11:28). The Bible, religion, church, and so many other good things are good because they point to what is supremely good, and that is Christ.

A Way To Start The Day

Listen for, be alert to, seek eagerly, look longingly for instruction.
And once instructed, go and sustain the weary.

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
Isaiah 50:4-5

God Is Not A Commodity

God is not an ATM machine of blessings to be used by inserting our faith card any time we need “more.” The Holy Spirit is not a get-out-of-jail card whenever we are in trouble. And Jesus’ name is not a magic incantation to be used to change our life. This Trinity is a relationship of love to be entered into with gratitude and faith, and it is through our relationship that the abundant life is lived; blessings received, problems confronted, and joy experienced.

The Folly of Striking an Empty Piñata

It’s what inside the piñata that counts. An empty piñata offers nothing for the effect, and frustration for the unfulfilled expectations. Fill it with candy and trinkets and you get candy and trinkets-nothing more. 

Our life is like a piñata and what we fill it with makes all the difference. Fill it with love, service, and gratitude and we get the abundant life. Fill it with anger, jealousy, and self-gratification and we get a vacuum of satisfaction. Fill it with tasty treats and toys (often expensive) and we get an unsatisfied craving for more. In other words, fill it with anything but what is wholesome and holy and it is still empty. What’s inside your personal piñata?

Where Is The Central Source of Your Power?

Say “Yes” to God and join Him in your journey.
Inspired by “The Chosen”

What are you really seeking and from whom?

Where is the “where” you are frantically seeking?
“Come unto me”
Matthew 11:28

On what are your expectations built?

“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.”
Matthew 7:25 The Message Bible

The Prisoner You Set Free With Forgiveness Is…You.
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isaiah 42:7 KJV

What Paths Are You Following?
I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling. This is my solemn promise.
Isaiah 42:16
Contemporary English Version