God’s love

For You: Morning Minute Message 11/19/19

No Separation: Morning Minute Message

Cannot Be Chained: Morning Minute Message 6/10/19

But the Word of God cannot be chained (2 Timothy 2: 9b NLT). 

No matter how we may try to fit God and His word into a box, it will always spill out. It cannot be contained, there are no chains or bars that can hold it. He is not inclined to stay within the confines of our finite and reasoning minds. He is a Mind-Blower, and it gives Him great joy to do so.

His word has power. Isaiah 55:10-11 tells us that His word is nourishing, like the rain, snow and seed; it goes out does what He has sent it to do. It does not return void. I cannot testify enough of the goodness of God and how speaking His word changes things.

God’s word is liberating. Speak it, live it and share it!

Love ya, have a great day!

Children of God: Morning Minute Message 5/29/19

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26 NLT).

Wow! Contained in this Scripture is all I need to know about who I am. Papa is my Father and I am His child. His tender mercy and gentle care are all I need to keep going when the going gets tough.

He’s my Father and therefore, I know that all my needs are met, all my problems are in His hands, all that I am is because of His hand working in my life and my heart. He cares and He cares deeply about what I care about, from the major decisions to the daily, seemingly insignificant ones.

All it took to get into Papa’s family is faith in Jesus. We, who have faith in Christ, have a worldwide family. We are brothers and sisters, children of God! Because we are Papa’s children,  we have all the benefits – protection, provision, blessing, favor, grace, advancement, opportunities, etc. When we live knowing whose child we are, the devil can’t stop us.

This world may try to tell you otherwise, but know in your heart that you are a child of God and He will take care of you!

I love ya, have a great day!

Evaluating Appearances

I have had this topic resounding in my spirit for well over a year and I believe the Lord is prompting me to release it. It isn’t an unfamiliar topic, it’s been discussed, blogged about, videos and preachings done on it, yet I’m bringing it up again because Papa thinks it is important. We need to be ever so careful with others that we not dismiss them in any area based on their outward appearance.

For most of my life I struggled with my appearance. I always felt judged and therefore not good enough. I felt judged by my weight, judged by my talents (or lack thereof), judged by my lack of interest in social activities, etc. Judged like a single-color, no artwork, cloth covered book based solely on what I looked like or very shallow and uninteresting surface conversation.

I have never fit into anyone’s mold and I have no intention of starting now.

I met Jesus in 2004 and haven’t looked back. He took me out of the quicksand of self-loathing propelling me into territory I was not at all familiar with, and not at all prepared for; it was okay with me. I tried to fit into other people’s molds at the time by conforming to certain rules, but they weren’t “me” and they certainly weren’t “comfortable”. However, I had questions about those rules and why they were in place because they didn’t seem to make a difference in advancing the kingdom. Papa gently reminded me to simply be myself.

The color of our hair (or colors), whether or not we have tattoos or piercings, how institutionally educated we are, how well-dressed or not, who our friends are, whether we are male or female – none of these should matter if we are serving where we are called. People won’t always know our back-story, but they should recognize the anointing on our lives. Sadly, many are discouraged from doing the very thing they are called to do based on what they look like or what others believe they should be.

My hair is four different colors and I have five tattoos, yet Jesus still calls me daughter and still speaks through me. I don’t wear skirts or shun make-up and He’s never frowned or looked down His nose at me. I have shared what God has given me to both men and women and He hasn’t ignored me. My hair color, tattoos and weight do not diminish the sound of my voice in worship or the caliber of my writing. My heart belongs to Jesus and He knows me inside and out. He has deemed me worthy to wear the mantle He’s blessed me with, and I wear it as a daughter seeking to please.

Please do not misunderstand, I am not singling anything or anyone out, I am no better than anyone and I have to fight the urge to pass judgment myself. As humans we can sometimes get hung up on outward appearances and forget that Papa sees, and knows, the heart.

Let us be a people of grace, a people who welcomes those who are different, a people who aren’t afraid to get to know someone and push them into their anointed calling despite what we see. They may be young, but David was anointed king as a child and Jeremiah was called a prophet. They may have nose piercings and covered in tattoos, but when they worship, angels join in. We aren’t to judge on appearances, but fruit.

Every person we meet is a book ready to read. We must be willing to open the cover and begin turning pages, and allow the same of ourselves. This is how we learn and grow. Papa has given each of us something that someone else needs. Give freely and without partiality. It truly is more blessed to give, especially when we move people into their destiny rather than withhold it from them because they don’t conform to a predetermined “man” standard.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”(1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV).

Live Wisely: Morning Minute Message 5/28/19

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT).

We are to live among non believers, not apart from them. We are set apart in this world, not excluded from it. I am deeply saddened by those who will not have anything to do with anyone who is not a Christian, who doesn’t attend the same school of thought, or who even refuses to seek professional services from those of other belief structures. How will they hear the Gospel and see it lived out if we don’t associate with them?

We need unbelievers in our lives, and we need relationship with them. It is not enough to only speak to them during “outreach” programs and then walk away. How does that really bring anyone to the feet of Jesus? Living wisely among them and making the most of every opportunity means we share Jesus with those around us who don’t know Him. It means having coffee with an unsaved neighbor, or being kind to our spouse or grown child who isn’t kind. It means telling of what He’s done in our lives to those who need to hear it. It means laying down our judgments and selves to be there for those who have no hope.

How will non believers know Christ, if we do not share Him?

I love ya, have a great day!

 

Knit Together: Morning Minute Message 5/22/19

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself (Colossians 2:2 NLT).

As a knitter, I love this Scripture. Papa’s heart is so clear because He desires His people to be together as one in Christ’s Love. When we are knit together in this fashion, we function as a cohesive and complete piece. We aren’t striving against one another, we aren’t tearing each other apart. There is no hole in our garment, you may say.

Knitting creates a strong fabric, often both decorative and functional, but always functional. There is purpose in every knitted piece, and the same can be said of Believers. There is function and purpose in each of us, along with our unique and decorative personalities. These were designed to work together, to be a part of one Body, to serve Papa and advance His kingdom on this earth.

Be encouraged! You are a necessary and vital part of a greater work, look around and see how you have been knit together with other Believers in the Love of Christ!

I love ya, have a great day!

Reconciled: Morning Minute Message 5/21/19

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:19-20 NLT).

What Jesus did by His death and resurrection was done in our place, and because of is, we have been reconciled to Papa and peace made. There is nothing more we need to do. No works, no acts of penance, no tally marks on our belts. Through Christ, we have been reconciled.

This was beautiful grace and abundant mercy in action; the great and endless love of Papa showcased, and our debt paid once and for all. He did it for us.

I love ya, have a great day!

All Your Needs Will Be Met: Morning Minute Message 5/17/19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 19 NLT).

If Papa doesn’t let a sparrow escape His notice, if He makes sure every bird has something to eat, if He covers the earth with beautiful and colorful flowers, if He knows how many hairs are upon our heads, then He knows every need we have and He will make sure they are met. He has unlimited resources to assist us with, and He loves us so much that providing for us brings Him great joy.

He is not into holding back and only teasing us with a glimpse of what we need. No! He is The God Who Provides, Yahweh Jireh! He knows what we need, even before we need it, and He has already begun the process of making sure it gets to us. It is our responsibility to receive, acknowledge Him, and because He usually provides in excess, to pass His blessing on.

Papa takes care of His children.

I love ya, have a great day!

 

Put Others First: Morning Minute Message 5/14/19

Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first (Philippians 2:3-4 VOICE).

Often we can become so caught up in what is happening in our lives at any particular moment that we lose sight of what is happening to others around us. It is important that we always keep an eye out for those around us to lend a hand, to pray for or with, to do something kind or to simply be there to lean on, no matter what is going on with us. Jesus said it is better to give than to receive, and when we give of ourselves ahead of ourselves, we reap a reward that no amount of selfishness can satisfy.

It may often seem counterintuitive to put others first, especially if we have a major event or deadline, or some type of adverse circumstance we didn’t plan for. But when we do what Scripture tells us and get beyond ourselves, we have a greater well of compassion and kindness to draw from. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that every time something happens, we must ignore what is happening to do something specific for someone. We are humans with human emotions, but it simply means to not be so hung up on our own situation that we miss what is going on with others. It may be as simple as being a listening ear for someone else, it may be grabbing coffee with someone we haven’t seen in a while, it may simply be allowing someone to do something nice for us that we wouldn’t ordinarily allow them to do.

I love ya, have a great day!

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