Graze On His Truths

Today cannot begin to compare with tomorrow. In Scripture, we are reminded that our future is incomparable with anything we have ever experienced.

Often times it can feel as though, our pain or trial will never end. But one day, it will. It can be so easy to focus on today, rather than tomorrow. To focus on our temporary pain, rather than our eternal riches found only in Jesus Christ – our Deliverer.

In Romans 8:18, we are reminded of God’s truth –

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (NKJV).

Even though we are facing pain others don’t understand, our great God knows our exact pain. Our great God is present with us.

Friends, I don’t know what you are facing. . . but you are not alone. Our great God knows our deep pain and walks with us. He has chosen to take on all our sufferings and go through the unimaginable – because we have been chosen by God to be His very own. He wants to be with us and be our strength!

Even though, our pain is great today. Something else, is even greater. . . and I want to share this truth with you.

Regardless of how great our pain is today, we can choose to trust our heavenly Father. Trust Him and focus on His promises.

  • Trust He loves you abundantly more than you could imagine (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5).
  • Trust He is in control (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 41:10).
  • Trust He is fully God (Deut. 6:4-5, 10:17).
  • Trust He sees your pain and grieves with you (Ex. 3:7-8; Gen. 3:3; Judg. 10:13; Ps. 34:18).
  • Trust that He knows exactly what you are going through (Ex. 3:7-8; Isa. 43:2).

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this (Lucado, “You’ll Get Through This”).

A few years ago, I read an inspiring Max Lucado book (“You’ll Get Through This”) – which is on this topic. Highly recommend it to you, my friends. This is a resource my heart needs tonight, and it’s one of those books I wish I had purchased. But, there are ways to get nuggets from this book without purchasing it. There are quotes. There is a sermon (you can probably find more, where he has guest preached on this message).

The Lord is with us here. What God has is of more depth than the pain this world is giving us. There may be a variety of reasons for our pain and trials, but trust that the Lord Jesus is working and inviting us to worship our great God – knowing one day this promise will be lived out.

How are we living out our faith in this moment?

Keep seeking Him friends and crying out for His help.

Until next time,


Image is by Quino Al.


Working for Jesus {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As daughters of God who follow Him faithfully, God wants to empower us in our acts of service. He wants to turn the simplest acts, into meaningful worship. Because we have the Holy Spirit, this is made possible.

Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23, AMP).

Whatever task we find ourselves doing, it needs to be for the glory of God. While we may be tackling a typical “to do list,” we can live our lives in such a way – that people are drawn to Jesus Christ because we chose to live for Him (see Phil. 1:21). Even if we are simply washing a dish, we can allow God to be the One we are doing it for, focusing solely on Him.

A few days ago, we talked about being guided by the Holy Spirit. When we are walking by the Spirit, everything else fades into the background. We are consumed by our Maker, and living only for Him! As we enter this new life, the Holy Spirit will cause on-lookers to take notice and glorify our great God!

God is the One who will reward us. When we make God our focus, we are –

  • Creating investing in our relationship with Jesus.
  • Freeing up our minds to focus solely on Him.
  • Pointing others to Him.

Best Efforts

We can easily become consumed in the act of doing. We are modern-day Martha’s (see Luke 10:38-42), where it is easier to perform tasks versus sit at Jesus’ feet. This is why we check our hearts, because we all have tasks to do.

While we may not love our jobs (or lack of) and daily tasks, we will have a different attitude when we realize we can worship God through it.

As someone with sickness, I can honestly say I want to have the opportunity to complete tasks. While circumstances often limit how I can serve, I am not given a pass on this verse. I have a passion to serve, and have small efforts to give.

The beauty in this arrangement of working for God is – we are still God’s daughter, even on the days when our best efforts are small.

We have a relationship with the King of Kings, and His love is unconditional. This drives us to serve God, rather than man. In Romans 12:1-2, we are reminded of the concept that our best efforts are a living sacrifice – a worship offering to our great God!

When we allow our Lord, our King, to be the object of our tasks, something happens! We need to remember that our God is –

  • the Source of our strength.
  • more than enough.
  • our Hope, Inheritance, and the One holding us together (see Col. 1:17).
  • the One equipping us to live out our faith in our tasks.

Preparing to Serve

It has been one of those weeks.

I need to clear out the spaces in my spirit.

… Tomorrow is Sunday.

The Privilege of Serving Sundays

Sunday is the day, where I am given the abundant privilege to serve God and my brothers and sisters in His family! Don’t get me wrong, we are given opportunities to serve God and His people on a daily basis. But, Sunday’s always feel a bit different than those other opportunities. Perhaps, it’s just me.

For me, Sunday’s are long – yet there is something beautiful about them. It is a time to hear the Word of God faithfully preached, meet with His people, laugh with His people, and to be vulnerable with His people. All of which is actually an opportunity to see God and His handiwork more.

Preparing for Tomorrow

I just want to be prepared for tomorrow. Like I said, interesting week. More like, an interesting “encounter” (since I don’t want to divulge more information, we will leave it there). And, I just can’t get it off my mind. I am wondering what is the next step. I am wondering about a lot of things – actually.

Thankfully, I am talking with my Risen Savior about it. While the thoughts creep in and I can’t imagine vulnerably telling others in a face-to-face conversation, I am sharing it with my great God who already knows what is going on.

Tomorrow, I am given the opportunity to serve. As I look back through my serving posts from this year, I can see how it has been quite a year (something I have meant to write about at some point). I have wondered and wandered about where God wants me to serve. I finally have places, where I am serving. God has been providing this year, because I asked and He answered!

How does one prepare to serve?

  1. Get alone with the Lord. Carve out very specific time, to shut out distractions and seek the Lord (see Exodus 19:3a and Luke 5:16).
  2. Recognize God’s greatness. Pore over Isaiah 40, and remember God’s vastness (see Psalm 77:13-15). Our faith is dependent on what we know about God. Keep remembering the God you serve!
  3. Remember what Jesus has done for you! We can offer up ourselves as a living offering, because of what Jesus has done for us. The mercy of God needs to be our motivation. Keep looking to the cross and His empty tomb. Keep looking to the new life He has given you (see Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21).
  4. Repent of sin. In Scripture, we are reminded that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of the God we serve, we can come asking for forgiveness and rest assured that He is faithful and just and will do it (see 1 John 1:9).
  5. Enjoy God’s Presence. Take time to simply rest in Him. Celebrate who God is. Celebrate the kind of relationship God has given you with Himself, through Jesus Christ. Celebrate that God will equip you, to serve Him (see Exodus 33:14; Psalm 16:11, 27:4).
  6. Pour out your heart. Share your heart with God. Tell Him what is going on, right now. Honestly. God sees you. God sees your brokenness. God sees the masks you tend to put on, before you leave the house. God knows what you face. Nothing you can think or say, will shock God. Use this time, to simply be with Him. In the book of Psalms, we are given examples of how people have prayed through their brokenness (see Psalm 13).

I will stop today’s post right here. I have tons to say on brokenness, serving, and other semi-related topics. we will have to pick up where I left off – another time.

Until next time,



Matthew 5:1-10: Children of God

There is so much hope found in the Beatitudes! God’s works are on display here. This is what God can (and wants) to do in our lives! Will we take these words to heart, and give God control over our lives to get to work?!? He wants to help us in every area of our lives. No area is too hard or messy for our great God to handle!

Jesus spoke, they listened and took His words to heart:

The spiritually bankrupt – get to join His Kingdom!

The mourners and broken – are comforted and healed!

The gentle in spirit impact the world in ways none could ever fathom!

The spiritually hungry are filled to an immeasurable capacity and lack nothing!

Those who show grace – get to experience God’s Awesome grace!

The pure in heart, peacemakers, and persecuted

… will see God like never before, experience Him like never before, are called God’s beloved children, and granted access to all that is our Father’s.

Who can become a child of God?

Anyone who chooses to place their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savor. We all stand in need. There is not one of us that does not stand in desperate need for Jesus Christ as their Savior. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We all are sinners and in need of God’s divine grace. We need to first admit to God that we have sinned. Secondly, we need to choose to believe the truth about Jesus. We need to put our trust in Jesus, choosing to follow Him. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins and rose Him on the third day. It is in Christ we have new life, and so many indescribable blessings!

The benefits of being a child of God:

As His adopted children, we get to experience the full benefits of being a child of God. We are heir. We have an inheritance. And, we don’t have to wait until we die and join our Father in Heaven to experience or see our inheritance. We can experience it all right here, right now!


Glory of God

The Lord’s Table by Setting the Captives Free (Day 1)
Setting Captives Free website1 Cor. 10:31       Isaiah 48:11         Judges 7:2       Psalm 115:1
2 Cor. 3:16-18     Hebrews 1:1-4       Psalm 138:5-8
The study focuses on weight loss, but the lessons can be applied to anything. To fixate and seek to control the weight myself is selfishness. To try to control things overselves is foolishness.. We cannot control things. We have no power to control things. Only the Lord can. We need to rely on His power. (See 2 Cor 3:16-18)It is only in humility and seeking Him that we will receive God’s assistance. Why should God help us when we are seeking to do things in our own strength, and not relying on Him? When we seek to do things ourselves, we are cross purposes with God. Matthew 6:33 says: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness..” Then, God provides. First, we must seek first God and His Kingdom. How can we do that if we are pursuing our own wants? It is about seeking God’s glory above all else… Seeking Him, not our wants. Seeking Him! He must be our motivation in everything. Let it all be for HIS glory!!
Today’s study quotes:
“The emphasis is not on losing weight or on body image, but rather on consuming Christ and developing biblical discipline in the area of eating.”
“It’s important to understand a foundational truth: if we want to change any sinful eating habit, our motives must be right. What is the right motive? The proper biblical motive for losing weight must be the glory of God.”
“There is great hope in having the glory of God as our motivation! If we have a purpose in our hearts to glorify God, we are working in concert with God and He will enable us to do what we seek to do. Please don’t miss this..”
“If we focus on the glory of God, we will inevitably change from the inside out.”
“The glory of God is multi-faceted and difficult to reduce to words, but God has not left us in the dark. (Heb. 1:1-4)” God’s glory is wrapped in His son Jesus. To fix my eyes on His glory is to fix my eyes on Christ. To live in such a way that I pursue honoring Him in everything that I say and do. Even seeking to glorify Him by not doing things and not saying things. Choosing carefully, because I seek to glorify Him!”Every aspect of our lives, including our eating habits, must be based on the proper motives. As we’re confronted with biblical truth in the course of this study, we’ll be encouraged to focus our attention on Jesus Christ for, in doing so, we will inevitably become transformed. And this is our ultimate goal, isn’t it?”