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Good Fruit

From Jesus himself,

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”John 15:8 NIV.

We have all been called to be his disciples. I want to encourage you to daily look for those God ordained moments to show the love of God to others.  You don’t need to be pushy about it. Sometimes a simple smile and a hello to someone can impact them. A random stop at a Taco Bell opened the door for me to pray with a stranger. I was afraid but I knew God needed me to be brave. Today my prayer is that God would give you eyes to see the need, and ears to hear when He calls you. I pray that He would give you the words to speak.

You have been called to be a disciple. May you bear good fruit and bring glory to God.

 

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Strong and Courageous

🌿”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. Joshua 1:9

🌿Often times we find ourselves in a place of unknown. We must walk in faith and count on God to lead us. We must be strong and courageous when everything in us is afraid. Like The Lord was with Joshua he is also with us. Trust in The Lord to lead you step by step. Call on his name. He is the same God who split the Red Sea, brought water from a rock, and brought down the walls of Jericho. There is nothing he can not do. Tell Him what you need. Tell Him that you will walk in faith with Him and ask Him to give you courage like he gave Joshua.

Now, read the words of Joshua 1:9 again…”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.  Claim the truth of that for you life and have a Simply Blessed day.

 

 

 

 

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A New Direction

I don’t know about you but I like to have things in order. I like direction and all my ducks in a row. When we seek Jesus and choose to follow him our plans are no longer ours. They are God’s plans.  Just look at the Magi. Many refer to them as the Wiseman who brought Jesus gifts. Bible scholars believe that Jesus was one or two years old when the magi finally found him. That means that they had traveled from the time he was born for a year or two in order to find him and bring him costly gifts. When they found him they worshipped him. After finally finding him and worshiping him they were warned by God NOT to return through Jerusalem as they intended. Finding Jesus meant they had to take a new direction. Like the magi, finding Jesus may mean that our lives also must take a different direction. Finding Jesus leads to a new life…one that is responsive and obedient to God’s word. Trust Him when he leads you down a new path. He has plans for you and he knows exactly what he is doing.

💚 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 NIV 💚.

Have a SIMPLY BLESSED day.

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Beautiful, Beloved, Without Blame

With God, we can find our real identity. I have seen women move from lives of sorrow to lives of joy when they open their hearts to receive his love and forgiveness. In him they were truly remade. They tossed away any labels the enemy had them believing and raised their eyes to the Lord for a true picture of they are!

Scripture has a lot to say about who we are in Christ, and when we dig in to find the truth, we can expose the lies that we believed about who we are. Just look what scripture says about who you are in Christ.

❤️God loves you…”But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved)” Eph 2:4-5 NLT

❤️ You are God‘s masterpiece...”For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things he planned for us long ago”. Eph 2:10 NLT. God created you and has a plan for you. You need to understand that, no matter what lies you have believed. God sees you as his beloved daughter.

❤️ You are without blame… “Even before he made the world, God loved us and shows us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” Eph 1:4 NLT.   When you allow God to erase the lies you carry from your past you will begin to see yourself as He sees you…without blame.

I hope you let the truth of those scriptures sink in. You are beautiful, beloved and without blame.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

 

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You Can Scale the High Places

Recently my family took a hike to Hunt Lake in northern Idaho. Every time I take that hike God shows me something. I have a chapter in my book that I wrote about our drive to hunt lake but, on this particular day God showed me something else. As we scaled the large boulders up to the lake I noticed that my knee that has had 2 surgeries was so much stronger. My ankles were also so much stronger and I scaled the rocks with a new ease. All my PT and working out had made a huge difference. This mountain of big boulders did not seem so big anymore and I knew the beauty of the lake would be worth every scrape on my legs and any soreness I would feel the next morning. As I climbed I remembered that God can give us feet like a deer to scale the high places. You need to trust God to get you up the mountain and… there needs to be some training from you. All of the PT and other exercising I did made my legs strong enough to climb that mountain. When you study the word of God you will find strength to overcome the mountains of life. I love what scripture says…

”Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:18-19  And, here is another one of my favorites… “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Psalm 18:32-36.

Dig in and study the Bible. Today I challenge you to grab your Bible and read one of the two chapters I have cited.

Keep pressing forward in faith and you will reach the mountain top.

Have a Simply Blessed day.  

 

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Taste and See

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 

Taste and see is an invitation to…Try this because you will like it. When we taste and see all that God has for us we will find that He is good. We will discover that…

💜God is kind, He is good to all and has compassion for all (Ps 145:9)

💚He can deliver us from our fears (Ps 34:4)

💙He can supply our needs (Ps 34:9)

💛He is our rock, our fortress and our deliverer (Ps 18:1)

🧡He is close to the broken-hearted (Ps 34:28)

💜He gives wisdom (Prov 2:6)

💚His forgiveness is given for all (Jn 3:16,17)

💙and His forgiveness is…”as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”(Ps 103:12).

When we dig into the word of God we will be able to “taste and see” all that God has for us.  Grab your bible and read Psalms 34 and share with me in the comments what awesome things you found because you choose to “Taste & See”.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

 

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Pruning is Necessary

“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.” John 15:5 NIV

Recently I learned that if the grape-vine is not pruned, after 7 years it will no longer produce fruit. Like the vine must be pruned to produce fruit, we also must be pruned. Though we have been saved our sanctification is on going. God in his perfect timing snips away the things that are not life-giving. It could be a certain kind of show or movies we have been watching. It may be a person or persons who are not healthy for us. God might even lead you to move to prune away many things.  Whatever it is that is removed…you can trust that there will be something better that will begin to grow .  Be patient new growth doesn’t happen over night. Trust God to be your master gardener. After all who wants to be like the vine that no longer produces fruit?

 

 

 

 

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How Beautiful are the Feet That Bring the Good News

Recently I got my toenails done. As I waited for the polish to dry, I admired my toes and the pretty color I had chosen. God got my attention as I looked at my feet and he reminded me of Romans 10:15…

”And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The cross-reference to that verse is…

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings the good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns” Isaiah 52;7.

I was looking at my feet through the eyes of man or in my case a woman. As I waited for the polish to dry, God showed me how He looks at the feet of mankind. He doesn’t care if our toenails are polished. What is beautiful to Him are the feet that bring the good news.  Each and every one of us has been called to share the good news with those in the world around us. We have been called to be a light to our family, our friends, those we work with, those in our schools, and anyone we come in contact with. There is no special training we need to share the good news. We just need to know what Jesus did for us. It is that simple.

Enjoy getting your feet done if that something you like to do but never forget to have the kind of feet that look beautiful in the eyes of God. Have the kind of feet that bring the good news.

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Deep Waters

The book of psalms is filled with so much wisdom. In times of pain I find that comfort can be found within the Psalms.

Psalms 42 is a prayer for rescue and a psalm for those who have been hurt or slandered.

I believe that when we dig into the word of God it allows for His goodness to wash over us. It is refreshing to our soul. One of the verses that stood out to me in Psalm 42 is…Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls: all your waves and breakers have swept over me” Psalms 42:7

As I am writing this I happen to be at the Priest Lake and the water level is extremely high. The ramp to our dock is covered in water and we have no beach at this point. The lake has crept across the grass of my dad’s cabin next door and the wind is creating waves that are crashing over docks and yards around the whole lake. All of us around the lake know that the water will subside and we will be able to fix the damage done by the high water and crashing waves.

There is nothing that says we won’t find ourselves in what feels like deep waters. As the storm rages around us and the waves come crashing in, we can cry out to God for help. We can count on Him keep us afloat.

If you are reading this today and your soul is downcast, I want to encourage you to grab your Bible and read Psalms 42. If you don’t have a bible with you here is the link to Psalms 42. Put your hope in God and praise him even in the storm. Let His truth sweep over you like the roar of a mighty waterfall and trust Him in the deep water and crashing waves.

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Overcoming the Mountain

Today’s post is not deep theology. It is a simple reminder of the strength we can find when we are in the word of God.

Sometimes the mountain in front of us can feel overwhelming. With God we can find the strength to keep moving forward. If you find yourself with what feels like an impossible mountain to overcome, hold on to the truth of the word of God and keep pressing forward.  Psalm 18 is one of my favorite Psalms and it is the perfect scripture to turn to when you need strength to scale what is in front of you. 

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way”. Psalm 18:32-34
 
Have faith and trust God to give you the strength you need to get to the next mountain top. Lastly, don’t forget the power of prayer and the power in praying scripture.  If there is a mountain in front of you, this prayer is for you and it is taken from Psalm 18.  
 
Abba Father, Today I pray that you give my brother/sister strength and keep his/her way secure. Make his/her feet like a deer so that he/she can stand on new heights. Lord be his/her shield and may your right hand sustain him/her. Father, provide him/her with a broad path so that his/her ankles do not give way as he/she overcomes this mountain with you by his/her side.  In Jesus’s name, Amen.  
 
Today I hope you take a moment to read all of Psalms 18 and let the truth of God’s word fill you with strength.  Here is the link to Psalm 18 but I hope you choose to open your bible instead of reading it online. There is something so special about the feel of the Bible in your hands. 
Keep pressing forward and have a Simply Blessed day.
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