I am a daughter of the Most High God. He loves me explicitly and loves everything about me. When He looks at me, He only sees the child He loves and all of the plans He has for my future. He doesn't see my past... but, I do. Other people do. For many of us, once this thought enters it creates a dichotomy in our reality and we're back to the barren wasteland.
In the waiting room of seasons, we are the ones spending our time looking out the window at the beautiful blue sky while reflecting on God's goodness instead of constantly checking our watches in order to count the second-hand movement tick by tick. Shifting your focus onto all of the ways God is blessing you, large and small, keeps you focused on the goodness and faithfulness of your Father. It is this faithfulness that carries you through each “to.”
However, emotional responses and their subsequent reactions that don't express the spiritual fruit we have been given are habits already conquered on the cross. They are finished with the spiritual reality we are in.
You can never do anything to jeopardize your role as His daughter. Ever. Period. This is your identity. This is your amazing truth. When someone asks you to define what or who you are, you can simply and honestly say you are a child of God.
This past Saturday, the women of In the Glow created care packages for the homeless. The care packages are designed to hand to people in need. Over 20 women attended the event, and 186 bags were made. We are blown away by the outpouring of love and support from our women. It is inspiring to see what God is doing in our church community.
Small acts of kindness can speak volumes about God's boundless and unconditional love, especially when they come in moments of real need. It's incredible to me to know that God used a turkey sandwich and some bananas to speak into this young man's life.
When you're in bondage in an area of your life, freedom can feel overwhelmingly impossible. We're conditioned that success equals hard work, and so it seems counterintuitive that slaying our giants would simply require giving it to Him and resting. And while it's simple, it's not always easy.
Last week, Grace Church turned into a campsite with trees and tents and campfires. We welcomed 72 children and 36 helpers who camped with her for the week. Together we danced, wrote music, sang songs, made crafts, played games, and ate scrumptious snacks. We listened to stories about Moses, Daniel, David, and Jesus. Most importantly, we learned God loves them and that they are characters in His amazing grace story.
How does grace reshape the way we think about rejection and pain? Understanding God's good nature and believing that we are in right-standing with Him will empower you to take a step towards what may feel like an impossibility.
Everything makes much more sense in hindsight. Is easier to trust and rest when we can see an overview of God's bigger plan - as we map out our traveled route. But when life takes sudden turns and unexpected stops the hardest part is in the unknown. Are we lost? Are we where we're supposed to be? Melissa shares her journey, the pit stops, and hopeful future in this personal story about motherhood.
I realized I had been so restless about it because it hadn't run through "Mio's Creative Process." I had little to no clue who the women of grace were. What's worse is that my perspective was off and I had a lot of misconceptions. However, God knows exactly who we are as individuals and as a community.
I can lose my grip on big picture concepts from time to time. I admit I had experienced mood swings with how I felt about our manifesto (mission statement). I also felt awkward about how to explain the reason behind the roots of In the Glow. In my preparations for Storyteller Sunday a couple of weeks ago, I discovered some things that blessed me to pieces!
EASTER RECAP AND PHOTOS The Kindness of the King draws us close and causes to examine what we hold in our hands. Upon seeing what life to the fullest looks like, you will willingly trade the death sin produced for the newness of life found in Him!
. Why did I give up? I suppose most people have gone through this almost/halfway/maybe/not quite obtaining the pinnacle of a dream experience. Becoming resigned to the outcome, but disappointed and still having the desire to go further. A dream half realized. I know I have and I actually thought it was God’s will for me to give up the dream in the same way I thought it was His will for me to begin.