Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coffee Date: Weekly Truth To Fill Your Cup

We've been deep in the trenches of stressful work days, family travel and "threenager" behavior that would tire any parent.
Hand out sincere compliments often, and receive them with grace. When the general atmosphere of our days are trying, it's tough to pour out gracious words much less sincere words of gratitude.
But, friends, gratitude changes everything. 
Speaking a few words of sincere kindness to your co-worker, your spouse, even yourself can be just what's needed to flip the script on your day. 
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
— Proverbs 16:24
Jesus always spoke from a place for love and compassion, and as such we should go out and do the same. Let's go into our communities with gracious words this week. Each person we interact with is juggling more than we know, let's choose to be a reflection of light in their day.
When gracious words pour from our lips, we're giving others the chance to see the light of the Lord and take one more step in bringing God all the glory.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coffee Date: Weekly Truth To Fill Your Cup

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Most days it's hard to wrap my mind around the idea that God knows me much less that He prepared good works for me in advance. Of all the people. Of all His children. Of all the things He could know and love, He chooses me. He chooses us.
He has set us apart, chosen us as His holy people. (1 Peter 2:9)

Let's build on His promise of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). By walking in this promise, good works will spring from our actions not in seeking His approval but in authentically building His Kingdom and bringing glory to His name. 
When we remain in a static place of comfort, our lives become just that - static. It's only when we break down our walls of insecurity & fear that we allow the Spirit to lead us closer to Christ. It's when we step outside of our comfort zones that we're able to act bravely in doing the work the Lord prepared for us to do.
“But be doers of the word not just hearers only, deceiving yourself. ”
— James 1:22
God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips those who He calls. Friends, He has prepared our good works in advance! His plan is good; it is sovereign. 
Let's break down our walls and seek the Lord outside our comfort zone.
That's where He's calling us.
That's where we'll bloom, friends.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating My 27th.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The first cool breeze filled our home this weekend signaling the coming of many things. Without fail, the winds shift and the atmosphere of our everyday changes in the first week of October. The first cool mornings of Fall mean my birthday is on the horizon. For me, life truly starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall. 
Today, I celebrate my 27th birthday. 

In the last 365 days, I have stepped back, taken note and truly assessed how I want my life story to read. By intentionally creating margin in my schedule (and some weeks a lack of margin), I'm coasting into a beautiful new season in my story. 
I set out to take intentional leaps out of my comfort zone this year, and that's just what I've done. Bit by bit. Day by day. Leap after leap. I sat down yesterday with a full heart as I look to the potential this year holds.

In the same way, let your line shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
— Matthew 5:16
My husband knocked it out of the park with my birthday gift. Lara Casey's Make It Happen print. Gracious, I'm thankful for that woman's heart. The simple encouragement to make it happen has been what I needed this year. That "it" will be different for each of us. In fact, for each of us "it" may even change from season to season. What remains constant, though, is God and His grace.
God is moving in my life. He's presenting blessing after blessing - the kind that send you to your knees. He's showing up, even in my failures and mess, and He's spurring me to live boldly and humbly in Him.

At the end of the day, my goal is Jesus.  
More Him, less me. 
That's what I want as I celebrate my 27th.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coffee Date: Weekly Truth To Fill Your Cup

I'm excited to share the first in this weekly series! Meet me here each Wednesday for a coffee date. Nothing formal, just friends filling our cup with a weekly scripture verse.
I'll share an iPhone lock screen free to download so that we can carry this scripture with us throughout the week. I've found I need gentle reminders of Christ's love and grace not just daily but hourly, perhaps the same is true for you too? Feel free to use this download as many times as you'd like and share with others. 

Paul shares one of my favorite God-breathed truths in this week's verse. It's here that we are given the Good News our God has saved us not by our good works or merit but by grace through faith.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
— Ephesians 2:8
This is a point where Paul has laid it out on the table. We are sinners dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). But God. God, and his great love, covers us. Salvation found by grace through faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Our salvation doesn't depend on us, but on our God who is mighty to save. What a beautiful gift from our Redeemer.
By trusting in this promise, good works will spring from our actions not in seeking His approval but in authentically building His Kingdom and bringing glory to His name. 
Take this Truth with you as we weave in and out of the traffic of life's everyday chaos this week. Let this Truth take root in your heart and allow you to shine into your homes & communities as an active light for His glory.