Give your best self as a gift for Christmas

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12

  
 What if the greatest gift we could give is our best REFRESHED selves? 

I’m not going to pretend that buying the perfect present doesn’t make me giddy. Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, just because or Christmas I think giving gifts is one of my love languages. I like taking the time to consider the persons lifestyle, quirks, the conversations we’ve had, their needs, hinted-at-wants and shameless plugs. I thoroughly enjoy watching the expression on their faces when they realize that I paid attention to them. That I took notice of the thing they really wanted. I love knowing that God gave me the ability and opportunity to be that blessing. 

One thing I’ve noticed recently is that even with my best made plans and efforts, the best gifts aren’t received if the person giving or receiving isn’t their best. Sometimes the ‘gift’ isn’t what’s packaged and tied up with a bow, it’s the giver and they spirit behind the giving. 

If the spirit or intention behind the giver or the receiver isn’t well or at peace; the gift often goes unnoticed. 

Do not fear your weakness for it is the stage on which My Power and Glory perform most brilliantly – Jesus Calling

“Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:7-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

 

I was reading in the Make Room For Advent devotional “God invited Mary to carry the Hope of the World in her small womb. Her answer was completely about God. She partners with God! God asks us to carry Jesus to our neighbors, in our words, our witness and our lives. Mary agreed to carry the Savior, aware that she could lose everything in the process. As we accept the invitation to carry Jesus in our hearts, words and lived; we will find that He provides all we need in him. All we need is to say yes.

Mary was brave.

Yesterday as I sat in the chiropractor’s office, trying to take my mind off of the pain & pressure on my neck and head; hoping for relief; I could only turn my thoughts toward PARTNERING with God in this process.

His word promises that if we lean in toward Him He leans in toward us. (James 4:8) He invites us to partner in every arena of our lives & He will supply all of our needs, in Him. (Matthew 6:33)

Today, in the midst of a nauseating gazillion ton elephant sitting on my neck pain; I’m making room for Jesus to invade me!!!

My thoughts, as much as I want to plan ahead, aren’t even projecting toward tomorrow let alone making goal lists for next year, I need Jesus today

I’m not afraid to stand with Him in His Truth that He is my ever present help. God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) 

But here’s the thing friends. If He’s going to help me/us where I/we need Him I/we must be willing to tell Him EXACTLY where I am!

And right now, I’m here, giving my best brave; albeit desperate; waiting for the Wonderful Counselor (His help) and Prince of peace!

The past few days I’ve cried tears of pain, desperation, fear, frustration and a few “why me God”. I know there’s a purpose for the process and that process might bring pain. Did God bring the pain, ABSOLUTELY NOT, and what too often we fail to recognize is that we have a very real enemy, Satan, who wants nothing more than to see us shift our focus on what he has brought into our lives as a road block. But let me tell you, what the devil meant for harm, God will ALWAYS use for our good and His glory…for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE!!!

  


You Are Called

You are chosen, blameless, ransomed, destined & restored!!!! “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬  

Laughter is medicine for the soul

I was given the opportunity to review this collection of DVDs by Christian comedien Chonds Pierce and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. My soul needs medicine! My soul needs laughter! 

“I share about my pain, struggles through life, sharing the same stories. I don’t know if that makes me brave, but it makes me blessed. Blessed to be a part of a sisterhood. This is the bravest thing I’ve ever done.”

I’M GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THESE TO ONE LUCKY READER… STAY TUNED FOR OUR CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS!!! 

Preparation for brave

You’re in a battle to own & boldly live out your freedom and the world; full of its temptations wants to make you believe that you never overcame those things that have held you back or held you captive! DECLARE YOUR FREEDOM SISTER!!!  

If you ever intend to win any battle you have to realize that it does require some training and also requires that you have on your FULL ARMOR and it also requires that you know the battle plan!!!!

Any soldier that marches into enemy territory unarmed, unprotected, unaware… Foolish!
But to the one who goes in with orders, cocked and loaded, with a battalion of troops surrounding him KNOWS that the victory is his!!!

Yes you’re still in a battle, maybe even daily. A battle to declare you ARE CHOSEN by God to do that thing only you can do and Satan wants nothing more than to declare you either aren’t the one or that you’ve been defeated. 

You’re in a battle to define the standard of excellence, beauty and confidence. We will continuously be overwhelmed by what the world claims is the best of the best, the top 10 and who deserves the crown based on its rules but God already declared you royalty! He already decided you are wonderfully made! He already breathed into your lungs and declare THIS IS GOOD!!! 

Yes it’s a battle, but it’s not yours to fight; orders might come from the Lord but it is yours to win! He will allow you to live in the victory as long as you always remember to give Him the glory. 

A friend blessed my brave with these words: 

The thing is, you don’t need to fight with, in, or against (as he’s trying to get you to) your body. You are already victorious because Christ went before you. Just hold onto the Sword of the Spirit as your comfort and wield it as your weapon.

PUT ON YOUR FULL ARMOUR! Head to toe you must be guarded! 

Where are you exposed?

Where’s your head?  (Helmet)

Where’s your heart? (Breastplate)

Where’s your faith? (Shield)

What’s in your hands? (Sword/God’sWord)

What’s your truth? What are you believing? (Belt)

Where are you headed? Which direction have you been going/following? (Feet)

Get honest… I want to know. You can’t get where you’re supposed to be going until you are willing to admit where you are…
WHERE ARE YOU?

  

Advent Holy Yoga 

http://youtu.be/J0jAtejac5o

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