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You Are Beautiful

Life is filled with things that are good and bad. All of the circumstances we go through shape us into the people we were designed and created to be. Romans 8:28 reminds us that ALL things work together in the best way for those that love God. Take a breath today and know that you are going to be alright. There’s no need to be anxious. You are God’s masterpiece. You are beautiful.

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Living Up

And endurance (perseverance) develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:4 There is much to be said of an attitude that perseveres when everything around you is yelling at you to give up. Your adversaries will always call for you to throw in the towel. They will never cheer for you. So what do you do? The easiest thing to do is to give up. You need to stay on track and stay in the game! Perseverance, or patient endurance, will always carry you into the next season. Don't make the mistake of giving in too soon. Change the way you think. Stop giving up and start living up! If you can take it, you can make it! #cupofjoe 

Tomorrows Mercy

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great  is Your faithfulness .Lam 3:22-23 I don't deserve the goodness of God. I seem to make so many mistakes. In fact there are days when I get up and want to do only good things but end up making some poor choices instead. I fall short in so many ways. The Bible says that this is true of all of us so I know that I am not alone. I have others that are part of his family that are trying to live a life that honors God and navigate the trials and challenges too. So there is some good news! I may make a mistake today but  tomorrows mercy  is not the same as todays. They are new...every...morning!  He has compassion on me each and every day and he knows my weaknesses. In fact, when I am my weakest, he becomes strength for me! Have you made some big mistakes? Don't dwell on what's done. Look forward  to what's coming! New mercies...God's compassion...G

Do Something for You!

Sow for yourselves  righteousness,  reap the fruit  of unfailing love, and  break up   your unplowed ground ; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.  Hosea 10:12 Sow for you! Imagine that...the idea of planting something for YOUR life! YOU will reap fruit…however you may have to do some groundbreaking things! If you want something you have never had you are going to have to do something you have never done. Break up the ground that is unplowed. It’s the first thing we do before we build…groundbreaking. We are seeking to build something so we prepare the ground to accommodate what we are building. The instruction is to break up the ground and get it ready for what is coming. God is getting ready to bless you and you want that blessing to find a fertile spot to land in.  Some may ask how long do we seek the Lord? Hosea said it best… until He comes and showers righteousness on you . Seek Him until you find HIM. Until ALL these things are ad

Martin Luther King

“All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality ." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is remembered today for so many things and the common thread seems to be the idea of all types of people coming together. Why? Because we are all  connected . We live in a time where people look out for themselves and decide that if they can take care of #1, nothing else really matters. That could not be further from the truth. Perhaps my future is connected to yours. My hopes to yours. My dream may not be realized until you see you have one too. The Creator made us all to function together. Our faith and

Changed From the Inside Out

Mark 1:4, 7 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”  I wonder what people thought when they came upon John the Baptist? We're they drawn to his thundering voice calling them to repent? Perhaps they were intrigued by his camel hair clothing and steady diet of locusts. Whatever the reason, they thronged around him. And he wasn't doing a book-signing at the mall...he

Lead Me to the Rock

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed;  Lead me to the rock that is higher than I . Psalm 61:2 Every single day I find myself needing to be surrounded by the spirit of God. There are moments in life when challenges and difficulties come against you and you you find out how strong(or weak) you really are. When we feel overwhelmed, its usually because we are carrying things that we should not carry and involved with things in our own power and strength. When life throws rocks at you, pray this little prayer... "Lord lead me to the Rock that is higher than me." Lord lift me up out of the mess and feed my spirit the message that you want me to understand in the midst of all of this.  Set my feet on solid ground. You are the Rock that is stable. Help me to cast all of my cares upon you. Teach me how to exchange the heavy things for those that you have given me strength to handle. I may not understand all of it but I can stand under

God is Good All the Time

God is good all the time! And what he requires of us is to do good with what He has provided to us. I think that we stress out many times about things that haven't even happened yet! Remember that you can only make a decision based on the information that you presently have. Our responsibility is to always and in all ways do our best. In Nehemiah 6, Nehemiah has some work to do on rebuilding the wall. He's doing the best he can with what he has. In the story we find adversaries trying to disrupt the progress of the building program: "When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and that there were no more breaks in it—even though I hadn't yet installed the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent this message: "Come and meet with us at Kephirim in the valley of Ono."  I knew they were scheming  to hurt me so I sent messengers back with this: " I'm doing a great work; I can't come down.

Don't Rush

Life teaches us many things. One of the lessons that I have learned personally is this: “don’t rush.” I tend to want to hurry through each day. I seem to like rushing into all of my circumstances and situations. As if my pushing on it or through it will make it move faster. That never works for my benefit. Learning how to flow with the pace of what is happening around me has been a learned skill. Some things must take their course.  You don’t rush a baby. Whenever possible, it will be 9 months to develop fully. You can’t rush a seedling. Pulling on it to make it grow faster will cause it to die. You can’t rush the tide. It must go all the way out before it will begin to come all the way back in. And here is what is true: the tide always comes back.  You may think that it will never get any better, that situation could never change and you are simply doomed to be miserable the rest of your life. Don’t buy into that lie! It's time to change your thinking. Be patient. T

On Guard

"For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11 Billy Graham once said that he thought based on this scripture, that you and I had at least two angels assigned to help us. To picture in my mind that there are two divine presences surrounding me every day, guarding me when necessary and watching over me is quite a comfort. It helps me to remember that I am never alone and that God is always looking out for me. The Bible says they will lift us up, they will keep us from stumbling. Why even if I make an innocent mistake and brush up against something that is harmful, because of this "posse" I will be safe! It's easy these days to become discouraged and to feel like you are alone. Don't forget that you have a spiritual angel posse. Your divine entourage is walking into every meeting and conversation with you and they have one responsibility: to guard you in ALL your ways. Feels good doesn't it!

Here We Go!

Well here we go! Another new year staring us right in the face! What a great time to take a look at your goal list and determine if you were in your right mind when you created it at the end of last year! I'm not talking about your new year resolutions...you've probably already abandoned many of those anyway! Oftentimes, our goals fall by the wayside too because we make some mistakes when we put our goal list together. I want to share three things that work for me each and every year and I hope they may help you to not only make the right goals, but achieve them as well. 1-  write them down When we write them down we create a way for us to periodically review them. Writing them down in a journal or notebook creates a way to help hold YOU accountable. You can track your progress bi-weekly or monthly too. 2-  be specific and add the details Sometimes we write down things like lose weight, read more, get a hobby. Being too vague gives us nothing solid to move towards. How a

My Keyword for 2020

If you have known me for any length of time, you are aware of my annual keyword each year. I started this many years ago at The Landing in Glenpool, Oklahoma and it seems to continue with me even now. Here are a few from the last several years. 2015 Sensitivity  2016 Engaged-no, not that one:) 2017 Connected 2018 Positioned 2019 Aligned Well this year is no different. When I started to think about this and ask the Lord for something that could summarize the year that was ahead of me, He gave me another word. This year, for 2020, that word was " resurgence ". I had to look it up because I did not know what it meant. And here is what I found: When I look at all of the words associated with this one, it is obvious to me that I am in the proper place and position for some incredible growth and blessing. There is an awakening in my heart and soul. I truly believe that the Lord is going to fill every void, seal every crack and bring the most amazing year of min

Welcome 2020!

May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Happy New Year!  #cupofjoe