Stepping Out?

What is this upcoming year for you? How do you want it to go? What is your goal?

For me, I have dubbed this upcoming year the year of Why Not?

It is a year of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things.

I already started this year by painting plates, creating furniture, branding my businesses and cutting my hair.

Stepping out of my comfort zone reminds me of the story of Peter.

Jesus told the disciples to go to the other side of the lake. He wanted to be alone to pray.

The disciples launch out in the boat when a storm came.

I can imagine the boat rock violently, the wind–fierce. Maybe they saw lightning and hear the rumblings of thunder.

Nevertheless, the storm frightened them.

When a lone figure crossed the lake toward them, they panicked.

Perhaps they rubbed their eyes to see if they really saw a man walking on water.

But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid (Matthew 14:17).'”

Probably in a calm, gentle Voice like it was the most natural thing to walk on water. To Him, it was.

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water (Matthew 14:28).”

 “’Come,’ he said (Matthew 14:29).”

In Matthew 14: 29-30, Peter stepped out of the boat and onto the water.

As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he didn’t sink. He did, in fact, walk on the water.

When he turned his eyes away from Jesus and to the storm, he started to sink.

Jesus didn’t rebuke him. He simply saved Peter from drowning.

Like Peter, we need to step out of our comfort zones, the coziness of the familiar.

We need to try new things, go new places, even eat new foods.

We will meet people we never met before. People who will be influential in our lives.

We will learn new things about ourselves. Maybe we will find ourselves painting, writing, singing. Perhaps we will grow to love a certain town or city.

We are like frogs in a well, thinking, “Hey, this is nice and cozy. I don’t need anything else.” Until the day we jump out of the well and discover the pond and then the ocean.

There is so much more for us to do with our lives. Places we are to go. People we are to meet. Projects we are supposed to take on.

Only if we stay where we are, we will not discover them. We will live a status quo life.

God didn’t call us to live like everyone else. God called us to be His children. We are children of the King. Let’s act like it.

#comfortzone #newthings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Accept God’s Love?

God loves you. It isn’t up for debate. You can’t opt out. It doesn’t run out. It doesn’t expire. It just is.

His love is the real meaning of Christmas.

We get all caught up in the tree decorating, the gift giving, the Secret Santa, the holiday parties and pumpkin spice lattes.

Why are we, as Believers, really celebrating?

We are celebrating the birth of our Lord.

I want you to think about this from God’s point of view.

He created these human beings–these beings with two arms, two legs and big mouths.

He loved them, so He gave them free will. To sin or not to sin would soon be the question.

They sinned (Genesis 3). With the sin came the curse. Death. Sickness. Disease. Divorce.

He wanted to give them grace.

In their arrogance, His creations told Him, “We can do whatever you tell us to do (Exodus 19:8).”

To show them their need for a Savior (Galatians 3:24), He gave the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).

He never gave the Ten Commandments for them to follow. He knew they couldn’t. He needed them to see that.

He had a plan that would save them all.

In order to save humankind, two things had to happen. One, a human had to follow the Commandments perfectly. Two, because the penalty for sin was death (Romans 6:23), this sinless human had to die for the sins of the rest of the humans. Blood had to be shed (Hebrews 9:22).

He decided to conceive a Son with a human woman (Luke 1:31). Not through normal means. Through His Spirit (Luke 1:35).

The Son would be human but be Deity as well. This Son would then fulfill all the Commandments perfectly (Matthew 5:17). Then He would die for all humankind.

Again He gave them a choice. Humans could believe what His Son did by taking the wrath and punishment for all the world’s sin and have eternal life (John 3:16). Or humans could reject what He did.

This is how much God loves you.

You can reject His love. You can accept it. The choice is yours.

 

#healingthroughcreativity #Godsgiftoflove #acceptorreject

What Are You Expecting?

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us – Romans 5:5

On weekday mornings, I listen to Darren Hardy’s five -to-ten-minute inspirational thought of the day.

Yesterday and this morning, he spoke about expectation.

What will expect is what we get.

How interesting!

Most of us expect the worst to happen. We don’t want to be disappointed. We don’t want our hopes dashed. We experienced it in the past and don’t want to again.

I get that.

However what is the Bible version of hope? Having a confident expectation of good.

What are you confidently expecting? Is it good? Is it bad?

Your expectation is like a thermostat. You set it to a certain level. The results will not exceed higher or descend lower than what you set it to.

When you are expecting something, what do you do? How do you act?

You rearrange your schedule, so that you can receive your package or your guest. You keep looking to see if it or your guest has arrived. If you cannot be there to receive your package, you might track it online.

However, your attention is on that arrival. You are looking for it, preparing for it.

We need to do this with whatever we are expecting. Put our attention on it. Look for it. Prepare for it.

The same thing we would do if we were expecting a bundle of joy, a child.

We will receive what we expect, so let’s approach the next day, week, month and year with a confident expectation of good happening in our lives.

What do we have to lose? More of the same old, same old?

Start expecting good today. Watch the difference it will make.

 

#expectations #hope #attention #good #God

What Are You Creating?

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. – Romans 4:17 (KJV)

I am in a creative mode. I have been for months.

I started painting plates. When I did, I broke through the writer’s block I experienced for years concerning my novels.

I also noticed something miraculous happened when I created. I started to heal emotionally and mentally from past wounds.

Did you know that we create every day? We create our world with the words we speak (Hebrews 11:3).

What are you speaking? Are you speaking positive words? Are you speaking God’s Word over your life?

Maybe you are not paying attention to the words falling out of your mouth. Perhaps you have been saying some not-so-good things about yourself and your circumstances.

Whatever you continue to say will happen in your life.

Think about what you have been saying. Would you want those things to manifest?

It is never too late to start again.

Just for today, I urge you to do the following things:

  • Ask God To Help – Many times we go it alone when we have an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Ask Him to help you speak more positively, to speak His Promises instead of your circumstances.
  • Be Grateful – When something goes wrong today, list five things out loud about the situation for which you can be grateful. Then list ten blessings in your life before you go to sleep.
  • Make Your Words Positive – Frame everything you say today in a positive light. When you catch yourself saying something negative–and you will–re-frame it as positive. Better yet speak what God’s Word says about that situation.
  • Speak Life – Speak God’s Word over your life every day…and the lives of others. What does God’s Word say about you? You are forgiven (Colossians 3:13). You are righteous through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). You are favored (Psalm 5:12). Speak those things over your life consistently, and watch it change.

Then do these items the next day and the next until they become a habit. Take it one day, one hour, one minute, at a time.

We need to focus on who we want to be and not who we are. Where we focus our attention and what we speak will happen in our lives (Mark 11:23-24).

What are you creating with your words today?

 

#Jesus #God #speaklife #healingthroughcreativity #creative

Are You In The Way?

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21 (NIV).

For months, I fretted about a situation at work.

I convinced myself God had to come through in a certain way. It was the only way, I decided.

Only when the announcement to move the project forward came, a different solution popped in my head.

Within an hour, I put the solution in motion, and it was approved. Problem solved.

We get in our way sometimes. Okay, a lot of the time.

We give God options A, B and C. We think these are the most logical choices. Instead God chooses Option D.

Let’s say that you already climbed a mountain. You are on top, guiding your teenage daughter up it. She doesn’t have a full perceptive of what problems she is going to encounter, but you do.

The same thing with God. He sees the beginning from the end of every situation. He knows what would happen if you took option A or B or C. He knows all the obstacles and the end result. He determined Option D was far better in the long run.

We need to let go of our options, our limited thinking, and seek God’s solution and apply it. When we do, the problem will be over. The solution in place.

Always consult before making tough decisions. He may have a solution of which you have yet to think or dream.

#HealingThroughCreativity  #Christians #artists #creatives