KARLA LEES

SHARING HOPE TO THE HURTING, THE BROKEN & THE LONELY.

When I think about how all people, and all of creation were made by our Creator God, planned out in their collective mind – Father, Son & Spirit – my mind gets a little more blown as I ponder the depths of His works. Of which I, and you, are a part! This worship song shares those emotions of awe, wonder, praise & adoration, and the knowledge that God is the Maker of all things – all rolled into one.

🙌WORTHY OF IT ALL

All the saints and angels,
They bow before Your throne.
All the elders cast their crowns
Before the Lamb of God & sing

You are worthy of it all,
You’re worthy of it all.
For from You are all things
And to You are all things
You deserve the glory.

Day and night,
night and day,
let incense arise x4

I exalt Thee x3
O Lord.”

📹My fave video version by Bethel Music with Bethany Wohrle –
https://youtu.be/AIGV3ms_9eM

🎶Song written by David Bruner & Ryan Hall

“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.”

Mother Teresa

This mindset hit like the flick of a 💡switch.

When we spend time with God, just as the disciples & prophets did in the Word, we were & are changed in His Presence.

And when these same changed people go out into their neighborhoods, they change things for the better as they walk out Kingdom values.

➡️Our part is to stay close and follow God where He is headed. He invites us to join in on what He is doing. We connect, He changes, we move out together into the community.

What 💥 moment of awareness have you experienced lately?

🌿What the Word & this New Year have been stirring within me this week goes beyond my studying the Word.

🥺I miss being in close knit community right now. I mean the kind where you randomly show up at your local coffee shop & meet a friend to chat as you sit over coffee in public kind of community. Where we aren’t afraid to spontaneously show up at one another’s homes because of a pandemic. Where face to face means live without face masks in public.

I am so thankful…
👩‍💼 that I have the connection of community where I work.
🤗That I have close friends who’ve got my back no matter what.
💖That I have family whom I treasure.
🙌That I have a mentor who has become such a blessing. 

🫂But I confess – I miss hugs and high fives almost as much as I miss seeing everyone’s face. 

😊And that reminds me that as I seek His face through the Word, prayer & worship, He will be found. 

🎉Just as this pandemic will end, His faithfulness and presence will never end. 

➡️It’s okay to grieve what has been lost, but to do so through the eyes of Hope when we follow Him. For God intimately understand community (three in one, the Body) and knows that many of us are hurting over the loss of some of what we used to take for granted. 

🙏Restore our communities, God. Despite the separation Zoom can cause, and the not fully complete personal connections made through texts & emails. Help us to not just survive this season, but to thrive during it.

“Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct & direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God!”

(Colossians 3:16 MSG)

This verse stuck out the most to me about studying the Word when I was looking into verses about its importance.

Since the Word is a living Word, as we encounter in the Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit, it makes sense that the Word (God) would want to:

✔️ Live with us, making itself at Home within us as we make space for the Word to do so.
✔️ Give us wisdom which we are to share with one another.
✔️ Inspire us to worship God (and notice this is through song, which uses words!)

So as I ask God to speak to me through His Word, I also pray that I make the space for His Word to grow & flourish deeply within me, that I might share His wisdom, love, grace & mercy with others.

#WordofGodspeak

There are seven 🔑 verses which talk about the importance of the Word, the Bible.

✝️John 1:1 & 14 remind us that the Word = God, and dwelled among us as Jesus.

🗡️Hebrews 4:12 points out that the Word is able to direct get to the heart of a matter, like the sharpest of swords!

🛠️2 Timothy 3:16-17 reassures us how the Word is useful to us in so many ways.

💡Psalm 119:105 shows how the Word lights up our path.

🤔Psalm 119:130 highlights how the Word brings understanding.

🌮Matthew 4:4 compares our biological need for daily food to our spiritual need for the Word.

➡️Which verse speaks the most to you about why you should be in the Word?

➡️My goal for 2022: to get to know Jesus better.

And there is no better way to do so than to study who He is & what He has done in the Gospels. (Especially if 1. You ask Holy Spirit to highlight His character as you go, and 2. If your Study Bible notifies you when there is a tie to the Old Testament.💕)

@aussiedave a pastor on Instagram suggested the reading through the Gospels on a weekly basis each month, and I have chosen the book of Acts for those months with 5 weeks.

I plan on jotting down the insights i see as of month 2. For now, I am settling into my new routine.

Week 1: Matthew ✔️

What kind of bible reading plan are you planning on this year?

(P.S. If you want to join me on this one, my Instagram story today has a screensaver you can add to your phone as a visual reminder. 😉)

Today is the traditional name given to the day the wise men/scholars met baby Jesus. But what is an epiphany, besides a day celebrated by the Church?

💥EPIPHANY:

✨an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

✨a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way, usually simple and striking

✨a revealing scene or moment

( Condensed definition from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany )

So Epiphany is indeed the right word for the meeting between Jesus and the wise scholars.

➡️God was now in the flesh, and in the neighbourhood, as a baby!

➡️When the wise scholars encountered Him after their long journey, they worshiped Him, and gave Him costly gifts worthy of a king.

➡️The dream which warned them to not return to King Herod was also a revealing moment for these scholars. It confirmed that God was on the side of this baby, and He was indeed the long awaited King!

On this day each year, why not celebrate by 🙏asking God for a fresh epiphany, a new revelation of something He wants you to see today.

💥Because the same God who met those wise scholars face to face, and brought the prophecies of His coming to life, is still alive and wanting to meet with every single one of us, each and every day!

#sharingHope #epiphany #theKinghascome

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As I have been reflecting upon the Advent story, I caught sight of something I hadn’t specifically noticed before, only in passing.

God came as a baby. Got that.
But REALLY?

God folded Himself into human form, and so not only moved into our neighborhood but has…

  • Walked as we walked.
  • Experienced the feelings we do.
  • Cried when He was hungry or tired.
  • Laughed when He saw something funny.
  • Loved His mom & dads.
  • Been misunderstood, disliked, hated….

Jesus became as marvelously and miraculously human as each one of us does. He was knit within His mother’s womb and crafted by the Father, just like you and I.

And as we journey through what can seem like massive deserts of loneliness, valleys of loss and grief, roads that seem neverending, in pain like riding a camel for months on end with no relief in sight?

Jesus is with us as we go, and is at the end of our journey, both on earth and in heaven, cheering us on as He strengthens us to keep going.

The journey of faith in the New Testament was first seen in outsiders (not of Israel) in the journey of the wise men, these spiritual priests (TPT) from the East. Their journey was long, but they kept their sights on the star and the reward of meeting & worshiping the new King face to face.

Wise ones still seek Him, friend, in every step of the journey. Whether you are starting, weary from the walk or close to the end of the race, He is the whole point. The reason not only for the season, but why we are here.

To know Him & be known by Him.

The thrill for these foreigners was found in seeing that the very stars they were studying pointed the way, and then led them to their reward, the true Treasure.

So even though the bumpy ride might be causing your spirits to droop, keep your eyes on your why, friend. The Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper and Light in the darkness is present, and wants to be found by you. Keep pressing on. He is worth it.

#sharingHope #wiseonesstillseekHim #journeytotheKing

“You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside & my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank You, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything You do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly You know me, Lord!”

Psalm 139:13-14 TPT

Hi friend!

My last post didn’t upload properly, so just a heads up that I am taking a sabbatical from writing and posting until January 3rd.

Meowy Christmas and a blessed 2022 from our home to yours.

See you next year!