hope to believe for beyond what we can see

Refusing to allow discouragement a resting place within me this morning.  I just know He’s got something great just beyond my sightline, so keeping my Hope despite the storm clouds.

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How can you do that, you may be wanting to ask? You don’t know what I am going through.

Beloved, I may not have the same storms hitting my life, but none of us have lived filled with smooth sailing 24/7.  Whether it’s:
-hurtful words
-sick kid(s)
-a life threatening illness
-loss of a loved one
-divorce or separation
-infidelity
-piling up bills
-violence
-a nasty boss
-exhaustion
-job loss
-betrayal
-injustice
all of us head through the stormy seasons at some point.  Some of us feel like we can barely keep our head above the crashing waves for all the fiercesness of the Strom about us.

I get it.

But I know Who’s got me.

And how nothing happens He is unaware of.

Absolutely nothing.

This God who’s got me?

Will never regret having paid the price for me, nor abandon the one He loves so much.

Never ever, forevermore.

He continues to walk along side me. love up on me, speak words of encouragement and blessing into my life.

Every day, no matter the weather or season I am in.

So I refuse to give calamity or tempest more of my headspace than acknowledging they might be visiting for a while.

Because He is here, I can remain hopeful.

For my Hope is found in Him, the Living Hope for us all.

Not in smooth sailing or peaceful skies, but in the Maker of all Creation, the designer of it all Himself.

Join me in thanking Him for pouring hope into us each & every day. Some days He fills us beyond belief, so that on the harder days we still have His hope within us to draw from until we can cuddle in close to Him again, our Hope.

blown it?

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Ever have days where you feel like you have blown it so badly, there is no hope for you?

I can relate.

I have wished, like many of you, I could take back that dumb comment, kept my mouth shut,
stayed out of ‘it’,
handled ‘it’ differently,
or knew then what I know now.

But there is nothing I have done that makes me too far gone for God to reach out for me.
Restore me.
Love up on me.
Want me as His.

When we come and tell Him how much we need Him, knowing all the wrong we do and are capable of, and ask Him to help us become new…
He does.

His Spirit can blow into the slightest crack if you leave it open.

There are days, moments & memories where I wished at those times that I had not blown it.

The items I have purchased i didn’t need.

The friends I didn’t reach out to, letting those relationships fade into the background as work took the foreground.

The times of hanging out with God I missed out on as I was too busy to stop and smell the daffodils (I am allergic to roses!)

The words I missed speaking because i was too afraid to share them at the time.

The words I hurled as weapons, ready to hurt the receiver as much as they had hurt me with their words.

In each of the many situations where i have blown it, the Spirit was there, waiting for me to incline my ear to His direction, His whispers of wisdom, listening to His love for me.

Each day, each moment is a new chance to follow where and how the Spirit leads.

Don’t miss out because you can’t forgive yourself for the past.

Let the Spirit blow freshness, new insight and an overwhelming sense of love & peace into you, as you surrender the what was and move into the what can be.

Together with the Spirit, blow out the cobwebs and blow in His presence as He fills you.

lovey cup

Several years ago, when my kids were young (if you know my kids you know why I didn’t use the word small!) my pastor shared about a particularly hard time in his life, and something God taught him about his kids and the heart. I have never forgotten the concept I first heard him speak about, what he called the ‘lovey cup’.

Let me explain. Each of us has a heart that needs filling. With love. It works similar to a gas tank. As we go through our day, we can empty our heart, drive around til we are on fumes or on empty. We need more filling.

If we don’t, we end up hurting ourselves on the inside.

We had a young friend when we were first married who didn’t know he needed to put oil in his car. One day, it died on him, as it had been missing a critical ingredient in its daily must haves for far too long.

It doesn’t take much ignoring of our emptiness inside to set of a negative chain reaction.

Because our heart spills over into the rest of our lives, if our heart is on empty, it won’t be love that is overflowing from within.

This pastor understood that his kids needed loving up on often, and so taught them about their lovey cups. He checked in with them regularly, asking them how their lovey cups were, investing love and quality time into them daily.

The ones we love are worth investing in. If we don’t, they will find substitute sources in unhealthy relationships, jobs or outlets to try and fill their empty lovey cups.

We were designed for more.

Not only are we to fill the lovey cups of our loved ones, ideally they are to fill ours as well.

This isn’t enough.

Our pastor also taught his children, and all of us through that talk, that we need to check in with God when our lovey cups teeter near empty, and ask Him to fill our hearts with His love.

The best fuel for our lovey cups, as it isn’t filtered through our humanity, but rather pure divinity.

Love from the source, not just the pale echoes through His children.

Because we hurt one another, even unintentionally, when we try to love out of our emptiness. Lovey cups that are completely drained and crying out for replenishment.

Love is the only answer for a hurting, empty, wounded heart.

Take stock of your lovey cup today. Take a moment, ask yourself how full you feel, then ask God to love up on you. You can then pour it out in thanks back to Him, as well as out to all those around you with empty hearts, just waiting for Love to help quench their lovey cups.

May we overflow Love as often as we can, knowing His love is never ending, extravagantly shared with all who ask, and is more than enough for all we are facing.

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