God Builds Bridges 

The half century old bridge crossing the Ouachita River in our town has done a great job of carrying everyone and everything across that river. It has looked fine all these years. Until now. Frankly now that the new bridge is about halfway done, we can tell how old the old bridge really is. It looks decrepit compared to the new span. With this new bridge we will go higher above the water, over the train trestle and drive off of it above the flood waters. The old bridge is on the historic register but the new bridge will streamline travel.  

Oh beloved, God wants you to know that He has a trustworthy plan. The bridge you’ve been crossing over with regularity is now replaced. You’re not sure what’s happening. You want to keep going the old, familiar way. But it’s a new day and God has a new way for you. This bridge of faith will take you higher and farther. You are going to meet people, learn more things and find yourself coming face to face with the Lord’s will. While Christ became the bridge for you to cross over to salvation, there are more bridges to cross for life and godliness. Don’t waste another day regretting or wishing you could go back. The Lord God is a Forward Thrusting King. Your strength will rise as you allow Him to lead you and guide you even when you’re not sure where you are going. He knows and His way is best. 

God loves you and He’s for you! Run to Him this morning and tell Him you’re ready to move on with Him! Thank Him for His Holy Spirit who indwells you to give you wisdom and fortitude during the change. Praise Him that once you’ve crossed the new way there will be new blessings as you live in the Light of His plan for your life!

John 10:4 When He has brought out all His own, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice.

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

Psalm 48:14 For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and He will guide us until we die.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

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Keep Pedaling

Riding my bicycle as a kid was a fairly dangerous thing. I wrecked pretty often on the old rock road we lived on in one town. But that didn’t keep me off the bicycle. I just hopped back on and went for more rides.  

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He is with you. Life has precarious moments and you’ve been through a lot. Now is not the time to decide you don’t want to live for Him anymore. It’s time to cling tighter to His promises and keep pedaling! His plans for you include a ridiculously amazing outcome – heaven! But in between heaven and now there will be other wonderful times. If you will keep going forward you will realize the best is yet to come. Might you fall again? Possibly. Might you sail up and down the next mountain and lose your breath? Maybe. 

But this life of faith is not one series of horrible accidents after another. It’s holding onto the Lord, living for Christ and staying filled with His Spirit. Flat tires won’t get you and I anywhere on a bicycle. Neither will flat lives. While we hate the pedaling up the hill and the burn in our legs, once we are at the top we can see the perspective God has known all along. 

He says you are able. He says you are talented. He says you are full of faith. Believe that God knows what He’s doing. His ways are best. He will make you what you ought to be and give you strength to pursue the dreams you have inside you. Your ride through life is not about being good enough or earning your way or deserving the ride. It’s about allowing God to equip you for whatever comes ahead. And in the meantime He will give you blessed moments on mountain tops and He will see you through the wrecks in the valleys. 

God loves you and He’s for you! Keep riding, keep pedaling, keep calling on Him to help. Rejoice that you are right in the center of His will. And rejoice that others are going to need to know that they too can keep pedaling. Enjoy your life of faith as you live and move and travel in His Presence all the days of your life!

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. NIV

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 105:4 Seek and deeply long for the Lord and His strength [His power, His might]; Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually. AMP

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Amazing Things!

My dad loved to share experiences with me that he had enjoyed along his life. One such experience was riding a train. Not Amtrak folks. No a “real” train. We departed from Troop Texas and rode all the way to San Antonio together. We enjoyed the dining car as well as the observation car. It was amazing! Then upon arrival in San Antonio we stayed at the Gunter Hotel, one of the oldest fine hotels in Texas. My dad loved sharing things with me that only he could share. If he hadn’t known about these things I would never experience them.  

Oh beloved, God wants you and I both to know this morning that we are His daughters. And as such, He has amazing things to share with us! Freedom from the hustle. We don’t have to perform for His attention nor do we have to fear His rejection if we are imperfect or weak. We are free to experience the ride of our lives. No boxcar without windows. No indeed! We travel first class with our Father. Jesus our Savior purchased it all for us. He is calling us into heavenly places with Him, like the observation car, above the fray of life to experience the heights of spiritual living. He bids us come and dine as well. All the fruits and gifts and banquets of love are ours for the taking. We are most beloved, highly cherished, thoughtfully sought after, healed of our longings and headed for the magnificent hotel of heaven! We can’t possibly understand what heaven will be like but beloved, He says He knows how wonderful it is and we are going there with Him. In the meantime He is taking us on a tour of life – to experience Him and the power of His resurrection. No more struggling to be enough. Through Christ and in the Spirit we are made more than enough!

God loves you and me! Aren’t we blessed? He calls each of us up to Him. Aren’t we amazed? He says come with Me and I will grant you the keys to My Kingdom! And we look into the Author and Finisher of our life trip and say Oh Lord, You are so so enough! We praise Him and worship Him as we live the life of the Daughter of the Most High God traveling with Him all the days of our lives!

 
Jeremiah 33:3 

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ

Galatians 3:29

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

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No Time for Boredom

We didn’t have much time to be bored when we were kids. Between hop scotch, bicycle riding, practicing to be cheerleaders on our front lawns and playing hide and seek we were busy. Kids stayed outside a lot when I was young and we had fantastic imaginations. We were busy being kids and promoting our lives as children. It was exciting and fun to be a kid. Inactivity wasn’t generally involved. We were never entertained by adults and rarely by the tv.  

Boredom in the faith is not an option. There is enough activity in the Spirit and enough Word to learn about the Lord that we will stay busy our whole lives just getting to know Christ and the power of His Resurrection. Inactivity in the faith life will cause us to desire to be entertained. But our walk with Christ is alive and active and abundant in joy.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that His cure for boredom is to follow Christ! Not just believe in Him but to give up our right to be entertained for His right to lead us into all Truth! This life of faith is exciting and enthralling! Better than a movie, we are moving into the greatest times we’ve ever known. As children of God and partakers of the divine nature you and I will be busy for the rest of our lives getting to know our Father, following our Savior and being filled with His Holy Spirit. Inactivity is our enemy when it comes to faith.

You are called beloved, to be actively pursuing God all the days of your life! Yes there are dangers, toils and snares along the way. But you’ve been called to freedom. You are called to be His ambassador as you go! And God promotes divine appointments just for you! He says you are a royal diadem in His hand! You are a world changer in His Spirit! As you pray for the world, pray for the leaders, pray for your family and pray for yourself, the atmosphere changes all around you. Even though you may be going through persecution, condemnation, rejection and more, you aren’t settling there. You are going through! God has promised that everywhere you step is territory given to you! This is family territory as well! You are designed by supernatural nature to take back the land the enemy has stolen from you. This includes your family holdings. Pray in the Spirit, watch for the Spirit to move and rejoice and thank Him as He does what only He can do! The higher your activity in the faith, the more you will see Spiritual activity in the heavenlies. Literally the Kingdom of heaven will come to earth and His will is going to be done in the lives of all you pray for, talk to and share Jesus with!

God loves you and He’s for you! These are exciting times indeed! Enjoy your life of faith, stay active and be willing. God will put you where He needs you and give you seasons of refreshing for your own life as you live in the Light of His Wonderful plan!

Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

I Corinthians 1:7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Early Riser?

I‘m an early morning person. Even as a child I loved the first rays of sun and the opportunity to ride my bike or play with friends. Once I was grown and had my own family early morning was my quiet time before the noise of life with kiddos.  

Not everyone is a morning person that’s true. But whatever time we wake up, it’s cause for celebration. There are no ordinary days. Each one is magnificent in its own way. Another day to explore the opportunities and seek the divine in the ordinary.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know that there is purpose in your day. He has ordained you to wake up and embrace the life He has given you. You may be waking up to sunshine or storm clouds. Either way His plan is for you and His hand is on you. Every day is beyond ordinary. If you are waking up to condemnation it’s time to send it out the door. If you are waking up with a load of regrets they too must flee. God doesn’t give us perfect days every morning and we aren’t always perfect. But each day is a perfect opportunity to live for Him. He grants you and I the best gift ever. His mercies! They are new every morning! This is the day to stop attacking yourself! Stop measuring your failures. Stop wishing you could go back and try again. This is the only day you have! Yesterday is far gone and tomorrow is just hope. But today is amazing! Time to praise the One who gave this day to you. Time to live fully in agreement with God! Time to say yes to whatever God puts on your heart knowing that He has great plans for you this day!

God loves you and He’s for you! Jesus is your key to open the day without fear as you walk in the power of the Resurrection and the life of Holy Spirit empowerment. Rejoice that He’s given you another day as you live in His Presence and fulfill His call in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 84:12 O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in You.

Psalm 3:5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.

Lamentations 3:22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.

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