Mercy Me!

The rain has put me back under the barn this morning, reminding me that I am blessed to have sacred places to go and meet my Master. I love this very special time every morning. I really can’t imagine my day without it and it is the perfect start to heading in the right direction.

This morning our conversation is about mercy, which of course flows out of love. God loves us, is patient with us and wants us to to live the blessed life we were created for.

The Bible says: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” -Matthew 5:7

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the woman taken in adultry. The religious crowd found this woman who had committed adultry and brought her to Jesus. They were trying to trick him. They said: “This woman was taken in the act of commiting adultry, now Moses and the Law says she should be stoned. What do you say Master?” They thought if he said to stone her, then his message of love would be jinxed and if he said let her go, then he doesn’t care about the religious teachings.

Love, grace, hope, mercy and peace are just a few of the precious gifts that God has given to us. Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and mercy is when God does not give us what we deserve.

We deserve judgment, wrath, separation, punishment and death, but God in his beautiful mercy does not give us what we deserve. God instead gives us forgiveness, love, connection, restoration and life.

Because God shows us mercy and grace, we should show others mercy and grace. What are some ways you can open up your heart and life to receive God’s gifts and what are some ways you can open up your heart and life to share these gifts with others??? 🙏🏻

Conviction Over Condemnation!

There is a big difference between condemnation and conviction. Condemnation is a work of the flesh, while conviction is a work of the Spirit. I spent years trapped in condemnation, while conviction was doing it’s best to try and set me free.

When I woke up this morning, I was thinking about CONDEMNATION. We are so quick to throw it around and many of us use it as a tool to try to beat ourselves or others into submission, only to find that it ultimately does more harm than good.

The truth is: It gets easy to play the blame game, because almost everyone does it. And the more we all do it, the easier it gets. As long as I am blaming someone or something else, then I don’t have to deal with my stuff. The problem with not dealing with my stuff, is that my grave just gets dug a little bit deeper.

In Romans 8:1, the scriptures declare: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”

The key to that verse after the no condemnation part is being “IN” Christ Jesus. Condemnation is the work of the enemy, but God uses it to teach us that we are not living up to our created potential. Don’t get stuck there, learn your lesson and move on to the beautiful life you were created for. Oh and by the way – don’t get stuck in condemning others either, because that will cause you to miss your blessing too.

The reason we should choose conviction over condemnation is because conviction shows us what we are doing wrong and encourages us to do it right. It’s all about going up to a higher level of living and this is what we were all created for – growth into a blessed person, who shares their blessing with others for God’s glory… 🙏🏻

Learn The Power Of In!

I begin most of my mornings outside with a cup of coffee, the Scriptures and a favorite chair. Every morning is different and reminds me that each day has a personality all it’s own. Today it is a cool 31 degrees with little to no wind and is what I would call a still morning.

Still mornings make for great conversation. I find that on mornings like this, I do a little less talking and a lot more listening. And if I’m honest, then this “less talking and more listening” should be a standard practice, but it is not always my way of operating.

As I was listening this morning, God reminded me that my strength is in Him. Now this is not what I would call a new revelation, but it is something that is good to be reminded of. A reminder helps bring it to the front of my mind, which is where I need to keep this kind of amazing truth. Everyday, there is so much other stuff that enters in, which at times can cause this amazing truth to get pushed to the back. A reminder brings it to the place it deserves to be – front and center.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power…” Ephesians 6:10

The key word after “STRONG” in that verse is “IN”. We are not really strong in our own strength, not the way we could be and should be, but when we get “IN” God and “IN” His mighty power, then the miraculous happens…

Without God, I am nothing, but a big ole hot mess, but with God I am anything and everything that matters… Love you guys and gals, praying for all of our blessing and growth today! 🙏🏻