My Heart is With You

Open book on wooden table on natural blurred background. Heart book page. Back to school. Copy SpaceFor though I am far away from you, my heart is with you.” – Colossians 2:5 (NLT).

So much joy fills my heart when I read this scripture.

There are some days where I truly feel that the Lord is near and with me. There are moments where I look up and know that it was the Lord speaking through me and who cleared the path for a given situation.

However there are moments (and sometimes seasons) where He seems distant. Prayers go unanswered, it’s as if He isn’t speaking to me at all and I simply just don’t feel His presence.

This sweet verse nestled in Colossians comforts me during those times. I love that regardless of how I may not feel Him near, I, as a child of the King, have His heart with me wherever I go.

My prayer is that in those silent seasons, that you will lean a little more into your Savior; that you always remember that He is with you wherever you go. It doesn’t matter how you may feel, remember the truth of His words which says “My heart is with you.

 

 

 

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Let Nothing Be Wasted

Fresh loaf of bread and wheat“Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”-John 6:12 (NLT)

These words gave me so much comfort last week. As I sat in my quiet space to rest at His feet, these words leaped off the page and directly into my heart.

I had always just interpreted this as the disciples gathering the breadcrumbs and the fish to place in the baskets so that maybe they could feed more people or even themselves but last week, I began to think about how it pertains to life.

So that nothing is wasted….

These words reminded me how everything that I have been through and currently going through is preparing me for something. It doesn’t matter how big or small, God can use every piece for something greater than that moment. God can use all of the intricate details for something that we may not be able to conceptualize yet.

I find joy in knowing how we can gather the brokenness, the insecurities and the discontentment. We can gather our treacherous past because we serve a God who doesn’t waste any experience.

Will you gather your leftovers so that no day, no opportunity, no time is wasted? Will you gather it in a way to help propel you towards your future?

Friends, can we gather together and share our leftovers so that we can not only all sit together to learn but also enjoy the feast?

I want to encourage you as we look forward to another week to let nothing be wasted. Nothing.

Palm Sunday Reflections: A God of Second Chances

AdobeStock_21347373.jpegAs we reflect on this Palm Sunday, I think it is important to read the resurrection and truly understand the magnitude of what Jesus did for us. I want to take today to revisit The Resurrection from the book of Mark.

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” Mark 16:1-7 (NLT)

I keep thinking about verse 7: “go and tell his disciples, including Peter”. I pondered here for some time because Peter was one of the twelve disciples so why does it read his disciples and Peter?

I had to study this further to truly grasp the context here. Peter walked with Jesus and had the opportunity to see first-hand some of the most amazing miracles. But Jesus made it clear before he was nailed to the cross that Peter would be the one to deny him three times. It’s hard to grasp how someone who experienced so much could deny Jesus but he did.

In the book of Luke, it says that after Peter denied him the third time, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. I imagine that it was that look your mom would give you as a child when you were misbehaving: that look of disappointment that makes you want to go cry in the corner.

I can only assume that in that moment, Peter no longer felt worthy of being a disciple. Peter had done the very thing he said he wouldn’t do. He disappointed his Savior in a way that he probably felt could not be forgiven.

I truly believe Peter was called out in this conversation to show that our God is a God of second chances. It was a sweet and humble reminder that although Peter denied Him, God still welcomed him with open arms.

That same invitation is available to us. The Lord knows we will make plenty of mistakes and will fall short but He is here, available and waiting for us. I think we could all substitute our names there to show that regardless of our past mistakes, our Savior will still make sure the invitation is given to us.

I pray that as we enter into this week, we truly take time to reflect on the greatness of our Lord and all that’s available to you today because of His sacrifice for you.  It doesn’t matter how much you have fallen short there is nothing too bad that you can keep you away from His presence.