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He grabs her by the hand and twirls her around.  She adores everything about him.  Her heart soars as he admires her and he isn’t afraid to let her know how proud he is to call her his.  The two of them grin from ear to ear as they twirl and sway across the gym.  What a vivid and beautiful glimpse of pure, precious love.  The bond between them is evident, a pure and precious display of true love. 

Watching the pairs at the father-daughter date night last month, I was reminded of exactly how our Father feels about each of his children.  Psalm 103:13 tells us "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him."  The fathers on that special night were full of adoration for their daughters.  They doted on them and encouraged them throughout the whole evening.  The girls were uplifted and honored that their fathers found so much pride in the time they had together.  All the fathers needed to love on their girls was time.  They had quality time set apart to spend together.  The Lord is no different.  All He needs is a little quality time set apart especially for Him.  He can not wait to love on you and show you how proud He is to be your Father!

Setting time apart for reading The Word or chatting with God is the most powerful choice you can make.  Not only do we get filled with his love and get to pour our love out on him.  He fills us with wisdom.  He gives us patience.  He refines us. He makes us more like Him! Just like a father and a child,  the relationship can only thrive when it is fed with quality time. 

The weeks that I set ample time apart to sit and listen to The Lord, to let him love me, and share his wisdom with me, I find that I am so much more loving, patient, and kind toward others.   When I let a day go by without spending quality time in His presence and in His Word, I lose it.  I lose my patience.  I lose my kindness.  I lose my most powerful weapon.  I lose my connection with my Father.   Don’t be afraid to sit and be. Just be in His presence. The lawn, the dishes, and the workout can wait.  Just sit with Him and be. 

I have found such joy and peace in allowing The Lord to love on me.  When I take a few moments of quality time with our Father, my day does not automatically get easier.  Things don’t automatically begin going my way.  However, He gives me the ability to find joy in each moment, peace in every situation, and love to share with others.

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His Ways Don’t Seem Right!

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 Man, there is so much going on around us right now.  Even as a Pastor who comes to the church daily, gets into the Word, and does church stuff; it’s difficult to stay in my calling as a child of God all the time. 

Today, let me remind you that we are not of this world.  As Believers, we are not shaped or defined by the things going on around us. Our God is so “Counter Culture”!  His ways just don’t seem right in today’s culture, but they are exactly what we need to walk encouraged and as living sacrifices daily.  Here are a few examples of God’s gifts to us and some Scriptures that have me excited today.


In a world that is about all “Me,” He knew better.  He knew it’s better to give than just to receive.

Psalm 105:1-5 AMP

O give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonderful acts and devoutly praise them.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those who seek and require the Lord [as their most essential need] rejoice.
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.
Remember [with awe and gratitude] the wonderful things which He has done,
His amazing deeds and the judgments uttered by His mouth [on His enemies, as in Egypt],

 Psalm 86:11 NIV

Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.

 My Confidence is in His Faithfulness! 


No Greater Compliment!  As a Believer in Christ, He calls us His!  In a world of confused identities, broken dreams, and social media ‘likes’ determining how we see ourselves; we have been adopted by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!  Our identity is found in Him!

 Galatians 4:7 NIV

So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

 Therefore, “Come out from them
    and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
    and I will receive you.”18 And, “I will be a Father to you,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.

 We Are His Son’s & Daughters Declares the Lord Almighty!


He loved us first, even at our worse!  It’s not about our "Good–enough efforts", it was about Christ’s obedience to the Cross.  Right now, life for many is overwhelming; some feel like it’s even tough to catch their breath.  Our Heavenly Father breathes life back into us, and desires to give life and life more abundantly! 

Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV

 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.

 Psalm 40:1-3 AMP

I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of a horrible pit [of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock, steadying my footsteps and establishing my path.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear [with great reverence]
And will trust confidently in the Lord.

 Be Encouraged Today Because His Ways Are Perfect!
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