Happy Birthday to my daughter

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Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. (Proverbs 4:25)

You are so committed, your eye is always on the ball, and your gaze is fixed on the path that God has for you. I marvel at your determination- how nothing ever gets in your way, and if it does you simply navigate around it. You are an amazing young woman and I love you very much!

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Let God calm and color your life…

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-Photo by K. Davis

You are my secret hideout!
You protect me from trouble.
 You surround me with songs of rescue! (Psalm 32:7)

When we see God in our situation and our surroundings He will calm and color our lives. When we work to see people and events through His eyes He will shift our perspective off of the effect they have on us and onto the effect we can have for Him on them. It’s a Divine paradigm shift.

Seeing God in everything will change the dynamic to every relationship. Seeing God in every event, in every circumstance, helps us process those events as a part of the chapter or season in which we are. When we know that we are smack dab right where God wants us, facing and handling whatever is there, we can do it with the attitude that we are working for Him, because we are!

Let God calm and color everything you see.

If I told you my story
You would hear victory over the enemy
If told you my story
You would hear freedom that was won for me
If I told you my story
You would hear life overcome the grave. [Lyrics from Big Daddy Weave, My Story (click here to listen) ]

And now a note about the photo…these art therapy coloring books really do work. I’m here to endorse this process from personal experience. While I was going through the season of waiting (to read “A Season of Waiting” click here) my mom picked one of these up and she and I colored it one particularly anxious morning. After about 10 minutes I noticed that my anxiety had subsided, that I could breathe in a full deep breath, and my thoughts were calmer. Hope they help you as much as they did me!

 

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This precise moment is a divine appointment

Moon rise

Photo by K. Davis (Moon rise & Jupiter spotting, 2.22.16)

 It will be securely established forever;
    like the moon, a faithful witness in the sky. (Psalm 89:37)

He hung the moon and the stars. He created the entire universe and everything and everyone in it. He has a plan, and it is good. But despite all of this, in spite of the reminders of His faithfulness that surround us continually, the very sun, moon and stars, we still hover near the pit of despair and self-pity. We teeter dangerously on the edge, and if we give in, or submit to Satan’s whispers of our inadequacy, we plunge into the muck.

Avoid the pit. Board over the rabbit holes. This moment, this place, wherever you are, is ordained for you, and allowed by God. Your present circumstance is not an accident to be avoided. It is not a mistake, or an oversight, or some sort of unintended crisis. This moment and your presence in it is serving a purpose. This is a divine appointment. Don’t miss it by walking with your gaze downward or focusing on the past. This is your moment. You have been called for such a time as this, summoned by the Creator.

Lift up your eyes in praise. Fix your gaze upon Jesus. Stay on the ancient path, it leads us home.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. (Lyrics: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, by Hillsong)

(Click here to listen)

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This is the day!

Do not pass

Photo by K. Davis

Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. (Philippians 3:13)

Don’t lose the value of today, or miss the blessings of today, by focusing your energy on trying to squish it into yesterday’s mold. Do not pass on the opportunities that He has placed in your path. THIS is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice. Be glad. Celebrate! (Psalm 118:24)

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Be still…

 

Be still and know

Photo by: K. Davis

That’s enough! Now know that I am God!
    I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world! (Psalm 46:10)

That’s it. Stop. Cease. Know that He is God. Period.

Psalm 46 begins with a reminder that He is our refuge, our strength, and our help. There is nothing to fear because He is in control. When we know that it gives us strength to face each day, and a lifetime of challenges. He’s got this!

God is our refuge and strength,
    a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
    when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
when its waters roar and rage,
    when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. (Psalm 46:1-3)

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A crown of beauty for ashes…

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

Beauty is where you find it- keep watch…

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Photo by K. Davis

Yesterday we focused on adjusting our perspective to bloom where we’re planted. Now that we’re here, look around and find the beauty that God has promised. God promises to comfort us, to meet us right where we are and comfort us. He promises to exchange a crown of beauty for our ashes. He promises to strengthen us, to build us up like a great Oak- solid and steadfast.

Keep watch for the beauty that He sprinkles in your path everyday- in the reflection of the stars, in the color of the hummingbird and butterfly, and in the blossoms amidst the rocks and fields. Let is reassure you that He is comforting you and building you up!

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Blooming right smack dab where He plants us…

We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up.  We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

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Photo credit: K. Davis

These perfect yellow wildflowers are in full bloom. They do not know that they aren’t in a gorgeous, picturesque meadow & they didn’t refuse to be brilliant handiwork of the Creator because they aren’t in an ideal location, a perfect circumstance, or surrounded by other lovely flowers. They bloomed precisely where they were planted.

Regardless of our surroundings, our location, or  even if we feel like a flower among jagged rocks, we are called to bloom right smack dab wherever we are planted. You are a child of God, a masterpiece of the Creator, and crowned by the Most High King. You are exactly where He ordained you to be, and you are equipped with exactly what you need to bloom! Change your perspective. Instead of wishing you were somewhere else, doing something else, try thanking Him for putting you precisely where He wants you to be, and then focus on blooming.

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