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The Miracle Of Restoration!

Looking back on my life, I can see so many times where I made mistakes, committed sin and missed the mark. I like to think I have learned and grown from most of those experiences. The major thing I have learned from my failures, is that God is uniquely merciful, abounding in grace and infinitely loving. His forgiveness and restoration encourages me to live and learn and one of the greatest ways I have found to do that is by showing my appreciation for what God has done by learning from my mistakes, atoning for my sins and making amends for where I have failed others.

I receive forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but so that my heart might be freed up from the energy that is wasted in a battle of shame caused by the continual back and forth with guilt. I am God’s special creation and With His unconditional love, He shows me that my value is not based on what I have or have not done, but on who he is and who he created me to be. Romans 5:2 says: “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

God’s goal for us is blessing. God is not trying to catch us doing something wrong. God is attempting to help us grow to our best. He does that, not by punishing us, but by correcting us. The process of our turning from our sin and turning to our God allows atonement to do a work in our heart and life, enabling us to live life at the higher place We were created for. Atonement provides us the opportunity to begin again as many times as we need to, because the purpose is our education and growth, not our punishment and eradication. It is God using His gifts of love, grace and mercy to lift us up, grow us and empower us for the greater life of blessing we were created for.

Open your heart to recognize and learn from your mistakes, sins and failures. Allow atonement to do its work in, on and through your life by accepting responsibility for your dishonesty, laziness and carelessness which has caused harm to both yourself and others. Pray for and reach out to those you have wronged or who have been impacted by your wrong and seek healing and restoration. Learn from your challenges and grow to be the person of blessing you were created to be.

May your life be filled with His love that overcomes fear and supernatural light that illuminates and chases away the darkness.

Getting Rid Of Unnecessary Weight!

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is get out into nature. A fun way to do this is to load up my back pack and head out into the woods to escape to nowhere for a few days and just enjoy the creation of my surroundings. One of the things you learn after taking a few of these trips is that a lot of the stuff you pack, you don’t really need. Most people tend to carry around a lot of unnecessary weight and it doesn’t take long to learn the importance of getting rid of the unnecessary burden of extra weight. This is true on the trail and in life…

A burden is extra weight and is usually weight that is unnecessary. This is weight we can get rid of, if we want to and are willing to go through the process. We just have to surrender, let go of, be willing to give up what is weighing us down and there is great blessing in taking the time and making the effort. Stop for just a moment and think about what it is that is weighing you down. Make a “BURDEN LIST” and identify the things on that list that you need to let go of. And now, let’s make a plan to get rid of the unnecessary weight.

When you look at your burden list, what on the list can you do something about? If you can do something about it, then do it and move on. If you can’t do anything about it, then surrender it to God and move on. Either way, the key move for you to make is to “MOVE ON!” That mean’s get out from under the unnecessary burden and stop carrying around weight that is keeping you from your best and blessed life.

What are you carrying around right now that you need to surrender and let go of?

Jesus said in Matthew 28 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Be honest with yourself and with your Creator, and release whatever it is to God. You do not have to carry these unecessary burdens into your day as if they are some critical part of your human experience. Take it off of your back and put it in God’s hands. When you are powerless, He is powerful and this is usually the point that supernatural miracles begin to manifest themselves in our life.

Spirit will illuminate the darkness and love will overcome fear. With my thoughts, I identify the unnecessary weight of the burdens that are weighing me down and place them on the altar of sacrifice in my mind and willingly surrender them to God, knowing and trusting that God is alive and powerful in my Spirit, enabling me to overcome any challenges, so that I might experience the victory, blessings and growth I was created for.

You are not alone and you do not have to carry all the weight of life by yourself. Your Creator is waiting for you to allow Him to help you lighten your load by taking your burdens from you. Spirit will help your thinking to rise to a higher place of experience, so that you discover your supernatural strength that opens this human experience to miracles of love and light that chase away fear and illuminate darkness, which gets rid of the unnecessary weight you should have never been carrying around anyway.

At the end of the day, the point is: You should be enjoying this journey! This is much easier to do when you are not lugging around all that extra and unnecessary weight, so let it go…

If You’re Happy And You Know It!

When I was a little boy, we used to sing an activity song called: “If You’re Happy And You Know It…” We would sing the lyrics and follow them up with the action of clapping our hands, stomping our feet and shouting hop-ray… Here are the lyrics:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

When we are little kids, happiness seems so much easier. Happiness is easy, we just have to make up our mind to choose happiness over everything else. Emotions are up and then there down, much like a roller coaster. Circumstances change from good to bad and then back again. We experience it all, but always with the ability to choose our response.

What really matters is the eternal spiritual reality of love. It is unchanging and offers a solid foundation for building a life that matters, a life that can withstand whatever the world chooses to throw its way.

You have the power! Use it to choose eternal, spiritual thoughts of love. Move beyond what your physical senses are telling you and listen to the message found in between the beats of your heart. Accept life as it is and live in the security that everything has a purpose. Remember that love overcomes fear and light chases away darkness, this is your super power.

You have a choice – choose happiness by surrendering to Spirit and overcome the emotions that attempt to ensnare you and keep you from your created purpose. If your happy and you know it, clap your hands, stomp you feet and shout hoo-ray…