Delights

When you are someone who loves to write. When you are a writer, one of the things that you will struggle with is the question, “What use is what I’m writing, how will my writing change the world, who even cares?”

It doesn’t matter what other people think, it only matters what our Heavenly Father thinks of what we do. If we could only catch a glimpse of how God truly feels about us we would know that we do everything for Him and because of Him.

So what are you struggling with today? What questions do you have for God today? Are you hurting, are you envious, are you asking God why isn’t it happening for me the way that it’s happening for her?

Wait on God he knows you inside out, He delights in you, you are always on His mind. Our journeys are not the same, but God is always the same, He does not change. Keep being obedient, keep walking in the Light, and He will direct your path.
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 #lovenotes #Jesus #Delight

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Dear Heart

You are smart, beautiful, inspired and full of passion.

You are a daughter of hope and you’ve hardly scratched the surface of what God has in store for you, so open your eyes and see that there is no single way to follow your dreams, let the Holy Spirit lead and you will perceive the depths to which Jesus is taking you.

I commend you for jumping off the emotional roller-coaster and choosing to embrace, truth and acceptance. Life is not without its challenges, but Jesus promises that He is with us always.

Pray without ceasing and worry less, at the appointed time things will fall into place. And like you realized the other day – one day you will be glad that God chose not to do things your way but His. (His way is always the best.)

Five months into the year and it doesn’t seem like any growth has taken place. But you know that faith consists often of things unseen and things hoped for, things that are not yet in existence, but will soon exist. Hold on to that truth so that your emotions don’t overwhelm you and so that anxiety wouldn’t get the best of you.

And lastly hold on to this, remember the Word, re-read it , meditate on it ,pray about it and trust God above all else.

Love,

A friend of Christ

The Abundance of Grace…


There was a time not long ago that I found myself celebrating a small victory, the man that I had been crushing on was giving me a little extra attention…in that moment of celebration I was struck with the earth shattering realization, that I was living off a victory  of crumbs. Dry, tasteless, hardly palatable crumbs of attention. I sat in silence, momentarily paralyzed by the truth of what God was showing me. Suddenly amidst the truth of His abundant grace, I caught a glimpse of how short – lived my victory would be; how unsatisfying this win would be, that soon I would once again be scratching in the dirt for another event that would bring me joy.

It’s in that moment that I felt God’s heart towards me, His desire to see me living off a true and constant stream; or even, a river of overwhelming, supernatural constant joy. I am to live off true victory and not off fickle spurts of attention. Which brings me to this question:

Have you ever really liked someone?

Have you ever had a crush on someone and still felt unseen. It’s like having a parched throat, and trying to quench your thirst with the last drops of a water bottle. It works only momentarily. No sooner have you swallowed water, than you find yourself thirsty again. You see just an ounce of attention drives you giddy with excitement, but it’s not enough when you want the whole pound. Am I right?

I find this hunger for significance leaks from my relationships into work. Sometimes I work so hard on a project, straining and investing all of myself in it – hungry for praise, thirsty for worth, begging for significance.Yet for all of that I do, I am rewarded with a simple, “well done” which to me hardly seems fair .  My expectations are fairly high but the result is paltry to my parched heart. Again God reminded me that in all my efforts, my earthly reward is but crumbs compared to the fullness of joy that is mine in him. So when, “well done,” is momentarily sufficient, and I am okay to work for morsels, I am only stoking the ravenous fire of hunger, a single coal at a time.

With new clarity I could see that once my one craving was met/ fed I would start asking for more attention – seeking for something else to fulfill my heart. That’s rather ungrateful I thought to myself, but God was right this is how I would become perpetuating a cycle of craving & feeding and then craving some more, if I refused to acknowledge that people I don’t know could not meet such high expectations. In that moment, God showed me he wants me to learn to revel in the abundance of His grace, because when crumbs are weighed against the bread of abundance, abundance wins hands down.

I can be fueled by God’s love, His Word & His Presence or I can be fueled by attention from the guy I like, my boss, recognition at work. One source is ever present (omnipotent) and the other is fleeting, temporary and inconsistent.

So what does it mean then to experience the grace of the abundance:

In a talk by author of “Boundaries”, John Townsend illustrates grace with a picture of God, or a parent, coming into the deep well off water, where we are drowning in our dilemmas. He describes grace as coming to sit with us and tell us that he is with us. The abundance of God’s grace is the love of God demonstrated for us in our relationships, with our safe people – people we can be vulnerable, whose presence is reassuring, who can love us through and despite our weakness. These are the people we can count on when we feel lost. The abundance of grace, is God filling us in our needy places, with the help of our community – it helps us not to look for significance in things and people that don’t know us, who don’t know how to meet our expectations, who aren’t committed to reminding us of our worth. When this abundance stands up against the crumbs of attention (from people who have no business holding us up, who have no knowledge of our worth) this all encompassing abundance wins, reminding us that we have and will always be loved, held up and embraced.

Those crumbs of attention that I spoke of at earlier  – they always demand a performance for me to gain  the approval, I was so desperately seeking. But that abundance of Grace, only requires me to be who I am, whether I’m messy  or organized o whether I am just figuring things out, so that in my imperfection , I can let go and let my self be carried, as I discover the restorative power of someone being patient with me, of someone loving me without requiring me to meet a standard.

We need to know that we are significant before we do something right. Our rightness cannot be based on performance, but rather it is based on a grace and love which has been offered to us before we know how to love back.

Project Love

Have you ever felt different, like you might be special but no – one else can see it?

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Have you ever been taken advantage of used until, you opened your eyes and realized that what was supposed to be a mutually beneficial relationship has left you drained, lost and confused?

Have you ever felt undermined -like what you bring to the table has been undervalued, always left feeling that you need to out-perform your last milestone, because it just didn’t feel good enough or was not recognized as such.

Have you ever felt meaningless because somehow you are losing at everything, and winning at something would mean compromising your values, it would mean not standing up for the things you believe in. So instead, you settle for feeling like a loser because winning has become a foreign concept.

Do you feel left out? Like you’re not part of the married with kids club, or the found my dream husband club, or the faithful and loving boyfriend’s club , or the successful career and making it club, or beauty with brains or just outstandingly beautiful and fit club, or the fun and fancy free or the travelling around the world care free club. Which club are you not a part of? None or all of the above? How many more places are you not fitting in?

Here’s a thought for today that can restore your hope: There’s no one on this planet who always feels included or wanted, and some of us can handle that truth but some of us cannot. Some of us can’t just take it as a part of life. Some of us struggle with feeling even a hint of rejection. When we are like that we need to look to God and what he wants to communicate to us about who we are and our purpose, sometimes we have to dig deep and remind ourselves that we are incredibly unique and fashioned to make a difference regardless of our station in our life and our emotional state. It’s work to try to remember these important things but it is also good, it is worthwhile and rewarding.

So in that moment of discouragement I hope you hold out for the truth. Today the truth just may be that you are loved and accepted, and the truth is also this:

“Sometimes being “left out” of something is God’s way of reminding you that you are being “chosen” for something else.”

#Onedayatatime #projectlove

Welcome to Project Love: I am Munatsi and this is my project.

Creation

by Munatsi Shambare

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                     “Taking the Glory” by ohitzanna is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

You’re drawn from lines and trimmed at edges,
Both rough and fine, all hewn from ledges
Of trees and vines and rugged hedges
From earth and grout and heaven’s dredges.

You are beautiful beyond imagine,
Creation’s best our eyes envision
A riddle, a song, a complex metaphor
God’s own handmade flesh covered semaphore.

 

2015 Starting Strong & Continuing in Strength

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In writing this post I’m picking up from where I left off in Parting Shots. I know what I have written here reflects growth, understanding, and clarity. As I pursue growth and wholeness, I see greater cohesion in the fabric of the things I write and also in the way I think, thus in the freshness of 2015, I felt to share what has been on my mind.

Coming to the end of the beginning of a new year can sometimes bring unexpected results. You may be reeling at how quickly time has passed and how far you’ve slipped from your goals. You might even think to yourself – I thought this year would be different from the last year.

Suddenly it hits you that goals, aspirations, objectives or whatever you like to call them – you can’t write them down once, close your book and walk away. It takes effort to follow through and takes heart to stay encouraged. Accountability is like your North – pointing you back to the beginning and assessment keep you moving forward. Significantly it takes prayer to make it stick and to help you believe that it’s possible to realize your dreams.

Surrendering my hopes and my goals to God is literally the most elemental part of reaching my goals and pursuing his call on my life. This surrendering is an everyday thing . Even though I don’t always do the surrendering part well, I trust in the sufficiency of His grace to lift me back on my feet.

In reflection, 2015 has been a good year for me so far. My prayers are being answered – even sometimes in ways that I don’t expect. God is at work and he cares for me.

I am still learning what it is to count blessings and to hold on to the good knowing that no matter what, it will always outweigh the bad.

I am excited for what lies ahead in 2015. As my outlook is being transformed I am continuing to pursue the things I love passions and leaving the past behind.

The reality is that though mistakes are inevitable, each one is also a learning experience. I am also continually realizing that God’s plans surprise me and find me unprepared mostly, and that whether I hit a brick wall, I will often turn a corner and find an open door

One key to staying the course is knowing that hard work needs hard rest. There is in addition great benefit to not worrying.

I have found the value in respecting myself enough to be comfortable with not agreeing with every opinion that others have and still accepting other people, with their opinions, quirks and tastes.

Love others as you love yourself and learn to forgive others and yourself.