Heaven’s Lens

Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2

Many of us have been programmed to think and see the worst in people, circumstances and ourselves. Professional Fault-Finders; often wired from childhood to think and prepare for the worst. We are also best known as our own personal worst critic.  Even in the midst of praise for your attributes and accomplishments you can’t help but to find something wrong.

Then along came Jesus preaching, “Repent!” Change the way you think.  What a bold request; a request that goes against every fiber of your natural being. To abandon the way you’re wired and see yourself not as a “Hot Mess” but through Heaven’s lens…Faultless, Forgiven, Perfected and Loved. That’s challenging for some of us.

I suppose Heaven’s view would look like this:

I am not past, my addictions or pain.

I am a New Creation, the old me is dead and gone, the new me is here to stay.

I am not my sins.

I am Forgiven. My sins, (past, present and future) are Nailed To The Cross.

Forgiven and Forgotten.

There is no more condemnation for me. Sin has No Dominion over me anymore.

I am not weak, a victim or a failure.

I am More Than A Conqueror. I can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens me.

I am a Co-heir with Christ, created to do good works.  I am Destined to Reign and Succeed.

Enough about who I was, this is who I am: Chosen By God, Justified By Faith, Glorified in Christ and at Peace with God. No longer conformed to the patterns of this world but conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. I am the Righteousness of God in Christ. No longer a Fault Finder but a Faith Seeker. I am light and salt to this Earth. I am the Apple of God’s Eyes, the one whom the Father So Loved. I’m wired in Christ now and as Christ is, So Am I.  My Friend that is how Heaven sees you.

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Father Keep Me Encouraged

I was wrapping up my morning prayer when I said, “Father, keep me encouraged today.” I gasped as soon as the words left my mouth. I couldn’t believe I just said that. I’ve been saved for almost half my life; these words shouldn’t be coming out of my mouth. I felt ashamed. God has performed miracle upon miracle in my life. He’s made the impossible, possible so many times. My entire household is blessed beyond measure. I have more than enough to be encouraged about. If King David could encourage himself after losing his wives and kids and the family’s of his men to the enemy. Surely I can muster up enough encouragement for myself. Looking back at all the Lord had done for me only made me feel worse. Besides, things were good. There was no reason for me to make such a request. I felt so ungrateful and selfish.

That’s when I heard the Lord say, “If your child were to ask you for help and it was within your power to help them, would you ever deny them? I thought… No.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it wouldn’t matter how many times I’ve helped my kids in the past. It wouldn’t matter how great or small the need was; if they need me, I’m there. I don’t keep a tally. I would never say, “Sorry kid you’ve hit your limit, or you’re an adult now, you’re on your own.” To be honest I take pleasure in helping them, even with the things I know they can do themselves. I love being there for them. I like to think that the love I have for my children is but a fraction of the Love God has for us. If it pleases me to encourage my children then I have to believe that it pleases God to keep me encouraged.

I was led to the book of Romans and with 7 words God replaced that shame that crept into my heart with love and a boldness that set me free. This is what I read: “…The God who gives endurance and encouragement…” Romans 15:15 NIV. I didn’t even finish the rest of the verse and I didn’t need to. All I needed was these few words, that He is the God who gives endurance and encouragement. Never again will I ever hesitate to ask my Heavenly Father to keep me encouraged. The greatest trick of the enemy is to keep us too ashamed to come to the Father with our needs. Hebrews 4:16 encourages us, “to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. “

I was feeling a bit burnt out that day. I needed a “pick me up”. I thought because of my “maturity in Christ” that I was beyond asking God for the little things. If God cares to count the hairs on our head surely He cares about the little things that goes on in our lives.

I want to plant this verse in you. “ May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” -(2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) May this seed of truth take root in your heart today. 🙂

Be encouraged Child of God and don’t ever hesitate to cast your cares upon our Father who cares about you and loves you with an unfailing love.

You Are God’s Heart

You Are God’s Heart

pink roseThis is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1john 4:9-11

You are the object of God’s Love. The one God sacrificed His ALL for. Open up your heart and your eyes to a Love that stands before you with arms open wide. God’s not looking at your past or your faults. Your degrees and accomplishments. All He sees is His Love for you. A Love that never fails, leaves, or forsake you. A Love that won’t put you to shame.

All God wants is a life with you, its evident in how He identifies Himself throughout the bible: Father, Husband, Friend. That same power that raised God’s Beloved Son from the grave, He wants to place inside of you. He wants to equip you and provide for you. He wants to be everything you want and need and more. God’s desire is to see you live a life filled with dreams fulfilled and heart’s satisfied. A life filled with peace and overwhelming joy. Strength when you feel  weak.  Fearless and confident when the world tries to break you.

The thing about God is that He doesn’t make a promise He can’t keep; better yet there is no lie in Him. God says He has a plan for you, one that will prosper you in every area of your life. No longer defeated but victorious. No longer broken but made whole. A conqueror, an overcomer, a beacon of light and hope to others. That’s His plan for you. He wants to take you to greater heights and deeper depths. A place where you’re not shaken by the issues of this world. A place above the boisterous winds and the chaotic waves of this life. He wants to give you something the world cannot give you, Peace, Rest, Hope and  a Love that never fails or wavers. God’s greatest desire is to see you win.  He wants to save you from this empty, fruitless world and bless you with life and more life.

Will you let Him? Will you give God a moment of your time; open your heart to Him for just a moment to see the Truth for yourself. One moment with God can change your life forever. You don’t have to take any man or woman’s word for it, you can find out for yourself.

My hope is that you seize that moment with God while you can. Give Him a chance to show you the depth of His Love and if He has already, take your conversation to the next level. Ask the Father to reveal to you your purpose and gift to this world. The world needs your gift, it’s waiting for it, now is the time to discover it and pursue it and remember this, if God gave it to you that means you are fully equipped to carry it out.

In Jesus name I pray that you see the Father’s Heart for you. May salvation and God’s Love be yours. Amen to the grace and glory of God.

Love,

-A Kingdom Princesspink rose

A Word From Our Father

A Word From Our Father

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I did not redeem you to charge you for what I’ve done
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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1John 4:10

 I did not justify you to remind you of your guilt.

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 , Hebrews 10:16-18

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I did not reconcile you to cast you out of My presence.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

REPENT, says the LORD! Change the way you think of Me.

“For God so loved the world [YOU] that He [willingly] gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  [emphasis mine]

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ [towards you], and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:17-19 [emphasis mine]

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” -1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Thank you Father God!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter my Mom wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not, you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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I Am Not My Past.

I am not my mistakes.

I am not my addiction.

I am not my flaws.

I am not my pain.

I am not someone’s accident.

I am loved by God and nothing can separate me from this Love.

I am the object of His Grace and Mercy.

I am the one He sent His Beloved Son for.

I am the one who Christ laid down His Life for.

The one He shed His Righteous Blood for.

The one who He fought for, died and rose for.

I am the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I didn’t earn this Righteousness; it was a Gift from God.

A Gift given not because I loved Him so much but because He loves me that much!

While I was in sin, while I was indulging in my filth and rebellion, He stretched His arms out wide on that wooden cross and He Loved Me…Perfectly.

He took All of my sins, my shame, my sickness and my punishment and He nailed it to the cross.

Christ took my death and gave me His Abundant Life.

He took my place and gave me His Grace.

I am a child of God, the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I Am In Christ.

No longer defeated by life or living in fear of death.

I am a new creature in Christ, the old me is dead and gone.

I am a new person, a conqueror and an heir to the throne of Grace.

I am an Instrument of Righteousness.

No longer an instrument that brought hurt and pain to those I claim to love.

That one who blew up everything it touched and left a dark trail of destruction, gut wrenching heartbreak and deadly wounds behind.

I Am God’s Instrument.

A vessel that helps, heals, encourages and brings hope to all whom God puts in my path.

As Christ is so am I on this earth. Whole, Healed…Victorious.

I am a Messenger of Grace and Truth, seated at the right hand of the Father.

In Christ I can do all things through Him who strengthens, empowers and equips me.

I am a child of Light, no longer a slave to ignorance and darkness.

In me is Life, Liberty and the saving power of Christ.

I Am Not Influenced by this World, I Am The Yeast In This world…I influence it!

I Am A Gift to this world, chosen for this particular place and this particular time to fulfill a purpose that God placed in me at the beginning of time.

A Purpose that will Change and Inspire this Generation.

I am Saved.

Justified.

At Peace with God.

I am Forgiven.

I am Intimately Loved and Passionately Pursued by Him.

I’m worth fighting for and dying for.

I Am Who God Says I Am.

I… Am… HIS!

 

Hope For the Future Prayer

Hope For the Future Prayer

hope is...May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Here’s the thing about Hope, it is the key ingredient of the substance that produces our faith; its our confidence in the unseen.

Hope is what saved us (Romans 8:24). Hope fought for us and laid its life down for us. Hope renews and strengthens us (Isaiah 40:31). Hope takes us to places we can only dream of. Hope never fails and will never put you to shame (Romans 5:5).

Did you know that our hope pleases God, He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

This scripture was the seed of hope that was planted in my life and took root in my heart. It grows and blossoms everyday bearing fruits of joy, peace and love even in the midst of a storm. The funny thing is I didn’t seek this promise out, it came to me and it continues to find its way back to me in the most interesting ways especially during the hard times. There is a second part to this promise that is often overlooked. In it God says,

“You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declared the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14. Not only does God promise you a life and a  future you can look forward to He promises to be with you every step of the way. To never leave or forsake you. God is with you.

God’s promise is everything to me. It’s my lifeboat and my anchor. It’s God’s life-breathed word, His gentle embrace; it’s His perfect love for me. Lately it’s been my declaration prayer. This is what I’d like to share with you today, this is my Hope for the Future Prayer:

I know that God has a plan for me, Its not to harm me

But to help me grow and succeed in every area of my life.

Whenever doubt arises, I can call on Him. He will show me the path, He will show me His way.

God is faithful and true. God is a Promise Keeper. I’m not in this alone for He is with me.

I’m excited about His hopes and plans for me.

God’s plan gives me hope for the future.

Today, I take another step toward that future.

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Having Hope

Having Hope

hopeI was in a very dark place in my life. My heart was completely broken, my relationships were failing, my life felt like shattered glass. It was useless picking up the pieces. I had given up…on everything, including my faith. Then an Angel in the form of my sister-in-grace reached out to me. She said she had a word for me from God.

He said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 When my sister-in-law said this I laughed, I said to her, “My life is falling apart. I can barely get through today without crying my eyes out and you expect me to have hope for the future.”

She said, “This is God’s promise to you, I need you to hold on to His promise.”

“You have no idea how I feel,” is what I said to her, “you’ve never gone through pain like this before!”

“Actually, I have.” Is what she said, I could hear it in her voice. She was telling me the truth. We both went silent for a while. “Do me favor”, she said, “the next time you find yourself so overwhelmed by the hurt that it feels like you can’t breathe, I want you to do this one thing for me.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“I want you to praise Him.” I remembered thinking, its official, she’s crazy! It’s time to hang up the phone now.

“I know that sounds crazy,” Is what she said. Whoa, did she read my mind? “But I want you to trust me in this.” She pleaded.

As I mentioned earlier faith had left the building for me, so this idea of having hope when all hope was lost and trusting God again seemed insane to me. But there was something about her faith and her confidence in this promise that encouraged me to at least try.

Moments later…

There I was lying on the bathroom floor. The cool tile felt good against my tear-stained cheek. The hurt raged within me like a vicious storm.

“I can’t do this, I won’t do this.” I argued, but I promised her that I would. “God I praise You, I give You the glory. Thank you Father, Hallelujah! It hurts Father, God it hurts so bad, but I give You the praise and the glory Lord!”

What felt like the weakest moment in my life became the most powerful and most defining moment of my life. The weight I was carrying suddenly lifted. I didn’t realize how hard I was fighting to keep myself together. I felt this presence that laid beside me and wrapped strong arms around me. Then came the peace that stole in like a gentle wind. It dried my tears and eased my mind. The headache I had that felt like an atomic bomb had gone off in my head, quickly faded away. My heart, though broken, somehow felt…cared for. I don’t know how else to explain it except to say that Hope came in. Now this hope was not a feeling I felt, but a presence. Not a human being, someone far more divine. I believe Christ Himself showed up in that bathroom. I left that bathroom with Hope by my side. I walked away feeling like I can try this faith thing one more time.

Things didn’t change in my life right away. I spent many more days crying and praying on that bathroom floor. Somehow I was able to hold on to God’s promise. Probably because everywhere I went I kept seeing or hearing His promise. I needed a new key chain and there it was, a key chain about having Hope amongst a bunch of goofy, non-Christian key chains. I’d turn on the TV or the radio and I’d hear Jeremiah 29:11. The word “hope” or the phrase, “hope for the future”, would pop up on my favorite TV shows, a commercial, a poster, or in a movie I’m watching. I didn’t have to fight to hold on to Hope because it was all around me. It kept chasing me down. It was as if Hope was fighting for me. Then one day I began to feel it on the inside and soon it began to manifest itself in every area of my life.

That was Seven Years Ago.

I asked God to explain the, “not harm me” part of His promise because what I went through really hurt me. He explained that He would never allow anything to come my way that would irrevocably damage me. Any pain in this life would only be temporary. He would never take me to a place beyond His repair.

What appeared to be a loss was actually a gain. I gained strength that I didn’t know I had access to, knowledge that I didn’t have before and confidence in knowing that I can overcome anything and do extraordinary things through Christ. Above all I came away with an awareness of just how great God’s love is for me. I can truly testify to who Christ is. I can now write and speak with a boldness that I did not have before that says, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

My Prayer for You

I want you to know and grab a hold of this, God loves you child of God with an Unfailing Love. His plans and hopes for you are real and it’s going to touch every area of your life. You may be down and out right now but it’s not for long. It may feel like you can’t but believe me when I say that you can have Hope For The Future. For Christ is your HOPE! It’s an unshakeable, unbreakable promise from God. Signed and sealed by His beloved Son Jesus when He shed His righteous blood on the cross for you. Today I’m living that promise.

My Heaven Valentine

My Heaven Valentine

What is Love?GodisLove

Is it a tender kiss? Is it a smile that warms you from across the room? Is it flowers and heart-shaped candy given to you on Valentine’s Day? Sweet, yes, but is that love? Not quite for these things are but a shadow of what real love is.

Love is God, for God is Love and His Love was made perfect when He gave up His Beloved Son Jesus so that the objects of His Love can receive the gift of eternal life.

Love left His Kingly throne to become flesh and make His home amongst us. To feel what we feel and learn what its like to be human. Love didn’t come to judge or condemn, He came bearing the gifts of grace, truth and hope. Love gave sight to the blind, speech to the mute, Hope to the brokenhearted and liberty to the bound. When asked by one who was sick and made to live as an outcast in this world, “If you are willing you can make me whole.” Love touched whom the world had thrown away and said, “I am willing.” And He made this man and countless others whole.

He was stricken for our sake and we thought Him cursed by God. Many despised Love. He was betrayed, falsely imprisoned, beaten, spit on, ridiculed and rejected by the ones He came to save. Love had the power to save Himself but He chose to submit to the will of His Father.

Love was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. Love chose to be nailed to a cross to bear all of our sins. At the appointed time Love died on that cross, taking our shame, guilt and sickness with Him. As promised Love rose three days later victorious for He overcame our biggest fear, which is Death.

Love took our unrighteousness and gave us His righteousness. Love took our pain and guilt and gave us His everlasting peace. Love took our weakness and gave us His Spirit. Love made us sons and daughters of God. He bore the wrath of God that was meant for us so that we may receive the fullness of His Father’s Love.

Love loved us even while we were still in sin. Love laid down His life so that we can take up His. That…is … Love! Christ is Love!

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Father God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I just wanted to take this moment to say that I love you. You are my Heaven Valentine. You gave me your Heart so that I may live. Thank you for loving me first. Thank you for loving us with an unchanging and everlasting love.

Happy Valentine’s Day God’s beloved! Know that every day is Valentine’s Day for you who are in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.

“…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have Love, I am nothing. If I give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have Love, I gain nothing.”-1Corinthians 13:2-3


 

When Jesus Praises The Father

When Jesus Praises The Father

Whether I’m feeling victorious on God’s mountaintop or discouraged in the valley, I can count on my praise and worship of our God to lift my spirit. Whether I’m enjoying a peaceful day in the Lord or in the midst of a stormy trial; when thanksgiving and His praise fills my heart and leaves my lips, the atmosphere changes. Somehow I walk away feeling a little bit stronger. I find myself standing a little bit taller and my faith in Christ feels significantly greater. It’s a strange concept. I often wondered how praising someone else could leave me feeling encouraged.

Imagine my delight when the Lord revealed the answer to this mystery through Jesus’ praise and worship of the Father in Matthew 11:25-30.

Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”

“…Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

An Invitation

Look at what follows Jesus’ praise, an invitation to rest. Jesus’ praise is also recorded in the book of Luke 10:21-24, and it ends with Him telling His disciples how blessed they are.

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

I like what the apostle Peter says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.[i]

It’s no wonder we’re transformed in the midst of His praises, for it ushers us into His rest. It reminds us of the Father’s unfailing love and that we’re not alone in this. I don’t believe God is seeking praise for Himself, scripture testifies to this. I believe praying, fasting and praise is how we submit our efforts to the Spirit. I see these signs of submission being received as a gentle tug on God’s garment. Like the woman with the issue blood (see Mark 5:21-34/Luke 8:40-48), our tug draws power from God.

Rejuvenation, strength, hope, peace and rest flows to us effortlessly simply because we desire it, we desire Him. It’s not a way to manipulate God into doing things for you, if that’s your intent, you won’t receive His gift. You can’t manipulate for something that is freely given.

Be encouraged children of God. In every situation praise Him and let His Spirit take you to new heights in Him. In Jesus name. Amen.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”[ii]


[i] 1 Peter 1:3-4

[ii] Psalm 28:7