Jump-Start Your Week

Fun fact: Monday is my favorite day of the week. I know that I am getting some wide eyes and side eyes, but just give me a second to explain myself. 

I love that every single week we are presented with a new opportunity to live the life that we have imagined. The last week may have been awful, full of heartache, and you may have wanted to quit... but coming on the horizon is another Monday, and it is begging you to give it a chance. Mondays show you that life is great and that God is faithful. Mondays are full of potential, and they have the ability to determine the trajectory of the next six days. Mondays are GOOD if you allow them to be.

You may be overwhelmed by life, or you may hate your job... Either way, I challenge you to keep your faith and expectation UP today! Walk into your office this morning with a smile. Your hope is ALIVE in Jesus. 

Here is what I know: Jesus is into every single detail of our lives. He is faithful. He is good. You may be in the biggest fight of your life, but that does not have to weigh you down. Your circumstances and feelings do not dictate who you are, and they do not dictate who God is.

The choice is yours: problem or potential? Every Monday has the potential for a miracle.

Happy Monday!

I won’t let the storm weather my heart.
I won’t let the darkness beat me down.
Sing in the night, my hope alive in You.

I’ll walk through the fire and not get burned.
Pray in the fight and watch it turn.
Jesus, tonight I give it all to You.
— When the Fight Calls - Hillsong Y&F

Faith It

Mary needed to hear Jesus to believe. The disciples needed to see his hands and his side to believe. Thomas needed to feel the scars to believe. God is a personal God, and He reveals Himself to us in a way that is unique to each of us.

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Orlando

Jesus left everyone he met in awe of his far-reaching, incomprehensible, outrageous love. As followers of Christ, THAT is our call.

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The Voice

God has not forgotten about you. He's not leading you into the wilderness to leave you there. Whose voice is the biggest in your life? To whom will you choose to listen? Can you do it alone? Can you do it afraid? Your answers - Your dreams - Your desires ... they're in your obedience. Just say yes!

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Dream On

Jesus made me a dreamer. I am the person that constantly creates fairytale scenarios AND ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL COME TRUE! One day I got really discouraged, because I realized that my surroundings did not correspond to the dreams in my heart. In my world, big dreams come with a fear of being disappointed. I brought that fear to Jesus, and he led me to 2 Kings 4.

1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”

But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left."

This is what God spoke to me as I read those verses:

1. You've got to lose your pride to gain your blessing. The widow had to ASK for help to get to her miracle. I believe that the same can be said for our lives. We need relationships. The people that God has placed in your life may be the very same people who will catapult you into your blessing. 

2. Don't minimize the seed. When Elisha asked the widow what she had in her possession, she replied by saying that she had nothing, except for a small jar of olive oil. That small jar of oil turned into a miracle. That seed paid off her debt and was enough provision for the rest of her life. What you have may seem small, but if you are faithful with the "little" that God has given you, God will bless it and turn it into exactly what you need.

3. Your expectations have a direct impact on your blessing. The oil stopped flowing when all of the jars were filled. If the widow would have borrowed less, her blessing probably wouldn't have been as big. 

Dear Dreamer,

You can't out-dream God; He is the one who places the dreams in your heart. Hold on tight to your dream. Sow the seed. Plow the field. Expect a huge harvest. And whatever you do, dream on.

God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
— Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

 

xo

Amaris

The Waiting Game

I just want to encourage you that God sees. He sees the desires of your heart, and He sees the tears that you have cried. Keep worshipping God as He makes the necessary arrangements to fulfill your promise. He WILL be faithful to fulfill every promise He has made to you.

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