What’s in your hand?

“The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

Humans tend to operate from a deficit perspective, always quick to number and identify what is in lack. Mighty Moses, who would go on to lead the children of Israel, was also overly concerned with his perceived deficits. The Lord was not concerned with his lack but with the content of his hands. God will use Moses’ staff to perform one of the greatest miracles chronicled in the Bible.

Consider this perspective, what is in your hand? The same question that the Lord asked Moses, he is asking you! God is very aware of our deficits, our weaknesses, and the items we lack. After all, He is our Creator! However, let’s not be consumed with what we do not have and focus on what we do have. God can use our perceived “little” to do much!

Use what’s in your hands and watch your cup overflow. Use what’s in your hands and split your raging seas. Your desire to write, your passion for teaching, your degree in marketing—all can be tools for the kingdom of God! Your love for crafting can lead others to Christ. Your love for cooking can produce joy.

As you surrender all of who you are to Him, He will establish the work of your hands….

So sis, consider this, what’s in your hands? Now, surrender it to God and watch Him use it for His glory and your good.

Peace and Blessings

Abundant Life…

The Bible is filled with many promises, let’s focus on the beauty of John 10:10:

Doesn’t having abundant life just makes you want to shout?! Being a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ is full of life–abundant life, matter of fact! The beauty, majestic, and dominion of our Father, by the way of Jesus Christ, is represented in this truth.

However, this beautiful scripture also reminds us that we have a promise of an adversary. And sometimes we as believers simply stop there. Its evidenced by our willingnesss in allowing the enemy to steal our joy, our willingness in allowing him to destroy our dreams, and our willingness in allowing him to kill life-giving relationships. Whether we realize it or not, we submit to the snares of the enemy.

An abundant life can be achieved when we refuse to submit to the foolishness of the thief of our lives. We have the promise of an abundant life if we are able to press through the antics of the enemy. The promise of Jesus and the abundant life He gives is greater than obstacles the devil can (and will) throw our away.

Refuse to submit to the assignment of the enemy, he is a liar and he is the father of lies. Commit and submit to the assignment of our Lord and Savior. He is the absolute and final truth. Submit to the Victor. Submit to the promise of abundant life!

It is time to experience the full life that’s found in Christ! It is time to experience the full life that’s found in pursuing that dream, fulfilling your purpose, and maintaining life-giving relationships. Abundant life is found in moving from surviving to thriving. Abundant life is actively pursuing peace, wisdom, and joy.

Sisters, enjoy the fullness of life, it is the promise of Christ.

Peace and Blessings

Safety of Submission…

For some, this word is almost like a curse word. Have you ever uttered: “I’m not submitting to anyone!”? Or maybe you’ve heard how degrading, derogatory, or disrespectful submission is suppose to be. Or you’ve heard this phrase: “only dogs submit”.

Maybe people aren’t aware of what submission is or perhaps they are simply echoing the beliefs that others have articulated. Perhaps submission has been used in the improper context. Either way, submission gets a bad rap!

Recently on a podcast about marriage, submission was defined as “being under (sub) the mission of your spouse” (Melissa Fredericks). Whoa! What an simplified, yet powerful definition! That makes the concept of submission just a little more acceptable.

This understanding of submission applies to our relationship with God. Matter of fact, with Him is where submission starts! Before we can think about submitting to our husbands, we must begin with God.

Scripture makes this truth very clear.

Ladies, please do not let the world taint your perception of submission! In it’s proper context, it’s so beautiful! Its not about being a dog or being trampled over by someone. It’s about being under the mission, will, and protection of our Father. There is no other safest place to be!

When you are submitted to Him, you are victorious over the enemy. When you are in agreement with the mission of the Father, you understand why its important to submit to your husband and other authority figures (check out Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:21-25). There are promises for you as you submit to God (1 Peter 5:6, Job 22:21). Most importantly, submission is the Father’s design for us!

So submit, therefore, yourselves to God. Let’s not allow the world to distort a concept that was handcrafted by the Creator Himself. Let’s not forget that Jesus, perfect in every way, submitted Himself to the Father. He’s the model, He’s the standard. Cry out that you are under the mission of God!

Say yes to the mission, will and purpose of the Father! Trust that His plan is perfect! Trust that He will protect you and keep you safe. Find safety in submission.

Peace and Blessings