I love to dance. I think it’s more about the zone I’m in while dancing. A fun, carefree zone. No dance floor is required and a partner is optional. Dancing through the house is the most fun of all.
What makes you feel like dancing? Great Music, Your Favorite Artist, A Hot Guy, A Fun Party, or A Good Hair Day? Now that you’re thinking about dancing consider this. No matter what you see around you right now God has an incredible future lined up for you. He promised it in Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Your family situation may be unstable but your Heavenly Father promised to prosper you, give you hope, and a future. These are promises with power. The power you need to get through this time of turmoil in your life. God’s got it handled. Kick up your heels and celebrate!
The old saying goes, “The only thing certain in life is death and taxes.” Jesus gave us one more certainty. Hope. As a daughter to your Heavenly Father your future is all mapped out. No matter the detours God has the best possible future waiting for you. Public displays of gratitude are accepted!
Know I’m praying for you,
Music for your iPod: Dance, Dance, Dance by Mandisa
You know, would it be preposterous to think that being in love with Jesus could radically change the way we see ourselves, our families, and our lives in general? This is a very simple concept to intellectually understand but much harder to really grasp in application in our lives.
Ponder this question… If Jesus is truly who He says He is and you know Him, does His Life in you change you?
I’m convinced that many of us (believers in Christ) live lives that show little to no reflection of the powerful God that we are in relationship with in the midst of our problems. I’m speaking to myself as well. How often do we ever look at our circumstances in the light of faith? I don’t very often. It’s more in the light of how much it hurts, how unfair it is or how bad this makes me look, etc.
Ephesians 3:18-19 says, “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
We have a spring of wealth available to us in the form of His love. You may think, how can this ever be enough to deal with all I am going through? Well, that is a question that only God can answer for you personally. I invite you to join me in seeking Him for understanding of the dimensions of His love in order that we might be complete.
While pondering on my life, I don’t always think the picture is beautiful. Often I think it is a grab-bag of hurts, laughs, pains, mistakes, cries, joys, and sorrows all mixed into one. I’m sure you may feel that way too.
The other day, I was having dinner with a friend and a lady that came as a guest speaker to our church. The guest speaker asked my friend to tell her about how she was raised, her family, etc. You know, the “get-to-know-you” type of question. My friend explained that she was raised in a Christian home. Her parents had been married over 20 years, she was home schooled, and her father was a minister. Such a wonderfully crafted family history….and don’t get me wrong, I love my friend dearly. But by the end of her speech, I felt like a peon.
Of course, the guest speaker turns to me and asks, “So what about you Kyara? What was your family like?” I knew it was coming. I knew that my broken home couldn’t measure up but I still felt the need to impress. In a very defeat manner, I expressed: “Well, my mother and father were divorced. My grandparents were avid believers in Christ. That is where I learned about the Lord.” I felt so…messed up and inadequate.
It was as if, I was not good enough because my past was so murky. However, God showed me in that moment, very clearly,—Your past does not determine who you are. You belong to me. I determine who you are. After working through my distress and embarrassment, I had no other choice but to believe Him.
Who we are has no correlation with where we have been or what has happened to us. Our identity comes from our relationship with the King of Kings. And in His time, our past will become a beautiful tapestry, which points directly back to Him.
King Solomon (King David’s Son) says this: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a)
He will make your story and mine as beautiful as His story.