A Life Of Love 

In the kingdom, there is abundant love available. Our Father longs to lavish his love on us and to show us how to lavish love on each other. The first priority in the kingdom is for us to come to the Father to get all of our needs met; this is God’s strategic initiative, where he builds us up for our kingdom work. The second priority in the kingdom is for us to go out into the world and into the church and bear good fruit for him by loving others; this is God’s tactical initiative, the out working of his grace in our lives.

God’s strategic initiative, our A.I.R. Exercises – Our Father’s Approbation, Inspiration, and Restoration. If we are to live well the life that Our Father has granted us, we will need to take time each day to allow him to build us up in our spirits and in our souls. He longs to praise us, bless us, and affirm his love for us. We may come to him often and expectantly for him to pour out his love and grace into our hearts, minds, and lives.

God’s tactical initiative, our L.A.N.D. Exercises – Loving, Accepting, Nurturing, and Discipling – the life of Christ flowing through us to others. First, we love – we value highly each and every soul; we are patient and kind to all. Secondly, we accept each person at whatever stage of life they may be in; we love unconditionally. Thirdly, we nurture the life of God in each heart; we try to find out what each one needs in order to flourish. Finally, we disciple others; we find ways of bringing them along in the kingdom.

                      Perfect love casts out fear. 

  The more committed we are to living a life of love, by the mercy and grace of our loving Heavenly Father, the more he can replace our fears and our worries with love and faith and hope. We have only to come to him in our moments of need and he will exchange our weakness with his strength, our blindness with his sight, our fears with his faith and love.

                ~Brad Heilhecker

The Hard Way 

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt.7.14.ESV

For many years, I lived limited in my surroundings. As I considered and lived out who I thought I was, I found myself feeling unworthy and without purpose or direction.

Traveling on roads that are covered with debris and obstacles, can cause one of two things. Either you look at what is there and decide it’s not worth moving and then head back, or you start moving the debris and obstacles out of the way, clearing a path so that you can continue on.

I admit, that I have turned back several times. Low confidence resulted in missed opportunities, undeveloped personal growth, missed relationships, and reaching others. I didn’t understand who I was, or the light that shined inside of me.
I couldn’t accept that God created me for him.

But thankfully, about five years ago, God met me in the dark. He replaced the enemy’s lies with his own truth, and a stagnant placement with a passion for innovation.

He told me who I was in him and then guided me to where I was able to learn it for myself. He led me to the narrow road.
He said, “I delegated you for my people, and the only way to press forward is by getting up.”

“You have to be standing before you can move.”

God, allow us to experience your gate which is narrow. Remind us that living the hard way leads to life which is in you.

May we find life abundantly today.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas