God Does What’s Right

“Everything GOD does is right— the trademark on all his works is love.

GOD ’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it. He does what’s best for those who fear him— hears them call out, and saves them.”~Psalm 145:17-19 MSG

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

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He Is With You

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 ESV

Why do we worry when the Lord is with us? Why do we get so frustrated in practical issues when we know a God who is higher and above all things? Why do we feel alone in our darkest moments when all we have to do is call out to our Saviour? And why do we allow our experiences to supersede God’s promises?

I wonder if Joshua felt alone when Moses died? I wonder if he felt the pressure to continue in Moses’s footsteps? Did Joshua struggle with knowing how things would end up? Did he worry about how everyone would remain on the journey towards the blessings God had for them?

God knew the plans he had for Joshua and his people. He understood the direction they were going. The Lord wanted them to understand and trust him. In the same way, he wants us to believe that he does fulfill his promises. No matter what you might be experiencing today, don’t lose sight of God. Our Heavenly Father is with you right where you are, and he will not leave you.

Be blessed in Jesus today.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

He Knows

“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” ~ Psalms 33:4 ESV

There is no second guessing when it comes to Jesus. He knows when we sleep and when we wake, when we try and when we fail.

He knows each one of our struggles and He knows our heart.

Nothing passes by our father that is misunderstood. He is all knowing even when we are not. Everything that comes from him is true. In all that He accomplishes, you’ll find faithfulness, love, and forgiveness.

Be filled with the presence of Jesus today. He is ready to meet you right where you are.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Salvation Comes From The Lord

Do you ever relate to Jonah?

I most certainly can.

He was instructed by the Lord and quickly dismissed him. However, it didn’t take long for Jonah to realize where he had made a mistake.

He corrected his error, fulfilling the plan God had created for him. Then Jonah went on to praise God because he knew that our salvation comes from the Lord.

It is never too late to turn back to God, nor is it too late to begin a journey with him. No matter what we may be experiencing, we are never alone. The Lord hears our cries, and he answers us.

Jonah 2:2-9

“In my distress I called to the Lord,

and he answered me.

From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,

and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,

into the very heart of the seas,

and the currents swirled about me;

all your waves and breakers

swept over me.

I said, ‘I have been banished

from your sight;

yet I will look again

toward your holy temple.’

The engulfing waters threatened me,

the deep surrounded me;

seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down;

the earth beneath barred me in forever.

But you, Lord my God,

brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,

I remembered you, Lord,

and my prayer rose to you,

to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols

turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise,

will sacrifice to you.

What I have vowed I will make good.

I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

He Remembers His Children

O God, remember us and bless us,

bless the families of Israel and Aaron.

And let God bless all who fear God—

bless the small, bless the great.

Oh, let God enlarge your families—

giving growth to you, growth to your children.

May you be blessed by God,

by God, who made heaven and earth.

The heaven of heavens is for God,

but he put us in charge of the earth.

Psalm 115:19-21

This past weekend was Mother’s Day. I would like to say that I hope you had a beautiful day, whether you spent it with your mother or you are a mother. People who have been given the joyful experience of parenthood understand a love that is indescribable. It is unexplainable. It exists without conditions. If you have had grandchildren, you know it at a deeper level.

I used to think that I could love my children more than God loves me. I used to think I could forgive other people more than Jesus would forgive me.

However, there is no comparison. He is the creator of love, which is infinite and perfect.

It doesn’t matter how old we get. God still considers us his child. There is nothing we can do to make him love us more or less. There is nothing that we have done that causes him not to forgive us. He is love, and we are his. He sacrificed everything so that we might believe in the love he is and has for each one of us.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving us without conditions or expectations. We don’t have to impress you or provide something to receive what you offered at the cross. We praise you for your perfect love, one that stretches far and wide with no limits. In Jesus name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Our Rescuer

If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Disciples so often get into trouble; still, GOD is there every time. He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger gets broken. The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good.

GOD pays for each slave’s freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.”

Psalm 34:18-22 MSG

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Anchored In You

But I stand silently before the Lord, waiting for him to rescue me. For salvation comes from him alone. Psalm 62:5

Do you ever have moments when you have to remind yourself no matter what is going on right now, Jesus is my anchor of hope?

We all have situations and circumstances that arise. Some seem overwhelming and impossible to overcome. Those also seem to be the times that we need the encouragement of knowing that we do not travel this life all by ourselves, even when it feels like it.

At the end of this life, one thing will matter.

The position that we stand while waiting for our father. Stand anchored in Jesus today and remember that you are never alone. He is with you, and he is for you.

Jesus, thank you for allowing us to have another day to be in relationship with you. We thank you for never leaving us in our circumstances or the emotions that go with them. Continue to watch over us and help us to be reminded that we are never alone. You are there.

Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas

Think First

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19 ESV

I love how Jesus understands the depths of our heart and how he knows us in a way that is intimate and eternal. He knew that we would become offended with one another. He even realized that we might include him in some of our offenses. Jesus loves us anyway.

Jesus isn’t quick to speak in anger. He is completely mindful of our intentions and actions. He knows us. He listens to us. He hears us. He is for us.

I wonder how we might affect those around us if we love like Jesus loves? Could it bring a change in heart?

Evaluate your relations. Do you provide the heart of Jesus to those around you? Let us be mindful as Jesus is and was and choose to set an example of his love.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Predestined Plan

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will – Ephesians 1:11

I remember a time when I felt as if my heart was shredded into a million pieces. I felt abandoned and alone, questioning where my next step would lead me. Have you ever had an experience where negative emotions or wounded places left you to examine every aspect of your life?

Thankfully, Jesus knows everything. He doesn’t leave us or forsake us. He understood what I was going through and he knew the intimate places of my wounded heart. He kept a record of each tear that had fallen and was preparing me for a time of restoration.

He loves you and me that much. God designed an inheritance for you. It was predestined from the end to the beginning. Your life was created with purpose and thought.

May you find comfort knowing that Jesus works all things according to the counsel of his will. He understands where you are at, where you are going, and what will come. Whatever you are going through, trust him. By faith, know that you have been chosen.

Thank you Jesus for choosing us to be your followers. Your love and patience in unfailing. We never deserve to have  life rich and full. However, you created us to be in relationship with you so that we could experience you in abundance. I take this moment to praise you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do in our lives.

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Trust

You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. Psalms 115:11

Many of us have struggled with trust. People, circumstances, information, and relationships can all cause one to guess whether or not they want to believe.

There is a vulnerability that comes with trust.

Jesus is looking for us to believe in him. He desires a relationship with us that has no barriers or walls. He wants us to understand that HE is the help that we need and the one who fights our battles.

We may not understand everything in this world. However, Jesus does. Trust in your Lord. He wants to meet you in this space.

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas