Trust And Be Blessed 

“For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,” -1 Peter 1:24 NIV

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.”-Proverbs 16:20 NIV

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Thank You Lord 

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm‬ ‭118:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Lord is good all of the time. I had an encounter with a young man on a plane last week. We were strangers, yet we had something in common. We both had a past life of hurts and the produced scarred relationships. Our conversation was short but it was meaningful. 

God’s presence was vibrant in that place. 

He wanted this young man to understand there was more to life than the restrictions pain left him in. He used me that day to offer a message of hope, a message of thankfulness. I may never see him again and that’s okay because God is with him. He never left him. A seed was planted and I pray this young mans heart is open to the freedom that awaits him. God’s love endures forever and I offer thanks for the mercy of goodness that dwells in the father who awaits us all. 

Lord, I thank you for all that you are, all that you have been, and for what you will always be. ~ You are the goodness we all search for ~ May we find it in you only, amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

All Things Are Possible 

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Through the darkness, uncertainty, unanswered questions, I will remember all things are possible through you Lord Jesus. 

May it be as you have said and may my trust be in you this day.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Unconditional Love 

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ NIV ~

I was recently struggling with a choice of lifestyle from someone I love. I wasn’t having difficulty because I wanted to be the judge, it was struggling in the way I should respond.

At first, I struggled with what others would think if they knew? I wasn’t sure if I should “just accept” this person’s choices because of my love for them, or stay away from them, so that I wouldn’t feel guilty, or be viewed as though I was condoning their behaviors. 

Can you relate? Have you ever been here? So what is there to do? 
The only thing I could. I PRAYED. . . 

I prayed that Jesus would lead me in his truth and direction. So he did. He met me where I needed him. He reminded me how it wasn’t my responsibility to force my will, His will, on the life of this person, nor any person for that matter. It was my responsibility to lead them in an example of love just like Jesus did. He was the full example of unconditional love.

He said, “I will take care of the rest.” Then he reiterated the important lesson about choice. And just as much as I want to see this person be redirected by “choosing” what is Jesus’s truth, God wants me to remember to “choose” to love without conditions. 

Everyday, every moment we get to “choose” the next moment of truth. May we be faithful in asking for Jesus’s direction.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

The Possibility In All Things 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew ‭19‬:‭26‬ NIV

I’m reminded of my daughter’s softball game 2 years ago, especially  as she gets ready to participate in another state tournament.

I am really excited for her and her team. They have worked so hard to get to this point. However, right now, I’m remembering a lesson the Lord had prepared for me a couple of years prior. 

My daughter was playing in the same tournament and the same team in Portland. I was excited for being blessed in this experience. As we headed to the first game 3 hours away, I thought (for sure) my daughter would play a couple of great games and then we would head home. Honestly, I never entertained the idea that they might actually win the State Championship Game. 

While we were there, the team had won and they had lost. It was an emotional roller coaster from day to day. By the end of the week, they were on their way to play in the Oregon State Championship Game. The only catch. . . .  they had to beat the undefeated team.

It didn’t start out great for our team. We were down about 6 points most of the game. The girls were up against a seasoned team, who was tough and fierce. It didn’t look good.  I remember praying and also accepting that my daughter and her team were blessed to have gotten as far as they did. 
I remember saying to myself, “Second place is a great accomplishment and placement. It will be good enough.” 

However, in the last inning, my daughter’s team pulled out of being behind to actually winning the championship game!!

Emotions were high and I remember surprising myself, as I jumped out of my seat in excitement,  while crying tears of joy.

It was such a powerful moment of overcoming. Yet, for a moment, I was in disbelief of the win. 

The Lord quickly reminded me how I had forgotten about the power in one who has faith. He said, “Any impossible situation, big or small, can be possible with a little bit of faith.” 

All I had to do was trust, have faith, and believe. He taught me that even when a situation or circumstance seems grim, or looks like there is no hope, he continues to be much greater

He is more than what I am capable of imagining or able to take in. He is the possible in the impossible. He is the possibility in all things. Allow God to be the doorway to any challenge or circumstance you are experiencing today.

~ Baring His Beauty,

   Tiffany Thomas 

A Slave To God’s Love 

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”-Romans 7:25 NIV

At various times, I seem to cycle through previous lessons, sayings, and promises. 

I find myself vowing, yet once again,”Now remember, don’t take for granted what you hold valuable in your life and in your heart. You’ll never know what you have until what you don’t have is what you’ll miss.”

Repeated lines repeat themselves. 
Somehow, the same goes for the lessons that I thought I already knew.

I have discovered that I can still get immersed in what is out of my control, while chasing after the unrealistic goal ahead. I get caught up in my own limitations, not necessarily living in a way that’s equivalent to my very best. 

I look over the heartache of another, a joy that should have been experienced, and opportunities of sharing that were missed. I undermine what a new day will bring and I take for granted the blessings bestowed upon my life. 
Because of my sinful nature, I FAIL. . .OVER AND OVER AGAIN. 

For the longest time, my thoughts, along with my failures, held me captive. My actions were the reflection of the wounded places filling the void in my heart. 

I hadn’t learned about the freedom that God represented, nor his power that dwelled in me. I didn’t understand how precise his mercy, righteousness, or forgiveness really was and is.

I thank God because he never gave up. By my nature I easily might have, but God loved me unconditionally, in a way that I can’t fathom or comprehend. 

Even now, when I continue to fail, his love doesn’t waiver. HE DOES NOT UNLOVE. HE LOVES YOU in the very same way. Take refuge in him today, delight in what he wants to offer you.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

How Fleeting My Life Is 

Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. (Psalm 39:4-5 NIV)

Do you ever get busy or take for granted how precious the very breath of life is? 

I still get consumed in the awe of life. Yet, at times, I find myself living as if I have forgotten that I am not guaranteed tomorrow. Being present, in each moment, can be difficult . . . even with the greatest intention. 

Deadlines, chores, kids, running to this and that, daydreaming about the next chapter in my life, you name it, I forget that my time is as quick as the next breath I take in. 

I get busy and complacent and there are many things I don’t do that I should. Even so, God, here with his merciful heart, reminding me just how fast my life has been. He has a way of showing me how important it is to stop, look around, observe, and take it in. 

Lord, you are the author and the maker of life. You have given it through your mouth and also by your son. Forgive me when I am not mindful of the greatest gift and gently pull me closer to where it was designed. I am thankful for every day and every breath that is yours. In your precious Holy name, Amen.

~ Baring His Beauty,

   Tiffany Thomas 

The Sun Stood Still

“So the sun did not move, and the moon stopped until the people defeated their enemies. This story is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky. It did not move for a full day.” ~Joshua‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Heartache, defeat, shattered dreams, and broken hearts, all experienced by an innocence that was stolen, a sun that was forgotten, while destiny and time seemed to stand still. 

The battle ground seemed dreary and victory seemed hopeless, in the blanket of the night, God knew there would be freedom. He awaits, waiting as we get ready and prepared for the battle ahead. 

No matter what your battle is God never stops thinking of you. He understands your pain, heavy heart, unanswered questions, and unresolved resolutions. 

He is constant in the sky above and on the earth below. Find comfort in him today.

~ Baring His Beauty,

   Tiffany Thomas 

The Power Within 

Every word we speak relinquishes power – God spoke and it was so. 

God’s power is in all of us. It is in everything he has given breath to.

The words that speak about ourselves become the truth that we live out while here on this earth. Whether we say things to ourselves in silence, or out loud, we become the very chatter we speak, sometimes underestimating the power that they have.

God desires us to live in the power by his word and in the truth given so that we can create a life with him.

Live in his truth today. Speak to yourself, to those around you, in the way God would speak to you.

“And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”-‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭ASV‬‬

~ Baring His Beauty,

   Tiffany Thomas 

He Is Here 

Many times in my life I have questioned, “Is God really here?” Is he here when a mother loses her precious child? Is he here when she cries out in pain? Is he here when grief seems harder than living? Is he here when sickness has no end? Is he here when hate is favored over loving? Is he here when it seems as if the world were going to break? Is he here?

Even still,

“He told them a story. “Look at a fig tree. Any tree for that matter. When the leaves begin to show, one look tells you that summer is right around the corner. The same here—when you see these things happen, you know God’s kingdom is about here. Don’t brush this off: I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.” Luke‬ ‭21:29-33‬ ‭MSG‬‬

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas