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

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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

He Loves Us That Much

I love how Jesus knows that although he made us in perfection, we still fail. Nothing that we do or say can make him change how he feels about us. He loves us that much. The beautiful thing is that his love is unfailing and his mercy never comes to an end.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” ~ Psalms 51:1 ESV

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Our Father’s Love

Have you ever limit the power of God? Do you ever wonder how much more he is ready to give you if only you were to ask?

Today, I was humbled and reminded of just how small I tend to make my heavenly Father. How do I live in the limitation of my gifts instead of the abundance and fullness of Christ? Where did I learn that my struggles or my sinful nature disassociate me from an ALL-KNOWING God, who loves me more than I can take in?

Jesus said, “If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as he is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking him.” Matthew 7:11 Amp

If I love my children enough to bless them when I am able, even at the cost of disappointment, how could I not believe that my Father in heaven wouldn’t love me in the same way, but with more?

I hope that we all can see the truth about our Father’s love for us. He says to ask, and we will receive, seek and we will find, He waits for us to come to Him. He loves us that much.

Father, thank you for loving me despite my sinful nature. I have the desire to follow after you, to learn from you. However, sometimes I fail to remember how close you are. Forgive me when I doubt. Bless me with a deeper understanding of who you are and teach me about the abundant life you desire for me to have in you.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Thirsty Soul

I was reflecting on a conversation I had with a woman who was vulnerable enough to share some of her traumatic experiences with me. I was reminded how much damage the enemy can cause from deception. More so, my heart ached because it didn’t seem that this woman could move out from under his lies.

I thought about the woman at the well. We don’t know her by name, but many of us are familiar with her story. She was having a relationship with many men. After traveling, Jesus stopped to rest. He saw the woman and asked her for a drink. She responded saying, “I am a Samaritan woman, how could you ask me for a drink?” She understood that Jews didn’t talk to “Samaritans,” nor did they stop to talk with a woman without her husband there. Later, Jesus understood her sin, even calling it out, and yet he didn’t condemn her for it. He was interested in something more significant than her crime. She was missing out on eternal life with our Father.

Sometimes we live our lives like this. We get caught in the areas of life that produce unpredictable feelings. Our emotions consume us, and it becomes impossible to maneuver around them. The enemy plants seeds of doubt, convincing us to plant his lies in our hearts. We become blinded, unable to see the good that is around us and the abundant life God had intended for us.

At one point in the story, Jesus said, “If you only knew.” He understood her, and he knew her. She had been trying to satisfy her thirst with men. However, they never did quench it, and she was tired of traveling back to the well over and over again. Jesus invited the woman to learn something new. Our Father is the wellspring of life. Outside of Him, there is no fulfillment; In Him, we thirst no more.   

Lord, teach me your truth and your ways. I long daily to understand the direction that you want to take me in. I will wait for you. Help me to know that when I am thirsty, you are there to fulfill my every need. In Jesus name, Amen.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.~Psalm 25:5 ESV

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas