Intentional Purpose

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. ~ John 11:45 ESV

I can’t tell you how many times I catch myself using the term “busy” when someone asks me how I am doing. I am not sure how I have arrived at a place where being busy expresses the condition of my heart.

I get caught up in all of the things I need to accomplish instead of being intentional about whose heart I might touch.

Can you relate?

I think we get consumed in what our lives should look like, or where we believe we should be standing in them.

A messenger was sent after Jesus because his friend Lazarus was deathly ill. Yet, Jesus did not rush to him. In fact, in John, it states that he remained in the place where he was for two more days.

Could you imagine the emotions Martha had over the death of her brother when she met Jesus? She said, my brother wouldn’t have died had you rushed and hurried to him.

There was a purpose for the time that lapsed in Lazarus’s death. The resurrection of Lazarus provided an opportunity for others to see God’s power and accept Him by faith. Jesus gives many examples where he took the time to care for the broken-hearted.

Could our lives be different if we considered slowing down, looking around, and were intentional about the journey we are on?

We do not know how many hearts are desperately waiting for the crossing of our paths. We can get in a hurry, get caught up, in many things that provide no purpose.

How many people turned believed in God after the resurrection of Lazarus? How many people’s heart did Jesus touch in the two days that he stayed where He was?

When I think about the life of Jesus, I wonder how many people converted their heart, over to God, because he chose to be intentional with his time.

Dear Jesus, thank you for today. Thank you that there is a purpose in this life that you give. May we be intentional today, touching the lives of those around us so that they can see the power in who you are. We provide you with praise and glory in all that you do, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

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The Power Of Voice

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” ~Genesis 1:3, 1:6, 1:26 NIV

God’s voice spoke the whole earth into existence. He created EVERYTHING. Isn’t it interesting that we can’t see a ‘voice’ with our eyes, yet it had the power to call ALL things into creation?

We’ve learned that spoken testimonies have power too. Somehow, we can envision parts and pieces of our journey in other people’s stories. It is a way that we connect with one another.

A kind word, a listening ear, voice creates an avenue to connect to both. God’s testimony is apparent as we look at all of the things he has done in our lives and on the earth around us. May we share our testimony with others, be intentional to listen to other people’s stories, just as Jesus did when he reached out to the broken-hearted.

Jesus, we ask that you find favor with us this week as we journey together and share the marvelous testimony that you demonstrated here on this earth.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Success Through Failure

I’ve been thinking about life, how it’s shaped my beliefs, and laughing at myself for ever thinking that the goal was only about succeeding.

When I was a child, success was all that I dreamed and hoped for. However, I allowed fear to become my victory. I was always too afraid to consider failure as an option.

Ironically, I failed over and over again.

What I didn’t realize was that Jesus was born specifically for my failures and yet he died for them too. He knew that I was a sinner and he also understood that I was an overcomer.

Even more, he was aware that his purpose was more significant than any goal I could come up with for myself.

I’ve come to realize that failing is a part of becoming successful and that there is a lesson that lingers when we are vulnerable. Jesus gracefully saved you and me so that we could be called into a holy life with him. When we allow ourselves to accept failure as a stepping stone to victory, a continuation of the Lords plan continues its journey.

Jesus, thank you for choosing us to be called for you. Thank you for loving us so much and coming into the world, establishing your character for all of the world to see. May we find our failures an opportunity to find more of you. In your precious name, Amen.

“God saved us and chose us to be his holy people, but not because of anything we ourselves did. God saved us and made us his people because that was what he wanted and because of his grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before time began.” – 2 Timothy 1:9 ERV

Hope In The Lord

“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.” ~Psalms 130:7 ESV

I can’t even describe how terrible my sense of direction is. Even recently, after living in a small town for years, I caught myself going down the wrong way on a one way street.

When I think about direction and where it has led me in my life, I can find myself reminiscing in past regret, memories of recent joy, and the expectation of what is to come.

I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten off course, over the years, but I can say – there have been many.

I’ve learned that when I travel closely with Jesus, I never get lost or find myself alone. I might take the wrong turn, from time to time, but He’s always there providing a way back to him. He is the hope in any darkness and he gives a roadmap to the exact location of his heart, plentiful in grace and forgiveness.

Jesus thank you for traveling with me, while guiding me at every step. Your direction is clear. There is no need to doubt which way to go. Thank you for providing the way of hope to live a life free in you. In your precious name, Amen.

~ Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Executed Word

The Lord utters his voice before his army,

for his camp is exceedingly great;

he who executes his word is powerful.

For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome;

who can endure it? ~ Joel 2:11 ESV

It never fails, just when I choose to start something healthy and new, in Christ, the enemy tries to bring me down. He tries to tear me down, taking me back to old thinking patterns, past behavior, and dead life. He works to have me believe the lie of others, he brings new enemies my way, and even tries to create a path that I am to follow.

The Lord never fails me, I am reminded that Jesus has more power than the enemy, any person who may come against me, any lie, and any shortfall.

In my marvelous grace, YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED.

Here is my words spoken to the enemy, won’t you ban together and say them with me?

Enemy, you have no power over me. The Lord’s camp is exceedingly great. You can tell me where I don’t measure up, and you can create circumstances for others to try and bring evil against me. However, I just don’t live in that space anymore.

You may try to kill, steal, and destroy, while taking everything out from under me, but here is my truth for you. You cannot take my God, my faith, or my redemption. You can’t remove my purpose that God has designed, nor can you take away my identity in him. You are no test for my God.

You see I am a sinner saved by amazing grace. I am redeemed, and I belong to the Lord. So go about your day, go your ways, they just won’t be tolerated here anymore. In JESUS NAME, amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Freedom Is On The Other Side

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Shame, guilt, regret, you name it, we have all felt it. A little whisper of doubt, an uncertain look from someone we don’t know, a terrible choice we made, an offensive action caused by someone else, most of these have been familiar to you and me.

Isn’t it always interesting how the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy? He doesn’t want us to experience the life that Jesus came to deliver. Consequently, he can tear down the best of us, even when we are trying to be intentional in God’s will and purpose for our life.

That is how the enemy works. He comes to take away the good that God is doing in our life. He comes to belittle us and steal any opportunity of freedom that Jesus gave so that we could be free. However, his power is by far limited in comparison to the power that we have in Christ. What if we chose to stand firm, remembering the price that was paid to live a life entirely unburdened by slavery?

Thank you, Jesus, for paying the ultimate price for freedom. May we stand firm in your sacrifice, holy and pleasing to your eyes. In your precious name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

A Way In The New

When it comes to starting something new, it can be exciting. It can also feel scary. Personally, a fresh beginning always seems to come to mind. I think about all of the things that I want to do but haven’t. I also start to evaluate the areas of my life that could benefit from being changed, however, lacked the motivation to create it.

I also think about the heart of God, and what it must have been like when Adam and Eve went against everything that God made perfect in the garden. What did God think when everything he made complete was exchanged for imperfection?

I can’t imagine what it was like for him. However, I am thankful that God didn’t give up just because Adam and Eve did. He didn’t scratch the human existence because of their mistake.

God created a new way to continue a relationship with him. He started over, providing something new. I don’t know what you are experiencing in your life. Maybe you are like me and want to start something for the first time, or over. Perhaps you have something that you wish you could forget, something you regret doing, Jesus knows. He will make a way when there seems that one isn’t possible. Trust, believe, be expectant for great things this year.

Jesus, I am thankful for the opportunity to start over, and try again. Thank you for your love that has no limit or boundary line. As this new year starts, I ask that you continue to keep us comforted by your words and promises. In Jesus name, amen.

Welcome 2018 – Happy New Year!

~ Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Seasoned In Steadfast Love

“Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?”~ Psalms 77:8 ESV

We are heading into a new season, a new beginning, a new year.

Seasons of incredible events along with life’s adverse circumstances will be inevitable. Experiences can help build us up or grow us. They can also hinder us, leaving no room for comfort or energy to lift our weary heart and head. 

Whether the present moment is painful or joyful, let us not be shaken and overtaken by what we can’t see or blinded from what is still to come. 

Let’s choose to be steadfast in the Holy Spirit, the one who creates movement in what is to come.

Be fervent in faith, acknowledging that God already knows the end of our beginning. Let’s stand in victory over every evil thing contrary to the work of the Lord.

God’s promises remain as a token of His love. They are available to us all. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”“I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” ~ Psalms 77:11-12 ESV

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Fear Not

“For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” ~Isaiah 43:3-4 ESV

It’s easy to get off track, in life, our relationships, future goals, even in our heart and mind.

We lose valuable time, getting caught up in circumstances that we can’t change. We waste energy trying to fill the areas of our life, especially the empty places, simply because we don’t allow God to be in control of them.

Some of us are even guilty of forgetting that God is on the journey with us.

We all face something at one point or another. We’ve all experienced that one thing we wish could be changed. Nevertheless, God is in control. He is a good Father.

What would today look like if we decided to let go of the things that are weighing us down? Or surrendered the areas of our life that are out of our control? What would life be like if we feared not, trusted God, believing that he will be faithful regardless of the outcome?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for never leaving me. You redeem me and you love me. I am grateful and I honor you today. In Jesus name. Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas