Lord, give me the strength to look around and not feel overwhelmed today.  Let me savor in the Season a little longer.  Let me come and sit and find rest in You.   Hush my hurried mind.  Strengthen my tired body.  In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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From A Distance 

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.” 2nd Corinthians 3:18 NIV

Recently, I was headed to an appointment. From a distance, I could see one parking spot left where I was headed. So, I quickly drove straight for it. This day was vibrant and beautiful, because the gloomy clouds had positioned themselves to pass, so the sun could make itself known. But I had been pretty caught up in the things I had to get done, so I hadn’t given enough attention to take a quick notice.

Before I got to the parking spot, my heart suddenly was flooded with fear and anxiety. I hadn’t noticed a man who decided to take a short cut across the street, right in front of my car. It took me off guard because the angle of the sunshine temporarily blinded me and I could not see.

Before I could grab ahold of my senses, the man had jumped out in front of my car, and quickly crossed the street. I think he might have been a little scared, too.

While I sat for a few moments collecting my thoughts, to no surprise the enemy was right there to fill my mind with lies and untruth. After my fear settled, I decided to take his lies captive, and found myself arriving in a place of thanksgiving.

Even so, I became quickly convicted. Yes, I could have seriously harmed this man, but equally because I had neglected to give God the full focus of my heart.

I had become temporarily blinded by the busyness of life, my wants, my needs, my choices, and my will.

God reminded me that my unwillingness to be guided was not an excuse to be blinded by removing “my glasses.” Nothing should come to blur or color-coat my vision. When I’m completely focused, with my eyes upon the Lord, my heart becomes open to His perfect vision, and perceptions.

He is the gift of sight, and He is always available for anyone who desires to see things more clearly.

Many times, I’ve been blinded by a selfish heart…..more times than I would like to admit. This day, God reminded me of the blind spots that slowly come to settle in our hearts. With time, we get accustomed to the view, and are blinded from seeing His purpose for our life. We get caught and bound to a vision that is skewed.

A heart that can only see far away, or right up close, is missing out on the fullness that was created, in perfection. Getting lost becomes easy, but finding our way back can be more difficult.

God wants us to see all the opportunities he places before us. He wants us to see him, so we might see ourselves from the viewpoint where he stands. He wants us to see ourselves in Him, so that others can see Him, in us. That is the reflection of a clear view, His beauty made in everything.

My friend, may you look for Him this week, in everything. May you see through the same eyes, in which he sees you.

Join me next Tuesday. May you be blessed.

Baring His Beauty,

      ~Tiffany Thomas 

He Will Not Despise 


Have you ever felt inadequate of God’s full attention, for his love, forgiveness, and direction? 

Have you ever asked, “What can I do to get out of this dark place, how will he ever be able to forgive me?”  

If there was a call for eligible participants entering into a contest titled, “Failed Too Many Times To Count,” I could run to be the first in line.

For much of my life, I felt like an unworthy soul. 

I desperately wanted to find the heart of God, to be called by him.
I just didn’t know how to find the relationship I was looking for, nor did I know how to get there. Many years, I thought it was about achieving what I could do. At one point, that wasn’t enough, so my focus was performance being the way. Everytime, doubt would come and I would question if I was even loveable or forgivable.

 Discouraged, I would get frustrated and stop trying for some time. Then I would find myself needing more, so I would try again. It was years of the woven woes. My heart never seemed to be at a place to hear God’s call. And the enemy made me feel certain I would fail, at that too, if it were a requirement.

After some time to heal, and mourn my own losses God called me up. Little did I know, he would call me towards his heart. He wanted to free me of my guilt and shame. 

-NO MORE wasted years – He wanted my heart.

“You mean you want a relationship, with me, Lord?” Well, what is that exactly? You of anyone, already knows that I’m not the best at relationship, or at the least, do it well enough for you.”

Have you ever read about David’s life in the bible? He loved God with everything in him, yet he failed with the deepest wounds engraved upon his heart. They left him in the darkest emptiness. He wanted so badly to live out the heart he had for God. But his own shame and guilt was overpowering. His mourning for his sin was authentic and real. David learned God would not despise a contrite heart.
I’ve found, my own sin, doing that to me.

On one hand, it had robbed me of a life rich and full, in my God. On the other, It has brought my heart to be humbled, not only for myself, but also for others. It was never about what I couldn’t do. It was about who I could become in Christ, strengthened by the King. 

I’ve discovered that being a failure leaves little room for rising above. To be able to get up and walk again, leaving darkness behind, means understanding the light that exists in completeness. In that fullness we find our heart, God’s heart and the example to pass on to others.

Mark 12:30 NIV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  

This blessed me today, and I hope it blesses you too, my friend. 

Continue to join me Tuesdays. I’d love to hear about your journey, where you discovered rising above, where you felt inadequate, or any prayers you may need to forge ahead. One thing I have learned is that when we can connect, being authentic and real, truth and learning become apparent. It has been one of the biggest blessings – other people’s testimonies. I learned I was never alone.

May we journey together as God calls us into his season.  
Baring His Redemptive Beauty,
Tiffany Thomas 

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A Glimpse Of Light 

And I pray that you, being rooted in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.~Ephesians 3:17-18 NIV 

Much of my life, I lived in what was (seemingly full) of darkness, pain and shame. I didn’t understand why, nor had I learned healthy skills to survive in its harsh elements. I grew to depend on myself, devouring any nourishment that would or could feed me, even if it meant sacrificing myself. I’ve since discovered that being unequipped simply led to the inability to connect in relationships, even though my heart was purposed for it.

The shame, I left home with, were new chapters that identified every milestone and every mistake that I went on to make in my adult life. My road markers continued to remind me of the cycle of pain, not only endured by myself, those around me, also those before me. 

I felt abandoned and alone. The silence I had carried from childhood became my bondage buried in a hardened and pain-filled heart. I went into the world unprepared, living in the same brokenness, the same undeveloped skillset. Only now, I was an adult. 

Isn’t it interesting that our gift of grace becomes measurable when we get older? The innocence of grace that we had as children becomes defined as we get older.

Early on, my innocence had been taken, God, in his abundant and merciful heart, preserved a piece of mine. His pursuit caused me to desire a way out of this desert place. Though, I had felt abandoned and alone, lost without a voice, His presence of grace was gifted to me. I was an unworthy soul, but he came and walked beside me anyway. He came to deliver and unveil his love and beauty.

Have you ever felt alone? Have you felt as though no one cared, as if you were lost without any hope? Maybe you’ve only felt one of these things? Maybe you have felt them all?

I felt these things. At times, for a quick moment, I still feel some of these. But then I am reminded that amidst my pain, God came and rescued me. He showed me what beauty was by mirroring his reflection back onto me. He has taught me who I am in him, as his beautiful masterpiece. He was always with me, I just had to search and find Him.

God has a plan for me. God has a plan for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

There is hope and a love far greater than the East is from the West. There is no measurement to the amount of love that is given. Nor is there a specific qualification that has to be met in order to accept the invitation. 

~Baring His Redemptive Beauty,

        Tiffany Thomas    

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