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Day 366 - Last one for 2016

Happy New Years Eve!

Day 365

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord ,      but a just weight is his delight. ~Proverbs 11:1 (ESV)  

Day 364

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter.” ~Bob Goff  

Day 363

"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord." ~Psalm 89:15  

Day 362

Day 361

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." ~James 4:10  

Day 360

Day 359

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." ~James 4:8 “ When no one else seems to understand you, simply draw closer to Me . Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly. As I fill you with My Love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people .” ~Sarah Young

Day 358

Day 357

How do you make space for Him? Or do you? I try to make space first thing in the morning and then throughout my day I look for Him. I forget though...I get busy and rush past Him. I want more than anything to see Him and hear Him. When I forget to lean in - I no longer hear Him and I become anxious and feel like I am drowning in to-do's. So, I remind myself to make space for Him - for His love to come in - so that I can pour this out...His grace and love...instead of snappy comebacks! Let go of something today - so that you can lean into Peace.

Day 356

“Your name has been drawn. Come to Him just as you are. Give up trying to be self-made: this is your gift to Him – and His gift to you. Simply come. The miracle of Christmas is that you get more than proof of God’s existence. You get the experience of God’s presence.” ~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Day 355

Day 354

"I will focus on Jesus today, just Jesus. The secret of joy is always matter of focus: a resolute focusing on the Father, not the fears. And when I feel like I can't touch bottom is when I touch the depths of God. If He gave His Son to save me, will He not give me everything I need? I will Behold Him everywhere today - and be held." ~Ann Voskamp

Day 353

Day 352

Shine His Light to those around a gift to others.

Day 351

"I will give God the gift of repentance today. Repentance, turning around, is the only way for me to be ushered into grace . I am not equipped for my life until I realize I'm not equipped for life. I'm not equipped for life until I'm in need of grace. I always get the greatest gift when I turn around and go His way, right toward the smiling ways of God." ~Ann Voskamp

Day 350

Day 349

Jesus' light is the brightest and if we can learn to lean into Him every single day - we begin to shine His light. We can't do it in our own strength. God is with us...God is for us...and God is in us. Shine! Shine and pass it on!

Day 348

"But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." ~Luke 2:10 (NIV) I've been thinking about this verse and the word JOY. I know that JOY is hard at times to find - especially during this time of year. I now a lot of people don't feel JOY - so how do we start to find it? "Joy is a function of gratitude, and gratitude is a function of perspective." ~Ann Voskamp Perspective...when I am taking pictures I often shift to get the shot I want. I shift to get the good shot. In life - I can have a hard time seeing the good because I'm so locked in on the problem. Shift to see - shift my perspective.  You can change your life when you change the way you see. Today, let's practice JOY : J esus. O thers. Y ou. By shifting our perspective we begin to see through His lens. That's the lens I need to always put on!

Day 347

It's Monday - we can do this! Worship more than worry! Keep chasing His Light and be that light to those around you!

Day 346

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Day 344

I think everyone just wants to feel loved.  If we can listen more and react less...grace can walk in. If we can not hurl our opinions to try and make the other person come to agreement with us...grace can walk in. If we can listen for the "heart drop" when someone is speaking...grace can walk in. If we can let go of the past...grace can walk in. If we can open the door to everyone....grace can walk in. Show someone kindness today and allow grace to walk in to both of your lives.  "Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters. 20  Human anger is a futile exercise that will never produce God’s kind of justice in this world. 21  So walk out on your corrupt liaison with smut and depraved living, and humbly welcome the word of truth that will blossom like the seed of salvation planted in your souls." ~James 1:19-21 (The Voice)

Day 343

I can get caught up in all the to-do's and lists...that if I'm not careful - if I'm not intentional about Christmas will leave me in a daze. Let's remember that it's not all about the presents - but sometimes the gift we think we don't's the one we need the most. The gift we least expect...the one probably not on the list...that's the One we need the most. For unto us a child is born...our gift. Jesus.

Day 342

Sometimes we can react in ways that we wished we hadn't.  I read somewhere that God's first  language was silence.  It can be hard to not react at first - but if we stop before we jump - we may just be able to hear Him whisper wisdom to us. "...but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." ~1 Peter 3:4 (ESV)

Day 341

How do we find peace?  Peace isn't a place - but a Person. We find peace when we come to Him. In the craziness of it all - if we stop right in the middle of it and close our eyes - we begin to hear that whisper coming from Him. He bends low...right in the middle of our chaos and says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."(Jer. 29:13) You want peace? Seek Him with all of your heart. Our peace is Jesus.

Day 340

  Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! ~Luke 1:45

Day 339

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." ~Colossians 4:2

Day 338

"We lost ourselves at one tree. And only find ourselves at another." ~Ann Voskamp

Day 337

Friday - we made it. Today, let's not be driven by performance but rather by love. Focus on the greatest gift - Jesus - and move through your day with eyes looking for Him.

Day 336

Happy December! This time of year can be very hard for some and words like peace, hope, and joy are far from our minds. Let's try and prepare our hearts for the greatest gift that keeps coming for us. Slow down our pace to make things great and focus on the One who brings Peace. The Prince of Peace.  "The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God." ~Ann Voskamp