Today, many of you will be visiting my blog for the first time. So welcome! Thank you from my heart for stopping by and subscribing. I hope you feel the love and the joy God gives daily through His grace. You know, this year has been equally exciting and daring all at once. I’ve had to make some major adjustments and trust God in ways that were uncomfortable and unfamiliar. I’ve had to let go of my own desires and yield my heart and hands to His. I’ve had to repeatedly pray, “God do what YOU want to do with my life. Have your way.” Living in the “what if” or in the “almost” was no longer acceptable. And I know this might sound simple or cliché-ish, but by completely surrendering (and I do mean completely), I took a huge plunge into this vast blue sea where true freedom is found. Freedom to be ALL He’s created me to be. Freedom to give and not hold on to anything. Freedom to love like I’ve never loved before. The journey into this deeper freedom has not been easy. But nothing compares to the sweet peace one can have trusting God that whatever happens next, the depths of His grace will meet you; the strength of His grace is there to pull you through. Ahhh!
Have you ever stopped to notice your shadow? Remember as children when we’d play around with different lights and scare others and even ourselves with our own shadow? It’s quite interesting that as we become adults, our shadows become less apparent and amusing, yet they still follow us around, sometimes to the point of even getting in our way.
The other day I was in the middle of washing my hair and desperately needed to use my favorite Kerestase’ product. But because I’ve been in the process of moving, I remembered my hair care was packed away in a plastic box on the floor. I bent down toward the box and began scrambling through it, only to become frazzled because I couldn’t find my little peach hair pump. I knew it was there, but the light directly above me suddenly grew too dim for me to see what was right before my eyes. My scope became limited and affected my ability to see, sadly because of my very own shadow. I stopped, took a deep breath, readjusted myself and leaned back over in a new position so I could better detect where it was in the box.
God immediately showed me how often we can block our own view and limit our perspectives because we’ve gotten in our own way. You see, He is the light helping us to see past the darkness to find what we need and even desire. But just like me, so many of us accidentally end up standing our own way and ultimately, His way.
When we find ourselves struggling in our own strength and not clearly seeing the light, sometimes we must stop, adjust our position in God and allow His Spirit to guide us in our darkest hour to a place of safety in His will. He knows how to remove hovering shadows of fear, guilt, doubt or false burdens we may carry that blind us from the truth of His love and rob us from the joy in His freedom.
That day I may have found my favorite Kerestase product, but I discovered a much deeper revelation that illuminated my heart: to step aside and let Jesus light up life’s way; to relinquish my strength for His; to dismantle my shadows of sin and get robed up in his righteousness. This day, I pray you find what you are looking for, but in His way and through His light.
When you think of shallow versus deep waters, you typically don’t think of all the physics involved like water wavelengths, water depths, its orbital diameter or any ratios. You simply think of what’s safer to get in without causing any harm or without getting hurt. Shallow waters certainly suggest a more secure environment to wallow, but wouldn’t it be amazing to discover what’s hidden in the deep? Especially if we knew there was something special waiting on us. Such deep treasures can only be found with an even deeper trust. For many of us, God is calling us to follow Him into the deep deep waters; into a place of the unknown and of complete freedom, intimacy and obedience. If God calls us to come, then His grace will carry us there. In this blog, you will see much of my journey with God into deeper areas of my life. As a creative artist and a worshiper of Yeshua, I want to be transparent. I want to be real. I want to be compassionate. I want to be free. I want to glorify God. And I want to invite you to do the same. Let’s get to that place, where we find His Grace in the Deep!