Posts Tagged "hope"

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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Reconciled

Reconciled

Isn’t that what it’s all about—being reconciled to God and living as if we truly are? Jesus is all about reconciliation. Bridging the gap between the Father and us. “It is finished.”  The curtain tore in two. We can enter a meaningful life of intimacy with Jesus. Christ the King lives within! The same Spirit that raised Christ from the death lives in us! “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 Merry Christmas! In the comment section, name one thing you are thankful for this Christmas. Also feel free to write a few lines of a random Christmas poem. Start with a word that comes to your mind and build from there. Have...

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However, Whenever

However, Whenever

  However, Whenever   You are My crystal pitcher, pure refreshment, poured out. Depleted, exhausted, spent? Let My Living Water fill your space, richly. Again and again, I satisfy. Making you satisfying to quench. See My sparkling face shining through you, never dulling?   You know Me deeper daily, but I know you deeper still. You lived with Me from the beginning, a spirit-seed awaiting place and time. I waited with you before you even knew how to know.   I waited to breathe in you and be your love-blood. I waited to get messy for you and raise you up. I waited for you to stop waiting and say, “Yes.” “Yes” to what I did and “yes” to how I pour you out–whenever, however.    ~Cheryl Ricker   I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday today. And if you’re interested in learning how to say “yes” in your mess, I just know you would love Kristen Welch’s book “Rhinestone Jesus” {affiliate link} – just released and a beautiful example of God adding the extra to our ordinary to create an extraordinary...

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Press On Strong

Press On Strong

As many of you know, I’m working on a new book that will release with Zondervan next year: Jesus in my Room   At least that’s what it’s called for now.  We’ll see if they change it or not. Have you ever worked on something where you continually feel that streeeetch of the soul? Then you know how I feel. Sometimes I wish I could order a little more trust and patience.  Maybe press the “buy with one click” button on Amazon. Here’s me talking to myself again: Did God call you to do this? Yes. Absolutely. Well, if he called you, you don’t have to worry. He’ll bring it to pass. Phew. Good reminder, good reminder. But you do need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Yep, doing that. And keep thanking God. Thank you, thank you…. And on it goes. Truly, I feel so incredibly blessed to be the collaborator for this project. Ema McKinley is an incredible lady with an incredible story. When Jesus appeared in her room on Christmas Eve of 2011, he healed her deformed and crooked body from head to toe.   She’s a walking talking miracle! People who knew Ema before and after her miracle naturally show emotion when I talk to them about what happened—even her dentist! The other day, after getting a little boggled with writing, guess what came in the mail? The sweetest letter from a seventeen-year old girl, who has a lot more maturity than I did at her age. Anyway, I don’t think she’d mind if I shared her letter.   I want to encourage you with the encouragement I received.  I’m excited about how this will minister to you as well:  Dear Cheryl, I’ve been thinking lately of how you’re probably occupied with the wonderful God-inspired story you are writing, and I wanted to make sure I wrote you to say – keep pressing in and pressing on!  The Lord has your back.  He’s giving you courage and joy (indescribable) that will fill your heart!  I am so thankful that my family has a friend like you and your family. You all have the peace of the Lord residing within you! The other day I wrote a song called “Peace” and I want to share it with you.  So a recording of it will be coming your way via Facebook probably.  The song is based...

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Your Blooming Dreams

Your Blooming Dreams

Dear God-Sized Dreamer,   When fear screams as loud as your dreams, drink Him in. He will brighten you.   Your Creator is a dreamer too. He “gets” you and He wants to work with you. The soil is tough, but the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, breathes in you.   He is your whole reason to dream. The One who holds you will bring it to pass in due season. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT It’s all about love. God loves the idea of using you for His glory. Bless you as you step out in joy!   What dreams has He accomplished with breakthrough power in your life? What future dreams do you still water with breakthrough prayer?   Today, I’m pleased to link up with friend and God-Sized Dreamer, Holley...

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