Adventures With Jesus, Today
Pay Attention To The Season

Pay Attention To The Season

January 13, 2021
Some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
 
This morning I woke up in a bad mood because of dreams I had last night and pain in my body.
 
My alarm clock went off and even though I didn’t want to get up, I had already been tossing and turning for an hour so I just did it.
 
I came to my place in the lounge where I have my quiet time with Jesus and something shiny on the carpet caught my eye. On closer inspection, I saw that it was a little heart shape, printed on foil.
 
I have no idea how it got here, but that is just to how good my Heavenly Father is. He knew that I needed to be reminded of His love this morning and that’s exactly what this little heart did.
 

In Romans 8:28 in the Amplified Bible it says, "And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

God is so intimately involved in our every day life and His major intention is to help us unpack all the astounding gifts of Heaven that Jesus paid for us to have.

In this episode I share a story of how Jesus is always inviting us into a place of discovery of HIs goodness, HIs provision and His loving attention.

This is the adventure He's inviting you on today - will you accept?

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Where Are You Seated?

Where Are You Seated?

January 6, 2021

Many of you know that I’ve been married to an IT genius for a long time!

 

His number 1 rule? Do not take liquid near your computer.

 

I don’t even remember how many times people have come to him and said, “Frans, I spilled coffee/soda/water on my laptop. Can you fix it?”

 

So what do you think the look on his face was as I came and told him that I’d just spilled water onto my laptop keyboard and it made a funny ‘pfff’ sound as I turned it off?

 

Um yes, I got the same look as he gives to everyone else…

 

We switched it off and he told me to let it dry for 24 hours. Honestly, I felt like my arm had been cut off, but I wasn’t going to risk any more damage than I’d already done.

 

Then the thoughts started.

 

What if…you lose all the information?

When did you do your last backup?

What will you do if the laptop is dead?

 

Just then Jesus ‘nudged’ me and gave me an invitation…

Listen to this 10 minute podcast episode to find out what happened.

Our Hope is Jesus (not rules)

Our Hope is Jesus (not rules)

December 29, 2020

You know those times when Holy Spirit is highlighting an issue that He wants to help you with?

When everything around you seems to point to one topic and you know that this is an opportunity to walk into he Truth instead of staying stuck in a lie?

Yep, we’ve all ‘been there and done that’ right?

Well, this week He’s been inviting me into the adventure of relying more fully on Him, instead of going forward under my own steam…

I sought out the advice of a friend of mine who has been down this road (I love that we get to do this as Believers) and she recommended that I read the book of Galatians. It is a great guide on how to walk through life with each other. 

I find that I get a better ‘big picture’ view of something when I listen to it, so I opened up the Message Bible on my YouVersion app. 

I was getting ‘aha’ moments all the way through and this is what I learned…

  1. Stick to the foundations - rely on Jesus
  2. When you find yourself ‘striving’ then - rely on Jesus
  3. Find hope for the future - rely on Jesus

You guessed it - RELY ON JESUS was the main takeaway…

So, as you listen to this episode, this is His invitation to you today - will you accept?

 

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Promise, Possibility, Power

Promise, Possibility, Power

December 17, 2020

Here is GREAT encouragement for you as you wake up today and look at the 24 hours that have been given to you.

In 2 Tim 1:9, Timothy reminds us that God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done, but because of His own purpose and grace. 

This Truth carries a great gift with it and in this podcast episode you will discover

  1. How to be delighted by the promise of God over your life 
  2. Becoming fascinated with the possibilities He offers
  3. A key to receiving the power to live it out

This is His invitation to you today - will you accept?

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Stir Up Your Faith

Stir Up Your Faith

December 9, 2020

Many of the conversations I've had with my beloved clients lately have centered around the confusion and frustration that seems to be everywhere at the moment. 

So much is happening in the world (and in our own lives), that it can be difficult to focus on what God is saying in the midst of it all.

I've been experiencing this too and so I asked the Lord what to do about it.  

He reminded me of 2 Tim 1:6-10 where Paul encourages Timothy to 'stir up his faith' and, in this episode, I share with you how He wants to help us to do that...

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The Most Important Question To Ask God

The Most Important Question To Ask God

December 2, 2020

This morning I was asking the Lord what He would like sent out on this podcast. Crickets. Nothing. 

I’ve learned that when this happens, I’m asking a question that, in His kindness, He’s not yet ready to answer or I’m not yet ready to hear the answer.

 

That’s gold right there

  • In His KINDNESS
  • He’s not yet ready to answer (because He’s still doing things behind the scenes) or
  • I’m not yet ready to hear the answer (He’s helping me develop to a place where I can receive)

 

So, I’ve learned to ask this question, “Lord, what are You ready to answer or reveal, that I’m ready to hear?”

The KEY to relationship with God is to ask real and raw questions and to have a conversation about what follows. 

He revealed to me that the reason I wasn’t hearing an answer is that I’ve been getting caught up in the ‘business’ side of life and am neglecting remembering that our relationship is the most important thing to focus on. Everything else flows from there.

I got down on my face and spent time loving on Him and being loved on. Now everything feels freer and lighter and my focus is where it’s supposed to be.

Moral of the story? God is ALWAYS willing to be in relationship with us. It’s the biggest desire of His heart. 

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Endeavor to be Excellent

Endeavor to be Excellent

November 25, 2020

We've all heard some type of comparison showing the differences between  excellence and perfection, right?

As we all look to do the things we're to do as well as we can, the line between the two can sometimes get blurry and bring a whole load of condemnation into the equation.

As I sat talking to the Lord about how He sees them, He shared that there is a healthy, and unhealthy, way to look at the difference.

Endeavoring to be excellent includes 3 things

  1. Doing everything as if you're doing it for Him alone (Col 3:23-24)
  2. Partnering with Holy Spirit to bring the perfection of Heaven
  3. Taking healthy pride in a job well done

Taking the unique gifts you've been given and using them each day with Holy Spirit, results in a desire to be excellent and let your light shine brightly (Mat 5:16).

The best part? It doesn't carry the heaviness and condemnation of trying to be 'perfect', by yourself.

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Are You Really A Thumb?

Are You Really A Thumb?

November 11, 2020

We can sometimes wonder if our little contribution is making any difference in the big picture of all that's happening around us in the world. As I asked Jesus about this He gave me an insight into how we all get to be all that He created us to be - and operate together as the Body of Christ.

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Why We Can Trust God

Why We Can Trust God

November 4, 2020

LISA: Lord, You told me to do this but now it’s failed and I feel like I can’t trust You. What do I do with what I’m feeling?

JESUS: Lisa, will you come on an adventure with Me and let Me show you how I see it?

LISA: Thank You Lord that You don’t get angry with me for coming to You, but instead You want to help me understand. I love You for accepting me in whatever state I’m in.

 

JESUS: My Beloved, you are right - I did tell you to do that thing. You are also right that it didn’t turn out the way you thought it would.

 

LISA: I know Lord and that makes me mad and sad and I don’t know what to do with it all

 

JESUS: The reason you’re feeling those emotions is because you had a picture in your mind of what ‘success’ would look like. You attached all of your faith to the outcome looking this way.

 

LISA: Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Isn’t that faith?

 

JESUS: Make no mistake, I LOVE that you listened to My leading and put action to what I had you do. That is faith and it pleases Me greatly that you have it. The problem is that you put your faith in the outcome, instead of in Me.

 

LISA: Whoa, please explain Lord

 

JESUS: You can ABSOLUTELY stand on My promises to you. You know, the promises that say

  • When you go through the valley of the shadow of death, I will be with you and I’ll lead you out (Psa 23:4)
  • I am faithful to finish what I start in your life (Phi 1:6)
  • My plans for you are good (Jer 29:11)
  • And many more…

So, even in the circumstances look like they ‘failed’ in your eyes, that is not how I see the situation.

 

LISA: Oh Lord, that gives me a deep, deep sense of security and peace. You’re working all things together for my good and I CAN stand on that Truth.

 

JESUS: Yes precious one you can. Trust in MY character and not in what you see in front of you. I will reveal My good plans as we walk through this situation together, so keep your eyes on Me.

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