Carve Your Flower

2020-02-11 10.23.11

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 7 of 52

Song pick of the week:  https://youtu.be/A7tM3tXSX0o “Oasis” by Kalley 

A rainbow painted just for you: Carve Your Flower: Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Isaiah 43:4 (ESV) 

I had a revelation this week… I really do have this thing called life down to a SCIENCE…now before you get too jealous it’s really only because each day feels like a crazy new EXPERIMENT! Anyone else feel me!?! Seriously though in 1 Kings 3 Solomon seems to be feeling like he’s been commissioned to capture that greased watermelon too! We hear him pray in verse 9, Lord give me an understanding heart… For who is able…?!?! For who is able!?! Can you relate? Praise be to God Almighty who answers Solomon’s honest prayer in verse 12 with, behold I have done… behold I have given…    (So it’s not about us or our ability! Whahoo!)

Dear one, for every “Who in the world is able…!?” prayer; He answers, “Behold I AM, I have, I will…” But how willing are we to receive His answer, His way and in His time? It’s about abiding and trusting in Him (John 15:5). In 1 Kings 6 the exquisite Temple is being built (Quite an overwhelming task wouldn’t you agree?!) and in verse 29 it states, He decorated all the walls of the inner sanctuary and the main room with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. Anyone else ever tried to just DRAW an open flower let a lone CARVE one?! Not easy! Who is able? And then to work SO hard for it to sit in the INNER sanctuary (Not many people are going to see that hard work, even if you ARE an expert carver)! So not only, “Who is able?” but, “Who really cares anyway?!” – “Behold…I care. Behold… I see.” says God Almighty.

So when life seems like one big crazy experiment and you want to ask, “Lord who is able…?! Who really cares?!” Behold the One! The One who cared enough to die and rise again for you to rely on His strength to “carve that flower… in the inner sanctuary” just for Him. Zeph. 3:17 (NLT) For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. 

This week as you carve your “flower” for Him, that “flower” that maybe no one else will ever see, swim in the oasis of His love, because He delights in ALL your “flowers” carved just for Him. He says, “Your “flower” is beautiful. It’s worth it and it matters to Me. So keep on, dear one.”

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 43:4 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 148 with someone this week

DISCUSS: What “flower” have you been commissioned to carve for Him? Are you changing diapers… going to work/school…making dinner…cleaning house…? How can you take His perspective on what He’s commissioned you to “carve” for Him for such a time as this?

ACT: Challenge: Ask God to help you notice and encourage someone else’s work on their “flower” for Him. Be diligent in searching and specific with encouragement (flowers can be small but they are ALL beautiful).

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Genesis 16:13 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hosea 14:4-5 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Luke 12:27-28 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Song of Solomon 2:2 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 34:18 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

DIY – Are You Kidding Me?!

2020-01-30 10.58.39

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 6 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/_3FZse1kQP4 “Done” By Tauren Wells 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: DIY- Are You Kidding Me?! Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet… Exodus 15:25 (NASB)

I’m not sure what your stance on social media is but if they had it back in the day I’m sure there would still be people like, “If Noah posts one more picture of his DIY project I might just unfollow him!” 

Kinda funny, but a little bit true right!? DIY projects can be tricky and a bit frustrating especially when everyone else’s “ark” seems to be coming along just fine!!! I think there is a lesson here as we look at Exodus 15:22-27. Moses and the Israelites had a bitter water problem and no DIY ideas were going to work, thus follows the intense complaining. However, what is God’s solution (verse 25)? Just throw a tree in it! WHAT?! No, Lord that makes no sense at all; that will just give the bitter water some fiber and what could be worse than bitter fiber water!!?! 

Often times His solutions make no human sense but praise Him He can think outside our box and if we are willing to trust and obey like Moses did that day, we just might be surprised that what we thought would be the end of us, turned out to be the sweetest fulfilling of our deepest desires.

This is the message of the cross is it not! The cross was no DIY project. Every attempt at the law left us bitter failures. However Jesus humbled Himself and took our place… so WHo did it? Yahweh Did It! Maybe it’s time we stop trying to DIY (Do It Yourself) and start praising YDI, that Yahweh already did it. He freed us completely, He said on the cross. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)! Let’s start swimming in the sweetness of that Truth dear one.

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Exodus 15:25 with someone

PRAY/READ: John 19:28-20:18 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Is there any burden you are carrying that God would beckon you to give to Him who has overcome? How might we, as the Body of Christ, be used to help each other in this area?

ACT: Challenge: Find a way to come alongside someone this week and lighten their load. Be the “sweet” in someone’s “bitter”.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Matthew 11:28-30 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 103:5 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 62:1 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 4:9-10 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Thess. 3:3  & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 59:16 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: __________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ 

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When Inefficient Is Most Effective

2020-01-14 09.49.28

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 5 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/4se9zfKr_sw “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Citizen Way

A “rainbow” painted just for you: When Inefficient Is Most Effective Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.” Mark 9:29

What stops you from taking hold of being a mighty prayer warrior? Is it because you feel inefficient when you pray? Anyone else a born multitasker that finds themself thinking… what else is NOT getting done that needs to get done while we are “just” praying?! 

How much further from the truth could this thought process be!?! Mark 9:14-29 is the perfect example of how one “inefficient” moment spent “just” praying can ramp up our effective efficiency the ENTIRE rest of the day! In this passage the disciples quite possibly could have been multitasking all over the boys non verbal problem, the throwing himself violently to the ground issue or over the foaming at the mouth thing or gnashing of the teeth… but obviously no amount of multitasking was helping. 

Prayer has a way of slowing us down to tap into the energy and wisdom only found in Jesus. Three times in this passage it states “how long…?”  I wonder how long are we going to try it on our own before getting a clue that prayer is the key to effective and efficient living!?! 

Recall Isaiah’s reply to the call of God in Is. 6:8. “Here am I. Send me!” However God didn’t call Isaiah by name, He sent out a generic call, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah just happened to be the one LISTENING. Prayer increases our chances of hearing His voice, His call, so we can know where He is working and can join Him!! 

In the end of the passage in Mark the boy is healed; we too will be washed clean through time spent in the Word and in prayer (Eph. 5:26). As the boy’s father prayed for increased faith to believe, time spent with our Heavenly Father will increase our faith too. We can’t truly live on borrowed or stale faith, we need FRESH FAITH to be effective in this life and that kind can only come through choosing to be what the world may call “inefficient”. 

In Mk. 9:26 what the world calls dead Jesus touches in verse 27 and new fresh life is infused! That boy stands up!! Dear one if we want to stand up with firm fresh effective faith in our daily moments we need to spend time down on our knees “inefficiently” yet most effectively “just”… praying. *Independent Read: Nehemiah 2:4-5 I bet that boy inhaled a prayer to be able to speak before the king and in the very same breath God exhaled an invasion of I AM… your Courage and Victory that blew his ever loving MIND!  

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Mark 9:29 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 6:9-13 with someone once a day this week

DISCUSS: Each day this week share a prayer God has answered for you and praise Him together.

ACT: Challenge: Ask someone if you can pray for them, then do so right then and there together.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Isaiah 65:24 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Thess. 5:16-18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matt. 7:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Eph. 6:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Mark 1:35 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 17:20-23 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: __________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27? ___________________________________________________________________________________

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

Purpose In Patmos

2020-01-10 11.06.24

Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 4 of 52

https://youtu.be/4ADR6sfpeQA – Song pick of the week: “Amen” by Micah Tyler

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Purpose in Patmos – When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. Revelation 1:17

Did you know that Moses was the first person with a tablet, downloading data from the cloud?! Needless to say however, we sure have come a long way in that process right!! This reminds me that if I want God’s promises I need to trust and walk with Him through HIS process.

The disciple John, often referred to as, “the disciple whom God loved” was exiled to the seemingly God forsaken island of Patmos after a failed attempt to boil him alive!! If you were John might you begin to doubt that you were still the one whom God loved or even noticed for that matter?!?! Maybe today you find yourself on your own “island of Patmos” wondering if God still loves you, still sees you… Take heart dear one, God has great purpose for every single “island of Patmos” in yours and my life! He did for John’s too.

On the island of Patmos God met with John and gave him a revelation of hope for all people!! God revealed to him how the story, our story, in Jesus ends! We have the victory, we don’t end on “Patmos”. Death has lost its sting and the King of kings and Lord of lords comes back for us and we live eternally in paradise with Him! Every “island of Patmos” we arrive at we can choose to look up toward God Almighty, and be willing to receive His greater perspective and purpose for it. He has a greater revelation of Who He wants to be to us that we never could have received otherwise. A revelation of Him we can share with a dying world so that they might know Him and see Him more clearly and live! 

Are we willing to trust His process in order to receiving His promises with open hands? Don’t be afraid dear one and don’t let your problem override His promise; He is the First and the Last, Faithful and True. *Independent Read: Rev. 19:11-16, 21:1-7, 7:9-12

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Revelation 1:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: The awesome hope of 2 Cor. 1:20 with someone. – Thank our Knight in shining armor for having a rescue plan. He is coming back for us and on a white horse no less!!!! A dream come true! Princess of God YOU are precious and dearly loved by the King of kings and Lord of lords!

DISCUSS: Share a time you gained a greater revelation of God through your visit to an “island of Patmos” and ask if they have ever had a similar experience.

ACT: Challenge: Read Deuteronomy 30:6 and ask God what part of your heart have you not been allowing Him to circumcise in order to see His purpose in a “Patmos”.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Psalm 33:4 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 15:55-57 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Rev. 5:5 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 4:16 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Heb. 11:10 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 14:3 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

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Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Where’s Your Root?

2020-01-14 08.35.55

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 3 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/-8bYgVEfAUo “You’ll Never Be Alone” by Capital Kings

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Where’s Your Root? …sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Gen.4:7 …the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. Josh. 23:10

I sometimes wonder what happened to people that have asked me for directions…(Please understand I had the best intentions!) I quite possibly could be the reason GPS was invented! So, you’re welcome, if you too find electronic directional assistance useful at times. However, what I appreciate more is that God anticipated I would need LIFE directions and so He gave me His living Word! Can I get an “amen!”?!! 

Now, we can and should work to memorize His Word but what good is that if it just stays head knowledge?! Sometimes the most difficult journey can be from head to heart. If any of you have ever watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you know the father character traces every single spoken word somehow back to having its root in the Greek language and then says, “…there ya go.” This got me thinking as I attempt to read and memorize Scripture; to challenge myself to try and trace each verse back to the heart of Jesus in order to LIVE like Him and in His Truth.

For example Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. We know Jesus was at the beginning (John 1:1) and if He is in the biggest of big (slinging galaxies into the heavens) and in the smallest of small (knitting the butterfly’s wing on earth) than I can LIVE rooted in that Truth without worry and fear. Gen. 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” If I am made in the image of Jesus I can LIVE free of insecurities and can forget playing the comparison game (in which no one ever wins anyway)! 

What about Gen. 3:6? When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. How would you LIVE this one out?! We certainly don’t want to be another’s stumbling block, as we know this event caused the fall of mankind! So let’s look deeper… What was the motive maybe in Eve that caused this situation? Maybe she had ONLY memorized Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:26 and was not LIVING rooted in those Truth’s. Maybe she was still living in fear, worry, insecurities and comparison, always feeling like she fell short. Jesus must be our biggest distraction, our loudest Truth, or we will be seduced by the next shiny red apple too.

Ephesians 1:11 tells us He holds the plan and if I walk with Him it’s all going to work out in the end (I don’t get lost, hallelujah!). Did you know that the words “work out” in that verse is actually “energeo” in the Greek?!! God Almighty is the energizing force behind everything dear one! Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and LIVE different! LIVE God-centered and rooted in His energizing Truth over us. Let it ring louder in our hearts and minds than all the lies of the shiny red apples swirling around us. John 8:32 Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. Well, that’s all for now so… “there ya go.” 🙂 *Independent Read: Judges 3:12-31 and notice how God used Ehud’s overlooked ability to conquer the enemy. In Jesus you are not lost or overlooked you are victorious! LIVE in that Truth!!! 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Genesis 4:7 and Joshua 23:10 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 73 with special attention to verse 17 (In Him you will always find Truth, run into His sanctuary!)

DISCUSS: When you have gotten “lost” and God showed you He is The Way (John 14:6).

ACT: Write a Truth to surprise and encourage someone on their mirror… (bathroom mirror, rear view mirror, office mirror… Get creative!)

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Heb. 10:23 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Joshua 23:14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Ex. 14:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 30:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matt. 11:28 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jer. 29:12 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

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Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Frozen What?!!

2020-01-06 15.37.52

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

It’s just not about whether your glass is half full or half empty its that in Jesus your glass is refillable! His precious promises are faithfully available to refill our glass and re-frame our perspective at all times… like for me this morning.

Over my warm cup of coffee from my kitchen table I happened to be gazing out onto my snow covered backyard which is actually more like a frozen solid tundra. Embedded into this frozen white landscape in stark contrast is black rabbit and dog excrement! Yes and as you know rabbits never travel alone and my dog could very well be mistaken for Ferdinand the bull… I’ll let your imagination paint the picture now of just what exactly my backyard looks like and it is no Thomas Kinkade.

This could be seen as an eye sore (glass half or totally empty situation) but the more I pondered it the stronger His promise poured into my heart! My God is a God who has a time for everything under the sun (Ecc. 3). He changes the seasons and that always reminds me He is always moving (John 5:17).

My backyard will eventually thaw and when it does it will be the most fertilized yard in the neighborhood AND it won’t even cost me a dime!!

What excrement (so to speak) seems to be frozen in your backyard? What seems impossible, unmovable and unchangeable in your life?

Jesus is a God that makes possible the impossible (Matt. 19:26). He is always on the move and those that wait on the Lord and His perfect timing will be blessed (Isaiah 30:18). Like my backyard, what seems awful now, in time will be the biggest blessing!

Dear one, Jesus loves you, He sees, He’s moving, trust His process and His faithful promise will refill your cup.

God bless you muchly~

Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:7

 

Not Alone

Reigning Rainbows Devotionals (Matt. 13:16) – 2 of 52

https://youtu.be/kylPaf8uQPo – Song pick of the week: “Close” by Tauren Wells

2020-01-08 08.17.30

A “Rainbow” Painted Just For You: NOT ALONEFor what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? Deuteronomy 4:7

Ever feel like the number of times you exclaim, “Failed it!” far outweigh the number of times you exclaim, “Nailed it!” ?! Well, take heart if you find yourself in this same boat with me! If we look at some promises God gives us… John 15:5, John 14:16, 1 John 2:1 and John 14:26 I think His expectation of us is that in ourselves we WOULD fail, we WOULD need help! So in that case every time I feel like I need help, or I’ve failed this week, I can exclaim, “Nailed it!! I’ve met God’s expectations for me in myself!” BUT… God, through His precious promises to us whispers rejuvenating Truths to restart the heart! He says, “Yes, you nailed it but I was nailed TO it and overcame, so you don’t have to stay this way. Take My hand, what is humanly impossible is possible with Me (Luke 18:27)! Let Me take you beyond yourself. I hold immeasurably more in you than all you could ask or imagine, according to My power (Eph. 3:20). Trust Me and receive it!”

Remember all the fullness of God is in Jesus and Jesus is in you as a believer and stronger is He!!! (1 John 4:4, Col.1:27, John 14:20) No greater gift can you give the world than the Holy Spirit in you and that dear one is something He gives you without limit (John 3:34)! It’s not about the glass being half full or half empty, it’s that in Jesus your glass is refillable!!! Praise Him! 

This week when you feel that you have come to the end of your rope, look up and find it’s just the beginning of His!! Look for ways He fulfills His promise that He is close to you and will never leave you to do things alone. Then step out in trust and take hold of HIS strength. *Independent Read: 2 Timothy 1:7

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Deuteronomy 4:7 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 121 over, for or with someone

DISCUSS: Share a time you knew God was with you and ask someone if they have ever experienced God’s presence with them in some way too.

ACT: Challenge: Who have you been keeping at a distance that maybe God is asking you to bring close?

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) Record how you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Isaiah 41:13 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________

*Read 2 Tim. 1:7 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________

*Read Psalm 23:4 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________

*Read Deut. 31:6 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________

*Read Matt. 28:20 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________

*Read 1 John 4:4 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: _______________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27_______________________________________________________________________________________

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________