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In order to take this photo, my family and I had to hike a mile from where we parked the car, walk down a 230 foot cliff face, and then across the beach to get to this spot before the sun completely set. I appreciated that my family wanted to come with me to get a photo … but I loved that they were prepared to go above and beyond to help me get the shot I wanted!
When I look at this photo now, it reminds me of a Jewish tradition called “hiddur mitzvah”, which means to enhance, or to go above and beyond to follow God. You see, “hiddur” means to beautify or enhance, and “mitzvah” is the Hebrew words for God’s commands, so together this word means to not only follow God’s law, but to go above and beyond in your willingness to obey God. Jesus gave a great example of “hiddur mitzvah” in the story of the good Samaritan. By helping the injured traveler, the Samaritan followed the law to love his neighbor … but but went above and beyond by covering his medical expenses as well. That’s “hiddur mitzvah”. Make sense? 
Today, you can simply follow God ... or you can choose to be extravagant in the way you love God and love others. And I can’t think of a better reason to go big or go home!
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“This is my God, and I will glorify him” — Exodus 15:2
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In order to take this photo, my family and I had to hike a mile from where we parked the car, walk down a 230 foot cliff face, and then across the beach to get to this spot before the sun completely set. I appreciated that my family wanted to come with me to get a photo … but I loved that they were prepared to go above and beyond to help me get the shot I wanted! When I look at this photo now, it reminds me of a Jewish tradition called “hiddur mitzvah”, which means to enhance, or to go above and beyond to follow God. You see, “hiddur” means to beautify or enhance, and “mitzvah” is the Hebrew words for God’s commands, so together this word means to not only follow God’s law, but to go above and beyond in your willingness to obey God. Jesus gave a great example of “hiddur mitzvah” in the story of the good Samaritan. By helping the injured traveler, the Samaritan followed the law to love his neighbor … but but went above and beyond by covering his medical expenses as well. That’s “hiddur mitzvah”. Make sense? Today, you can simply follow God ... or you can choose to be extravagant in the way you love God and love others. And I can’t think of a better reason to go big or go home! • • “This is my God, and I will glorify him” — Exodus 15:2 • • • #sunset #beach #ocean #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #beachday #beachlife #justgoshoot #verseoftheday #bibleverse #bible #godisgreat #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #lensdistortions #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #visualambassadors #agameoftones #moodygrams

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Have you ever gone through a season—or maybe you are in one right now—where your life felt like this photo? A time when it seemed like storm clouds were circling overhead, and things were getting dark? Times like these often take us by surprise, but Jesus warned us that "… in this world you will have trouble" ... so storms in life shouldn't catch us off guard. 
In his book "Crazy Love", author Francis Chan wrote; "… the goals of Christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don’t swear, and a good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally and seriously is rarely considered. Most of us want a life that we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering." But Jesus promised that life WOULD get out of control—not that it might. But, he also said that he has overcome the world, that he is in control, and that he would comfort us, stand with us and give us strength to get through any situation. 
From my experience, sometimes to get the best out of life you have to go through the worst … but God promises to always make a way when there seems to be no way—to shine a light in even the darkest storm, and to bring hope where there is hopelessness. God does not always promise calm passage, but He does promise a safe landing.
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“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33
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Have you ever gone through a season—or maybe you are in one right now—where your life felt like this photo? A time when it seemed like storm clouds were circling overhead, and things were getting dark? Times like these often take us by surprise, but Jesus warned us that "… in this world you will have trouble" ... so storms in life shouldn't catch us off guard. In his book "Crazy Love", author Francis Chan wrote; "… the goals of Christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don’t swear, and a good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally and seriously is rarely considered. Most of us want a life that we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering." But Jesus promised that life WOULD get out of control—not that it might. But, he also said that he has overcome the world, that he is in control, and that he would comfort us, stand with us and give us strength to get through any situation. From my experience, sometimes to get the best out of life you have to go through the worst … but God promises to always make a way when there seems to be no way—to shine a light in even the darkest storm, and to bring hope where there is hopelessness. God does not always promise calm passage, but He does promise a safe landing. • • “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 • • • • #storm #weather #rain #clouds #thunderstorm #melbourneiloveyou #clouds #cloud #verseoftheday #bibleverse #bible #biblestudy #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #prayers #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #melbourne #agameoftones #moodygrams

I was reading the creation story in the Bible this morning, and noticed something weird. In Genesis 1, we read that vegetation was growing on the earth on the third day … but in Genesis 2, no plants were growing on the sixth day. What’s up with that? Well, Genesis 2:5 says God had not caused it to rain because there was no one to “work the ground”. As I looked into this further, I found an old rabbinic teaching that says God had caused the seeds to germinate, but the plants stopped growing just before they broke through the soil because they were waiting for the rain. 
What does this horticulture lesson have to do with anything? Well, the rabbis teach that prayer is "the work of the heart", so they understand Genesis 2:5 to mean the plants weren’t growing because no one had prayed for the land. The plants were ready, they just needed rain. The rain was in place, it just needed to receive the order to fall. All creation was waiting for someone to pray for the ground! So the rabbis say it was when Adam prayed for the ground that rain finally fell—and life sprung up on the earth! 
I love this idea that God wants to start new things in us—but He’s waiting for us to do the "work of the heart"! He wants to provide new opportunities, bring new life, grow new ideas—He’s just waiting for us to pray for them! 
What are you praying for today?
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“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.” — 1 Peter 3:12
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I was reading the creation story in the Bible this morning, and noticed something weird. In Genesis 1, we read that vegetation was growing on the earth on the third day … but in Genesis 2, no plants were growing on the sixth day. What’s up with that? Well, Genesis 2:5 says God had not caused it to rain because there was no one to “work the ground”. As I looked into this further, I found an old rabbinic teaching that says God had caused the seeds to germinate, but the plants stopped growing just before they broke through the soil because they were waiting for the rain. What does this horticulture lesson have to do with anything? Well, the rabbis teach that prayer is "the work of the heart", so they understand Genesis 2:5 to mean the plants weren’t growing because no one had prayed for the land. The plants were ready, they just needed rain. The rain was in place, it just needed to receive the order to fall. All creation was waiting for someone to pray for the ground! So the rabbis say it was when Adam prayed for the ground that rain finally fell—and life sprung up on the earth! I love this idea that God wants to start new things in us—but He’s waiting for us to do the "work of the heart"! He wants to provide new opportunities, bring new life, grow new ideas—He’s just waiting for us to pray for them! What are you praying for today? • “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.” — 1 Peter 3:12 • • • • #rainydays #raindrops #rain #raining #praying #artofvisuals #prayers #justgoshoot #verseoftheday #bibleverse #bible #biblestudy #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #creation #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #visualambassadors #agameoftones #moodygrams

When I got into photography six years ago, I had no idea it would help me pass my faith onto my daughters. See, my youngest daughter has dyslexia, which means she often has trouble reading, but is able to learn complex concepts through images and illustrations. So, a few years ago, I started teaching her the Bible by using photos I’d take to anchor the story—and watched her understanding of faith and theology grow. These morning lessons I had with her with her eventually became devotions like the one you’re reading now. 
Illustrations are such a key part in the way we all learn. Theologian Leonard Sweet says; "images are the language of the 21st Century". Author Shane Hipps says "words are brain protein. Images are brain candy". And leadership expert Dr Tim Elmore says "… some of the best communicators in history taught using the power of metaphor and image". Jesus knew all of this, which is why he always used parables and illustrations in his teaching. 
I believe that today, we will all project an image of Jesus through our actions, our words, what we post on social media etc. What picture will you show the world about your faith? What will your attitude and behavior say about Jesus today?
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“He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables” — Mark 4:2
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When I got into photography six years ago, I had no idea it would help me pass my faith onto my daughters. See, my youngest daughter has dyslexia, which means she often has trouble reading, but is able to learn complex concepts through images and illustrations. So, a few years ago, I started teaching her the Bible by using photos I’d take to anchor the story—and watched her understanding of faith and theology grow. These morning lessons I had with her with her eventually became devotions like the one you’re reading now. Illustrations are such a key part in the way we all learn. Theologian Leonard Sweet says; "images are the language of the 21st Century". Author Shane Hipps says "words are brain protein. Images are brain candy". And leadership expert Dr Tim Elmore says "… some of the best communicators in history taught using the power of metaphor and image". Jesus knew all of this, which is why he always used parables and illustrations in his teaching. I believe that today, we will all project an image of Jesus through our actions, our words, what we post on social media etc. What picture will you show the world about your faith? What will your attitude and behavior say about Jesus today? • “He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables” — Mark 4:2 • • • • #photographer #selfie #camera #artofvisuals #selfportrait #justgoshoot #verseoftheday #bibleverse #bible #biblestudy #actionshot #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #prayers #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #aussie #visualambassadors #agameoftones #moodygrams

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Whenever you're at the beach, do you ever find yourself wondering how many grains of sand there are around you? I don’t think I can even imagine a number big enough to cover every single granule of sand. I mean, I doubt I could even guess how much sand is stuck to my feet when I leave the beach, because sand seems to end up everywhere! And according to the Bible, God’s blessing and thoughts about us are just like the sand—too numerous to count or even comprehend. 
While we all probably like the sound of that, I doubt most of us even think of it in our day-to-day because we’re busy chasing more for ourselves—whether that’s more money, fame, opportunities, social status or influence. As St Augustine once wrote; "God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them." We get so distracted chasing more for ourselves, that we forget that God calls us to be grateful, not successful. When we’re driven by our fear of missing out … we risk missing God. 
Do you need to slow down and remember how blessed you are? How about you stop for a moment right now, and simply leave a COMMENT with one thing you’re thankful for today?
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"How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!" — Psalm 139:17-18
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Whenever you're at the beach, do you ever find yourself wondering how many grains of sand there are around you? I don’t think I can even imagine a number big enough to cover every single granule of sand. I mean, I doubt I could even guess how much sand is stuck to my feet when I leave the beach, because sand seems to end up everywhere! And according to the Bible, God’s blessing and thoughts about us are just like the sand—too numerous to count or even comprehend. While we all probably like the sound of that, I doubt most of us even think of it in our day-to-day because we’re busy chasing more for ourselves—whether that’s more money, fame, opportunities, social status or influence. As St Augustine once wrote; "God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them." We get so distracted chasing more for ourselves, that we forget that God calls us to be grateful, not successful. When we’re driven by our fear of missing out … we risk missing God. Do you need to slow down and remember how blessed you are? How about you stop for a moment right now, and simply leave a COMMENT with one thing you’re thankful for today? • "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!" — Psalm 139:17-18 • • • #beach #sand #sunrise #beachvibes #ocean #sunrise_and_sunsets #verseoftheday #sea #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #beachday #visualambassadors #naturephoto #beachlife

I saw a quote recently by theologian, Thomas Merton, that read: “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him … a tree imitates God by being a tree.” I like this quote because it reminds me that all a tree needs to do to bring glory to God is be itself. A tree doesn’t need validation from other trees. And a tree doesn’t sit around thinking it would be more valuable if it had more of this or looked more like that—a tree gives glory to God simply by being a tree. 
But it’s not that easy for humans, right? Unlike trees, we all have a choice to either give glory to God, or go against Him. Yes, you are made in God's image, but it’s your decisions and choices—what you stand for, how you live, who or what you follow—that determines if your life imitates Him. And let’s be honest, it's easy to imitate the world, and follow things other than God. The goal of our spiritual journey then, is to use every deed and every word to, as theologian Abraham Heschel wrote, “build your life as if it were a work of art” ... because that’s when we give glory to God. 
So when you see a tree today, would yo have he courage to ask yourself: Are you living as God intends?
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“Walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, fully pleasing to him” — Colossians 1:10
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I saw a quote recently by theologian, Thomas Merton, that read: “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him … a tree imitates God by being a tree.” I like this quote because it reminds me that all a tree needs to do to bring glory to God is be itself. A tree doesn’t need validation from other trees. And a tree doesn’t sit around thinking it would be more valuable if it had more of this or looked more like that—a tree gives glory to God simply by being a tree. But it’s not that easy for humans, right? Unlike trees, we all have a choice to either give glory to God, or go against Him. Yes, you are made in God's image, but it’s your decisions and choices—what you stand for, how you live, who or what you follow—that determines if your life imitates Him. And let’s be honest, it's easy to imitate the world, and follow things other than God. The goal of our spiritual journey then, is to use every deed and every word to, as theologian Abraham Heschel wrote, “build your life as if it were a work of art” ... because that’s when we give glory to God. So when you see a tree today, would yo have he courage to ask yourself: Are you living as God intends? • “Walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, fully pleasing to him” — Colossians 1:10 • • • #tree #trees #sunrise #agameoftones #naturephotography #sunrise_and_sunsets #verseoftheday #nature #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #fingerprintofgod #visualambassadors #naturephoto #moodygrams

Autumn is a time when change is obvious in the world. In the east coast of the US where I live, the leaves change color dramatically before falling off the trees. I know a lot of people who love the change in seasons … but who fear change in their every day life. Change can be hard. It can be scary. It can be disruptive. But you don’t have to live life consumed by anxiety or stress when it comes to change. You don’t have to fear change when you understand that God does not change. 
The Hebrew word for "change" is "shanah", which is a word without tense. So when the prophet Malachi writes; "I am the Lord, and I do not change," the word "shanah" here means God was the same in the past, He is the present and He will be the same in the future. So while you may be facing changes today that you did not ask for and do not want, God promises to be an unchanging foundation for you—always. Believing this truth won’t change what you deal with today … but it should change how you deal with it. 
How can I pray for you in the middle of your change today?
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“I am the LORD, and I do not change.” — Malachi 3:6
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Autumn is a time when change is obvious in the world. In the east coast of the US where I live, the leaves change color dramatically before falling off the trees. I know a lot of people who love the change in seasons … but who fear change in their every day life. Change can be hard. It can be scary. It can be disruptive. But you don’t have to live life consumed by anxiety or stress when it comes to change. You don’t have to fear change when you understand that God does not change. The Hebrew word for "change" is "shanah", which is a word without tense. So when the prophet Malachi writes; "I am the Lord, and I do not change," the word "shanah" here means God was the same in the past, He is the present and He will be the same in the future. So while you may be facing changes today that you did not ask for and do not want, God promises to be an unchanging foundation for you—always. Believing this truth won’t change what you deal with today … but it should change how you deal with it. How can I pray for you in the middle of your change today? • “I am the LORD, and I do not change.” — Malachi 3:6 • • • #fall #autumn #leaf #leaves #instanature #autumnleaves #verseoftheday #naturephoto #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #nature #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #fingerprintofgod #visualambassadors #naturephotography #moodygrams

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We all face storms in our lives. We all go through times when we get blown off course, when we're hammered by waves, and we’re stumbling through the chaos, blindly looking for direction. But have you ever noticed that during the strongest, darkest of storms, a lighthouse stands immovable? It is stands up against the rain, strong winds, powerful waves and hail, while continually shining a light for others. 
It would be easy to assume that God is the lighthouse in our storm guiding us safely through—which is true—but I believe He purposefully designed US to be like the lighthouse too. You see, when we turn to God in the midst of a storm, the light He placed in us has the chance to burn brightly, giving us the strength to stand strong. Not only does this help you withstand your storm, it causes your faith to become a beacon of hope and encouragement for others who are struggling with their own storms. 
The lighthouse withstands the storm because of its strong foundation—and so can you when your foundation is God.
If you’re facing a storm today, I want to pray that God will burn brightly in you. If you leave a COMMENT I’ll pray for you by name ... and the community who reads these devotions will pray for you also.
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We all face storms in our lives. We all go through times when we get blown off course, when we're hammered by waves, and we’re stumbling through the chaos, blindly looking for direction. But have you ever noticed that during the strongest, darkest of storms, a lighthouse stands immovable? It is stands up against the rain, strong winds, powerful waves and hail, while continually shining a light for others. It would be easy to assume that God is the lighthouse in our storm guiding us safely through—which is true—but I believe He purposefully designed US to be like the lighthouse too. You see, when we turn to God in the midst of a storm, the light He placed in us has the chance to burn brightly, giving us the strength to stand strong. Not only does this help you withstand your storm, it causes your faith to become a beacon of hope and encouragement for others who are struggling with their own storms. The lighthouse withstands the storm because of its strong foundation—and so can you when your foundation is God. If you’re facing a storm today, I want to pray that God will burn brightly in you. If you leave a COMMENT I’ll pray for you by name ... and the community who reads these devotions will pray for you also. • "The LORD will guide you continually" — Isaiah 58:11 • • • #lighthouse #lighthouse_captures #stormclouds #lights #agameoftones #moodygrams #storm #visitvictoria #verseoftheday #biblejournaling #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayer #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #hope #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #visualambassadors #fingerprintofgod

The last time my family and I were on vacation in Australia, my nephews and I talked about how amazing God was as we watched this spectacular sunrise. Have you ever noticed that it’s easy to be aware of God when we see things like a sunrise or sunset, mountain ranges, or a newborn baby—but it’s not as easy to experience God in ordinary, every day things, or situations we typically take for granted. Being constantly aware of God’s presence was something the believers of the Bible called "kavanah"—which means to be aware you’re standing in the presence of God. To develop this, they set out to intentionally focus on God in everything they did—whether that was watching a sunrise, going to work, talking with friends, eating breakfast ... anything!
I doubt many of us are constantly aware we’re standing in the presence of God, but imagine how different you’d be if you did! Imagine if, just for one day, you were aware of His presence in every detail, every person, every conversation, every bite, every breath. This sort of faith doesn’t happen by chance … it happens by choice. 
I dare you to look for God in everything this morning, and see how it changes the course of your day.
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“I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.” — Psalm 16:8
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The last time my family and I were on vacation in Australia, my nephews and I talked about how amazing God was as we watched this spectacular sunrise. Have you ever noticed that it’s easy to be aware of God when we see things like a sunrise or sunset, mountain ranges, or a newborn baby—but it’s not as easy to experience God in ordinary, every day things, or situations we typically take for granted. Being constantly aware of God’s presence was something the believers of the Bible called "kavanah"—which means to be aware you’re standing in the presence of God. To develop this, they set out to intentionally focus on God in everything they did—whether that was watching a sunrise, going to work, talking with friends, eating breakfast ... anything! I doubt many of us are constantly aware we’re standing in the presence of God, but imagine how different you’d be if you did! Imagine if, just for one day, you were aware of His presence in every detail, every person, every conversation, every bite, every breath. This sort of faith doesn’t happen by chance … it happens by choice. I dare you to look for God in everything this morning, and see how it changes the course of your day. • “I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.” — Psalm 16:8 • • • • #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #agameoftones #moodygrams #sky_sultans #greatoceanroad #verseoftheday #devotional #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayers #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faithful #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #faith #jesussaves #godisgood #fingerprintofgod #fujifilm #fujifilm_xseries #sunrise #skylovers #visualambassadors

This is what happens when you put a pinhole in an egg, blow out all the insides, refill the eggshell with paint, then break them! The colors explode out onto everything in close proximity—which is a great analogy for how followers of Jesus are to impact people around us. In fact, one of Jesus’ disciples named Matthew put it this way; "You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” His point that followers of Jesus are called to stand out in the world by the way we serve, love, and encourage the people around us. 
In the time of Jesus, Jerusalem was the crossroads of the world. Empires and kingdoms had to go through Jerusalem if they wanted to trade in that part of the world. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that God placed His people at this crossroad—He wanted the world to see His love in action by the way His followers lived out their faith. I’m convinced that God wants us to do the same today—to love the people around us in extravagant ways as an expression of our faith in Him. 
I once got to interview author Bob Goff, who says: "God doesn’t give influence so we can lead people better. He gives it so we can love people more." So I wonder, will you stand out today by the way you encourage, love and serve other people?
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This is what happens when you put a pinhole in an egg, blow out all the insides, refill the eggshell with paint, then break them! The colors explode out onto everything in close proximity—which is a great analogy for how followers of Jesus are to impact people around us. In fact, one of Jesus’ disciples named Matthew put it this way; "You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” His point that followers of Jesus are called to stand out in the world by the way we serve, love, and encourage the people around us. In the time of Jesus, Jerusalem was the crossroads of the world. Empires and kingdoms had to go through Jerusalem if they wanted to trade in that part of the world. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that God placed His people at this crossroad—He wanted the world to see His love in action by the way His followers lived out their faith. I’m convinced that God wants us to do the same today—to love the people around us in extravagant ways as an expression of our faith in Him. I once got to interview author Bob Goff, who says: "God doesn’t give influence so we can lead people better. He gives it so we can love people more." So I wonder, will you stand out today by the way you encourage, love and serve other people? • “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” — Matthew 5:14 • • • #color #colorsplash #colorful #egg #eggs #paint #verseoftheday #biblejournaling #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayers #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faith #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #praisegod #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujifilm_xseries #shutterspeed #visualambassadors #splash #justgoshoot

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As much as a love taking sunrise landscapes like this, I have a love-hate relationship with the morning (who’s with me?). I know I’m able to get a lot done before the sun rises, but it’s often hard to shake off the sleep and get out of bed. Something that often helps me on mornings when I’m particularly tired is a saying that believers have been reciting since the time of Jesus to help get them ready for the next day: "Be strong as a lion when you wake up in the morning to serve your Creator." Now that’s waking with a purpose! 
There's also a prayer the rabbis of Jesus' time would recite before their feet hit the floor. The prayer is: "I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me. Your faithfulness is great." The first words they would uttered every morning were used to thank God for the gift of life! I love that! 
Chances are you didn't say these words when you woke up this morning, but it's not too late. Recite them now, then take a moment to put your phone down and thank God for the gift of life He has given you today.
LIKE this post once you’ve done it.
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"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." — Isaiah 60:1
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As much as a love taking sunrise landscapes like this, I have a love-hate relationship with the morning (who’s with me?). I know I’m able to get a lot done before the sun rises, but it’s often hard to shake off the sleep and get out of bed. Something that often helps me on mornings when I’m particularly tired is a saying that believers have been reciting since the time of Jesus to help get them ready for the next day: "Be strong as a lion when you wake up in the morning to serve your Creator." Now that’s waking with a purpose! There's also a prayer the rabbis of Jesus' time would recite before their feet hit the floor. The prayer is: "I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me. Your faithfulness is great." The first words they would uttered every morning were used to thank God for the gift of life! I love that! Chances are you didn't say these words when you woke up this morning, but it's not too late. Recite them now, then take a moment to put your phone down and thank God for the gift of life He has given you today. LIKE this post once you’ve done it. • "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." — Isaiah 60:1 • • • #sunrise #morning #dawn #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #verseoftheday #biblejournaling #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayers #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faithful #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #praise #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #fingerprintofgod #visualambassadors #agameoftones #justgoshoot #sunrays

Have you ever sat around a table with family or really good friends and shared a meal, laughed, smiled, wept, told stories, talked and simply discussed life? There’s something about those moments together that connect all of us. Since before the time of Jesus, Jewish rabbis have taught that every table is an altar—every table is a place where worship happens. It’s where relationships are established or repaired. Community is developed. Guests are welcomed. Forgiveness and peace are extended. It’s where we give thanks to God.
Perhaps this is why Jesus referred to the Kingdom of God as a feast. He would often eat with sinners or cook breakfast for his followers—and each time he did, he was revealing the Kingdom of God. To this day in the Middle East, to invite someone to dinner is to extend peace and forgiveness because every table is an altar where you experience God.
Today, whether you sit at a table, a bench, a desk, a bar or a picnic rug … I pray that the people with you will experience God in a fresh and tangible way. And may you always need to set a bigger table.
• "And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God." — Luke 13:29
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Have you ever sat around a table with family or really good friends and shared a meal, laughed, smiled, wept, told stories, talked and simply discussed life? There’s something about those moments together that connect all of us. Since before the time of Jesus, Jewish rabbis have taught that every table is an altar—every table is a place where worship happens. It’s where relationships are established or repaired. Community is developed. Guests are welcomed. Forgiveness and peace are extended. It’s where we give thanks to God. Perhaps this is why Jesus referred to the Kingdom of God as a feast. He would often eat with sinners or cook breakfast for his followers—and each time he did, he was revealing the Kingdom of God. To this day in the Middle East, to invite someone to dinner is to extend peace and forgiveness because every table is an altar where you experience God. Today, whether you sit at a table, a bench, a desk, a bar or a picnic rug … I pray that the people with you will experience God in a fresh and tangible way. And may you always need to set a bigger table. • "And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God." — Luke 13:29 • • • #table #homedecor #altar #dinner #interior #justgoshoot #verseoftheday #biblejournaling #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse #prayers #jesus #christianity #amen #christian #faithful #holyspirit #bibleinphotos #god #jesuschrist #praise #jesussaves #godisgood #fujifilm #fujixseries #tablesetting #tablescape #tabletop #diningroom

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