Tonight as I finish my day, I am reminded the hearts that search for God in courageous ways, surrendering who they were and embracing who God has created them to be is an honest time for us to search the same in our own hearts and remember our journey. Where it is, where it was and where God is leading us. 

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” [Jeremiah 17:9-10 MSG]

As I graciously accept the gift of sharing and storytelling tonight from a new friend, I also find myself incredibly thankful for how God has connected us as his people. Supernaturally linked through common love of Jesus. A community of Kingdom walkers. I am mesmerized by unique calling in each of our lives, the humility to answer that calling and the voice we all seek in discernment. 

Jesus, thank you a million times over for allowing the pain and shame of our stories to be redeemed and merged through you as The Storyteller. Speak into our lives. Dig deep into the roots of who you have created us to be. Bless us with your peace while waiting for your timing. Give us courage and strength to surrender the parts of ourselves that make the vision of your Kingdom dull and hazy. Expand our capacity to love beyond ourselves. Allow us to see each other as equals in your Kingdom, with no barriers through language, poverty, spiritual gifts or education to live as believers in the God who reigns over the entire universe. Search our hearts, remind us we are yours and the fight is already won. Amen


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