Lost & Found

Recently, my husband found a young woman’s wallet on a bike trail. He picked it up, brought it home and informed me. I opened the wallet and saw the woman’s driver’s license.

Her name is Victoria.

Victoria’s photo revealed a troubled look on her face and an address that was a five-hour drive away. There was no money in her wallet, but there was a debit card and an appointment card for a court date.

I knew in my heart that God placed this young woman’s identity in my hand and on my heart to pray for a turnaround toward all that He is and has for her. I know God loves and values her, this person whose earthly guardian thought enough of her to name her prophetically.

Victoria is called to victory. To grow in victory by faith believing (Ps 92:12 TPT). To be empowered for triumph (Ps 92:10 TPT).

Just like her wallet, I believe what was lost will be found by God to help her find Him as her greater significance of identity and purpose in His promises fulfilled (2 Ch 15:4).

God has ways of revealing what is hidden to extend and sustain life abundantly through His salvation light of Christ. He meets with us to bring us from destructive darkness into His glorious Presence. All of us, who have fallen and are undeserving. All of us, who have an appointment with Him.

His Name is Redeemer.

None of us are too far from God to return to Him. Distance is a non-issue for our omnipresent Lord. He and His grace-power are bigger than everything else. So, hope abounds.

God is about revival, not ruts or ruin. He has divine beauty, fresh oil and new wine for each of us. He is our “beautiful strength” and never makes a mistake with us (Ps 92 15 TPT). He causes us to flourish in life as we follow Him (Ps 92:12 TPT).

God desires to take Victoria from iron and make her pure gold. He has a new countenance and a new life for her. He has a ministry designed just for her. He awaits her return to Him more fully. Wholeheartedly (2 Ch 19:9 NLT).

Entanglements of the world can cause us to feel bitterly hopeless, but God calls us out of the trenches of broken-heartedness and bitterness into His higher throne room to be enriched and entwined with Him. To help make others whole with Him.

He is our God of more than enough, whose “amazing mysteries” are “found within every miracle” (Ps 92:6 TPT). He reveals His “deep and glorious secrets” to the discerning. To overcome a violent world.

May we always remember God’s truth and pray for the one lost sheep. God doesn’t beat us up with the violence of rejection or condemnation but raises us up and carries us home to His merciful and gracious full restoration (Lk 15:4-5 TPT study note).

In “The Parable of the Lost Lamb” (Lk 15:3-7 TPT), Jesus says that “…there will be a glorious celebration in heaven over the rescue of one lost sinner who repents, comes back home, and returns to the fold—-more so than for all the righteous people who never strayed away.”

Concerning Victoria, there was no need for me to drive a five-hour distance to return her wallet, especially since I didn’t know if the address on her license was current. So, I called the authorities, to whom I handed it over. I would have loved meeting her in person to minister to her. But sometimes, we have to hand it all over to God and entrust Him to carry on His way.

Nothing is impossible with God.

So, I continue to pray for Victoria and speak victory over her young life and believe that The Master, who brings dead things to life will reach her and set her on a new path for His glory (Lk 15:24, 32 TPT).

May we always remember that, because He found us, it’s a new day for victory. In this assurance, we can rejoice.

Around the same time God put Victoria’s wallet in my hand, He also revealed to me that we will find what we have been searching for and that some of what we find will be unusual, even better—some things God knew about that we didn’t see previously. Something He will reveal.

Then He spoke to me saying, “It’s time for the beautiful things to come into place, to manifest.”

So, God’s love is being expressed and poured out in new, wondrous ways to us. He is giving us unusual opportunities to reach out to others and share His love. 1 John 3:14 ESV tells us “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers…” Therefore, we are to lovingly help others along the way. This is God’s standard as we go. The study note in Proverbs 24:10 TPT forewarns us by saying, “If you fail to help others in their time of need, you will grow too weak to help yourself.”

So, let’s leave room for God’s grace to help us help others. Let’s let Him show us how to align in the most fitting way that returns glory to Him. We are in a time of wholeness, where as we move with Holy Spirit, we will see the redemptive completion of His manifest promises.

To God be the glory.

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.

Beautiful Life – Part 2

Perspective determines a lot in regards to experiencing a beautiful life. We’ve heard the adage, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

So, what are we beholding?

Since, our choices largely hinge on our vision and thoughts, it’s important to renew our minds with what our Lord regards as beautiful.

Proverbs 15:30 TPT says, “Eyes that focus on what is beautiful bring joy to the heart, and hearing a good report refreshes and strengthens the inner being.”

Philippians 4:8 TPT says, “Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”

Even Dictionary.com defines beautiful as “possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about…” Beautiful thoughts and speech are examples. 

To be sure, God is our “crown of glory and a diadem of beauty for the remnant of his people” (Is 28:5 TPT). He is our Spirit of justice and our strength and bravery (Is 28:6 TPT).

I recall a moment years ago, where someone, who had lost a relative, approached me and asked questions. This woman, who was a leader in her church, seemed to not understand why her relative, whom she regarded as beautiful and good, was taken before others, whom she regarded as not so beautiful or good. While I appreciated her honesty and trust, I couldn’t help notice that her focus was clearly on her relative’s beauty and goodness, not God’s.

Very recently, our Lord gave me a deeper level of understanding on the matter, revealing that If He had spared the beautiful and good relative from passing into eternity, it would have been nice for the remaining family in a way. But some glory would have likely been attributed to that beautiful relative for their goodness. 

However, when God miraculously spares someone thought to be not so good or beautiful in behavior, God gets the full glory for His rich mercy. Not the person. What the person gets is an expression of God’s love as rich mercy, which softens their heart toward Him. They know they don’t deserve it, and they attribute their life to God’s merciful miracles. In this way, they become a living testament to God’s mercy, power and love, which showcases Him alone.

But when we make it about ourselves, our strengths limit God in our lives. Our submission to Him as our “beautiful strength” in our weaknesses invites His grace-strength to work on our behalf beyond our abilities (Ps 92:15 TPT). This is where God gets the greater glory and we are made grateful. It’s where He works out His redemption in our lives to make them even more beautiful.

What the good and beautiful believers get as they go on to be with our Lord is a Heavenly life of merciful and gracious redemption, which they don’t deserve either.

So, through Christ alone, we experience a more beautiful life with Him shinning most brightly, as we worship Him. 

Our Spirit of grace offers us a Holy ease, so we don’t have to overwork and wear ourselves out early. He will share His wisdom and insight to help us. Our worst enemy is trying too hard to do it our way. Instead, let’s be lovers of God, who seek Him, find Him and lead others to Him (SS 6:1).

Galatians 6:8 TPT says, “The harvest you reap reveals the seed that you planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self-life into this natural realm, you can expect a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.”

So, pray with me, if you will, from Holy Scripture… 

Dear Lord, 

We bless Your “beautiful Name” (Ps 45:11, 100:4 TPT).

Thank You for seeing us as beautiful, rescuing us and bringing us into a beautiful broad place (Ps 18:19 TPT).

“O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us. Come work with us, and then our works will endure; you will give us success in all we do” (Ps 90:17 TPT).

“Let me share in the wealth and beauty of all your devoted lovers, rejoice with your nation in all their joys, and let me share in the glory you give to your chosen ones” (Ps 106:5 TPT).

“Our hearts bubble over as we celebrate the fame of your marvelous beauty, bringing bliss to our hearts. We shout with ecstatic joy over your breakthrough for us” (Ps 145:7 TPT).

“Everything I am will praise and bless the Lord! O Lord, my God, your greatness takes my breath away, overwhelming me by your majesty, beauty, and splendor” (Ps 104:1 TPT)!

Like meditating on Your Word, may we lift up praise to You “from dawn to dusk,” from “sunrise-brilliance to sunset-beauty” (Ps 113:3 TPT)!

Help us “to be teachers of beautiful things” (Titus 2:3 TPT).

In Jesus’ Mighty Name, 


Friends, there’s even more that you won’t want to miss. So, join me next week for Part 3 of Beautiful Life.

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.