Friday, December 15, 2017

Jesus as the Bridegroom on the 13th Day of Advent


"The bride belongs to the bridegroom.  The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice.  That joy is mine, and it is now complete."
John 3:29

This year, this attribute of Jesus might be the most meaningful to me.  As I continue to watch the woman around me wear those beautiful white dresses and I'm still just standing next to them on their wedding day, it's hard.  Lately though, the Holy Spirit just keeps reminding me: Jesus is better.  Not that marriage isn't important or biblical but I can't put my worth, happiness, or satisfaction in being a bride.  I want to be Jesus' bride before I can be any man's bride.  I want to see Him as the True Love of my life before anyone else.  I will worship Him only and not my spouse or the desire to be married or loved.  I'm not going to lie, I struggle hard with this.

I cannot wait for the day here on Earth where I will get to wear a white dress and walk down the aisle  toward a man who is ready to profess his love to me and we will be together forever.  However, that is just a shadow of the day where I will wear white robes signifying my righteousness and purity, walking towards the One who has loved me my whole life and I will spend eternity with Him.  Even if the first day never comes for me, I have the hope that the second one will come no matter what!

Each one of us is the bride of Jesus, but also collectively as a Church.  He has a personal relationship yet a communal one with believers at the same time.  Have you ever seen Jesus as the Bridegroom of your life?  Who do you worship or devote all your time to?  How can you allow the Holy Spirit guide you in worshiping the One who longs for your heart?  He is the ultimate Bridegroom, so let us wait for Him to come back and take us home with Him!! 

In His Love,


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega on the 12th Day of Advent

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." 
Revelation 1:8

Alpha and Omega.  They are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet, so translated to English Jesus is A and Z.  He is the Beginning and the End.  The One who was at the beginning of your life will also be at the end.  He is waiting for us there, yet simultaneously right with us today.  That's the amazing infinite and eternal nature of Jesus!!  He was in the beginning as Creator and will be at the end of times as Judge.  He is part of and in everything.  

This is one of the many attributes that allowed Him to die for the sins of everyone in the world.  Since He is eternal and infinite, He is not bound by time.  He could pay the price of our sins, the price being death, 2000 years before we were even born.  It is awesome how God reveals His plan and how intricate it really was.  

What words of praise can you offer Him for revealing such completeness about Himself?  In this scripture, He also reveals His eternal nature, which intertwines with His infinite nature of beginning and end.  Does it comfort you that He is the beginning and the end?  How has your praise for Him increased this Advent season?

In His Love,

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

11th Day of Advent: Jesus is the Creator

Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness....."
 Genesis 1:26a
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word with with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  
John 1:1-3

So 26 verses into the Bible we see that God isn't singular.  There is a Triune God, three Persons but One God.  There is God the Father, Jesus is the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was present at Creation! Jesus didn't just come into being that night in Bethlehem.  Jesus is Eternal so He has always been (just not in human form) and will always be!!  Therefore, Jesus created us.  John 1:1-3 solidifies this idea.  He is the Word and so He was right there with God when He created the world and everything we know!  How awesome is that!! 

It puts into perspective another aspect of Jesus' life.  He is the Creator and He came down to Earth to live with the created.  That's wonderful news for us.  We have a God who knows us by name and wants to be with us.  Not only does He know our name but He knows all our wrongdoings, all our dark thoughts, all of our mess and HE STILL CHOOSES US!! We can't choose our earthly family but we have a Heavenly Father who has chosen and adopted us.

He knows you inside and out because He knit us together in our mother's womb (Psalm 139) so why not get to know Him the same way?  How amazing would that be to state that you know Jesus that intimately?? Well guess what...WE CAN KNOW HIM!!  Because of His Work on the Cross, we can have an intimate and personal relationship with our God.  Not only does He desire that but also delights in it too. 

Will you praise Him today for something He created?  Whether it is you, someone else or even the mountains, sky and stars.  It was ALL made by Him.    What words of worship can you offer Him for this amazing Truth?  The Holy Spirit reminds me that since I am made in the image of God, I can also create--maybe not mountains, but we create works every day.  What are you going to create today--can you say that it will be for Jesus glory?  If not, maybe reconsider...

With His Love,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On the 10th Day of Advent: Jesus is the King of Kings

"They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers."
Revelation 17:14

There is no other King like Jesus.  He rules over all other kings, humans, animals: all of creation.  He isn't a ruthless King, but loving, gentle and just.  He is the best King we could ever ask for.  One who laid down His life to pay the price His subjects couldn't.

Jesus is the King of all the kings who have ever ruled.  He is the Ultimate King because His Throne is in Heaven.  Just because He is a King doesn't mean that He is not approachable.  He can be King of your heart if you let Him in! 

Have you let Jesus rule over your heart?  It's okay if you are not perfect because He still loves you and will help you along the way towards perfection.  We have the gift of the Bible to be able to read through so many others' stories who have come before us and made mistakes or got things right.  We can use them and most importantly Jesus' life as an example to lead ours.  Just another reason to read your Bible!  We also have the Holy Spirit living inside of us to prompt us, guide us, and give us His desires.  He helps us to submit to our King. 

So this year when you look at that manger scene, will you see the babe as a King?  The One who holds the power to open the scroll of God.  The One who had all the glory in Heaven, yet left it so that He could save you.  How will you worship Him as the days are dwindling until Christmas Day?  What words of praise will you savor these next couple of days as you reflect on His majesty and grace?

In His Love,

Monday, December 11, 2017

9th Day of Advent: Jesus is the Bread of Life

"For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heave and gives life to the world...I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
John 6:33, 35

Yesterday we explored Jesus as the Living Water-the One who can quench our thirst.  Today we will see Jesus gives us sustenance or nourishment as the Bread of Life.

Jesus sustains our life because we have eternal life because of Him!! The Word of God is alive and feeds us when we read the Bible.  How is your soul being feed by Jesus?  Do you rely on Him to fill you instead of food?  I've been trying really hard lately to break my idolatry of food and remind myself that "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).   

Just like drinking up Jesus as the Living Water, if we nourish ourselves with Jesus as the Bread of Life our souls will never go hungry or long for worldly things that don't satisfy.  Our bodies can survive a few days without food but eventually we would starve and die.  The same is for our souls.  However, our souls are starved much longer than a few days.  If we deprive our souls of Jesus for our lifetime then we do die spiritually and physically.  That's a terrifying thought!  I want to feed my soul with the Living Water and Bread of Life, daily just like I feed my body with the nutrients it needs to function. 

Are you feeding on Jesus and drinking in the Words of God?  If not, will you ask for the desire to fill yourself with Him--He delights to answer those prayers!!

In His Love,

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2nd Sunday of Advent: Jesus is the Living Water

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.....but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life" 
 John 4:10, 14

In this passage, Jesus is talking to a women at a well.  She is Samaritan and the Jews don't really talk to them.  Therefore, that was the first unusual aspect of this interaction.  She was also a woman which was uncharacteristic of men to talk to woman who aren't their family members.  He then asks her for a drink of water.  When she questions Him talking to her, He says the above verse.  She confused because Jesus doesn't have a pail to draw water and what does it mean to be living water??

He switches it around on her.  He says you should be asking me for a drink, a taste of His Glory.  Wouldn't that have been amazing to be sitting on the edge of a well chatting with Jesus?  Oh how I can't wait for those days when we will be able to do that :) Anyways, she is curious and wants some of this water! 

As humans we need water to survive.  Our body is made up of about 60% water.  Therefore, we can barely go one day without becoming dehydrated and sick.  So how does that translate to Jesus being the Living Water?  Well if we "drink" Him up, or take in The Word and invest in our relationship, we will never be thirsty again.  We could be thirsty for: wealth, attention, significance, power, love: it is personal for everyone but basically most things of this world.  However, when we fill ourselves with Jesus, then those spaces are filled and we no longer long for those.  We will never be thirsty for things that aren't good for us!! How amazing is that.  

There is another great truth in this name.  Jesus is the Living Water.  Yes Jesus died on the cross but He didn't stay in the grave.  Death had no power over Him.  He rose from death and is LIVING again.  We truly have a God that is not dead but fully living in Heaven (Luke 22:69).  This means that Jesus is alive and active in our lives.  That just brings me to my knees and humbles me.  The love that Jesus has for us, we will never be able to give out or understand but we can experience it if we allow Him into our lives.

But WAIT there's more.  Again in John 7:37-38, Jesus invites all who are thirst to come to Him for a drink.  He made this invitation during the Feast of the Tabernacles when the Israelites where celebrating the Exodus out of Egypt.  When the Israelites needed water, Moses struck the rock, water came out.  Well it was no coincidence that Jesus made this statement during this commemoration.  Jesus is the Rock and the Living Water flows out of Him.  Ahhhh!!! Mind Blown!! That's my new favorite revelation about Jesus!!

Have you thought about Jesus as the Living Water?  What worldly things are you thirsty for?  How can you ask the Holy Spirit to help you replace them with time with Jesus and drink up His presence?  Have you tried this in your life?  How has it changed your perspective?  I would love to know :D

With His Love,

Saturday, December 9, 2017

7th Day of Advent: Jesus is the Word of God

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.....The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
John 1:1, 14a

"And God said"
Genesis 1:3a
God spoke and there was light, earth, the whole universe as we know it (Genesis 1)! Wow His Words were powerful and still are powerful today! He also always keeps His covenants or promises, therefore His Words are always true and trustworthy.  Now if we think about Jesus, He was powerful and the words He spoke were always true.  He resisted the Devil's temptations with scripture---God's Word (Matthew 4).  Jesus was born so that He could live a human life and die a human death to pay for human sins, that is what John means in the "Word became Flesh". 

Jesus' life here on Earth is an example for us to live and strive for.  He was living out God's Word by the actions of His life.  Jesus was the Word because He was the Message from God--the message of Salvation, Redemption and Righteousness.  His Words on the Cross--"It is Finished" John 19:30, hold the same power as in creation.  The fight between Good and Evil is over--Jesus has won the Victory!!

What does Jesus say personally to you?  What is God, through the Holy Spirit or Scripture trying to tell you?

This Christmas season as your stress levels rise, I challenge you (and myself!!) to be careful of the words that come out of your mouth or stick in your brain.  Human words are powerful, but God's Words can heal.  So when you are angry, open your bible and read the Love Letter God has written to you and remember Jesus is the Word.  He came down to rescue you!! <3

With His Love,

P.S. This reminder is really for me :D I need to hold back my tongue and only let His Words of Life flow from my mouth

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 6 of Advent: Jesus is the Lion from the Tribe of Judah

Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.  He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
Revelation 5:5

Jesus is not only a Lamb but also a mighty Lion.  That's the duality of His nature has God: gentle yet powerful, slain but alive, sacrifice and priest.  In Revelation, we learn Jesus is the One who comes and is able to open the scroll of God the Father's Plan of future events.  Only Jesus has the authority to reveal what is going to happen.  The fact that He is called the Lion of Judah refers back to Israel's (Judah's father) blessing in Genesis 49:9 which alluded to the Messiah being from the Tribe of Judah.  Jesus has real human, earthly, tangible, traceable ancestors (Matthew 1).  Jesus is fully man, yet also fully God. 

He is also called the Lion because they are fierce animals.  Jesus has fierce love for us.  He is powerful and mighty, yet He cares for and protects His own, like a lion would a pride.  How does this make you appreciate His love for you? 

Since Jesus has triumphed, that means if we believe in Him and put our whole trust in Him, then we have already won!  How does Jesus fierce love break through your barriers that you put in place to protect yourself?  What difference does or could His love make in your life?

In His Love,

p.s. I needed to revisit the truth today that Jesus has fierce love for me :)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day Five of Advent: Jesus is the Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep....I know my sheep and my sheep know me."
John 10:11, 14b

Shepherds take care of their sheep.  They watch over them and lead them.  Why do sheep need so much guidance and protection?  They are not instinctive animals.  That is a nice way to say they are pretty dumb.  If a predator comes, the sheep will basically stand there.  They don't flee from danger. Don't these descriptions seems kind of familiar?  I know I can be described as not instinctive and dumb at times!

Today let's worship Jesus and reflect on His role as the Good Shepherd in our lives.  The Shepherd leads His sheep to better pastures and protects them from harm.  He will even go out of His way to find that lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7), He found me!! He even will lay down His life for the protection and goodwill of His Flock (that's us!).  How amazing is that?!

Jesus even goes on to say that He knows His sheep!  That means He knows each one of us.  Jesus already knew you before you were even born! (Psalm 139)  What comfort and great news is that!  Jesus will lead us and protect us if we let Him.  Did you catch that last part...if we let Him?  He will be our Good Shepherd joyfully, just ask Him!!

Not only is Jesus the Lamb of God but He also is the Shepherd.  His role as the Lamb is for sacrificial purposes, but His role as the Shepherd is for leadership.  How is Jesus the Shepherd of your life?  Do you recognize Him as the One leading your life?  Where in your life do you need to give up that control and allow Him to watch over, guide, and protect you like a shepherd would for their flock?  What praise can you give Jesus for being the Shepherd who watches over all His sheep?  

Go and end the day knowing that Jesus is in control and that He is watching over you, not letting you stray away from the flock of God's children.  This is the Truth that I need today!! 

In His Love,

Day 4: Jesus is the Lamb

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!"
John 1:29
Here's some background to this verse.  The Israelites (God's People) were slaves in Egypt.  God sent Moses to ask Pharaoh to allow ALL the people to be freed (there were more than a million Israelites enslaved).  Pharaoh repeatedly said no.  Therefore, God sent plagues to Egypt to punish Pharaoh and the Egyptians for their disobedience.  On the night that the Israelite Nation left Egypt, God had commanded Moses to instruct the Israelites to slaughter a blemish free lamb, eat it and  spread the blood on the doorposts of their house.  When The Angel of Death passed through the land of Egypt for the 10th and final plague of killing all first born sons, he would pass over the houses with lamb blood on the door frames.  God didn't punish or inflict judgement on His people.  Instead He passed over them! (Exodus 12)

Jesus is the Ultimate Lamb because He was Perfect and Blameless.  He was slaughtered and His blood was spilled out for us. His Blood on our doorposts of life is way more valuable than any animal lamb.  Isn't this a beautiful picture?  The simplicity of the foreshadowing of Jesus a mere 62 chapters into the Bible.  We are now able to be passed over for God’s judgment because Jesus' Blood covers us!

I think this is a reason to celebrate in the coming days.  Normally we talk about Jesus as the Lamb of God during Easter when He was crucified, but at His birth, He was just as much of God's Lamb as on Calvary 33 years later.  Jesus was born knowing all this would happen and yet He still continued to live a life that we will never be able to.  He was filled with the Joy of the Lord no matter His circumstances.  This is a wonderful example for our lives, although it can be difficult to implement at times.

Have you applied the Blood of Jesus to the doorposts of your life?  What would happen if you did?

With His Love,


PS Isn't beautiful that some of the first people to see Jesus the Lamb of God in this world were Shepherds?!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

3rd Day of Advent: Jesus is the Vine

"I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"
John 15:5

Jesus is the Vine, the main life source.  We cannot bear Fruit of the Spirit unless we get our life source from The Vine.  I have been so desperate in producing the Fruit of the Spirit lately, but I need to remember that I cannot bear fruit of my own. It’s the Fruit of the Spirit, not Amanda. I am not the one producing the fruit but He is producing the fruit through me. I need to remain in the Vine, connected to Him, to bear fruit.  I have recently learned more about the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Paul says fruit, not fruits meaning that they all come in together, like a bunch of grapes.  Also it takes time and it is inevitable.  

The opposite of the fruit of the Spirit is fruit for death if we remain in our sin.  Destruction, jealousy, envy, immorality, and manyyyy more are those fruit. There is no joy, peace, or love.  Which type of fruit do you want to produce?  What do you need to change in your life so that you are going to the Vine daily for support and life supply? 

Remember it might take time for the Fruit of the Spirit to shine through but have hope, IF the Holy Spirit dwells in you, He is working and the Fruit will be seen at some point!! 

With His Love,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day 2: Jesus is The Way-the ONLY WAY to Salvation

Jesus answered them, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." 
John 14:6

Here's the background of this verse: Jesus is spending His last free moments with is trusted friends and disciples here on Earth.  He is trying to explain to them what is going to happen in only a few short hours.  However, they can't ever imagine the plan that has been set into motion.  I also believe that they weren't ready to understand the plan yet.  God would reveal the full completion of His plan to each disciple individually over the next 40 days.  Therefore, for each disciple in their own way learned and understood the Plan well enough to tell others and us through the Bible!! 

There are three powerful words that Jesus uses in this statement.  Jesus is saying He is the Way to His Father.  No one can have a relationship with God unless they go through Jesus first.  Maybe this is a statement you have heard and learned before.  Do you know why?  God is holy which means He cannot be near sin.  We are sinners (Romans 3:23), so basically God can't be near us.  That is why there were animal sacrifices in the Old Testament to make payment (death) to cover their sins.

"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" Hebrews 9:22. God set up His law, that everything needed to be cleansed in blood because someone or something needed to die as a result of sin.  Blood symbolizes the life that paid for the sin (Lev 17:11).  When Jesus died on the cross, He shed His blood for us and now we are clean and holy if we trust in that Payment.  So the Way to the Father is accepting that Jesus has cleansed you and offered you forgiveness. 

The other two words are also sooo wonderful to explore.  Jesus is also Truth because He is the Logos or Word! He is the human form of God's Word and teachings.  Since God cannot be near sin, He doesn't lie.  Since Jesus is God and divine, He also can't be near sin.  Which means He will never lie.  Jesus' words and teachings are just as true Today as they were the day He spoke them to His disciples.  Isn't that amazing!  The same words He used to explain everything to His friends, you can read in your bible!!

Lastly, to wrap up the other two,  Jesus is The Life, without Him we are destined to go to H-E-double hockey sticks (HELL).  He gave His life as a sacrifice because our sin deserves death (Romans 6:23), He paid that death so that we are not bound by these human, mortal lives but we could have eternal life with Him forever and ever!! 

Is Jesus the Truth on which you stand?  A famous hymn states all other ground is sinking sand... Have you found eternal life in Him?  These are questions that are invoked by these attributes or names of Jesus.  How can you praise Him today because He provided a Way when we couldn't?  Paul tells us over and over again in Romans that it was NOTHING we could do to make ourselves right with God, even if we kept the law perfectly, we can't be right with God because we inherited Adam's sin nature, ONLY Jesus can rescue us and adopt us into His family, an eternal family of believers. Does it take a burden off your shoulders to stop trying so hard and rest in His power?  Can you feel the peace that only He provides?   

With His Love,

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Advent 2017 Kick-off!! Day 1: Jesus is the Light of the World

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12

Every Advent season since 2014, it has been my tradition to fire up my writing skills and blog about a different name of Jesus each day.  You can check back to previous years here: 2014, 2015, and 2016
The first name I chose this year is Jesus is the Light of the World.  Ever recently the darkness of the world has been overwhelming me.  I need to remember that Jesus brings light and He is always with me to snuff out the darkness in my life.  He shines even when the darkness of this broken world tries to consume, even when our dark sins try to consume, even when no one else is a light in our lives, He will remain bright.  Jesus is using I AM ,His divine, eternal name, showing the Jewish people that He is God.  They would've known that God uses I AM in the Old Testament and here Jesus is using it, making the connection that He is also God.  How amazing is that!!! 

Not only is He the Light, but He offers us an amazing promise.  If we follow Him, then we won't be in darkness anymore.  We will also have the same Light of Life!  I am no longer (for the most part) afraid of the darkness because I know Someone who spoke and Light entered the world (Genesis 1).   His Word is so powerful that it brings Light.  Light brings life because it shows you that you are dead in your sins (Romans 6:23) and alive only in Jesus (Romans 6:11).  Jesus can shine His Light into the dark parts of your life and change you.  Once those parts are in Jesus' Light, then you can truly change and become who He has created you to be.

This promise can only hold IF you follow Jesus.  So we need to make the commitment and actually follow Him.  The promise is so amazing that I don't even want to turn back from Jesus.  I know what it is like to be afraid of the dark (not just physical darkness but that spiritual dark pit I fell into before Him) and I don't need to be afraid anymore because Jesus is always with me.  What parts of your life do you need to bring into the Light? 

After we are all in the new Heaven/Earth, there will be no need for the sun or moon or stars because Jesus and His Glory will shine bright enough to illuminate everything! (Rev 21:23)  How does this truth impact your relationship with Him?  Who in your life may need a little bit of Jesus' light?  The Holy Spirit shines through us, so let Him :)

Join me for this Season of Advent growing deeper in the understanding of Who Jesus is and Why we need Him in our lives!!

With His Love,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Whispers of Rest: Book Review!

Hello again everyone! I know it's been awhile a new blog post has appeared from me (since Christmas Day to be exact) but I'm back.  I've found my writing voice again.  I'm kicking off this new season with a book review from the lovely Bonnie Gray.  I read her book Finding Spiritual Whitespace and reviewed it a few years ago.  As always with her style, she is showing/instructing readers how to find that space for God to speak into your life.  This new book, Whispers of Rest is unique because it is a 40-day journey.  Each day there is a Scripture reading, prayer prompt, and journal prompt.  I find journaling a great release of my feelings.  I'm not very vocally articulate of my feelings because most of the times my natural reactions are instant anger.  Only after a while of thinking and reflecting am I able to process the true feelings underneath.  The journal prompts allow you do this!! 

Bonnie has left such great nuggets of Truth in each "Day" (chapter) of the book.  I'm going to share one of my favorites from the very first day:

"Jesus wants you to say YES to surrendering your heart, rather than putting your safety into executing a plan"

If you know me at all (or even followed me for awhile) you know that I loveeee plans.  I mean I am a teacher after all so I do make plans every day.  Actually through teaching and through God I have learned that my plans may not always be the best ones, in fact rarely in my life are they the best because I can't see the whole picture.  I'm not sovereign like God.  In teaching, sometimes you have to adapt to add in extra review days or standardized testing.  

When it comes to my spiritual life, slowly and surely I am learning and trusting that surrendering my heart to Jesus is the best action I can take.  I mean my heart is in the safest place on Earth.  It's in the hands that hold the whole world and it's in the hands that were nailed to the cross to take my punishment.  Why wouldn't I surrender it?! 

Since I started reading Whispers of Rest, I am truly starting to feel my soul become revitalized waking up, ready to share what I have learned the past few years that I've been silent.  Join me in the rest that we all crave!! Order the book here:  There are lots of free bonuses for ordering.  In addition there will be a Summer Book Club starting up!! Let me know if you are in!! 

Hope you enjoy!!

In His Love,