Lift up your head beloved. Take a deep breath, and smile. Even amidst the difficulties you may be facing, the pain you may be enduring, and the burden you may be carrying; I encourage you to consider the gift of salvation that has been purchased for you by the blood of Christ. Let us cry tears of joy and thanksgiving today because of what The Lord has done. The greatest lie ever told is that we don't already have everything we could ever want and need in God and God alone. This is how satan deceived Eve. Family, if you have a relationship with The Lord then you have (today) all things pertaining to life and godliness. You are free from the bondage of sin and death, your name is written in the lamb's book of life. Quit beating yourself up! Let go of regret, guilt, and covetting! Instead lift up your hands and give thanks. How blessed is the grateful life constantly aware of God's great gift.

1 Thesalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Lift up your head beloved! Look up, all around you and see the greatness of our God! Turn off the TV, put away the phone, turn down your plate, open your eyes and see! What a robbery it is to live life fixated upon temporal things when all of creation testifies of the glory of God. Consider the greatness of our God in the people, places, and things that He has uniquely fashioned in such a spectacular manner that adoration is the only appropriate response. The great deciever will work relentlessly to keep you distracted, but you need only open your eyes. Once you experience the greatness of God, all else will become merely and momentarily amusing (if that) or all together useless, while your affections continue to grow for things eternal. 

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.


Lift up your head beloved. Has anyone ever gone out of their way to come to where you are in order to help you, to bless you, to love you, to give you something you consider special and valuable? If so, I'm sure that person is dear to your heart for the generosity they have shown you. Consider Jesus leaving His throne in heaven, laying aside his Godliness, and humbling himself in obedience even unto death on a cross all for you. Jesus has come to you. He has traveled a great distance and suffered a great deal willingly to express his unending love for you. The question now is how often, how frequently do we come to Jesus? Are we desiring His presence? Are we coming to The Lord and saying "Here I am To Worship. Here I am to talk. Here I am to delight in your word. Here I am Lord." Can we travel the short distance from the comfort of our bed to our bedroom floor, or kitchen table, front porch, bathroom or backyard to be alone with the one who came through for us in the clutch and gave all that He had? 

Romans 12:1-2 
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Lift up your head beloved, and yours hands too. Lift your hands to praise The Lord, lift your hands to do the work of The Lord, lift up your hands to recieve all that The Lord has prepared for you. When I get home after a long day at work, my beautiful children run to the door in excitement and lift their hands up toward me for a hug, for me to carry them, or perhaps just to wave hello. Can we lift our hands and praise The Lord with the same exuberance? Yes! 

Psalm 63:2-4 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you. will praise you as long as I live,