For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Hope of Monday

It's the day after "Easter", and you know what you've got besides a bunch of empty plastic eggs and candy? Nothing really.

BUT, if it is the day after the resurrection, do you know what you have? Hope. Because the resurrection wasn't a day. It's a life. It's a promise. Not just an eternal one, but a right now, today, where you are, in the place where you either give up and walk away from that dream, relationship, life plan, destiny...or you hold on and trust the God who can breathe life back into a dead, decaying body can breathe life back into the desire He put in your heart. It doesn't matter how dead it looks.

It doesn't matter how far away from home your prodigal is. It doesn't matter how big that mass is on that MRI. It doesn't matter if you've been pleading and asking for years with no seeming answer. Because here is the truth of the resurrection.

The God who raised Christ from the dead knows exactly where your prodigal is and is ready to lead him/her home. The God who breathed a decaying body back to life can still eradicate cancer from yours. The God who waited three days to raise Jesus because He wanted people to get the impossibility of it all still rocks the house with doing the impossible at the perfect time to show YOU Himself.

So often, we talk about Black Friday, but Black Monday is when we left Easter come and go and forget the reality of the resurrection. What could be blacker than forgetting the hope of a risen Savior and the powerful God who still raises dead things from the grave. When Christ died, hope lay in the darkness. Once He rose, hope was released to the believing.

Father God, hear my prayer for each person who reads this, whether they read it once or over and over because they really want to believe in the resurrection of their dead.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. -- Ephesians 3

Blessed, Choose to Still Believe in the Resurrection Monday to you all!

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