Was Jesus just a Good Man like Ghandi

Totally not my normal style, please forgive the poor quality of this video.
I’m trusting this message was put on my heart for a reason and I pray it reaches the person who needs to hear it. Perhaps that’s you….

Was Jesus just a Good Man like Ghandi?

Thank you for your grace, friend. 


Perfection is Possible

For years, I chased perfection. And to be honest, I still struggle.

While in my mind, I know better than to think perfection is king, [rather than the thief of everything] in my actions, I still strive….

  • to earn my salvation
  • to make it in this world
  • to achieve my dreams, success and influence
  • to be accepted and liked by others
  • to be loved, even by God

If I look closely at what I’m chasing, I see clearly that what my head knows, my heart still doubts most days.

But, as I’ve come to know his grace and mercy, my pursuit of perfection has slowed. Instead I chase after him, his heart, his love and his relationship. To know him, grow in him and be like him.

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As I see his face more clearly, I see my sin in right alignment.  The word “perfection” became tainted. I despised it. It was my frienemy now, arch nemesis.

Then I read it…

Be perfect therefor, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matt 5:48

For months I struggled with it. How can I possibly be perfect as God, without achieving perfection?

In divine fashion and “perfect” timing, he opened my eyes and heart to see.

Perfection, my child is IN ME. Through ME, it is possible. In fact, it’s advisable and a worthy pursuit, it just looks different than you think!


The Three Stages of Perfection

1. Perfect Relationship

We are perfect because of our eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. When we become God’s children, we are washed clean and declared “not guilty.”  He now considers us Holy, blameless and righteous because of his Son’s sacrifice on our behalf.

This perfect relationship, despite how badly we screw up (and we will, daily) is unchangeable and gurantees that we will one day be made completely perfect.

In Christ you have been brought to fullness. ~ Colossians 2:10

It’s not a contract, but a covenant that God has made with us!


2. Perfect Progress

As we grow closer in our relationship with Christ, we mature spiritually,  not just in learning from Christ but in learning to obey him.

As we press on, living and serving in love, we progress closer to complete perfection.

It is not however our service that perfects us, rather, as God perfects us, we do good deeds in response to what he’s done for us….  It is an overflow of love in gratitude for Christ.

Unlike the previous, this stage of perfection fluctuates, dependfing on the stage of life we’re in and our daily walk with God.


3. Completely Perfect

There will come a day when Christ returns for his bride and will bring us with him to his eternal kingdom. There, we will be glorified and made completely new and perfect.

But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Philippians 3:20-21


So while perfection is possible, it is grounded solely in the faith that saves us! There is nothing, not a morsel of good that will earn or achieve us this status. It is only by the blood of Jesus that cloaks us in regal garnments and wipes our shame and guilt right clean.

While on most days it feels like he’s failing me, he promises to carry me through to completion.

 Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

So I press on,  standing firm on his promises.

What your heart knows

I knew it was there hidden deep in my heart.

Unbelief. Doubt. Distrust.

And it causes me on many days to stumble in my stance of faith.


Does he really forgive me, becuase I sure can’t understand why…. Are his plans for my life truly good, becuase I recount over and over again the pain in my past and i’m still struggling to see how it’s been used for good….. Can he truly change me and refine me into likeness of a perfect man? Me? Ya right…

Like Sarah, I chuckle to myself, not in delight at how great my God is, but at him, in unbelief.

My head might know these things – sure I can recite the scripture I’ve so carefully studied in attempt to know God’s word. But my heart doesn’t know it, truly know it.  Somewhere in the midst of the learning and doing “for God” – in my pursuit to check off every boxes in my “this makes me a good christian” list – I haven’t stopped long enough to just be still with him and let my heart catch up with my mind.

The truth hasn’t seeped into the crevices of the darkest recesses of my soul.


“I need to know these things,” I shared, “with my heart not just my head. Im afraid that if I don’t,  I won’t be able to weather whats ahead. Life is hard and I’ve somehow tricked myself for years into thinking it should be easy. I read story after story after story and I’m moved by peoples faith and deliberate choice to see the good, count blessings and give God glory, regardless of circumstance. And if it were me, I’m afraid I’ll fail. I’ll fall away. I’ll run from him in ungratefulness and the “old me” will resurface.”

“Thats a lot of fear.” He said

Right. I thought… fear is not of The Lord.


“Sounds to me like you’re not standing on God’s promises.

Bam. There it was; the one thing I’ve been trying to do but can’t seem to master. [which frustrates this A-type more than anything else]


I know these things alright. When temptation and attacks surround you and lies of the dark saturate your thoughts, speak truth over them! Shine light into the darkness and the darkness will have no hold.

But the trouble is, everytime I try to do that, my mind runs blank…. what truth rebukes this, I think?


God’s word isn’t stamped in my mind like it should be. It doesn’t permiate my being like a resounding gong.

As Ann says “What you really know by heart is what your heart really knows — and what you really live.”

We arrive at the place where my longing soul feels at home. We take our seats.

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Within minutes, I’m laughing out loud, but this time with him, in pure delight…. answers to every unformed prayer and wrestle of my heart from the 3 minute drive to church.

“I want you to know God’s promises,” our Pastor spoke, “To without question, know who you are in him, who he is in you-  who it is that is with you! Because in that, there is no room for fear. No option of unbelief and a trust that laughs with God, not at him, in the face of darkness.”


Out poured a list of promises, the very ones He’d been calling me to stand on…

  • Matthew 5:48
  • 1 John 1:9
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • John 3:16
  • Ephesians 2:8,9
  • Romans 10:9
  • Matthew 11:28
  • Jude 24
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Psalm 34:7
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Psalm 23:4
  • Jeremiah 29:11

I smiled and mouthed a silent thank you.


Join me friends as I embark on a journey to memorize God's promises each week and unpack the truth of what they mean for me- for you- right now in our everyday ordinary lives. 

I would encourage to print off one each week and hang it somewhere you'll see it frequently. For me, thats the bathroom mirror, my car visor (flip down at each stop light to recite) , my purse and sometimes the inside of our fridge! 

God willing, I'll be sharing how he is using these truths to shape, refine and stretch me, bringing me closer to him. 

Join me, won't you?  #whatyouknowbyheartyourheartknows

A different kind of Christmas

For weeks, I’ve been sharing my heart about “The Me I Want to Be.”

While the focus is discovering our uniqueness in Christ and using the talents and gifts he’s blessed us with to bless others, it’s deeper than that for me. The event was birthed from this video, which struck a resounding cord…

There’s a hunger for more out there; in not only our every day ordinary lives, but in the Christmas season. For so many, our eyes have been unveiled to see the luster of commercial Christmas fade.

We no longer want to buy into that, especially as women who love Jesus with all our hearts and desire to live to the hilts for him!

Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, whether you know him personally yet or not. [I pray you one day do, if you do not already. He’s turned my world upside down and for the better]

And what do people get for their birthday? Presents, showers of praise and adoration- not to mention cake and a wealth of people calling or dropping by to show you they care.. that you matter and today, of all days is special because of YOU.

But not Jesus. No, we’ve made his birthday about us….

In many cases, he’s lucky to get a quick 1 hour visit Christmas morning or 2 minute “call” to wish him Happy Birthday!

If we get wrapped presents for our birthdays and get to celebrate the way we’d like to with those we love, then why don’t we do that for Jesus’ birthday?

How can we trick ourselves into thinking anything other than love under the tree and acts of mercy, love and kindness, will make our Christmas truly merry and bright?

The Birthday boy tells us what He wants….

“Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me. ~ Matthew 25:40”

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In our family, THIS is how we’ve done it and will continue to this year.  We took the money we would normally spend on ourselves and each other and put into into 25 days of blessing others, in his name. And taking inspiration from Ann Voskamp, we’ll each be choosing a birthday gift for Jesus, Christmas morning out of the greatest gift catalogues I know of –  This one and this one too!

So let me ask you, are you craving a different kind of Christmas? One with deeper meaning and centred on acts that will stand the test of time?

Join me and the countless other women who are doing something radical- taking back Christmas and in turn celebrating Jesus’ birthday the way he’d want to and showering him with gifts that warm him heart.

To be loved.


“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

How wonderful it is to be loved!
Think about it for a second….

  • The mother with her new born baby.
  • The son seeing daddy in the stands.
  • The bride on her wedding day.
  • The grandma baking cookies with her grandkids.
  • The fallen with their hands up singing in worship.
  • The hugs from your best friend.
  • The “it’s ok” from mom.

And what do all these moments have in common? You know that you are loved! There’s a sense of belonging, of purpose and of safety. There’s a feeling of wholeness and of completion. And in those moments there Is joy: pure and content.

When we know we are loved, our souls are set on fire! We feel invincible, unafraid and ready to take on the world. We want to stand on tall places and sing the praises of love. And in that joy, we love others, unabashedly and whole heartedly. We want to give of ourselves, encourage and rejoice over others. How great is the world, when people act in love.

Some days its hard to remember but try to look around you. You are TRULY loved! By your family, your friends, the stranger you smiled at and a God: perfect and almighty.

So, do not fear. Do not be anxious. And do not live in hiding. Remember and Know that you are loved; fill your soul with that feeling and go out to share it with the world.