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•Obtain•Remain•Sustain•

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.Deuteronomy 30. (Read)

The Lord put on my heart back in November to read through the Bible – cover to cover. My pastor encourages to “read scripture slowly” so I haven’t been following a “Read your Bible in a year plan” but instead 1-2 chapters sometimes 3 a day. One of the challenges I’ve had over the years is to f o c u s and dig deep into the Old Testemant. I was a skimmer of the OT before but WOW how God has been using it to speak to me and making it come alive and relatable to my today. 

Our Father desires us. ALL of us.

“Ex 34:14  Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

He wants to prosper us and desires us to remain in Him. God is not pushy or a God of force. He wants us to want Him — above all else. As I was reading Deuteronomy 30 the Lord put three words on my heart. Obtain,Remain and Sustain. So I pulled up google and searched “define…” and typed in each word to dig a little deeper than Jessica’s definition of these words 🙂

Obtain. “to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request”

Proverbs 8:35 “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.”

Remain. “to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified”
John 15:4 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Sustain. “to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.”

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

He is OURS. We GET to serve and live with Him FOR Him. We are priveldeged enough to obtain His salvation. In order to fulfil His plan we must remain in Him — not of this world or fleshly desires. When we remain in Him — He sustains us. He gives us the strength, love and support that we need to walk out His will.

Be encouraged today that HE is Emmanuel — the WITH us God. We don’t walk through mountains or valleys alone because God is the Constant One. 

If you didn’t have time to read Deuteronomy chapter 30 earlier — it’s talking about the ones who are -coming back- to His goodness. God has laid out the paths of life or death. They got to choose…so do we. I love how it mentions it’s not difficult to obtain His favor. We don’t have to ask someone to cross the sea and bring it back – it’s IN Him and He abides IN us now! The same God who provided for the Israelites and redeemed them time and time again is the same God who redeems us TODAY. He is restoration! I encourage you to read the whole chapter.

All He asks for is our heart — pure, deep, aching love for Him that continues so much so that He is the ONLY one who can sustain us because after all we were created for HIM by HIM.

Father,

Thank You for choosing to create me. Thank You for giving me grace and eternity when I deserve hell. Thank You for new mercies every day. Father forgive me for the times I haven’t remained in You. Forgive me for the times I chose my agenda over Yours. Help me to chase after You with all that I am. We all crave something more and God You put that crave there for a purpose on purpose — to continually remain IN You. Help me seek You more. Help me love louder — without demand or expectations — simply because You love me. Be my sustainer in the mountains and the valleys. I welcome You to lead, guide and direct — every area. Help me to keep pure intentions and focused on YOU. Your kingdom come – Your will be done. Amen.

Xoxo,

Jess Fox
PS. If you haven’t read the Bible through — today is the day to start! Transformation in your life starts with saturation of the WORD💛

Picture Perfect World

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A friend of mine recently told me I had a “picture perfect world”… While I do feel extremely blessed, my “world” is not perfect! One of my hobbies…(as most of you can probably tell) is capturing moments of my little ones. While it may seem like I post and take MANY pictures..they are only 3-4 photo shots out of a possible 7637846287 moments…in a day. The 3-4 photos you see of my “world” are the highlights of my day. You see sweet pictures of Gabriel and Natalie laying on the floor hugging each other. You see a #selfie where I look all put together. You see the picture of my clean kitchen. You see the picture of a creative toddler craft. You see the picture of my toddler with all smiles. You see the picture of my delicious meal. You see the pictures of me gazing into the love of my life’s eyes. You see the pictures of my…highlights. While I was thinking of the pictures I post..yes we do have many highlights but we are REAL and we have REALLY hard days and moments too! What you don’t see me post is the photoshot of Gabriel crying because he wants his sister to take a nap so he can have Mommy all to himself. You don’t see the #selfie of me on the day that it’s 5 pm and I haven’t had a shower yet  and the “gourmet dinner” is burning because my precious newborn is wanting to nurse for the (what seems like) 100th time in 3 hours all while my toddler is screaming “coooookiessss” because he wants them before dinner. You don’t see the pictures where my amazing husband comes home from work an hour late (because he had to deal with a customer complaint) and dumps a big pile of stuff that’s accumulated in his car over the past few days (yes sometimes that includes a sippy cup of milk that Gabriel hid in the car..ew) on my CLEAN floors!

This post is for all the real mama’s out there. When my friend mentioned I had a “picture perfect world” it hit me…I never want anyone to think that of me at all. When people think of me…I want them to think of a mother that lives in the real world….and the real world has issues. I have been through a lot at a young age and I can say I am very thankful for the different seasons I have experienced. From a miscarriage…to the days where I could cry if one more goldfish gets crumbled in the carpet….I am a real mom…..Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

I am a real mom that has to rely on God’s grace. God doesn’t intend for us to walk this journey alone. He never expects us to have a “picture perfect world”. He never asked for each snapshot of our lives to be all giggles and grins. What He does expect of us, is to rest in Him. He knew before we began our journey as mother’s or whatever you are… that there were going to be bumps in the road. He knew that we couldn’t handle every situation alone. He already knew that as mom’s we were going to run to our closet and scream when we walk into the bathroom to find our toilets stuffed with everything it shouldn’t be…and it’s ok! He created us and knew we weren’t perfect. That’s why HE died on the cross for us. That’s why HE gave His life for us…so we don’t have to walk alone. What amazing love He has for us..and His desire is for us to bring that same love to the “world” around us. As a mom, I have learned that patience and grace are key. Thinking back on the past 21 years I’ve had a relationship with Christ…WOW how patient has He been with me??? I fail Him each and every day and He is still there with His gracious arms open wide.

My challenge for you today is to be patient and have grace for not only your children…but yourself. As a mom..it’s easy to be so hard on yourself and think you must “maintain” the 3-4 highlight shots of your day but that’s impossible. Feed on God’s word each morning because you can’t give out what you don’t have. (I’m speaking to myself as well) How can we expect our children to follow what we say when we aren’t following what our Father says? Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. John 10:10 “I have come so that they may have life…and have it to the FULL”. I don’t know about you but I want to have a “FULL” life in Christ…and a “FULL” life to me is filled with ups, downs, ins and outs but is steady when “IN CHRIST”.

xoxo,

Jess