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I squealed in delight.  The long exposure was ruined, but as I stood in the glacial lagoon, I had just been bumped by ice that may have been here when Jesus born.  How cool (pun intended) was that?

Let me back up a bit.  I adore landscape photography.  It provides a means of capturing the incredible beauty and creativity of the Lord and translating it into a format that I can keep with me always and share with others.  However, if you have done some landscape work in the past, you know just how important the right position is for the exposure.  So many times the perspective I want has been thwarted by a cliff, river, natural barrier, etc.  I think, “if I could just go there, it would be perfect.”

Glacier ice kissed by the surf

On my first trip to Iceland, I came prepared with hunter boots, but they only allowed me to go 18 inches deep in water—and surf would splash into my boots, soaking my socks and pants.  The next time I bought full fishing waders, but I went cheap and got the kind with the attached rubber boots.  Those prevented me from climbing rocks, hiking any distance and really made it difficult to walk in the rivers as the boots were way too big.  This time, I wanted to experience Iceland without any limits.  I went BIG with footed waders and women’s Simm’s Flyweight boots designed to provide, “traction and sure-footedness in mossy, rock waters.” 

Limitless.

Without limits.

Anything is possible.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.  Romans 8:11

The Spirit of the God, who had the power to nullify the authority of Satan and overcome all the natural laws of this world LIVES in YOU!

Sit on that for a moment.  God, who knows no limits to his power, love and authority, dwells in you.  

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  Romans 8:14-17

We share an inheritance reserved just for those whom He has named  HIS CHILDREN.  That’s you!  We have the right to call Him, “Daddy” and tap into that power that was used to defy even the laws of death.

In other words, limitless.

Ok, now I’m not saying we can just make things float in the air or cause cars to move out of our way then they are going too slow on the highway.  Possibly.  Moses, Joshua, Elijah and Elisha all called upon the power of the Lord to part the water and they each crossed on dry ground.  Instead, I’m asking what your life would look like if you removed the limitations you place upon yourself and tapped into God’s power to intervene in problems in your daily life.

What if we stopped allowing fear to rule our decisions?  Spoiler alert. Fear limits.  (More here and here and here) Instead, we embraced our position as children of the King and allowed His confidence to bathe us in security.

Would you apply for the promotion?  Would you expand your business?  Would you call the person with whom you have a broken relationship and forgive them?  

What would life look like for you if you repeated over and over again, “the Spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead lives in me.  I am His child.  Loved.  Cherished.  I am adopted—specifically chosen by Him and I can utilize His power to defeat the enemy’s plan for my life.  I am not a slave to sin, depression, anger, resentment or rejection.  I have not been abandoned.  Instead, I have been picked up, cleansed, sanctified and now I am free to walk with the Lord and share my daily life with Him—to invite Him into every nook, cranny and empty space.  Our relationship is limitless.”

My sweet friend, this is powerful stuff.  It can change your life, the lives of those around you and impact generations to come.

Ice that existed perhaps when Jesus was crucified and we were all set free. Its history is told in the layers.

When I was in Iceland, I felt a bit self-conscious over the way I was dressed.  Others had instagram worthy outfits and were working it for their iPhones.  I had gore-tex, moon boots, a giant camera and bulky filters that took a bit of time to position.  I heard a few chuckles, but I also heard some snippets of conversation, “honey, the next time I come, I am getting what she has.”  Others just flat told me they were jealous.  It can be a bit awkward at first fully embracing the power which rose Christ from the grave that lives in you.  Your life won’t look like everyone else’s, but it just may inspire others to do the same…

So, who is ready to be a bit “different?”  Who is ready to have a limitless relationship with God and allow His power to permeate your daily life?  Is that you?

 

Deanna is a lover of all things created by God but especially mountains, her family and golden retriever puppies. Wife, mom, business owner and small group leader, she finds the greatest joy in the life stories of the people of the Bible and the author of each one of them–God.

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  • Gloria Toti

    I love this Deanna. We are not limited to enter into a relationship with the God of the universe. Too good to be true! I’m going after the different.

  • Abbey Shannon

    Interesting. Never thought of my relationship with god being ‘different’. Good read Deanna!

  • Gloria Zavala

    Love this and ready to follow the many changes God has for me and my family. I continue to embrace his promises for the future for us all. Thank you Deanna for sharing blessings.