Living By Faith AND Living With Anxiety hen I was a child, I was terrified of thunder and lightning. During a thunderstorm, you could count on finding me hiding behind the couch or under the dining room table. My parents would attempt to...
Flipping the NegativityThen he took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to Heaven, he blessed and broke them. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd. Everyone ate and was filled. They picked up twelve baskets of leftover pieces.Luke...
Coping in Crisis: Five Ways to Maintain Mental Healtho one wants to have mental health issues, but the truth is that life can be painful and difficult at times. As humans, we can and do break. For the overwhelming majority of us, mental health...
When we are hurt or discouraged, when it seems like we can’t take any more, when we’re sick and tired of all the brokenness in the world, we can bring our complaints to God. He’s big enough to handle it. We can rage at Him freely, knowing He will patiently listen and will never stop loving us.
Self-care can be a difficult concept to accept. As believers in Jesus it can be hard to grasp the idea of focusing on yourself because of the biblical principles we are taught. Self-care can seem like a self-centered or self-serving enterprise in light of the values of selflessness, generosity, and sacrificial love that we uphold. But let me assure you that giving attention to yourself is neither self-centered nor selfish
Be alert, be watchful, be engaged. Church family, we are waking up. We are listening. We are learning. We are seeing racial injustices in a new way. We have been confronted with our pride and inactivity. This is no time to sit back and watch.
Humility is more than just thinking low of yourself so you can elevate the needs of others. It’s having a correct view of yourself in view of who God says you are.
Many around us, especially our black and brown brothers and sisters, are experiencing grief and anger and sadness over recent events – and we need to unite our hearts together praying for real healing and change. It is so important that we reach out. Our life-giving words over phone calls, emails, and social media and especially in our own homes can change the atmosphere and breathe deep encouragement into those around us. My grandmother always used to say “Stay near the spout where the glory runs out and it will splash out on all those around you!”
This is undoubtably a time of discomfort and unrest in our nation. We are far from prisoners in a German concentration camp and our homes are not crawling with wingless insects, but like Corrie, many of us may be struggling to give thanks for the current circumstances.
But fortunately, we are the children of a God who understood that we would struggle, and thus He made His directions very clear: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Despite the disappointments of this season, remember that God works all things together for good—both His good and our good. The promise that God works all things together for good does not mean that we will acquire all that we want or desire. But those who love God can trust His goodness, His power, and His will to work out all things for our good. We journey together with Him.
Whatever your experience and response to this pandemic, remember who you are before God. You are loved. Remember to Whom you belong. You are His and nothing can separate you from His love. You have all you need. Close your eyes and rest in that.
During these times, parents can be called to spiritually lead their families in a way that they haven’t had to before. If your kids aren’t able to attend Sunday classes, small groups, or church events, that doesn’t mean that their spiritual journey has to be on pause.
Our old lives are a faded picture. We remember our beautiful, colorful lives, but today we live in gray. We keep trying, yet we can’t move the hands of the clock beyond 3 am.