The Gospel is so much more than a ticket to heaven.
You can't get anymore happily ever after than this.
God is a patient teacher. He doesn’t grow weary of me when I grow weary, or become irritated with me when I’m irritated. His love and grace are constant even on my worst days.
Sometimes we're hit with horrendous and happy things simultaneously, and it's hard to know what to do with them. Do we rejoice with those who rejoice, or mourn with those who mourn? Yes.
We all have unfulfilled longings and questions in this life. Author Christine Hoover reminds us in her book "Searching For Spring" that there is beauty to be found even in the hard places.
I had been living under the illusion that I was somehow better than others by focusing on the areas I didn’t struggle with (or so I thought), all the while failing to see the pride that was greater than my so-called success. Thankfully my good Father didn’t leave me in that frightful condition. He reminded me of something even greater than my ugly pride—His beautiful grace.
Weakness is not something to cower from or cover up. Weakness is something to embrace for the sake of Christ.
Your reality may be beyond what you can bear this December, but it’s not beyond the capable hands of our loving Father.
When we learn of tragic events, somehow I don’t think it’s enough to tweet trending hashtags or update your profile pic with a supportive logo. While those gestures aren’t wrong in and of themselves, I can’t help but wonder . . . surely members of the Body of Christ are called to something more?
Confession time: I want to make a conscious effort to enjoy life and give thanks this next month, but I don't expect to become a new person overnight (or even in thirty days). That's because, while I am a child of God, I'm still a sinner stuck inside a fallen, human body. Sadly, I don't walk in the Spirit minute by minute. That's why I need grace.
It’s a scientific fact that humans are always talking to ourselves. (Scientists call this “self-talk.”) We talk to ourselves more than we talk to anyone else. Sometimes we’re our own cheerleader, talking ourselves into doing something difficult. Other times the conversation going on in our head is negative and destructive. On days you're lonely or discouraged, what do you tell yourself?
To each of you in various seasons I offer a word of hope, knowing my words will not lift any burdens or remove any pain, but praying they will turn your gaze heavenward and point you to Jesus who can and will.