We organize our lives around our kids, our jobs, our marriage. But when those things change, it can be scary. Changes can seem like giant mountains to us in times like these. Nothing feels safe.
Discouragement is tough. We might even say that any true follower of Christ must eventually face AND overcome discouragement. There are times when it feels like Jesus is nowhere to be found. We need to see that we are not alone. Discouragement means we have lost our courage.
Failure does not rule over us. Every person belongs to God. He created us. He cares for us. He calls us by name. Say goodbye to your old life and become something greater than yourself.
God is in our lonely places. Remember Jacob? “God you were in this place, but I never knew.”
If you and I care enough to help and heal our neighbors, we will see our own help and healing, too.
“Anger is the master that keeps us out of the world of others by locking us within ourselves.” – William Willimon
Anger will not let you have peace. God will.
Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.
Embrace what is true, good, and just. Those who seek wisdom will thrive and those who do not seek wisdom will not.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? (James 2:14) We’d better get busy!
The gospel of James says we reflect God by doing. The church is where we practice our faith. We do what we believe, to become what we hope for. Who will you become in 417 days?
Who can rescue you from life’s storms? Who is powerful enough to calm the chaos when there is no safe harbor?