We all have a voice in our head. We get accustomed to listening to the voice of lies until I couldn’t tell the difference anymore. I recently read a tweet that said that the voice we believe will determine the future we experience.
We’re all guilty of judging by first impressions yet we hope that no one judges us by their first impression of us. First impressions keep us from seeing past the surface. First impressions are a boulder that keep us from healthy relationships and the grace of friendship.
While God does love us, and while God does use us to accomplish his purposes, and while seeing answered prayers and victories and fruit is all part of God’s divine plan, the truth is that it’s never been about us and our own kingdom building purposes. It’s about his kingdom and the renown of His name! Whose kingdom are you living for today?
We all carry a load of cares. Yet God is already working out what we are worried about. Prayer awakens us to the reality of His hand at work on our behalf.
When I wake up in the middle of the night, I sense an invitation. I hear the Savior calling me: wake up. It’s the middle of the night, it’s quiet still, let’s talk. I’ve found that the dark hours of the night are the best moments to lean into the Lord and pray.
We all know that pain is part of the process but when we feel the pain we struggle to believe. Is good going to come out of this season? Has God forgotten about us in this haze of pain? We have a great physician who gently looks us in the eyes, and with great compassion reminds us “the pain that you’re feeling right now can’t compare to the joy that’s sure to come.”
Valentine's Day is a day to understand that God has a plan even in our singleness. It’s a day to remember that singleness is a gift we’ve been given.
Take your hollywood hat off for a moment and think about love from a divine perspective. Did you know that the Bible is the only book where the author is in love with the reader? We do have a love story, even if we’re single. We are loved by Jesus. We are pursued by his love and we can rest in his love.
Here’s what I’ve learned after almost half a century of being single. When the pain is too deep for words, go deeper in prayer. In the moment of his greatest pain, Jesus got on his knees and prayed. When he got up, he was ready to face anything.
While we are meant to thrive in singleness, sometimes, it’s a burden and not a joy to be single. The key is to find out why. What is it that is keeping you from thriving in your singleness? The moment you find out why, you’ll be on your way to healing.
So many singles hate valentine’s day. It’s a reminder of all that we don’t have and still yearn for. It’s a reminder of every mistake we’ve made. It’s a recall of every unanswered prayers. But it’s also a reminder of all that’s good in our lives.
There are seasons in life when things don’t add up. It’s in those seasons that we must kick in our faith muscle. Faith is trusting God even when we don’t understand his plans.
When it comes to remembering the past, I guarantee you that it’s easier for me to remember my disappointments and failures than it is to rejoice in my victories. While it’s easier to remember our disappointments, it’s life giving to rejoice in our victories.
Some biblical imagery is so common to our ears that we lose sight of how powerful it is. We are the bride of Christ, anticipating, dreaming, hoping, expecting with great impatience the day when we finally see our Savior face to face.
That God asks us to ask him for the desires of our heart is mind boggling. While we get discouraged in the waiting, let’s refocus our minds on our God who is still working out his miracle for our life even as we speak.