We live in a fast-paced world where it can feel like we never have enough time to do everything we want. Sometimes we have to sacrifice our own personal time in order to fulfill other commits. Often, however, we need to be reminded that when we're serving the Lord, He blesses us abundantly for our sacrifices and even though we may have less time, He will fill our hearts with the joy, energy, and peace we each need.
It can be overwhelming to think about just how big the world we live in actually is. God reassures us in the book of Psalm that He knows each and every one of us by name. He knows our hearts, our dreams, our needs, and He knows just how to meet us where we are.
Seasons of life change just like the seasons of weather here on Earth. Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for different things to happen in each our lives, even the hard times. No matter what season of life we're in, we must trust in the Lord's promises and remember that His timing is perfect.
With sunshine and warm weather come road trips and vacations among many other things. Often times we get so caught up in the fun summer brings that we forget to reflect on the freedom summer can signify. While we can find things on this earth freeing, we can only find true freedom in Christ.
When we carry our freedom within, we're then able to share that with others. It's especially important to keep our faith and freedom at the center of our families. Parenting has its challenges, but when God is always our focus, we're able to demonstrate His love to impact our children's lives.
Being ourselves seems so simple, but it is very hard when we do not know what makes us….us. In the past it was hard for me to be myself until I learned who I truly am in Christ. I know that it sounds strange, but we have to learn who God says we are so we can be the best versions of ourselves.
She walked through the doors of Mercy, pregnant and certain that everything in her life was fine, and nothing was broken. God began stirring in Michelle Thorne's heart showing her that there was more to life than she knew and only true freedom was found in Him. Michelle found a friend in Christ, a friend that continues to carry her each and every day.
In a world that moves a million miles a second, it's easy to follow suit. For those of us that have a heart for helping people, it's easy to get wrapped up in the fast paced lifestyle that seems so prominent among many and forget about our own personal needs. We must remember that our own personal health is important and without being healthy ourselves, we can't offer our best to anyone else.
Many of us have used the phrase "I understand" when speaking to a friend, family member, or someone we are mentoring. While those words can come from a place of love, "I understand" is not something we are actually capable of doing. Mercy staff, Katie, expands on this and explains why we should think twice before ever using those words again.