It's easy to get caught up in our wants and needs. When we go to the Lord in prayer, we often focus on ourselves rather than others. This week, we're kicking off a series on prayer and shifting our focus to others. Join us in blessing those around us and praying for our friends!
It's human nature to want to operate independently. In some cases, being independent is a good thing. When it comes to our relationship with God, however, we need to be dependent. Operating from a place of dependence in Christ is not only what He wants for our relationship with Him, it's then reflected on how we go about living our day to day lives.
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.
God has given each of us spiritual gifts, whether we know it or not. It's important for us to learn to identify what those gifts are so we can use them the way God intended! Our gifts are given to us in order to fully love God, love others, and serve.
We've all experienced hurt at some point in our lives. Before we can ever begin to heal from those hurts, we must recognize the pain we've felt. Although dealing with our hurts may be difficult, God is waiting for us with his arms wide open and ready to walk with us through the process.
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.
When an opportunity to serve in an accountability role comes up in your life, it is important to assess whether or not you are in a good place mentally and spiritually before you position yourself to help other people. It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect or have no problems, but it’s imperative that you carry a level of health and wholeness before you can step into that role and expect it to be a success!