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.
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.
Often we find ourselves in a season of uncertainty and searching for answers to our future. When we set our eyes on God, even when the future may be unknown, He fills our hearts with His joy and peace.
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.
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.
This earth-shattering news broke me. I cried out to God for answers and felt no immediate response. In this time of waiting, the Lord was shaping me. He brought me to my knees and filled my heart with hope and a peace unlike anything I had experienced. About a month ago, when I received the worst news yet, God strategically placed me among two friends who lovingly lifted me up and reminded me of the Lord’s purpose.
While you’re in the waiting season, remember that God is working. When He tells you “no,” stand firm in knowing that His promises will be fulfilled, in His way and in His timing. Hebrews 10:36 tells us to “persevere so that when we have done the will of God, we will receive what He has promised.”
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.