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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many ways to look back over the last year and remember what the Lord has done. Our encouragement this week is to take some time after you review the year to set up your own altar in remembrance and gratitude for 2016.
Be encouraged to delve deeper into all that gratitude holds so that perseverance, character and hope become more and more alive within you!
When we choose gratitude in the difficulties of our lives, we are promised hope. And hope does not disappoint.