It’s More Than Enough

Violence is rampant, children exploited and hatred epidemic. But what may be worse is your sense that the world is spinning so out of control you feel compelled to ask, “Where is God?” The answer is clear. God is right in the middle of it all – saving, healing and planting seeds of hope. And God’s people are also there – trusting God, sharing Jesus’ love and working for God’s transformation of lives, communities and the world. So remember this whenever you wonder whether this is enough: it is. In fact, it’s more than enough.

Heart Pain

You feel unworthy, experience deep guilt, worry about your kid’s relationship with God or struggle over a fractured relationship. This is heart pain – and it’s probably the deepest pain possible. So you pray. But nothing changes. Then you pray more. Still nothing. Until you conclude that God has abandoned you. But what if God’s already helping you, and you’re missing it because you’re more focussed on what you think God should do than receiving what God’s already doing? When you start with God, you’ll be amazed how much of your heart pain God already is healing.

Just Keep Trusting

God has touched you powerfully in the past when  you needed it the most. But things are tough now, and you wonder where God is. That’s why it’s important to remember that the God who touched you in the past is going to do it again in the future. You won’t know when. Or how. Or what the outcome will be. But that’s okay. Just keep trusting – especially when it’s a struggle – that God is faithful and will give you just what God knows you need exactly when you need it!

A Sunday Prayer

Lord,

Every day I pray for You to do something. To bring healing. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. A new world.

And You do.

Through people who show up at just the right time. The Holy Spirit who sweeps over me like a rushing wind. Amazing changes in my attitude. Hope that seems to come out of nowhere.

But look how I so often react.

I become uncomfortable with something I don’t understand. Look for any other way than You to explain it. Believe I did it myself. Even ask, “What took You so long?”

I’m going to continue to pray for You to do something.

So I can truly experience the reality of every single thing You do. Embrace it fully. Get on board with You. Live what I have experienced. Share the hope You give me.

I pray this in the strong name of Jesus.

Amen.

The Gift

God’s going to shower you today with some “Doesn’t Matter What’s Going on in Your Life Love.” This gift can bring you into a deeper relationship with God or heal you or cause you to become more generous or even give you desperately needed hope. But it’s just a prelude to another gift – the joy of embracing this love as the most important thing in your life. So, how about it? Make this the day you’re going to boldly step forward into God’s gift of Doesn’t Matter What’s Going on in Your Life Love. 

What Do You Do Then?

When painful realities intrude into your life, you can most past most of them. But sometimes there are so many that are so painful you lose your energy, ability to bounce back and, most significantly, hope. What do you do then? Admit you can’t do it on your own. Trust God with everything you’ve got. Allow God to show you the way forward. And take one step at a time. While this will be hard,  you’ll also discover the faithfulness of God in a whole new way.