From the devotional archives – July 9, 2017
There’s a lot of pain all around me today.
Some is very close and some far away. Some is personal and some touches people I’ll never know. Some is easy to see and some remains buried deep within the soul.
I confess, Lord, it’s tempting to pretend all this pain is not there. Or run away and hide from it. Or just be overwhelmed to the point of helplessness.
But I know that’s not want You want. So help me get over me enough so I can face it. Fill me with the strength and power of Your love. Put me with those I can help. Help me love until the pain stops hurting. And in the process, allow me the privilege of seeing You like never before.
This is my prayer offered in humility, hope and trust.
From the devotional archives – January 3, 2018
Some days you are energized, hopeful and ready to tackle the world. Other days you feel overwhelmed, full of doubts and just want to get through the day. Believe it or not, both kinds of days are wonderful opportunities to experience God in new and deeper ways. When things are great, make them better by letting God show you how to make a difference for God. When things are tough, make them better by letting God’s grace carry you through the toughest parts. It works. Not just occasionally. But every single day.
From the devotional archives – December 29, 2017
Over 7 billion people inhabit the earth – yet there is only one you. You have unique DNA, personality and set of life experiences. What is more, God has given you unique gifts, talents and skills. So remember who you really are the next time you feel sad, depressed or lost in the crowd. You literally are God’s One of a Kind. So embrace who God has created you to be. Be the best you possibly can be. And live with courage, compassion and a desire to do God’s will in everything you do.
From the devotional archives – July 27, 2017
You have the ability to be snarky, to demean others and to bully. More and more people, however, seem to be doing more of these things more of time. And what is especially disheartening is that this fundamental shift seems to be led by our leaders. But just because you can treat others badly doesn’t mean you should. That’s because the most important issue is never what you have the right to do; it’s always what God wants you to do. And what God wants is very clear – love your neighbor as yourself.
From the devotional archives – August 7, 2017
You know what it’s like to fail, be rejected, feel afraid, think you’re all alone and wonder whether you’re going to make it. After all, it’s the human experience. But so is God’s grace that seeks you out and fills you to overflowing. What if you were to share this gift with the people around you who experience the same failure, rejection fear, loneliness and uncertainty you know so well? You’ll probably never know what difference it makes. But you will have done what God has created you to do.
From the devotional archives – August 11, 2017
God showers you with grace you don’t deserve, comes unexpectedly, loves incomprehensively and never gives up. This is a reality you cannot do anything about because it’s simply what God does. Except, of course, to choose to live in its amazing truth. But God also showers others with this same grace they don’t deserve, comes unexpectedly, loves incomprehensively and never gives up. This, too, is a reality you cannot do anything about because it’s simply what God does. Except, of course, to choose to deal with them in the same way God does.