Astounded

Sometimes you don’t think God acts the way you think God should act. Sometimes you judge others too quickly and harshly. And sometimes you fail to do what you know God wants you to do. No wonder you sometimes despair that you’ll never be faithful enough to be faithful. Well, you’re right. You won’t. At least on your own. And that’s okay. Because God is far more concerned about how you respond to God than what you can do on your own. In fact, God longs for you to recognize God’s love, trust it completely and allow it to guide you every second of every day. And if you invite God to do what God wants you to do, you’ll be astounded as you discover what you need to know about God, have more compassion than you know what to do with and spend your time doing what God wants.

A Sunday Prayer 8/7/16

Lord,

Of course, I don’t like it. In fact, I detest it. Yet I can’t deny it because I know it’s true.

It’s the fact that I get so caught up in me that I get in the way of my relationship with, how I deal with others and my compassion for those who are hurting.

So it’s time, Lord, right here and right now for me to step up and put You at the center of every bit of my life. Not to escape real life, be spiritually aloof or to get you to do what I want You to do. But to be so filled with You that I become who You have created me to be, love like You have created me to love and live like You have created me to live.

May Your amazing grace make it so.

Amen.

God’s Invitation

It may have been nagging at you for several days or it may just recently have gotten your attention. It could be something you can easily do or it could challenge you to leave your comfort zone. It might excite you or it might fill you with dread. Or perhaps it is all of these things at the same time. But there can never be any doubt what it is: God calling you to go to work. And when you step out in faith to do it, you’ll experience God’s amazing grace at work through you in real ways in real life in real people. So you might as well get ready – because God is going to keep coming at you every single day of your life to invite you to go to work for God in ways you uniquely can make a difference.

Beneficial Pain

It doesn’t matter whether it’s physical, spiritual, relational, financial or emotional pain. You’ll do almost anything to avoid it. And that makes sense. Except for the fact that the pain that seems so bad can be something that turns out to be beneficial. Trainers know pain is a sign that runners are getting ready to break through to the next level of endurance. Doctors look for pain because it helps them make a diagnosis. Therapists understand pain is often the best incubator for growth. And while God isn’t responsible for pain, God uses pain as a vehicle of grace that enables you to grow, experience healing and become the person God has created you to be. Sure, it’s often excruciatingly difficult and, well, painful. But, in the end, you’ll be able to celebrate because you’ve experienced the miracle of how God can turn pain into an amazing gift.

Live

God has created the universe that is so vast, complex and grand it can only be described as infinite. At the very same time, God deals with you in the most personal way imaginable. So how do you reconcile these two realities? By seeing that they are both the result of God’s love. And while you won’t fully understand God’s love this side of heaven, you can still experience all the ways it heals you, transforms you, offers you new beginnings, propels you into the heart of God and frees you to live the one-of-a-kind life God has created you to experience. Think what this means. You can live regardless of how you feel, what you have done or what you are going through. Not just survive, but live. Not just get by, but live. Not just deal with an endless list of problems, but live.