Something to ponder on before another work week ends. So what are some ways you can do to help this already chaotic world become a better place?
We live in a fallen world and a people that are broken, just as we are, however the good news is that God cannot fix what is first not broken, and we know God is near the broken hearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18), so until we acknowledge our brokenness before God, He cannot do anything for us or anything through us. And, it is not in us to make the world become a better place. That will take the strong arm of the Lord to bring better things, but we can make the world a better place to live in for those around us. That brings us to humility. God cannot give His grace to anyone that does not first humble themselves before Him (James 4:6), so if we are humble before God and before others, we’ve already made it a better place by showing humility before others by esteeming others better than ourselves (Phil 2:3). Continue reading “Four easy things Christians can do to help the world become a better place”
When I was in high school, I had a teacher who asked us to write a letter to our future selves in ten years. Who would we be? Where would be live? Marriage? Family? Career? What would be me most important to us and how would we find space in our lives for the things we claimed to cherish and value?
Then, he mailed those letters to us, ten years later. There was significant eye rolling, as you might imagine, when I opened mine. All the hard won wisdom of a sheltered, privileged 18 year old white girl, dreaming her dreams.
What would it feel like, now, to write a letter to my younger self, instead?
What would I want that girl to know? How could I help her sidestep some mistakes or see the world or her faith with different eyes? Continue reading “Dear Me by Nichole Nordeman”
Emptiness is not a good emotion but it does happen to many of us from time to time. It’s natural for us humans to feel empty. After all, feelings of emptiness, sadness, or loneliness are what make us truly human. It’s a part of the human condition. Whether we like it or not, most of us will encounter such emotion at one point in our lives, though others may encounter it too many times in the course of life.
We experience emptiness in several ways. Loss of a loved one can cause us to feel empty. Broken relationships with people we deeply adore can make us feel empty. Unfulfilled dreams and goals can lead to feelings of emptiness. And in many circumstances, when after we’ve tried everything and still we can’t find our real purpose in life, we feel incomplete, useless and empty.
Without a deep satisfaction, achieving a thorough, fulfilling contentment will be a perpetual struggle. But because God is a God of promise and truth, even if we lack a sense of purpose, fulfillment or contentment, our faith in the Good News can combat the emptiness and help us find fulfillment in Christ. So, today let me share 5 ways from Faith in the News blog on how you can feel complete even when emotions of emptiness fill you up. Continue reading “5 Ways To Feel Complete When You Are Feeling Empty”
For those who are trained by going through hardship, it produces a harvest of righteousness. Hear this: peace, patience, endurance, love, and joy are fruits of trials. There is a harvest for those who have been trained by pain. Look at the life of any truly godly man or woman, and you will see that godliness has always been marked by trials.
We are trained by persevering through the trial and seeking the Lord and his Word in the midst of it. However, those who are not trained by it often develop strongholds. Hebrews 12:12, 13 says this: “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed” (emphasis mine). Many develop strongholds and addictions by going through trials. It is harder for them to love, harder for them to forgive, or harder for them to have peace. They become “lame” and “disabled.” Only those who are “trained” by the trial, develop the character God wants. Continue reading “Finding meaning in the storm”
Too many times we can feel helpless, hopeless, disheartened and even out of control. But take heart that our good Lord is just somewhere out there looking after us especially on the most difficult of situations, we only have to call Him. God is our ultimate source of encouragement. Here are 5 uplifting Bible verses to start your year right!
2 Timothy 1:12 “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.”
This Bible verse gives us assurance that God is not finished with us until that day of His return and will guard us against that day to ensure we are delivered into the kingdom. The Apostle Paul was “convinced” that God “is able to guard” us “until that day,” or, as Jude put it, God is “able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24). The only question is, will we believe Him? Continue reading “Uplifting Bible Verses to Start 2017 Right”
It is in the moment when we’re naked and exposed. We have surrendered to vulnerability. The abyss of shame within our hearts is a chasm that, if exposed, would surely leave to unceasing rejection. Only we know what truly lies within our hardened hearts that long for acceptance, yet acknowledge that entire acceptance would be impossible, were we fully displayed and studied. We thus deem ourselves what we know to be true within the depths of the weight that we find ourselves buried under, namely, the reality that we are unlovable. Continue reading “Suddenly, we know that we are loved…”