Sep 13 2013

You'll Get Through This

You'll get through this. We've either said that to someone, even ourselves, or have heard it said to us.  It's a reassuring statement when facing a tough situation. It's also the title of Max Lucado's latest book You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times. Remember Joseph?  He was the dude who got tossed into a well by his jealous brothers, sold into slavery, put in prison and more.  And through it all God had a plan…a test.  

Psalm 105:17-19

He sent a man before them,

Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

They afflicted his feet with fetters,

He himself was laid in irons;

Until the time that his word came to pass,

The word of the LORD tested him.

So, we talked with Max Lucado today about survival lessons from the life of Joseph.  As Max wrote, "What’s your Joseph moment? Perhaps you’ve had many. From diseases to emotional hardships things happen in our lives that can leave us confused or hurt, and asking God, “why?”

As we explore alongside Max the hardships that Joseph endured, and his reactions to the situations, we pray that you will take away valuable lessons that show God is always working in your life and that You’ll Get Through This."

Here are some bits of wisdom Max Lucado shared this morning:

"To wait on God is to hope, to aspire, to trust. It's to envision an answered prayer and to live in an awareness of God."

"What is important for us during times of suffering is to not give up on God. He has not, nor ever will, give up on you."

"God does not promise a pain free life. But He does promise the redemption of your pain into something that is good."

And we were wondering, what's one tip you have that could help someone else "get through this"?

Listen to the entire interview  

Sep 11 2013

Doing More

I was at a seminar recently when I heard one of the speakers tout the benefit of self-driving cars: so you can do more.  I got sick to my stomach.  Why? Because I don't want to do more!  I have enough "more" to do already!  Funny, Amy shared two news stories today.  One revealed that most Americans waste on average 5 hours at work doing nothing significant.  The other news story revealed that shorter work outs, as little as 4 minutes, are becoming popular because people say we just don't have enough time.  

So, we want self-driving cars so we can do more, yet we waste 5 hours at work doing nothing, but believe we don't have enough time to get in a decent work out.  We are a funny people.  

If one of the benefits of a self-driving car is "doing more" than how about we use this opportunity to "do less"?  If you're like me, your car is sometimes the one place you can find a little refuge, maybe even a little quiet time.  It's a prayer pod on wheels.  A mobile secret place to do more "less".  I say 'yes' to the self-driving car, but only if the 'yes' leads to less.

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Sep 10 2013

Encouraging Story of the Day: An Encounter with Vanessa

Take time to look around today. You never know who God might place in your path or how He might be able to use you in their life:

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Sep 10 2013

He Loves Us

A friend sent me this quote from Brennan Manning, "God is not moody or capricious. He knows no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us: He loves us."  I must confess that upon reading this I realized that often, and even after all these years of being His, I still think His stance towards me is sometimes one of mere toleration.  Can you relate?  Why is that?  Maybe because that's how I feel about myself.  I just tolerate myself.  I don't often love myself.  I'm learning, and it's hard, but oh so necessary!  

If I, if we, are to fulfill the ultimate commandment which is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves, well then I better get loving myself :-)  Interesting, I think I love myself best when I'm loving others.  And could it be that when we are loving others, especially those who don't love us, that we are really loving God?  Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."

A sign of you and I being His children is that we love our enemies (Luke 6:35).  Jesus told us that when we do this we will "be sons of the Most High." In loving others we will be that which we are in Him: beloved sons and daughters!  And a son and daughter of God can have the same knowledge that Jesus had about the Father's love, "…for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."

Wow!  God's single relentless stance toward you and me: He loves us!  And He is leading us deeper into that love every day. 

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