Worry takes up a lot of space. In our heads, in our thoughts, in our lives. It can take up so much room that none is left for the life-giving parts of us. An easy antidote for worry Is prayers that rehearse God's goodness to us. Will you pray some spare into your life today?
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." - Philippians 4:6
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." - Psalm 118:22
Jesus knows what it is to be rejected. He suffered the ultimate rejection of being killed by those he came to save. That means he can relate to us when we feel rejected. That doesn't mean our feelings aren't valid. It just means we aren't alone. Feeling rejected? You're in good company.
We all have those times when life slows down into the most challenging moments. It would be easy to blame God for those moments. Thankfully, we have this assurance - that our trials lead us into something amazing and beautiful.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character. Character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured into the hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
- Romans 5:3-5
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9
I don't know about you, but I can imagine quite a lot, especially when it comes to my future. How crazy is it that God has an even bigger plan than me? It helps me to focus on my part of this verse. It's my job to love God. It's his work to prepare the plan.
Jesus came to give us a great life. We miss it sometimes. Sometimes we just know the day isn't going right. Turn it around today. Watch for those moments when Jesus prepared something amazing for you.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10.
"From the end of the earth, I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." - Psalm 61:2
When we find ourselves in those moments of anxiety, white-knuckling it through life, it helps to know that there is something bigger in this world. Someone actually. Someone who is greater than us who has a good and perfect plan for us. It never hurts to let yourself be led to that person. Will you today?
"Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."
- Proverbs 30:5
All these words we hear every day. In this age, words are so flexible in their meaning. Not God's word. Every word he spoke is true. Absolutely true. Our work is to try to understand them.
"The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands." - Psalm 138:8
God has promised to help you find and fulfill your purpose. All you really need to do is listen and act on that voice.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." - Mark 8:34
Following Jesus isn't always the smooth road we think it is. He tells us honestly that to follow him, we have to be willing to be uncomfortable. Are you?
"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.”" - Hosea 6:3
God comes to us suddenly in waves of rain. For some, it's just a drenching that causes a shiver. For others, it's a refreshing break from the mundane that washed everything clean. Which are you?
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