Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fearful?

"It's okay to be fearful.  Some of God's strongest warriors were frightened.  The difference between a believer and the rest of the world is that we press on.  We can be shaking in our boots, but we don't turn back.  The hopeless-that's what they do.  They give up on their mortgage.  They give up on the unemployment line.  But I can sit here and know that my God saves.  And no matter what I go through, if I keep pushing through, he's there in the end.  So, honey, having fear doesn't mean you're on the wrong path.  It just means you put on your helmet and your jersey and you plow right on through."
-Jenny B. Jones, Just Between You and Me


Just one question today... 
  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Break My Heart

        God wants our hearts to be broken so that we will understand the great love he has in us, even during our brokenness.  He doesn't always do things the way we expect, and we can’t control his plan; however, we do know that, “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him,” (Romans 8:28).  As you go through difficult times, look for ways that God is working for your good.  You may not be able to see it at first, so that’s when you have to trust him.  You eventually learn to thank God for the bad he puts in your life because you finally can see his purpose.  He is only building you and crafting you so that you learn to live a life that he is proud of. 
        
        As we go through this journey of becoming a representative of Christ, he will equip us with what we need to carry out his will.  Because he loves us and gives us what we need to succeed, we welcome others, even strangers, into the plentiful love that he wants us to share.  He is our warrior, and he is willing to fight for us; therefore, rejoice in the splendor of his holiness, even when enemies attack.  When we forget to worship him for all he has provided us with, God seems to feel so far away.  We don’t have to pretend with God, but we sure do it anyway.  We feel the need to build up this perfect image when we come to our perfect creator in prayer.  You don’t have to pretend to him that things are okay when they aren't.  A lot of people suffer when they don’t deserve to; however, when you pray to God and tell him that you need help, he hears you.  Sometimes, things happen to us that we can’t immediately find a way out of, but we learn to not be afraid, for he is with us, willing to be our warrior.  He sees and feels the things we suffer, so it is not time to give up hope.  Keep looking for ways that God is with you and loving you.