This hopeful and encouraging tidbit (that good ol’ Paul wrote to the Philippians way back in 62 A.D.) is and always will be one of my favorite verses. It’s so simple, yet so profound. There isn’t anything we can do on our own. There isn’t anything we can’t do with Jesus by our side. The stark contrast between life with Jesus and life without is mind-blowing. We humans didn’t get where we are today on our own. Heck, without God’s breath of life filling our lungs every single s
Heartache abounds everywhere on this broken Earth- but believers take heart! Jesus didn’t spend 33 years living among us “just because”. He struggled like us. He rejoiced like us. He hurt like us. He loved like us. Jesus felt everything we feel right along with us. He was fully man (and fully God). By completely understanding every single ounce of human emotion, He is just like us; therefore, we can have hope in Him! Jesus Christ took on the brokenness of this world and won.
Too often we limit our focus on Jesus’ sacrifice to Easter time… but His gift should always be at the forefront of our thoughts. Without His life, death, and resurrection, the entire basis of our faith, of Christianity, is utterly meaningless. The punishment Jesus suffered was to take our place. That should have been each of us brutally beaten and nailed to that cross. We deserve it. But, He overlooked our rottenness and chose to love us so much that he took on all that pain
Life is tough. Relationships are tough. Work is tough. Parenting is tough. Aging is tough. Every single thing we deal with is tough, at some point or another. What if we chose to live as if the “tough” parts of life were just stepping stones to get us to the ultimate goal- to spend eternity with Jesus?! Wouldn’t that make all this crappiness and suffering a bit more bearable? That’s exactly what God instructs us to do! Look ahead. Don’t be burdened with the trials you are fac
It’s no secret- people can be very trying at times! What if we talked to (and about) God like we do to everyone else in our lives? Would He be happy with what we’re saying? What if we viewed everything we did as if we were doing it for God? What should we be doing differently? Whether your job is to manage a multi-million dollar company or you’re a grocery bagger, a stay-at-home mom or a deep-sea fisherman, all of us play an important role in God’s plan and we all make choice
No matter how awesome you are, you are NEVER going to be anywhere as near as awesome as God! (And that’s a really good thing!) We can’t even begin to comprehend how great He is. Here’s a video that will give you a little perspective on the puny-ness that is our existence. It’s a bit overwhelming, to say the least. But you know what? God is in control of it all! Every. Single. Bit. ALL OF IT! From the microscopic cells in your body to the farthest reaches of space, it’s all Hi
When is the last time you “stopped to smell the roses”? That’s exactly what this lovely little verse is referring to! King David wrote the 34th Psalm to thank God for always providing him with exactly what was needed. God will do that for all of us, if we let Him. Verse 8 encourages us to use our senses, to intentionally perceive all the goings-on around us, to recognize God’s presence in our lives. So often, we’re bombarded and overwhelmed with things and situations that we
Psalm 16:8-11 I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever. Acts 2:25-28 King David said this about him: ‘I see that the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken
God is the giver of all good things! He is the literal source of hope, joy, and peace. Without Him, nothing is possible. Hope, joy, and peace cannot exist without God. God doesn’t just give us hope, joy, and peace- He is hope, joy, and peace. It is only when we place our trust in Him that we can truly experience these wonderful blessings. “Joy” and “peace” are often used interchangeably with “happiness” and “harmony”, but in the context of faith, both terms mean so much more