It happens every single year. Summer begins to come to an end and I keep telling myself to check the status of my children’s fall wardrobes. I need to make sure they are prepared for colder temperatures.
Then, one morning, I wake to an inch of snow on the ground and one kid whose winter coat no longer fits and another that only owns sandals and flip flops. Let me say that, once cold weather has arrived, is not the best time to begin preparing for it.
Likewise, once a trial or tragedy has arrived is not the time to begin preparing ourselves for it. It’s far harder at that point. We need to know, in advance, what we know to be true of God. We need to be certain, beforehand, of what Scripture says about Him and His love for us.
We make it far harder on ourselves when we enter a cold season unprepared. Take a moment today and consider what you know to be true of God. What truths and promises would bring you strength and comfort in a difficult time? Be prepared, sweet friends.
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“But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11
There is freedom in knowing that the Lord doesn’t delight in things which can be taken from us.
He can still be pleased with us when our earthly resources are limited. When our physical bodies are weak. When we’re weary and worn.
We can still place our hope in Him. We can still live in awe of Him. And that brings Him pleasure.
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I was talking to a sweet lady not too long ago. She was saying how she had been going to the same church for over 40 years. She had friends that she had known since childhood. She had deep roots.
I responded by telling her how I often envied people with her story. How I wish I had lifelong friends who “knew me when” and with whom I had history and inside jokes.
She didn’t respond with pity. Do you know what she said? “God has clearly called you to something different and his plans are good.”
Y’all. It’s been over a month since I spoke at that church and met that precious woman in person. But her words ministered to me and I’ve repeated them to myself on more than one occasion since then.
We aren’t all given the same assignments. Or gifts. Or life paths. Or testimonies. Or family history.
But, as Christ followers, we all have the same goal.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
There’s no time for playing the comparison, woe is me, would have, could have game. Let’s press on toward the goal. May we be found faithfully pressing on when He returns.
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Colossians 1-2 holds so much goodness. You really should stop what you’re doing and read every word. Slowly and aloud. But, in case you aren’t able to do that right now…
Paul writes to the Colossians commending them on their faith in Christ, love for one another, and hope in the truth of the gospel. Their lives were bearing fruit! And don’t we all want that?
Paul said that the gospel was bearing fruit in their lives because they “heard and understood” the grace of God.
If we don’t understand grace – we pour judgement on people. When we do understand it – we pour love on people.
Grace fuels love.
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The psalms are so beautiful. Many of them were written during or in reference to painful times in David’s life. Over and over, we see one specific phrase.
“But You, O Lord…”
Sometimes he described an enemy that could easily overtake him. Then, “But You, O Lord…”
Other times he described the punishment his sins deserved. Then, “But You, O Lord…”
Still other times, it would be internal distress or anguish that would threaten to overwhelm him and he would need the reminder. “But You, O Lord.”
Whatever this Monday holds for you, don’t forget who holds you.
Yet I am always with you; you hold my right hand. Psalm 73:23
Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10
But You, O Lord.
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