Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff! To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart! To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. The apostle Paul … Read moreGratitude
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7 I remember talking to one of my ministry leaders at church a few years ago about service. He explained to … Read moreCalled to be What He Made
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36–38 (NIV) There … Read moreWill You Join Jesus in His Work?
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT, 2ndedition). Jesus gives us a great model for demonstrating mercy in the story of the Good Samaritan. We can draw out … Read moreOpen Your Ears and Sympathize
“…they (are) ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding…” Mark 4:12 In using parables, or stories with a lesson, Jesus’ words often seemed obscure. Even his closest friends questioned their meanings and shortly before Jesus’ death when he was teaching them important lessons, they said, “Now you are speaking clearly and … Read moreAtrophying or Absorbing?
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12 Thoughts on today’s verse Sometimes the key to survival is simply “setting our jaw” and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of … Read moreJoyful in Hope