Hope for the Hurting
No matter what you are going through, you CAN have joy. God wants you to have His joy – it’s something that He promised you. And, not just a little bit, not just the crumbs or the leftovers from other people’s joy, but the kind of joy that overflows.
When was the last time you faced one of life’s storms? Maybe you’re in the midst of one now. I have to admit, at times it feels like one tsunami after another has hit our family over the last few years. As I’ve spent some time pondering some of the recent storms of life, I’ve learned a few lessons, including the fact that we are meant to go through the storms of life—not camp out there.
The best way to combat negative thoughts and overcome negativity in general is to fight back with God’s Word. The following 4 step process on eliminating negativity will help with identifying lies you’ve agreed with so you can replace them with God’s truth from the Bible.
I remember a time in my life when I believed I might be “joy immune.” Depression had stolen my joy. I learned through that experience that we sometimes have to fight for joy (and, some days, our fight is harder.) On the days when I have to fight for joy, these are promises that I stand on.
Ever since we were young children we’ve heard mothers tout the importance of sleep (even God places a high priority on rest) – but the explanation of sleep’s importance has generally been lacking. Our sleep schedule represents one of the most overlooked and undervalued contributors to our health. In today’s post, I share reasons why sleep is important.
Have you ever experienced hopelessness? Lori Boruff felt hopeless as a mother who was powerless to change a dire situation she was facing. She was overwhelmed by uncertainty and not wanting to see another day. But, just as God so often does, He helped her find hope in the ruins. She shares today about the power of hope.
Have you ever experienced those times where life just comes crashing in like a tidal wave? Times when worries mount about finances, jobs, homes, health and even our children. When hard times come, let God’s truth be your strength. Lean on these truths from 7 Bible verses for difficult times when facing trials that leave you desperate for God to intervene in life.
The enemy delights in telling us who and what we aren’t, but our loving Father delights in telling us all about finding our identity in Christ. It’s only in embracing the truths from God’s Word that we can become all He destined us to be. As Christ followers, we have the Holy Spirit residing within us to remind us of all truth. But the Holy Spirit can only remind us of the truth we have already taken the time to learn. There is no greater endeavor than committing His truth to memory.
Joy is a gift from God, but we have a part to play. Once the enemy has stolen our joy, how do we recover? It seems like it would be difficult, but it’s really not that hard. God has given us the tools we need and our victory is assured.
We may want to do big things for God, leave a legacy, and live a life of impact. But is it necessary to do big things for God or is it better to do small things with great love and see where God takes it? What if the path He gives is an obscure path of living the quiet life? Kate Battistelli shares about living the quiet life by living in the extraordinary ordinary.