Hope for the Hurting
How do you know your calling and purpose? For some, they follow God no matter the cost to their security or stability. Others take fresh steps into the unknown of their calling and purpose. Ronne Rock shares stories of women who are changing the world along with the secret she discovered in knowing God’s calling and purpose for our lives.
In different situations in our lives, we may feel as if we don’t fit in, but the truth is that God created us to fit perfectly and not fit in at the same time. He created us to stand out, just as Jesus did, as light and salt of the earth. The other side of the equation, however, reveals the paradox. God created each of us to truly fit in the only place that really matters.
Sometimes our lives are so filled with pain that we must find ways to cope because all we have done just hasn’t worked to stop the pain. Unfortunately, the ways we cope can cause even more pain, uncertainty and struggle. Tonie Camacho experienced some devastating situations while young; the loss of a parent, a mother who was mentally ill, and being sexually abused and raped. Alcohol became her way to cope. But, God can find us even in the midst of alcoholism.
Does it ever feel like you don’t truly fit in? The Creator of the universe made us both to not fit in, and to fit perfectly, both at the same time. Read more for 4 ways the Bible shows we were created to stand out.
People often ask, “What is my purpose? Why am I here?” Have you ever wondered about your purpose? God gave each of us an individual calling, each with unique talents, abilities and spiritual gifts that are different than another’s. What is our ultimate calling and purpose?
Have you ever been in a place where you knew change was coming but you were afraid to acknowledge it? With change comes a level of risk, times of uncertainty and unknowns. How do you cope with change when you know God is leading you? Read more for 5 tips for coping with change with 19 scriptural promises from God to guide you.
Special needs families could use a helping hand from a friend, church parishioner, or even a stranger who can give a tiny boost of hope when they need it most. Special needs families may battle anxiety, loneliness, stress and exhaustion. Jess Ronne of The Lucas Project shares 7 tangible ways you may consider lifting their burden just a bit to provide a tiny boost of hope.
The frustration of facing an out of control situation and unreliable, undependable people caused me to spend some quiet moments away by myself. God gave me a directive that I wasn’t thrilled with initially. But, as I walked in obedience, I learned God’s cure for a bad attitude. One simple mindset shift is all it took to break the hold the enemy had on me and shift my focus to the Lord.
Trusting God while praying for our unsaved loved ones can be a long process of waiting. My friend, Chaplain Bunny Yekzaman, has walked this road and knows the pain and the joy firsthand. She shares how she prayed in faith for her husband’s salvation for 20 years and the promises from God she stood on.
Experience has a way of teaching us some of life’s most valuable lessons, while pain and heartache add the exclamation point for emphasis. The year I received that first cancer diagnosis held some highlights for me as well as several low points. In this post, I’m reflecting on ten hard-fought lessons I learned after being diagnosed with cancer.