Hope for the Hurting
I recently traveled to the west coast to record a video-promo for the 2018 Women of Joy conferences, preach at a church, and then record a tv interview. One of my favorite places in all the world is the beach. After completing my scheduled work, a friend treated me to a couple hours at a pier overlooking the ocean and beach. That is where my soul finds peace.
As I stood up on the pier, I had the delight of watching surfers in the way-too-cold water sizing up the waves to glide in toward shore…
As Mother’s Day approaches, I’ve spent some time reflecting on my experience as a mother. I always dreamed of what it would be like, and had ideals I thought I should live up to. In so many ways I’ve learned and I’ve grown and I’ve matured in my role as a mother, and I wish I’d had the benefit of such wisdom as a younger mother. So to you, younger mother, I share some things to encourage your heart.
Trials. Stresses. Difficult Times.
We’ve all been there, right?
Jesus told us in this life we would face trials. He told us to just expect it. But thankfully, He didn’t just give us a handful of bad news and walk away. He also offered the encouragement that even though the trials would come, we could maintain our peace and calm assurance because He has already overcome anything we would face in this lifetime.
Recently we packed my son up to take him to college. The plan was to leave in the dark of night to begin the 20-hour drive so we could get the majority of the drive behind us the first day, leaving only a remnant the second day…
Are you wondering how will you navigate the trials in your life? Sometimes life’s situations are just tough. They wear you down, especially when one trial comes on the heels of another. Let me encourage you to hang in there! There is hope.
Repeatedly throughout Scripture, God reminds us of our true identity: who we are and whose we are. It is crucial to hide the Word of God in your heart, so when the lying whispers of the enemy attack, you can refute them with truth. For those days when you need the encouraging reminder, here are just a few of those verses that declare the truth about our identity.
Even Jesus was tempted by the enemy, but He knew how to defeat him. God has given us those same practical tools that we can use to face temptation when it strikes.
I don’t know about you, but some days I just need a reminder that God is still on His throne, and is still at work in my life, working all things together for my good and for His glory. It’s easy to become negative and plunge into a pity-party, indulging in the “woe is me” song that occasionally gets stuck in a repeat loop in our mind.
Have you ever gone through difficult times, encountering circumstances that turn your life upside down and sideways? Don’t give up! God has a strategy that will help you hang on to hope and make it to the other side. Read more for an encouraging word.
When I learned of the late Reverend Billy Graham’s death, a weightiness settled over me. Billy Graham exemplified a human being who stood secure in who he was in Christ. He was never proud nor arrogant despite his heavenly lineage, nor did he wallow in low self-esteem or pity, thinking he deserved less than the cross afforded him as his inheritance.
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