Hope for the Hurting
Where are you today? Are you battle weary? Or are you regaining your strength after having fought the good fight? Are you searching for meaning in your suffering? I want to encourage you to hang in there. Stick it out. Don’t give up. I’ve been in the trenches, fighting a battle I didn’t see coming and I didn’t want to entertain. To make matters worse, I’ve seen this enemy before. A different face maybe, but similar tactics and all-too-familiar lies. What I’ve learned is there is sometimes a lesson in the pain. Our battles are not always for us.
When we struggle with sugar addiction and food fixation, we don’t need another resolution… and we don’t need more resolve. What we need is more of Jesus. Not a resolution that we make, but a revolution that He makes… in us. We need a Jesus-revolution in our lives to transform our eating (and drinking too). Join me as Wendy Speake shares how a New Year’s revolution of Christ’s power can causes our waistlines to decrease as faith lives increase.
Being lazy is good for you. Did that get your attention? Actually, I’m really talking about idleness and there’s a big difference between the two. Idleness is a state of being inactive, of choosing to do nothing for a period of time. Research has found that periods of idleness are beneficial to us and can result in a healthier, happier, and more creative brain. What a way to avoid burnout! Read more for tips from a Neuropsychologist.
The holiday season is a difficult time for many to celebrate. If that is you, this post is for you today. I remember holidays when I found it painful to look at social media and see all the festive activities and view all the picture-perfect family photos, when in my heart I found it difficult to celebrate. I want to speak to you right now and let you know that I understand. But more importantly, I want to assure you that God sees you, God is with you, God feels your heartache and God uses our seasons of pain.
Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!
During the holidays, stress seems rampant. General mayhem ensues. And, the spiritual impact of Christ’s birth drowns in our to-do list. These four suggestions, or Christmas stress busters, are invaluable in decom-stressing Christmas and freeing yourself to enjoy the joy of the season.
Does the busyness of the holiday season leave you zapped of peace and joy? How do you take care of yourself in the midst of all the holiday preparations? With a little planning, you can keep the peace and joy that God offers by giving yourself a gift of love. 15 ways to take care of yourself this Christmas.
Maureen Hager was searching for love and acceptance when she was lured into an outlaw biker gang. A rival gang opened fire on their clubhouse and she was severely wounded. During the devastating circumstances that followed, God intervened. He reached into the pit and pulled her out. Are you facing devastating circumstances? Read more for how Maureen found hope in God.
I spent my earlier years very much like Martha: a Type-A, driven, achiever, and prized myself on how long my to-do list was, and how much of it I accomplished every day. Until one day…I just couldn’t do any more. That began my journey to understand that God loves you regardless of how much you do for Him. He loves you because of whose you are.
Even though life may not be going according to our plans, God desires for us to be joyful in the midst of the shocks and hurts. Joy is not surface deep, but soul deep. It doesn’t come and go but just is. Joy is not a result of our circumstances, but results in knowing our God and enjoying him no matter our circumstances. It isn’t something we can fake or produce within ourselves. In today’s post, Tracy Steel shares about how to experience God’s joy.
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