Have you ever had that “you don’t know” feeling? (As in you don’t know how God is going to work something out. You have no idea…no guesses…no clue.) Perhaps you’ve had those situations where you don’t know how God is going to make the crumbs around you into a meal (literally and figuratively). I’m talking those times where you know God can do anything, but you almost want to tell God “good luck” because from your view, the situation you’re in is really going to take a miracle or require God to make something out of nothing.
Have you ever prayed for something? I mean really, really prayed hard for something. You already knew exactly what you wanted God to do to answer your prayer. You knew what you wanted that answered prayer to look like. After faithfully praying, the answer God actually gave you didn’t quite match what you envisioned His answer would be.
Let’s spend some time focused on some questions. The goal is to build a community where we move beyond the surface and dive into some real conversation.
“I pray that even if you are not where you thought you would be right now in life, you recognize the tremendous blessing and the immeasurable amount of God’s grace and mercy that went into getting you to where you actually are today.” -PurposeOverFear
On Sundays (or Saturdays) many venture to a building or a designated place to collectively worship and praise God. We hear the preacher deliver a mighty sermon that leaves us inspired and encouraged to leave the four walls of the building ready to make a change in our lives, and ready to share the goodness of God with others. However, we walk outside of those four walls and sometimes fall back into our same habits and routines. The inspiration we received from the sermon sometimes takes a backseat. We meant to tell others about the sermon we heard and apply the sermon to our lives at least for the week, but didn’t necessarily take the time to do so.
Feeling stressed? Check out the following scriptures:
Who has ever experienced overwhelming stress? You can’t see me, but both of my hands are all the way in the air. Stress isn’t healthy. Stress isn’t fun. Stress isn’t the ideal way to live. It can impact the decisions you make and the mood you are in.
After many, many years, I still have no magic formula for eliminating stress in life. Sitting on a beach seems to be as close as I have gotten. However, I do have a few thoughts on how to address stress that are based on lessons I learned. Seven of these thoughts are below. Continue reading
I love to read. Honestly summer reading, autumn/fall reading, winter reading, and spring reading are all the best times to read. Regardless of the season, I am always looking for books that are new (to me) to read.
Last month I ordered a copy of Pastor Steven Furtick’s book, “(Un)qualified: How God Uses Broken People To Do Big Things.” Two highlighters and one pen later, I finished the book. I highlighted, underlined, and marked up every part of this book. I wrote notes, reminders, scriptures, drew connections to prayers, jotted down questions, and identified matters I want to look more into. You could say that my book now looks like a piece of artwork or at least a creative expression of thoughts. My book is all marked up. Why? Because “(Un)qualified” is not the kind of book you just read and then put back on a shelf.
- Running Shoes On: Check
- Ready to Run: Check
- Running Route: Unknown
There’s a problem with this checklist, and it’s not the unknown running route. It’s not a bad thing to run if you are exercising or training for a marathon. (There are probably some other good reasons to run as well.) However, it’s when you think about running or actually end up trying to run from where God is calling you to be that an issue arises.
Below are some things to remember and consider:
1. Be who God called you to be. Each person has a different calling.