Friend, whatever you are going through today, take hold of this promise. If you trust in the Lord, you will be like a tree planted by water who has no fear when heat or drought comes. If you trust in the Lord, you will not fear the storms and trials of life, for you will be rooted firmly in the One who created life!
We should never fear to take our petitions and needs to God because He loves us and is filled with grace and mercy towards us. When we need help — no matter how big or small it may seem in our eyes — we have the privilege to be able to take it to the Lord in prayer. So when you are facing a great challenge or stuck in the middle of a trial, go boldly to the throne of the Almighty for help.
Our 2018 was a year of extremes filled with ecstatic highs and devastating lows. So many dramatic life changes! So many conflicting emotions! And all over such a short span of time. Two days before my mom’s memorial service, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. I have no idea why, immediately after losing Mom, the Lord chose to bless us with a surprise baby but I trust that He has a plan. This little one may have been an unexpected surprise, but I know in my heart that he is also a blessing, a precious gift.
Today we’re taking a close look at Mark 10. Don’t be like the wealthy young man. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. If you are struggling with a bad habit or a secret sin, take it to the Lord in prayer. Lay whatever your burden is down at His feet. Let go of the need to control and trust the Lord to handle it. Have faith!
So if you are currently struggling, as I am, with sudden and unexpected changes to your carefully laid plans, perhaps we need to ask ourselves: “Did I seek the Lord’s counsel? Have I earnestly prayed about it? Am I willing to set aside my own plans and allow the Lord to lead, even when I cannot see where He is leading me?”
So, beloved friend, not only is it important for us to know how much the Lord loves us as individuals, but we need to share this amazing love with everyone we meet. I challenge you with a love challenge! Today is the perfect day to do this two-part challenge…
We are human and part of being human is making mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are huge… so big that they seem to overwhelm everything in our lives — including hope in forgiveness. Perhaps you have said or thought to yourself: “Lord, I want to give my heart to You and become Your child, but I am so dirty, so unclean, so messed up, so broken, so sinful, so [insert reason here]. You would never want me!”
But you know something absolutely amazing? There is no one so broken or messed up that God would not accept and forgive them.
I want to let you know that the pain and anguish that you feel in your heart during these times is valid. It is ok to be confused and deeply saddened. It is even ok to question the circumstances and ask God “Why?” The Lord understands our pain even better than we do and He loves and cares very deeply for each one of us. That is why today’s encouragement is from Psalm 34:18.
Today I am sharing Psalm 37:23-24. I chose the New Century Version in particular because of the beautiful translation of the last part: “If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord holds their hand.” It is comforting to know that no matter what you are going through, the Lord will always be there for us… like a loving Parent holding on to their child’s hand.
I was so excited about launching a new short series on Hospitality earlier this week that I was woefully unprepared for the arrival of Thursday. It seemed to sneak up on me when I wasn’t looking. Then, like a playful friend, it placed its hands on my eyes and asked: “Guess who? It’s Thursday! Time for His Encouragement for Your Thursday!”