Posted on May 26, 2021
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25 ESV
Anxiety, by definition, is an “apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill,” that runs rampant in our lives, and is forecasted to keep increasing. In light of the current global climate, our news feeds are overflowing, and many of us can’t stop watching. There is no weapon more powerful than prayer to wield against anxiety, but we must not ignore the answer God may present us, to seek professionals gifted to treat some cases. By embracing the normalcy of mental health struggles, and unabashedly seeking help, we can boldly push back in the battle for our minds. We are not weak because we suffer from anxiety or depression, nor does it disqualify the quality of our faith in Christ. Sometimes the good word we need from God comes through a counselor.
The human heart has a built-in longing, and when we lose our focus on our Father, our thought life tends to go rogue. Paul told the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.” Taking our thoughts captive, through prayer, is essential, not only to relieve daily worry and anxiety but to remind ourselves of who we are: children of the Most High God. We are a royal priesthood in Christ. The enemy seeks to distract us with lies, worries, fear, and anxiety. In order to counter his attacks, God’s powerful word must be prevalent in our minds and rooted in our hearts. Praying God’s Word packs a powerful punch in taking back our minds. Pray in the context of remembrance, to embrace the peace and freedom we already have in Christ.
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Posted on October 10, 2019
Even surrounded by people, we can still be painfully lonely if our relationships fall out of alignment with God’s purpose for them in our lives. When we’re looking for others to fulfill our every need and comfort our every hurt, we are bound to be disappointed. And in my own lonely season, I was. But the wonderful thing about our Almighty God he is always with us – we are never alone, never apart from his unfailing love.
Seasons of loneliness leave us vulnerable – we begin placing our trust in things or people other than God. In one such lonely season of my life, I began to rely on the people around me more than the Father who placed them there. Suddenly, their opinions mattered the most to me. I began blindly following their advice, assuming my best interest was always at the center of their universe.
Posted on September 26, 2019
“The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.” (John 10:10 VOICE)
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. We’re surrounded by celebrity suicides, and those that shock our local communities. A common thread weaving through these tragic losses is silence. So many of us suffer quietly. John 10:10 empowers us to swap loss for restoration. Every life has an immeasurable value to the Father who crafted each with specific purpose, in His own image.
The statistics are scary, but that means there’s probably another soul within arm’s reach that truly feels our pain. The story of Queen Esther often comes to my mind, as I take stock of my placement in another’s life, as well. Perhaps, “for such a time as this,” (Esther 4:14) that cup of coffee brings enough camaraderie to soothe a soul. God is not a God of coincidence. He’s purposeful and loves us perfectly.
Posted on May 21, 2019
The stress on today’s youth to test well is palpable. The anxiety for some to achieve perfection, and for others to simply pass minimum standards, is far more than any other generation has had to endure. As students head into exam season, the hyper-focused visions for their futures can be too much for them to bare. Though they have been crafted by such unique and individual purpose by their Creator, test scores threaten to drag God’s vision for their lives out of focus.
From elementary school-aged on, children are put through a gauntlet of standardized and educational achievements, but at the end of the day there isn’t a score high enough to fill the void that a lack of Peace can leave in their hearts.
Let’s pray for students in the testing season to see past their scores, and onto the greater purpose their lives have been prepared to walk into.
Posted on February 19, 2019
“For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.” Ephesians 1:4
(NET)“Are you ready?!”I asked my daughter excitedly as we drove away from the school day and onto a new adventure.“Mommy …” she trailed off in amazement as the ballet company practice came into our line of sight. Nervous, but sure of her dream, she stretched and gazed upon the very thing she had envisioned herself doing so many times.
Our dreams are road maps to God’s growing process for our individual purpose. He chose us so specifically and specially to walk out into the world equipped with the ability He put in us, to spread His love in the way that only we can.
The word chose in the above verse is the Greek word, eklegomai, a verb that means “to choose, set apart, elect.” “It sometimes refers to decisions made by people …but can also signify the electing activity of God according to his divine purpose and grace.” -Mounce’s Complete Expository DirectoryDo we realize, when we walk out into a day filled with clouds of doubt, that the God of the universe is concerned about what we’re up to?