“Love guides us into maintaining faith and holding on to hope, and when we do that, love helps us to see others as precious treasures to be loved. By choice. Not by feelings. Without love, we fan the flame of hatred. Without love, we fuel the fire of intolerance. Without love, we are nothing and gain nothing. Without love, we will struggle to endure through every circumstance.”Read More And The Greatest Of These Is Love
Maybe you feel like that now thanks to our current lock-in. You can’t advance and there’s nowhere to retreat. You’re stuck. Forward movement has been impeded. I would venture to say there have been and will be seasons in your life when you encounter stalemate.Read More Stalemate
So what is it you need now more than ever? Do you need hope more than you did in the past? Face to face social interaction with people other than the ones who share your address? Maybe your “need now more than ever” is peace. Strength? Does it vary from day to day like me?Read More Now More Than Ever
If it’s a challenge to find a good report on the news or social media, maybe try turning that off for a bit and shift your focus intentionally to something that offers a good report. We are in a time of extreme challenge, no doubt about it. So when I feel overwhelmed with bad reports…Read More A Good Report
Timothy, at this time was leading what today we would call a mega-church and was coming under some harsh criticism so Paul, from jail and facing a death sentence for his faith, writes to encourage Timothy. Fan the flame. I imagine Timothy was feeling a lot of despair, yet, he is instructed to fan the flame! How exactly is he supposed to do that? How are we?Read More Fan The Flame
It’s one thing to know what’s coming, I can brace myself, prepare myself and pray specifically for that. But to not know? Just thinking about all the endless possibilities of what may or may not happen is exhausting! That’s when God reins in my thoughts, slowing me down and gently reminds me that He provides me strength for today.Read More Strength For Today
When I laugh, not only is it good for my soul, but I find myself in a better mood generally. I see the beauty in the budding trees around my home. The green of the grass. The blue of the skies. When my soul is lifted, I speak kinder to people. When I feel better, I can share the humor with others and maybe brighten their day. The ripple effect, ya know?Read More Laughter Is The Best Medicine
We may have to do the whole “social-distancing” thing, but we have such advanced technology, and we’re certainly a creative people, so use your imagination!… When we encourage others, we can actually encourage ourselves! Uplift others with your gifts—for such a time as this. Get creative!Read More For Such A Time As This
You see the impatience in their eyes. Inwardly you sigh, paste on a smile and reply, “Okay. Hoping to find what I need today.” And so it goes. They walk away to carry on with their day, you walk away feeling empty. The weight of the world presses in on your chest making it difficult for you to draw a full breath. You’re not okay. As a matter of fact, you’re the complete opposite of okay! Why did you just say you were when clearly you’re not?Read More Is It Okay To Not Be Okay?
What is the good fight? Most likely going bumper to bumper with another driver at the mall would not fall in the “good fight” category. So what does? Getting up and moving on after a major disappointment, facing your depression, getting help for that addiction, seeking professional counsel to save your marriage and your family, just to name a few, you can fill in the blank.Read More Fight The Good Fight!