Can I Help You?

I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression, “You can’t help those who won’t help themselves.” But I wonder… can’t we? Does this mean we don’t even try? And I’ve got to ask myself, “Have I ever used this old adage as an excuse to not help?” The hard truth—yes, at times, I have. Have you? Be honest, it’s just you and me here.

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Finding Hope In A Hopeless Place

Ever find yourself in a hopeless place? Where you can’t see a way out of or through a situation? When it seems nothing will ever change or nothing seems to help? I know I have and if you’ve experienced this feeling, you know there is no place worse to be than a place without hope. So, where can we find hope?

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Stalemate

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.

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Now More Than Ever

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?

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Fan The Flame

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?

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Strength For Today

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.

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Is It Okay To Not Be Okay?

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?

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Fight The Good Fight!

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.

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Deal With It!

Deal with it! Have you ever said that to anyone? At the very least, wanted to? Maybe as a parent or guardian you told your kid that after they’ve voiced their opposition to a decision you’ve made that affected their social life. Or, maybe as a rebellious teen you said that to a parent or guardian? Maybe you daydream about telling off…

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Cabin Fever

Everyone I talk with is so over this winter! We are ready to venture outside and get to doing the things we love to do in the great outdoors, whatever that may be for you. Do you relate? Or are you the type of person who just loves all this cold weather…

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