Take courage—your faithful builder is at work skillfully restructuring and remodeling your life and your heart as part of his perfectly designed plan. His firm foundation is stronger and more powerful than anything trying to knock you down. Build your courage in Christ—and you will always stand firm.
The truth is that we are endlessly being shaped, and so we can have grace for ourselves on this journey. No, we aren’t there yet. Yes, it’s going to be a while longer. But it’s okay. God has strength for you right now, and you can find joy in trusting that the destination is well worth the journey.
So why did I feel like I was struggling with this same fear, perhaps even more so than when it was physically present? Why did I feel so suffocated by something that was gone? Everyone else saw it as freedom for me. Everyone else thought life was "back to normal,” viewing me as someone who had just been rescued from a year long struggle. So why wasn't I that person?
As Christians, it’s surprisingly easy to justify a career-centered existence. Especially when we’re young, we can think of our jobs as our primary calling from God, and assume everything else is a distant second. But there can be a real cost—to our health and our relationships—when we give all our best hours to work.
Truthfully, instruction can be hard to hear, but it can also be a beautiful conduit for God to mold and prune you. Neither of which particularly feel good in the moment but always end up having significant value in the Kingdom.
If it were not for good friends, I would have spent 12 agonizing hours alone in the emergency room. Because of friends, meals were brought to our home night after night, week after week, during my recovery. Friends gave my husband and family a break from their round-the-clock care of me and, when I was feeling better, took me to work (and the movies) in my wheelchair.
Choosing to obey is challenging for many of us, not because what He’s asked us to do is
particularly difficult, but that the place He's motioning us toward, or the task before us, isn't
glamorous. What would happen if we did what God asked us to do— no matter how ridiculously
simple the message?
This question meets a basic need and that’s why we need to ask. We all need companionship and wise spiritual counsel on this journey called life. From the beginning, God said it was not good for humans to be alone. The presence of mentors in our lives meets critical emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. The primary way we connect with mentors is by asking—either we ask someone to mentor us or they ask to become our mentor.
Conquering conflict begins with how we view it. Our perception of conflict will inevitably dictate our response. If we can shift our mindset to viewing conflict as an opportunity for growth and motivation for change, we can alter the entire nature and possible outcome of the conflict merely by changing how we view it.
Over time though, our frantic mornings have a way of bleeding into the rest of our days. Too many less-than-ideal starts impact more than our mornings; they lead to stressed-out souls. And let’s be real, we could all use a little less stress in our lives.