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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Have you ever been hurt? I bet I already know the answer—it’s a resounding yes. We’ve all been through something difficult or walked with someone who has. We walk through wilderness seasons—of loss or setback—and wonder where God is and what we are supposed to do about it?
You never forget the moment the purpose giver speaks to the purposeful. It wasn’t a glamorous moment. In fact, I almost missed it. I had come from the bathroom to walk down the stairs to play a pick up game of volleyball when the thought brushed quietly through my mind – your greatest purpose is to love.