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One genuinely loving relationship at a time... that's how we run the good race and show God's amazing grace. If we want to see real change in our world, it has to start with us. We have to love even when it's inconvenient or not self-serving, because that what love is. We have to love those who are not like us at all, because that's what love is. We have to learn how to love the unlovable, because "unlovable" isn't a word God approves of. He loves us all and died for each and every one of us, even the ones we disagree with. In those loving relationships, we have to take the opportunities to talk about how God has saved and changed us. The result of doing this unleashes a force greater than we will ever understand... God's Grace.

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
— Acts 20:22-24
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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.

{Psalm 28:7}

 

Even in the midst of anguish and heartache, we can be grateful. Even when dreams are at stake and we're in the midst of pain and fear, we can trust in Him. Our Heavenly Father will help us, will give us strength and protection and for that we can thank Him. We can thank Him that He knows our future and will lead us to walk in His will for our lives. We can thank Him for His plans ultimately being for our good and for His glory, even if they don't make sense to us in the present. We can thank Him for the hope that lies in Him holding our future and for the comfort He brings when holds us in the present. We can always thank Him, simply for being our good, good Father. 

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Few of us are able to learn surrender the easy way. Our lives are too comfortable. The stakes aren't high enough for us to really feel like we truly have to trust God with the core of everything we have. Surrender is really just a concept you learn about, a nice "churchy" idea to talk about... until the time you are truly tested. I certainly didn't learn the art of surrendering until I was trying to hold together a completely shattered heart and picking up the pieces of a dream that was slipping away from me. When the comforts of life fade into the background and our carefully engineered plans crumble, we find ourselves standing face to face with the reality of the only question that really matters. Do I trust God enough to hand Him everything? Do I trust Him with my biggest dream, greatest fear, most cherished possession? Do I trust God? It's one of the hardest lessons I've ever learned, but oh, what a gift to have tasted the sweet taste of true surrender.  The freedom and peace that is unleashed when we un-clench our teeth and uncurl our fingers and give Him everything is like a flood of epic proportion. 

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Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

His plans are so much greater than our dreams could ever be. Everything He choreographs is for His glory and to spread His gospel further into the world in hopes that all might come to know and love Him and to be known and loved by Him. All of our hopes and dreams should rest solely with the one who knows the number of hairs on our heads and the number of days in our lifetime. He alone knows what is good for us, what will bring Him glory and what will benefit the world around us. Surrender is the gateway that ushers in His everything into our present.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
— Mark 8:35
But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.
— Isaiah 64:8

Trust in Him, then hang on and enjoy the ride. To God be the Glory!

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"Even to our old age and gray hair..." 

Isaiah 46:4 begins a beautiful verse full of promise and hope with this phrase. Even until we're old and gray, God's promises to sustain us, carry us, and rescue us will be true. We are never forgotten by God. We are never too old or too far gone to find purpose in Him and be loved by Him. Until the day He calls us home to be with Him in Heaven, He is watching over us. He is giving us life. He will carry us through whatever troubles come our way. He will rescue us from temptation and hopelessness. In Him, we find hope, faith and love... we find life... always.

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Trials and disappointment can take a lot out of us. Our souls can become weary. But when we're walking in step with God, He will restore us. He knows when we've handled all we can handle and will guide us to rest. It's not up to us to heal ourselves or others, but to allow God the opportunity to bring us healing.

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So often all we can see is the broken parts of our lives... the broken dreams, the diagnoses, the accomplishments we didn't quite reach. But when we step back and look through a bigger perspective, we may just realize our broken parts actually have the potential to be beautiful bridges for others to experience God in their lives. Our shortfalls may just be platforms for us to one day reach over and pull someone else across.

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When we were deep in the throes of the struggle through infertility, our faith in God's goodness was tested like never before. But even in the middle of the heartbreak and deep pain that followed our miscarriage, He was good. He led us through each step towards finding hope again. He truly renewed me every single day and gave me enough strength to keep walking with Him. He'll do the same for you.

The Lord will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water.
— Isaiah 58:11
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Waiting can be the hardest part. Will someone choose us to place their child? Will the two little lines appear this time? Did we get the job we so badly want? Is the treatment going to work and bring healing?

Regardless of what we're waiting on, it can be a time filled with stress and anxiety; or it can be a time where we learn to rest in taking another step in God's plan for our lives. We may not know what lies around the next bend, but He does. Let us learn to wait not in anxiety, but in anticipation of what has already been prepared. Let us look forward to the answer as we take one step closer to where He wants us to be and who He wants us to be. Though the answers can sometimes be disappointing, let us learn to rest in His bigger plans for our lives and trust that He is good.

Let us wait with courage, not worry.

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

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Even in the darkest of moments, we can still be grateful. We can be grateful that there is always hope and grateful of who God is. Grateful that He will bring us through the painful situations. But gratitude takes practice. It takes effort. The reward is a rebirth of the hope in our lives.

In everything, be grateful. 

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On a day where we honor those who serve to protect this great land of ours, who fight for our freedom and remember those who have given their lives to preserve our nation, we thank you - the veterans and their families, for all that you have sacrificed for us. But on this day, I can't help but also remember our ultimate eternal freedom is found in Christ alone. I am so thankful for both.

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2

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As we close in on election day, and we mark our ballots for President of the United States of America, let us remember this truth.  No matter who wins on Tuesday, our Savior and King is not that person.  It is Jesus Christ.  And long after the dissolution of this nation - which will come in the end - Jesus will still be alive and will restore all that is good.

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." - Colossians 3:2

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There is so much power in the name of our Lord that just the mere mention of His name brings us safety, peace and comfort. No matter the circumstances you find yourself in today, don't underestimate the power in the name of Jesus. You will find safety there. You will find direction. You will find peace. 

Inspired from Proverbs 18:10

Inspired from Proverbs 18:10

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We spend so much time pining after the extraordinary life and dealing with disappointments when all our wildest dreams don't come true. But when we learn to thank God for all the extras in the ordinary, we will look back and realize we have lived an extraordinary life. So maybe, just for today, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax, and look for the extras in the ordinary. 

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How many times do we try to make Christianity way more complicated than it has to be?  The simple truth is that to live a life for Jesus only requires two basic things: To love Him more than anything else of this world, and to love others.  Simple right?  Then why do we make it so hard?  In a world where "busy" is a buzzword and seems to be a sign of accomplishment, we want to make Christianity the same way. Do more. Checklist more.  When if we would just focus on the heart of God - loving Christ and loving others - then life would be so much more fulfilling, the world would be more peaceful, and we wouldn't be spinning our wheels and all our energy with being "busy."  Let's make a promise today.  Let's focus on Him and others, and let's see how much less frazzled we feel.  When we put into practice His two greatest commands - which are very simple -  everything else will fall into place.

God, I pray that you give us peace in knowing that a fulfilled life can only come you and your word.

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It's easy to generalize grace, but if we hold on to our biggest secret, our greatest shame, then we block ourselves from experiencing God's grace throughout our lives. But here's the deal... grace is greater than ALL of my sins and secrets. If it wasn't, He would still be dead. There is no sin too big for God to forgive. 

Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience.
— Hebrews 10:22