Why would God go to the effort of making you if He didn’t care about you and didn’t have a plan and purpose for you? Let the Lord transform how you see yourself. Let Him be the source of your joy. God values you . . . immensely.
Have dark clouds of depression poured their tears on your soul? Are you stuck emotionally? Do you feel that no one has the capacity to understand life from your point of view? Do you simply exist, knowing that others will never truly know what you’re feeling? People from all walks of life can relate to feeling isolated and alone. Many have experienced overbearing depression—including me.
They are all around us . . . people who have lost all hope and whose weary cry is simply this: Make the pain go away. Whether spoken or held inside, it’s an aching admission that reveals a soul mired in the depths of despair.
Late one night, a 23-year-old student called our Hope In The Night radio program and confessed he was thinking about quitting pastoral training because of his battle with sexual temptation. He didn’t feel strong enough to resist sexual sin and believed he needed to abandon the call of God on his life rather than be hypocritical.
Has overpowering stress almost pushed you to the breaking point? Have you ever thought ... if one more pressure is added to my life, I’ll snap! If so, you are not alone. How well I remember a time when I thought, I can’t take any more stress. I can’t handle one more thing!
Boundaries are about us, not about controlling another person, requiring us to take responsibility for our own attitudes & beliefs, thoughts & choices.
What would it be like to not know your own identity? How can you have peace? How can you have joy? How can you know your purpose in life? Sadly, many people today live with spiritual amnesia. They simply don’t know who they are.
Both were powerful men, prominent leaders, progressive change-makers who dramatically altered the course of world history. Both were exceptional orators ... changing minds, hearts, and lives. Both were heralded as heroes—literally impacting millions of people—their intentions becoming actions that sent ripple effects around the world. Both were motivated by a purpose and a plan, but each took a distinctly different course. The apostle Paul was motivated by a divine purpose ... Adolf Hitler was motivated by a diabolical purpose.
In reality, good time management is not marching to some rigorous beat of a drum to merely become more productive. It’s becoming a wiser steward of time … to be all God created you to be.
Do you know someone who has an overwhelming sense of fear and foreboding … even when everything seems to be going well? Speaking with my friend Ellen one day, she looked up and said, “I’ve never told this to anyone before—I’m a grown woman who is ... afraid of the dark.”