One of the most amazing things about our God is that He is so gracious and compassionate. This is true even when we’ve “blown it big time.” In fact, when we sin, He longs to forgive and cleanse, not condemn and punish. His grace rushes to greet our genuine heartbreak and heart-change with forgiveness, cleansing, and redemption.
“…return to the Lord your God for he is merciful and compassionate, so to get angry and filled unfailing love.” Joel 2:13
We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all made wrong choices; but as believers in Jesus Christ, that doesn’t change our heritage. God doesn’t kick us out of the kingdom because we’re not perfect. Maybe you don’t feel like you deserve God’s goodness, or you think you’re supposed to suffer through life and just endure that problem. But friends, this is what mercy is all about. His mercy will renew and restore you if you receive it by faith today.
View Gallery4 images
I recently felt convicted after a conversation with a friend. She’s very busy at work and explained how she cannot possibly survive without working 60+ hour work weeks.
“Do you think you’ve turned your job into an idol?” I asked, hesitantly.
“That’s a good question,” she responded. “But I don’t think so. This is just my work season for right now, and there’s no other way around it.”
Busy Versus Hurry You’re way too busy for devotions. You’re way too busy for family and friends. You’re so stressed at work that you’re about to quit. You’re busy, but you intentionally rise early to pray and read. You make time for family and close friends, but say “no” to the rest. You occasionally work longer hours at work because you flat-out have to. 4 Blessings of Busyness 1) Busyness helps fight sexual temptation. 2) Busyness sparks innovation. 3) Busyness increases self-awareness. 4) Busyness identifies with Jesus. Life is Meant to Be Spent How to Become a Morning Person Even if You Hate Mornings The Top 3 Unforgettable Regrets of The Dying What God Really Wants from You
View Gallery2 images
Lately the words “What Love Really Looks Like” have been going through my head. Probably because of our recent visit to Central California to enjoy some time with our son and daughter in law, and to meet our first grandchild, Brayden. Watching their family bond together, and all that goes into the care of an infant, etched into my heart the reminder that love does not usually look like the love that is marketed to all of us on a daily basis.
Yes, there are times of carefree romantic bliss, and those moments of angelic babies surrounded by an aura of sweet white light. Like the moments that are portrayed by Hallmark and on social media. Do we even remember anymore that most of the photos we see now are the result of carefully staged photos, that depict perfectly put together couples, adorable babies, and trendy families? Whatever happened to the uncomfortable, and many times unflattering pictures of old? The ones that truly show life as it is…spontaneous and messy. I must admit, I am the first one to delete “bad” pics of myself or anyone else that I feel would not be flattering. Why do we desire to show the happy “perfection,” and not the struggle?
Sometimes, in trying to make our world “look good” to ourselves or others, we kind of forget what love really looks like.
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.