No one wants to be rejected, left alone, overlooked. They want to matter. Each person wants to be important to someone. Valued. Loved. This is not an accident nor a faulty design. God purposefully created people with these inner desires and concerns. He made them to need to be special. To care about making a difference. And to care about others.
Do you know how it feels to be at your edge? Perhaps you have been living there for a long time. It’s scary to live at the edge of what you can manage, what you can cope with. Scripture gives advice, but – at first read, it feels a little unrealistic. When you read the progressive list from Rom. 5:3-5 (check it out), you instinctively know you can’t do that stuff in your own strength. It’s not normal.
Your circumstances do not change the timeless miracle of Christmas.
A Savior has been born – for you!
Baby Jesus made a promise. “Look! I Am making all things new!” (Rev. 21:5)
Christmas has tender moments, surprises and gifts, carols, visits from friends and family, the wonderful nativity story, lights, smells, goodies, For children, it’s like magic. Adults who choose to see that good is still present, sense God’s presence. With eyes to see and ears to hear, there is fresh awareness the Baby brings good, kind magic every day . . . even in this broken, troubled world.
Yet, sometimes – even with good still present – this holiday unveils realities from deeper levels of your heart. From stress to depression to sadness to fatigue to unexpected bad news to lost hope. There are strains and expectations that can surface in December, even if just because of additional responsibilities. For some, past significant losses must be navigated while celebrating. God Cares About Your Losses Even at Christmas Time.Read More …
When you only have a few pieces of a huge puzzle, and that puzzle is your life, what do you do? What if you don’t have time or energy to assemble it? What if the big picture scares you? What if you can’t wait to see it? What if you are used to “instant everything?” There are 4 things you can actually DO.
Life is hard. Broken. It wears you down and tears your heart up. By the time you get half way through your life, if not before then, you are stunned at the wear and tear of this world. With your heart broken and your strength well stretched out of shape, you realize, “It’s not going well. Life is not what I hoped it would be. I’m so tired. I am broken into pieces, scattered about, dry, empty.” When you are in this place, what do you do? How do you gather yourself back up and come together again?
The following is an excerpt from my book SharpShooting: Your Bronze Bow. In this chapter of Matthew (check out the archer below), Jesus is sharp shooting a common human cycle that people often get caught in: the deceptive cycle. It is so easy to get hooked into deception, even for a seasoned, healthy adult. This cycle sneaks in and begins to cloud thinking skills and limit creative trouble-shooting skills. It pulls a person down in every way, affecting well-being, perspective, habits, and relationships. This article gives 4 great tips for you to begin to sharp shoot your way out of it.