It happens whether you’re ready or not. Life begins tanking. And the results are almost always the same – doubt, despair and depression. What is more, you still have to figure out how you’re going to respond. So what if your first response would always be to do the very thing you least feel like doing - thanking God! Thanking God for loving you even when you don’t love yourself. Thanking God for holding you tight and never letting go. Thanking God for healing you in the ways you need most. Thanking God for giving you new life in the mist of your life that’s coming unraveled. Thanking God for transforming you into the person God dreams for you to be. Thanking God for making hope real. Of course, thanking God when your life’s tanking may be hard. But it’s God’s path to abundant life. #GodNMe
Wouldn’t it be great if someone would take away your problems, take that first step to reach out to you when you hurt and meet every one of your needs? But that’s not how life works. Maybe even more importantly, you would be missing out on one of life’s most awesome experiences – how God uses your problems, mistakes, mess-ups, struggles, pain, failure and disappointments to help you get to a better place than you ever could have without them. Of course this doesn’t mean God causes these things to happen so God can then use them for good. But it does mean God doesn’t waste a single one of your hurtful moments to help you trust God more, develop integrity, become more compassionate, see life from a new perspective and learn to live more faithfully. While it’s often painful, God’s mysterious act of healing allows you to embrace everything that happens as an opportunity to experience how God takes your hurt and turns it into hope. #GodNMe
You will be with lots of people in lots of places doing lots of things today. Some of these moments will be pleasant, others routine and still others may be quite difficult. Yet there is something present in every one of these moments all day long - the potential you have to make a difference for God. You probably don’t go to the store, your child’s soccer game or dinner with friends looking to make a difference for God. But you can – and you should - because God is giving you a personal invitation to do it. Of course, you may have your doubts. But it’s the truth. So open your heart to God. Expect to make a difference for God even when you’re not sure how you’re going to do it. Reach out to someone in the way only you can. And experience the difference God wants to make through you. #GodNMe
You may hate the weather today. Be in a horrible mood. Mess up royally. Be hurt deeply by someone. Regret how you treated someone. And do your best to try forget today as quickly as possible. But guess what? Today is a gift from God. Of course, there will be challenges, struggles and painful moments. Maybe even more than you possibly think you can handle. But today is God’s gift to you because God is with you every single moment, beckoning you to experience God’s love more and more deeply, inviting you to enter into a deeper relationship with God, helping you to grow in generosity, compassion and humility, and challenging you to find more ways to share God’s love with others. Yes, today is a gift from God. And that means you have every reason to rejoice in it. #GodNMe
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