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  • “Don’t Believe That Garbage”

    You already know your shortcomings, the many questions with which you struggle and all the times you fail miserably to be the person God has created you to be. No wonder you’re constantly tempted to check out from God because you believe you aren’t good enough for God’s love, think God has given up on you, are convinced you’ll never be able to change and go through life telling yourself God won’t be able to use you. Don’t believe that garbage. Because that’s exactly what it is. God does love you. God is at work transforming you. God has given you incredible gifts. God invites you to get involved in God’s mission in the world. And God longs for you to make God’s grace, gifts and call the heart of your life. While you believe this – or want to – it’s probably so overwhelming you’re not sure what to do next. Which is exactly why God is whispering to you, “Just start. Take a step at a time. And know that I am always with you.” #GodNMe  

     

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  • “Reality”

    You use so much energy when you are hurt deeply. You expend an incredible amount of energy when your reputation is impugned. You empty your reservoir of energy when you are threatened. Of course, you must deal with the hurt, attacks and danger. But the unfortunate thing is that you end up expending far more time, energy and heart than you ever need to because you are convinced that it’s how you deal with these things that determines who you are. But it doesn’t. Because who you are always is determined by God who loves you unconditionally, every single moment and regardless of what you do. And this reality – and that’s exactly what it is - changes everything about everything for you. Indeed, you can deal with whatever happens in your life. But even more importantly, you are freed to invest your energy in more important ways  - loving God, loving others and living your life in the abundance of God’s grace. #GodNMe

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  • “Work to Make It Work”

    It’s the same question whether it’s our nation, where you work, your family or your church – do you want to make a point or do you want to make it work?  That may sound simplistic, and perhaps it is. But it’s also true. Many people are tempted to make a point that proves they’re right rather than roll up their sleeves, engage other people, learn, grow and join with others to work to make it work. Certainly people will always have differences of opinion. And some of them will be so significant that there may be times you can only remain faithful by refusing to compromise. But most of the time in most situations with most people, God needs you to be that person who trusts God enough to take that first step to make things work. And you can. Starting today. Because you know that you will never do it alone. #GodNMe

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  • “God’s Invitation”

    God’s love is unconditional because there’s nothing you can do to make God love you any more than God already does. It’s transformational because God’s not going to leave you the way you are. And it’s invitational because God wants you to become involved in God’s mission in the world. You know how to deal with the unconditional and transformational aspects of God’s love, even if that whole change thing is a bit of a struggle. But you probably get stuck when it comes to God’s invitation to go to work with God. How can you join God? How can God use your help? How can you make a difference? These are legitimate questions. And they will be answered fully – as you love others, care for those who are hurting, help people experience God’s forgiveness and healing, and work for justice in a world of sin, greed and oppression. So respond to God’s invitation and experience the fullness of God’s love today. #GodNMe

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