When troubling circumstances disturb you remember God is using them to refine and shape you into the image of His Son.
And it was this intensity that caused prayer to degenerate from a flowing spontaneity to a rigid, packaged plan, dispensed routinely by the religious leaders. Prayer changed from privilege to an obligation.
We are the recipients of so much from God’s gracious hand. Why? Why all these tremendous blessings? These Psalms 67 and 103 answer that question.
We’ve become a nation of lonely strangers. Who, aside from your family, knows your deepest needs?
It sounds like a cliché, but the best is yet to come. The far side of 50 is a good place to be. Despite the losses, aging is not about losing.
God loves you and wants to bring you to greater maturity through your painful experiences. Never lose hope—trust Him through your trials. God can heal even the most painful broken heart.
Though Christians should strive for personal integrity, we must remember that integrity does not equate sinless perfection. No one can achieve that goal in this life. A person with integrity doesn’t hide his or her shortcomings but confesses them to the Lord and to others. Let’s learn more about integrity in this lesson.
Certain anchors are dropped during childhood and if they’re not dealt with, they remain dropped, clinging to the bottom. And as the boat goes on in life, and as we get older, the anchor is dragging all along in whatever area is dropped and not dealt with.
It’s easy to lose focus and get sidetracked by distractions. But when you stay committed to the task at hand—raising a family, strengthening your marriage, living a life of integrity— the rewards are immeasurable.
You may not be able to change your situation but you can change your response. The choice is yours. You can choose to wallow in self-pity, or you can respond to a disadvantage with courage.