Grief: How Jesus Prepared the Disciples
There they sit, in silence and grief. Their friend is gone. They feel the loss. The emptiness. The heaviness of the…previous day.
And the one person who can make it all better…Gone.
There is silence…just a gaping hole in their heart – and deafening silence…
Grief: It Happens When You Least Expect It
Grief isn’t a one time event. Yes, it hangs on tight in the early days, but slowly loosens it grip over time, while never truly letting go. Over the years something will trigger its grip to tighten and the tears flow again.
Embrace Caring for Ourselves So We Can Embrace Caring for Others
As Christ lives in us and guides us to serve others, we must be healthy in all facets of our lives – spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and yes, even financially – ready in whatever way He calls us to serve.
Opening Our Homes Begins With Opening Our Hearts
If we will allow Him to fill the spaces of doubt and insecurity we feel over our perceived shortcomings of our home, we can throw open wide the doors, invite others in, and simple let Jesus use our home as a vessel to love others.
When You Hide Your Heart, Jesus Can’t Come In
Just like I had done with all the clutter in my home, I had taken emotional junk – hurts, struggles, doubts, and fears – and crammed it into hiding places within my heart and closed it off so others wouldn’t see my messy struggles. Here’s the hard truth: when I shut the door to my heart to keep others from seeing,
I also keep Jesus from getting in.
You Don’t Have To Do It All
We can spend too much time and energy doing some very good things, but if it is not what God has called us to, we are not being obedient.
The Power of Unconditional Love
It was my focus on Jesus that kept me from lashing out and doing even more damage in the wake of the hurt and betrayal I felt.
Love Protects: Choosing Wisely When It Isn’t Easy
As Christ’s followers, it is our job to diligently protect others. It’s what love does. There are times when protecting someone is easy, but then there are times when protecting another stretches us.
Covered in Love
When we fail to love as God does, we create controversy, but when we let His love shine through us, we promote peace, we bring a little of our hoped-for heaven to earth.