He will never give up on you

Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”

I’m so thankful that God never gives up on us. If we belong to Him, He is constantly working in and through us, conforming us into the image of Christ Jesus Himself.

That gives me tremendous comfort. My hope is that it does the same for you.

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Published in: on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hope for the weary

 

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galations 6:9

I don’t know about you, but I feel weary sometimes (truth be told, I feel weary more often than not these days). In all my roles as a Christian woman, wife, mother, teacher, employee, volunteer, friend, etc., I get weary and weighted down.

But God’s Word offers us encouragement like nothing else. The Lord always keeps His promises. And He promises us a harvest if we keep going and don’t give up. The trick is to keep going with what HE has asked each of us to do. Oftentimes we get discouraged and weak because we are trying to do things He has not asked of us.

Is there anything in your life you need to surrender? What area could you give up or do less in so you will be energized for all your responsibilities?  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As we are gearing up for our second year of homeschooling, that is the question on my mind.

 

Published in: on August 14, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (1)  
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Thank You

 

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who prayed for the group of people who went to the jail to minister to some of the inmates yesterday.

It was honestly nothing short of amazing.

Scratch that – our God is nothing short of amazing.

Some of these women were so tough when they walked in – their faces, their body language – everything screamed, “Don’t mess with me”.

And yet, as we sang some familiar hymns, I saw some toes start tapping and some quiet tears fall down their precious faces.

Yes, they are in there because of their own poor choices and past mistakes. Each woman committed a crime and was convicted of it otherwise she wouldn’t have been there.

But our God is bigger than their past, bigger than anything they’ve done or even could do.

Three women from our church shared their verbal testimonies of what they’ve been forgiven from with the inmates.

We’re talking some deep and intense pain.

Strongholds like a two-decade addiction to drugs. The hurt and shame that comes from abortion and sexual abuse. Or that raw emptiness deep within that comes from being rejected over and over again by your own parents. 

More than 10 other women from our church gave their cardboard testimonies.

More tears, more vulnerability, more softening from those who are held in a prison of their own making.

Yet, through Christ, there is hope.

He freely offers forgiveness, redemption and restoration. He inclines his ear to the weak, the hurting and the broken. Those who are beaten down by the circumstances of this life.

He offers peace, security and unconditional love. Love that is pure and seeks nothing in return.

The Lord was definitely glorified through the music and the testimonies.

At the end, one inmate remarked with tears in her eyes, “That was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

And I believe her.

Not because she saw us. But because she saw Jesus that day.

Please continue praying for these nameless women with very real faces and hearts that are hurting and searching. Pray that they would cry out to Jesus, the only One who can offer them hope and healing and eternal life.

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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